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American Restaurant, Bar, and Steakhouse$$$$
Northern Waterfront, San Francisco
151 Tips and reviews
  • ribs
  • French Dip sandwiches
  • burgers
  • healthy food
  • prime rib
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  • Zafer K.
    Zafer KilicJune 12, 2015
    What a ambiance, steak and wine. You must order your steak medium or medium-well because it could be like not cooked if you want medium rare. Also you must give a shot for brownie.
  • Aubrey B.
    Aubrey BrewsterAugust 7, 2014
    Best ribs in town. Ribs not your thing? The Hawaiian ribeye steak is out if this world. Formally called Houston's, (same company) Hillstone is always consistently good with curious wait staff.
  • Reserve
    ReserveApril 5
    A frothy, icy, photogenic blend comes together at Hillstone Embarcadero in San Francisco with its margarita, beautifully completed with a little salt on the rim. Read more
  • heat
    heatJuly 19, 2013
    Right across the street from the original Heat offices, this place has history! This is a great place for 5-7 friends to catch up. Their specialty is RIBS! Don’t be afraid, they’re delicious.
  • Brian S.
    Brian StraussMarch 16, 2016
    One of my favorite American bar and grills. Yes it's part of a chain, but the food and service are excellent. The Western burger is one if my top five burgers ever.
  • JoAnne G.
    JoAnne GiardinaOctober 26, 2015
    Everything we had was absolutely delicious. The French dip melted in your mouth and the smoked salmon appetizer was the best I've ever had. Is on our list of favs now.
  • Alan L.
    Alan LightfeldtJuly 30, 2012
    Their wedge salad is incredible - super fresh tasting tomatoes and roasted beets with crumbled Gorgonzola. Desserts are tasty as well, with their chocolate coming from TCHO just across the street.
  • Adam G.
    Adam GreenbaumApril 7, 2013
    Great vibe right by the water. Beautiful interior but most importantly, food is amazing. Must get the Hawaiian ribeye. Ask me about it on Twitter - @Greenbaumer
  • mike a.
    mike amosFebruary 9, 2012
    Brittany was the best waitress ever. Great service and very informative. Food was great. The rotisserie chicken n the cancun fish sandwich were delicious. Great experience in Bay area.
  • Maia F.
    Maia FeruziOctober 9, 2016
    The crispy chicken sandwich has a house sauce that will blow your mind. Well seasoned fries and golden service 🙌🏽
  • Robert S.
    Robert ShayeJune 16, 2012
    One of my fav restaurants in SF. No corkage fee, delicious meals, live music every night. Pork Chop is one of the best I've had!
  • Anastasia
    AnastasiaJanuary 23, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    One of my favorite places for dinner- steaks, tuna, grilled fish are all delicious and they have an awesome wine list as well.
  • Jennifer B.
    Love this place! Awesome decor, big comfy red booths. All the food is delicious, but the grilled artichoke is a must!
  • Angelo I.
    Angelo InanoriaDecember 18, 2010
    A friend took me to lunch here and I loved it. The Reubenesque Sandwish was simply delicious. I said I was just going to eat half but ended up gobbling the whole thing. No corkage fee! How cool is tha
  • Rose
    RoseAugust 21, 2014
    Ribs literally fall off the delicious. Great spot for a date, special occasion, or just because.
  • Buck W.
    Buck WilsonOctober 30, 2014
    Entire menu is excellent. Ambience is great. It's where I eat when I want to feel fancy, but not too fancy.
  • Sherry L.
    Sherry LiApril 11, 2015
    No corkage fee, great service, and solid food. The ribeye is really good here, as is the prime rib.
  • Niket D.
    Niket DesaiApril 25
    Service is a gold standard. Food is great as well. Feels like you're the cool person in Chicago circa 1971.
  • Dan
    DanNovember 18, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The best French Dip around! Just found out they have Mexican Coke too!! I sit at the bar so I can wear a hat. :)
  • Wilson F.
    Pleasant Embarcadero location, delicious burgers and solid jazz playlist but the service tried too hard and was rushed.
  • ozberk o.
    ozberk olcerSeptember 12, 2014
    Hawaian rib eye is by far the best meat I've ever eaten.
  • Trumer P.
    Trumer PilsSeptember 2, 2010
    We've loved this place since it was called Houston's. Make sure to check out the outdoor fireplace, where you can enjoy a Trumer al fresco.
  • Phillip E.
    Phillip ElliottApril 15, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    I've said it before, the AHI tuna burger is the bomb... For a little xtra bombness and bacon
  • Max 🐵
    Max 🐵May 1, 2014
    House-smoked salmon - incredible. With a glass of your favourite white, brought from home: no corkage
  • Sarah D.
    Sarah DavidAugust 20, 2010
    Spinach & artichoke dip, hot fudge sundae. They serve Pimm's but you have to make sure to ask for a long one. Kid friendly, but with a grown up feel.
  • Mari S.
    Mari Sheibley1 week ago
    Great margaritas. Also, try the French dip.
  • Matthew S.
    food is amazing, all the sandwiches are great and the fries are perfect
  • George S.
    George SheppardMarch 8, 2015
    Hawaiian Rib eye was really good. Would have liked more craft beer on draft.
  • Eric P.
    Eric PerretMarch 11, 2013
    I was there last night (3/10/2013) and the Double-Cut Pork Chop is nolonger on the menu.
  • Alastair G.
    Alastair GoldfisherOctober 3, 2011
    I recommend the veggie burger, but without the cheese. And ask to hold the mustard sauce, as well.
  • Natalie M.
    Natalie MJune 12, 2015
    The French dip is the best thing on the menu. Stay away from the crab cake.
  • Leigh M.
    Leigh MooreJune 5, 2013
    Our server, Layla, was great. The veggie burger was delicious. Enormous portion.
  • Gary S.
    Gary SchochMarch 4, 2012
    Make sure you go on a saturday because the fire house chili is the BEST
  • Christina P.
    Christina PeironaJune 28, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Order the Hawaiian ribeye, the sauce is amazing. Be very specific about your steak temperature.
  • Allie P.
    Allie PJune 28, 2013
    Try the ahi tuna burger and get spicy mayo with your fries. Delicious!
  • Hadas H.
    Hadas HayAugust 28, 2015
    Baby back ribs are great. Awesome filet steak, super tender.
  • Pam L.
    Pam LairdJanuary 8, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    How often do you find both great ribs and a great veggie burger at the sane restaurant?
  • Lee H.
    Lee HoffmanNovember 1, 2013
    The kale peanut chicken salad is awesome
  • James M.
    James MillerNovember 20, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Ask for mustard honey sauce for your french fries!
  • Michael M.
    Michael MahoneySeptember 14, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Open tables but a one-hour wait?!? What's wring here. Love the food but frustrated but unnecessary waits and lack of them taking a phone ahead on the list.
  • Tal T.
    Tal TurnerMay 14, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Always always get the Spinach & Artichoke Dip and the French Dip!
  • Jennifer B.
    Smoked salmon appetizer was delicious and super fresh.
  • Kimi T.
    Kimi ThorntonJune 4, 2013
    Good diner food option - classic atmosphere. Good spot for a business lunch.
  • Jacob G.
    Jacob GyllenstiernaDecember 13, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The Thai steak and tuna sallads are amazing!
  • Bill H.
    Bill HaskinJuly 4, 2016
    Emerald Kale salad, French Dip and the Ribs are all top notch
  • Ayin A.
    Ayin AyinMarch 31, 2013
    Love the live Jazz Band and the Hawaiian Ribeye.
  • Jesse H.
    Jesse HattabaughAugust 14, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    The kale salad with roasted chicken
  • Rob J.
    Rob JAugust 11, 2013
    Key Lime Pie. Don't ask questions. Do not pass go. Just order it.
  • Tina Hui T.
    Tina Hui Tina HuiSeptember 21, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    MUSTS: Prime rib, Spinach & Artichoke Dip and save room for the most amazing hot fudge sundae ever.
  • Monica F.
    Monica FernandezJanuary 4, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Veggie burger is phenomenal. Also quite huge.
  • Kelly .
    Kelly 🍰November 15, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    NO CORKAGE!!! ribs, French dip, artichokes, brussel sprouts, top off with hot fudge sundae
  • Lauren M.
    Lauren MacNovember 4, 2015
    Really great food as always; but unfortunately the hostesses were somewhat rude when we had miscommunication about lunch policy.
  • Kevin ⚡.
    Kevin ⚡ LiuJuly 14, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Corkage for up to 2 bottles is free.
  • Nishant D.
    Nishant Didar SinghJanuary 5, 2012
    You gotta order the baby back ribs, they're just awesome...
  • Adam G.
    Adam GallantAugust 30, 2014
    The filet with Bearnaise sauce was excellent!
  • Betsey T.
    Betsey TerryNovember 12, 2014
    Don't eat all day! Grilled artichoke, prime rib, hot fudge Sundae #bang
  • Todd Z.
    Todd ZMarch 6, 2013
    Tonight's service was a continuous series of mistakes, but the food was good and management made it right.
  • Telisa K.
    Telisa KidwellJuly 15, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Hawaiian ribeye, little gem salad and a bottle of your fav wine from home...mmmmm
  • Jen K.
    Jen KAugust 5, 2013
    Don't miss the house smoked salmon appetizer!!
  • Phillip E.
    Phillip ElliottMarch 6, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    The AHI Tuna burger is awesome, especially if you add bacon ;)
  • Michel B.
    Michel BosmaJanuary 14, 2016
    Great food, and great atmosphere
  • JoAnn P.
    JoAnn PeachDecember 23, 2011
    The braised red cabbage and goat cheese is so yummy!
  • Kelsey K.
    Fancy spot for a business meeting or date, food is very overpriced - a sandwich is over $20
  • Diana M.
    Diana MApril 15, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    They really like chopped onions here so if you're at all onion averse beware.
  • Mucho C.
    Mucho Comida™April 23, 2012
    Bring your own wine; no corkage. Enjoy.
  • Alex B.
    Alex BainApril 11, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    I'm not a veggie burger guy, but the veggie burger here is sensational. Save your dignity by asking them to throw bacon on top (it's a common request).
  • Michael L.
    Michael Leis2 weeks ago
    Best chicken sandwich ever? French dip is a close second
  • Kemp M.
    Kemp MullaneyMarch 26, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The prices are on the high side, but they do NOT charge a corkage fee! Bring your own.
  • Christian S.
    Christian SeelAugust 18, 2015
    Great food & service. Live jazz music for dinner.
  • Marko S.
    Marko SahaSeptember 4, 2014
    Very nice and tender ribs!
  • Ashley H.
    Ashley HamikDecember 29, 2011
    Huge, hearty, delicious sandos.
  • Henry V.
    Henry V.January 2, 2011
    Best place to get prime rib ever! I am so glad my friend introduced me to this place!
  • Renata A.
    Renata AkhunovaMarch 21, 2011
    Great place! Great service! Great personnel!
  • Karin K.
    Karin KleinMay 9, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The best veggie platter in town!! Super yummo. :)
  • Rachelle C.
    Roasted chicken, BBQ artichokes, burgers
  • Nick D.
    Nick De ClercqNovember 13, 2016
    Delicious prime filet & ribs.
  • Allie W.
    Allie WandnerAugust 9, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Come here enough times to try everything.
  • Izah B.
    Izah BalasicoAugust 9, 2013
    I always get thai noodle salad everytime :-)
  • Ivan J.
    Ivan JenkinsMarch 7, 2013
    Excellent food. Excellent service !
  • Kamel P.
    Kamel PerezOctober 29, 2011
    Hang out by the grill while waiting for a table and you get free fries!
  • Sina S.
    Sina ShekouFebruary 5, 2014
    They just jacked up the prices to an absurd level. Still my favorite, but not worth the ridiculous prices.
  • Curt Simon H.
    Curt Simon HarlinghausenFebruary 7, 2013
    Try the Starter Platter
  • Finn M.
    Finn MelchiorDecember 16, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Best coleslaw I've ever had.
  • Michael R.
    Michael RaderMarch 26, 2011
    Amazing prime rib. Look for Jillian at the bar; she's the best!
  • Annie T.
    Annie TerryDecember 30, 2010
    Artichoke, Ribs, Hot Fudge sundae, No corkage. Super rad.
  • Pettran
    PettranSeptember 19, 2015
    Nice outdoor seating. Big burgers!
  • Shmuel C.
    Shmuel CondonJune 12, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The French Dip is a great dish!
  • krishna
    krishnaMarch 29, 2012
    Crispy prime ribs. There is no comparison.
  • Don H.
    Don HoangJanuary 6, 2012
    Must get the prime rib French dip
  • Shmuel C.
    Shmuel CondonAugust 5, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The chicken sandwich is great! Come early before they run out!
  • Brian H.
    Brian HoldenJune 13, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Ribs, artichoke, and no corkage!
  • Michael E.
    Michael EngleNovember 19, 2011
    Get the Firehouse Chili Burger - Saturday Only
  • Leslie R.
    Leslie RoseApril 11, 2013
    Get the French Dip
  • Ian P.
    Ian PalmerAugust 14, 2015
    Hickory Burger!
  • Rob R.
    Rob RichardsMay 3, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the Hillstone burger, comes will colby cheese and canadian bacon, delicious!
  • Nick D.
    Nick D'AmbrosiJuly 20, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Bring your own wine! No corkage fee 🍷
  • Daniel K.
    Daniel KaderjakJanuary 19, 2014
    Filet mignon is great :-)
  • tina s.
    tina susuSeptember 13, 2013
    LOVE the Kale salad with chicken!!
  • shawn o.
    shawn oneillAugust 12, 2016
    The burger is fantastic
  • Ben R.
    Ben RamirezAugust 16, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    French Dip. It's famous, and the only thing I ever order here.
  • Izabella
    IzabellaJanuary 12, 2016
    Um dos melhores restaurantes de SF, ambiente super agradável acompanhado da banda de jazz, o Hillstone Cheeseburger e o Hickory Burguer são deliciosos.
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