Breakfast & Brunch
Price Range : $31-60 ($$$)
Adress: 495 Geary St, San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: (415) 929-2300
- list_altTakes ReservationsYes
- credit_cardAccepts Credit CardsYes
- local_parkingParkingValet, Street
- directions_bikeBike ParkingYes
- accessibilityGood for KidsNo
- groupGood for GroupsYes
- insert_emoticonAmbienceRomantic, Classy, Upscale
- volume_upNoise LevelQuiet
- local_barAlcoholFull Bar
- transit_enterexitOutdoor SeatingNo
- tvHas TVYes
I was there on the last night before they closed their doors. The food was good some very overpriced for the portion etc. But I loved the appetizers.
The lobster Mac wasn't good though. But otherwise no complaints.
I had breakfast there, ordered eggs( any style ), house potatoes, Bacon and rie bread.
Eggs were good, perfect texture. Bacon was nice . Potatoes were different ( good different) .
Over all I enjoyed the breakfast/ brunch.
People are really good here, service was nice .
Ambiance of this place is awesome, it is definitely a very romantic place.
Nice place. Sweet spot to just hang out. Great food and service. Well made drinks from the bar.
A place to revisit for sure.
I have never eaten here out of their a la carte menus but, have eaten here three times at a function. Unfortunately, the food is below average and, I assume expensive for what it is.
I was here for a function yesterday and the food was once again average and lacked flavour. On a positive note the dessert was nice and, I loved the multi layer slice with a chocolate top.
I cannot understand why they serve food like this. A bit of creativity would go a long way in improving catering quality and unfortunately, in the last three years, it has not.
Maybe it's just my luck that, every time I end up here for a meal, I end up leaving disappointed. This is also an opinion shared by many of my clients and colleagues.
Bought a Groupon for a Chef's tasting menu for two, to give the Velvet Room a try. I've had great experiences in the Clift hotel bar, but never for dining. Why is it called the Velvet Room, you may ask? Well, my inquisitive reader, here's the scoop- it's a room, covered in velvet. Now you know.
Friendly hostess led us to our table, which elicited a pout from me because I wanted to be seated in the tilt a wheel cupped throne chairs in every corner, but alas, we were relegated to the sea of tables like every other ordinary diner. The waitress was peculiar, either bored or high (maybe both), but would randomly drift over between bites and stare at us emptily until she voiced a breezy statement or inflection absent question.
Menu was full of items that sounded quite appetizing, our Groupon included a starter, two entrees, a side dish, and one dessert. Adding a steak entrée was an additional $15 surcharge, but we didn't miss much without it. We began with drinks, I ordered the Pineapple Express ($12), a refreshing rendition of a cocktail pina colada, with burbon infused vanilla, and he had the Cucumber Cooler ($13) with freshly muddled cukes and elderflower, both refreshing starts to our dining experience.
We began the meal with the Truffled Wagyu Steak Tartare ($16), with wholegrain mustard and olive oil brushed sourdough points. The steak was perfectly seasoned, tender and juicy, and very rich, complimented perfectly with the spicy mustard, and sour/tangy capers. Darling man felt the call of the cow, and was satiated with the Clift Burger ($18), on a pretzel bun with perfectly caramelized onions, and well-seasoned fries. I opted for the Oven Roasted Mary's Chicken ($24), which had a crispy, buttery skin, over juicy meat, and softly cooked garlic spinach. Our side was the wild Foraged Mushrooms ($10), complimented by rosemary and drizzled with garlic butter.
For dessert we chose the Meyer Lemon Steamed Pudding ($8), whose micro flowers delighted us, and whose flavors wowed us with its multitude of fresh essences of ginger, basil, berries, and tangy citrus. We paired this with a Clift Manhattan to end the meal ($13), which was a little heavy for my tastes, but well-mixed.
I would recommend this dining experience for those looking to make a statement, because the ambiance is moody, romantic, and sultry, with heavy, dark paneling, ceiling to floor drapery, and ambient lighting. Perfect date spot, or intimate dining for a few. Not a place for loud parties, bringing the kids, or anyone with low light challenges. Beautiful, elegant, delicious, and delightful, The Velvet Room will wrap you up with its soft caress, and leave you feeling warm and content.