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Location, location, location!. We stay at the Hotel Whitcomb every year during the parade. When we stay, we make it a point to eat at the Market Street Grill, conveniently located inside the hotel. Words cannot describe the experience. The hotel itself it awesome but the food in the Market Street Grill is to die for! During our last visit, our server Wai, made us feel like we were the only two people in the restaurant. The service is outstanding and the food is phenomenal. I ordered a New York steak that was pure heaven. The Grey Goose wasn't bad either! I highly recommend stopping by, having a drink, people watch and make sure you treat yourself to something very special at the Market Street Grill!
Tourists and a theater crowd convene here for drinks, classic American cuisineClassic American fareThe gritty view of Market Street contrasts with the worn refinement at this restaurant inside the Hot. The gritty view of Market Street clashes with the worn refinement at this restaurant inside the Hotel Whitcomb. After walking past an elaborate chandelier and a huge bar under stained glass skylights, patrons are seated in equestrian-themed tapestry chairs surrounded by other British-countryside decorative touches. Servers are quietly efficient and professional. Simple cuisine with upscale options like truffled French fries, pasta dishes with seasonal produce, or the crab cakes with mizuna and hosui pear is served to tourists and to the after-show crowds from the nearby Orpheum Theater, Opera and Symphony.
My favorite place to go to destress. The Market Street Grill in San Francisco, is the place I affectionately call the "table cloth place". A bunch of us from work started going there (11 years ago) for lunch when we were having a stressful day. We would call one another and stay " l need the table cloth place, today". When we heard that phrase we new someone was having a bad day. The staff, most of them still there from those days is like family to me now. When I go for lunch, I am treated like someone special and with lots of love. The food is excellent and the ambiance is so cozy. You must go on a cold day and get a seat by the fireplace and feel the warmth and cozienes while you enjoy your meal. In addition, the restaurant is a great place to book an event. I speak from first hand knowledge. Not only do they assign a coordinator to work with you but they go out of their way to accommdate you. The have a great dinning area for sit down dinning, great stage for entertainment, and an excellent bunch of servers. The chef can replacate any receipe you give him. We had a soul food luncheon for our Black History Celebration a few months ago. Although soul food is not on the menu, Adam and his staff prepared the dishes for 370 people with the greatest of ease. I recommend the Market Street Grill to all my colleages and friends for lunch, dinner or a specail event. B.J. Jones San Francisco, CA
Warm ambience complementing excellent food. This was our first time to dine at the restaurant and it preceded a concert performance near the Civic Center. We were greeted in a timely and very cordial manner by Luiz, our server. His recommendations were excellent and, despite the pressure for meeting the start of the performance, Luiz delivered the meal with such excellent coordination that we felt pampered rather than hurried. From the moment that the ahi tuna tartare appetizer arrived at the table to last morsel of the artisan cheese plate, the service and food was most excellent. Care was given to both presentation and taste. I seldom want to plan the next occasion at a restaurant while still dining, but Market Street Grill inspired that wish. Having dined here again, I can say that my first impression was an accurate and lasting one.
Best Place to Eat Prior to Orpheum Theatre Performance. Market Street Grille was a fabulous surprise during a recent visit prior to seeing Color Purple. The restaurant was very busy prior to the performance but the BARTENDER EXTRAORDINAIRE KEITH is sensational both at service and making the best lemon drops I have ever tasted. The food was awesome. I shared oysters and a cheese plate. The main course was shortribs braised in red wine oh my gosh I think I was in heaven The presentation was lovely just enough to get you full but not too much to make you want to take a nap. Dessert oooohh lalalalal. Chocolate Decadance. The people are theatre people and we had a great conversation with the Costume Lady before she had to run off and make sure that the costumes were right on cue. I will refer all my friends and clients and tell them to be sure to try Chef Adam's fantastic food. Thank you for a great experience
Great dishes...not what I expected. We ended up trying Market Street Grill becuase of its location. We had no idea that it was so grand on the inside. I ordered the crab cakes and salmon. They were both great. The atmosphere was wonderful because you could watch the people on Market Street while eating. I really enjoyed that. Also, the stained glass over the bar area was awesome. Their pianist plays piano there while people eat and drink. Overall, I highly recommend the restaurant. I liked the food a lot!!!!!!
Great for pre-concert or pre show. This place was a very cool and unexpected find. We were going to a show at the Orpheum and took BART into San Francisco to save the traffic and parking costs. We got off BART at Hyde (8th Street) and Market. Between Starbuck's and the the Hotel Whitcomb is The Market Street Grill. We walked into the Barbary Coast style piano bar for some snacks and a glass of wine. We ended up going into the dining room for dinner and got a table by the fireplace, which felt good since it was a cold night. After some awesome bread and cozy hot soup to warm us up, we had the Salmon and the Shrimp Pasta. Both were excellent and we ended up tasting various white wines (and one Pinot Noir) to match up against the Asian-fusion inspired sauces of the Salmon and the unique and intriguing creamy sauce of the Rock Shrimp. The place started filling up quickly about an hour before show time, so you might want to make a reservation if you are going to a show or the Symphony or Opera down the street. After the play we ended up coming back for a couple of coffee drinks and a shared "decadently sensual" chocolate dessert, before getting on BART (right at the front door) to get back to Walnut Creek. We come into the city many times over the year to go to concerts at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium or to catch a parade or special event, and this is a great launching point for our explorations. This place is a bit more affordable than some of the other Hayes Valley or SoMa spots we often tried before, and the convenience of the BART option make this a better bang-for-our-buck, without the hassle or cost of parking in San Francisco. My in-laws are coming to join us for a Broadway play in August and we will put them up at the Hotel next door (Whitcomb) so we can just jet in, have a great dinner, go to the play, and get home without having to cordinate multiple locations and transportation issues for them and us. They are the kind of folks who will really enjoy the Piano bar so it's perfect for us.