The Keystone fosters a social atmosphere with traditional Bay Area cuisine. Located in the center of San Francisco, the restaurant has a full bar with unique mixed drinks, such as the Skywalker, made of Scotch, honey, lime, Pernod and star anise. Executive Darren Jackson prepares American cuisine with an international influence. The Keystone is a great place for co-workers to meet, friends to socialize and groups to hold parties.
Patrons of The Keystone can enjoy tasty starters such as roasted cauliflower and oysters on the half shell. A bar menu offers burgers, fries, bacon wrapped prawns and wings. Dinner and lunch menus are available, and the restaurant is open Monday to Friday from 11:30 a.m. to midnight. Bar opening at 4:00 pm on weekends.
Excellent service. Had roasted veggie board, delicious!
Met with potential client and the place was quiet and able to have meaningful discussions. Great salads and not expensive.
The hostess was rude. The server never once came back to check on us. We were a party of 5 and the tip was automatically included. Maybe that's the reason.
A friend and I went to the restaurant for an early Saturday lunch. It was a brunch menu, which I usually shy away from at other restaurants because the choices tend to be blah and overpriced. Not here. You get a mimosa and an entree for the low price of $25. And there were many good choices, from breakfast items to salads to hamburger.
We split a roasted curried cauliflower dish and Southern Fried Chicken and Waffles Benedict. My first chicken and waffles ever. Usually they don't appeal to me, but these were amazing. The chicken was so crispy, every morsel, but the meat was juicy. It was served with a coconut curry waffle and the eggs were perfectly unctuous. Plenty of food to split. The cauliflower entree was nice for an appetizer salad. I would have been a little disappointed if it was my only meal. Very light and subtle. And tasty for what I'm sure was a very low calorie dish. I'm definitely going back. Great prices and great food.
Our favored local spot was renovated quite nicely maintaining the period tiled floors and some of the other feel of the former Annabelles. With the revised more open concept, the Keystone has improved on the prior layout. Food and service was very good, with a great selection of beers on tap.
Our son lives in the city and told us about The Keystone. We were looking for somewhere to have our 39th wedding anniversary dinner. He liked it so we thought we would try it.
We had an excellent dinner at The Keystone. It was pretty noisy as we were close to the bar but we could converse without shouting, so we didn't mind. We would recommend dinner at The Keystone.
Tried a new lunch spot for a special lunch with colleagues. Found The Keystone through SF Restaurant week website and it is fabulous. Great service, delicious and creative food, lovely wine selection and what looks like great desserts and cocktails (we didn't try either but are going back). Highly recommend it.
Sat in the front of the restaurant facing the Marriot hotel. The lights from the hotel were blinding. Frosted glass should be used across the dining area. Very unpleasant.
Good hot food served with a smile! I don't have time to write a longer review and I resent that you are requiring me to do so.
Because they serve brunch at Keystone, there is a limited menu for lunch on Sundays. I was underwhelmed overall.
We love Chef White's cooking and it's great to have him back in the Bay Area. He has the discipline of his classic training and the creative inspirational mix of CA fresh, Texas down-home, and SE Asia travels that puts most of the competition's goopy faux fusion to shame! The ribs are a wonderful starter and the ham broth/farro-kale soup was a wonderful comfort on a cold rainy day. The burger is excellent--Chef White's breads are marvelous. I enjoyed the melted cheese-Coca Cola pork sandwich, but have to admit the burger beat it. Dessert wasn't Instagram-beautiful but didn't need to be: the tart shell was tender and delicate, the Meyer lemon curd mixed with whipped cream was divine. Excellent coffee, great service.
Yes, we came 2x in 3 days from the East Bay for Chef White's cooking--this time for brunch. Tried some different dishes this time: Lumpia-not sure why menu lists collard greens first because these were stuffed full of tasty ground pork! Small, very crisp, a delightful starter; sawsawan sauce is super-tart and moderately spicy. Biscuits are flaky and delicate; the biscuits & gravy dish is highly recommended! Another MUST is the sensational Pad Thai chicken wings! We loved them even more than the SxSE bbq ribs (and we get the latter to go, we enjoy them so much). Short rib hash was meaty and excellent. Fried chicken & waffle didn't work, tho; waffle was limp and little taste of curry/coconut. Fried chicken was good but not enough to make an inspired dish. Service was mediocre this time; waiter completely forgot the syrup. We only realized this when we unpacked the leftovers and found a container of maple syrup in the box.
Good food, relaxed ambiance, nice people Noise level perfect.
We asked to be moved to the back room due to noise levels. This was during the AGU show at Moscone so that probably drove up the noise and crowd. Food ans service were good.
Would like to try again on a quieter night
Keystone used to be Annabelle's--one of our favorite spots--a slightly different concept, but similar ambience and and same great quality food and drinks.
The menu at the Keystone is filled with a wide range of savory fare that really reflects Chef Banks White's eclectic career. You can easily make a wonderful meal with the starters or dive right in to the entrees. But what ever you order, be sure to get dessert! It is well worth it and you will thank me later. The service was very inviting and quite knowledgeable. The night we were there, everyone worked together well and made our dining experience very positive. I am looking forward to more visits to try more things.
Mussels with bone marrow and bacon? Yes please! Two appetizers and an entree was the perfect order for my date and I. The pork chop was massive! We also loved the roasted cauliflower. The place was very quiet because there were not many people there on Halloween night. We are definitely going to go again!
Food was OK.
Service was without any character. We had 4-5 different people approaching us each time, did not really know who our weiter was.
There are two rooms. The first (main) has a better atmosphere. we were seated in the back room which is neutral.
Will not go back easily, must be more interesting places in the neighborghood
I really wish Annabelle's was still around. We started with the mussels that was beyond salty. I had the chicken with white beans. The chicken meat was undercooked and the veg were super bitter. My hubby has the cheeseburger. It was ok. No tomatoes for the burger. 2 glasses of wine and 2 beers. Way over $100. I know its a new menu but it jut doesnt seem to tie in together. Bring back Annabelle's!
This place used be called Anabelles and was a great little hangout with good food and really nice old SF ambience. It was shut down for a year while they renovated the inside and perhaps changed owners.
Still has good ambience but they've opened it up a bit which makes it roomier but noisier.
The bar is the greatest feature and its a good clean place to grab a drink and appetizer after work. Its right near Moscone center and the Marriot.
5 of us went to dinner. The menu is now sort of an upscale appetizer selection. There's no big food dishes that I could see. I had the burger and I have to say it was great, cooked just right. All the dishes we had beside the burger were on the small and pretty side, served on smallish plates for presentation. Everyone liked the food but there was the lingering question of whether we got enough to be full.
I would not recommend this place if you want a full scale dinner experience. Probably great for lunch and getting good food at the bar.
The service was fast and attentive. No problems there.