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Bluestem Restaurant & Market, San Francisco, CA

Bluestem Restaurant & Market

4.2
4.2
2214 Reviews
$30 and under
Californian
Bluestem Restaurant & Market. Located in the heart of downtown San Francisco—at the crossroads of Union Square and Yerba Buena Gardens—Bluestem is a spirited gathering place created to foster connection, and serve people for how we eat and drink today; on the go, in the moment or somewhere in between. Our California coastal fare marries the vibrant bounty of ingredients native to Northern California, with the diverse cultural influences of the many immigrant groups who continue to plant roots in the region.

Bluestem’s market is inspired by our chef’s pantry where one can find the best ingredients and prepared items, offering a carefully curated snapshot of the Bay Area’s incredible community of local food artisans. Our menus and market are designed to respect and preserve the balance of an interconnected local food system, while nourishing the body, mind and spirit.

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2 people

9:00 PM


Booked 3 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Californian, American, Farm-to-table

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Tue–Sat 11:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 4:30 pm–9:15 pm

  • Phone number

    (415) 547-1111

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Owned/operated by

    Women

  • Private party facilities

    Bluestem is the perfect place to host your private event. We offer both indoor and outdoor options to meet a wide range of needs. Please contact us for help in arranging and coordinating your exclusive private event.

  • Private party contact

    Stacy: (415) 547-1111

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / Union Square

  • Cross street

    Market Street (between 3rd & 4th)

  • Parking details

    In addition to street parking in the area, there are several parking garages within one block of Bluestem Brasserie including the Jessie Square Garage, located below the restaurant, and the Fifth & Mission Garage.<br />For Valet services, the Four Seasons is available just off of Third Street on Stevenson Alley.

  • Public transit

    Bluestem Restaurant &amp; MArket is located just above the South-East end of the Powell Street Bart Station.

  • Entertainment

    The atmosphere is casual but energetic and in sync with the rhythms of the restaurant's heart-of-the-city location.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 2,214 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 3.9Value

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  1. BM

    BrianM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service! Food was so good! Great vibe with in the resturant.
  2. M

    Milli

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall1food4service1ambience3
    Bluestem changed to a self order/self pay system. We ordered apps plus main. We got 1 out of 2 apps before our meal. The other came with the meal. 2 out of 5 of the meals came extremely late. 1 meal was completely wrong and that person waited even further to get the correct one. 2 people ordered the exact same thing, yet the dishes were different/missing ingredients on one. Service was awful, every time we mentioned something was wrong they huddled in groups of 2-3 people and stared at us (there are mirrors around the restaurant). This was the first time I’ve been here post-pandemic. Service has completely gone downhill and good is incredibly overpriced for what you get.
  3. S

    languageStudent

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really good selection and value. We had cocktails and small plates. Good quality! Service was excellent
  4. LL

    LesleyL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I like the new Toast ordering system. It was quick and efficient. Food was good and service was great!
  5. GP

    GopherPress

    Minneapolis

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience1
    Terrible experience for hosting a lunch with clients. First we had to pass one phone around so we could all order off the QR-code based menu. Then (as host) I had to verify everybody's orders and ask them if they wanted drinks. Food arrived quickly for 3 of 4 guests, but one order was from the Cafe next door or something and so it didn't arrive until 3 other diners were done eating. About that time, the kitchen staff starts bringing our table dishes that we didn't order - insisting that we did. Even telling us we were wrong, that we must have. Turns out, a neighboring table used our table tent/QR code to order their own food -but on my still open tab. Probably on accident. Then I had to get up from business meeting to get manager to fix, which he did, but didn't even apologize. Then I closed out my tab so nobody else could order on it, but that made it impossible to order coffee after the meal. I asked waiter to get it for us complementary, for the trouble I had with the open ticket. He said sure. But then, never showed up. Then the manager came to table though, and asked if we wanted coffee, and said I have to open a new ticket. I explained that we didn't want to do that and the waiter said he'd take care of it. Then manager left, but then never came back. And so we just left -- without any coffee and with a very negative view of this restaurant. Overall the restaurant was too loud to hear my guests because and the food was OK, but not worth the trouble.
  6. CP

    ConnieP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service were wonderful. I will definitely return.
  7. M

    Makeda

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    The pork belly and the squid ink tin were amazing.
  8. M

    Megamind

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    Interestingly enough the tip was included in the price of food. Food was all good, but we mostly liked the view from the balcony, that is why we went there. Service was very good.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a wonderful experience. Excellent food quality &amp; great service.
  10. SM

    SMRd2

    San Francisco

    39 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience1
    Using the phone to order and pay there was very little interaction with the staff unless I posed a specific question. The coating of the kimchi balls seemed overly fried and looked burnt. Many of the specialty cocktails are pre-batched and the caramel dessert cocktail with oat milk was a sweet one-note disappointment. I'm glad that the restaurant was able to pivot and remain in business during the pandemic but the changes seem to have removed all of the charm and special hospitality touches from before 2020.
  11. SN

    SassyN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect! I cannot say enough about the overall experience. Food and drink were excellent but more importantly so were the staff. We stopped by to take a look in the morning as we had just made our reservation for the evening. We were invited in by the owner to take a look and walk around. Basically he gave us some history and personal attention as to how the restaurant operates. Later while dinning he took time to chat with us again. The staff were friendly and attentive and we never felt rushed as we were taking our time enjoying each other and our meal. KUDOS to all and thank you.
  12. M

    Marcy

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Extremely disappointing, especially compared to it’s pre-pandemic cuisine! Food was just ok to blah. Not writing more because Open Table reviews seem inflated and irrelevant anyway….
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday of my friend, we had a really good time there. Thank you so much!
  14. DF

    DaleF

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service! Interesting menu and convenient location.
  15. N

    Nate

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    The food was TREMENDOUS. The service was slow and due to a strange way to order (no menus, one person scans the QR code first and signs up as host then everyone everyone else joins the party) everything was really confusing at first. We had a researching for a party of 6 and had 3 others arrive with us so the restaurant had to shuffle things around. They were able to pull it off which we greatly appreciated. The hostess was quite rude and impatient but the server and his help were very nice. Overall a very nice dinner
  16. C

    Caroline

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and cocktails!
  17. PN

    PigNpoke

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Entirely new menu which I enjoyed but we felt a little rushed and had to slow things down a bit. Overall very enthusiastic about the new menu and how they handle the billing
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love Bluestem! Their staff are amazing, caring people who make you feel at home. Their food is inspired, locally sourced, and incredibly tasty. We love sitting on their patio, especially for covid safety, but even inside, the space is open and inviting. Their cocktails are so special. Even if I’m not hungry I will pop in and have a cocktail and people watch from their market area.
  19. D

    Dutch

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience2
    Food was poor. Steak came with a slice of toasted bread, and nothing else. Not even a piece of green to dress it up. Another order did come at all. Sparkling water smelled and tasted like a swimming pool (chlorine). Will never go back and advice others to stay away. Too bad that many of the good restaurants downtown closed their doors, but these stick around, and don't even make an effort. Sad.
  20. P

    Pietra

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    Food is not good. We had broccolini, asparagus, mushroom pasta, and one more dish I can't recall. All left uneaten, and we went to another restaurant. Fries were the only good thing here.
  21. BR

    BethR

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food. Fresh, delicious,beautiful presentation. Farm to table essence. Very good service. Drinks were perfect. Lovely dinner out with my oldest daughter.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing restaurant with great food and excellent service.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The location was great. We all shared many small plates and the food was excellent. Our waiter was very accommodating and it was a pleasure to be in there.
  24. AH

    AmyH

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Fantastic restaurant week menu. The service was so personable and kind. Great with dietary restrictions.
  25. PL

    PLeLam

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service fr the moment you enter to the moment you leave. Food is incredible (what’s in that grilled cheese???) and we all loved how tip was ALREADY included. Such a solid spot for brunch or dinner or even just drinks. Go.
  26. K

    Kathy

    San Francisco

    33 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Glad Blue Stem is still with us, post Pandemic. It is a beautiful space and the food is delicious. The menu is new and requires study, but there appear to be lots of interesting options. The pasta was outstanding! Be aware that tips etc are all reflected in the item price, which explains the individual dish price. No tipping with the bill, all inclusive.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We needed a big table for eight for my daughter’s birthday. Bluestem had one available at short notice for brunch. They were really nice about the birthday with a small flute of champagne for all and a big slice of their great chocolate cake complimentary for the birthday girl. I did not expect much food wise from a big place on Market street but the food was really outstanding. We loved the lamb meatballs and shukchuka as well as the chicken sandwich, burgers and salads. The place was relatively empty so there was no noise and we could all hear each other well even on a big long table. In total a very nice experience!
  28. a

    annv

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    My friend and I had 7 dishes and 3 types of cocktails between us. Every single one was delicious and there wasn't any item that I wouldn't order again. Service (our server was the Alvero) was perfect.
  29. JK

    JamesK

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    Blue Stem was a big disappointment. We were a party of 4 and I did not like their ordering system. That system may be appropriate for a café, but I don't think it is so for a sit-down restaurant. We had one in our party who is gluten free and there were very few options on the menu that met those dietary requirements. The food was okay... not great. I felt the menu was somewhat limited. The staff however was quite courteous.
  30. b

    biznfun

    Miami

    52 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    I enjoyed having a late Saturday breakfast here. Not too busy. Service was very good. Food was delicious. I had the toast with ricotta and blood orange marmalade. Coupled with excellent bacon. Good coffee. Would recommend if you’re in SF.
  31. HE

    HappyEater

    San Francisco

    86 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    86 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Excellent service and creative presentation of food. I do miss the French brasserie style of door, but it was still a good meal.
  32. AM

    AMJG

    Tahoe

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service and food was great. The server was very friendly and provided great recommendations. Convenient location for the financial district.
  33. PA

    PatriciaA

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    You had a bad day at work..come in and decompress with a crafted drink and delicious menu.
  34. LJ

    LindaJ

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great team, we so enjoyed our evening and the y took such great care of us!
  35. S

    Seniorpeace

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience2
    It was nothing like expectations built up from OpenTable’s pictures and reviews. Food was just okay.
  36. U

    Unclemomo

    San Francisco

    21 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience4
    The food was mediocre. The service was terrible. We ordered drinks and they came after we were halfway through the salad course. They didn’t have the two gins I asked for (I ordered one which they didn’t have—which I was not told up front). Then the same thing with the second. We told the waiter not to put in the food order right away but that didn’t happen. Then the main course came f Dr urging the salad course. The staff didn’t seem to know what was going on. Very disappointing since we had been there a couple of times before Covid and it was good. I doubt we will come back.
  37. JL

    JenniferL

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Staff was extremely friendly and the prices were quite reasonable for the quality of the food. I recommend 1. broccolini 2. crab pasta 3. parmesean fries
  38. j

    judy

    San Francisco

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Still one of our favorite places. So glad they are back!
  39. E

    Edwin

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent but to top it all, the service was amazing. All the staff were friendly and warm. Overall, I highly recommend Bluestem!
  40. a

    alwayshungrygal

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Only one slight complaint about service, it took almost 3 requests to get a glass of water for me. It took less time to deliver 2 special drinks (ordered separately) than my water. Otherwise service was attentive and prompt. Ryan (?) our server suggested that in view of the fact that we ordered so many dishes (1/2 doz oysters, 2 orders of french fries, a salad w/duck confit, 4 entrees) that we move from a 4-top to a larger table; he took another table and fit it end to end. That was perfect as everything fit much better than if we hadn't moved, especially the food came out when ready, instead of serving everything traditionally as courses. We then we had 4 desserts, coffee and other post-entree beverages. Food quality was excellent in every aspect. I had the best pesto pasta I've had in a very long time. The oysters were fresh (and I go out for oysters at least once a month), and everyone else enjoyed their entree as well. All the desserts were excellent and since I insisted on ordering the toasted babka (memories of my childhood and my beloved late grandmother's favorite-tho not toasted) I was glad that everyone RAVED about it. I'm glad I chose Bluestem for my team meeting but I did miss some of the entrees and appetizers from the "old" menu. I suggest paring back some of the oyster items to give more variety in that category. My palate doesn't appreciate spice (to put it politely) so I wish there were more options that are lower on the spice scale. But bottom line, we all enjoyed our meal and won't hesitate to bring clients here (as in the past) or to come here again for another excellent meal.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Bluestem Restaurant & Market using the Order Online button. Bluestem Restaurant & Market also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 547-1111.

Bluestem Restaurant & Market is rated 4.2 stars by 2214 OpenTable diners.

Bluestem Restaurant & Market does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

9:00 PM


Booked 3 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Bluestem Restaurant & Market

ONE Yerba Buena Lane San Francisco, CA 94103

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Market Street (between 3rd &amp; 4th)

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / Union Square

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Tue–Sat 11:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 4:30 pm–9:15 pm

  • Cuisines

    Californian, American, Farm-to-table

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    In addition to street parking in the area, there are several parking garages within one block of Bluestem Brasserie including the Jessie Square Garage, located below the restaurant, and the Fifth & Mission Garage.<br />For Valet services, the Four Seasons is available just off of Third Street on Stevenson Alley.

  • Public transit

    Bluestem Restaurant & MArket is located just above the South-East end of the Powell Street Bart Station.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Women

  • Entertainment

    The atmosphere is casual but energetic and in sync with the rhythms of the restaurant's heart-of-the-city location.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (415) 547-1111

  • Private party facilities

    Bluestem is the perfect place to host your private event. We offer both indoor and outdoor options to meet a wide range of needs. Please contact us for help in arranging and coordinating your exclusive private event.

  • Private party contact

    Stacy: (415) 547-1111

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