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Sears Fine Food

3.9
214 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Kid-friendly
  • Great for Lunch

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About

Sears Fine Food has a rich history, dating back to 1938. The restaurant works hard to preserve its history and tradition, presenting an atmosphere and cuisine that are just as classic as they were 70 years ago. Sears Fine Food is famous for its 18 Swedish pancakes, which are still made using the original family recipe brought over to the United States in the early 30s.

Enjoy delicious Swedish-inspired cuisine with an American twist for breakfast, lunch and dinner at Sears Fine Food. Dig into one of the restaurant's popular Blue Plate Specials, served from 5:00 p.m. onwards. There's a different hearty plate for each day of the week, which includes meat loaf, pork shoulder, American pot roast, roast turkey breast, blackened Basa fish fillet, prawn linguine and fried chicken.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Californian
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Hours of operation
Breakfast: Sunday - Saturday: 6:30am - 3:00pm; Lunch: Sunday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(415) 986-1160
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Private party facilities
Please call the restaurant for details.
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Private party contact
Julie Kim: (415) 981-1951
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Cross street
Sutter
Additional
Banquet, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.9based on all time ratings
3.9
food
3.9
service
3.7
ambience
3.9
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on December 22, 2015

great food....busy but nice place to meet and catch up with old friends

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5.0Dined on December 21, 2015

Favorite local spot with a great menu

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2.0Dined on November 7, 2015

The waiter was inpatient, rude, and he ruined dinner. At 21:50 we were waiting for the dessert and a strong smell of cleaning products or insecticide started, some of us had to leave the restaurant. I can't recommend it.

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4.0Dined on November 5, 2015

I walked in into the restaurant and instantly felt warm memories of the past. The food was tasty with generous portions.

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5.0Dined on October 24, 2015

Sears was recommended by my foodie daughter. We are from Australia and I was travelling with a friend so decided to check it out. Wonderful atmosphere, great service, great food and suitable wine list. We thoroughly enjoyed our evening and were pleasantly surprised with the cost. Battered fish and chips was our choice.

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5.0Dined on October 16, 2015

Sear's was very convenient to our hotel near Union Square. Prices were reasonable for a nice dinner for the location. We ordered the Pt Reyes Fondue as a starter and it was EXCELLENT. A chunky blue cheese "dip" that was more cheese crumbles than anything else served with a fantastic dried cherry and Apricot chutney, roasted garlic and sour dough. WOW! I would go back for this alone. The rest of the meal was also excellent (we had the shortribs and Basa fillet special), as was the service. A totally pleasant meal.

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4.0Dined on October 10, 2015

We were staying in the Union Square area and came upon this restaurant. A great find. Had two dinners and a breakfast here. Good food, pleasant atmosphere, and reasonably priced. Would definitely go back and recommend to others.

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4.0Dined on September 29, 2015

Quick service and no wait for a table for 1 on a Tuesday. Server was a little stiff, not particularly friendly. Good was great. Wonderful Caesar salad with just the right about if dressing (just a hint) and a fantastic filet cooked perfectly.

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2.0Dined on July 31, 2015

The waiter forgot our bottle of wine, and my husbands steak was overcooked. Great view of the cable cars.

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4.0Dined on July 25, 2015

Also excellent for dinner which I had forgotten having visited Sears often for breakfast and lunch many years ago. Well situated for theatre goers and near Union Square and major hotels.

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5.0Dined on July 18, 2015

Fabulous service, excellent food, highly recommend it!

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5.0Dined on June 29, 2015

Our second visit within a week had much better service. An earlier post noted excellent food but less than stellar service. On this visit, Eric was everything that excellent service is about - attentive, thoughtful, knowledgeable, and friendly. His service, coupled with wonderful preparations from the kitchen, made for a completely enjoyable evening. Sears Fine Food is simply a great place for a wonderful meal!

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5.0Dined on June 28, 2015

Delicious meal and servers attentive to keeping water glass filled. However arrival of food took quite a while. Very nice ambiance.

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5.0Dined on June 27, 2015

I've been to Sears many times for breakfast, but last Saturday I went for dinner and had an excellent prime rib! Who knew?

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3.0Dined on June 27, 2015

My wife and I were warmly greeted and seated at our reserved time. Our Blue Fondue appetizer was very different (in a good way) and tastey. Her salad and my soup and seafood pasta were excellent, both highlighting a passion for the culinary arts in the kitchen. What prevented a 5-star rating was the neglectful service. We were uncertain if our server was new, improperly trained (first course arrived before appetizer), wrestling with personal issues, overworked, or just plain indifferent. We were not greeted promptly, ice tea refills were non-existent, rarely checked with us, course out of order, and generally not available. We plan to revisit since food was excellent, but we'll try a different server.

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4.0Dined on June 24, 2015

Lovely setting, food was very good, nice retreat from busy sightseeing. Very comfortable atmosphere, pleasant waitstaff. Reasonable compared to other experiences in San Fran. Would definitely return. Roast chicken was excellent.

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4.0Dined on June 7, 2015

I usually visit Sears Fine Food on my first night on a visit to San Francisco. If you have an event at Moscone, it's convenient to the many hotels in the area. The menu is wide, from burgers to pasta to fish to steaks. The servers are friendly, and service is quick; Eddie did a great job on my recent visit. The wine list isn't large but is reasonable. Overall it's a comfortable, solid restaurant, which is no doubt why it's been around so long.

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4.0Dined on May 24, 2015

Sears is a favorite of ours- a regular and consistent performer in the rich San Francisco food scene. We were in town with family members and took them for dinner at Sears. Did the reservation through OT and had no problems. Table ready and waiting upon arrival. Very small number of waiters served entire dining room- they were professional and efficient. Simple demand of large number of patrons created minor delays in food arrival but nothing objectionable. Waiters very helpful in making recommendations. Menu is varied and has something for everyone. This is a great choice for families or parties who have members less willing to try the more culturally diverse component of the SF food scene. We had several family members who do not care for Asian influenced dishes which is a real loss in SF. Sears has a very broad menu with choices for all. Food was very good- excellent and the evening was a pleasant success. Still my favorite meal at Sears is breakfast/brunch but a very fine meal and I/we will be back.

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2015

Our family is comprised of longtime SF and Marin County residents, yet somehow this was our first visit to Sears Fine Foods. I'm so glad we found it, everything was amazing. We definitely plan to come back.
The decor is outstanding, it's like a step back in time. Wonderful staff, amazing food and the best desserts ever.

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5.0Dined on May 3, 2015

Have had fried chicken just about everywhere in the bay area. This one tops then all, including Casa Orinda. Perfect service. This is more than just a great breakfast place.

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3.0Dined on April 18, 2015

We love going to Sears for breakfast and often will wait in line to get in because the breakfast is wonderful. We had never been there for dinner before but found ourselves in the area and said "Let's try it." So disappointed. The food was barely passable and yet still expensive and the waiter was just short of rude. Left a bad taste in our mouths in more ways than one.

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4.0Dined on March 15, 2015

We had a late lunch here. Bbq burger and grilled chicken sandwich. Both very tasty and delicious fries. The decor takes you back in time and service was excellent. Unfortunately they will not serve off the dinner
Menu until exactly 5. We arrived at 440 but were to hungry to wait the 20 mins for the dinner menu. The lunch sufficed. Order the bread and butter app. Yummy Boudin sourdough.

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4.0Dined on January 23, 2015

Up to date Nostalgia. The atmosphere and experience was reminiscent dining held to the highest standard. The atmosphere made me feel like a nice restaurant from Vito Corelone's hey day, the food was definitely up to the task of pleasing our tastes in the new melenium. It's gen Y appeal with your grand father's class. Don't miss this San Francisco secret.

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5.0Dined on January 16, 2015

We came here because of the Open Table reviews and we weren't disappointed. The service was impeccable and the food was amazing! I had what was probably one of the best sea bass meals I have ever had. My friends shared a tasty pasta dish and a pot roast which is one of the restaurants's specialties. Everyone left with smile on their face and a full stomach. We'll be back next time we're in San Francisco.

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3.0Dined on December 22, 2014

We had reservations, but had to wait even though there were empty tables. Had to ask three time for additional water and had to ask for the check.

The food was good and filling. The apple tart w/ice cream was tasty.

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5.0Dined on December 19, 2014

This is just north of Union Square on Powell. We found this by accident about 6 years ago, and have made it part of our Christmas in San Francisco tradition. Everything we've tried has been exceptional, and the staff, especially Semih (the world's greatest waiter!) is attentive, and their selection recommendations are always spot on. The last meal we ate there my wife had a New York steak, which was the best steak I've ever tasted in a restaurant. This is my favorite restaurant anywhere! Period, end of discussion.

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3.0Dined on December 13, 2014

We have eaten here for breakfast and lunch and it has been excellent. Dinner was not up to par.
We arrived 10 minutes early for our reservation for four and the hostess was friendly and got us seated early in a good spot. There was a big line of walk ins. Our waiter was a "stiff" with no personality at all. This is a cloth napkin restaurant. We only had 2 table-settings in cloth. After we were seated the busboy brought a couple more with paper napkins. We asked our server for some more napkins and were given a stack of paper. We came for Union Square Shepherd's Pie which is listed on the website with a few other things as a special. Our stiff told us there were no specials, and no Shepherd's pie. No explanation. We were lured in by false advertising and had to pick something else. There is a small disclaimer on the website. The prime rib was excellent but I didn't think you could get a baked potato so small. I ordered a filet cooked medium. Good thing I like well done because that is how it was cooked. It was still tender with excellent flavor and a nice cut of meat. Green beans and mashed potato were also very good but small portions. Peppercorn gravy was fantastic. The pot roast was excellent. The pasta was just pasta. Average. The server never came back to check on us after the food was served. We had to flag him down to get horseradish and again to get another beer. We chose this place because of good experiences with breakfast and lunch. Next time we will choose another place for dinner.

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4.0Dined on December 12, 2014

For the last 20 years, my wife has always wanted to try this place out. They've only recently (2 years?) opened for dinner as well as being famous for their breakfast and lunch menu since 1938. The staff were attentive, (we changed waiter three times! -- all were great.) the ambiance lovely (the family portraits provide great ambiance, but be advised, the pictures came with the frames!), and from what I have heard, normally have a line down the block. The two pink Cadillacs "waiting room" are gone (probably a good thing--read the menu), and food excellent-although I should have ordered the lamb t-bone chops medium. She had a delicious San Francisco cioppino in white sauce (I know, sacrilege!) --also wonderful. Definitely try the blue fondu!

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3.0Dined on December 4, 2014

Weird bugs when trying to book the reservation for the place. Other than that the breakfast food was decent nothing to write too much home about. The omelettes were okay I've had better omelettes at other places like BayWatch. Pricey. Antiquey vibe.

Decent service, guy kept coming back to pour water.

I wish waitstaff would ask if we would like anything else for bringing the check rather than just simply plopping the check out which happens far too much at restaurants these days.

Hostess seemed clueless about how OpenTable works.

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5.0Dined on November 29, 2014

'This restaurant had great ambience, food, and service. I ordered the pot roast and the delivery was spectacular, not to mention the abundance of flavor. I would highly recommend this restaurant to all. It felt like I was in my own home and had a home-cooked meal.

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1.0Dined on November 29, 2014

Went with my wife and 10 year old granddaughter. We ordered Calamari for the table, it was fried and chewy and not good. We should have sent this and our granddaughter 's Fettuccine Alfredo as well as her Butterscotch pudding that she ordered for dessert back. Spent $100 for three people and it was not worth it. Food came out quickly but after that the service disappeared.

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4.0Dined on November 28, 2014

We waited 10 minutes for a table after I made a reservation. Kids were loud and playing with computer games. Some people dressed very casual in jeans. Our server was a little slow which is annoying because We were ready to order quick. Our food took a while. The food was absolutely amazing. Everyone loved their meal.

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4.0Dined on November 2, 2014

We ate here early on a Sunday night before theater. Stepping inside was like stepping back in time to old San Francisco, with the hex-tile floor, pictures on the wall, and lighting. The food and service were quite good and the prices reasonable. We had Mac and cheese with ham, good and not too salty; penne with vegetables and added shrimp, excellent; and fish and chips. The fries and slaw on the side were excellent. However, talapia is a mediocre fish. Traditional cod would be better. The Pinot I had was excellent. After dinner we were given a coin for a spin in the slot machine and won a nice prize. I can't promise that will happen next time, but I would go back again.

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4.0Dined on October 24, 2014

We had a wonderful time here, great food and a fun atmosphere!

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3.0Dined on October 13, 2014

Wanted to like this place. Lovely room and great location. Food was so mediocre. Nothing special but pancakes for dinner?

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5.0Dined on October 3, 2014

Thank you for making our dinning experience extra special.

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5.0Dined on September 18, 2014

I had "The Blue Plate Special" Thursday turkey dinner. It was delicious. The turkey was moist, potatoes, perfect. I will go back next time for breakfast. That looked killer. It's an institution in SF and now I know why.

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4.0Dined on September 13, 2014

The group I was with had Pot Roast, Lamb Tenderloin, Stroganoff, and Roasted Chicken. I had some of each and was impressed with every dish!

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3.0Dined on September 11, 2014

The smoked salmon starter was nice, and the burger was just OK - nothing special. Restaurant was busy and they still managed to seat me a few minutes early, so plus points for that, but service after that was pretty much non-existent, sadly.

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5.0Dined on September 5, 2014

We've been to Sears many times. It is as great today as it was years ago. Whatever you want to eat they probably have it. I truly like the breakfasts but the lunches are also really varied and excellent. You need to go, you won't be disappointed.

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