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Bluestem Restaurant & Market, San Francisco, CA

Bluestem Restaurant & Market

4.2
4.2
2244 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

7:00 PM


Booked 6 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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4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Mexico City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love all about the restaurant, the service was excellent, food ambience all on it. The best part was the not tip policy. In so many restaurants we pay expensive tip and receive a horrible service. This restaurant gave us a good experience. I will definitely come back
  2. P

    Pete

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    There was a fixed menu for Thanksgiving and everything on it was delicious! We bought the cornbread mix to take home. The service was fantastic. The manager checked in on us regularly but we had no complaints. A little on the pricey side but it was delicious and all inclusive, including the tip, so really not that bad in the end.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Thanksgiving dinner was delicious but family style setting left little room to move food around table as there was little space for five people & their plates. There was a little too much hovering from wait staff as we wanted to talk & I think they were in a tight time schedule. Definitely worth trying again. All good was delish.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and cocktails in a beautiful facility with absolutely excellent service staff. Fantastic experience!
  5. WM

    WilliamM

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Bluestem has taken simple dishes and upgraded them to wonderful using creative ingredients to bring in surprising flavors and textures. Waitstaff was perfectly available, yet hidden.
  6. RD

    RonD

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Nice selection of menu choices for vegetarians, food was well-prepared and tasty, and service was friendly and efficient. And, in principle, I liked the idea of ordering from my smart phone and paying the bill that way. So what didn't I like? Before I could even order one thing, I needed to provide my name, email address, phone number, credit card number, expiration date, and CV code. And after we finished, I needed to provide more or less the same info once again, as well as my home address. And all this in a public setting where my transmissions could be intercepted. Much too intrusive.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Frankfurt

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    The concept is interesting and the food they offer is good. The prixr ranger is rather €€€ than €€, considering The size of the portions. The location was pretty cold unfortunately.
  8. L

    Lindy

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The online ordering seemed very moderne, and, was actually a little challenging. One of us couldn't order, probably due to their internet connection, another had very slow internet. We were confused as to what was & wasn't ordered, as all four of our cellphone screens showed somewhat different orders. Fun at first, but the learning curve was a little steep for us older folks, and was decidedly unfun after awhile. A better tutorial would have been helpful, starting with informing us about their wifi. The food was delicious, and reasonably priced except for $38.75 for a small piece of chicken. Staff was very friendly and helpful, though it was a bit confusing to have multiple people serving us.
  9. MP

    MaryP

    Birmingham

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Ordering was a bit of a challenge on the app, they were out of their famous cornbread, which was disappointing. We very much enjoyed the food, shared a salad, avocado toast and mushroom bolognese, nice flavors and unique blends of flavors. Nice atmosphere.
  10. H

    Hana

    Los Angeles

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience at heart of SF, especially wine served here are so unique. Variety of food is interesting, too. Staffs are so friendly. They welcomed us very well, and cared us very friendly. One point, there is no paper menu. Everything is ordered though their web, even payment.
  11. k

    kimmee

    Jacksonville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was fun!!! Unusual food items but all were great!!!!
  12. MH

    MeaghanH

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Food was good but a little overpriced. Pacing on dishes was a little too rushed.
  13. AS

    AngelaS

    San Francisco

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I came with my boyfriend for the SF restaurant week menu. It was super good. It’s a great value - there was so much food for two people that of course we had leftovers to take home. Appetizer kimchi hushpuppies were amazing. Super perfect crisp outside and fluffy inside. Deviled eggs were great with the pomegranate reduction. Lamb meatballs were tender and flavorful. Caesar salad wasn’t drowning in dressing like some places - love a food caesar salad. Main dish was the duck pesto pasta. I liked how the duck pieces weren’t massive chunks. They were cut up into perfect bite-sized pieces which made them easy to eat with a forkful of the saucy pasta. Really good, hearty and slightly chunky pesto that wasn’t overly salted. Desert was this epic, decadent chocolate cake. I loved the coconut frosting. It was so rich, and difficult to eat after that massive meal because I was so full; however, we still polished it off nicely.
  14. F

    Foody

    San Francisco

    73 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    73 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    came for Restaurant Week prix fixe dinner. The variety was fantastic and the combination of the ingredients and spices used to prepare the dishes were unique from all over the world. I would definitely come back for a regular dinner when I am downtown.
  15. A

    Angelica

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Did a birthday celebration for my boyfriend and needed a nice place for over 10 people! The service was great, they were flexible with party modifications. Food and drinks are always amazing, understandable that it's a bit on the pricier side. Amazing environment, beautiful interior! We had one waiter that didn't know which drinks were which so we had to help him out. Other than that, we will come again soon! Thank you!
  16. EQ

    ElizabethQ

    Los Angeles

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    A unique experience for us, as it was our first time here. Overall food was great and they were very sweet as we were celebrating our Anniversary and greater us with champagne. Would definitely recommend.
  17. N

    Nana3

    New York Area

    28 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Excellent food, wait staff is friendly and very helpful. Relaxed atmosphere, great location. A favorite of our family.
  18. MW

    MatthewW

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience5
    Online menu and ordering system is awkward. Big gap between my food and my companion’s food. Companion should have been advised his dish was an appetizer and small portion so he could have ordered more from the start, instead of midway through the meal. Food itself was good and staff was eager…but could do things differently to create a better experience.
  19. JM

    JoeM

    London

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Table was nice and overall cost and service very good. Seemed to be a lot of choice and food was well presented and prepared. Some of the guests were not as excited about their meals, although mine was excellent! I had the chicken burger which was spicy and I felt very tasty. Order of Fries were enough for sharing. Billed as a place for sharing plates, but we ordered per person and meals came out to fit that parameter more than a “sharing plate”. Still would recommend as nice ambiance and cost seemed very reasonable 😃
  20. H

    Hollyleaf

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was the first time for us at Bluestem, and we were happy. It is steps away from the Powell St. BART, if you take the right exit. The staff is very friendly, the drinks were well made and imaginative, the prices were not too high AND they pay their staff a living wage with health benefits. You may NOT tip here. It is the type of restaurant where the management talks to all the waiters before the dinner service to update them and give them a pep talk. We chose it because we wanted vegan and non-vegan, meaty food. We were both happy with our available choices. We will return.
  21. DF

    DaidreF

    Charlotte

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Although I made a reservation for 5 people, we were crammed into a booth. The restaurant was overbooked and too busy to provide good service. Service was mediocre at best, and the food was not stellar. They should not have accepted any more reservations -- including mine -- if they were not staffed to handle it properly.
  22. F

    Fullove525

    San Francisco

    41 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Although we were there for lunch time, the service was still very attentive and on point. The food is delicious. The party of 4 had the Hummus & Mushrooms, Caesar Salad with grilled chicken, roasted corn, (a take on street corn) and the Sea Bass Piccata. we want them to bring back the deviled eggs but know they are time consuming to make. It's such a treat to have a restaurant with variety, presentation and style in SF. Glad that owners Adam & Stacy are still here after 15 years!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Food was too salty for us.
  24. j

    jess

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service. Great place for lunch or happy hour
  25. JL

    JennL

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience4
    Excellent food in a great space. They are still using a self service model where you order your own food via Toast - each order requires several click-throughs, which means it takes much longer than usual to order a simple meal. Servers are not allowed to take an order, it must all be done through the app. I will not return for a business lunch with a large group, but will definitely go back for a casual or social lunch, the food was excellent!
  26. PN

    PigNpoke

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Amazing food and all fees included. What you see is what you pay as is Price fix including taxes, fees, and gratuity . A great concept with a great tasting menu meant to share. My only complaint is that we ordered too much. But I guess that’s on me😀
  27. AL

    ALex

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall1food2service2ambience1
    Food was oily did not meet our expectations. Staff was friendly. Ambiance dull.
  28. P

    Phom

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Ordering online in restaurant was new experience, but staff was helpful. One downside, we never had same wait staff who took order and served food. I think that was the problem as I waited a least 15 minutes to get my meal while my table mates were already served and eating. A big plus: I checked in, but the rest of my party got lost and were late by 25 minutes. Bluestem honored my reservation and a had a table for us despite the crowds.
  29. CC

    ClementC

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience5
    The online ordering system is slightly clunky but manageable. Friend’s order wasn’t in stock and server offered alternatives, but this caused confusion if we had to place order online or not. Settled on a Baonini and that took an hour to get to table. Only reason to return is ambience and tasty food. Probability to return is low at this point.
  30. L

    Loyalguest

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience1
    Manager was NOT happy at all with this restaurant. We booked for business meal because the photos looked nice on Opentable. Total disappointment and embarrassment for us with our guests as all self serve ordering. expect NO SERVICE. Its unfortunate for such a great location close to our office. Suggesting updating your photos and make it a more casual environment if you're tailoring casual diners. We'll not be back indeed.
  31. CF

    ChristyF

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food at Bluestem was great. Ordering is a bit different in that you can do it all online or through the waitperson. All the food comes out when it is ready, there is no sense of trying to time things, for a traditional dining experience. But, this works well for a casual dining experience with friends. And if you understand that experience going in, it is really fine. Given that the restaurant does not expect or want tipping, I am good with this serving/dining philosophy, especially since the food and drinks were delicious, and when personal service was needed, it was prompt and friendly.
  32. CH

    CorwinH

    New England

    33 reviews

    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The ordering is a bit funky because the restaurant is trying something different. Everything is done electronically. That said, the food was outstanding. We had two different baos as appetizers. They were delightful and the avocado sauce was a perfect accompaniment for the bacon,egg,and cheese version. My wife had the duck pesto pasta and declared it her favorite meal on our entire visit to SF! We would highly recommend this place.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Oaxaca

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place! AMAZING DRINK SELECTION! Plant based dining and food portions. Must try
  34. Y

    Yole

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great as was the service. We enjoyed their upstairs outdoor seating area too.
  35. AD

    AndreaD

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    I had been to Bluestem before Covid with a group and have to say I really enjoyed sharing the small (and not so small) plates with convivial friends. Going solo meant I had to limit my choice, which was difficult without a paper menu. There are so many choices that it's hard to get a sense of the whole when you can only few 3 or 4 options at a time. I ended up with the eggplant panini (shouldn't it be panino – just wondering?) which I thoroughly enjoyed. Bluestem is located near a number or museums and shares a walkway of restaurants. It charges big city prices but is not outrageously so. One reason I chose it above the others is that there is no tipping. All the staff are paid a living wage with benefits.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and fantastic service. The ordering process through the app was not necessary. We’d rather place the order with a human. Other than that, fantastic.
  37. N

    Nana3

    New York Area

    29 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Excellent food and service in a very comfortable setting. Expanded menu has many new and interesting dishes. Great location too.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    There was a technical problem with their nenu/ordering system, but otherwise great
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious! We were able to get a reservation for the same night. Service was excellent!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was wonderful! Get the Bluestem Smashed cocktails:

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 2244 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

7:00 PM


Booked 6 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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