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Anchor and Hope
Anchor and Hope

Anchor and Hope Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.anchorandhopesf.com
  • Phone: (415) 501-9100
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Thursday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American
  • Executive Chef: Vernon Morales
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Second Street
  • Public Transit: Montgomery Station for Bart and Muni riders.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: There is a parking lot at Howard and 2nd Street.
A word from Anchor and Hope
From the owners of Town Hall and Salt House comes Anchor & Hope Restaurant, an oyster bar and fish house located at 83 Minna Street. Housed in a renovated, 100 year old brick building, formerly the studio of sculptor Benny Bufano, Anchor & Hope offers the warmth of an Eastern Seaboard fish house with dishes such as warm sea urchin served in the shell, our lobster roll, and petrale sole…and yes, there are dishes for those who fear the sea.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Cool spot. Love the street and hood. Outstanding service. Pricey but quite good."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Always great food, service and atmosphere. Fairly easy to get a reservation for the desired date using OpenTable. One downside is some of the prices seem out of line like fish and chips for $24 and a lemonade for $5 and a can of Diet Coke for $4. While the crab sandwich will only rub you $17. It's always a treat to eat at Anchor and Hope though. John Mayer was eating near us a few months back."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Having told a friend about something's in the menu got there and it had changed and not one thing I loved was not on it. However what did order was good, the moules frites and heirloom tomatoes salad was delicious, had the halibut crude with squid ink. Not our taste, for us too much squid it and lacking in flavour, did sprinkle a little salt giving some seasoning, but not my favourite. They were very good about it."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Loved the casual atmosphere with spectacular service and authentic fishing village decor with a modern spin. We enjoyed the raw bar, tartar appetizers and mussels with frits"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "I had reservations set for 7:30 pm but got seated at 7:52. Food was"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "The restaurant is very spacious with high ceilings so the ambiance is very pleasant whilst keeping the noise level down. We were seated quickly and our waiter was immediately attentive with useful recommendations on the specials and the menu. His knowledge of the menu was impressive with insights into ingredients and taste. The menu choices and portion sizes were just right and the food was served promptly and the taste was wonderful. Overall a very memorable evening and would definitely go back."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Was just in town for my birthday and wanted some good seafood, this place did more than satisfy the craving. Delicious!"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "This was my first time at Anchor and Hope and it was a very good time. I had 30 minutes at the bar before my friend joined me and the bartender could not have been more helpful. I appreciated the cask conditioned ale but decided to go with a red wine. He helped me choose just the right one. Kudos. Dinner itself was terrific. We both choose the clam chowder and the fish and chips. The chowder was good not great. (Hog Island has the best, for my money.). The fish and chips was notable for the absolutely delicious whitefish with good batter. The chips were just OK. Overall, I liked A&H and will be back again."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Anchor & Hope NEVER disappoints. For over 9 years, it has been one of my absolute favorite restaurants in San Francisco!"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Loved our dinner here. Excellent seafood both in appetizers and entrees. All courses were delicious and the waiters recommendations were spot on."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Our hotel recommended this restaurant highly and I, for the most part, agree. We went for dinner on a Sunday night and found the food to be very good and the service to be very attentive. When I asked to drop an ingredient from my meal, it was done willingly. The room was about half full of diners who all seemed to be having fun. The noise level was a bit high and we thought the price was a bit steep."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "The menu at the restaurant was very limited. The website showed many more options"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "We went in for a romantic dinner and came out with a belly full of fresh seafood. They started us off with some of their house made potato chips, which were perfectly crispy and seasoned. Next we ordered a half dozen of the cheapest oysters, which were from WA. They were so sweet and so fresh that we ordered 6 more. We also indulged in the halibut sashimi which is drenched in rich squid ink and garnished with some roasted brusel sprout leaves and cherry tomato confit. We were completely satisfied with just that amount of food. The ambiance and staff are amazing, which made the experience just that much better. Props to you Anchor & Hope!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "2nd time at Anchor and Hope - food great as usual. Odd experience - we start with one server and then about 30 minutes into our meal the 'shift' changes - same thing happened last time. Both servers were good but just odd to switch gears like that."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Really liked the energy, the service and food. Good job with the ambiance even though there is big construction going on. They did not have my table ready when we got there but we worked it out."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "A&H is one of our go-to places. Our kids love it; there's something for everyone, as long as they like fish. the complimentary chips are a really nice touch. service is a always great, food is delicious!"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Staff was knowledgeable, helpful and very attentive service; nice menu options and wine list; oysters were great (I think I noticed they have an oyster h.h. deal); entrees were tastee, unfortunately most were a bit over-cooked. Based on other reviews, I will likely try again next time I'm in SFO."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Great seafood, but a tad over-priced with portions a little too small."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "I have been to Anchor and Hope about 6 times and each time I am impressed with the quality, taste and presentation of the seafood dishes. Also each time I have been impressed by the waiters, bar tenders and hosts. This place is run by restaurant pros. If they warmed up the interior with some noise reduction and perhaps more texture and color I would give it 5 stars. I great meal and at very fair prices."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "I found Anchor & Hope while wandering around San Francisco on a beautiful late June afternoon. Tucked away next to a construction site on Minna Lane, its very location and ambience intrigued me. I decided to stop by for a drink that night. Danny, the manager, convinced me to try a selection from the "vermouth program" he'd devised and my choice -- a Cardomara (with cardamon) -- was indeed delicious. The slow addition of Fever Tree tonic made for a very pleasing hour at the bar. I really enjoyed listening to Danny's vivid descriptions of various wines, and the cultures, from which they come. I returned for dinner the next night, with a friend. It was delightful. I had Rockfish with a squid ink risotto...another wonderful discovery."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "just had a another great dinner - awesome service as well."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "The food was underwhelming, a bit too greasy and oily, but the service of the hostess, the waiter, as well the service/bus boy was very good."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Asked our marriott concierge for a rec on a good place to go with 10 colleagues. This restaurant was an excellent choice on all fronts: location, ambiance, staff friendliness. The red spotted trout was OFF THE CHARTS delicious."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "We were in SF for our anniversary and at the last minute decided to make a reservation at Anchor and Hope. We had a great experience and plan to go back soon. The restaurant is an old converted machine shop and has a really historic feel. The food was very good, service was excellent, price very reasonable."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "If you're looking for a restaurant in downtown SF with fantastic seafood and excellent ambiance, look no further. I get the lobster roll, clam chowder, oysters and it always takes me back to New England :) There is not a single item on the menu I wouldn't recommend. Staff is absolutely fantastic."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "A great lunch spot - always good and efficient service too. Would say that the lobster roll is always a good choice. Easy to eat considering the amount of lobster it has. Mussels are ALWAYS great. One at our table ordered fish that looked fantastic with some toppings that made us think it was chicken. Really good obviously because the plate was empty at the end of the meal! Definitely would recommend."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "The dishes my wife and I had were the best we've had. She tried the trout and I had the halifbut. Taste, presentation, it all was wonderfully and originally done. Almost forgot, the Oysters Epiphany(malpecs) was almost that, outstanding. Hats off and easy to see why they are such an up and comer in the San Francisco and national restaurant scene."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Anchor & Hope is a great place to enjoy high-quality seafood. We had a variety of raw oysters, salmon tartare, halibut and of course the famous 'angels on horseback.' We had a lovely white wine that the sommelier had described to us. There are a lot of good choices on the menu for fish-lovers. My only quibble with the food is that my halibut entree arrived at near room temperature. But, the food was still very enjoyable."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "A great business lunch menu, quick service, good wine list and pleasant atmosphere."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "The wine selection was great, the server was informative & incredibly accomodating, and the seafood platter was delicious!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Met a friend there for lunch during the week. Had the lobster roll, it was so good-the bread holding the lobster was toasted, soft, perfect. It was super loud but not unusual for a restaurant with such high ceilings. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "This was my first time here...and has been on my 'list' for quite a while! I enjoyed their shrimp roll and the rockfish ceviche and broccoli rabe. Loved the house-made potato chips...glad they didn't bring more or I would have eaten them all!!! "
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "The lobster roll was good, and the chips and dip were fun. The clam chowder was mediocre at best - it was a huge disappointment. The salmon tartar was superb. I would definitely order it again. I don't remember what it was called on the menu but our dessert was essentially a black and white mousse topped with caramel, cookie crumbs, and whipped cream. Now that was amazing. "
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "Great wine selection, great staff, amazing atmosphere. We enjoyed our experience."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "This was our second time here. We had octopus as an appetizer, with white beans, fennel, olives and oranges. Very good. Lobster roll without the bread (as we requested) was excellent. A couple areas for improvement: the hostess was not totally competent in seating people (for example, when I was a hostess, I was taught to glance behind you to make sure the correct diners are following you, which she did not do, resulting in a mix up with our table, and resulting in our having to wait about 15 minutes). Secondly, the very nice, very accommodating server had the annoying habit of squatting down while chatting about the food. I find this too intimate and just plain weird. I wonder who started this, which seems common in some places."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "I LOVE Anchor & Hope! The mussels are to die for, and the service was excellent! "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Normally fish & chips is cod, hake or haddock. Not so at A&H - it's flounder and it's really light and flaky. This is my go-to order here, along with a Celebrator doppel bock beer."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "We chose Anchor & Hope for a mid-week dinner. The brightest part of our evening was Adam, who served our table. He was attentive without being overbearing (and not bad to look at either). The food, on the other had, was horrible. The complimentary potato chips were cold and greasy and not crisp at all. I ordered the fish and chips and my guest ordered the steak. The steak was small and 3/4 the plate was covered with bibb lettuce and a weak vinaigrette dressing and some very greasy onion rings. The fish looked appetizing, but the crust was not crunchy and the meager amount of fries on the plate were not enough to keep the grease from accumulating on the bottom of the plate. $ 83 dollars later, it was just not worth the price."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "This is a convenient lunch spot for downtown workers and I keep trying to like it, but the food just isn't great. The hosts are always overwhelmed, leading to long wait regardless of your reservation time. Wait staff tries to make up for the negative tone, and is generally professional and efficient. The room gets way because of zero sound proofing, but the look of the space is attractive. The menu is what you'd expect from a fish house, although pricing a mixed bag. More formal entrees are a bit higher than you'd expect. Portions are meager, but you are thankful because every time I have eaten here at least one person's fish is woefully overcooked and has to be sent back. A fish house needs to know how to cook fish, period."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "The fresh seafood is some of the best in SF - fantastic beer and wine list. Great downtown gem!"
    Dined on 5/15/2014