Villon

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508 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American

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Villon is a sophisticated all-day restaurant and lounge at San Francisco Proper Hotel. We serve creative contemporary American cuisine, rich with unexpected twists and inspiration drawn from San Francisco’s bountiful culinary culture, seasonal ingredients, and global influences. Our “7x7” anthology of 49 original and classic cocktails by BVHospitality pays playful homage to the city’s seven-by-seven-mile area, while a thoughtfully curated wine and beer list spotlights regional California and international selections. Situated in the restored historic lobby of a nearly 100-year-old building, Villon spans three distinct spaces by world-renowned interior designer Kelly Wearstler.

Specials

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Villon will be offering a 4-Course Family Style Menu on Christmas Eve for $95 per person. There will be a meat and fish dish available and vegetarian options if requested. Please note any allergies or dietary restrictions in your reservation. The Villon Dinner Menu will not be available this evening

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Villon will only be serving a prix-fixe menu for dinner on New Year's Eve. First seating from 5-6:30pm there will be a 4-course menu for $115 per person. From 7:30pm-8:30pm and 10pm-11pm we will offera 5-course menu for $150 per person. These will be the only menu options on New Year's Eve in Villon

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

What 508 People Are Saying
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N
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! They have a new chef, so the menu changed and I love it. Especially because there are more dessert options!

m
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We originally came for afternoon tea but after looking at the brunch menu, we decided to do that instead and it was so worth it!

d
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience3

This is a wonderful option in a very difficult neighborhood. We've had brunch here twice before attending a matinee performance at the Strand theater nearby. Both times the food is excellent---unique and tasty brunch options. If you are looking for a nice restaurant in this area, there really is no competition.

J
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Great service, but didn't realize the restaurant was literally in the lobby of the hotel and in that way it didn't feel like a fine dining experience. For the price, I'd definitely go elsewhere.

MM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food in a comfortable, artsy space! Loved it!

RE
London
11 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The interiors are a top attraction here! Although my exquisitely upholstered bench was wobbly and kept going up and down like a see saw when the person next to me moved. The staff are super friendly and attentive. The menu is curated and focused and food well executed!
Next time will leave space for pudding!

c
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful pre theater dinner! I will go back again for the halibut crudo!! One of the most delicious appetizers I have ever eaten!! Seriously 5 star!!! The chicken was very good, the Brussels sprouts were wonderful!! Loved everything!! It’s our third time there and will not be our last!!
Also a shout out to the loveliest server....so thoughtful and on top of our scheduled departure time!!

HC
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were really impressed with the innovative offerings and with the sophisticated execution. The Hawaiian bread was terrific--both of us liked it best of the 7 things we got. The dessert (pannacotta) was like nothing I'd ever seen or tasted. And I was touched by a simple detail; I ordered chamomile tea at the end and received a large pot with looseleaf tea. Almost any restaurant would have served a teabag and likely just a cupful of water. The server was terrific--clear with his descriptions and really personable. He made the experience memorable. We admired the unusual decor. The only puzzler was why OpenTable wouldn't let me have a 6:00 reservation. We went at 5:45 instead, and the place was more than half empty the whole time. Anyway, we'll definitely return for dinner before our next playgoing experience in that area of SF.

AS
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Villon is 2 blocks from the Orpheum so if you are heading to a show it is a must. They have starters to share, including fried seared pork ribs, Shrimp wontons and other great choices. They have multiple appetizers and salads and entrees are excellent. I had the Sablefish (never heard of it) but it is FANTASTIC. Light and melts in your mouth. M had the roasted Chicken, debones and wonderful. We had a chocolate cheesecake dessert as well which we split. The foyer has couches and drink service before opening at 5 so arrive a bit early for a good wine list and unique cocktails. BTW, the Manhattan was nice.

AS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pre- theater brunch with family. We’ve been here many times and always love it.

LW
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Difficult neighborhood, but good Thanksgiving fare, and lovely staff.
It was a last-minute choice (everyone else was fully booked) and we were surprisingly pleased.

TS
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Everything was OK. Nothing was bad, but we had several other meals in SF that were much tastier and cost half the price.

GG
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

While the lighting is sparse, it was extremely good otherwise. Great service, delicious food, and reasonable price.

TB
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday tea. Absolutely delightful. Wii return

J
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a very special experience for my date and me and I couldn't have picked a nicer place to spend a romantic evening. The Brussels sprouts and bacon were a delight, the best and most unique I've ever tasted for that traditional dish flavor profile. The steamed sablefish with smoked oyster cream was tangy and balanced, and the tonnarelli with shrimp and njuda featured a perfect balance of your flavors and ingredients so that each bite was an experience of its own.

EM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the feel and decor. The cheeseburger is outstanding.

G
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oddly enough I’ve lived in the city for 12 years and this was the first time there! It was nice phenomenal! As you enter through the Proper hotel, you got see the wonderful architecture with mid century mod vibe done in a very warm and inviting way. The attention to detail was incredible. The restaurant was no different, it a smaller restaurant, low noise and very romantic. The service was impeccable as well as the food was delish! I fair price point! I will definitely go back!!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the ambiance, service, and food! Everything was perfect from the moment we arrived. It was a very unique dining experience!

TH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience4

Very disappointed with this place. I chose it due to its proximity to the Orpheum Theatre and what a mistake... My sablefish was bland, with some type of mayonnaise looking sauce on it -- awful. My date's shrimp and noodle was equally bad. And the Brussels sprouts had a sickeningly sweet flavor that made them inedible. Aside from the location and nice decor, this place was a total waste of money.

CH
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The restaurant was so dark at the table where we sat that we had to use the flashlight on our phones to see the menu. And, we could not distinguish the food in our plates.

It was, however, very delicious.

w
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

good atmosphere and wine. menu options a little limited. can't recommend the steak.

c
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing wait staff. Excellent date day or date night place.

L
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was good and our waiter, Robert , was excellent. We enjoyed ourselves and there was no rush. We did have a reservation. Went for breakfast before our 1pm Hamilton play and were finished and out the door in less than an hour. We will be back!

JM
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First, if you've got tickets at the Orpheum, this is a fabulous place for brunch/lunch or dinner due to its close proximity. We enjoyed a Saturday brunch before seeing Hamilton. The Proper Hotel, where Villon is located, is a cool, MCM-ish boutique hotel with pretty amazing, vintage and cool artwork in the lobby. The restaurant is not very large (so reservations are definitely recommended) but it is stylishly beautiful. From the robin's egg blue paint on the walls, to the ruffled shades on the overhead lighting, to the AMAZING vintage bar cart used to store silverware and glasses, the dining space is just dreamy. On the recommendation of Robert, our waiter (who was very pleasant, sweet and funny), my friend and I both enjoyed the Brussels Sprout bowl. On top of a layer of bacon gravy with tomatoes sat a perfectly cooked sunny side up egg which was surrounded by crispy roasted Brussels Sprouts. I could have had a second because it was SO good. We enjoyed coffee with our meal, and a cocktail after. The Chicago (named after my home town) was just enough bubbly and sweetness to satisfy a craving for dessert. The Villon could very well become one of my favorite little hideaways in SF!

BC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

We waited for a very long time for our main courses. The server was very good. When the bill came I was definitely not happy. The food was good, but not great. Sorry to say. There was absolutely no excuse for having to wait 1/2 hour after our appetizers for the meal. The chef did not come by to apologize. The server did not apologize. No one apologized! The appetizers were unmemorable. My pasta was excellent. The chicken was excellent. But the Sable was boring. So, it's a true toss-up here as to whether I shall return. I like to give people the benefit of the doubt, and my nature would be to give it one more shot. But, the worst, though, was the indecent lack of acknowledging the poor timing of the meal. That is such a simple fix! And yet, it did not happen.

CD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The dishes we ordered were unusual and delicious. We have already made plans to return.

TC
Sacramento
8 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

I wanted to like Villon more than I did. We had an unfortunate table that was in the line of traffic. Its a tiny but beautiful restaurant. The food was good, the menu is slight, the prices are high but the service was fantastic.

JS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this out-of-the way, hidden dining establishment. Walking distance to the Orpheum Theatre. Quiet and intimate with exceptional food and service.

0
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Seating and tables were not comfortable for trying to have tea but the food was good.

OF
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visited Villon twice—the day of my reservation for a delicious brunch and the evening before for appetizers and cocktails In the lounge/lobby. The food and drinks were excellent in both instances and the service was wonderful as well. We all enjoyed the very stylish and creative decor of the restaurant and the hotel. The upstairs roof bar with snacks was fun but probably better for the younger crowd. This restaurant was my favorite among the four or five I visited while I was in San Francisco.

F
San Francisco
220 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Pleasantly surprised by Villon. Portions were large to justify the high prices (although $14 for a side of roasted potatoes and $16 for brussels sprouts seems excessive). They had a very nice Riesling on the menu and the Hawaiian bread is yummy. I would come back here when in the area but the menu needs to be more comprehensive. They had one vegetarian option, 2 fish dishes, roasted chicken and American Wagyu steak. I am intrigued by the afternoon tea though and will definitely be back to try it. The service was okay, a little slow sometimes but we made it for our theater performance in plenty of time. This is a really good option in this area, especially for pre-theater dining.

OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it. Roberto recommended it for brunch. He’s great

A
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were both amazing. This was a pre show dinner and it was a block from the Orpheum Theater so it was perfect. Only draw back was it was very noisy which made it hard to talk.

k
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend Villon! The food is delicious, perfectly portioned, and the menu size is just right. Jim our server was attentive, engaged, respectful, and made excellent suggestions.
We look forward to our next visit!

VW
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great staff! Food excellent- kale salad was the only negative.

JF
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service, setting and food were wonderful. Beautiful hotel and restaurant. Restaurant was very attentive to my celiac disease needs. That really stood out as a gluten free eater.

S
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous setting and service! Loved every bite of my salmon and the Brussels sprouts were incredible.

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent! Hamachi crudo was best!

BE
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My son and I had a celebratory meal at Villon, and we were not disappointed! We splurged and shared a very nice bottle of prosecco; then we started with the Hawaiian bread, which was awesome; I ordered the Tonnarelli Pasta, which came with some delicious jumbo shrimp; my son ordered the King Salmon, which disappeared from his plate well before I finished my dinner! For dessert we shared the Coconut Panna Cotta, which tasted more raspberry than coconut--it was delicious! The dining room has an intimate feel; the ambiance is very pleasant. I highly recommend Villon!

L
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful little restaurant! We were there before seeing Hamilton at the Orpheum and while we had left plenty of time others had left less so but the staff was very attentive and made sure to know who needed to get the show. The food was really really good and the service outstanding. Highly recommended!