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Violet’s, San Francisco, CA
Award-winning

Violet’s

4.5
4.5
476 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
American restaurant & cocktail bar serving classic dishes and innovative cocktails.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 18 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    American
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Sun 4:30 pm–9:00 pm Dinner Fri, Sat 4:30 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (415) 682-4861
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Ryan Raaka
  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Plate 2022
  • Neighborhood
    Richmond District
  • Cross street
    24th Avenue
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 476 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Francisco

    Lively

476 Reviews
  1. TaylorR

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    what a gem. def one of my new top spots in the city!

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Customer service good. Food took forever, was over priced and not good.

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  3. s1moore

    San Francisco

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such a neighborhood gem. Good food, easy vibe, nice folks. $35 Prix fixe dinner is a treat!

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  4. Gigi

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The staff were super attentive and professional. Would highly recommend

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  5. Tilly

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic service and great neighborhood/chic vibe.

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  6. PamGrier

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    I'm hoping that it was just an off night since I've heard really great things from people about Violet's. My partner and I went on Tuesday. I got the prix fixed menu for SF restaurant week. Cocktail was pretty, the salad was great (especially since they gave us a big one to share). The burgers... we're lacking. They tasted a little like gas grill, if that makes any sense? Smoky but not in a great way. The bun was super soggy and it took 30-40 minutes to get out. The big chocolate cookie didn't take the taste out of my mouth. Kind of a bummer since this was on my "must-try" list. The server was super sweet though! But doubt I will go back.

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  7. Janelle

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 31, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very simple and homey menu. Ordered Wings and Broccoli Mac & Cheese for appetizer. The wings on the menu claimed a certain flavor but tasted barely any of it, but the wing itself was executed perfectly. The Mac and cheese was okay, nothing special. The burger was unique in flavor and cooked to perfection. Homemade pickles really stood out to me. Is the burger and average fries worth the price? Not in my opinion. But would definitely come back to try the Happy Hour and the Pre-fixe menu next time.

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  8. kvsf

    San Francisco

    126 reviews

    3.0

    126 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Violet's is okay. The rice dish was overly salted and way too much sage. The Mac and cheese is a substantial dish and very filling. We had to send it back and order something else. Our server was wonderful but sometimes not available. Other servers walked by and offered no help as we waited and waited for more water. It's way to cold outside when it's windy and cold, the heated ding really help that much. We just ate quickly and left.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Tucson

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Have been here a few different times and have tried a few of the small bites, which were always delicious. BUT the big focus in this review is on their delicious and unique cocktails. Every drink I've tried ranging from the signature Violet Skies to The Nihilist and City Bird have been wonderful. On top of it, the team that runs Violets is very attentive and creates a great ambiance.

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  10. JudiE

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent food with a very friendly and accomodating staff.

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  11. AliB

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Our party thought the food was terrible, from the appetizers to the salads to the main course to the dessert. And it was expensive too. One of the worst meals I've had in the city.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Violet's has the best burger in the city and it's not particularly close

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  13. HannahB

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious prix fixed menu and delightful cocktail pairings. Sat outside and enjoyed people watching!

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  14. SungC

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Prix fixe and wine/cocktail pairing was a good deal. The food was solid but a little too much going on with each plate. Will consider coming back to order off the regular menu but will want to try other places first.

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  15. DarleneJ

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Thank you, I was able to return the hamburger because the aioli sauce was spicy so they made me a new hamburger without the sauce. Chicken wings were good, crunchy, and very well-seasoned. Staff was attentive and tried to make ammends with slight discount. Thank you. I appreciate the effort.

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  16. SaritaM

    San Francisco

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had read about Violet's on a recent trip to SF and wanted to be sure to go on this trip. We were well rewarded! The food was stunningly delicious and the Crossover Old Fashioned Cocktail I had was delectable. The service was perfect and each course was unusual, familiar, and delicious if that makes sense. The BLTA stack with basil was divine and the strawberry shortcake was extremely good--not too sweet and with a surprising and delicious twist on the shortcake. We will go back. Highly recommend.

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  17. KristineD

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As a long time foodie, I found dining at Violet's a pleasure. I love finding quiet neighborhood restaurants with great food and local flavor and this place is that gem. We were there on a Sunday evening and the restaurant filled up with people enjoying a drink, lingering over apps and catching up on life. The vibe is charming and decidedly low key. One regular brought his dog who made friends with the remaining patrons. The Pre-Fixe menu is an unbeatable value and between my husband and I we were able to try everything. Each item was delicious, well portioned and captures so much of the fresh and eclectic cuisine San Francisco is known for. The cocktails are first rate too. My husband rarely orders two, but their Old Fashioned was exceptional. I highly recommend dining at Violet's and hope to be back again sometime soon.

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  18. LisaS

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food and quaint atmosphere — fantastic bar menu

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  19. MaryT

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Violet’s is an intimate space full of delicious food and cocktails! The staff is very friendly and attentive. A great place to share some plates and have a great time!

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved this place. It has been on my list to try for some time now so it was fun to finally try it. Every dish was delicious. We ordered the olives, French fries, a couple mock tails, the burger and the chicken. Everything was delicious. I look forward to coming again.

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  21. JoeB

    Greensboro

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Small seating area inside. Plenty of bar seating and outside seating available. Limited menu, everything we ate was fresh. Great service. Would dine there again.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was great, and so were the cocktails. Servers were friendly and attentive without being overbearing.

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  23. MaryW

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our party of three was seated at a prize corner table by the window. Our server was friendly and extremely helpful--knew the menu and the wine selections with good suggestions. As seniors, we know to go early on a week night, so the noise level was perfectly acceptable to us. This is becoming a family favorite!

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  24. Richmondiner

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Violet's has great cocktails and ambiance and, often, great food. What makes it memorable, unusual and delightful is the prix fixe menu with cocktail/wine pairing. I will come back again and again for this meal.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best burger in the city, possibly the world. Not to be missed!

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  26. DoubleD

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The pros: ambiance and service were very good. Food- the menu is very limited. We ordered 2 burgers and 2 cocktails. After tax and tip, it was $94. If the burgers were outstanding this would have been expected for dining out in SF but there was nothing notable about them. Looked and tasted like a diner burger complete with American cheese. Maybe stick to cocktails and a small plate or two.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    It was more than 30 minutes between courses of soup, main, and desert. (we were there for an hour and 45 minutes total). Wine orders were forgotten, when they were still on the bill, the staff poured them into paper cups to go home with. Truly the worst meal I’ve had in San Francisco after living here 15 years.

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  28. MollyC

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of my go to spots in the city. It's walking distance which is a perk, but also you can usually get a reservation last minute. The food is getting better by the day, their market salads are always a revelation. As a personal chef, I have stolen one or two of their ideas! Great burgers and fried chicken and their new offerings on the tasting menu were superb. Cocktails always amazing. It's just a winner.

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  29. Lauren

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I had the schnitzel. I am unfortunately allergic to jalapenos so I couldn't eat much of the bay shrimp salad that was on top but it was divine. I also had the ritual cocktail, and honestly one of the best tequila cocktails I've ever had.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Super, super loud inside . We have had some nice meals at Violets before but this one wasn’t great. Outdoor is a nicer vibe than inside.

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  31. Lynette

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Tasty food, great non alcoholic options 😋 which is a big plus for me. Pri Fixe option was worth it. If going on a weekend,arrive early because parking can be tricky in the area!! THE STAFF WERE LOVELY 😍 and I love the plant bar aesthetic 💚

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  32. travelmentor1

    San Francisco

    61 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    it was a quiet night and nice spot Food was good but not to my taste

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful restaurant. Relaxing, excellent food, staff was great. Definitely will revisit. Thank you for a great 21st BD celebration!!

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  34. MandaC

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Unfortunately, Violet's doesn't have a handle on pacing of courses. My companion and I didn't have time to enjoy our complimentary cocktails when the first course and the accompanying beverage were brought out. Not long after, the second course was brought out. And then right after, the third course. To give you an idea of how rushed the dinner was, my reservations were for 6pm and by 6:20pm, all 3 courses and accompanying wines/cocktails were out. This is by far the worst dinner experience ever.

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  35. trypsinedta

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My friend and I decided to check out this place during SF restaurant week. We loved the entrees -- both the pasta and the chicken schnitzel. For a three-course menu with an included cocktail, the price was very reasonable and the quality of the food is amazing. Our waiter was very attentive as well. We definitely will consider visiting again.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Every single dish we had that night was exceptional. Will definitely come back for more and bring friends:)

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  37. AnshP

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent appetizers. Outstanding burgers. Great cocktails and mocktails.

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  38. kvsf

    San Francisco

    126 reviews

    3.0

    126 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    We went to enjoy their delicious happy hour fare. We were surprised that the happy hour menu had changed so much The hamburger was no longer on the menu . As were many others . Prices too have gone up. And portions are smaller.,

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  39. TysonN

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Very delicious food, the wait person was very attentive.

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  40. Sfmom

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such a great happy hour for moms!

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FAQs

Violet’s does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Violet’s also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 682-4861.

Violet’s is rated 4.5 stars by 476 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 18 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Violet’s

2301 Clement St., San Francisco, CA 94121

Additional information

  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Plate 2022
  • Cross street
    24th Avenue
  • Neighborhood
    Richmond District
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Sun 4:30 pm–9:00 pm Dinner Fri, Sat 4:30 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    American
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Ryan Raaka
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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