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The Sentinel

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37 New Montgomery St, at Stevenson Alley, San Francisco, CA 94105-3438
+1 415-284-9960
Mon 07:30 - 14:30
Thu - Fri 07:30 - 14:30
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Oakland, California
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510 reviews
326 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a to-go spot popular with office workers downtown. The menu changes each day and is rather inventive, quality very high. Service is fast, but you have to take it away.

Thank Thomas V
san francisco
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27 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

The best blueberry muffin and coffee cake in San Francisco. Across from palace hotel. They also have interesting hot breakfast which changes regularly

Thank Kenneth L
San Francisco
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53 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016

Stand in line, get any sandwich, take it to a near by park and enjoy! This is a locals place but since it's so close to Market Street and right across from the Palace Hotel, it's easy to find. You can't go wrong

Thank RandJSanFrancisco
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2016 via mobile

My husband and I stayed in San Fransisco for 5 days and on the 3rd day we stumbled upon The Sentinel for lunch and got a sandwich to go. WOW! It was so amazing we went back the next day and tried another one. Their menu changes every once and a while to suit the season and ingredients. The sandwiches... More 

Thank Alexandra M
Singapore, Singapore
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38 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2016

oh how i love the sentinel!! the breakfast muffins that are freshly made are to die for.. i loved the strawberry and the peach muffins the most. they run out fast though, so definitely go early. there is always a like for the lunch and for good reason too!! this place has the BEST corned beef sandwich i had in... More 

Thank Elly-Konjkav
San Fran
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147 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 205 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2016

It's a popular place, usually with long lines. I was meeting with a client nearby and needed to grab some sandwiches for the group. There were two people behind the counter helping customers, a young woman and a man. The woman was polite and helpful. The man was fairly gruff and impatient with me. I guess I sort of understand... More 

Thank trvlin_man
Las Pinas, Philippines
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2015

Large, very tasty sandwiches! For smaller guys or ladies, their sandwich might be good for two. Worth trying out more than once, definitely a great choice for a quick tasty lunch downtown.

Thank ronniepoe
Rochester, Minnesota
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44 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2015

A group of us working in SF for the week went with our knowledgeable colleagues to the Sentinel for lunch. A limited menu was posted on the side of the restaurant, and I was underwhelmed by the choice. Two of us decided to split two sandwiches, so we go the Eggplant Caprese and Deviled Egg cold sandwiches. The deviled egg... More 

Thank MJ P
Naples, Florida
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108 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 220 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2015

Right across the street from the historic Palace Hotel, this lunch spot is a great spot! You need to go early though - once noon hits, there is a good sized line. But the staff is great and very efficient on getting orders out timely!

2 Thank Ray K
Boston, Massachusetts
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19 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2014

The small take-out sandwich shop is a great example of how focusing on doing one thing produces exceptional results. The take-out line is a well-honed process which moves you through very quickly and the food is absolutely delicious. Definitely worth a visit if you are in the downtown area, I know I'll be back!

Thank cdoggett001

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Fast food
Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Good for
Cheap Eats
Open Hours
07:30 - 14:30
07:30 - 14:30
07:30 - 14:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 37 New Montgomery St, at Stevenson Alley, San Francisco, CA 94105-3438
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > SoMa
  • Neighbourhood: SoMa
  • Phone Number: +1 415-284-9960

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in SoMa

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South of Market (SoMa), has an urban and sophisticated vibe, but you're more likely to find big nightclubs and lots of industrial loft residences than you are to find boutique shopping. Although it’s the epicenter for tech startups in the city, visitors will be able to do more than just business - museums, top quality restaurants, and the San Francisco Giants now call this neighbourhood home. Most of its freeway-sized streets may not capture the same character as other neighbourhoods in the city, but pockets of charm, like South Park, can still be found throughout its side streets.
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