Hayes Street Grill is a fish restaurant in San Francisco's Civic Center district, across the street from Davies Symphony Hall and Nourse Auditorium, a block from the Opera House, SFJazz and City Hall.
Patricia Unterman, Richard Sander, Anne Haskell, Robert Flaherty opened the grill in 1979 to serve dinner before the opera, ballet, and symphony. They created a restaurant that cooked unfussy food, casual enough to work before a performance, but substantial and tasty enough to be a main event. They drew inspiration from old San Francisco grills like Tadich and Sam's, but took the grill concept a step farther by focussing on local ingredients.
Hayes Street Grill serves local sustainably harvested fish and shellfish and are certified by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch.
Our produce comes from local farms: Mariquita, Everything Under the Sun, Brokaw, Hamada, Yerena, Chue's, McGuiness, Alfieri, Bella Viva and others at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. (Owner Patricia Unterman is a founder of that market.) Our meats, poultry and dairy come from sustainable local producers.
Many inspirations, a simple result
We use an international mix of recipes, unified with a theme of fish and seafood. Above every other consideration, we want the freshness and pristine quality of the fish, produce, and naturally-raised meats to speak for themselves. Though our dishes may be inspired by Southeast Asian, Italian, French, Mediterranean, American, Indian or Latin American recipes, they are always simple, allowing the ingredients to shine.
True to its roots
Many of the cooks, waiters, and maitre d's have worked at the restaurant for twenty or more years, and a good portion of our customers have been coming regularly for just as long. The Hayes Street Grill's walls are covered with autographed photos of the artists who consider the restaurant their club. Though we've remodeled since our opening 32 years ago, the original brass coat hooks along the walls remain, as does our founding philosophy of cooking only the food we would serve at home to our families, albeit dressed up a little, with a religious dedication to wholesomeness.