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Bluestem Brasserie

New American Restaurant and Steakhouse$$$$
SoMa, San Francisco
128 Tips and reviews
  • burgers
  • happy hour
  • hangover cake
  • honolulu hangover
  • cocktails
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  • James H.
    James H3 weeks ago
    Hand pulled duck confit salad
  • Arin R.
    Arin RayAugust 11
    Got the Bluestem burger, it's two patties but they're pretty thin.
  • Drew T.
    Brunch burger is the way to go
  • mira z.
    Nothing much, would not come back
  • Elizabeth B.
    Elizabeth BursteinDecember 20, 2016
    Decent burger , great vibe
  • Samar H.
    Samar HamdanOctober 25, 2016
    I had the plate of the day ; Fried chicken for Monday and I liked it. Nice service . Close to Moscne center
  • Christian D.
    Christian DrakeJuly 5, 2016
    unpronounceable dessert👌🏽
  • Christian D.
    Christian DrakeJuly 5, 2016
    Brevette Steak Frites seasoned excellently
  • Lee Ann A.
    Lee Ann AckermanJune 12, 2016
    The food and wine was wonderful here but the service was truly exceptional!
  • Mason M.
    Mason McCoyMay 15, 2016
    The brunch burger was exceptional. A full breakfast on a bun!
  • Jess L.
    Jess LMarch 19, 2016
    Great spot for dinner, good with a group.
  • jared m.
    jared mcguireFebruary 28, 2016
    Mac & cheese. Add truffle, bacon, etc.
  • Ethan G.
    Ethan GreenspanFebruary 28, 2016
    Breakfast burger
  • Chloe L.
    Chloe Lucas-WalshFebruary 14, 2016
    So over rated and over priced! I couldn't believe it! Our waiter was cold and patronising, the food was NOTHING special at all. Will not be going back!
  • Andrew L.
    Andrew Lucas-WalshFebruary 14, 2016
    Definitely wasn't worth the money, from the cheap carpet to the blunt, patronizing waiting staff. Ordered the bone marrow and there was essentially nothing to spread on the toast.
  • Craig V.
    Craig VillamorJanuary 30, 2016
    I thought the bluestem burger was gross. Moving on...
  • Kelly W.
    Kelly WongJanuary 25, 2016
    Came for SF restaurant week and ordered from their prix fixe menu which was alright. Would come back to try their regular menu.
  • Emily K.
    Emily KaneJanuary 5, 2016
    Great option to meet up for happy hour. Can't go wrong with a Bluestem Smash.
  • Fasih A.
    Fasih AwanDecember 28, 2015
    The menu changes but the New York Steak was amazing! Very tender and tasty, and the potato cutlet given with it was also very tasty 😋
  • Helena H.
    Helena HounselDecember 26, 2015
    Kale salad on point. 👌🏼
  • Laura S.
    Laura ShumNovember 7, 2015
    Everything was just okay, nothing too special
  • Danny T.
    Danny TrejoSeptember 24, 2015
    Stayed at the four seasons and had dinner here three nights straight. The duck was in incredible and the Monday special of fries chicken is a can't miss.
  • Marko C.
    Marko CiricAugust 26, 2015
    Try the lamb, it's delicious!
  • Joshua A.
    Joshua AustinJune 13, 2015
    The food is good, drinks are great but the service is what set this place apart!
  • Chris H.
    Chris H.June 1, 2015
    Great cocktails, and the swordfish with roasted artichoke hearts is amazing,
  • Amanda S.
    Amanda SchneiderMay 30, 2015
    Shrimp and grits are great but small portion size
  • Jay M.
    Jay MartinMay 27, 2015
    A little heavy for lunch but the food is pretty solid.
  • Max K.
    Max KMay 13, 2015
    The lamb meatballs were great, and I'm not usually a big fan of lamb.
  • Jo L.
    Jo LMay 8, 2015
    Get the mussels!
  • Nick O.
    Nick ONeillApril 14, 2015
    A favorite spot after happy hour. You can typically just walk in and grab a booth behind the bar (particularly good for a date).
  • Dave W.
    Dave WatersApril 13, 2015
    The Bleu cheese burger might be the best burger I've ever eaten... Legit.
  • Sherry L.
    Sherry LiMarch 18, 2015
    Solid place in the Yerba Buena complex. The chicken two ways is very good. So is the burger. Desserts are awesome too.
  • Adam F.
    Adam FindleyMarch 4, 2015
    Get the brunch burger on the weekend.
  • Michael C.
    Michael CoxFebruary 16, 2015
    Lindsey gave us best service we've had since arriving in San Francisco! Flawless recommendations on food and drinks, doesn't hover and made sure we wanted for nothing. The food is phenomenal as well.
  • Cameron W.
    Cameron WentkerFebruary 16, 2015
    Ask for Lindsey! She provided wonderful service and recommendations, would definitely come again and again.
  • Clara B.
    Clara BayarriFebruary 4, 2015
    I loved the New York cut :) well worth a visit
  • flying f.
    flying felizJanuary 26, 2015
    Meat is excellent!
  • Helena H.
    Helena HounselJanuary 2, 2015
    New favorite place in SF! Amazing servers. Great happy hour. DELICIOUS food.
  • Andreas E.
    Andreas EhnDecember 14, 2014
    Get the brunch burger. It comes with everything (except fries).
  • Shinal
    ShinalNovember 29, 2014
    Happy hour from 4-6 pm on weekdays. $5 pinot noir guys and damn good too. Go go go!
  • Karsten M.
    Karsten McVayNovember 16, 2014
    Chicken and waffles for brunch
  • herm p.
    herm pugayNovember 3, 2014
    The shrimp Po' Boy
  • Shantanu J.
    Shantanu JoshiOctober 23, 2014
    Their small plates are incredible.
  • Ben W.
    Ben WSeptember 13, 2014
    Delicious food
  • Miles S.
    Miles SkorpenSeptember 9, 2014
    Good food (the duck confit salad was delicious) but service was achingly slow.
  • Matt S.
    Matt SteinSeptember 1, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    there's an outdoor patio upstairs to get you off the bustle of market street.
  • Adam F.
    Adam FAugust 24, 2014
    You might walk past this ritzy brunch spot. My biggest tip is don't walk past. The Breakfast Burger is the best B.B I have ever had. Service is impeccable. French toast is a great way to sign off!
  • Annie O.
    Annie Ochoa BenitezAugust 17, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Amazing roasted chicken amd burgers. Nice decor, comveniently located
  • Norman Y.
    Norman YamashiroMay 29, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Happy Hour from 4-6:30pm. M-F. $3 beers. $5 well drinks. $5 wines in which proceeds go to cancer related charities.
  • Benny L.
    Benny LeeMay 16, 2014
    Lamb burger pretty decent! Go with medium rare.
  • Carlos O.
    Carlos OchoaMay 13, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    The burger is one of the best burgers in town, but today's trout was simply awesome.
  • David R.
    David RichardsonApril 24, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The steak tartare is delicious
  • Joel C.
    Joel ChangMarch 18, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the whole fish. The chef managed to pick out all the bones and left the whole fish intact! Just wish everyone served me fish like that :)
  • Sammi
    SammiFebruary 25, 2014
    The duck salad is to die for!
  • Hiyasmin D.
    Hiyasmin DimarananFebruary 7, 2014
    Happy Hour from 4-6!!! $1 rolling rock in a can and $3 for beers on tap! Get the speakeasy beer!!
  • Vyoma
    VyomaFebruary 1, 2014
    Get the truffle fries! Crispy and delicious
  • Stu H.
    Stu HoodJanuary 10, 2014
    The dessert menu is much more interesting than the mains... Make sure to check it out!
  • Edward K.
    Edward KJanuary 7, 2014
    You absolutely must get the pierogi!
  • Y ..
    Y ..December 27, 2013
    They play such nice music over here 😻❤️,
  • oohgodyeah
    oohgodyeahDecember 25, 2013
    Order the American Road Trip cocktail. It rotates daily to highlight a different state in the US. Amazing!
  • Vyoma
    VyomaDecember 10, 2013
    Mac and cheese side is really good
  • Yuriy R.
    Yuriy RomanyukhaDecember 6, 2013
    Best place for business, friends & business friends talks
  • Tiffani L.
    Tiffani LeeNovember 20, 2013
    Chicken and maple bacon Brussel sprouts paired with Domaine Carneros champagne
  • Julie H.
    Julie HorvathNovember 8, 2013
    The Duck Confit salad.
  • Robert H.
    Robert HöhneOctober 6, 2013
    The food is excellent just like the service, very friendly staff. Our dessert, the hangover cake was extremely delicious.
  • Kris K.
    Kris KSeptember 21, 2013
    Get the whole roasted catch of the day
  • Emily
    EmilySeptember 11, 2013
    So good. Highly recommend the Porch Swing, made by Wayne!!
  • Brittany Y.
    Brittany YoonAugust 22, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Despite the touristy location, refreshingly delightful restaurant. Every cocktail is worthwhile. Friday special Bluestem burger is a MUST. And salmon will not disappoint the non-meat crew.
  • Collette M.
    Collette McCrayAugust 12, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Sunday funday on a monday! Its so yummy!!
  • Tabitha S.
    Tabitha SchneiderAugust 3, 2013
    Watermelon cooler drink rocks..gin..fresh watermelon..lime and basil salt rim
  • Clarinda M.
    Clarinda MerripenJune 16, 2013
    The French onion soup is sweet, not savory, and one of the bartenders uphold a red wine that didn't meet my request. Would not go again.
  • Michelle B.
    Michelle BaccusMay 5, 2013
    The lavender Collins is killer
  • Yesi O.
    Yesi OrihuelaMarch 31, 2013
    Try the Honolulu hangover desert
  • Kyle M.
    Kyle MinorMarch 8, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    This is a very inventive restaurant disguised as a tourist trap. The food is unfailingly good and interesting solid and delicious.
  • Sergey M.
    Sergey MMarch 6, 2013
    Not impressed with steaks. Even fillet mignon wasn't that good. No real meat taste as you can usually have in steakhouse...
  • Byron L.
    Byron LongFebruary 15, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Love the lights on the bar top! Great seasonal happy hour drinks also!
  • Sarah L.
    Sarah LoesbyFebruary 10, 2013
    STEAK. Just do it.
  • Bruce H.
    Bruce HuieJanuary 30, 2013
    Great food, incredible service - go
  • Karen M.
    Karen MaJanuary 21, 2013
    Saw Blake Griffith ! Food was delicious !
  • Laura P.
    Laura PJanuary 6, 2013
    Deviled eggs are a must.
  • Abby P.
    Abby PeckDecember 25, 2012
    Awesome food and great service. Waiter was hilarious! Get the Brussel sprout and sweet potato salad.
  • Laurence B.
    Laurence BerlandDecember 22, 2012
    The bluestem burger, only available at Friday dinner, is amazing. Two patties of grass fed beef, crispy pork belly, fried egg, and cheddar with griddled onions and a side of truffle fries.
  • Asher Y.
    Asher YanichDecember 22, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Charcuterie is amazing, tartar is yummy and don't miss the tapioca creme brûlée. And cocktails are top notch.
  • Dan S.
    Dan SimmonsNovember 9, 2012
    Like meat? Can't decide? Get the Butcher's Choice, absolutely fantastic!
  • Matthew Riley M.
    Matthew Riley MacPhersonNovember 4, 2012
    The grass-fed beef burger, cooked bleu, with blue cheese is _fantastic_. It's also one of the least expensive items on the menu. Awesome spot and great service.
  • JulienF
    JulienFOctober 31, 2012
    Good brasserie in downtown San Francisco in SoMA, varied menu, good wine + beer, nice outdoor heated terrasse with view on Market street. Service was slow & ok.
  • Dan
    DanOctober 6, 2012
    The Spagetini has to be one of my favorite dishes here.
  • Andrew S.
    Andrew ShatnyySeptember 27, 2012
    Awesome place if you would like to pay lots of money for dinner and stay hungry. Weird fusion of american and French cuisine. American cuisine French portions!
  • Greg B.
    Greg BodenairSeptember 22, 2012
    Try the Honolulu Hangover - Birthday dessert with Katrina
  • Greg B.
    Greg BodenairSeptember 22, 2012
    Try the Bluestem Burger And Bbq Half Chicken
  • Greg B.
    Greg BodenairSeptember 22, 2012
    Try the Wild Mushroom Bisque - Birthday bisque
  • John B.
    John BerchielliSeptember 6, 2012
    Try the Roasted Marrow Bone - This is as good as it gets.
  • John B.
    John BerchielliSeptember 5, 2012
    Try the Bacon burger - Very tasty, the meat was delicious and not over cooked.
  • Bay M.
    Bay McLaughlinSeptember 2, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Their happy hour is amazing!! Get the smash and help a charity at the same time!
  • Clair B.
    Clair BearAugust 25, 2012
    fantastic peach sundae- the best sundae my husband and I have ever tried. the bluestem burger was ok, but a bit tasteless.
  • Rob R.
    Rob RobsonAugust 19, 2012
    If you are ordering a burger and want "well-done", don't hold your expectations too high. Awful. Twice my burger was pink. Totally fail.
  • Kelly .
    Kelly 🍰August 16, 2012
    Sparkling or still water on tap. Skip the bread (you have to ask for it anyway). Charcuterie is nice, good selection. Ribeye FTW
  • John B.
    John BerchielliAugust 13, 2012
    Go around 3PM for best selection and service.
  • Diana M.
    Diana MJuly 24, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Upgrade you fries to truffle fries with you burger for $2. Yum!
  • Lars T.
    Lars TrieloffJune 10, 2012
    The dutch pancakes are fantastic.
  • Beau H.
    Beau HaleJune 1, 2012
    94. Hawiian Hangover Cake.
  • Samantha H.
    Samantha HauserMay 26, 2012
    Order the jungle juice! Not on the
  • Maria D.
    Maria DiazMay 13, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Truffle fries. Couches. Cocktails.
  • Karlsson's Vodka
    Karlsson's VodkaApril 26, 2012
    Try the Spring Fever - made with Karlsson's Gold Vodka, fresh strawberries, orange blossom, rose water, and fresh orange!
  • Hana N.
    Hana NaApril 14, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Friday special: Bluestem burger *drool.* Pork belly, brisket, short rib, fried egg and truffle fries. Amazing!
  • Stacy H.
    Stacy HaywoodFebruary 26, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Brunch served until 3pm on Sundays
  • Derek L.
    Derek LowreyFebruary 25, 2012
    go on friday to get the special burger! out of this world!! seriously.
  • Levi K.
    Levi KennedyFebruary 25, 2012
    Sweet potato gnocchi will change your life!
  • Claudia A.
    Claudia AdamsFebruary 23, 2012
    The duck cassoulet is hearty and amazing!
  • Liz A.
    Liz AsayFebruary 3, 2012
    The cranberry bog drink is amazing!!!!!
  • Glenda L.
    Glenda LaHoodJanuary 19, 2012
    Try the lamb burger for lunch its delish and the fried were sooo good!
  • Christian A.
    Christian AndersonJanuary 5, 2012
    Order the sweet potato gnocchi. It's excellent.
  • Ryan G.
    Ryan GravesNovember 15, 2011
    Fillet w/ the blue cheese sauce. Done & done.
  • Michelle E.
    Michelle East-KrullNovember 6, 2011
    Asked for whiskey and got vodka... Not sure how that happens....
  • Scott S.
    Scott SilvermanSeptember 20, 2011
    My Old Fashioned was made with a lemon. Interesting choice, not bad.
  • Charlene N.
    Charlene NaughtonSeptember 2, 2011
    Don't get the salmon. It's perfectly good but the heirloom panzanella salad is way too salty and briny.
  • Nicholas C.
    Nicholas CSeptember 1, 2011
    Mussels good, burger not that good, potato side dish good, lamb good, chocolate cake good, sundae ok
  • Margaret R.
    Margaret RyanAugust 27, 2011
    Olson Ogden Wines Marsanne on tap!
  • Brenda S.
    Brenda SidotiAugust 1, 2011
    Great halibut and great service.
  • Marina C.
    Marina CostabileJuly 14, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Watermelon salad is a perfect seasonal starter.
  • Nicholas C.
    Nicholas CJuly 4, 2011
    Profiteroles ok, creme brûlée not that good
  • Nicholas C.
    Nicholas CJuly 4, 2011
    Mussels ok, halibut good, burger ok, fries not that good, pork ok, ribeye ok, house steak sauce good
  • Christine B.
    Christine BrumbackJuly 2, 2011
    If you are at a table prepare yourself for a very long wait for drinks. Bartenders are too busy doing something besides nakdrinks.
  • Christine B.
    Christine BrumbackJuly 2, 2011
    Food is well conceived and executed. Service is excellent.
  • Jennifer B.
    Jennifer BarnhartJune 25, 2011
    Salt lick martini is delish - nice twist on a Dirty Martini.
  • Leonardo Z.
    Pato... ¡Riquísimo!
  • Vivian J.
    Vivian JonesSeptember 28, 2014
    Las ostras, lo máximo!
  • Juan D.
    Juan DiezJune 11, 2013
    La charcuteria es producida en casa e increíble. Sobre el resto, no hay pena ni gloria.
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