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Brazen Head

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$$$
Neighborhood:
Marina District
Japanese, American, Hamburgers, British
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3166 Buchanan St, San Francisco, CA 94123-3502
415-921-7600
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4:00 pm - 2:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 4:00 pm - 2:00 am
Dining options: Drinks, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 32
    Excellent
  • 24
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
A fairly hidden little taste of America

Stumbled across this place using TripAdvisor Offline (a godsend). A magic little bar, moody lighting, polished wood, and a barman straight out of the 1950s, coming out with cliche bar talk, towel swung across his shoulder. We only had dessert which was a tad too small for the price paid, but it was... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 3, 2015
James G
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Romantic
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Stumbled across this place using TripAdvisor Offline (a godsend). A magic little bar, moody lighting, polished wood, and a barman straight out of the 1950s, coming out with cliche bar talk, towel swung across his shoulder. We only had dessert which was a tad too small for the price paid, but it was nice. The mains looked great, and very... More 

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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

If you didn't have the address you'd never find this place. All it has is its building no in the door. It only takes Debit Cards or Cash, but they do tell you this when they greet you. The beer & cocktails are good & the food is excellent! We shared oysters for starters, then I had the surf &... More 

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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

Little known - getting more well known by the day! Nothing to dislike! They don't take credit cards, but recently started taking debit cards I heard. They don't advertise, but you can find them on Google Maps or YELP. BRING CASH$$$ NO RESERVATIONS! Didn't bother me, I loved the Appletini at the bar while we waited!!

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Novato
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

Just got back from a great meal, what a wonderful place, good drinks, good food and friendly atmosphere. Top notch service. A must go in San Francisco.

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Hong Kong, China
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

I am staying in the area with my parents, after reading a few reviews though this sounded a good place for dinner. My mum had a salad, listed were tomato's but none showed up they were out. My dad had an Angus Ribeye Steak, it was not overly tender, was undercooked and generally didn't taste great. My meals were ok,... More 

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san francisco
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47 restaurant reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

This restaurant located in the Marina district offers great steaks in a setting with great ambiance. Dining here is memorable and a great local hangout.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014 via mobile

looking for a restaurant to go to after Beach Blanket Babylon we came back to the Brazen Head near our hotel on a recommendation. Enjoyed the atmosphere, service, and the food was good. My petite filet mignon was very petite but for a late night dinner was perfect. The scampi was also good.

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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

The Brazen Head was recommended to us by the hotel we were staying in. We were not sure what to expect as we were told it was Italian but I would call it more American fare than Italian. We had Grilled Pacific Salmon Filet with sweet basil beurre blanc (with baked potato and sauteed veggies) and Petrale Sole with Thyme... More 

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Rhode Island
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11 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Not exactly a tourist spot and that's part of what makes the Brazen Head a great find. It's a dark, speakeasy sort of interior with a great staff and some very good food. For the complete experience you need to sit at the bar and chat with the bartenders and locals, they'll treat you like an old friend. We had... More 

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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

We were staying at the Motel Capri just over the road from the Brazen Head. We had no idea it was there until walking back from Fishermans Wharf early one evening. We noticed lights on and people sitting eating and lo and behold it was a restaurant! Earlier in the day we had walked straight past! We ate there the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3166 Buchanan St, San Francisco, CA 94123-3502
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Marina District
  • Neighborhood: Marina District
  • Phone Number: 415-921-7600

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 21 - 30
  • Cuisine: Japanese, American, Hamburgers, British

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
4:00 pm - 2:00 am
Monday
4:00 pm - 2:00 am
Tuesday
4:00 pm - 2:00 am
Wednesday
4:00 pm - 2:00 am
Thursday
4:00 pm - 2:00 am
Friday
4:00 pm - 2:00 am
Saturday
4:00 pm - 2:00 am

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Marina District

Neighborhood Profile
Marina District
Beautiful homes, beautiful people, and a beautiful backdrop of the Golden Gate Bridge welcome visitors to the Marina. Originally the location for the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in 1915 (whose remnants can be seen at the Palace of Fine Arts), much of the land was filled and flattened to accommodate a world’s fair. That ample space has given way to a jogger’s paradise at the northern edge of the city. With the picturesque bay setting as its backdrop, it’s no surprise that the area has hosted numerous movie productions. Daytime activities focus on café culture and boutique shopping, while the evenings turn this neighborhood into a party-going hotspot.
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