Violet’s

4.6
352 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
American restaurant & cocktail bar serving classic dishes and innovative cocktails.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 352 people are saying
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bluemonday
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 6 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had dinner there to celebrate my friend’s birthday. I was super late but the staff was super accommodating. Dinner was fab - we ordered from the SF restaurant week menu and added a couple things from the happy hour menu. What a fab Wednesday night. Thank you!

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eatwell
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall3food2service3ambience2

We went because it was our understanding that Violet's was participating in SF Restaurant Week, but when we were seated the hostess gave us the menus, minus the special restaurant week menu. We had to ask for the menu. Three of us made choices off the restaurant week menu, the fourth person ordered a hamburger. The portions were so small. The black cod my husband ordered was so small, he commented to the waitperson about the size, which was not kindly received. The hamburger off the regular menu looked like a slider. The music was so loud we could barely hear each other speak. All in all, the dinner was not a pleasant experience: we won't be returning. There are so many other wonderful restaurants in San Francisco.

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vipFoody
San Francisco
66 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I came on restaurant week and was quite surprised at the quality of food. I normally get their fried chicken dinner but had their prix fixed meal of kale and red beet salad, beef rib, fruit trifle for dessert, it also came with alcoholic beverage. The ribs were super tender and the dressing on the kale salad was very tasty. Dessert was a simple collection of berries on whipped cream. Price was a phenomenal $40 but hurry cuz the special menu ends soon.

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sfragazza
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We have always enjoyed dining at Violet's and this dinner was no exception, though a one thing seemed odd. The entree size of the cod compared to the chicken dish was noticeably different and insufficient. And not only that, there were two cod dishes ordered and one was much smaller in size than the other! My dining partners were still hungry after their small sized cod entrees whereas my entree was just what you would expect as an entree portion. The cod description included mention of Cauliflower -- we certainly couldn't see it, but maybe it was in a puree? Actual cauliflower florets would have been a welcomed addition if only to feel full. Not a big deal, but it might be worth asking about portion sizes in advance of deciding on your entree.

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neighbor
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food was phenomenal. There was some confusions with the service, but it all worked out.

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TheresaH
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the house salad which was outstanding and large enough to share and we shared the larger fried chicken which was delicious. The fries were cold but they returned those without hesitation and delivered piping hot delicious fries

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BaldwinT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great neighborhood place for casual dining and drinks

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vipbruncher
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Service was a little slow but otherwise good experience. Recommend the cocktails!

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vipRosny
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Great ambience and cocktails. Burger, fries and apps were decent. The main plates were just ok.

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vipEvelynG
London
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was pleasantly surprised! Easy to get a table on a Saturday evening, waiter was super friendly, and the food was great!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Violet’s went above and beyond to provide a delicious, COVID safe dining experience. Highly recommend visiting Violet’s soon!!

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vipjrnw
Orange County
21 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service beyond expectations. Comfortable, cool, enjoyable. I wish every day had a reason to visit Violets.

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
11 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server handled our party of 6 smoothly. Cocktails and dinner were delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Great experice cokies are giant but i think you need to have add avacado as option garlic fries are great and cheesy

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vipBobd
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food at Violet's is always reliably good. It's not a big menu but what they do, they do right. 2 of us had the burger which is always great, 1 had the salmon which he enjoyed a lot & finally one of us had the baked chicken which was apparently delicious. It was a beautiful evening so the outside area was perfect. The staff was friendly and attentive.

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Maggs
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Violet's to celebrate running my 11th marathon and the staff was so kind about our celebration! Love Violet's and will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent. evening was a great success. food and service were terrific. felt like we were some place people wanted to be. recommended.

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MrMick
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's always a pleasure to dine at Violet's. The atmosphere is unpretentious, the food and drink consistently exceptional, and the service beyond reproach. For us, the upside of now having outdoor seating makes it easier for us to have meals out, since we rent an apartment and our landlord allows us to have a small dog as long as we don't leave here alone.

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anninsf
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really inventive food, friendly staff...all around a great little place.

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vipAnge
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Excellent service. Drinks were also a hit. The best cocktails that I have had in quite a while.

Al Pastor skewers were cold but tasty. The fried chicken was extra crunchy but had great flavor. We highly recomment the Violet salad!

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Izzmar
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good drinks and food, friendly and attentive staff, outdoor seating is heated on cool nights. Great place for groups too!

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vipsarah
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good neighborhood restaurant. I love the food there and service is great. However I have tried the cocktails several times and although they are well presented their taste is pretty disappointing. Other than that it is one of my favorite restaurant.

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BrianM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The salad and burgers were quite tasty, service was on point, and the cocktails were excellent. We asked to sit at the bar since the table we were seated at originally was a bit too close to the couple next to us (within elbow distance). The paloma and highball we ordered were fantastic. The only thing this place needs is a dairy+gluten free entrée option.

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vipowlhillfoodie
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent, innovative food and beverages. Nice people. A gem.

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vipNogaYogev16
San Francisco
60 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

To honor my brother who just passed away

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

loved it. fabulous food. great service and space. recommended

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Travel2learn
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We wanted to check out neighborhood restaurants while revisiting where we used to live. Violet’s did not disappoint.

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RKL1
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wonderful food and drinks! Nice outdoor seating, although the street noise can be a little loud. The people working there were all fantastically nice. But the crush of Friday night diners got them a little “wires crossed” on getting basics to the table (like silverware, napkins). It all turned out great though! 👍

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Maureen
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Went to Violet’s for the first time to celebrate a friend’s birthday. The staff was fantastic! Everyone was friendly and very attentive. They started us off with a small glass of champagne to celebrate. The food was good and on par with similar restaurants. I had the Impossible burger with ballpark fries (yum)! Both tasted terrific, but at $24 seemed a little pricey. We ordered the big chocolate chip cookie for dessert and the waitress brought it out with candles for the birthday girl. They also let us know it was on the house, very cool. Overall, the awesome staff & ambiance really stood out for me. I’ll definitely come back as the restaurant is close to home.

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sfragazza
Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Cute neighborhood restaurant with top notch food and outdoor dining options. Their Impossible Burger may be the best one I have ever had, and same is true for the Shishito peppers (I have them all the time, but something about this version was particularly delicious). They also have some original veggie-oriented starter dishes that are great.

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LeslieEdie
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always. Best Caesar salad. And the smashed cucumbers are unbelievable. And the bartender made me my own warm cocktail. There was rye and ginger and I don’t know what else but it was delicious.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The staff and cuisine were really good, as were the cocktails!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Food was way too salty. Service started with them telling us we could only be there for an hour and a half. Not a great beginning. It was better just 3 months ago!! I don't completely blame them. It's probably the high turnover during the pandemic.

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vipGeoSF
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience3

Busy everyday of the week! Make sure to get a reservation and try some of the wonderful cocktails. You can’t go wrong with any of the dishes/entrees. We enjoyed both the burger and fried chicken.

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JeffT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the food was excellent. The staff were very attentive and enhanced the overall experience. Will definitely go back many times!

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vipluv2dine
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We got seated immediately. The food it’s consistently good but portions got smaller. The salmon was so small that it wasn’t enough for dinner or for the price. Service was good though.

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Chopped
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great new menu with holdovers of the golden oldies. Continuing good cocktails. Nice staff. Can’t beat the value.

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RilkeSF
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Nice ambiance. Creative cocktails. Uninspired wine list. Fun apps. Pork chop over cooked (twice). Nice Server was attentive.

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SFWendy
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Swanky restaurant with a New York city vibe, inventive cocktails, and fun food. A friend and I shared a few appetizers and salads for dinner, and it was delicious and filling. A bit noisy -- or maybe we're all still adjusting to full indoor dining again after so long without it.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly, speedy service, delicious drinks and food, and a special accommodation for a special occasion. Very nice all around.

FAQs

Violet’s offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 682-4861.

Violet’s is rated 4.6 stars by 352 OpenTable diners.

Violet’s does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://onelink.quickgifts.com/merchant/violets-tavern-san-francisco/.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.