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Rating: 3.64

Address: 717 Battery St, San Francisco, CA, 94111

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    Comments (39):

    1. Amber B.
    I was a guest at the opening party last night.  The space is amazing.  So many different rooms and the wood flooring is gorgeous.  They put on a great party and it will be interesting to hear how good it is going forward now that it is open.

    26/10/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    2. Gabriella H.
    Went as a guest to the opening of the battery on Friday. What a fantastic club and the atmosphere was awesome. The decor is literally so insane... They did a great job on this. Hopefully someday I can stay in one of the few hotel rooms they have available here!

    28/10/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    3. M. Frank E.
    Attended opening night. Great space! Waiting to see what the clientele is like. So far, so good.

    07/11/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    4. Donna A.
    Brilliant! Yes, new idea for San Francisco, but go with the philosophy and get into talking, meeting, sharing, considering and intellectualizing and you will really love it. Then have a first-rate cocktail, eat a meal and marvel at the decor. If you are lucky, join a lecture--very interesting people come to talk about things you might not know anything about. Way cool.

    14/10/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    5. Pablo G.
    I've been here twice as a guest for drinks.

    23/07/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    6. Chantel C.
    Interesting concept and a fascinating library room.

    13/05/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    7. Tina S.
    Love this place! The high ceilings, wood floors, library, dining and meeting rooms are all so well done. The atmosphere is amazing. It feels so warm and inviting. There is so much energy and the vibe is outstanding. The food is very solid and the wine list is extensive. It really is a treat to visit such a well thought out, interesting approach to a club. A great addition to the city.

    09/07/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    8. Don M.
    From the book of Vogue covers by the green chair you are ordered to sit in to the secret bookcase room containing both delightful baseball fans with views on history as well as pancake batter brained people from Los Angeles who think they're making fun of you by playing John Denver, this place has it all.

    26/08/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    9. A G.
    I was here for a party.  Halfway through we decided to go to the restaurant to grab some food because there wasn't much to eat at the party.  We were told we couldn't eat without a member.  The restaurant was almost empty. We then sat at the bar and tried to order some food and drink but the bartender ignored us. When we finally got his attention he told us he'd been asked not to serve us.  Who has time for this kind of crap?

    25/10/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    10. G H.
    BORING, SAVE YOUR MONEY GO SOMEWHERE ELSE WAY MORE FUN.
    That being said basically this is a over hyped post frat/sorority hang out for people not native to SF who feel the streets are to dirty for them. It's over priced and really offers nothing different than another over priced hotel/lounge on knob hill. I'm not a member and probably won't ever be, I personally think you should crash on a friends couch and go to the dive bar around the block if you really want to experience San Francisco. This is the kind of non-sense people blog about in a negative way.

    the food wasn't even that great.

    23/04/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    11. Joshua J.
    If only the quality of the atmosphere & design equaled the quality of service.  It's a beautifully designed club and you truly feel like you are somewhere special.  The single area that's significantly lacking is a polished dinner service.  In a town where you trip over expertly orchestrated dinners it would be in the Battery's best interest to spend a little more time & money perfecting this one aspect of the club.  So it's a 3-star review for now but with high hopes The Battery continues to find it's rhythm.

    03/05/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    12. Daniel R.
    If you looking for something very swanky, then look no further.  This is as good as it gets.  The setting is very laid back and casual feeling, but at the same time very prestine.  Lots of glass that line the walls, but with a heavy wood presence.  The high ceilings give the place a large spacious feeling, which it most certainly does.  Decorations are top notch all the way.  

    If you come here, then come for not only a great time, but a place to relax and take a load off.

    19/03/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    13. Piet B.
    Excellent venue for the city crowd. Great food, great atmosphere, great place to bump into friends.

    30/10/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    14. C G.
    Love the space. Constantly having interesting, exciting, and insightful events. The food is great, especially for a social club. I've had one or two okay items, but most I have been very delicious. The decor is amazing - one of the more eclectic places I have been, and it all flows very nicely throughout the building. You can tell a lot of attention went into every aspect of the club and will be constantly improving and surprising it's members and guests. I've been very impressed with the people, the place, and the purpose of the club.

    17/11/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    15. Jeannie J.
    The great thing about this venue is the people. There are a lot of very interesting people here. Also, the penthouse floor has great views.

    05/03/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    16. Suzy M.
    Don't dress up. The staff is rude. One bartender threw my change at me. The bartender threw my change back at me. So no kudos to the staff. Music was great. The staff was more elitist than the members :)

    19/10/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    17. Austin P.
    I don't usually do one star reviews, but I had a dinner at this place that was below average quality. This is what I would call a "facade" of fine dining. Everything from the waiter ignoring three out of six members of the party at our table, to the non-unique menu items. I likely would not return even if the Mayor himself invited me.

    01/10/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    18. Janet Z.
    Clearly, no cost was spared in the creation of this space. I loved the high ceilings,  open floorplan, and the beautiful flooring.  The main floor consists of several rooms where you can dine (foodie sidenote - the chef is from a two michelin star restaurant and formerly part of the alain ducasse group), or just lounge on comfy couches and order drinks with friends. The lower floor is where the gym and bathrooms are. The top floor has another secret bar and rooms where you can work and take meetings during the day. I believe they also have some hotel rooms, so basically, you could spend all day and night here and never have to leave the Battery.

    As for food, I recommend the duck and the bread (they must have had an ounce of butter in each piece, but this carb lover doesn't care).  More to be added here as I try more dishes.

    All in all, I'm a fan of this space and do remember that you're in fine company when you're here. Dress well, but not like you tried too hard. Eat, but don't act like this is your first meal of the day.

    06/11/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    19. Brett W.
    I reluctantly give this place 4 stars because yes, it's a fabulous club in a fabulous city, albeit a city in which the most vulnerable residents are being squeezed out by exactly the type of people who can afford to pay $2,400 for memberships at The Battery.

    That's not my only problem with this place-- WTF is up with the dead animal heads on the downstairs wall? This really bothered me the first couple of times I went. On the third time, after a few cocktails and delightful conversations with members, I rationalized this barbarism by telling myself that every one of the animals whose heads adorn that wall could have been killed for food, not as a trophy to stick up on some millionaires' club wall.

    OK, I'll step down off the soapbox now and tell you that I was pleasantly surprised by many aspects of The Battery. For starters, I did not expect the staff to be so friendly and down-to-earth. I also did not expect the drinks to be so reasonably priced, at least by SF standards.

    Being up on their roof and partying in the penthouse up there was pretty amazing. And the people I met there, and the lectures I've attended, have been great too. Kinda like a killer SF house party and TED talk all rolled into one, with a little bit of Hollywood or Vegas flash thrown in for good measure (and looks). I've often found that members of places that place a premium on exclusivity are incredibly welcoming and friendly once you're on the inside. The Battery is no exception.

    Yes, I'll go back to The Battery whenever my member friends invite me, as much as I increasingly eschew exclusivity as I approach middle age.  I'll even shut up about those dead animal heads one day.

    11/04/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    20. Adam U.
    Went with members last week with a party of 10. Place is immaculate inside, amazing on so many levels, sure they spent a fortune to build it and it shows. Nice bar and lounge but the food was absolutely horrendous, literally, have never had as bad for a hi end dining experience. They really need some help in the kitchen but the bar and overall space is stunning. Lastly, it's filled with tech d-bags so hopefully that's a scene you're into.

    02/11/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    21. Myra M.
    When our Uber ride dropped us off in front of this brick inconspicuous building, there were a couple guys dressed up with scary masks in costume... and I immediately thought of the movie "Eyes Wide Shut". I wondered what did I just get myself into. I mean in the past, I usually suggest on where to go especially when it's the first date.  So when I asked him if this is a costume party, he laughed and said something negative about union workers. I was relieved & at the same time disappointed, because I love costume parties.
    Since this is a "members only" social club, my date had to check in at the front desk. He then escorted me into the main room; the ambiance was purely pretentious which exudes extravagance.  Everything in this room was elaborate and decadent: warehouse high ceilings, gorgeous wooden flooring through out with unique interesting pieces of art scattered all over. The beautiful circular bar was really cool; it was surrounded by dining tables and a swanky lounge area with windows overlooking an outside garden.  And there's also a bar outside that opens up on certain events. Then we walked through another dining area with a smaller bar in the back.
    We went there for drinks; dinner was planned elsewhere, so I can not review how the food is, but I hear it's pretty good.
    I guess there's a DJ that comes later; has a nice set-up on the second level over looking the main room.
    One of the rules is that members and their guests need to use the phone booths to talk on their cell phones; texting is allowed anywhere but not talking on phones unless in phone booth.
    The co-ed bathrooms on the second level features the seven deadly sins. The eclectic library with its vintage-old world decor was also on the second floor.  And the spa and gym are on the very bottom floor.
    So my favorite room was where we finally got to sit down. He needed his member key fob to get us in. It was another bar area but much more intimate with loungy couches & chairs... Also has a hidden room like in a James Bond movie... that was very cool.  
    I had a great time. I did get asked out again... And he did say he'll take me back when the DJ's playing:)

    02/08/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    22. Mark M.
    What a cool swanky place for events.  (But I did not really know what this place is for other than for events...ha!)

    Had my Berkeley Law alumni event, and this is a very cool space.  It's got the old school decor with the proper lighting for the ambience.  It is just cool, swanky, and classy all at the same time.  

    Got my thumbs up if this venue is ever to be rented for a company or business event.   If you got money, throw your bday party here and invite me.

    23/02/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    23. Liza B.
    Loved coming here on a quieter night just to read in a library.
    But those cozy nights are gone- the clientele did pick up and the rule "member can only bring 2 guests" is no longer existing.
    Instead come for classes and shows (just make sure to book in advance). We saw Leor Suchard who apparently is a world known mentalist from Israel and boy was he fun. Ironically two days later he appeared on Russian 1 hr talk show.
    Signed up for Russel Simmons speech too!

    12/04/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    24. Xander C.
    this place is a bit too pretentious for my tastes. the decor is gorgeous, and somehow they manage to fit contemporary chic with dead animal heads on the walls.

    the food was good, but not exceptional. the cocktails were also good but not exceptional. i think this place is mostly for show. and what's the deal with no bathrooms on the main floor? that's just poor layout.

    13/06/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    25. Andrew K.
    This is the technorati's answer to the Bohemian Club. Really cool venue. Great space and crowd. Relaxed, great acoustics, great layout. Awesome service. Worth joining.

    19/09/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    26. Sonya Z.
    This place is the definition of swank. Incredibly high ceilings with massive animal heads and paintings of animals everywhere. The tables are made of wood and leather. They have chairs that are antlers and huge fuzzy pieces. There's an inflatable Trans Am car under the stairs to the bathroom, as well as a lot of abstract art down there and everywhere. Everything is quite polished. It's expensive and exclusive. Up to you if it's your scene. If it is, you'll go wild for this place. If it's not, you'll roll your eyes.

    To each his own!

    25/03/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    27. Kate G.
    The food was good, but not incredible. The wait staff were wonderful. It's beautifully done, but I wouldn't bother with a membership. There are lots of great experiences and ways to connect with the movers and the shakers around San Francisco. This one has some issues.

    I went with a good friend who happens to be black. Despite his shiny yet subtle car and general elegance, the valets told him nervously and apologetically that The Battery was a members only club and that furthermore it was like 15 whole dollars to park the car.
    He's a member, and while he handled the insulting assumptions gracefully with a weary chuckle, I wanted to kick those white boys in the shins. (I'm also caucasian, for the record.)

    22/08/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    28. Hutch C.
    So I guess this place is supposed to be like the SoHO club in NYC.  Its a social club / bar/ restaurant / hotel.  We had a friend staying here so we had access. Otherwise you can't walk off the street.  I didn't see his room, but supposedly very nice (at $700 / night that is what you would expect).  Bar is huge and very nice at its brand new.  Very high end cocktails with awesome bartenders.  We had dinner in the bar where there are a number of large booths.  Menu is nuevo California if that is a food type.  One of our guys got the ribeye and loved it.  I had the burger which was a little disappointing (more bun than burger),  Wine list is very good and reasonably priced (we had a Caymus cab for like $120 and Prisoner for $60 or $70).

    If I lived in the City, I would definitely consider the $200 month membership.

    05/06/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    29. swiss c.
    I appreciated the opportunity to join an alumnae member for dinner. Conversation great, atmosphere highly curated, food unremarkable. In sum, this place, while making the effort, tries too hard, and there's the strong pong of new money.

    28/04/15 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    30. Angella S.
    Hmmm,
    I'm standing between four and five stars.  No, I'm not a member, but I've made a few visits and figured I should have a say.  First, it's a privado club, so if it's illegal to Yelp on this place, then by all means, remove my review.

    Here's the five star part:
    I LOVE the number of options you have in this place.  The downstairs bar, the upstairs bars, the different rooms that you don't even know are there (very Bourban and Branch-esque, btw), the dining room, the hotel rooms, the Penthouse. Just such a cool concept.

    What else is five-star-esque?  The food.  Had the pleasure of trying a few things on the menu and the food, although super expensive, is very good!

    Here's the four star part:
    I think they kind of need to warm this place up a bit.  I mean, the downstairs area is way too open.  Just feels very warehouse-y.  And the live entertainment?  I won't comment on the horrible bands that were playing the nights that I was there, but it seemed like like four dudes who popped out of a van.  We gotta bring in some REALLY good entertainment.  It would be so cool if Prince or someone like that just swooped in to do a private show for this swanky audience.

    I also think they need a dress code.  For the amount that members pay each year,  wouldn't you want to see people walking around looking DRESSED?  I don't want to see techies in jeans.  Sorry.

    I still need to try the spa, gym and other amenities and I will keep you posted of course :)

    08/04/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    31. Mayo M.
    Went to the battery without knowing much about it. Ordered the tuna salad. The tuna was good but way too much salt was added to the salad an

    16/03/15 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    32. Karyn L.
    Definitely your typical "members only" place with a nice ambiance and interesting wall decor. Service was painful to say the least- even with a reservation. Food took an hour...we sat and waited...drank our drinks....and kept waiting. Food wasn't horrible, but by then, we had waited so long we just wanted to eat and go. I give them extra kudos for the dessert though- ice cream sandwich is something you'll have to try.

    14/01/15 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    33. Karen T.
    I didn't even know this place existed. If you want to hang with rich people this is the place to be. This place is spacious, huge bar restaurant downstairs.  Upstairs a library that feels like a movie set. A bar upstairs with a secret room behind a book shelf.  Neat experience to check the place out.

    02/02/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    34. Nette T.
    I'm not a member but know someone who is one, I've been here twice and always had a good time.

    I know everyone keeps commenting on the dead animals on the walls, but that's because it's supposed to look like a hunting lodge, no? I admit I'm not a fan of that either but I've heard that they've calmed down a bit and removed some of them.

    I really enjoyed their specialty cocktails in the main bar. Service was attentive and the food was actually pretty decent.

    The second time I came here I organized a brunch with the girls and we managed to get family style plates of brunch food. This was also very good, and I was happy that everyone managed to finish off the large bowls of food.

    I figure at some point I will join The Battery (I'm still waiting for my invitation from my friend!) and enjoy being a member.

    19/09/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    35. Megan C.
    Spacious + Immaculate + Eclectic Design
    Modern Social Club

    Visiting SF came to meet up with a member, had dinner + drinks. Seemed like there was quite a bit going on here with each level.  

    The food was pretty solid. Drinks were great, nice selection.

    The Scene: Hip, Techy
    Destination Rating: 8
    Date Rating: 6
    Hob Nob Potential: 5

    Note: Beware Taxidermy everywhere.

    17/11/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    36. Justina L.
    Beautiful interior with thought provoking art design throughout all floors and rooms.  The space is filled with comfortable high end living room decor - think bookcases (some leading to secret rooms), leather couches and quiet corners that invite one to have intimate conversations.  Service wasn't great, but the cocktails were delish and music was on point. Excellent people watching and mingling, crowd is very well dressed sporting high fashion and bling.  Grateful to have had a member bring me along!

    17/05/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    37. Caroline B.
    So no that we have been here over and over, sadly it's not so great. We where so excited about it, Ken Fulk did a great job with the interior, MM just as great with the graphics however someone got completely wrong in terms of providing the experience.

    Most noticeable are the following issues:
    1. Music, so I would bet from what i can seen people range in age from roughly 30-50. I imagined you would walk in here and there would be cool, sexy and sophisticated tunes playing instead it's the teeny bopper kind. At some point they also place a DJ elevated on a deck, looks stupid and just adds to "out of place".

    We've had mediocre dinner, last time we decide to try escape with our great bottle of wine to what we previously thought to be the cooler, calmer upstairs or adjoining bar which leads me to 2.

    2. Closed Areas, they close off just about all other bars and areas except the noisy annoying downstairs bar. The idea of a club like this with various small bars, in my opinion, is to be able to hide, to retreat, to go be in a space that feels like a home amount people, where you can enjoy a conversation, a book, wine, whatever takes your fancy but no, they close all of that off. We ended up "sneaking" into the downstairs closed of bar. It's ridiculous you would have to do that to find a fairly comfortable space in a private club like The Battery. They seem to have completely missed the point. We had imagine there would be just about only areas like that especially judging from the sophisticated look going on.

    3. Food, mediocre

    4. Staff, mostly below mediocre. So sports bar type of bartenders are ok in a sports bar. Here it seems out of place. We've had an episode, as an example, where we have asked for wine by bottle menu, ordered food, been ready to order wine but not been able to get hold of a bar tender (sitting by the bar!) because she was busy cleaning counters and thus had our wine be served post dinner. Just bad in my opinion.

    I would pass and save my money on this one unless you are a late teenager or teenager wanna be that loves the idea of hanging out for dinner and drinks in what feels like a noisy nightclub.

    21/01/15 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    38. Amy W.
    A company I work with had an event here last night.
    Boy oh boy! - this is one cool space. We had an event room upstairs facing Battery street (but the view was just the trees) the space is modern, well lite, nicely decorated and temperately comfortable.

    There was no shortage of passed appetizers or cute waiters to serve these little nuggets of joy, I was particular to the "young Richard Dreyfus guy" but maybe only 'cause he came around with the salami & cheese fritters!  

    The dinner was good, choice of 2 apps (kale salad and olive oil scallops over lentils) and a choice of ribeye or swordfish belly for entree. The ribeye was great, but I could have definitely used a steak knife.

    The bathrooms are gorgeous, but not so keen on the sharing of the sexes (all private stalls).

    I wonder how much it costs to join here, it is a private club and what fun it would be to have a place like that to go whenever you wanted.

    20/03/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    39. Madison W.
    lovely, simply lovely.  Not at all stodgy or old school. Just a really nicely appointed, HUGE event space with an adequately wonderful kitchen/restaurant. The bar in the center of the dining room is beautiful and large which makes hanging out so pleasant - no one is climbing over you to get a drink.  It's civilized.

    We had dinner with friends and the food was good - you're not going to get the most inventive food out there, but it's serviceably good. The fish/chips were lightly breaded and delightfully flakey and soft. The miso salad was a bit salty, but the broccoli with romesco sauce was divine (we ordered 2).

    Service was wonderful, humorous and helpful but not overbearing.

    The overall atmosphere is perfect for a business dinner and/or just dinner or drinks. It's loud enough to be interesting but not distracting.

    Haters are going to hate, but not quite sure what they are hating.

    NOTE: No phones allowed in the Battery, which is totally lame, but conversation is a lost art.

    26/03/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0