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Boxing Room

Boxing Room

(Now Closed) (Private)
Southern Food Restaurant and Cajun and Creole Restaurant$$$$
Civic Center, San Francisco
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  • Hei-Yu T.heart icon on user image
    Hei-Yu TangAugust 24, 2015
    Great place to have a quick lunch. The Po' Boys are excellent. The dishes are well prepared and freshly made. Friendly staff. Good vibe. Don't forget to finish it off with a Bloody Mary Oyster shot.
  • Lears F.heart icon on user image
    Lears FoolSeptember 21, 2015
    The fried green tomatoes with shrimp were tasty. The boudin balls were heavy on the rice, but pretty authentic. My frozen daiquiri brought me home. (I grew up Cajun. I give this place a thumbs up.)
  • Eater
    EaterApril 12, 2016
    Boxing Room just got full liquor, which means lots of New Orleans-inspired cocktails from Jonny Raglin, including a milk punch, frozen daiquiri, Pimm's cup, and gin fizz. Read more
  • Russell Allen E.heart icon on user image
    Russell Allen EsmusAugust 1, 2014
    You have to get the alligator. If I see it on a menu, I always order it. It is very appetizing. The service here is nice. The atmosphere is great for a dinner with a small group of friends.
  • Michael A.heart icon on user image
    Michael AldereteJune 2, 2017
    The cocktail program has always been top notch? As a reformed over-indulger in Hurricanes in New Orleans, having one made from scratch made me want to rethink my stance on the issue.
  • Ben R.heart icon on user image
    Ben RussoDecember 18, 2013
    Great food and service. Try broiled oysters (without breadcrumbs), the crab cakes, and the boiled peanuts! Tell them if you have a theater time and they will turn out delicious food in plenty time.
  • SFist
    SFistFebruary 27, 2015
    Blessed with a new full liquor license to complement their solid beer offerings, the Absinthe Group's Boxing Room also cuts you a break with half off oysters from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Read more
  • Jinnie L.
    Jinnie LApril 9, 2015
    Awesome collecton of beers on tap (wine too) fried alligator is pretty good - if u r willing to try them♡ must try crispy boudin balls & duck n sausage jambalaya!!
  • Eve P.heart icon on user image
    Eve ParadoxJune 6, 2015
    Nice setting and attentive staff. I had the brown rice #jambalaya and #duck confiet. They did a descent job with the jambalaya but the duck had obviously been sitting a while. Meh!
  • tablehopper
    tablehopperAugust 3, 2014
    You wanna know where the oysters shine? In the fried Pacific oyster salad, that’s where. They were cooked beautifully, sporting a burnished color but not too much coating, and plump and juicy within Read more
  • Becky A.
    Becky AwesuMMay 19, 2013
    Really exquisite! So flavorful and appetizing. Though I only tried a couple selections (highly recommend the duck and sausage jumbalaya) I have no doubt that everything on the menu is delish!
  • tablehopper
    tablehopperAugust 3, 2014
    There are popular daily specials, and let me tell you, you want to come on a Thursday when you can have the duck and sausage jambalaya ($20). Chef, put it on the nightly menu! Read more
  • Janelle C.
    Janelle CababaAugust 11, 2013
    Everything we ordered was delicious, and while fried alligator is one for the bucket list, I still haven't stopped thinking about the baked oysters! Best I've ever had!
  • herm p.heart icon on user image
    herm pugayDecember 22, 2014
    Southern United States cuisine. I went here for brunch and I didn't know what cheese grits were. So try it :)
  • Raj S.heart icon on user image
    Raj S.August 8, 2014
    Surprisingly authentic Southern cooking near Hayes Valley. Get the shrimp po-boy. Great beer selection too. Good for late night after a show.
  • Kyle M.heart icon on user image
    Kyle MinorJuly 19, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The newest star in the Arlequin restaurant crown, everythings seems to be working perfectly here: the room, the service, the beer and wine -- and especially the food! How can you NOT order the alliga Read more
  • Brian S.heart icon on user image
    Brian StraussMay 4, 2017
    Tasty food and beautiful space but nothing exceptional. I enjoyed the Oyster shooters. Alligator was very heavily breaded and hard to taste. Maybe Cajun food doesn't travel super well.
  • Smoochella S.
    The deep fried alligator was delicious. The gumbo: the intro tastes great but th after taste is plain old stew flavor. NO GOOD! The crab stuffed flounder melts in your mouth!
  • Grace S.
    Grace S.January 10, 2014
    Jambalaya for sure. Charbroiled oysters were good Would pass on the hush puppies though...a little bland for my taste. Complimentary pimento cheese and light crackers are delish!
  • Marisa M.heart icon on user image
    Marisa MillardMarch 11, 2014
    The food was delicious. We had the confit of pork belly, fried gator and corn bread. Waitress didn't come till 15 minutes after we sat down, appetizer came after the main course, no checkin, no smiles
  • Tim M.
    Tim MacalinoApril 18, 2017
    Try their mini cornbread muffins with a some and take the rest home for a midnight snack!! 😉😉👍
  • Tim M.
    Tim MacalinoApril 18, 2017
    The seared flounder and grilled veggies are so yummy and healthy!
  • Shikha K.
    Shikha KaiwarFebruary 3, 2014
    Classy Southern food that doesn't disappoint. Get biscuits, hush puppies, smoked catfish, and if you're daring, gator. Brunch is good, too.
  • Nay T.
    Nay TJuly 12, 2011
    +'s good shrimp po boy, good beers on tap. -'s wouldn't seat the 3 of us at a table when there were half a dozen tables around, waited 45 min for our entrees that were a 4 at most coming a N.O. native
  • Chris M.heart icon on user image
    Chris MessinaSeptember 28, 2015
    Convenient spot in Hayes Valley to explore southern cuisine (alligator, etc). The menu is somewhat small and focused on meat dishes.
  • AskMen
    AskMenNovember 9, 2011
    Executive Chef Justin Simoneaux spices up Hayes Valley with his Cajun and Creole favorites like andouille sausage gumbo and deep-fried alligator. Read more
  • Michael S.
    Michael S.September 9, 2016
    Try the French Fry Po'Boy (it is off menu) which comes in a delicious bacon & giblet gravy
  • Giovanna J.heart icon on user image
    Giovanna JonesMay 22, 2016
    Boudin balls & hush puppies. Neither were authentic but both were very good!
  • Douglas G.heart icon on user image
    Douglas GrayMarch 14, 2016
    Start with the fried alligator and end with the beignets.
  • Omid S.
    Omid ScheybaniJune 12, 2013
    The hash puppies are quite delicious! I would refrain from ordering the glazed mushrooms in case you are very hungry.
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsApril 10, 2015
    Check out Boxing Room as it was featured on Man Finds Food for New Orleans Cuisine.Secret Item: French Fry Po Boy Read more
  • Sha A.heart icon on user image
    Sha AkbarSeptember 11, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Boxing Room: used to make boxes in the space back in the day. Absinthe ownership. good food. good value. wine on tap. fantastic desserts.
  • David G.
    David GolborneJune 11, 2016
    Oyster Po-Boys all the way. Come to think of it get any of them. Share the potatoes
  • Suzanne H.
    Suzanne HollowayMay 18, 2013
    Must get the hush puppies and a small jambalaya to start, split the fried chicken for din. Sooo good.
  • andra
    andraJune 24, 2013
    Stroller accessible. Baby friendly. Kind service. The alligator is very good (even my baby loved it!).
  • Hao L.heart icon on user image
    Hao LeOctober 2, 2013
    Boxing Room offers a lunchtime deal of $1 oysters that runs 11:30am - 4:30pm every weekday, so make it a 2-hour lunch and bring your boss.
  • squeasel
    squeaselOctober 8, 2014
    Decent brunch and food till midnightish. I like it, but the few times I've gone, I keep wishing it was just a bit better or more inspired food-wise. Kinda uneven.
  • James H.heart icon on user image
    James HFebruary 1, 2015
    Sweet potato & pork belly hash with spring vegetables.
  • Pavan K.heart icon on user image
    Pavan KulkarniMay 6, 2017
    Try the mezcal cocktail, ambience was decent they have ok beer list.
  • Nate B.heart icon on user image
    Nate BeattyMarch 13, 2016
    Fried alligator is way more fried than alligator. The flounder, however, was excellent.
    SF BRAVO! CLUBOctober 19, 2011
    Name was inspired by the original use of the location: the former 19th-century Standard Shirts Factory. Great place to eat after a show- last food order at 1AM.
  • Lisa E.
    Lisa ENovember 30, 2011
    Deep fried alligator & charred oysters are a must. And if they're serving the pork chop special, don't pass it up!
  • Coralie S.heart icon on user image
    Coralie SabinOctober 11, 2015
    Their fried chicken is great every time! There is enough for two people though :) Keep room for dessert!
  • Maggie W.
    Maggie WhiteMay 18, 2017
    $1.75 oysters with $3.50 hush puppies, $3 Cajun-boiled peanuts, and $5 highballs on weekdays from 3-6pm
  • Anna J.
    Anna JørgensenOctober 29, 2013
    Food out of the ordinary! Had deep fried alligator and it was awesome! Wear a sweater since they tend to the AC on!
  • tablehopper
    tablehopperAugust 3, 2014
    Deep-fried alligator ($11) was some of the most tender I’ve had. Read more
  • Giovanna J.heart icon on user image
    Giovanna JonesMay 22, 2016
    Being from Louisiana I am a harsh critic.Nothing here was truly authentic but was good.DONT get the etouffee! Absolutely disgusting! The crawfish taste rotten! DO get the bbq shrimp.
  • Nancy T.heart icon on user image
    Nancy TranJuly 9, 2015
    I had the jambalaya and it was tasty. The food was okay and it's a nice restaurant for a date.
  • Ryan W.heart icon on user image
    Ryan WyattAugust 21, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Must try the boudin balls! And the gumbo and the jambalaya…
  • 7x7 Magazine
    7x7 MagazineNovember 1, 2012
    Roasted strawberries and buttermilk ice cream offer sweet and tangy flavors that are only enhanced when mixed with the brioche pudding -making this dish irresistible. Read more
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