Best American Restaurants in Hayes Valley

Black CatBlack Cat
(299)
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American | Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, San Francisco
Dobbs Ferry RestaurantDobbs Ferry Restaurant
(1554)
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American | Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, San Francisco
Bistro 10UNBistro 10UN
(141)
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American | Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, San Francisco
Sauce: GoughSauce: Gough
(2281)
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American | Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, San Francisco
Noir LoungeNoir Lounge
(61)
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American | Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, San Francisco
Dirty Water Restaurant & BarDirty Water Restaurant & Bar
(212)
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American | Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, San Francisco
Max's Opera CafeMax's Opera Cafe
(1052)
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American | Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, San Francisco
SpruceSpruce
(2887)
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American | Presidio Heights, San Francisco
BoulevardBoulevard
(6601)
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American | Financial District / Embarcadero, San Francisco
Firefly RestaurantFirefly Restaurant
(1714)
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American | Noe Valley, San Francisco
Balboa Cafe - SFBalboa Cafe - SF
(9)
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American | Marina / Cow Hollow / Presidio, San Francisco
TrestleTrestle
(884)
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American | Financial District / Embarcadero, San Francisco
CauswellsCauswells
(241)
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American | Marina / Cow Hollow / Presidio, San Francisco
MarloweMarlowe
(2127)
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American | SOMA, San Francisco
Park TavernPark Tavern
(2075)
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American | North Beach, San Francisco
BIXBIX
(2941)
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American | Financial District / Embarcadero, San Francisco
Perry's Union StreetPerry's Union Street
(206)
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American | Marina / Cow Hollow / Presidio, San Francisco
Stones ThrowStones Throw
(691)
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American | Russian Hill, San Francisco
Michael Mina – San FranciscoMichael Mina – San Francisco
(2519)
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American | Financial District / Embarcadero, San Francisco
Original Joe's - San FranciscoOriginal Joe's - San Francisco
(1818)
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American | North Beach, San Francisco
Tartine ManufactoryTartine Manufactory
(361)
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American | Mission, San Francisco
Wayfare TavernWayfare Tavern
(4497)
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American | Financial District / Embarcadero, San Francisco

Best Italian Restaurants in Hayes Valley

Il BorgoIl Borgo
(315)
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Italian | Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, San Francisco
Caffe Delle StelleCaffe Delle Stelle
(387)
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Italian | Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, San Francisco
AcquerelloAcquerello
(2195)
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Italian | Russian Hill, San Francisco
CotognaCotogna
(1935)
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Italian | Financial District / Embarcadero, San Francisco
Jackson Fillmore TrattoriaJackson Fillmore Trattoria
(841)
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Italian | Pacific Heights, San Francisco
Seven HillsSeven Hills
(1015)
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Italian | Russian Hill, San Francisco
La CicciaLa Ciccia
(2127)
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Italian | Noe Valley, San Francisco
Ristorante MilanoRistorante Milano
(1263)
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Italian | Russian Hill, San Francisco
Gioia PizzeriaGioia Pizzeria
(237)
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Italian | Russian Hill, San Francisco
Locanda Osteria & BarLocanda Osteria & Bar
(77)
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Italian | Mission, San Francisco
Da FloraDa Flora
(63)
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Italian | North Beach, San Francisco
Pane e Vino TrattoriaPane e Vino Trattoria
(425)
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Italian | Marina / Cow Hollow / Presidio, San Francisco
SocialeSociale
(1572)
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Italian | Presidio Heights, San Francisco
Trattoria ContadinaTrattoria Contadina
(2472)
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Italian | North Beach, San Francisco
CapanninaCapannina
(1629)
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Italian | Marina / Cow Hollow / Presidio, San Francisco
Lupa TrattoriaLupa Trattoria
(568)
$$$$
Italian | Noe Valley, San Francisco
Flour + WaterFlour + Water
(1657)
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Italian | Mission, San Francisco

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Hayes Valley Restaurants

Rich TableRich Table
1366 reviews
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Californian | Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, San Francisco

Food and service was fantastic. Playlist was bombass. Thanks Chef. More

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House of Prime RibHouse of Prime Rib
8416 reviews
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Steak | Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, San Francisco

Great service! Great food!.. And, great pours 😉!.. Thank you, House of Prime Rib!!! More

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Zuni CafeZuni Cafe
5368 reviews
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Modern European | Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, San Francisco

Amazing experience. We had the best seat in the house wat hing the kitchen staff. Of clurse we had th chicken and it was everything I had hoped for. The staff was wonderful. I also got to talk with the kitchen staff and ask questions. More

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NightbirdNightbird
209 reviews
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Californian | Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, San Francisco

Excellent food and service. The presentations were exquisite and the flavors kept out of the plates. More

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Otoro SushiOtoro Sushi
473 reviews
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Japanese | Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, San Francisco

The sashmi was wonderfully fresh and expertly presented. There was an outstanding selection of sake and the service was quick and very attentive to all our needs. This restaurant shot to the top of my list of favorites and I will definitely be back. More

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Monsieur BenjaminMonsieur Benjamin
1438 reviews
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French | Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, San Francisco

The service really is excellent; the wine recommendation in particular was fantastic. Would highly recommend the chicken liver pate and the asparagus which were so perfectly executed that they basically melted in my mouth. More

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The RiddlerThe Riddler
10 reviews
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Wine Bar | Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, San Francisco

I love the ambiance and the selection of champagne. A tad expensive to make a weekly habit. But great place for celebration. More

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JardiniereJardiniere
4522 reviews
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French | Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, San Francisco

Perfect restaurant to attend before the symphony. Great service and great food. We’ll be back for sure More

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CalaCala
127 reviews
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Mexican | Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, San Francisco

Excellent, creative food. Attentive service. Great dining experience. More

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PLAJPLAJ
1587 reviews
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Scandinavian | Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, San Francisco

Perfect dinner spot prior to a show and the service team is well trained for that. Delicious food! Cute place. More

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Noir LoungeNoir Lounge
61 reviews
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American | Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, San Francisco

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Izakaya RokuIzakaya Roku
51 reviews
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Japanese | Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, San Francisco

for an izakaya it was reasonably priced for the SFBA. The grilled items such as the chicken, mochi-bacon, eringi, bacon wrapped asparagus and tomatoes, and kalbi were good. The grilled dish for mushrooms and scallops was excellent. More

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Revelry BistroRevelry Bistro
253 reviews
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Traditional French | Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, San Francisco

We enjoyed the cheese board and wine, Brussels sprouts with Caesar salad and smoked salmon(so delicious!), cauliflower and filet mignon. All cooked and served to perfection. Looking forward to our next visit soon. More

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Black CatBlack Cat
299 reviews
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American | Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, San Francisco

Everything was awesome. My parents were visiting and this was their favorite place we’d visited together during their trip. The food and music were both awesome. Only issue was the bartender we were first served by, extremely rude.. I never complain at restaurants if the service is dry or whatever but this bartender was literally disrespectful to my dad. So much so that a man sitting next to my dad, without any prior interaction turns over to us and says “man... this guy’s a d*ck”. He was tall, had a beard and slightly resembled Alfred Molina. Our server Jeremy was great, as was the receptionist who I spoke to, Sabina I believe. We considered leaving after the interaction with the bartender but my dad has a bad knee, didn’t want to walk any longer and so we decided to stick it out.. I’m glad we did but that guy probably shouldn’t be the restaurants welcoming committee. More

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Alamo Square Seafood GrillAlamo Square Seafood Grill
1112 reviews
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Seafood | Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, San Francisco

Love this restaurant! I've taken friends and family and recommend it frequently. The fish is outstanding, the atmosphere cozy, the service superb! More

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Absinthe Brasserie and Bar - SFAbsinthe Brasserie and Bar - SF
5299 reviews
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French | Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, San Francisco

As a solo diner it was very clear that I was being rushed to turn the table. My entree came out as I was 1/2 into my salad and they thought it was OK to just leave it on the table and suggest it came out faster then expected. More

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Ruth's Chris Steak House - San FranciscoRuth's Chris Steak House - San Francisco
2406 reviews
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Steakhouse | Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, San Francisco

Reservations to celebrate for an Anniversary dinner with Friends. Great options from the menu and the food was great! Meat was cooked perfectly based on each individual's preferences. Service was excellent! More

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Minas Brazilian RestaurantMinas Brazilian Restaurant
597 reviews
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Brazilian | Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, San Francisco

Excellent food and great service at a reasonable price. More

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Hayes Street GrillHayes Street Grill
2168 reviews
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Seafood | Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, San Francisco

Our lunch before the symphony was superb, as usual. More

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Little GemLittle Gem
319 reviews
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Californian | Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, San Francisco

Brilliant - we need more restaurants like Little Gem, lotta integrity! More

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August (1) FiveAugust (1) Five
536 reviews
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Indian | Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, San Francisco

Fabulous! Indian food with a bit of California fusion...small plates to share...excellent cocktails...wonderful and knowledgeable service. we each did the four course menu and turned it into a tasting menu with 16 dishes to taste and they were all wonderful! a place to return to for sure!!! More

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Sauce: GoughSauce: Gough
2281 reviews
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American | Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, San Francisco

Good location for theater. Great food and good service with a nice wine list. More

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CorridorCorridor
382 reviews
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Contemporary American | Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, San Francisco

This was our first visit and we were delighted. It exceeded our expectations. Our server, Christopher, was very high and energy and did an excellent job meeting all of our needs. More

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Kaya SFKaya SF
14 reviews
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Jamaican | Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, San Francisco

I would like to start off by saying that Langston was great, we appreciated his confidence and knowledge of the menu our cocktails were amazing. The atmosphere at KAYASF is very vibrant and full of energy that one is consumed by as soon as youre seated. I give this place 10s across the board, this is the place to be in SF if you love Rum and Jamaican food, we will be back. More

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Cadillac Bar & GrillCadillac Bar & Grill
285 reviews
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Mexican | Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, San Francisco

Pre-show dinner and we loved it. Great service at the bar while waiting for our other party to join us. We were sat immediately and promptly attended to by our engaging waiter. Loved the lobster and shrimp enchiladas - it’s great that they serve them with tasty fresh vegetables. Each of our desserts were quite yummy and coffe served in a French press! More

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FarmerBrownFarmerBrown
2532 reviews
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Southern | Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, San Francisco

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Mela Tandoori KitchenMela Tandoori Kitchen
328 reviews
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Indian | Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, San Francisco

The food was delicious. The portions a bit small. Service was great. Overall, I would highly recommend this restaurant. More

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B-SideB-Side
76 reviews
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Contemporary American | Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, San Francisco

The staff is excellent...welcoming and helpful. The food is delish, especially the brussel sprouts. It's the perfect place to go for SJ Jazz concerts. Susan More

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Bistro 10UNBistro 10UN
141 reviews
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American | Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, San Francisco

I wish Bistro 10 UN were open more often. What a gem. The people are incredible and the food very high quality. More

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Dobbs Ferry RestaurantDobbs Ferry Restaurant
1554 reviews
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American | Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, San Francisco

So pleased cioppino was the special. Excellent scallops: mussels and shrimp. Great dinner spot before ballet, opera, or symphony. More

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Dirty Water Restaurant & BarDirty Water Restaurant & Bar
212 reviews
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American | Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, San Francisco

Delicious, unpretentious food in a casual setting, with a great selection of beers and wine by the glass. We enjoyed a simple salad and 5-mushroom soup, as well as a wagyu ribeye, all prepared to our liking. Wines the sommelier helped us choose were well matched. We skipped dessert. There were a number of other choices we would have liked to try. Interestingly, several game choices on the menu as well— More

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Il BorgoIl Borgo
315 reviews
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Italian | Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, San Francisco

This Italian restaurant seemed very homey Italian with great food. More

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Hazel Southern Bar & KitchenHazel Southern Bar & Kitchen
135 reviews
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Southern | Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, San Francisco

Great customer service... only suggestion blackened shrimp was a lil salty and gator bites portion was a lil small for the price... More

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Market Street GrillMarket Street Grill
1959 reviews
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Californian | Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, San Francisco

I have unusual food restrictions that are difficult for most restaurants to accommodate. The gracious waiter worked with the chef to provide creative and tasty solutions that were safe for me. My wife and I enjoyed talking in the quiet and welcoming environment. The whole experience was delightful. More

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Cafe at the OperaCafe at the Opera
1168 reviews
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Contemporary American | Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, San Francisco

Anytime we go to the ballet or opera we eat here. There are other great restaurants in the area that we go to when attend the Symphony, however the convenience, the tasty buffet, and the excellent staff here can't be beat when we go to the Opera House! More

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Caffe Delle StelleCaffe Delle Stelle
387 reviews
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Italian | Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, San Francisco

Delicious Italian food! And very good service. We love dining there! More

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Max's Opera CafeMax's Opera Cafe
1052 reviews
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American | Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, San Francisco

Four of us had a delicious Brunch before attending the Ballet on Saturday. I would recommend the restaurant any time of day and would suggest reservations since it was quite busy. More

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Eden Silk Road- San FranciscoEden Silk Road- San Francisco
13 reviews
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Asian | Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, San Francisco

Went for a pre-Theater dinner before attending the Geary Theater for s play. Silk Road has a very interesting eclectic menu of far eastern foods. Reasonable prices but not many people in the restaurant at dinner time on a Saturday. Restaurant is fully Hillal food and does not serve Beer or Wine. Clean in restaurant but kind of run down location on O’Farrell Street near Theater district More

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Spice of AmericaSpice of America
1 review
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Indian | Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, San Francisco

Fantastic restaurant in an up and coming neighborhood. This restaurant could become one of the best in the city. The chef is extremely talented and combines traditional Indian and Nepalese flavors with local, California ingredients. The service is friendly and attentive. The addition of light background music and candles added a charming ambiance. We have dined here 3 times and the flavors and creativity of the food keep us coming back. More

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Hayes Valley Diners' Choice Winners

Hayes Valley's best restaurants based upon thousands of OpenTable diner reviews
Rich TableRich Table
1366 reviews
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Californian | Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, San Francisco

Food and service was fantastic. Playlist was bombass. Thanks Chef. More

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House of Prime RibHouse of Prime Rib
8416 reviews
$$$$
Steak | Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, San Francisco

Great service! Great food!.. And, great pours 😉!.. Thank you, House of Prime Rib!!! More

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NightbirdNightbird
209 reviews
$$$$
Californian | Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, San Francisco

Excellent food and service. The presentations were exquisite and the flavors kept out of the plates. More

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The RiddlerThe Riddler
10 reviews
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Wine Bar | Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, San Francisco

I love the ambiance and the selection of champagne. A tad expensive to make a weekly habit. But great place for celebration. More

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Zuni CafeZuni Cafe
5368 reviews
$$$$
Modern European | Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, San Francisco

Amazing experience. We had the best seat in the house wat hing the kitchen staff. Of clurse we had th chicken and it was everything I had hoped for. The staff was wonderful. I also got to talk with the kitchen staff and ask questions. More

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Monsieur BenjaminMonsieur Benjamin
1438 reviews
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French | Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, San Francisco

The service really is excellent; the wine recommendation in particular was fantastic. Would highly recommend the chicken liver pate and the asparagus which were so perfectly executed that they basically melted in my mouth. More

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JardiniereJardiniere
4522 reviews
$$$$
French | Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, San Francisco

Perfect restaurant to attend before the symphony. Great service and great food. We’ll be back for sure More

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Otoro SushiOtoro Sushi
473 reviews
$$$$
Japanese | Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, San Francisco

The sashmi was wonderfully fresh and expertly presented. There was an outstanding selection of sake and the service was quick and very attentive to all our needs. This restaurant shot to the top of my list of favorites and I will definitely be back. More

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Revelry BistroRevelry Bistro
253 reviews
$$$$
Traditional French | Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, San Francisco

We enjoyed the cheese board and wine, Brussels sprouts with Caesar salad and smoked salmon(so delicious!), cauliflower and filet mignon. All cooked and served to perfection. Looking forward to our next visit soon. More

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PLAJPLAJ
1587 reviews
$$$$
Scandinavian | Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, San Francisco

Perfect dinner spot prior to a show and the service team is well trained for that. Delicious food! Cute place. 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.