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Lord Stanley, San Francisco, CA

Lord Stanley

4.2
4.2
84 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary European
Lord Stanley, located in San Francisco, offers award-winning European cuisine in a casual atmosphere. The beautiful sunlit dining area is where guests will enjoy either a full dinner or the tasting menu for something lighter. Lord Stanley has been given a Michelin star and was voted the third best restaurant in the entire country by Bon App�tit in 2016. The menu at Lord Stanley includes starters like onion petals in a sherry vinegar or smoked olives with fenugreek and espellette. Main dishes include pan fried monkfish, served with curried almond and scallions, as well as slow cooked short rib, served with turnips and kohlrabi in a Szechuan-inspired sauce and red wine jus. Don�t leave without trying the goat cheese tart with black garlic and lavender.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary European, Californian

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday 5:30pm - 11:00pm

  • Phone number

    (415) 872-5512

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Rupert and Carrie Blease

  • Private party facilities

    Lord Stanley offers semi-private dining on the mezzanine which holds a communal table that seat up to 14 people. This can be rented out for special events and/or prix fixe dinners.

  • Neighborhood

    Nob Hill

  • Cross street

    Broadway

  • Parking details

    There is a paid public parking lot at the Walgreens on the opposite corner, as well as street parking.

  • Public transit

    Bus stop outside restaurant at 2065 Polk street, line number 19.<br><br />Nearby bus lines include the 47, 49 and 12.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 84 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.2
4.2 based on all time ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 3.9Ambience
  • 3.6Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. RN

    RohymahN

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Most of the food was great. The morels mushrooms was extremely salty, my raspberry purée for the dessert was strangely salty as well. Beside that, everything else was amazing. The highlight was the confit foie gras, the cabbage, and the crab with truffles and egg yolk. The service was good, food came out at a good pace. Love that it was casual dining for a Mechlin star restaurant. It was very welcoming and comfortable. I will bring my husband here for a date night the next time we're in town.
  2. MC

    MichaelC

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 24, 2016

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Got the tasting menu for my partner's birthday: very fine dining with interesting (and not over priced) wine pairing. Great experience.
  3. WB

    WilliamB

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Continuing to evolve in the best way possible Creative cuisine beautifully prepared and presented
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2016

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Had a wonderful time for our anniversary dinner! Service was excellent!!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious tasting menu. Recommend the wine pairing. Complements the menu very well.
  6. B

    Betty

    San Francisco

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2016

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    A great meal overall, but some common-sense details were overlooked. We were a party of three and selected the tasting menu. We also had one order of the fois gras to share. The server brought two pieces of toast - i would think given the amount we were spending for the entire meal, an extra piece of toast would not be too much to ask for. Second lapse of attention came when they brought the petit four - two chocolates or a bed of cotton candy. Didn't they know we were a party of three? I guess they did not even bother and really wanted us to leave!
  7. LC

    LaCyndaL

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2016

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    This is my second time at Lord Stanley and it is still wildly disappointing. The first time was shortly after it opened and even though it wasn't impressive, it seemed to have potential. I decided to revisit the restaurant since it gets good reviews and maybe they had worked out the quirks. I was wrong - the second experience was worse than the first. The service was poor, the menu wasn't interesting, and though what we ordered was good, 'good' doesn't cut it in SF - especially at that price point.
  8. d

    dougat49

    San Francisco

    35 reviews

    4.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2016

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Food and service were excellent. There is obvious great care and pride of ownership in both areas. Wagyu beef tartar was a revelation and even the simplest dishes (peas) were exquisite. Service was attentive and well-informed as to the dishes and the eclectic wine list. The only drawback, which I feel I have to mention, is the volume in the room. It was borderline painful, hence my "very good" overall rating.
  9. G

    Greatest

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thi was our first visit - my background is F&B- This place ROCKED IT OUT! You should really try it . Ours was a date night and we were pampered by a great server team. The Food was a smooth train of high quality craftsmanship. Worth the triple $ spend.
  10. XS

    chefXS

    Los Angeles

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is just simply one of the most creative I have seen in SF You can see How passionate the team is !! Love the selection of wines from Savoie !!
  11. BF

    BerkeleyFoodie

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2016

    overall2food2service4ambience2
    Not worth it. Michael Bauer's taste buds are off. The portions are really, really small. The wines by the glass are very light - nothing was too full bodied. The food was OK, but not worth a second visit. Go to Frances or Zarzuela instead for a real meal!
  12. A

    Anne

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2016

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Exceptional dining experience. The asparagus and sweet pea dishes were truly reflective of the spring season. Desserts were also outstanding.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved our meal at Lord Stanley. The food was delicious, the service was lovely and our evening was perfect.
  14. P

    Ptitscargot

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2016

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The food was very good, and fine. The tastes were very elaborate. They make their own bread, and it was delicious. The quantity was a a little bit poor though. I recommend it if you are a foody, but not if you have large appetite.
  15. G

    Gabrielle

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2016

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Not impressed so much with the Somm. Also, one of the drinks was served when I was in the rest room. Also had a bone piece in one of my courses. #amateurhour
  16. MA

    MelissaA

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From start to finish, with a supplement of foie gras, there was not a missed step in this multi-course extravaganza. Everything was delicious, beautifully assembled and plated, the right temperature, well-balanced, successful. Even the selection of serving ware was perfect. The service was friendly without being intrusive, informed, and accessible. Wine pairings were creative and educational. My friend from out of town had never had California cuisine and I'm afraid I have spoiled him for life. We spent almost 5 hours at that table and it flew by. It was expensive but well worth it. Probably the only time I have ever had a tasting menu without feeling uncomfortable full afterwards.
  17. M

    Marinfoodlover

    San Francisco

    28 reviews

    3.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2016

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    The restaurant is attractive Wait staff is super friendly & efficient I would give it a B for food- nothing was bad- the roast pig was excellent-duck pate puffs very good-beef tartare was flavorless and the special dessert was bland-
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Had a wonderful time. The service, pacing of our tasting menu, the creativity and quality of the dishes we ate was superb.
  19. SH

    StillHereInKy

    Louisville

    65 reviews

    4.0

    65 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2016

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    This relatively new neighborhood restaurant is in a bright and shiny space, feels somewhat like a European bistro. Limited menu means the owner/chef can concentrate on a few great things and make the dining experience a surprise. The staff works together extremely well and appear to enjoy both working together and serving the customers. Due to the extreme popularity of this place especially with very lively people it was unfortunately very noisy. Hard to speak without raising our voices at dinner. Next time we'll go earlier - or later! The portions are not large, listen to the server and include a starter! We'll be back!
  20. M

    Mo1975

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food. Excellent service. Try the tasting menu. The tables are too close to one another and it's hard to have a conversation.
  21. W

    Welshman

    San Francisco

    70 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    70 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The tasting and a'la carte menus are unique! Unexpected combinations, artistic presentations, delicious balanced tastes, perfect textures, exceptional eating experience! Excellent selection of wine by the bottle....could expand the wine by the glass offering. Limited but interesting beer selection. Good options for vegetarians too!
  22. TP

    TonyP

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2016

    overall3food5service3ambience3
    The food is probably the most exciting and well executed among the mid-priced restaurant in San Francisco right now. Including a well-thought and priced wine list.
  23. J

    Jollyjumper

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2016

    overall3food5service3ambience2
    We found the food quite nice, but the place was really cold and the service definitely distant. The wine was just atrocious: I ordered a bottle of a grape I always enjoy and it was bitter. We ordered a dessert wine which turned out to be a dry wine ("off dry" said the staff). The whole experience felt like we should be grateful to be allowed in. They literally give you the check when they want you out, with 2 sweets to make it palatable. Won't go back.
  24. GP

    GPAP

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2016

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    We went full boat on this ( Hey, they have a Michelin star ). Enjoyed the tasting menu with wine pairings and were treated to a truly gourmet event. Excellent preparation and exceptional staff. These guys really hustle. The oyster with creme fraiche was my standout favorite along with the sparkling Chenin Blanc. Reason for one star from perfect on food? Found the beef a little tough and a couple of the wines less polished. So not quite perfect but in the park. Cost of the event is not for the faint hearted. Special occasion. Just go.
  25. AS

    AndyS

    Los Angeles

    519 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    519 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I don't live in the San Francisco area, but always look forward to dinner at Lord Stanley when I'm in town. Having been there on the first few days after they opened, I've watched the restaurant evolve into an exceptional dining experience. I highly recommend the Chef's Tasting Menu as a way to experience the full skill and creativity of the kitchen. I loved the ever changing wine list, which while compact, beautifully showcases the cuisine. As always, service was friendly and knowledgable, reflecting the staff's extensive experience in fine dining. Previous customers should be aware that the restaurant has quietly changed back to the standard service/tipping practices typical to U.S. restaurants. I can't wait for my next visit!
  26. CA

    CnAfromSF

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Innovative, perfectly prepared cuisine Friendly attentive service Great experience
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 2, 2016

    overall1food1service2ambience2
    Sat us down at a terrible communal table. Too loud. The bar had no liquor. The food seemed more experimental than an actual dish. Just a terrible place to go on a date.
  28. BF

    BudFox007

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2016

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    I had such high hopes for Lord Stanley and couldn't have been more disappointed. I love great tasting food, however I did not find that here despite the Michelin star. I appreciate the chef's attempts at creativity but the execution and flavors were just off. We will not be coming back.
  29. KM

    KevinM

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    From the moment you enter you are welcomed and made to feel at home. The staff are friendly and attentive without being overly so or precious, none of your "oh hello I'm Charles and I'll be your waiter blah blah." They were just regular folks helping you out. They were extremely knowledgeable about the menu and the wine list. When they found out it was our anniversary they gave us a glass of champagne. Love that. The food was delicious. Clever, inventive, perfectly prepared and presented. Just fabulous. I would certainly recommend it.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2016

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Personally found the Valentine's Day tasting menu to be disappointing (particularly the oyster, hen and trout dishes). Flavors either didn't work together or the dish was too bland. The dessert was good. Overpriced for what it was. The atmosphere was good and the service was good.
  31. A

    Alex

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2016

    overall5food4service5ambience3
    Lord Stanley was lovely. The tasting menu was well paced, creatively plated, full of playful flavors and integrated elevated familiars such as waygu beef and the most delightful scallop I've ever had. The staff was also a dream - attentive without being suffocating, friendly and accommodating. However - Lord Stanley is loud. The aesthetic is beautiful but the industrial simplicity means there are too many hard surfaces for noise to reverberate off of. As old fashioned as carpets and paintings are in restaurants they help absorb sound. I suggest Lord Stanley contemplate a few very minimalistic but very large canvas paintings to see if things will improve. The loudness was the only negative component to our experience. I will be back!
  32. TT

    TamTam

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2016

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Had a slight anticipation going to a neighborhood one star dining with foodie friends. First of all, the noise level was amped up due to a big party seated upstairs and their shrieks and laughters bounced off the walls and interrupted our conversations. We ordered the Tasting Menu and we could not figure out if this month's theme menu was "tangy and sour". The SCALLOPS WITH WHITE BEANS AND PRESERVED LEMON was okay but it was nothing extraordinary. All I remember was that the broth was tangy. GRILLED WAGYU BEEF WITH YUKON POTATO AND SHALLOT was another dish where the yukon potato was strangely very sour! I could not comprehend the combination of that with the beef cuz it certainly did not complement the flavor. CHARRED SUNCHOKE WITH VANILLA AND BREAD SAUCE - the sauce sadly did not complement the sunchokes since it had a dessert like sweetness. The dark chocolate pudding was overly sweet, none of us finished it. Everything was a miss. Food was overrated and uninspiring. I will give a good review about their wine list. Price point was not set high and affordable.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and amazing food!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best foie gras in the city, I have yet to have a single mediocre item at this restaurant, this is my pick for best new restaurant in San Francisco
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, beautiful presentations, great wine pairings and fabulous service. Carrie and Rupert are wonderful hosts.
  36. F

    Foodieheaven

    Sydney

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2016

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Great tasting menu that is very innovative. Staff were attentive and happy to substitute ingredients if preferred.
  37. M

    Miles

    San Francisco

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I was really surprised by Lord Stanley. I'd heard good things, but it exceeded expectations: Fantastic prix fixe menu (particularly the dessert — wow), great wine list (particularly the Jura), and good ambiance. The only odd thing was our seating — we were perched around the end of a long communal table for groups.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was fresh and brought out by the chef herself! That was a great touch. Our server was very very knowledgeable.. It is excellent that I didn't have to put down a credit card with the reservation. The restaurant trusted us to be there on time which we were! That was very refreshing!
  39. RD

    RedDawn

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2015

    overall3food4service4ambience2
    My boyfriend and I celebrated NYE at Lord Stanley with our friends. The food was good. Presentation was excellent, and the staff/service was very good. There are a few reasons why I probably won't be going back though. 1) The restaurant is freezing. I mean I love the modern minimalist look of concrete and such, but I should not have to wear my coat at dinner. I actually had to ask our server to fetch the coat I'd asked them to hang up 10 mins into our dinner. 2) They don't serve real cocktails. Honestly, if I would have known that beforehand I probably would not have booked a table there for NYE. I had a mock negroni made from sparkling wine. Obviously, not the same. For these two reasons I felt the $800+ bill for 4 people (albeit it was a NYE prixe fixe menu) was way too high and not worth returning.
  40. a

    audrey

    Baltimore

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2015

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    I had such a wonderful time here celebrating my brother's birthday! The food was delicious, and the servers were cordial. They even put a candle on my brother's dessert plate! My only complaint is they sat the two of us right next to the front door, which opened right into the dining room.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    Broadway

  • Neighborhood

    Nob Hill

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday 5:30pm - 11:00pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary European, Californian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    There is a paid public parking lot at the Walgreens on the opposite corner, as well as street parking.

  • Public transit

    Bus stop outside restaurant at 2065 Polk street, line number 19.Nearby bus lines include the 47, 49 and 12.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Rupert and Carrie Blease

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (415) 872-5512

  • Private party facilities

    Lord Stanley offers semi-private dining on the mezzanine which holds a communal table that seat up to 14 people. This can be rented out for special events and/or prix fixe dinners.

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