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Boxing Room

Boxing Room

(Now Closed) (Private)
Southern / Soul Food Restaurant and Cajun / Creole Restaurant$$$$
Civic Center, San Francisco
  • The folks at Eater and 7x7 Magazine like this place. Would you agree?
    • Eater
    • 7x7 Magazine
  • The Southern food at Boxing Room is a can't miss
  • SJ8544123 L.
    "crispy boudin balls & duck n sausage jambalaya!!"(8 Tips)
    Lisa E.
    "Deep fried alligator & charred oysters are a must."(10 Tips)
    Jerry W.
    "7x7 Big Eat 2012 suggests the Duck and Sausage Jambalaya!"(4 Tips)
    Thomas M.
    "Oyster Po Boy and Red Beans and Sausage are amazing."(7 Tips)
189 Tips and reviews
  • oysters
  • Southern food
  • fried alligator
  • boudin balls
  • fried chicken
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  • Lauren T.
  • Max W.
    Average and expensive southern food. Drinks not great.
  • Michael A.
    The cocktail program has always been top notch? As a reformed over-indulger in Hurricanes in New Orleans, having one made from scratch made me want to rethink my stance on the issue.
  • Maggie W.
    $1.75 oysters with $3.50 hush puppies, $3 Cajun-boiled peanuts, and $5 highballs on weekdays from 3-6pm
  • Pavan K.
    Try the mezcal cocktail, ambience was decent they have ok beer list.
  • Shruthi K.
    Soul glo must try!!
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • Brian S.
    Tasty food and beautiful space but nothing exceptional. I enjoyed the Oyster shooters. Alligator was very heavily breaded and hard to taste. Maybe Cajun food doesn't travel super well.
  • Tim M.
    Tim MacalinoApril 18
    Try their mini cornbread muffins with a some and take the rest home for a midnight snack!! 😉😉👍
  • Tim M.
    Tim MacalinoApril 18
    The seared flounder and grilled veggies are so yummy and healthy!
  • Daniel P.
    Recommend the oyster shooters.
  • Nick C.
    Nick CollinsDecember 10, 2016
    Be sure to try to Oysters they're phenominal !
  • Craig W.
    Craig WattrusNovember 22, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Beignets are incredible. Best I've had in the city.
  • Mike N.
    Mike NadelmanOctober 9, 2016
    As close to New Orleans as you can get in San Francisco
  • Spoon C.
    Spoon CarvalhoSeptember 27, 2016
    Um, reminds me of Louisiana goodness.
  • Michael S.
    Michael S.September 9, 2016
    Try the French Fry Po'Boy (it is off menu) which comes in a delicious bacon & giblet gravy
  • Dima P.
    Dima PetevaAugust 4, 2016
    The fried chicken is👌🏼and they know how to make a good Sazerac.
  • Mark E S.
    Mark E Sackett.comJuly 24, 2016
    Fun southern food
  • David G.
    David GolborneJune 11, 2016
    Oyster Po-Boys all the way. Come to think of it get any of them. Share the potatoes
  • Giovanna H.
    Giovanna HanoMay 22, 2016
    Boudin balls & hush puppies. Neither were authentic but both were very good!
  • Giovanna H.
    Giovanna HanoMay 22, 2016
    Menu on 5/21/16
  • Giovanna H.
    Giovanna HanoMay 22, 2016
    Louisiana style bbq shrimp, MUST GET
  • Giovanna H.
    Giovanna HanoMay 22, 2016
    Being from Louisiana I am a harsh critic.Nothing here was truly authentic but was good.DONT get the etouffee! Absolutely disgusting! The crawfish taste rotten! DO get the bbq shrimp.
  • John A.
    John AshendenApril 17, 2016
    Boiled Peanuts
  • Eater
    EaterApril 12, 2016
    Boxing Room just got full liquor, which means lots of New Orleans-inspired cocktails from Jonny Raglin, including a milk punch, frozen daiquiri, Pimm's cup, and gin fizz. Read more
  • Keith S.
    Keith SmileyApril 10, 2016
    Really good cocktails
  • Chuck R.
    Chuck RoslofMarch 22, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Great ambiance, and there's often a table available.
  • Douglas G.
    Douglas GrayMarch 14, 2016
    Start with the fried alligator and end with the beignets.
  • Nate B.
    Nate BeattyMarch 13, 2016
    Fried alligator is way more fried than alligator. The flounder, however, was excellent.
  • Joshua B.
    Joshua BerkMarch 9, 2016
    Taste of the Swamp
  • Ben R.
    Ben RudnickMarch 2, 2016
    Grilled oysters are incredible!
  • Jake K.
    Jake KaufmanFebruary 14, 2016
    Holy smokes the grits are good
  • Ting S.
    Ting SFebruary 11, 2016
    Cool place. Love their fry chicken.
  • Jonny Y.
    Jonny YoungJanuary 14, 2016
  • Brian L.
    Brian LongtinDecember 23, 2015
    Pork and rice balls were my favorite.
  • Dave C.
    Dave CummingsDecember 22, 2015
    Fried gator ain't bad
  • Sarah
    SarahOctober 18, 2015
    Brunch + live music = 💛
  • Jaimie L.
    Jaimie LeeOctober 18, 2015
    Duck dish rocked our evening.
  • Monyrath T.
    Monyrath TithOctober 16, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    The service leaves much to be desired.
  • Coralie S.
    Coralie SabinOctober 11, 2015
    Their fried chicken is great every time! There is enough for two people though :) Keep room for dessert!
  • megan
    meganOctober 10, 2015
    Heirloom tomato salad is out of this world.
  • Chris M.
    Chris MessinaSeptember 28, 2015
    Convenient spot in Hayes Valley to explore southern cuisine (alligator, etc). The menu is somewhat small and focused on meat dishes.
  • Pei 👻 W.
    Pei 👻 WenSeptember 26, 2015
    Amazing pork chops!
  • Cameron M.
    Cameron MadduxSeptember 21, 2015
    The fried green tomatoes with shrimp were tasty. The boudin balls were heavy on the rice, but pretty authentic. My frozen daiquiri brought me home. (I grew up Cajun. I give this place a thumbs up.)
  • Gina G.
    Gina GuitronAugust 29, 2015
    the worst gumbo i ever had
  • Hei-Yu T.
    Hei-Yu TangAugust 24, 2015
    Great place to have a quick lunch. The Po' Boys are excellent. The dishes are well prepared and freshly made. Friendly staff. Good vibe. Don't forget to finish it off with a Bloody Mary Oyster shot.
  • Katie C.
    Katie CongletonAugust 9, 2015
    Get the Pimm's Cup + the oysters!
  • Sameer K.
    Sameer KalwaniJuly 30, 2015
    Hidden menu item: French fry po'boy
  • Sameer K.
    Sameer KalwaniJuly 30, 2015
    Hidden menu item: fried gator
  • Nancy T.
    Nancy TranJuly 9, 2015
    I had the jambalaya and it was tasty. The food was okay and it's a nice restaurant for a date.
  • Love L.
    Love LoveJune 30, 2015
    Alligator is soo damn good
  • OngAndrew 翁.
    OngAndrew 翁June 26, 2015
    Good taste of foods & beautiful environment
  • Eve P.
    Eve ParadoxJune 6, 2015
    Nice setting and attentive staff. I had the brown rice #jambalaya and #duck confiet. They did a descent job with the jambalaya but the duck had obviously been sitting a while. Meh!
  • Jay M.
    Jay MartinMay 27, 2015
    Average burger. Gumbo recipe is a little untraditional.
  • drew t.
    drew tarvinMay 25, 2015
    Get anything fried chicken and you'll be happy.
  • Ben J.
    Ben JonesMay 19, 2015
  • Carina A.
    Carina AndersenMay 18, 2015
    Nice spot for lunch! Burgers are pretty tasteee
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsApril 10, 2015
    Check out Boxing Room as it was featured on Man Finds Food for New Orleans Cuisine.Secret Item: French Fry Po Boy Read more
  • SJ8544123 L.
    SJ8544123 LApril 9, 2015
    Awesome collecton of beers on tap (wine too) fried alligator is pretty good - if u r willing to try them♡ must try crispy boudin balls & duck n sausage jambalaya!!
  • Linda H.
    Linda HartsemaFebruary 28, 2015
    Oysters and crab cakes were nice!
  • SFist
    SFistFebruary 27, 2015
    Blessed with a new full liquor license to complement their solid beer offerings, the Absinthe Group's Boxing Room also cuts you a break with half off oysters from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Read more
  • Christine W.
    Christine WuFebruary 22, 2015
    Three words: Shot of saspirilla. It's magical.
  • Roshan V.
    Roshan VyasFebruary 17, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    If you're here at lunch, get the fried chicken po' boy.
  • Stephanie R.
    Stephanie RaeFebruary 4, 2015
    for brunch
  • James H.
    James HFebruary 1, 2015
    Sweet potato & pork belly hash with spring vegetables.
  • JoAnne K.
    JoAnne KaoDecember 30, 2014
    Pork chop made perfectly
  • JoAnne K.
    JoAnne KaoDecember 30, 2014
    Fried chicken is a must
  • Layton D.
    Layton DiamentDecember 30, 2014
    I'm meh on the dinner, but the brunch is tasty enough.
  • herm p.
    herm pugayDecember 22, 2014
    Southern United States cuisine. I went here for brunch and I didn't know what cheese grits were. So try it :)
  • Meghan M.
    Meghan McgarryDecember 21, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Jazz brunch! Don't miss the andouille sausage
  • Kelly W.
    Kelly WongDecember 8, 2014
    Known for their Cajun food, but quality is subpar for the price.
  • Serhat K.
    Serhat KidilOctober 15, 2014
    What's not good here?
  • Brian
    BrianOctober 9, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    The mushroom stuffed gulf flounder is insanely good here.
  • squeasel
    squeaselOctober 8, 2014
    Decent brunch and food till midnightish. I like it, but the few times I've gone, I keep wishing it was just a bit better or more inspired food-wise. Kinda uneven.
  • Dave H.
    Dave HertogOctober 5, 2014
    Po Boys, Hushpuppies, and Micheladas
  • Amelia H.
    Amelia HurlbutOctober 5, 2014
  • Olga S.
    Olga SuzayaSeptember 21, 2014
    Jambolaya is absolutely amazing! Not Spanish paella, but still delicious.
  • Ali A.
    Ali AndersonSeptember 18, 2014
    Order the jambalaya and corn bread!
  • Michael M.
    Michael MizrahiSeptember 11, 2014
    They're hiding some good eggplant parm here.
  • Alex S.
    Alex SutcliffeAugust 26, 2014
    Tonnes of peanuts!
  • Ryan W.
    Ryan WyattAugust 21, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Must try the boudin balls! And the gumbo and the jambalaya
  • Raj S.
    Raj S.August 8, 2014
    Surprisingly authentic Southern cooking near Hayes Valley. Get the shrimp po-boy. Great beer selection too. Good for late night after a show.
  • tablehopper
    tablehopperAugust 3, 2014
    There are popular daily specials, and let me tell you, you want to come on a Thursday when you can have the duck and sausage jambalaya ($20). Chef, put it on the nightly menu! Read more
  • tablehopper
    tablehopperAugust 3, 2014
    Deep-fried alligator ($11) was some of the most tender I’ve had. Read more
  • tablehopper
    tablehopperAugust 3, 2014
    You wanna know where the oysters shine? In the fried Pacific oyster salad, that’s where. They were cooked beautifully, sporting a burnished color but not too much coating, and plump and juicy within Read more
  • Russell Allen E.
    Russell Allen EsmusAugust 1, 2014
    You have to get the alligator. If I see it on a menu, I always order it. It is very appetizing. The service here is nice. The atmosphere is great for a dinner with a small group of friends.
  • Amber
    AmberJuly 28, 2014
    Beignets with chocolate espresso cream - $7
  • Maybs M.
    Maybs MJune 5, 2014
    Half-price oysters 11:30AM TO 4:30PM, Weekdays
  • Chad S.
    Chad SeegerMay 9, 2014
    Put creole mustard on your red beans and rice.
  • Auzzie Y.
    Auzzie YazdApril 29, 2014
    Oysters are splendid
  • Lisa K.
    Lisa KondoApril 27, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    $1 oysters at brunch and lunch during the week
  • Keith R.
    Keith RobinsonApril 17, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    The duck and sausage jumbalaya is amazing.
  • Angie H.
    Angie HMarch 25, 2014
    dat duck and sausage jambalaya tho
  • Marisa M.
    Marisa MillardMarch 11, 2014
    The food was delicious. We had the confit of pork belly, fried gator and corn bread. Waitress didn't come till 15 minutes after we sat down, appetizer came after the main course, no checkin, no smiles
  • JoAnne K.
    JoAnne KaoFebruary 9, 2014
    Try the Biegnets
  • Shikha K.
    Shikha KaiwarFebruary 3, 2014
    Classy Southern food that doesn't disappoint. Get biscuits, hush puppies, smoked catfish, and if you're daring, gator. Brunch is good, too.
  • Ryan W.
    Ryan WyattFebruary 1, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Boudin balls, baby!
  • Grace S.
    Grace S.January 10, 2014
    Jambalaya for sure. Charbroiled oysters were good Would pass on the hush puppies though...a little bland for my taste. Complimentary pimento cheese and light crackers are delish!
  • Suzanne H.
    Suzanne HollowayJanuary 4, 2014
    Hush puppies. Jambalaya. Soooooooooooo good.
  • Jordan K.
    Jordan KongDecember 19, 2013
    Sweet potato toffee pudding, yum!
  • Ben R.
    Ben RussoDecember 18, 2013
    Great food and service. Try broiled oysters (without breadcrumbs), the crab cakes, and the boiled peanuts! Tell them if you have a theater time and they will turn out delicious food in plenty time.
  • Maxim B.
    Maxim BabichevMarch 25, 2014
    Аллигатор по вкусу похож на курицу. Less spicy — самые бесполезные слова в заведении, все острое. Но зато отличное обслуживание и цены. И даже острая еда вкусная.
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