Ame
Ame

Ame

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.amerestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 4152844040x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dining Room: Monday - Thursday 6PM - 9:30PM

    Fridays and Saturdays 5:30PM - 10PM

    Bar and Lounge: Sunday - Thursday 12PM - 12AM

    Fridays and Saturdays 12PM - 1AM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Michael Morrison
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Third Street - Valet entrance is on Minna Street
  • Public Transit: Montgomery is the closet BART Station
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: Valet parking is offered through the St. Regis Hotel located at 125 Third Street. The entrance to the hotel is on Minna Street at the corner of Third Street. We validate for diners at a rate of $20 for the first 3 hours. Additional charges apply after 3 hours.
A word from Ame
Hiro Sone and Lissa Doumani as chefs and co-owners of Terra Restaurant in St. Helena, have brought their sense of taste and style to Ame Restaurant. Ame offers a relaxed yet elegant dining experience.

Guests will be welcomed to the intimate, L-shaped dining room by rich mesquite wood floors and striking surroundings. The interior of the restaurant includes a custom designed raw bar, a stunning red lacquered wall, and the restaurant’s signature “red table,” a five-foot square table. The menu showcases seasonal New American cuisine, with a blending of flavors from southern France, northern Italy and Japan. Guests can select from raw treatments from the
raw bar, such as crudo and tartare, as well as a range of appetizer and entree plates, and an assortment of artisan cheese and desserts.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Ame reviews from OpenTable diners
72 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (47)special occasion (46)romantic (27)notable wine list (26)neighborhood gem (12)good for groups (9)hot spot (8)great for brunch (2)great for outdoor dining (1)vibrant bar scene (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • great restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    I went there with my husband for my birthday, food is delicious as well as wine, and it's very quiet. Contemporary cuisine and decoration.
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    notable wine list, special occasion
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  • Worth the trip
    KristineVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Had a fabulous dinner at Ame with attentive service, beautiful presentation, and unexpected variety. The sake marinated Alaskan black cod in broth was spot on with flavor and plenty of portion. Roasted duck was excellent, and all dishes from the raw bar were unique and delicious. Best of all was the hand berry pie with cheesecake ice cream - unforgettable.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Great take on French food. This is a must go to dining experience in San Francisco
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Better than expected
    VHung08VIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    I was pleasantly surprised by the food here. I was concerned that being inside the St. Regis hotel would make this place stuffy and too posh, but they were warm and friendly and provided great service. The food was fusion Japanese but did not go too far and try too hard to be eclectic so it was great.
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  • Delightful experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I met my advisor for dinner at Ame, and had a wonderful experience here. The food was delightful, ample portions, and the servers were polite and competent without being stuffy. Overall, a wonderful place to visit for good food, wine, and conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • stefany
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    The food was generally good. Especially lobster. The taste of Ame menu was totally enough for a man.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    We hosted our son and his boss for dinner. The food was fabulous, the service attentive but not intrusive and we could easily have a conversation.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Over-priced. over-rated
    Foodjunkie
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I would say that for what I paid, the meal was mostly uneventful. My "special" sashimi dish lacked any flavor surprise; each individual portion, though prepared differently, tasted like the other. When you pay $350 for dinner you expect something special. The only thing special about the meal here was the bill. And, excuse me, but $140 for a bottle of Zinfandel is a joke.
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    romantic, special occasion
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  • A stunning evening!
    MDEUKVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Our meal at Ame was simply stunning from start to finish; the quality of the food was bettered only by the impeccable service. Our waiter was friendly, knowledgeable and very focused on ensuring that we had the best dishes and the best possible experience, and was keen to recommend things to our taste, and he was not wrong. We both had the Broiled Sake Marinated Alaskan Black cod & shrimp dumplings in shiso broth, which was divine; incredible flavors, coupled with mouth-tingling textures. For dessert, I had the Summer Berry Hand Pie, which were worth the $100 per head cover alone - I'll definitely be going back for those.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • PattiMac
    patti
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Was very impressed with the service as the waiter was attentive but not obtrusive and made helpful menu and beverage suggestions. The food was excellent , had beautiful presentation and was served hot !
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • It doesn't get better than this
    rocinkokoVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    This was a special occasion for us, we hadn't seen ea. other in several weeks and we wanted to begin our evening w a romantic dinner. Ame delivered on this one! Everything to perfection. The scallop sushi topped w uni was amazing and the roasted black cod w shrimp ravioli cooked to the point of bliss. Sitting so delicately in the middle of a breathtaking richly flavored broth. We finished w the berry hand pies w buttermilk ice cream. I have never had a more flaky delight.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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  • Decent food, moderate price
    Radviento
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Ran into former Mayor Willie Brown! Food was fresh (but not to die for), decor classy, romantically quiet, waitress was attentive. 4 out of 5 stars.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brilliant
    MdantasVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Impecable, perfect dishes and fantastic combination of French and Japanese.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delightful dinner
    cocktailsgalore
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We went with a party of 6 to celebrate team project and had a lovely time. Service was excellent, food was plentiful and very tasty with a nice wine pairings. Definitely hope to visit again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food great service
    laurieP
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    I tend not to like to eat in hotel but this is my second time in Ame and the food is consistently delicious and the service is impeccable.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chef's Tasting Menu
    edtonthetown
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Taste what the chef loves! It was great. Multiple smaller plates. 6 courses. Nice diversity. Marvelous flavors and ingredients with terrific wine pairings. Enjoy!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lovely dinner
    Gammax
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Tried the tasting menu with wine pairings. Perfect amount of food. Attentive service. Squash soup delightful. Black cod was perfect. Excellent dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not impressed
    Notimpressed
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Looked for a Micheline-rated restaurant and found this. We got very disappointed. The food was average, so was the service. We expected more japanese tastes. The tasting-manu was 3 dishes and a dessert
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  • Great food
    dwalters
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Amazing high end Japanese "like" food. amazingly fresh fish.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Chef is a creative genius
    Splatticus
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    I don't have a foodie's vocabulary, but I have eaten at plenty of interesting restaurants with creative fare, but this one stands out far from the rest. Just examine the menu and assume each dish is exquisitely delicious and that you will savor each bite to the last, yet not likely to identify all the preparation methods or ingredients. The extensive wine and especially the sake lists are also quite a treat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Japanese food "Washoku" taste
    carp
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Though Ame is not classified as a Japanese restaurant, the taste of the foods is a genuine Japanese food.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good fusion Japanese
    GoldFish
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We ordered the taste menu with wine pair. Food are very good but not the level that surprised us. Price is fair. Service was just okay.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worth the (awesome) price
    JokeRoss
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    On my first and as yet only visit, I had the tasting menu with wine pairings. Trout sashimi was creamy in texture with tongue-loving flavor. The much remarked upon black cod came in a light salty broth -- very good, floatingly tender, but not the kind of thing to divide your life into Before and After. The pork "chop" -- it was boneless -- was perfectly cooked, juicy and light pink, and came with a mellow mustard that had just the right amount of bite. The desserts sounded too sweet, so I went for a brandy; without being asked, the waiter took the price of dessert off the bill. $222. For one. As far as I can tell -- I'm from out of town -- this is the best restaurant within a large radius. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Bad service decent food.
    NeverReturningVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    I have dined at Ame for 3 times over the years and unfortunately I have to say it gets worse every time. The server has a really bad attitude and the food was not amazing. Spend your money on somewhere else.
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  • Einat
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Absolutely amazing! Loved every minute of it. And the prices are decent if compared to most of San Francisco's restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 47 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 19, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 908 reviews are from the Ame reviews archive.
  • Ame
    JohnBCVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Ame is one of my favorite San Francisco restaurants and I try to dine there every time I come to town. The total experience was fantastic and especially for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb!
    santabarbaralocalVIP
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    Ame is outstanding as a dining experience. We love returning when we get the chance. We find it hard not to order the mushroom soup with abalone, amberjack ceviche, and black cod entree every time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not recommending
    Pcflet
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    Althoug the food was really good, the service was amateur and dull. I"ve never seen so many mistakes made in one single meal. By far, the worse benefit for the amount of usd spent.
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  • Pefectly executed cooking
    GourmetTraveller
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    We chose the tasting menu, and the experience was really positive! Perfectly treated high quality ingredients, paired with a sublte and elegant service. The Broiled Sake Marinated Alaskan Black Cod & Shrimp Dumplings in Shiso Broth is a superb dish!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • BobbyVIP
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    Consistently excellent food and correct service. I do miss wine steward John Paul.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Average Experience
    szeiglerVIP
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    Our group of five had the tasting menu - it took about 20 minutes for anyone to inquire about our order after our entire party arrived. The food was tasty, but the wine pairings were pedestrian - with the except of a wine paired with a duck course, which was so harsh that we actually asked for a substitute wine. To the server's credit, he was quick to respond to that request. The sea bass dish was excellent, the duck was a bit tough and slightly overcooked. It was not the experience I would expect given the price point.
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  • NOTHING THAT SPECIAL!
    JasonVIP
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    Decent quality of food but nothing all that special. It certainly wasn't the best steak I've ever had and the pork was just alright. I didn't like the attitude the server gave me when I refused to order desert! We had to box our food and I clearly had no room to order more so what's up with rolling your eyes? Do yourself a favor and go somewhere else.
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  • The Atlantic black cod was
    PWPR
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    The Atlantic black cod was wonderful and the broth it was served with was exceptionally flavorful.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everything was exquisite!
    PaloAltoDiner
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    The Maître d greeted me by name and acknowledged the special occasion. Ambiance was very dignified, without being ostentatious. Wait staff was very attentive without being obtrusive, very well informed and helpful. The sommelier recommended some delicious sakes to accompany our mostly seafood meal. All of the food was amazing. Lissa's Staff Meal made me want to work there, just to eat this dish regularly. The Tataki of Hokkaido scallops melted in your mouth. The sashimi salad artfully featured a pile of hijiki topped with shredded bonito and accompanied by bits of seaweed and tobiko. The main was the broiled sake-marinated Alaskan black cod. Even the warm bread rolls were amazing. Yum!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Speedy serving
    michelinStarEater
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    My only suggestion for improvement would be to Serve the dishes with more time in between. We had the 5 course meny andcould have enjoyed 30 more minutes of the ambience. Overall thanks for an imaginative and well delivered experience. Regards 40+ Michelin star eater
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    romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good for asian fusion
    genix
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    I would not say the taste is super authentic. But, it tastes interesting.
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    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sophisticated Business
    kcmaherVIP
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    AME is a really good restaurant. It's not fabulous for vegetarians. It might be nice to have a few more options for food. But the service is professional, knowledgeable and unobtrusive, the wine selection brilliant and not unreasonable. The sushi dishes were just incredible. I noticed too the option to eat at the sushi bar, I bet this is a really nice option for business travelers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Occasion
    travel2dine
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    We came her to celebrate a notable birthday. It was recommended by a "foodie" in the SF area and was everything that I hoped (and expected) from a restaurant with kind of reputation it has. Everything was perfect - food was lovely, wine suggestions were perfect both from quality and price perspectives, service was attentive but not intrusive. A return visit the next time i am in the area is called for...
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ame was amazing
    Peencho
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    We loved our meal....the portions were a tiny bit small, however we found the dessert of panna cotta, a bit runny....HOWEVER everything else was perfect...our server was amazing!! Really made our night, they did NOT forget it was our anniversary.
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    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Order simple
    PS12
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    I ordered an exotic-sounding dish, and it was too exotic. The chef is very inventive with everything, so the exotic proved too inventive for me. Next time, I will order something that sounds simpler. My wife's fish came with a melange of slivered vegetables that was so physically unattractive that she did not eat it.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.