Food is delicious but service is SLOW! Waiters are forgetful and bar is slow.
We arrived earlier than our brunch reservation was made for, but the hostess was able to seat us at a nice, quiet corner table. Our waiter was extremely nice and when we asked about his favorite dishes, he gave us several choices and why they were so good in his opinion...he did not steer us wrong! I ordered a very refreshing cocktail and the steak & eggs combo, which was delicious. My sister had the burger and if the moaning with pleasure after every bite was any indication, I think she loved her meal! Bluestem Brasserie is a restaurant I'll go back to and recommend to my friends.
We gathered for a birthday brunch for my boyfriend, and it was delicious! We had the croque madame, the cinnamon roll, and biscuits and gravy. Everything was delicious, well presented and hot from the kitchen. Generous portions, decent coffee and excellent service. Sadly, they didn’t offer us a treat for our birthday celebrant, but we were so full, I don’t think we could have managed one more bite. We will definitely be back.
An excellent spot for lunch(and I'm sure dinner), in the heart of downtown, a couple blocks from Union Square or Metreon, and just down the street from Westfield mall.
The service here is awesome. They will make pretty much any IBA cocktail you name off the menu, which is rare even for restaurants in the city--most places lack certain ingredients needed to make some off-the-beaten-path drinks! If you request a written message on a dessert plate, the waiter will be well informed and more than on top of it. They will not give you a hard time if you stay past paying for the check either, assuming it isn't a busy rush period. I greatly appreciated this part of the experience.
The food is pretty good all around. Corn bread is tasty. Fries are solid, but I'd skip the truffle parmesan, which was a bit too cheesy for my taste. The yellow tail was the highlight entree. The duck confit salad was a bit on the salty side but still well executed. The yellow cake with Bavarian custard/cream we had in the end was an excellent end to our meal. Truly one of those places that we would like to come back to!
Great place for pre-theater dinner. Close to BART and easy walk to the theaters. Nice wine list, fun cocktails, and good food. The fried chicken sandwich was very good, which was what most of our party got. The Hangover cake for dessert - the bomb. Portions are large, so entres can be shared easily.
Service was excellent. Wonderful evening all around.
BB has a very eclectic menu, and each dish we got was so tasty. The restaurant was quiet and easy, and the background music songfest was amazing. Our waitress was the best! The only downside was that the bar took a long time to get our drinks prepared.
Service was super slow and rather unapologetic.
We had called in advance advising of a special occasion and they confirmed they would do something. Then they did nothing.
Food when it arrived was generally very tasty.
Very nice environment
Boring and ordinaty food.
Nothing negative to say at all. Great food and great service. Location good for Union Square visitors. (For beer lovers, the Porters (dark) is well worth a try.) Enjoy!
We had a wonderful brunch here...and delicious. Try the cinnamon roll. It is to die for! But all the dishes were incredible and it is a beautiful restaurant!
Restaurant was empty, despite that the service was not good, the waiter tried too hard and the food was definitely not at the level expected! A real shame!
Very good food and very efficient, friendly service
Wonderfully quiet lunch. For those curious about long-dead human traditions like conversation this place had got you covered.
very friendly. Attentive host. Responsive server. Appetizer though did require a reminder and arrived about four minutes before main course.
Hamburger was excellent.
Deviled egg was a good, but tiny serving.
Almond "Bites" were vaguely spicy and had a rubbery-soft coating.
Crispy Pork Belly was good, but quite fatty even for pork belly.
Filet Mignon was very tender, though the 3/4 of one teaspoon of "Bleu cheese butter" was to scant to taste (I asked for another option and the waiter said the had nothing else), and the 1 1/2 tablespoons of flaccid mushrooms did not include flavor.
Honolulu Hangover cake was clearly built for visual impact, oversized and comprehensively bland: mealy chocolate cake was no match for store bought mix from Safeway (may have been left over from weekend run), thick, pasty filling tasted like nothing, thin meringue frosting struggled nobly in vain to make up for all of this.
Devil's food Cake was very good, though naturally awkward and a bit of a mess to leverage from the tall parfait glass.
Will return. Menu has many promising options. Room is quiet and attractive. Will not get dessert.
Nice space with very courteous and friendly staff. Fun cocktails good place to check out if you are in the neighborhood.
Dined with my husband. I had the vegan pupusos and he had the amberjack. We also ordered artichoke hearts and corn bread. Everything was delicious and the corn bread was simply outstanding.
One of our favorite places in the city!!
The food is original and great! The service wonderful and the drinks creative.
The food was good, but the service was terribly slow. We ordered several small plates, and after 30+ minutes, everything came out at once. They had to pull up another table to fit everything. Drinks service was slow, and everything was over-priced.
Waiter was very pushy with the specials.
Business meeting. The staff was just awesome and food was perfect.
Best brunch, best lunch, and best service in the Union Square area! We frequent bluestem and always walk away pleased with everything.
Tourist trap. Butchery steak was so tough and extremely salty i didn't bother eating it.
Such nice staff with attentive service. Fun drinks. The food was interesting with some things being very good to others a bit odd. The chicken liver toasts were a “miss” too much liver hard to cut toast and the fruit didn’t go. The vegan dish, the pasta special, the lattes and the corn bread was great. We will be back.
We liked the location of Bluestem to SF MOMA. Service was very good, people friendly but food just so so.
I got the impression that this place relies on the hotels nearby and don't feel that they need to compete with other truly great restaurants in the city. Their 'big plates' don't even include accompaniment. A $49 dollar filet with no vegetables or potatoes? The vegan pupusas lacked any significant filling and tasted like a greasy pancake. Our waiter and the host were wonderful, but I did watch the ice melt in our drinks at the bar for about 10 minutes. I wouldn't go back except maybe for cocktails.
Great lunch choice- the burger was fantastic and the Einstok White Ale was delicious!
Bluestem was a convenient spot for Sunday brunch as our hotel was just off Union Square. Croque madame was delicious but a little unexpected with a bechamel like sauce (and an egg) over the sandwich. Fried chicken was moist and well spiced without being peppery. Wonderful salads accompanied both. The chef may be sending me to hell with a sinful cornbread (more like a corncake) filled with the most decadent chocolate and mascarpone concoction ever to pass my lips! All I can say is, "I'll be back."
Try the dirty fries and cornbread. Waiting staff were terrific and dessert menu worth saving some space for too!
We've been here many times over the years but the last last time was very disappointing for the expense and the quality we've come to expect. The restaurant was mostly empty, so it seems our experience is not unusual.
Food and service were excellent as always. Love how the menu evolves and reflects in season options.
Have been many times before. Food, service, ambience all superb. Many new items on menu. Love this restaurant and plan on returning soon!
Food was unique and delicious - I loved the vegan papusas. Service was fantastic, we’ll definitely go back
Great experience from the moment we walked in. My boyfriend and I were celebrating our anniversary and they put extra touches to make our dinner amazing. The service was on point and the food was sooooo good! Thank you!
Menu has limited and strange food selections. Offering different meals is OK as kind as you still have a few basic food offerings to go along with the different meals.
Great food and excellent service.
Bluestem is a reliable choice for dining in Union Square. The service is very good and it’s a nice place to enjoy a long conversation with friends.
The staff was very nice. We truly enjoyed ourselves.
A group of us dropped by there after a visit to Moma and had brunch on the mezzanine balcony. The space allowed for people-watching on Market, but was sheltered enough by glass walls and also had heaters. The menu was significantly elevated from the usual brunch fare, and we ordered a wide selection. the food turned out to be clean, well presented and very delicious. A hit all round.
Nice food, really nice service people. We went before theater at ACT, and will be back. The brunch menu is really good!
Great culinary experience