Boulevard

4.7
7390 reviews
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Since its opening in 1993, Boulevard restaurant has been hailed as one of the best restaurants in San Francisco. Created in partnership with designer Pat Kuleto, the elegant, yet warm and welcoming interior of Boulevard is the essence of the Belle Époque style. It is a glorious setting for Chef Nancy Oakes hearty, flavorful, beautiful cuisine. American regional flavors, French influenced style, enthralling design, form the entire experience at Boulevard. Located in the heart of the San Francisco's revived waterfront area, the historic Audiffred Building is the ideal home for Boulevard. Among many wards received, Boulevard was proud to announce being granted the James Beard Award for Outstanding Restaurant 2012.
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Hawaii
14 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Slow service due to inattentive server. Food was good but disappointed with filet of sole preparation. Seated us by the drafty front door. Sorry they did away with the artichoke soup. Overall not a wow experience. I probably would not go back

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RY
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb dining and experience. My favorite restaurant in SF.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food, nice ambiance.

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TB
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The food and service were very good. I recommend dining at Boulevard when staying in downtown San Francisco. The service was particularly attentive and prompt.

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WP
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A San Francisco institution, everyone should try it at least once. Food and wine to the highest standards, also interesting cocktails.

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S
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious! This place is a bit overpriced. I live in Napa and have had same food quality at Napa restaurants for half the price!

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WS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of the best restaurants in the city. We had a really good birthday celebration there.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

It was our first time dining here. The ambiance is great, but my wife and I were underwhelmed. While the presentation was very nice, we thought the dishes we ordered lacked flavor. The food required the use of a fair amount of salt and pepper. And even then, it was lacking. (Pork t-bone, Petrale sole) This is not something we’ve had to do at any upscale establishment. On the other hand, the Gnocchi was very good and was wonderfully flavorful. But given the price point for dining here, the portions could be more generous, especially for vegetarian dishes.
Also, for the many years that I’ve been in the restaurant and catering arena, I fail to understand why restaurant owners insist on being so stingy when they serve a glass of wine. It’s the way it’s been done for decades, but it doesn’t make it right. I had Prosecco instead. So, for as many awards as Boulevard has won, it did not win us over.

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Boulevard was lovely again! It’s our favorite go to restaurant in San Francisco.

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E
Baltimore
37 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The best thing we had was the ravioli appetizer, to which we added the truffles, for a total of $42. It was absolutely worth it - I've never had a better pasta dish in my life. However, all the other dishes were just good, not outstanding, and I'm not 100% sure they were worth the price ($300 for two apps, two mains, one dessert, and 2 glasses of wine, including tax and tip).

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Sacramento
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Almost perfect. Not sure if it was the noice level but my waitress somehow did not split my main course I specifically asked but otherwise a wonderful experience. We will come back again.

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EA
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and drink - they were happy to make a sugar-free mint press for me, my wife loved their take on a Manhattan, we split 3 appetizers among 4 people and all were fabulous, and the entrees were all delicious. For appetizers we had the tuna tartar, buratta cheese and Brussels sprouts, and the quail and foir gras, each had wonderful blends of flavors and the accompanying Tartine Sourdough offered a great way to scoop up the last bits of sauces. My wife and son split the rack of lamb for 2 which also came with morel mushrooms and a braised lamb tortolloni, the rack was done to a perfect medium rare. My "prime-rib" pork chop with blood orange citrus was juicy and super flavorful and came with a fascinating roll of farrow and other grains in a crisp wrapper. My son's girlfriend had the filet and her plate was completely cleaned before anyone else, despite her petite size, it was just that good.

I would wholly recommend this a a place for a special night out, and while not at all Inexpensive, I still felt like it was a great value for the quality and attention to detail.

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s
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorites in the City. Recommend it to friends often.

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GK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

outstanding service; fabulous food. everyone needs to go here at least once.

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VG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just a great dining experience! .

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JS
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Would go back anytime.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience.

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PM
San Francisco
112 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 5ambience 1

The food and service were excellent but for the money spent the restaurant was too loud. I could hear an entire sales pitch for over an hour at a business meal two tables away. It’s not anywhere near romantic or cozy so don’t waste your time or money on a date. Business meals only here.

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LS
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Even though it was lunch, thought there would be something special for Valentine's Day. We couldn't get seats for dinner.
Ambiance is different at lunch but it was still wonderful.

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s
San Francisco
63 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

We went for my birthday. In the past, we had a good experience but not this time.
The food was poor..... Portions small..composed dishes didn't hang together.... Expensive for what you get. Would no longer recommend this restaurant to a friend. Sad decline.

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SF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another wonderful birthday celebration. I have been coming here to celebrate my birthday for many years. The quality has been consistent for this time. Love it.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waiter was superb. A true professional.

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CM
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful and delicious. Very specific POV was a treat for the senses.

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T
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The food tasted good but the starters were quite expensive.

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B
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

It was our anniversary and I requested a window booth. The hostess made sure we got a comfortable corner table overlooking the street. It was great. The service was superb all night long.

My food was wonderful as well. The only critique is that if you’re a vegan or vegetarian (my partner), there’s not a ton of options. Dessert was amazing. The portion size was right on.

This is definitely a special occasion or work expense restaurant. Wonderful dining experience but not cheap.

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GH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, and a very good recommendation on wine with dinner. All 4 of us enjoyed our meals.

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CB
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Without a doubt Boulevard is the finest restaurant in the Bay Area. For 16 years we have gone dozens of times and never experienced anything but great service, magnificent food, and comfortable ambience. Thanks Boulevard!

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LY
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We were a bit disappointed to have made a reservation a few weeks ahead of time for the three of us to then be out at an awkward table meant for a two top.

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MD
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was extraordinary and the wait staff was very attentive even though all of the tables were full.

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SF
San Francisco
62 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Boulevard was one of my favorite restaurants as a go-to special occasion place. Years have passed since I've been there. This visit only reinforced that the basics of a well-run restaurant with a solid point of view on creative cooking endures. It doesn't come cheap, but the food and service are truly excellent and worthy of a visit.

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A
Los Angeles
80 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I had a wonderful dining experience at Boulevard this last weekend. Our server Tim certainly added to the experience. Tim was very helpful and provided us with outstanding service. The food was exceptional as always. We enjoy dining at Boulevard when visiting the city.

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TH
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every time we visit San Francisco, The Boulevard is our choice for excellent food, service, and accommodation. Professional yet personal and delightful service makes for a great evening commensurate with the quality and elegant presentation of the wonderful entrees and deserts.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was perfect!

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SM
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our anniversary last night. I had requested a table with a view of the Bay Bridge Lights and we had a great view. Boulevard gave us a signed anniversary card and desserts with Happy Anniversary in white chocolate spelled out. The crab and avocado starter was excellent. Petrale sole and angus filet cooked to perfection and dessert was delicious. Our server was very good and pleasant. Always a treat coming here.

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q
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

An excellent evening. We requested a quiet table on our reservation and were seated at a nice table for two against the windows. Our server, the food, drinks, and wine were superb. Thanks for catering to two hard of hearing diners who will return.

John Stedman

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DT
Columbus
30 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food. Very pricey

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m
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently great food, wonderful atmosphere. Old San Francisco feel to it.

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ME
Nashville
8 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant. Ample food choices. Attentive service.

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S
San Francisco
90 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Whenever I return to Boulevard after a few months or even years away, I remember why I love it and always feel so comfortable and even pampered there. The service is impeccable, the atmosphere congenial, and the food excellent. As in most restaurants, the appetizer and dessert were the highlights, but the entree was good as well. Presentation is always lovely. I really appreciate the valet parking as well.

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c
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved everything about it with the exception of the cost. Salmon was $30... that's a bit much but was very good! Our service was awesome!

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