Anchor and Hope
Anchor and Hope

Anchor and Hope

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.anchorandhopesf.com/
  • Phone: 4155019100
  • 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.
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Anchor and Hope reviews from OpenTable diners
212 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (113)neighborhood gem (86)great for lunch (68)good for groups (63)hot spot (50)special occasion (49)notable wine list (31)romantic (26)vibrant bar scene (17)late-night find (11)great for brunch (5)great for outdoor dining (3)kid-friendly (3)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Poor service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We felt neglected by wait staff. The food was good though. With a little more attention I'd rate this spot four stars.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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  • Bright and sunny
    saffafoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    I love having lunch at Anchor and Hope. The ambiance and light is normally bright during the day and the space feels large and relaxing. Service is good. Food is always consistent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I Love This Place!
    Food4thought
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    I love the host and wait staff, and I have never had a bad meal. If you love fish, you will love this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great flavors and Well Executed
    AndrewT
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    This was my third trip and I would continue repeating because the service has been outstanding and the food is always exciting. I would highly recommend Anchor & Hope to anyone who is looking for seafood where the freshness of the seafood is the center point. All the flavors that the kitchen produces work to highlight that freshness. Great choice for bringing out of town guests who crave a coastal seafood experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anchor & Hope
    wingjVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    We haven't been back for quite a while & am glad that we picked this place to meet for lunch last week - both of us enjoyed it! For sure will visit more often....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional Service
    SFSweetheartVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Great place to do business in fun, light, and quiet enough atmosphere. Service is great, too.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good meal and speedy service
    Gelen
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    My partner and I ate here and it is a good dining experience but nothing amazing. Food is nice and service great... But did feel like they were rushing us through. Pretty good value for money but we had better meals elsewhere in San Fran.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice ambiance
    Hannah
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We had a great dinner with friends there. Cocktails are original. Dishes are made with fresh products.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great clam chowder
    halibut42
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    I wasn't feeling very hungry that evening so I ordered the clam chowder and the halibut Sashimi. Clam chowder was very good, but the halibut was not much to my liking. Outside the restaurant was a little deceiving but the inside had a nice decor and a great ambience. I definitely would attend again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    naparoseVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Great menu and wonderful seafood. Very energetic place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • enjoyable all around
    SF0772VIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    great restaurant, seafood and services are amazing - perfect near convention center:)
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food, Okay Service
    MAJTim
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Food was delicious and fresh. The Happy Hour raw oysters were a great value. Food came out quickly but their wait staff is short handed. Took forever to place an order and to get the check after requesting it from four different individuals. Restaurant is off the beaten path and is still a good find to celebrate special occasions. I would go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best oysters!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    The food is delicious-- especially the oysters. They have several oysters to choose from and the staff is very knowledgable and friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific fish
    TastyTexans
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I wish i knew how to cook fish the way Anchor and Hope does. Terrific wine list too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food, ok service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    The food was amazing.. the potato chips alone are almost worth going. We shared three appetizers/small plates - calamari, salmon tartare, and summer squash. Everything was a unique mix of flavors that was amazing. Server was very nice, but slow. Didn't seem that busy or any reason for the slow service. Huge beer selection, no liquor, decent selection of wines. Cool ambiance. Would recommend, would return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best seafood in the city!
    Champers415
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    An excellent meal with top notch service. So many yummy oysters we had to splurge for a nice bottle of champagne to pair them with. Our waiter was amazing and helped us pick out the perfect bottle of wine. A romantic date spot and a wonderful place to meet friends after work. We will definitely be back for more.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ATL in SF
    FoodInMotion
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Nice find. Great service. Much better inside than the outside suggests.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • disappointed
    OL2HVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We visit A&H frequently and on this occasion were disappointed. The trout, one of our favorites, was woefully underdone (unlike salmon, trout doesn't normally make a good sashimi !) and the moules frites was served without even the offer of bread. Any Frenchman would be horrified! Sorry to see one of our neighborhood staples slip. Meanwhile, the beer selection remains outstanding.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JigathaVIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    The restaurant has a seafood centric menu so for groups I typically confirm their food preferences before dinining here. There are wide ranging options from their raw bar to their small plates that seem to please every palate. The lobster roll is always a hit, it's delicious and manageable to eat. Good wiine list and beer selection and prices are reasonable. It has a good neighborhood vibe and wonderful service, always.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent restaurant
    Sj22
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Great seafood, inventive cocktails and nice ambiance. The restaurant is a little loud (but not really different than any other SF place). Our waitress was excellent at recommending food and drinks. All the beers and cocktails we had were excellent. The food was so tasty including the mussels, salmon, lobster roll and rockfish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DsigningwnVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Wonderful dinner! Always top notch for food, wine, service. The kushi oysters were SO good. We'll be back frequently.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Great food, great place to meet for lunch. Great beer selection -- love that they have locals like Linden Street Brewery.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Irene
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    The place was great good food ambiance great wait staff wonderful
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delivers as expected
    buzzlight
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    I had a group of 7 for a business dinner and our experience was fine. We were seated at a nice round table in the middle of the restaurant. Service staff were quick, polite, and accommodating. The selection of craft beers and even mead was a pleasant surprise. The wine list was decent too. Food was as expected - i.e., good to great depending on what you ordered. Lobster rolls liked very much like the East coast variety (and good). I myself had a halibut dish that was very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • poppascott
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Cool spot. Love the street and hood. Outstanding service. Pricey but quite good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always solid
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LellaVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great SF Seafood House
    Fresh2table
    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
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 22 minute wait for my table
    GSWolf
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    I had reservations set for 7:30 pm but got seated at 7:52. Food was
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful food with great service
    AandJB
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday Dinner
    Marinerbyrne
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Was just in town for my birthday and wanted some good seafood, this place did more than satisfy the craving. Delicious!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    rpf27VIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tammie Knight Consulting
    tkloves2dineoutVIP
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Anchor & Hope NEVER disappoints. For over 9 years, it has been one of my absolute favorite restaurants in San Francisco!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Will be back
    Liv4foodVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Loved our dinner here. Excellent seafood both in appetizers and entrees. All courses were delicious and the waiters recommendations were spot on.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Visiting San Francisco
    jfromnj
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    The menu at the restaurant was very limited. The website showed many more options
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OYSTERS!
    Giantsfans123
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great oysters!
    pfoxsfVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • VP of Sales
    Lakeshow
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • family favorite!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.