Villon

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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.

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MV
Adelaide / SA
28 reviews
Dined 12 hours ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Fun dinner at Villon. Loved the decor, and the interesting drink menu makes for great dinner conversations!
Menu is creative and food is delicious. Service is friendly and prompt.
Probably not kids friendly.

DB
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This is a hidden gem on Market St in the Proper Hotel just down the street rom the Orpheum Theatre. We ate here before going to see Hamilton. The made sure we were done by 6:30 for the 4 minute walk up the street to the theatre. Although this place serves breakfast, brunch, lunch, etc. The dinner was very good. Our waitress was excellent and really took care of us. She never missed a beat. We ordered the truffle butter rolls, dungeness crab salad and wagyu steak to share. The only negative was the salad because of the portion size. really small; about two bites. Cocktails were some of the best. Old fashion was one the best.

R
New York Area
126 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Food was fine, nothing special. Service was very good however and despite not being in the best neighborhood the restaurant is in a nice setting.

JD
San Diego
23 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great food, and servers were very attentive to our theater timeline. Every dish was delicious!!

h
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Villon is the perfect place for a cocktail or dinner before your theater show. The food is delicious and the service is attentive. They will ask you if you are catching a show and will make sure your food comes out without a hitch. Loved their chicory salad and Dungeness crab. Will want to go back to try their tea time service !

OT
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the informal environment with wonderful service

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I didn’t know what to expect but it was a delicious surprise. The food is unique and yummy - so many interesting flavors to experience. The service was great. The presentation superb. I loved every minute. It was fun!

MA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is conveniently located on the ground floor of the delightfully chic Proper Hotel at 7th & Market Streets. The location, along with the delicious and creative food, great service, and simple but beautiful decor make it a perfect place for a pre-or post-theater meal. We enjoyed our meals before the fantastic matinee Hamilton performance at the nearby Orpheum Theatre.

OT
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience4

Disappointed in their corkage fee $25 for one person for one bottle of wine. All I did was drink out of one glass. The bottle didn’t continue to go work at contained a screw cap so there was really nothing to open it was difficult consider that in your putting Your next pricing together

m
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

We made a reservation before coming so expected to get a good seating. When we entered, it was only about 50% full. Seating was terribly uncomfortable and I got a cramp in the middle of my tea. Very deep sofa for me which made the table too high for me to eat comfortably while my partner was sitting across me in a chair that made him look uncomfortably taller than I was. We both felt the seating was weird and uncomfortable. We requested for a change of seating but were told that all the seats are the same. Oh well. It took a while for someone to come to us to give us the menu (which we had to ask for), and after a few minutes, we had to call someone to take our order. We gave our order during which we specified the dietary requirements and were told that another server would come up to us to explain the menu to us and the ingredients. Sounds fine. Time passes and another server comes to us and says "can i take your order please". We explain that someone has already taken our order and that we're already explained our dietary requirements there. But he insists that he will take our whole order again and no one has taken our order. Which was frustrating. Anyway, we ordered again with this guy. Our tea gets served. Tea was alright. We order a change of tea but nowhere does it state that you will be charged for a change of tea. The places I have been to have never charged for a change of tea. So I was surprised that this was not mentioned anywhere. Anyway, we ask about the food and the guy couldn't even name all the dishes for us so it was disappointing because we didn't know what we were eating. Food wasn't up to par. The madeleines and doughnut holes tasted stale like they were made a week before. The scones were dry. The ginger/cinnamon cookie tasted stale as well. I'm not sure if any of this was made in house. It tasted cheap and storebought for the most part. Sandwiches tasted fresher than everything else but they were average.

F
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Happy to find an upscale eatery and hotel near the Orpheum Theater

IA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

It was a pleasure being in the lovely, cool, chic Proper Hotel. Everyone was very friendly and accommodating. Villon was a pleasant experience. The only service faux pas was that they came and took one person's empty plate while the others were still eating. (Didn't even ask.) The food was fine but I would have liked more non-breakfast things on the menu. Three of us had the California egg plate. There was nothing robust about it, that's for sure. Small amounts on a big plate. The eggs and avocado were good. The "Garden Salad" was just plain odd, (a little too precious?), which would have been OK if it was tasty. A schmear of guacamole, a few pomegranate seeds, some hard squash chunks, a few mushrooms, and what might have been a potato. That doesn't denote garden salad to me and as I mentioned, it wasn't even tasty.
The person who had the egg sandwich liked that a lot.

KB
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ordered the five course special menu on New Years Eve and the food was excellent. Highly recommend the “earthquake proof” cocktail. Server was very friendly, polite and professional. We never felt rushed but also never had to wait long for the next course or extra silverware.

F
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were there for the New Years Eve special menu #1. 4 courses plus amuse. excellent. I had been there before and loved it, and as always the service and details are among the best. New chef - a celeb who has yet to be announced. Each entry was stunningly displayed and just enough to both satisfy and also not exit the place with that overstuffed feeling. Final entry was Beef Wellington. We had a cocktail and 2 wines and the final bill EACH was about $215.00. Pricey YES, but a once in a time happening. Worth it!!

CA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent service from start to finish. The ambiance is lovely, calm, and stylish. Made me feel like I was in a Parisian cafe. The menu was able to accommodate all of our dietary needs (although no gluten free bread options but enough choice regardless). Vegan, omnivore, pescatarian...we all were satisfied. The food is standard fare and well done with quality ingredients. Not overly seasoned, just right. Close to the Orpheum, so we were grateful to have this lovely lunch before our matinee. Overall wonderful!

AH
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious! Relaxed place with scrumptious brunch and excellent gin fizzes!

OT
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Despite what appears to be a limited menu, everything we ordered was fantastic. We were seated on time and service was prompt. We will definitely return.

CW
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love coming to the Villon before shows at the Golden Gate Theater. The restaurant is an incredible gem tucked away on Market Street. The service is top-notch, food is delicious and the ambiance is elegant.

h
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Saw oysters in pictures on the website. They are only in dinner menu sometimes, so we missed it at lunchtime
They were very kind and accommodating!

SF
Melbourne / VIC
12 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sweet waiter. Loved the creativity of ingredients and combinations in the food. Presentation was great. Love the old school glamour the place has.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

The restaurant caters to people seeing a show. When we arrived at 5:05 we let the waiter know we were seeing Hamilton at 7. The waiter encouraged us to order dishes to share. We ordered all of the dishes at once so the kitchen could pace them. At 6:30 none of our entrees has arrived. When they started coming out at 6:40, they were not cooked through. Clearly the kitchen had rushed them out. The manager blamed the waiter for not telling us we would not have time for 3 courses. But the kitchen could have sent them in any order, at any time. To make matters worse, my husband left my pen with the check and the staff amazingly could not find it when he called the next day. We will not return.

S
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Quaint. Cozy. Parisian. Whats not to love? The food. My Cobb-like salad was excellent. However, the Burger was terrible and needs a complete make over. The Bun was McDonald-esque, the patty was small and thin and not tasty. Also, when we arrived, the place smelled fishy. Low and behold, the table next to us was eating fish and chips, one of my favorite meals, so I took a glance. It looked un-appetizing and colorless and did not smell good. So, the food is suspect. I hope they will bring in a consultant immediately. Until then, I will wait 6 months before I go back.

ZE
Orange County
20 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a nice lunch here before seeing Hamilton. We walked over a mile to get here from our hotel and then had a short walk to the Orpheum for the matinee. Good food and service.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas Brunch

OT
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Christmas brunch, service was too slow. Waiter had to go back for “forgotten” elements of two different plates. Pan o chocolat was terrible.
Other than that everyone was really kind and nice. Food was great, the place is really hip and decoroation is amazing.
Would return

d
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious breakfast, great service and beautiful decor

SM
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience4

When I first arrived the gentleman that greeted me was very nice and the lady that stopped by with menus was pleasant. The waiter (D) was not clear when asked a question about how the tea service worked if we could have multiple teas or a pot of coffee. He brought our tea and 30 plus minutes later we still did not have the afternoon tea we had ordered. We decided to leave and then the waiter appeared and asked why we were leaving; we explained that we had been waiting he said the food was on the way which was highly unlikely. I was so looking forward to afternoon tea but the service was below par...sad to say it was not a great Christmas eve!

OT
Nashville
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always!

AY
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were amazing!!! Highly recommend

T
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food but a bit pricey— perfect place for a meal pre theater. Staff very efficient and very mindful that we make it out on time

EA
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was amazing, she knew we were heading to the theatre so she made our delicious food appear SO fast!

C
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous service and amazing food. We went here before Hamilton and they were able to serve us and recommend best food choices while still giving ample time for desert and a casual walk to the theatre. Excellent restaurant and a wonderful experience.

r
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Enjoyed our pre-theater dinner- my companion loved the engergetic/hip vibe of the restaurant/hotel. Waitstaff very attentive, allowing us to change because our first table was in the dark corner. Unusual items on the menu we didn't have a chance to try - we had amazing gnocci with mushrooms and kabocha squash. loved my mai tai, extensive cocktail list.

ES
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Cute vibe, overpriced, food was okay. Would probably not go back.

CR
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As a season ticket holder to Broadway SF, I'm always on the prowl for an excellent dining experience before heading to the Orpheum or Golden Gate theatres. Based on OpenTable reviews, I booked Villon at the Hotel Proper to indulge my best friend on her birthday. WHAT A TREAT! The cocktails were great - I loved the La Perla! The kale salad was amazing, as were the Brussels sprouts (balsamic reduction was delish!). The main we both chose was the sable fish and we were NOT disappointed. Cooked to perfection; sauce was delicious! PLUS our server was a 100% pro: fast, attentive service, personable but not intrusive, knowledgable about the drinks and menu, and sensitive to our curtain time. I will absolutely go back!

N
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
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 on December 8, 2019
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 on December 8, 2019
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 on December 7, 2019
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 on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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