When I have folks ask me for an easygoing restaurant with a view, Butterfly is one of my recos. Good hot apps, like the Kalua pig and chili chicken wings, and mains like the grilled hanger steak “kalbi style" and Kurobuta pork porterhouse. Wine list was recently revamped--some strong picks on there.
where can you find where both ambiance and food is great. the staff is friendly. the food is nicely priced, not expensive at all.
Must eat here! – The restaurant is beautiful. The staff was great and the food was fantastic! We had the calamari as an appetizer, which had a sauce on top that was to die for. For our main course, I had the aghi tuna (pan seared) oh man, I practically licked the plate! My husband had their famous burger and said it was the best he's ever had! The staff helped us pick great wine, overall the bill was on the high side but well worth it!
Citysearch Editorial Review. – A striking view of the bay provides a beautiful backdrop to a chic, lofty dining room and a bar backed dramatically in lapis-blue. The crowd is often a bit random--tourists from the piers and Ferry Building, special occasion couples and groups there for dinner-with-a-view, and downtown boozers who make the trek for Butterfly's great happy hour deals. It's hard to tell if former Chronicle "rising star" chef Robert Lam's menu is more Californian or Pan-Asian, but with dishes like duck confit spring rolls, kalua pig lettuce cups, and whole-roasted fish there's something for everyone. Later at night, Butterfly transforms from restaurant to bar, with a DJ and dancefloor, thought because it's so far from other nightlife areas and often charges a cover, is very hit-or-miss.
Great Restaurant on the SF Waterfront – We stumbled on this restaurant after taking the Alcatraz Tour. We felt very lucky to end up here instead of in some tourist trap. The food, drinks, service, and decor are all very good. We ordered from the brunch menu, which is excellent.
Go here! – I?ve been here before and each time, I have had a very pleasant dining experience. On top of that, did you know this restaurant is teaming up with StreetSmart4kids? It?s actually really cool what they?re doing. I just heard about how SS4K is a nonprofit organization that helps underprivileged teens stay healthy. They are running their ?Dine Out and Donate? campaign here (as well as approx. 70 other restaurants in SF) during October and early November. After having a fabulous dining experience, just fill out the donation form when paying the check (minimum donation $3). This is perfect for people like me, who love to eat out all the time and also like to give back to the community. Check it out for yourself on the StreetSmart4Kids website!
Odd Pairings of Ingredients – Dill on hanger steak? That didn't work for me. The food was incredibly salty.
Great drinks. Great service. Beautiful interior.
worst service ever! – i had heard amazing things about this restaurant. unfortunately, the experience proved to be the complete opposite of all my expectations. first, a group of 6 of us arrived for brunch and waited a good 30 minutes in an empty restaurant before any server just as much acknowledged our table and offered to bring drinks. The waitress was unapologetic and oblivious to the fact that our table waited for so long. As they eventually brought our food out, i would say that 2 dishes of the 8 we ordered were up to par with my expectations of a somewhat classy dining setting. throughout our meal, our waitress seemed to be completely inattentive to our needs, and the whole experience, in general, made for a waste of dining energy. let this be my experience and not yours. butterfly is most definitely not worth the hype.
I'd love to tell you about the food... – ...but, I can't. I can honestly say that my experience at Butterfly was the worst I had in San Francsico. My friends and I stopped in for an impromptu lunch...the restaurant was half empty and the hostess still attempted to jam five people at a four top. After requesting another table we sat for almost 20 minutes with only the water and edamame brought to us by the busboy...thankfully, somebody at Butterfly knows how to do their job. When we politely inquired if someone could take our order we were told "I'll get someone to you in a minute" After 10 more minutes we all got up and walked out. Only then did the manager make any attempt at service. Too little too late. I'd love to tell you abou tthe food, but we never even had a drink, well, except for water. Thankfully, Houston's across the street was more than accomodating, and although a chain, was a great restaurant experience...a complete 180 degrees from how we were treated at Butterfly.
Don't go to Butterfly!!! And they can be sure I will continue to tell people about the experience I had there.
We couldn't have loved it more – We recently threw a 30th birthday party here. We rented the resturaunt and Ryan was fabulous. He did everything we asked and did it well. He was the best party planner I have ever worked with and I highly recommend stopping by and checking it out.We started with appetizes,dinner and drinks for 35 people. We walked in and it was breath taking, the resturaunt was exactly how we wanted it and everything was flowing perfectly. The 3 course meal wowed the group. They had their choice of whole fish, risotto, lamb shanks, or filet migon. Dessert was chocolate torte & coffee ice cream, banana bread pudding w, carmelized bananas & macadamia nut brittle, or vanilla creme brulee w/ berries. After the dinner they transformed the resturaunt while we relaxed with drinks and photos. The view was spectacular, the whole side of it is windows overlooking the Bay. The resturaunt was transformed for the fashion show and performers and the party started. The drinks were flowing the food kept coming all night. We had valet parking, and staff working the door for security. Everyone of the staff members was extremely accomidating and even thought to bring out extra appetizers as a two in the morning snack. The cigar bar on the deck on the water was a huge success as well. Like I said I have nothing but wonderful things to say about every one of the people at the butterfly that helped have a great night.
Don't waste your palette on this sad excuse of a restaurant – I had originally made reservations for dinner, but after tasting the appetizers was completely discouraged to order anything. Besides extremely salty pan-fried noodles, the waitress was a word away from getting a drink thrown on her.......FYI - This place is great to get drinks ...
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