Stones Throw

4.6
798 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Stones Throw, a California/American restaurant and bar situated in the heart of San Francisco in the renowned Russian Hill neighborhood, goes back to the basics, highlighting the simple things in life: great food, undying hospitality and a fun, carefree environment where everyone feels welcome.

Stones Throw features an extensive beer list with a balance between large format, hard to find beers, and familiar namesakes as well as a wine menu focusing on value, along with a careful balance of eclectic and adventurous wines.

NOW FEATURING A NEWLY ENHANCED BRUNCH PRE-FIXE! For $20/person, receive a three course pre-fixe brunch including housemade pastries and breads, choice of entrees, and dessert for the table made by Corporate Pastry Chef Tara Lewis. We also feature bottomless mimosas, and other large format libations.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Contemporary American, Californian
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Sun 5:00pm-9:00pm

Dinner: T-Th 5:00pm-9:30pm

Dinner: Fri 5:00pm-10:00pm

Dinner: Sat 5:00pm-10:30pm

Brunch: Su 11:00am-1:45pm
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Phone number
(415) 796-2901
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Robin Song
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Private party facilities
Private and Semi-Private Dining Room, accommodating up to 28 guests. A full buyout of Stones Throw can accommodate 70 guests for cocktails and a sit down dinner.
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Private party contact
Tai Ricci: (415) 796-2901
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Green
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Parking details
Parking in the neighborhood is extremely difficult, and there are no parking garages in Russian Hill.
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Public transit
Powell/Hyde Street Cable Car - Stop on Hyde & Green.

Muni Bus -

45 Union/Stockton stop on Union & Hyde;
10 Townsend stop on Pacific Ave & Larkin St;
12 Folsom/Pacific stop on Pacific Ave & Larkin St;
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Indulge in the flavors and the fun. Celebrate the New Year at Stones Throw. We will be featuring a five course menu for $130.00 per person. Enjoy complimentary bubbles and party favors at midnight. All dietary restrictions can be accommodated, please list them in your reservation notes. Cheers!

Monday, December 31, 2018

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
7.7

A very solid neighborhood/date night restaurant in a neighborhood that could use more of both of those things. Just try not to fight each other over the squid ink pasta.

Ratings 7.5-8.0:These are restaurants that are reliable, tasty, and particularly good for whatever we have deemed them “Perfect For.” Hit up a 7.7 for Date Night with confidence, as long as you don’t need the restaurant to be the most interesting thing that happens that night.
What 798 People Are Saying
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Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice service with limited but quality food. Everyone loved the spare special an trout entree. Had the bread and butter which simple but tasty. No liquor license but wine and beer choices were good. Layout of drink menu was a little confusing. Overall nice place with good quality and fresh foood and prompt service.

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DR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing time! The food was impeccable and I will certainly be back.

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F
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was great, and the food was delicious. Definitely recommend this place for a nice casual dinner.

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JB
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took a friend to dinner for her birthday, but I didn't mention this when making the reservation or checking in. The waiter noticed that I presented her with a gift and intuited it was her birthday. As a surprise he brought a small version of the PB & J donut on a plate that read Happy Birthday.
She was delighted and I was impressed....Nice touch.
Joni

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f
San Diego
34 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

I have been to plenty of high quality restaurants all over the world. Some of the food here was good and some wasn’t. The burger was over cooked and flavorless. The shrimp cocktail also was flavorless and amounts are so small. They use some modern gastronomy techniques at this restaurant restaurant and the value you get for money is ridiculous. They do have a good beer and wine selection. The potato egg snack with cauliflower purée was our favorite thing. The tomato and burrata salad was good as well. The French onion soup was our least fav. The carbonara was pretty good. The apple tart dessert was lacking in size and flavor. We won’t come back.

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a
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the brunch is the best deal in town! would recommend to anyone and everyone!

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DS
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed a terrific meal, and the service is always friendly and professional - a brilliant combination with outstanding flavors

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RN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stones Throw never disappoints, besides the delicious and innovative fare you can always count on heartfelt ,efficient service from the team who always seem ready to go above and beyond.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Good but loud

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JN
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 5

I love Stone's Throw for dinner, but I think that a lot of things need to be ironed out for their brunch service. Checking in and sitting down was smooth, but the food took a very long time to come, despite the fact that it's prix fixe. Our server was friendly, but a bit abrasive each time he came. Food wise, for $25, it's decent value for 3 courses. That said, I was expecting a bit more in terms of quality based on the high bar I have for them for dinner service. An example is their fried chicken dish, where the crust/skin separated very easily from the meat, to the point where I had a shell to eat separately. The breakfast sandwich wasn't too bad, but felt just like a regular ham sandwich that could easily be made at home with grocery store ingredients (ie. it wasn't special).

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DL
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

The place was a bit dark for a brunch, and the kitchen seemed to be struggling with getting the orders out. The brunch menu was limited and it took a long time for our order to come out. This place would be better for dinner.

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s
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

We have eaten here a number of times before, had enjoyed the ambiance and the food, so arranged a dinner here. Because our friends were late coming from Marin, we got there at 5:45 instead of 5:30, when Stone's Throw opened. We were greeted with: "Oh, I thought you weren't coming." Fifteen minutes after opening time, restaurant still half empty. And it turned out Open Table was informed we had no-showed - I had to write them to correct it. Then the seafood pasta appetizer was ice cold, the portions in general were small, though the pasta with short rib sauce was still good. Then we ordered one dessert - the doughnuts, and they brought chocolate cake. The waitress was very nice - didn't charge for the seafood pasta and quickly brought the right dessert. But it was overall an unpleasant dining experience at a place where we had some very good meals in the past.

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OT
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Ordered based on wait person's recommendations, including the French onion soup and Lobster appetizers, burger, and grits. None of them were remarkable. The burger was ordered medium and came out raw and chewy in the center. Their version of tater tots was the best part of the meal, but nothing to write home about in the dipping sauce. The grits entree was to have peaches, none of which I could detect. The lobster was delicious. The French onion soup was described as "kind of not traditional." It was a vegetarian broth with no visible onions, two chunks of cheese, and tasted like it had too much vinegar. Our reservation was at 6:15, the restaurant was almost empty, and we seemed to wait a long time for our drinks and courses. It was unremarkable and we do not plan to return.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Poor!

Got the halibut which was not cooked properly, the French onion soup was not well done, Dessert was awful. The only thing decent was the can beer from Maui brewing!

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s
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great every time! My go to casual evening restaurant.

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AU
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

A little stark inside. Some food selections a bit overpriced. Nothing special.

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B
San Francisco
72 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Food was gourmet but pretty TINY portions for the HIGH price. Came at 5:30 as opened & no one there, left 7:30 as busy. 1st woman Server “disappeared” 1/2 way through meal taking other tables with clueless guy taking over, had NO idea what happened. He was very removed from customer service principles. I guess it’s their biz model, “floating servers” & “split tip model”...way disjointed, not good. No rapport or connection with the high-paying & values customer. Too many better places around nowadays.

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K
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The prefix menu was great deal, fried pancake is awesome, wish the fried have more flavor and could be little more crisper.

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JW
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

We liked the idea of bottomless mimosas with a 2 hour limit and our waitress sold us on it. I was not impressed with how slow and relaxed they were with bringing our mimosa refills as we had to keep asking them. That was a huge disappointment!!

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M
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We love StonesThrow and the new chef has made it even more fun.

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DC
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant, service was great. Sunday brunch was great, the pancake was huge! and delicious as was everything else we had. If I lived in San Francisco it would be my favorite place to eat.

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LV
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great SF neighborhood dining experience. Food was inventive and worth $. Highlight was the burger. Service was inconsistent but friendly. We will definitely go back.

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OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service

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s
San Francisco
50 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Great service. Food was good enough.

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j
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Potato puffs and melon/cucumber salad were fantastic starters. Halibut was 4 out of 5, so really good but just a tad off with how much it was cooked. Awesome beer and wine menu organized in a creative way that I actually prefer compared to the normal way. Service on a Sat night was great and atmosphere was good. My only complaint was the entrees seemed a bit too pricey (but nothing ridiculous for SF).

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B
San Francisco
43 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was very impressed with all of the menu items I ate. The waygu steak was some of the best meat I've ever tasted, and the squid ink pasta was amazing. The beer and wine selection was impressive. And it was very reasonably priced - great value!

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a fav spot. All 3 first timers loved it! Success!!

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LR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our anniversary there and were spoiled! Wonderful food, great environment - highly recommended!

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AS
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The noise level after 6:15 was really high and difficult to hear our conversation we also felt the menu was very limited, not a lot of choices. Unfortunately we were a bit disappointed.

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KY
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Great service at a restaurant with romantic ambience in a walkable neighborhood. Restaurant staff were very friendly and provided a lot of attention to us. Lighting and interior design made for a romantic (yet not overly serious or pretentious) ambiance. I thought the food was fine - very well-presented but tasted just all right. Price is a little high for comparable options, but I'm satisfied given the location, great service, romantic ambiance, just not so much about the food. Thanks to the staff for helping celebrate a birthday with a candle and writing on our dessert.

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L
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I really liked this restaurant and would come back. A few things that kept me from giving 5 stars: minor service issues like not getting our drinks quickly (we cancelled one order because it hadn't come by the time our bill came). Also, we ordered the burger cooked medium and it was very much on the rare side. Servers were very friendly and food was otherwise delicious.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful! Lots of options for small delicious creative bites & beverages to share. Relaxed dress code and wonderful chef cuisine. Gracious and knowledgeable service.

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LF
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

The food wasn't that great. I felt they emphasized too much on putting different things in each dish that they overlook the fact that good taste can be simple but quality ingredients.

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LB
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

Food on this occasion was not up to par. I did not complain because I was on business, short on time and frankly it was so poor that I was in shock. My fish was over cooked and tasted horribly. Potatoes as a starter were quiet salty and just ok. The wine selected was mediocre. The cocktail was amazingly well balanced and delicious.

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VC
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

excellent service, food, and beer's choice. waiters very attentive, the only issue has been the noise: it seems there isn't any noise shielding or absorption of noise: with restaurant fully packed there's a lot of noise. coll design.

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OT
San Francisco
118 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food - unique offerings that all hit the mark. The squid ink pasta is art work
Attentive efficient service- they all work as a team

Highly recommend Stones Throw / do not understand why it is not in the Top 100 of SF.

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DU
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Twice I have enjoyed brunch here. Russian Hill is not my neighborhood so I enjoy exploring the area on weekends. Hyde Street is very scenic and this restaurant has great ambiance. Sitting at the bar overlooking the street is my preferred spot. The cuisine is contemporary, beautifully presented and always artful and delicious. Enjoy it.

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CG
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Stones Throw whilst visiting in San Francisco. It was a last minute booking, which I’m always a little skeptical about, how good can a place be if you can get a table last minute? Thankfully my skepticism was unfounded, this place is awesome! Their food menu is small; probably 6 entree dishes. I had the burger which was soooooo good, my fiancé had the short rib pasta which was also yummy. For dessert we had their take on Rocky Road which was also amazing.
They have an extensive craft beer menu which caters to every taste. Their wine menu is also extensive. Whilst their ‘by the glass’ option are great too.
Service was truly 5 star. We sat at the bar, the guy who predominantly served us (can’t remember his name, he is original from the OC and a great guy) really knew his stuff, was super helpful in picking out beers and even gave us some great tips on what to do whilst we where in San Fran.
Without doubt we’ll come back here again when we are next in town.

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DB
New England
6 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

During a weekend in SF we had a lot of good meals dining out. Stone’s Throw was my favorite! The food was fresh, delicious, and inventive. I loved the simplicity of the decor and the low-key ambiance. Waiters were helpful and friendly. Of particular note were the melon/buratta salad, the chicken liver mousse, the halibut and the Waygu beef. All in all it was a great meal at a great spot!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time going, went in for brunch. DELICIOUS. The doughnuts, corned beef hash, breakfast sandwich on house made English muffin. The side of thick bacon, worth it. Wish I had more room, our dining neighbors had the morning buns and those looked terrific with dark chocolate. For beverage we had the mimosas bottle do it your way. It was a bottle of sparkling with both orange juice and blood orange-cucumber. Service was great. Definitely be going again.

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