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House of Prime Rib
House of Prime Rib
(10472)
$$$$
Steak | Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, San Francisco

Amazing service and food great for the b day More

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Nightbird
Nightbird
(427)
$$$$
Californian | Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, San Francisco

Just absolutely wonderful. Our servers were attentive and friendly, the food was gorgeous and delicious and the attention to detail beyond comparison. We left for the opera with cakes in our pocket and handmade lollipops, holding each others hands and swinging our arms, feeling like kids again. More

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Mela Tandoori Kitchen
Mela Tandoori Kitchen
(424)
$$$$
Indian | Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, San Francisco

Great service and delicious Indian food! Highly recommend! More

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Zuni Cafe
Zuni Cafe
(6316)
$$$$
Modern European | Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, San Francisco

always stellar and yesterday’s lunch was no exception!!! ...love zuni...makes me so happy to get to be there!! More

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The Riddler
The Riddler
(93)
$$$$
Wine Bar | Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, San Francisco

The perfect date night spot! Give me a tater tot waffle any day! More

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PLAJ
PLAJ
(2043)
$$$$
Scandinavian | Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, San Francisco

Wonderful night out with my mom, pre opera. Great staff and amazing food. Overall one of the best dining experiences in the city! More

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Black Cat
Black Cat
(519)
$$$$
American | Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, San Francisco

For my first experience at the Black Cat, I enjoyed the music, liked the food and drink, and will definitely come back again. More

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A La Turca Turkish Cuisine
A La Turca Turkish Cuisine
(6)
$$$$
Turkish | Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, San Francisco

Wow. Amazing food and warm, friendly service. I wish I lived closer so I could eat my way through the entire menu. Fantastic. More

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Cala
Cala
(754)
$$$$
Mexican | Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, San Francisco

Delicious, great drinks, wonderful service and beautiful ! More

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Mr. Tipple's Recording Studio
Mr. Tipple's Recording Studio
(55)
$$$$
Cocktail Bar | Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, San Francisco

What a find! It's like entering a different world -- with wonderful cocktails, delicious - very reasonably priced and delicious Southern comfort food -- great servers and bartenders. And live jazz -- without an additional cover charge. It's also an easy walk to SF Jazz, the Opera and Symphony. We're coming back soon. More

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Onsen
Onsen
(109)
$$$$
Japanese | Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, San Francisco

The food at Onsen is so exquisite and thoughtful - and the drinks and cocktails compliment it all beautifully. I love the baths and the restaurant, but if you only have time for one -- go for the food, it's really special. If only the location didn't drag you through the dregs of humanity to get to the front door. More

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Otoro Sushi
Otoro Sushi
(603)
$$$$
Japanese | Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, San Francisco

Great service and great food More

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Absinthe Brasserie and Bar - SF
Absinthe Brasserie and Bar - SF
(6132)
$$$$
French | Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, San Francisco

We had brunch at Absinthe. The selection of food was somewhat limited, but the food we had was excellent. There is an intimate feeling to the dining area and the service was terrific. I highly recommend Absinthe. More

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Alamo Square Seafood Grill
Alamo Square Seafood Grill
(1322)
$$$$
Seafood | Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, San Francisco

Overly cozy eatery in a beautiful historic district- ambience really informal nice and warm - fish was really good and tasty, great service, definitely a place to go back to for another great dinner More

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Nakama Sushi - San Francisco
Nakama Sushi - San Francisco
(27)
$$$$
Sushi | Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, San Francisco

had the omakase and it is a wowser. Best bite was uni on tofu, so yummy. They timed it perfectly for us to make a show on time. Sake service was very inventive. Cannot wait for the next opportunity to eat here. More

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Monsieur Benjamin
Monsieur Benjamin
(2052)
$$$$
French | Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, San Francisco

Service and food were excellent! More

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August (1) Five
August (1) Five
(1090)
$$$$
Indian | Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, San Francisco

Great evening good food and very nice service. More

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Spice of America
Spice of America
(59)
$$$$
Indian | Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, San Francisco

Excellent fresh food More

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Barcino
Barcino
(491)
$$$$
Tapas / Small Plates | Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, San Francisco

Nice food and the pricing doesn’t Break the bank More

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Dobbs Ferry Restaurant
Dobbs Ferry Restaurant
(1972)
$$$$
American | Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, San Francisco

My steak was excellent and my wife had the fettuccine with bolognese sauce and meatballs. Both meals were perfectly done and we left as happy as can be. Great place, we highly recommend it especially if you are going to the opera or symphony. It is only a 3 minute walk from them. More

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Ruth's Chris Steak House - San Francisco
Ruth's Chris Steak House - San Francisco
(2881)
$$$$
Steakhouse | Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, San Francisco

It was fun, but quick and early More

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Izakaya Roku
Izakaya Roku
(72)
$$$$
Japanese | Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, San Francisco

All dishes tasted very authentic like ones you’ll find in Japan. The sake menu is limited for a izakaya. It’s a fun place for a group of friends to celebrate whatever. More

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Hayes Street Grill
Hayes Street Grill
(2778)
$$$$
Seafood | Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, San Francisco

My husband and I had dinner here before walking around the corner to go to the SF Opera. We shared the Caesar Salad and it was delicious: great dressing and crunchy croutons! We both had the Scallops for our main course and we both said that this main dish was excellent. The scallops were cooked just right and were very sweet and tender and the corn mixture served with the scallops was fresh-tasting and perfect. For dessert, we shared a hot fudge sundae. The service was very nice and helpful. We will be going back next week!!! We highly recommend the Hayes Street Grill!!! More

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Corridor
Corridor
(704)
$$$$
Contemporary American | Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, San Francisco

We really like this place before the Opera. It has just the right mix of good food, service, air, light and is unpretentious. Sharing food is the way to go here. The seasonal risottos are excellent: the latest a carrot risotto with a few pork balls for the meat eater is just delicious. The fried calamari is usually good...the other night it was a bit oversalted. The beers on tap rotate every few weeks and there is a good selection. Wine list is pricy. We prefer upstairs where there are smaller tables and a counter which overlooks the main floor. The tables on the main floor are larger for the after work drinks crowd and communal table people. By 6:45 those folks have mostly left. More

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Hazel Southern Bar & Kitchen
Hazel Southern Bar & Kitchen
(305)
$$$$
Southern | Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, San Francisco

I/We LOVE Hazel's!!!! I refer EVERYONE there!!! We have several after work meet ups there and will continue to. More

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B-Side
B-Side
(294)
$$$$
Contemporary American | Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, San Francisco

Just a bit understaffed but even still great. More

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Il Borgo
Il Borgo
(438)
$$$$
Italian | Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, San Francisco

The pasta is delicious! It's homemade and fresh. The wine list is only mediocre, but has a couple of good bottles on it. The decorations are cute and kitschy. Go here for the pasta. More

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Noir Lounge
Noir Lounge
(100)
$$$$
American | Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, San Francisco

Wonderful gem in Hayes Valley! Fantastic serving staff, delicious food & drinks and great ambient music in the background. Thank You! More

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272 Soluna Cafe & Lounge
272 Soluna Cafe & Lounge
(1802)
$$$$
Californian | Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, San Francisco

Dinner before Hamilton & celebrating my daughter’s birthday. Adriana was an excellent server! More

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North Box Restaurant
North Box Restaurant
(80)
$$$$
American | Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, San Francisco

Lovely setting pretty-opera... no need to rush to the theater as we were already there. More important, the food was excellent and the server and service were 5 star. Will definitely eat there again. More

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Max's Opera Cafe
Max's Opera Cafe
(1405)
$$$$
American | Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, San Francisco

Max’s is a great place for dinner before a show. Burgers were juicy and tasty. Our server was very attentive. The piano player was good. More

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Prelude at the Opera House - Lower Level
Prelude at the Opera House - Lower Level
(201)
$$$$
Contemporary American | Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, San Francisco

convenient -- especially with an impaired walker... good value easy parking at that hour etc. More

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Laguna Hayes Restaurant
Laguna Hayes Restaurant
(7)
$$$$
Californian | Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, San Francisco

Sort of on the West Edge of Hayes Valley hopefully this new place will get enough word of mouth to offset the fact that there is less foot traffic here. Still a work in progress, but food and service were both quite good and the menu ranges from the less expensive burgers and fries fare to more upscale entrees, steaks and seafood. Had a very good pork chop and my companion had a very good salad with pulled pork, bacon and poached egg. The sheer # of salad addons alone should make this place popular with the green set. Didn't have time for dessert, but I hear their pies are pretty good. Gluten Free and vegetarian choices were clearly marked on the menu. More

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Himalayan Pizza and Momo
Himalayan Pizza and Momo
Reviews Coming Soon
Nepalese | Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, San Francisco

We are a Nepalese family and cooking together has been a tradition that our ancestors have passed on to us.



When we came to San Francisco in 2006, we knew that our mission would be to continue that tradition no matter where we lived.



We managed one restaurant in San Francisco - Saffron Grill - and Himalayan Pizza and Momo is our second project as we continue to bring the taste of Nepal to the West Coast.More

Golden Kim Tar Chinese Restaurant
Golden Kim Tar Chinese Restaurant
(9)
$$$$
Chinese | Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, San Francisco

Get by the unprepossessing exterior and neighborhood in transition - the food here is great! Dishes we had had before cooked perfectly, interesting new approach on some. We wil be back! More

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BCC bar
BCC bar
(1)
$$$$
Contemporary American | Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, San Francisco

BCC is a Beer and Wine bar with premium and unusual selections that are casually priced to make it fitting as your daily destination.
BCC offers small high end bites including Charcuterie and a Truffle popcorn with green onion.More

Hayes Valley Diners' Choice Winners

Hayes Valley's best restaurants based upon thousands of OpenTable diner reviews
Nightbird
Nightbird
(427)
$$$$
Californian | Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, San Francisco

Just absolutely wonderful. Our servers were attentive and friendly, the food was gorgeous and delicious and the attention to detail beyond comparison. We left for the opera with cakes in our pocket and handmade lollipops, holding each others hands and swinging our arms, feeling like kids again. More

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House of Prime Rib
House of Prime Rib
(10472)
$$$$
Steak | Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, San Francisco

Amazing service and food great for the b day More

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Zuni Cafe
Zuni Cafe
(6316)
$$$$
Modern European | Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, San Francisco

always stellar and yesterday’s lunch was no exception!!! ...love zuni...makes me so happy to get to be there!! More

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Spice of America
Spice of America
(59)
$$$$
Indian | Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, San Francisco

Excellent fresh food More

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The Riddler
The Riddler
(93)
$$$$
Wine Bar | Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, San Francisco

The perfect date night spot! Give me a tater tot waffle any day! More

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PLAJ
PLAJ
(2043)
$$$$
Scandinavian | Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, San Francisco

Wonderful night out with my mom, pre opera. Great staff and amazing food. Overall one of the best dining experiences in the city! More

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Mela Tandoori Kitchen
Mela Tandoori Kitchen
(424)
$$$$
Indian | Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, San Francisco

Great service and delicious Indian food! Highly recommend! More

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Black Cat
Black Cat
(519)
$$$$
American | Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, San Francisco

For my first experience at the Black Cat, I enjoyed the music, liked the food and drink, and will definitely come back again. More

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Onsen
Onsen
(109)
$$$$
Japanese | Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, San Francisco

The food at Onsen is so exquisite and thoughtful - and the drinks and cocktails compliment it all beautifully. I love the baths and the restaurant, but if you only have time for one -- go for the food, it's really special. If only the location didn't drag you through the dregs of humanity to get to the front door. More

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Mr. Tipple's Recording Studio
Mr. Tipple's Recording Studio
(55)
$$$$
Cocktail Bar | Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, San Francisco

What a find! It's like entering a different world -- with wonderful cocktails, delicious - very reasonably priced and delicious Southern comfort food -- great servers and bartenders. And live jazz -- without an additional cover charge. It's also an easy walk to SF Jazz, the Opera and Symphony. We're coming back soon. More

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Discover Hayes Valley

A hotbed for the tech set and buzzing eateries, Hayes Valley has quickly become one of the hottest dining destinations in the city. After the 1989 Loma Pieta earthquake destroyed the Central Freeway, it paved the way for the rise of the neighborhood. Today, it’s hard to walk more than a block before discovering another gem—whether it’s sushi, Scandinavian, modest Greek, or liquid nitrogen ice cream. It’s not all casual cuisine, however. Nestled amidst the dense deliciousness, you’ll find rustic French bistros and a champagne bar with an extensive caviar list. After exploring the eclectic flavors and charm of the Hayes Valley streets, we recommend heading to Patricia’s Green for a perfect desert of people watching and unwinding.

Discover Hayes Valley

A hotbed for the tech set and buzzing eateries, Hayes Valley has quickly become one of the hottest dining destinations in the city. After the 1989 Loma Pieta earthquake destroyed the Central Freeway, it paved the way for the rise of the neighborhood. Today, it’s hard to walk more than a block before discovering another gem—whether it’s sushi, Scandinavian, modest Greek, or liquid nitrogen ice cream. It’s not all casual cuisine, however. Nestled amidst the dense deliciousness, you’ll find rustic French bistros and a champagne bar with an extensive caviar list. After exploring the eclectic flavors and charm of the Hayes Valley streets, we recommend heading to Patricia’s Green for a perfect desert of people watching and unwinding.