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Hayes Street Grill

4.5
4.5
3589 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
Hayes Street Grill is a neo-traditional fish house in San Francisco's Civic Center district, across the street from the Performing Arts Center, opposite Davies Symphony Hall and a block from both the Opera House and City Hall. We use an international mix of recipes, unified with a theme of fish and seafood. Above every other consideration, we want the freshness and pristine quality of the fish, produce, and naturally-raised meats to speak for themselves.

The Hayes Street Grill's walls are covered with autographed photos of the artists who consider the restaurant their club. Though we've remodeled since our opening 33 years ago, the original brass coat hooks along the walls remain, as does our founding philosophy of cooking only the food we would serve at home to our families, albeit dressed up a little, with a religious dedication to wholesomeness.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 42 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Californian

  • Hours of operation

    Sun 12:00 pm–6:30 pm Lunch Fri, Sat 11:30 am–2:00 pm Dinner Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (415) 863-5545

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Patricia Unterman

  • Private party facilities

    We are happy to arrange for special events or private parties in any of our three rooms at the Hayes Street Grill. The largest dining area can host parties up to 75 seated and 90 standing; the bar room can host 35 seated and 50 standing; lastly, our private alcove can host 25 seated and 30 standing.

  • Private party contact

    Carlo Togni: (415) 863-5545

  • Neighborhood

    Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness

  • Cross street

    Franklin Street

  • Parking details

    Here is a helpful parking map showing all street parking spots and garages with real-time prices: https://www.spotangels.com/san-francisco/hayes-street-grill-parking

  • Public transit

    Bart Civic Center stopMUNI Van Ness and Hayes21 Hayes bus down the street of the restaurant...............

  • Additional

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

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

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  • San Francisco

    Seafood

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  1. F

    Fury

    San Francisco

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined today

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    Always great food! Fun place to go with a group of friends
  2. CA

    ChristineA

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined today

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Warning! We were charged $75 for a "SF mandate" on a dining bill of about $225. Such excessive additions to the bill make it unlikely I will dine here again. Food and service were great, but the charge left a bad taste in my mouth.
  3. B

    Bencruzsf

    San Francisco

    85 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    85 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It is always wonderful to return to this place because the food is always great and the staff are very nice! Being there is like dining with family especially if one always attends the symphony or opera; this is really one of the most historic places to eat in San Francisco! :)
  4. y

    yotz

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Our Open Table reservation at Hayes Street Grill was not posted on their system. Fortunately we were able to get a table without waiting. This has never happened using open table. The quality of the food differs from the past. Not used to paying for bread.
  5. MF

    MarthaF

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    perfect location to SF Symphony for pre dinner show
  6. LD

    LoveDesserts

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Made reservations for six and due to an accident we arrived 15 minutes late. We called ahead to confirm late arrival confirmation and was told there was no problem. The restaurant was packed! We were greeted with a happy season’s greeting and seated immediately. Our waiter was Sherman who has been working for 37 years. He remembered me and I him. He was attentive and sent over other workers when he got held up at another table to make sure we got everything. We were served immediately after ordering (7 minutes)! Wow everyone loved the food. We ordered paella, pork chop, scallops, halibut, and fillet of sole. One of us had the squash soup with bread. No bread was served or offered. The deserts were FABULOUS (cheesecake, sorbet, lemon moose, chocolate sundae). There was not much to choose from for wine by the glass. I wanted Pinot Grigio and had to settle for Chardonnay another wanted Moscato and did not order. There were only two choices for white wine by the glass. Shocking considering how many fish items are on the menu.
  7. AW

    AshleyW

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was wonderful. Food was excellent and the drinks were perfect.
  8. M

    Marty

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    And the staff moved as smoothly as any choreographer could make!
  9. NC

    Nuclear4CleanAir

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Their focus on the pre-show (symphony and other vernues nearby) crowd makes dinner feel a little rushed if you aren't in the hurry, but if pre-show dinner is what you need this place is ideal.
  10. p

    psfo

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Fit the bill.
  11. R

    Rick

    Hawaii

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    It was lovely, great service. A little disappointed in my entree.
  12. f

    food4life

    San Francisco

    29 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Pre symphony dinner Perfect location and great meal and service
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely splendid - as always!
  14. SK

    SteveK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service surpassed my expectations. I will definitely return.
  15. BW

    BonnieW

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    The menu has become boring. There is only one meat dish and it is the most expensive item. There needs to be more variety than simply seafood. We've eaten here many times over the decades and several times since Covid. But the lack of alternatives to seafood will probably have us going elsewhere in future.
  16. f

    foodie

    San Francisco

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    My 74th Birthday
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Pre opera with friends
  18. DR

    DavidR

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience1
    seems like 1985 in here, lots of diners are from that era too, menu unimaginative
  19. AP

    AllenP

    San Francisco

    57 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Caesar salad disappointing(romaine shortage. San dabs were harder to de bone than I remember; my bad for ordering.
  20. N

    Nutty

    San Francisco

    37 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Food is always great. Way too crowded for comfort because of COVID. Waiters are very good but rushing around making it feel chaotic instead of relaxing
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Close walking distance 2 SF Opera ! Perfect for my wife and I 2 have a nice wonderful meal prior to La Traviata !
  22. S

    Suzeo

    San Francisco

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Eating at Hayes Street is always a treat. Great service!!
  23. AB

    AlisonB

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall1food1service5ambience5
    I have been going to HSG for decades. This is the first time the food was not good. Salad was limp, fish was undercooked and tough.
  24. VT

    VickieT

    Tahoe

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was very good
  25. ER

    ERABL

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    How this restaurant remains so good after all these years is amazing! Some of the staff have been here since it opened and I bet many of the clientele keep come back. It's just so solid and good and reliable.
  26. T

    Tiger15

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience2
    Restaurant was completely empty at 730 on a Friday. The food came quickly but the portions were small for the money. French fries were good but the grilled fish was meh.
  27. CC

    CeeCee

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Nobody cooks fish as well as the Hayes Street Grill
  28. SL

    SidneL

    San Francisco

    24 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Maybe because it was just before “ theater” but our experience here was chaotic crowded and chaotic Glad we sat near a wall but felt we were in the way of scurrying waitstaff. Waitstaff was very nice but twice served us the wrong order …. We enjoyed our food but Not in the fast paced environment. We hope to when it isn’t Pre theater.
  29. KA

    KAMC

    San Francisco

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Hayes Valley Grill is one of my go to restaurants. Everything was wonderful but, our server seemed a little stressed out other than that everything was wonderful. We’ll be back tonight and in December.
  30. LK

    LK2000

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great food and service
  31. S

    Sweetjustice

    San Francisco

    20 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    This is a reliably good pre-performing arts restaurant. I think that their portions have shrunk since pre-Covid, so while the fish and scallops were tasty most of us left feeling a little hungry. They were very efficient in getting our food out in a timely manner, however, we felt a little rushed as plates were cleared as we were taking our final bites off of the plate. Service needs a little balance between ensuring patrons get to their job 7 or 7:30 performances and allowing them to enjoy a relaxed meal.
  32. C

    Cleanyourplate

    San Francisco

    118 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    118 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    We dined at Hayes Street Grill before a show at S.F. Jazz on a Sunday night. I was surprised to see it was open for only two hours, I guess to catch pre-show business and then go home. My friend's dinner (warm goat cheese and almonds on a salad, and grilled salmon) looked pretty nice. My dinner was only so-so. Smoked trout on little toasts with radishes was some overly-strong smoked trout on toasts with just quarters (or halves, or whatever) of radishes -- not a great presentation. I asked the waiter if the paella was good and he said "better than good," but "other than good" would have been more accurate. The shell fish was just cooked and then dropped into a dish of what I'll call "paella rice," which soon became soft rice floating in the steaming liquid from the shellfish. Not paella, at all. Service was fine, but perfunctory. Bottom line -- with the right order, the place is fine, but food is hit and miss.
  33. L

    Lulu

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hayes Street Grill is the perfect to spot for dinner before a night at the opera or symphony. The place has been around since the 70s, and features amazing seafood and wine pairings. The only caveat is that they have limited operational hours. Would love to see HSG open for after performance drinks and bites!!
  34. DM

    DMLV

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous meal & service as always! Great place. Close to symphony.
  35. l

    luv2eat

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience1
    The food was bland and the presentation not what one would expect of a restaurant at this price point. I asked for some greens on the side, rather than the french fries that come with the dish, I was told this was not possible. At at restaurant charging in the $32-36 range for an entree, a request such as this should be easy to meet. I will say, however, that the french fries were delicious. The fish had absolutely no seasoning and the sauce that came with it in a little bowl on the side had very little flavor. Again the presentation was poor, the food not even that appetizing. The service, although attentive, was inexperienced, which is understandable these days. If not for it's proximity to the Civic Center, this restaurant would be gone.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We’ve been going to Haye Street Grill for some 30 years. Always excellent food & service.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Why were my points erased?
  38. M

    Mangiatone

    San Francisco

    46 reviews

    4.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Always love Hayes St. Grill. Last night was slow so quiet. The food and presentation was unusually good. We had skate which is rarely available and the plate looked terrific and the skate tasted wonderful. Always love the fries and last night they were served piping hot. YUM.
  39. LF

    LFlo

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Our server was AMAZING! He made suggestions, answered all our questions. We had a wonderful experience. Everything was delicious.
  40. AC

    AnnC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was really delicious and attractive, could not ask for better service, convenient to the Symphony and parking garage, and is a favorite of ours. The dining room is comfortable and attractive, the other customers are friendly and nice, and the sound levels fine. Can't wait to go back there soon. I should add that the food is wise health wise, and even my vegan daughter enjoyed her meal.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Hayes Street Grill is rated 4.5 stars by 3589 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 42 times today
Google Map for Hayes Street Grill

320 Hayes Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Franklin Street

  • Neighborhood

    Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness

  • Hours of operation

    Sun 12:00 pm–6:30 pm Lunch Fri, Sat 11:30 am–2:00 pm Dinner Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Californian

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Here is a helpful parking map showing all street parking spots and garages with real-time prices: https://www.spotangels.com/san-francisco/hayes-street-grill-parking

  • Public transit

    Bart Civic Center stopMUNI Van Ness and Hayes21 Hayes bus down the street of the restaurant...............

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Patricia Unterman

  • Additional

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

  • Phone number

    (415) 863-5545

  • Private party facilities

    We are happy to arrange for special events or private parties in any of our three rooms at the Hayes Street Grill. The largest dining area can host parties up to 75 seated and 90 standing; the bar room can host 35 seated and 50 standing; lastly, our private alcove can host 25 seated and 30 standing.

  • Private party contact

    Carlo Togni: (415) 863-5545

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