Liholiho Yacht Club
871 Sutter Street
San Francisco, CA 94109
Why did we dine here? – Liholiho Yacht Club is a Hawaiian influenced restaurant from Ravi Kapur, formerly of Prospect and Boulevard. He returned to Hawaii and found inspiration in the cuisine he grew up with. It is a very popular restaurant with hard to get online reservations. You need to wait 30 minutes or more before it opens to grab one of the open butcher-block tables.
Insider Tip – Get there early
Cuisine – Hawaiian Fusion
Location – San Francisco Lower Tender Nob Hill
Opened – 2015
Service – Liholiho Yacht Club had better than expected service. Helpers were circling and the friendly waiter helped us navigate the menu.
Verdict – Liholiho Yacht Club lived up to its billing as an inventive restuart with a splash of Hawaiian. A fun place with hearty cuisine that is especially good with groups.
Is this restaurant worth a 5 minute drive? Yes. 30 minute? Yes. 1 Hour? Maybe
Liholiho Yacht Club Signature Dishes – Caesar salad, Spiced tuna belly, Spam, Lamb Ribs
Liholiho Yacht Club’s Menu is fairly compact. 6 large plates along with 12-14 smaller plates. Not a lot of options for vegetarians.
Liholiho Yacht Club Food Picks:
beef tongue, kimchi, cucumber, poppy seed steam bun ($12.50) includes 2 good sized poppy seed buns filled with tender beef tongue, not chewy. A little lite on flavor, this is all about texture.
little gems, avocado, cherry tomatoes, delicata squash, pistachios, herbs, toasted quinoa ($13.25) was solid but more of a good bet for vegetarians. A good sized salad with lots of avocado and cut corn. Heavy on the vinegar.
roasted octopus, curried raisins, castelvetrano, butterball potatoes, fresh coriander ($16.75) was one of the better dishes of the night. The potatoes were crisp and fabulous.
spam and rice ($14.75) is a variant of the menu’s spam fried rice. Ask for this off the menu item.. 3 patties of Homemade quality spam (Not as salty) cooked and placed on seaweed and a bed of rice.
lamb ribs, black vinegar, almonds, stone fruit ($16.25) are sticky ribs with lots of fall off the bone meat. Mint aioli.
fried cornish game hen, cashews, tamari glaze, broccoli, flowering kale ($34.25) is a popular but huge dish. Deep fried goodness makes this excellent. Moist interior and a ton of meat. Deep fried kale goodness. Good enough for 2 people.
OK: (Order if you like this dish)
Pans: (We would not reorder these dishes)
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