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Prospect, San Francisco, CA

Prospect

4.7
4.7
2542 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Prospect is from the team behind San Francisco's acclaimed Boulevard. Partners Nancy Oakes (James Beard award-winning chef/owner of Boulevard), Pam Mazzola and Kathy King, have created a convivial venue that pays tribute to contemporary American cuisine. Whether it's a cocktail and a bite at the bar, a casual meal at the communal table, or a relaxed dinner on the new patio, guests will receive exceptional hospitable service. A warm modern space in the heart of SOMA, Prospect has become an anchor for the community.
A separate dining room is available for private events.

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2 people

9:30 PM


Booked 12 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Californian, American

  • Hours of operation

    Bar Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Dinner Mon–Fri 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (415) 247-7770 ext. 1

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Owned/operated by

    Women

  • Executive chef

    Pamela Mazzola

  • Private party facilities

    The Candace provides a stylish setting for both intimate dinners and larger, corporate and celebratory events. Featuring floor-to-ceiling windows, and accented with a lush, velvet-draped wall and an elegantly mirrored wall, the Candace blends artful sophistication with relaxed accessibility.

  • Private party contact

    Naomi Smith: (888) 448-2203

  • Neighborhood

    Financial District / Embarcadero

  • Cross street

    Folsom

  • Parking details

    Validation available for one hour at Hill Plaza Parking, entrance available on Folsom between Spear and Embarcadero, half a block from Prospect.

  • Public transit

    MUNI N or T light rail to Embarcadero and Folsom, <br />MUNI Bus to Temporary Transbay Terminal <br /><br />or <br /><br />BART to Embarcadero

  • Entertainment

    Now serving Weekday Lunch! 11:30 to 2:00, Monday through FridayAward winning fine dining happy hour on Weekdays:drinks and snacks from 4pm to 6pm Monday through FridayBar Menu now served daily exclusively in the Bar and Lounge area from 5:30 - closing

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 2,542 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  • San Francisco

    Contemporary American

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  1. b

    boccioni

    San Francisco

    62 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    62 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    As usual, an amazing meal with highly imaginative cuisine. I give 6 starts to your front of house staff. They gave our party of four an above and beyond welcome, asking genuine (not scripted) questions and made our arrival so positive. However, our main server seemed distracted and not-so-attentive, compared to previous visits at Prospect.
  2. T

    Tommy

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience2
    I had high hopes but I was underwhelmed. It was a business dinner so no skin off my back, but I would have been very disappointed to foot the bill on my own. The menu was promising yet didn't come through on the flavor front.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    We have dined many times at the sister restaurant, Boulevard. They were booked, so came to try Prospect, run by the same master chef. It has a nice open contemporary ambience. The food was excellent. Maybe a little less spectacular than Boulevard, but the price point is also lower. A highlight is the starter and share menu for appetizers. These were uniformly outstanding. My pork chop was very tasty and juicy, but the glaze was a tad on the sweet side. The affogato dessert was really good.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    Used to eat at Prospect frequently a few years ago before moving out of the city - the fries are still amazing, but the other dishes i tried last night were disappointing. Not bad per se, but certainly not the great flavor combos as before…pretty mediocre and for the price not worth it. It sounds like they reopened very recently, so perhaps just some kinks to work through. Service was also a miss, the hostesses were the best though!
  5. S

    Skyking

    San Francisco

    94 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    94 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Haven't been back since Covid, & was delighted with service, food, & all! Everyone was so friendy, even though Kathy wasn't present!
  6. RT

    RobTech

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    First time dining at Prospect and will definitely return. Good menu, well presented, interesting food and overall exceeded our expectations. Cocktails were maybe trying too hard. The Negroni with chocolate infused mezcal didn't work. Atmosphere was good and 4 of us could easily chat.
  7. SM

    SMCorbett

    San Francisco

    74 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    74 reviews

    Dined on October 11, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Service was professional but a little slow to start. The squash blossoms were unremarkable, a wee bland and overly cheesy. The little gems salad was one of the best I have ever had. The lettuce was fantastic and the dressing was deelish. My pork chop was cooked perfectly and was not overly sweet despite the presence of fruit. The heirloom apples were just the right amount of tart. The crispy skin salmon was cooked as ordered and was moist and fresh - yes, the skin was crispy. The room is pretty but meh. I hate the overhead light fixtures but that's just me. Place was lively especially for a Monday night. I'm a fan.
  8. GS

    GaryS

    Detroit

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on October 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Prompt. Good space between tables and high ceiling.
  9. OV

    OliverV

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Overall a mediocre experience... They were oit of the appetizer we wanted. Then the risotto was over salted and the portion very small. It took them a while to try to handle the problem...when they finally enquire we were upset, so the experience was ruined... in addition they did not even ask if we wanted dessert...we got the feeling they are more interested in the money than in the clients...
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    572 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    572 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Delicious food and great ambiance. Pretty noisy but nice vibes
  11. DS

    DStoess

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Went for our anniversary. Good service and delicious food. Plates were presented very nicely and the quantities were not too small but not too big either, just right. The dim lighting set a romantic mood which was perfect for our date. The wait staff was very knowledgeable on all of the drinks and foods. We would definitely visit again.
  12. JT

    JTG78

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Prospect is one of those few restaurants that is excellent nearly 100% of the time. They have a great bar program, friendly staff, and exceptional food. The only down side is they're only open on weekdays. Highly recommend.
  13. C

    Cflocchini

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice surprises on the menu where something looked fairly ordinary turned out incredibly delicious. Everything we ordered was spot on. Great ingredients and flavor combos.
  14. LP

    LPFoodLover22

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience2
    The food was amazing. The ambiance was almost like detention center in terms of color palette. VERY BAD ACOUSTICS made it really hard to hear the waiter and each other. We were going to bring parties of 6 and more and decided not to because no one would enjoy it. I would recommend it wth a lot of caveats.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience for all of us.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    The staff was most courteous when I requested to move inside from an outside table where the heat lamps were impossible to keep lit in spite of the staff trying to reload them. This is our go to favorite restaurant for a special celebrations and the food never disappoints.
  17. CW

    CindyW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great food and great environment. Will definitely go back :)
  18. SM

    ShaneM

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent experience from start to finish. Very friendly staff and excellent food.
  19. MF

    MarkusF

    San Francisco

    61 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent first date experience, from great service (sometimes a little too fast) to delicious food. We liked the atmosphere a lot as well.
  20. r

    roberth

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A really nice night out!
  21. V

    Valerie

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Thought the food was ok, tastiest item I had that night was the Hokkaido Milk Bread. I chose opted for the risotto as my main and while I liked it I wasnt blown away. I thoroughly loved the cocktail I ordered (The Prospector) and was delighted at how good it was. Hard to find a fine dining establishment that also has a stellar bar program - Prospect definitely felt like it did based off the way our drinks were received at our table. Can only speak for my experience felt fine but for 100/person spend for a group of 5 felt like too high a price tag for this meal. Would come again if someone invited me here.
  22. PF

    PeninsulaF

    San Francisco

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent from start to end. Exquisite Tamarind Margarita. Delightful Muhammara spread. The scallop and calamari dish was lovely. The duck dish which included a leg confit and a perfectly done breast was to live for. My caramel afagoto was a great ending to a wonderful diner.
  23. JS

    JennyS

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredibly creative & surprising. Highly recommended
  24. VI

    VIvianR

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Last night might have been he best meal we’ve had at our favorite restaurant! Everything was perfect. Ceviche, little gem salad, halibut was so good, duck was amazing. Desserts were Meyer lemon cake and peach shortcake. Both incredible. Service was perfect as always. Saul and Eloy were warm and hospitable hosts. Wine and cocktails were great. So happy Prospect is open on Monday nights!
  25. l

    leila

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Not going back anymore as food was not good at all.
  26. P

    Phyl

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Serene atmosphere, professional service and, as usual, excellent food. Successful diner with out of town guest.
  27. MF

    MichaelF

    Fayetteville

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience3
    great food, service was slow and inattentive but great food and wonderful wine selection
  28. BK

    BrianK

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Menu is now more limited. Food preparation was adequate but nothing outstanding. Service was just barely ok. Took a while before anyone came to bring us menus or drink orders. Main waiter was courteous but other staff looked lost and clueless as to which table to bring food to, and hard to flag down if I needed something. Lastly my biggest pet peeve while we were in the middle of dessert the waiter sticks the check down in front of us. Wow of course he said we could take our time it still felt like we were being rushed out of there and he was wanting to feel that he was finished with needing to do anything for us. I expect the check to be quickly laid down like that at a diner not at a nice restaurant
  29. SV

    SonomaVisitor

    San Francisco

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Good food. Faultless service. A high quality experience all round. Would definitely return and recommend to others.
  30. c

    celinem

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good dinner at Prospect on a Thursday night. The venue is a bit noisy and the service ends quite early. Good experience
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Anniversary dinner.
  32. DE

    DonaldE

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The atmosphere, food and service was excellent. We would go back again.
  33. DM

    DM17

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Overall a good experience. The shareable appetizers were quite tasty, especially the Hokkaido milk bread. The entree filet mignon was good, very tender. The dessert was somewhat disappointing - the chocolate mousse had more of a pudding texture, and with the crunchy bits, it felt a bit like someone busted up a Crunch Bar and stirred it into pudding. Good wine selection - the sparkling rose they have by the glass is delicious.
  34. d

    diwoeniro

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Bartender Ibrahim is amazing. He makes great drinks - we go there because of him!
  35. LT

    LucaT

    Tokyo

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place lively and very fresh ingredients. High quality stuff
  36. t

    tonyt

    San Francisco

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great treat...Wonderful food in a contemporary setting...chic and stylish...My go to place for any fun occasion..For excellent food in a relaxed setting....truly an insiders find in San Francisco....I love this place...
  37. f

    foodie10

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner was great! The service was wonderful. We were celebrating a birthday, and the waiter made it special with a candle on the dessert. The staff also included a nice "happy birthday" card. It was a great experience all aroun.
  38. F

    Fishy

    Tampa

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Definitely THE neighborhood watering hole. Very inventive menu. Professional staff. Experienced management. Still closed on weekends .
  39. BR

    BruceR

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thanks Carlos for being a great waiter with a sense of humor! Highly recommend Prospect.
  40. AS

    AngelaS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great! Service was outstanding. Restaurant was quiet so you can have a conversation

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

Prospect offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 247-7770 ext. 1.

Prospect is rated 4.7 stars by 2542 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

9:30 PM


Booked 12 times today
Google Map for Prospect

300 Spear Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Folsom

  • Neighborhood

    Financial District / Embarcadero

  • Hours of operation

    Bar Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Dinner Mon–Fri 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Californian, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Validation available for one hour at Hill Plaza Parking, entrance available on Folsom between Spear and Embarcadero, half a block from Prospect.

  • Public transit

    MUNI N or T light rail to Embarcadero and Folsom, MUNI Bus to Temporary Transbay Terminal or BART to Embarcadero

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Women

  • Executive chef

    Pamela Mazzola

  • Entertainment

    Now serving Weekday Lunch! 11:30 to 2:00, Monday through FridayAward winning fine dining happy hour on Weekdays:drinks and snacks from 4pm to 6pm Monday through FridayBar Menu now served daily exclusively in the Bar and Lounge area from 5:30 - closing

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (415) 247-7770 ext. 1

  • Private party facilities

    The Candace provides a stylish setting for both intimate dinners and larger, corporate and celebratory events. Featuring floor-to-ceiling windows, and accented with a lush, velvet-draped wall and an elegantly mirrored wall, the Candace blends artful sophistication with relaxed accessibility.

  • Private party contact

    Naomi Smith: (888) 448-2203

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