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Velvet Room

3.7
384 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Californian
Top Tags:
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Vibrant Bar Scene

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About

The Velvet Room is a restaurant and event space inside the Clift Hotel. This particular dining space was designed as a sister restaurant to the hotel's other eatery, The Redwood Room. While The Redwood Room takes care of midday with lunch and dinner service, The Velvet Room is open early for breakfast and late at night for special events. The interior is immaculately and dramatically decorated, with leather and wood mahogany banquettes, red velvet curtains and hand-blown Murano glass lamps gently lighting the room.

The Velvet Room's breakfast menu was created by Head Chef Thomas Weibull in a joint effort with local farmers and growers so that only the very best seasonal ingredients would be used. Menu items include smoked salmon benedict, centennial French toast and skillet eggs that are baked with spinach, onions, tomato and prosciutto. At night, The Velvet Room becomes a high-end club, hosting social events.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Californian, Organic
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Hours of operation
Breakfast:
Monday - Friday 7:00am - 10:00am
Saturday and Sunday 7:00am - 11:00am
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Phone number
(415) 929-2300
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Thomas Weibull
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Private party facilities
The Velvet Room is available to host your next event, large or small. Our Special Events Managers will be happy to review our unique spaces for your next private event or buyout. For more information please contact us.
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Private party contact
Private Event Coordinator: (877) 918-4243
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Cross street
Taylor St.
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Parking details
Valet parking is $20 for the first hour, and $10 per hour after that with a cap at $50.
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Public transit
Muni - 38 Geary, Powell Street Bart Station
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Entertainment
DJ’s perform Wednesday – Saturday from 9:30pm – 1:30am
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Special events & promotions
The Velvet Room is available to host your next event, large or small. Our Special Events Managers will be happy to review our unique spaces for your next private event or buyout. For more information please contact our Special Events at 415-929-2360
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.7based on all time ratings
3.7
food
3.7
service
3.9
ambience
3.0
value
Noise · Moderate
79% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on November 27, 2014

Excellent Thanksgiving dinner. Would eat there again although we here it is closing.

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4.0Dined on November 14, 2014

The Clift is always great for dramatic interiors and dramatic dining . . . We actually ate in the Redwood Room which I prefer.

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4.0Dined on November 1, 2014

Nice spot....on Yelp the reviews mixed reviews.. Glad we experienced it for ourselfves😄😃

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5.0Dined on November 1, 2014

Food & unusual drinks were amazing. Great location for a special occasion

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4.0Dined on October 4, 2014

A cool restaurant in a cool hotel. Awesome decor and a nice bar right next to it. Food is good but not amazing. On the pricey side.

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3.0Dined on September 22, 2014

My office went to The Velvet Room for an office/team outing last week. We had a reservation at 8pm... we didn't get our first round of drinks until about 8:30... from the point of ordering our entrees to the point that the food was served, it took about 45 minutes... way too long! Having said that, the ambiance is really cool, the servers were nice, and the food was really good. I'd go back but would be hesitant to plan a large party there again.

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2.0Dined on September 14, 2014

Not very good at all. Service is slow. Food is subpar. With so much good food in SF area, skip this one.

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4.0Dined on September 6, 2014

Good food and decor. Lobster Mac and beet salad was yummy. Service was great. Only downfall was the bar was soooooo loud it was like club scene not a good spot for a romantic quite dinner past 9pm

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3.0Dined on September 6, 2014

This was my second time dining here and I absolutely love the space. It's sad because this restaurant has the potential the be great! First I would brighten it up at bit as it's too dark. There were only 4 tables dinning and still waters, drinks and ordering or asking for a new napkin was like pulling teeth. I saw staff members standing around doing nothing while one or two staff members ran around all flustered. The food was good but not great. I want to love this place because I like it and think it can be a great place but they need better staff, a revamp in the menu and more inviting decor. I will return but hope they step up their game.

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3.0Dined on September 6, 2014

We booked this as someone recommended the bar and we thought the restaurant looked cool. However despite serving a table for 8pm on a Saturday we were one of only 4 tables in the restaurant. The wine list was good and food good, however it was all a bit expensive for a restaurant lacking in atmosphere. In fact the quietness of the restaurant accentuated the fact that the bar was so busy.

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4.0Dined on August 16, 2014

We had two family, altogether 9 persons with 2 Groupons and enjoyed a dinner here. Food, service and ambiance were all great. Will definitely recommend this place. One thing that cost a star would be the lighting, it is too dark for my liking. Can't even take good food and group photos with the dark room there. Otherwise, I would give 5 stars.

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3.0Dined on August 14, 2014

Used to be a vibrant place full of energy. ..while the food was good the place was dead and most of the hand full of customers where tourist

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4.0Dined on July 31, 2014

Very cozy atmosphere. I came here to catch up with a friend. We were seated at a booth which was quite comfy and had drinks. Their drinks are wonderful. The I Dream in Lavendar cocktail was amazing and is a must try!

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4.0Dined on July 18, 2014

We had an excellent meal Friday night. We liked the both, the feel of the room. Our server Max suggested the special, a ravioli, which my wife loved. I had the Halibut which was also excellent. Split a dessert. Enjoyed it all. Excellent service from all.

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2014

Hotel dining rooms have disappointed us of late, but we were very pleased with our experience here. Our server was attentive, but not over so, and our meals came well prepared and quickly. My steak was particularly good, and the bearnaise was remarkable. The Redwood bar next door was also a treat.

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1.0Dined on June 17, 2014

WE HAD A THREE COURSE DINNER THE OTHER NIGHT AT THE VELVET ROOM. I HAD A SHRIMP ENTREE, WHICH I SENT BACK BECAUSE IT DID NOT TASTE RIGHT AND BECAME ILL THAT EVENING, MY FRIEND HAD THE CHICKEN WHICH HE SAID HAS REHEATED. I DID PHONE THE MANAGER, BUT HE REALLY DID NOT SEEM TO CARE ABOUT MY DINING EXPERIENCE AT THE VELVET ROOM.

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3.0Dined on June 11, 2014

The service was great, from the first drink at the bar to getting our coats back, everyone was great. The food was ok, I'd mark it average with the exception of the over sweet inedible molten cake.

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3.0Dined on June 5, 2014

We went to this very pricey restaurant with a Groupon a first try. The deal incuded a bottle of wine and a choice of 3 course dinners. The wine was ok, and we were told we could choose to take a $20 credit toward a bottle on their very expensive wine list if we preferred. The starter choice was a salad or diver scallops and we chose one of each and were both very satisfied. The second course was a choice of roast chicken or shrimp pasta. The chicken was ok but a little dry and the shrimp pasta has only 3 shrimp. My husband liked his dish. The dessert choices were fine and he enjoyed his chocolate choice and I am not a dessert eater. The dining experience was pleasant but at full price, I would have been disappointed.

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3.0Dined on May 10, 2014

Good food, great ambience, overpriced, desert is mediocre

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4.0Dined on May 1, 2014

We enjoyed ourselves, the wine was excellent, the food was good, and we got an interesting table. While a bit too close to the door, our booth was throne-like, good for watching the rest of the room. We were amused by the preparations for the well intentioned but loud and chaotic fashion show (a bit disappointed by the lack of visual interestingness of the actual fashion, but an odd bonus anyway). There were many other vacant tables so we were not certain why we felt a little hurried thru the Prix fixe menu, a slight pause between courses to reflect and chat would have felt more like a luxury dining experience. However, for the Groupon price we paid, it was an excellent deal and we did have fun.

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3.0Dined on March 23, 2014

We had breakfast there food was pretty good but overpriced.

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4.0Dined on March 22, 2014

Good atmosphere and great truffle fries!

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2.0Dined on March 18, 2014

Terrible food and the waiter was talking to me about cheating spouses.

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2014

Bar and Dinning area are seperated. Both have a great look and feel. Bar was outstanding on all accounts. Service was excellent. Dinning, was ok. Food was very good, but service was slow and not attentive. Took away from the night.

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3.0Dined on February 18, 2014

while the food and service were good, but not outstanding, the room was so dimly lit that it was impossible to read the menu. the waiter brought more candles to our table but that did not help very much.... we would not recommend this restaurant unless warning to bring supplemental lighting...

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4.0Dined on February 16, 2014

... and a meal to match. Very warm, helpful service. Had seared albacore tuna on squash with aioli and a bit of salad. Quite tasty. Wife had the scallops, which were outstanding. Cheesecake for dessert was beautifully presented, accompanied by a delicious coulis, featherweight bourbon ice cream. The cheesecake itself was probably the least impressive part, but still quite good. The drink prices were pretty outrageous, and the food high, but not bad for the quality.

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2.0Dined on February 14, 2014

The appetizer was too small, poorly described and waiter did not know what it was either. Soup was very unappetizing (and I'm an adventuresome eater); scallop entree,was ok and dessert was average. The $217 cost for two included three glasses of wine -- and felt like a poor value for the caliber of dining experience I usually have in San Francisco. Luckily, my date is a gem and we will use this as a shared experience to avoid in our future.

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3.0Dined on February 8, 2014

We used a groupon at this restaurant and were made to feel second class with a separate menu and a bottle of wine that is not sold in the bar or the restaurant. Service was not very professional. The food was ok, not spectacular.

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5.0Dined on January 25, 2014

We celebrate the birthday with party of 8, we order all appetizers and everything is good until last drop. The chef is from plouf and we follow him since then. He does very good seafood & RIB EYE. Even the side order of vegetables are very tasty, so all children loves it.

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2.0Dined on January 24, 2014

Food selection is very limited. And, they don't like making modifications.

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2.0Dined on January 17, 2014

Velvet Room is in a beautiful room, but every other aspect of the meal (service, food, ambiance) was mediocre. Shame, as there was potential.

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5.0Dined on January 17, 2014

We went to Velvet Room for Dine About Town and found the food and environment to be extremely good. We will return.

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4.0Dined on January 16, 2014

Went here the other night for the frist time. Great ambiance, great food. Didn't like the drink and the server quickly traded it out for another and made sure we were happy. Awesome.

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3.0Dined on January 12, 2014

It may have been because the big 49ers game was on, but the restaurant was empty when my troop of friends arrived for brunch. That said, the waiters must have been watching the game as well, because, even though there were only 4 or 5 tables worth of diners, we had to repeatedly wave down waiters as they passed by for water and coffee, after looking for them for several minutes. The food is decent, but standard fare for San Francisco brunch.

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2.0Dined on January 9, 2014

sad to share that the 1st courses okay, entrée and accompanying side dish quite poor. The wait person, an arrogant Frenchman, barely paid attention to us - definitely a disappointment

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2.0Dined on December 30, 2013

Everything was mediocre - dessert tasted stale. Lots of purée !

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4.0Dined on December 30, 2013

Service was good with good recommendations. Food was good and cooked very well.

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5.0Dined on December 25, 2013

An unusual Christmas Dinner out instead of with family was rewarded with an excellent feast at The Velvet Room. The prime rib was Prime indeed. Our party ordered all wellness levels from well-done to rare and in between and every order was tender and juicy. The only complaint was the horseradish was too bland. Great atmosphere and comfort (as long as the front door was closed to block the cold night draft).A San Francisco treat!

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4.0Dined on December 24, 2013

Christmas eve dinner was good. The ribeye steak was cooked well, but was not special. Wine list is good, and the prices are decent. The service is very good and not overbearing. The ambience is excellent and elegant. I'm glad I tried this restaurant, but it is not a place I would return to.

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1.0Dined on December 16, 2013

Can you believe a restaurant that charges $50 for valet parking without telling you the charges upfront?
(and having to take time to find the valet both when arriving and departing?)
Can you believe a restaurant that charges premium prices for undercooked food that is not to temperature in a majority of dishes?
Can you believe that - in a restaurant that is empty clearly because everyone else knows not to go there - you cannot attract the attention of a server?
That it takes 40 minutes to take your meal order?
Never ever again!

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