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Hayes Street Grill
320 Hayes Street
San Francisco, CA 94102 (415) 863-5545
Cuisine: Grilled seafood and meats
Pluses: Fresh fish, innovative sauces
Minuses: Service can be non-attentive when the restaurant is busy
Don't Miss: Crab cakes, homemade desserts
Amenities: Open for Lunch Monday to Friday, dinner seven nights a week
MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Diners Club, Discover accepted
Parking on street or in local paid lots
Smoking only at bar
Hayes Street Grill is a straightforward restaurant with simple decor, a simple menu, and solid execution. The focus here is here is on fresh fish, and the menu changes daily to feature that day's fresh catch. Once you've chosen your fish, you select from as many as seven sauces to complement it.
If fish is not your thing, the Niman-Schell hamburger is popular or try the Asian marinated poussin (young chicken) or the house-made whiskey fennel sausages. French fries are good and crisp. The chocolate pound cake with Jack Daniels chocolate chip ice cream is a good ending to an enjoyable meal.
Patricia Unterman, former restaurant critic for the San Francisco Chronicle and current restaurant reviewer for the San Francisco Examiner, runs a tight ship. This popular dining spot is located in the Civic Center area, close to many government offices, so the lunch crowd leans to office workers and politicos. Proximity to the Opera House, and Davies Symphony Hall make the restaurant popular with concert-goers in the evening, and reservations are definitely recommended for dinner.