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Maven

Maven

Cocktail Bar and American Restaurant$$$$
Lower Haight, San Francisco
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  • Rochelle M.
    Rochelle McCuneJuly 8
    Been here 5+ times
    Decent cheese selection but the bread is awful - puffy white bread that can't hold up to the cheese.
  • Adil M.
    Adil MajidMarch 19
    Falafel salad was excellent but the duck hash was 🔥🔥
  • Chris M.
    Chris MessinaFebruary 25
    The Maven Bloody Mary is unique. It's not too spicy but has a soft heat. Topped with picked fennel and tiny pickles, the flavor leans towards a watery V8, rather than Tabasco. Worth a try. 👌🏻
  • David R.
    David RFebruary 25
    Really great for date night or a small group of friends. Excellent cocktails, small bites, and ambiance. Upstairs is a great view if it's not rented out.
  • SFist
    SFistJanuary 25
    A classy, delicious, and unique twist on the form comes in the Maven Bloody, served only at brunch, which includes basil, balsamic vinegar, Tabasco, horseradish, and house-made pickles. Read more
  • Eater
    EaterJanuary 13
    Snuggle up to Maven's fireplace, which is tucked in the loungey upstairs corner, with any of the cocktail haven's stellar drinks. Read more
  • Maykel L.
    Maykel LoomansNovember 6, 2016
    Been here 25+ times
    One of my top 3 favourite bars in SF.
  • Jingxiao L.
    Jingxiao LuNovember 3, 2016
    soso drinks good environment
  • Tom B.
    Tom BlichOctober 28, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    The burger is amazing!!
  • nancy t.
    nancy t.September 22, 2016
    Great cocktails and small plates
  • Ryan T.
    Ryan ThriftAugust 2, 2016
    The grilled cheese is incredible and all of the drinks were tasty!
  • Melon L.
    Melon LJuly 12, 2016
    Cocktails are killer here. The vixen and purple reign are drinks you want to never stop ordering. Quite dangerous.
  • Rachel S.
    Rachel SánchezJuly 1, 2016
    Great cocktails. Awesome fish and burgers. And the FRIES....
  • Renée V.
    Renée VargasJune 14, 2016
    I had higher expectations here, food and cocktails were just ok
  • Jenny J.
    Jenny JohannessonApril 24, 2016
    Great (strong!) cocktails and always great food no matter what I've ordered 👌
  • Mansi S.
    Mansi ShahApril 3, 2016
    Brunch if you come early
  • Alex P.
    Alex PlutzerMarch 28, 2016
    Cocktails (oaxacan shake) is amazing and the burger is so so good. Great place
  • Jess L.
    Jess LMarch 11, 2016
    Duck sliders and cocktails
  • Jess L.
    Jess LMarch 11, 2016
    Great cocktails and the duck sliders are amazing.
  • Joshua B.
    Joshua BerkFebruary 18, 2016
    Those Brussels Sprouts though...
  • Beto L.
    Beto LunaJanuary 15, 2016
    Great place. Excellent food paired with delicious cocktails!!!
  • Mehul K.
    Mehul KarJanuary 12, 2016
    Best Brussel sprouts in the world.
  • Rose P.
    Rose PuntilloDecember 19, 2015
    Anything Stephanie mixes for you at the bar! I <3 this place
  • Emmiliese C.
    Emmiliese ClemmNovember 22, 2015
    Great burger and cocktails
  • Dave C.
    Dave CummingsNovember 15, 2015
    Good cocktails and lively atmosphere, if that's what you're going for
  • Chris H.
    Chris H.November 10, 2015
    Unique cocktails. Cool environment. Social seating can be pretty awkward though.
  • Liz M.
    Liz McLean KnightOctober 18, 2015
    Oh my, crispy Brussels sprouts with an apple gastrique!
  • Amy B.
    Amy BSeptember 7, 2015
    Friendly, helpful employees. At least three diff people asked if we needed drinks! Nice cocktails. Low key vibe. For adults.
  • Benjamin T.
    Benjamin ThompsonAugust 27, 2015
    Friendly staff and great cocktails
  • Ingo R.
    Ingo RennerAugust 23, 2015
    Billionaire's bacon!
  • Kartik S.
    Kartik SathappanAugust 19, 2015
    Delicious cocktails. Try them all! I liked the morning collins.
  • Kartik S.
    Kartik SathappanAugust 16, 2015
    Morning Collins is so refreshing!
  • Jordan F.
    Jordan FineJuly 31, 2015
    The food is pretty good, just a bit overpriced for what you get.
  • Lauren M.
    Lauren MacJuly 28, 2015
    Cool atmosphere but incredibly pricey for the cocktail you're getting.
  • Mike P.
    Mike PinkowishJuly 22, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Cocktails, burger, salmon, and the people are all top-notch.
  • Minjae L.
    Minjae LeeJuly 11, 2015
    Chinatown duck sliders are great. Also the Kate Bolton cocktail menu is outstanding.
  • Kt L.
    Kt LacasseJuly 4, 2015
    Get the burger plz!
  • Bohdan H.
    Bohdan HnatkovskyyJune 14, 2015
    This place is known for sliders and cocktails. Choose the option starter + cocktail and you will be really happy. Cocktails are more likely authentic than modern, it is important to understand.
  • Matthew K.
    Matthew KirkJune 9, 2015
    Stick with the burger. Ask for extra remoulade. Fries are good ask for them well done
  • Amanda S.
    Amanda SchneiderMay 17, 2015
    Katiebug with gin!
  • Kevin R.
    Kevin RipperApril 6, 2015
    Well crafted drinks, interesting decor, and bartenders that take their product seriously. Definitely worth a trip here.
  • SFGate
    SFGateJanuary 21, 2015
    The refined food continues to standout here with 10 plated items, including dessert. The cocktails are well-made, and service is strong. Read more
  • Claire P.
    Claire PedersenJanuary 16, 2015
    Great cocktails & awesome brunch!
  • Brad T.
    Brad TJanuary 1, 2015
    An outstanding cocktail program (Christmas in Oaxaca may be the best mezcal drink I ever had), strong service but the food lacked a little unfort.
  • Casey H.
    Casey HoganDecember 23, 2014
    Brunch is ok. Really liked the chili potatoes.
  • Mike W.
    Mike WinstonDecember 15, 2014
    I'm not a big salad guy, but that brunch Smoked Trout Salad was insanely good, especially with The Maven Bloody Mary and luxurious Billionaire's Bacon. Read all about my visit on WinstonWanders below! Read more
  • Jen Q.
    Jen QDecember 8, 2014
    I was once standing near the kitchen when one of the waiters came out and offered me the extra duck sliders that no one ordered. That was awesome. But I would totally have paid for them, yum.
  • @JaumePrimero
    @JaumePrimeroDecember 5, 2014
    Get the maven burger!!
  • Frank K.
    Frank KimDecember 4, 2014
    Duck sliders damn good, as were the crispy brussel sprouts and broccoli tempura with oyster. Had an excellent porter beer here too.
  • Thomas E.
    Thomas EdwardsNovember 23, 2014
    Fantastic date spot with an amazing cocktail menu that's always changing. The food is delicious & if you're not there for a date, you can enjoy the lovely sights. You know what I'm talking about.
  • Matthew R.
    Matthew RobinsNovember 23, 2014
    Maven has it's napkin game down.
  • Danielle F.
    Danielle FOctober 26, 2014
    Great cocktails at this spot. Brunch was smaller than I was expecting for the price point, but everything was still tasty. Get here early on the weekends otherwise you will be waiting.
  • Raj S.
    Raj S.October 19, 2014
    Duck confit hash was perfect. Most of their cocktails are great but stick to the basics at brunch and go big with the whiskey after.
  • John D.
    John DohertySeptember 12, 2014
    Pretty delicious. We sat at the bar. Great cocktails and the good was fresh, service was friendly.
  • James B.
    James B.September 12, 2014
    Go someplace else. Seriously.
  • Brendan C.
    Brendan CurranSeptember 10, 2014
    Big fan of the Hometown Vixen and the Original Whisperer. Orgeat's a tasty treat!
  • Jennifer S.
    Jennifer SlotnickSeptember 6, 2014
    Love the ambiance and the cocktails are very good
  • Roger K.
    Roger K.August 30, 2014
    Sit at the chef's bar for brunch!
  • Geoff R.
    Geoff ReinhardtAugust 30, 2014
    The El Camino cocktail is spot on👌
  • Aaron L.
    Aaron LeiferAugust 20, 2014
    Love their burger!
  • 💕Linds💕
    💕Linds💕August 12, 2014
    Menu is very limited.
  • SFist
    SFistAugust 8, 2014
    It's one of those "why aren't more people doing this?" situations: The secret to Maven's delicious and uniquely spiced burger is a few dashes of Angostura bitters, which goes right into the meat. Read more
  • Remi T.
    Remi TrangJuly 31, 2014
    Clara says: good place to start the evening with a drink and some sliders and see where the night takes you.
  • Amber
    AmberJuly 28, 2014
    Chinatown Duck Sliders $10 http://www.maven-sf.com/MavenMenu.pdf
  • Ni M.
    Ni MuJuly 20, 2014
    Not an official pairing, but Devil's Halo and the Coconut Panna Cotta are heavenly together
  • Scott W.
    Scott WilsonJuly 6, 2014
    hometown vixen
  • Eric G.
    Eric GelinasJune 30, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Sit at the bar during happy hour 👌
  • Stephen D.
    Stephen D'AndreaFebruary 2, 2014
    Duck sliders, period
  • Jenny W.
    Jenny WJanuary 12, 2014
    Duck sliders!
  • Grant A.
    Grant AndersonNovember 22, 2013
    Kate = best bartender ever.
  • Billy B.
    Billy BennightOctober 27, 2013
    Great atmosphere and very attending wait staff. My oyster and mushroom omelette was stunning. Bravo drunky brunch!
  • Derek D.
    Derek DukesOctober 24, 2013
    The mezzanine is a great spot for a birthday party.
  • Amanda P.
    Amanda ParvezSeptember 22, 2013
    Delicious bloody marys, both with vodka and mescal
  • Nipun S.
    Nipun SachdevJuly 29, 2013
    Try the Duck Sliders and the Salmon Crudo.
  • Francesca H.
    Francesca HernandezJuly 28, 2013
    Definitely try the duck sliders and the Maven's burger. Bartenders are awesome. Go!!!
  • Brett L.
    Brett LiderJuly 22, 2013
    They make an absinthe sorbet that comes in two different cocktails: Global Warming and Death in the Afternoon. Or try to order the sorbet on its own!
  • Eater
    EaterJuly 10, 2013
    Whether you're in for a burger and a cocktail or a five-course extravaganza with drink pairings, you'll leave satisfied, and the buzzing energy of the dining room is hard to resist. [Eater 38 Member]
  • Benjamin W.
    Benjamin WitteJune 27, 2013
    Come for the drinks, not the food.
  • Catherine B.
    Catherine B.June 11, 2013
    Andrew is a great bartender. He'll make amazing recommendations!
  • Cara H.
    Cara HirschMay 5, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The Cuban Reuben is a salt bomb of amazingness.
  • Cheez C.
    Cheez CakeApril 28, 2013
    Ask for the duck sliders... They are delicious!
  • Sarah B.
    Sarah BuhrApril 1, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the Nauti Mermaid. Worth it!
  • Kevin ⚡.
    Kevin ⚡ LiuMarch 11, 2013
    What Ales You is refreshing!
  • Dillon F.
    Dillon FerdinandiFebruary 22, 2013
    Make sure to get at least one order of the duck sliders. Always great.
  • Andrea K.
    Andrea KuszewskiFebruary 17, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    If you want the couch by the fireplace upstairs, make a reservation for it (especially on weekends).
  • Navin I.
    Navin IyengarFebruary 11, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    They have a cozy spot upstairs with a fireplace and easy chairs...good for a group of 4-6.
  • Jonathan Z.
    Jonathan ZemelJanuary 15, 2013
    Get some Hibiki whiskey here. One of the few places to offer it.
  • Gene K.
    Gene KeenanDecember 19, 2012
    Fireside cocktail. Done
  • Stephannie D.
    Stephannie DepaDecember 15, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    best things on the menu: warm olives and Chinatown duck sliders
  • Tianna J.
    Tianna JohnsonOctober 25, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Not a great selection of food. Some of the small bites are good, like the duck sliders. Cocktails are fantastic! My favorite bar in the Lower Haight for overall bar and cocktails.
  • Eric A.
    Eric AndersenOctober 9, 2012
    Kitchen open daily 5:30pm til midnight
  • Eric A.
    Eric AndersenOctober 9, 2012
    Try the Monterey Calamari…nice Thai chili kick!
  • Ning M.
    Ning MaOctober 7, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the Global Warming, Summer Kiss, or Death in the Afternoon. They use the freshest ingredients for the cocktails and food. Ask for David (owner) for recommendation on their newest food and drinks.
  • Naren T.
    Naren TOctober 4, 2012
    Nice place for drinks and small plates, not a good restaurant though
  • Jen L.
    Jen LongSeptember 29, 2012
    Border crossing FTW!
  • Liz
    LizAugust 13, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Have brunch (Sat-Sun, 11 AM–4PM). Read more
  • Benny S.
    Benny SooAugust 2, 2012
    Burger with Angostura bitters
  • Willy W.
    Willy WJuly 31, 2012
    Chinatown Duck Sliders... so good!
  • Eater
    EaterJuly 30, 2012
    Communal tables, huge living wall, and culinary cocktails may be everything that's hip in San Francisco dining right now, but Maven is, above all, a great neighborhood restaurant. [Eater 38 Member]
  • Zoe♪
    Zoe♪July 29, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The Bloody Mary has a nice kick to it. Make sure you order it with tequila instead of vodka.
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