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Red Hill Station

4.4
117 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
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Red Hill Station in Bernal Heights, San Francisco is a California restaurant offering the fresh catch from local fishermen and farms. Taylor Pedersen is the head chef and mastermind behind the restaurant, providing a breath of fresh air in terms of design and comfort in Red Hill Station. You can choose to sit by the large street windows and watch the world pass by as you eat or place yourself at the bar and observe the the chefs at work in the open kitchen. A private banquet room is available for reservations and rentals.

The Red Hill Station menu is filled with a lot of dishes you won't find just anywhere. Excellent seafood choices like Monterey calimari, Tombo tuna, Alaskan Halibut fillet and White Gulf prawns mix perfectly with Southern Californian dishes like the Chorizo, lime, cream and fried serranos or Fried Local Night Smelt, pesto di limone salad.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Daily 11am - 10pm, Brunch Saturday and Sunday
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Phone number
(415) 757-0480
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Taylor Pedersen
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between Ellsworth & Gates Sts.
Additional
Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Wine
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4.4based on all time ratings
4.6
food
4.4
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4.0
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5.0
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3.0Dined on May 16, 2015

Be careful when making a reservation here. I made one for four people quite awhile ago and received an email confirmation a few days before. However, when we showed up the restaurant said they didn't have my reservation in the system and that it would be a half hour wait. Fortunately someone left earlier and we didn't wait that long. The food we quite delicious and once seated the service was good.

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5.0Dined on April 17, 2015

Red Hill station gives you a relaxed dining experience. The menu is succinct and delicious - great fish, salads , pasta. We will definitely be back!

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4.0Dined on April 17, 2015

Due to no fault of the restaurant, it was a windy night and every time the door opened, a blast of cold air froze us. It was a busy night so it happened more often than not. As for the food, My husband had the Linguini and Clams and said it was the best he ever had. My fish and chips was fresh and batter was thick and even raw at a lot of places, so I peeled it off and ate just the fish. I had hoped it would have been lighter and crisper. Our waiter was friendly and efficient.

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2015

Great food! The Tuna tar tar was amazing.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2015

The service was almost as good as the amazing fresh seafood and ambiance. Beautiful Bernal Heights gem, I would eat there weekly if possible. Reasonably priced for an overall stellar meal of steak and seafood.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2015

I have been to Red Hill Station 4 times. The staff is terrific and welcoming. The food is so good, fresh, in season and interesting.
The chef really knows how to cook fish. The place has a warm and upbeat vibe. Love this restaurant: I'll be back.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2015

My husband and I went here the other night. It has a great neighborhood vibe and friendly knowledgeable service. We started with some kumamoto oysters and some fried local anchovies. Both were superb. The anchovies were perfectly salted and complimented by a green herb sauce and a side salad dressed in bright citrus dressing. My husband had the linguine with clams. The sauce was perfectly balanced, rich, and flavorful. I had a piece of halibut with an array of vegetables. All the food was really high quality made from ingredients prepared skillfully. The wine list is pricey, but they have 4 great wines on tap and you can get carafes. Also, corkage on your first bottle is free! Subsequent bottles are $20.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2015

On this my 6th visit I am still enamored. The servers are courteous and friendly. They remembered my special request - Amy, an owner, is charming and engaging. The food has been on spot each visit. Nice addition to Bernal!

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2015

I have now eaten here 4 times and have been more than satisfied with the establishment. They are able to accommodate my dietary needs without issue. Friendly & Efficient!

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2015

What a gem! Food is fresh, portions generous and prices are unusually inexpensive for SF.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2015

I was so happy to see the chef and long time server from Anchor open their own place. The first time we went it was a bit uneven, but I think they were still working out the kinds. So glad we went back, it was fabulous. I highly recommend any of the fish served with the brown butter almond sage sauce. This time it was Alaskan halibut. They take special care with the accompaniments: frizzled leeks on top of the fish, roasted Brussels sprouts, golden beets and fingerling potatoes along side. Just a few bites of each. Constant pleasure and variety. Super friendly people in every position.

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4.0Dined on March 28, 2015

Great seafood, great service, and in my neighborhood, would go back again and again...

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2015

As a culinary school graduate, I'm a big skeptic when I go to restaurants. I typically hate spending money making food that I could do better ...haha. But I must say that Red Hill Station was the exception. The food was outstanding! The artichoke stuffed with bay shrimp was perfection . The Caesar salad. .. done everywhere was one f the best I've ever had. The food the chef used showed high quality ingredients and produced a perfect blend off chic yet classic. Plating was beautiful as well. All in all, I would highly recommend this to my friends,

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2015

Red Hill Station is a Bernal Heights gem. It is small but the service is fantastic and the linguine & clams is outstanding. They've done wonders with the space and there is a private area for a small group. I love this place and crave their food when I'm not there.

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4.0Dined on March 6, 2015

Fresh well prepared fish and seafood!
Lunch prices seem a bit high. Friendly service. Will return.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2015

This is a great place to get your shellfish/seafood fix. If there is one word I could use to describe my experience it would be "simple", from the menu to the interior to the service. I mean this in a good way. No menu anxiety, no being overwhelmed with choices and service. It's as if I'm going to a good friend's home for dinner and he/she is a great cook. The food at Red Hill Station is fresh, prepared to perfection and very good. The service is well balanced from being friendly and attentive to leaving you alone with your friends.
I'm always looking for a great fish and chips, from Foghorns in the Haight ( back in the 70's) to Londons on Polk. I've found great tasting fish and chips again at RHS. The shellfish and broth, well let's say, ask for more bread to soak up all of it. The wine selection is good.
This my 3rd visit in a month and I can't wait to go back again. I told my wife the last time, this is our place. Great neighborhood find! One last thing, make reservations, this is a modest size place ( which is part of its charm) and it fills up quickly.

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4.0Dined on February 28, 2015

I love this unassuming little restaurant. The seafood is always perfectly cooked/ They always have a good selection of salads topped with seasonal sea food.

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5.0Dined on February 27, 2015

Great innovative food, great friendly service, reasonable price, good wine selection

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5.0Dined on February 26, 2015

Love a destination restaurant 2 blocks from my home!
We had a late reservation on a week night and two parties were tying up the tables that our party could have been seated at. Why don't these folks continue their conversation down the street at a bar or coffee spot? Server was very apologetic but he was not responsible for bad manners. Comped us a lovely first course.Nice!!

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3.0Dined on February 26, 2015

The grilled calamari salad was outstanding: very flavorful with fresh, tasty dressing. The two fish entrees were just okay. They needed a flavor boost. I loved the cioppino on an earlier visit.

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2015

simple but well prepared sea food, as well as interesting pastas.
Go for big salads, with grilled calarmi or shrimp, big enough to share, loved the caesar with calamari.
Both pastas were memorable, vongole and a twist on traditional carbonara.
Other fish plates looked great, cant wait to go back and try again!

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5.0Dined on February 20, 2015

Went out of our way to celebrate my birthday here and happy we did. A friendly, neighbourhood place with terrific food. We climbed the hill before dinner for a fantastic and different view of San Francisco.

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5.0Dined on February 11, 2015

I have been to Red Hill several times with friends and family. This is truly a neighborhood gem! The food has been consistent every time and a family member commented that it was the best caesar salad ever! Can't say enough about the food as well as the excellent service.

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5.0Dined on February 7, 2015

What a great addition to the SF seafood scene. It is tops. Best Cioppini I have ever had! Everything was excellent. Atmosphere charming. Service flawless. Casual and well priced. My new favorite restaurant!

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3.0Dined on February 4, 2015

red hill station is a simple sea food restaurant in Bernal Heights. The quality of food is very good, served in a very simple and unpretentious environment. The quality of the sea food is very good, with the raw oysters being especially noteable. the quantities and prices are a problem. we began with a full liter of a house sauvignon blanc, priced way over the top at $50. Thats generic wine, not something special. The oysters were very fresh, but one variety were tasteless. Not a pleasant experience at $3 a pop! The large cioppino is served on a large platter, not a pot, and contains a great deal of tomato sauce, hidden within are a few morsels of crab, mussels and fish. Literally, the total fish couldnt have been mroe than 1/2 pound! The pasta vongole includes a small amount of al dente pasta, topped with many clam shells. so, its really a small amount of clams on a small amount of pasta.
bottom line..if you are on Bernal and want very fresh sea food, this isnt a bad choice. expect to spend a lot and get a little.

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5.0Dined on January 30, 2015

We had a wonderful dinner here with warm service. The grilled calamari salad and the Dungeness crab were both excellent.

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4.0Dined on January 18, 2015

We are so fortunate that this place has graced Cortland Bernal - the food is terrific - the staff is attentive. It has become a favorite. Go..enjoy..In joy

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5.0Dined on January 18, 2015

How refreshing it is to have a great neighborhood restaurant with owner/operator and daily changing menu. This place has the freshest seafood and friendly, knowledgeable waitstaff. Went for weekend lunch and had the cioppino half order which was enough for two people and some to take home. We also had the cod en brodo which was also a treat. Small but adequate beer and wine list. Out of there for reasonable cost and happy to support these guys. Our new "go-to" weekend place since Piquito stopped serving lunch.

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2.0Dined on January 11, 2015

a disappointing experience. we ate here around the time it first opened and everything was good; while the place definitely could do with some better ventilation (it's frickin' HOT in there), service, food/selection, etc, were all really good. we returned last week to a different experience; the menu had barely changed, beer selection (3 or 4!) was unchanged from months ago (come on. not everyone is into wine, guys). although our server was really nice & very personable, service was inconsistent. also, we ordered a calamari salad, which turned out to be the exact same salad that came with the entree, but sans the calamari. the server might have pointed this out to us, but didn't. in addition, before ordering the fish tacos, i asked the server if the portion was "generous", and she assured me it was, when my ~$20 fish tacos arrived, they contained (no exaggeration here) roughly a tablespoon each of fish. all tortilla & sauce. very lame and disappointing, regardless of the server's inaccurate information. also, another server (a male. also a super nice guy) was casually sitting at the table next to ours chatting with the patrons as we ate.

all in all, not a horrible dining experience. maybe it was an "off night". maybe the staff of RHS were all a bit "high" off their high praise & ratings, but seemed way too laid back & not really focused on their diners as a result. lack of variety & change in the menu was the biggest disappointment. and again; FOR THE LOVE OF gOD, *PLEASE* GET A FEW MORE BEERS!!!

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5.0Dined on January 3, 2015

Our server Christopher was very attentive.
Amy, the owner, is very personable and interested in assuring a good dining experience for her customers.

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5.0Dined on January 3, 2015

Charming and friendly spot with great food and wine list. We had the cioppino which was massive and chock full of seafood and an entire crab. The mussels were some of the best I've ever had (from Washington state the waiter said).
The creme brûlée made with butterscotch mushroom sounded odd but was a delicious end.

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4.0Dined on December 15, 2014

Limited menu and a bit pricey, but overall very good; friendly service tho we had to wait a while for main course after oysters; delicious clams with broth!

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4.0Dined on December 14, 2014

They accomodated two birthdays and a large party of 14 on a rainy Sunday evening. Their max is usually 10 people but they made an exception for us. The restaurant wasn't too crowded. The service was excellent and we received no attitude (which is common in San Francisco) with our large party. My Ahi tuna salad was excellent. They even served the two cakes that we brought without charging us a cake fee.

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5.0Dined on December 13, 2014

Great seafood in Bernal Heights. The cioppino is amazing.

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5.0Dined on December 13, 2014

Fantastic food! Always want to visit this place when I'm in SF.

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5.0Dined on December 8, 2014

This place is a great fine. I love a 10 minute walk away and it's nice to have some casual fine dining near me. While the ambiance is easy-going, it is also gorgeous and the food is incredible. They have wine on tap which is always fun. The servers are friendly, welcoming, and super helpful.

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5.0Dined on December 8, 2014

I am so glad to have discovered this wonderful seafood place. Good . simple food , artfully cooked .

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4.0Dined on December 6, 2014

Good food but small, noisy, limited food and wine menu. Casual, neighborhood place.

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5.0Dined on December 3, 2014

mussels, calamari, fish and shoestring potatoes at their best. inherent flavor accompanied by familiar favorites with just enough of a twist. what a wonderful and heartfelt endeavor. can't wait to go back to red hill station.

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4.0Dined on November 30, 2014

we loved this place. the crispy fired smelt were done perfectly as was the calamari on the roasted vegetable salad.

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