Nob Hill Grille, San Francisco

Posted by Krista on July 22, 2008


Nob Hill Grille
969 Hyde St
San Francisco, CA 94109
+ 1 415-474-5985

Date of Last Visit: Friday, 18 July 2008

The Victims: Blair, and Blair's girlfriend, whose name is so totally escaping me!

The Damage: $35 USD each

The Background: A long time ago when I lived in Chicago, my friend Bryan worked with this girl who had a reputation for being high maintence. She had a boyfriend named Blair that I met a few times. So this one day a few years later, I'm sitting around in grad school and I'm talking to this guy Blair and I'm thinking "You look VERY familiar."

And it turns out that it's the same Blair. Funny how life works.

Well now it's ages later and I'm in San Fran for BlogHer '08 so we make plans to meet up for dinner.

After some very decent cocktails at my hotel, we head over to Nob Hill Grille. We take a taxi, and it costs about $7 with tip. So firstly, I feel insanely wealthy in the U.S. Secondly, the restaurant really wasn't THAT far, and when I think about how far I made Melia walk the other night…well…

The Entrance: The Nob Hill Grille is empty up front when we arrive, but has a decent crowd in the back. It strikes me as a neighborhood place with a good crowd of regulars. Our server is young and very enthusiastic. She confidently walks us through all of the specials and her particular favorites. Sometimes I fall in love with America all over again.

The Food: We get spinach and artichoke dip to start and a wave of homesickness hits me. God how I've missed this stuff. It's really hard for me to stop eating it.

I order the scallops as a main and golly if they're not the hugest scallops I've seen in a long time. It's a generous serving. I sorta want to ask if the scallops are from a box that's from Vietnam, but I hold my tongue. The unfortunate part is that the scallops are served with a sh*tload of tomatoes. And I just can't eat tomatoes in huge quantities like this

The Bad Part: I am so wobbly from jet lag, I keep losing my train of thought. I think I hid it well though.

The Verdict: The Nob Hill Grill is nice. I guess that's like me describing a guy I don't want to date.

8 Responses to “Nob Hill Grille, San Francisco”

  1. Asthika
    Jul 23, 2008

    A cab ride for £3.5? Waiter that speaks English? Large portions?

    Damn… I am envious. I want to go back to the ‘states again!

    Have fun out there.

  2. Kacey
    Jul 23, 2008

    It was great meeting you at Blogher at the newbie mixer. I couldn’t believe you were still standing after being up all that time! You know, I ate my way across San Francisco, but I’m not sure I would even remember the names of the places we ate. Except for the Oak Room in the hotel. Did you try that? Excellent. We avoid hotel restaurants, but this one came highly recommended.

  3. Eater's Regret
    Jul 24, 2008

    Great post Krista, looks like that restaurant was tasty. We’ve recently been to San Francisco too, but ended up in some very dodgy places – would have loved scallops with lots of tomatoes! So what’s blogher like?

  4. laura
    Jul 24, 2008

    oh my. i miss spinach and artichoke dip too (i have a recipe written out, just haven’t tried to make it gluten-free yet).

    and ouch, i thought i was jet-lagged — and i only came from kansas!

  5. Katie
    Jul 24, 2008

    It was such a pleasure to meet you at BlogHer! I’m a closet-foody so I’m really looking forward to reading your blog 🙂 And yes, those are some huge scallops!

  6. Christian
    Jul 24, 2008

    Hi! I love your blog– hearing impartial but personal reviews of restaurants is really cool. I’m new to eating at London restaurants, but I’m trying out as many as possible and reviewing them on my site.

  7. Douglas
    Jul 25, 2008

    Looks fantastic, Krista!

  8. jessica
    Jul 26, 2008

    wow, those scallops do look huge, I thought they were potatoes at first

    there’s so many great places to eat in the city, what a shame that this one fell short

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