Aveline
Aveline

Aveline

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.avelinesf.com/
  • Phone: (415) 345-2303
  • Hours of Operation:


    Dinner: M-Su 5:30pm-11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: The lounge area of The European is available for private events.
  • Private Party Contact: Jadd Elkeshen 4153452309x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Taylor
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street parking and paid public garages.
A word from Aveline
Progressive Californian Cuisine
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Aveline reviews from OpenTable diners
119 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (98)special occasion (60)romantic (39)neighborhood gem (29)notable wine list (26)hot spot (22)vibrant bar scene (9)good for groups (8)late-night find (4)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • Music too loud
    LeftyVIP
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    The food was good, the service excellent, but the blaring top 40 music and cold (aesthetically) interior made it uncomfortable.
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  • Glad I went, don't know if I'd be a regular
    Kantdance13
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Aveline was overall a good experience, but I can't say I would frequent it. The service was friendly and attentive and she had great knowledge about the menu. You can't really ask for more there. As for the dining room, I was struck by the fact that there was only a 5:30 or a 9:30 reservation slot(understandable on a Saturday), but the restaurant felt almost completely empty the entire time we were there. Which was unfortunate because it's a gorgeous dining space. As far as the food goes, it was good. It didn't blow my mind though. The portion sizes weren't small, which was nice and at this price point you usually don't see that. The one memorable dish was the pasta with the pork crackling. It was amazing. I guess I wanted every dish to be like that: plate licking good. We normally clean the plate anytime we dine out, but I felt that at Aveline I was a bit indifferent about whether we finished, with the exception of that pasta. I'm not trying to be insulting. I highly recommend going. I'll go back a second time; you should try things at least twice to be fair. I just hope on my second visit I'm inspired to keep coming back, instead of crossing it off the bucket list of places to try.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • You have to go
    hashomayr
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    The service was fantastic, as it should be. The food was creative, ample and divine. We started with the crab macaroons and the carrot salad accompanied with a 92 point 2010 Portuguese Cab. For dinner we had the fried chicken and the deconstructed baked potato, for desert we had the carrot cake donuts with a glass of the Madera. All highly recommended.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not satisfied
    suzanneVIP
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    The valet parking policy is totally unacceptable and very offensive and would keep me and my friends from coming back to Aveline. Most nice restaurants charge $10-$15 for valet parking. You charge $15 each for the first 2 hours plus $5 more for every additional 1/2 hour - this is absurd and unacceptable. An upscale meet is meant to be more than 2 hours so why would you discourage people from relaxing and enjoying their evening? The prices on the wine list are excessively steep and offfensive. While the food quality is very good, most people are "over" the approach of tiny portions at high prices with a designer look - most people are no longer interested in "foam" and floating entrees, etc. I think this is obsolete. The restaurant has great potential....good service, nice setting and excellent food quality. But serve food that is "real" food - not difficult to eat, share and just nice to look at Bottom line, I must say , we were excited to try it out, but very disappointed.
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  • Kentuckian
    SweetVIP
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    We were in Napa for five days and our dinner at Aveline was our most spectacular, delicious, well presented, most interesting meal of our trip. Thank you for a wonderful dining experience!! Well done!!!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good but somewhat pretentious
    rich510VIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Somewhat pretentious very modern, cute foodie food. Crab macaroons were delicious but tiny and expensive. Restaurant spent the money to serve them in a fancy box. Too cute! would have preferred another macaroon and no fancy box. Mushroom appetizer also very good. Fried chicken, a popular main item, was greasy and did not seem like great quality chicken, with very little substance, but the fruit sauce was delicious. Dessert of brown batter was cute idea but too sweet and heavy for more than one taste. Very limited menu with no salad. Charge $16 to get a big platter of bread for 4 people, with no smaller version for 2. Unlike others we found the service excellent. Convenient to theater.
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  • TV food
    GbOkVIP
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    The crab macaroons were good. Everything else was a confusing mess. It was like eating at a top chef competition. Weird combinations that just did not work. The famous yolk beignet was mostly bread with greasy fat (lardo). The black cod was ok but a totally silly presentation. And the chocolate brownie batter was not edible. My partner is French and she never leaves anything chocolate on the table. This was one bite for each of us. This resto is very sad comment on how food tv has ruined dining in America.
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  • Pretty great
    CJCbostonVIP
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Started with those crab macarons - quite remarkably rich. Enough so that by the end of that dish, I could not even manage a main course; my gratitude to the waiter for allowing me to forego it. The funghi was more interesting than a flavor composite - and the American Wagyu was a little tough though rice/chanterelle around it was deeply satisfying. Oh yeah - the opener beet / veal bisque was another wow. Note - The room can be loud - so be prepared for that type of volume if you go.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Theater dinner
    Uniqlady
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    we made reservations for dinner before an ACT show. My husband and I both enjoyed the cocktails we got at the bar. The mushroom appetizer I ordered was excellent. The carrot dessert and coffee ice cream desserts were fabulous. Service was excellent, I miss the caricatures on the walls.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fancy
    Andy
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    They have many interesting dishes on the menu; it was fun to try some of them.
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    notable wine list, special occasion
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  • Crab cakes and fried chicken!
    GoodSFOdining
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We had a very good dinner, with the crab macaroons and fried chicken being our favorite parts of the meal, which was very good all around. Our server, Marla, gave us excellent personal service in their small but comfortable dining area.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing meal! Best in SF!
    MatiCola
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    I've always been a fan of Top Chef and I did recall seeing Casey Thompson compete but didn't remember what she had made on the show or what her specialty was. The first thing I had in the restaurant was the Crab Macaroon or as I call them, crac macaroon, OMG sooo good, next had the Black Cod, amazing. We were in the city for 5 night and were going to try different restaurants, ended up going 3 out the 5 nights back to Aveline to keep eating the crac macaroon and the black cod. If I can describe Casey's food, I would say you can absolutely taste the passion and love that she puts into every dish, every plate was carefully decorated and all the meals I ate were consistently good. Well done Casey! This proves you r a force to recon with!
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • Wow - Awesome & innovative meal
    TedFNJ
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    In SF for a conf. Ate at some really great places. Aveline was the best meal all week. Cool looking restaurant - Modern yet warm. Food is why you should go. Worried about the small menu but all in my group of 8 found something they loved. Had to pay for bread but the quality and spreads were worth it (ordered a 2nd) Apps - mushrooms and crab macaroons we awesome. I had the yolk beignet which was amazing - duck egg cooked in the beignet with a thin layer of Waygu over the top and a light sauce - cool presentation and tasted great. Others had the black cod, Waygu and Carmelle dishes were great. Desserts - delicious and cool presentation. Must try in SF. "Top Chef" Casey Thompson was there, visited table and posed for pics. Cool.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A bit disappointing
    tenngirl47VIP
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    I loved Casey on Top Chef, but found her restaurant to overpriced for what it was and sometimes too focused on presentation rather than having the flavors meld.
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  • Great!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Went looking for great food with some friends from out of town and was not disappointed!
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  • Inventive food
    NYfoodie555
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    I do not write reviews routinely but this place deserves the accolades. Very inventive and it works. A must try!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    The bar service was borderline ridiculous prior to dinner. Dinner however was pretty good.
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  • delicious food!
    Kate
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    The crab macaroons are a must-have (so delicious and presentation is great), as well as the black cod - it was SO SO GOOD. Only con is that the restaurant was a little dead - not sure if that's just because its new, but that was a little sad, esp. since the food is so good. Bar next door is a miss. But the food here (and the fact that Chef Casey Thompson was in the kitchen) are major pluses!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • Amazing!
    JulieBrown0428
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    We initially went to Aveline because we were big Casey Thompson fans while she was on Top Chef - well she has lived up to her reputation. The food was amazing! I highly recommend it to anyone wanting to try something different, I had the fried chicken and it was easily the best fried chicken I ever had! Definitely a must go place in San Fran!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • Very Creative
    MikeVIP
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Great flavors...very creative dishes. Portions were small...my red abalone "steak" was size of half dollar! Good place to experience but most likely a one time visit. Her bar The European has great bar food and excellent drinks...highly recommended!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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  • A very memorable dinner in SF!
    AbcdefVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    What a great place situated right near in Union Square. The food was creative and absolutely delicious. The decor and ambiance were modern and comfortable. I followed many other suggestions in the reviews and went with the crab macaron as an appetizer and the fried chicken as the entree. My companion got the yolk beignet. I do not really have anything negative to say. We were lucky to easily get a reservation - guess it helped that it was late on a Sunday night. I will definitely recommend this to anyone visiting SF and looking for an excellent meal with a lovely atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Date night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We had not been out in a while and got a great recommendation to try Aveline and to try the Crab Macarons. We were not disappointed! The ambiance was lovely, the menu items interesting, and the prices more than fair. Loved it. Would definitely go back.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent creative food
    StevieB
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Ambience funky post-modern, food preparation and presentation are creative and delicious. You will love the fried chicken and crab macaroons.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Fantastic
    LWT1VIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    enjoyed the whole dinner....we shared various plates....creative, flavors where perfect....loved the presentation.....this was one of the best finds on OpenTable....if you are downtown do not miss
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  • Love This Restaurant
    ChuckVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    The menu is different, but don't let it discourage you from giving Aveline a try. Everything is extreamely well prepared and fun. This is not a steak and potatoes spot. It is creative, delicious, exciting, and a great change of pace. Service is efficient and pleasant. Don't miss the crab cakes-not just for a great appetizer, but for one of the most unusual presentations in San Francisco. Every cource was a ten. Wonderful dinner spot prior to the theater.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FANTASTIC!!!!
    Rocky35VIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Aveline far exceeded our expectations!! The menu is unique (to say the least) but everything was delicious. Our server, Brandon, went to great lengths to explain the dishes and to suggests those that would assure the guests that their dietary requirements (no gluten, wheat, cilantro, shellfish) would be met. The prices were very fair considering the location (Union Square) and the high quality of the food.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, awesome service!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Went because we're top chef fans, and Casey Thompson didn't disappoint! Small menu, but big flavors. We had the avocado appetizer to start off, tasty! I had the Red Abalone and my wife had the Tomato Pasta, both were scrumptious. Our server was very pleasant, kept our glasses full, and was very easy to talk to. We can't wait to eat there again next time we visit San Francisco!!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fascinating and Friendly!
    wineyfoodie
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Chef Casey Thompson does not disappoint. Every dish we ordered was freshly made, interesting, with the flavors were well balanced and delicious. Great place for people like me who delight in trying new foods. The staff was attentive, friendly and very knowledgeable.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Second in one week
    Yummystuff525VIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Just as good as the first night. The seasonal heirloom tomato salad, vegetable garden, sea bass, and campanelle were all super delicious. I will be back!
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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  • Aveline has it all...
    ErikaSFVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    ...great food, service, and atmosphere. You will find it all at Aveline! The total price of our meal was lower than one might expect. We shared three courses between two of us, and it was just the right amount of food. The crab macarons were amazing - a modern twist on the crab cake with delicious results. The fried chicken had a tempura-like crust that was the lightest I've ever tasted. The chicken was juicy and hot. The decor manages to be lively without being too loud.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice downtown addition
    TiaritchVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    A new find for downtown dining. They provide outstanding food quality and service. Try the crab macaroons and the on ice appetizer with wonderful oysters, shrimp and mussels. I enjoyed using staff expertise to match wines with the food pairing as their wine by the glass program is imaginative and far reaching.
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  • It's all about the food
    misterlazy
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    The dishes are creative, interesting and well thought out. I had the 4 course "prix fixe" menu which featured 3 choices for each course. The space is a little strange - not bad, just not quite harmonious some how. Solid wine list.
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  • a very happy surprise!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    This restaurant was chosen for dinner before going to the theater across the street. It was an amazing surprise and greatly enjoyable. The staff was knowledgeable and professional. The menu choices were carefully explained to us and the service through-out was excellent. We were served a wonderful "amuse bouche" followed by a beautifully prepared heirloom tomato salad, which we shared. My husband had an excellent sea bass main entre and I had a pasta dish with "pig cheek". Despite my slight misgivings over the name, it was delilcious as well.Desserts were good, but not up the standard which was set by the previous courses. Wines were perfect throughout. It was a most enjoyable part of a very nice evening out.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fun food adventure
    Yummystuff525VIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    The food and service were outstanding. My friend & I enjoyed the very unique culinary touches made in every dish. I enjoyed so much that I booked again on Friday to bring the husband. Nice wine list! I highly recommend for those who are a little more adventurous in trying interesting meals.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Pre-theater!
    Foodieboy
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Aveline intrigued me. I was aware that it had opened and was searching for a new pre-theater place to take a friend. It did not disappoint. It isn't cheap which may be the drawback for many. However, the food was impeccably designed and served with an eclectic wine list. Share some of the salad/palate dishes. The service was terrific!!! Thanks Wyatt!!!
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  • Best new restaurant downtown SF
    deev
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    It was unexpected joy experienced while dining at Aveline recently. The review written by a local food critic did not do justice to the extraordinary meal we devoured. From the amuse bouche of tiny, freshly dug potatoes sautéed into a sumptuous bite to the amazing avocado appetizer, I was hooked. Then my sea bass was served and it was surreal - perfectly steamed Chilean bass was set into a bowl with wonderful fresh beans and mushrooms, and then bathed with a splash of seafood broth. Pure heaven. Figalicious for dessert was a surprise pairing of spicy ice cream, waver thin slices of tomatillo, house-made granola, and if course, gigs. Casey Thompson lets the ingredients sing and she brings a breath of fresh air to the food scene!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just misses greatness
    NOPAchick
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    This is a welcome addition to the downtown dining scene. The food is inventive but too rich (in fat), at least for the selection we ordered. More fresh vegetable touches would have been a plus. That said, the crab macaroons were sinfully delicious. The drinks we ordered from the companion bar were interesting if a bit weak.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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  • Magical
    jcook793
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    One of the best dining experiences we've ever had. We will definitely be back for the new Fall menu!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • philz
    PHILZVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We had a late dinner here, after attending a performance at ACT, and it was excellent! Wonderful flavors, attentive service -- we just kept saying "wow!" Clearly, this is a perfect spot for a special dinner for theater-goers, and anyone in the Union Square area -- we recommend it highly.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Close to ACT
    SkykingVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Finally, a good restaurant near the theatres! The menu is very limited, but what we chose , a very unusual pasta dish, & the fried chicken were excellent. Our server was very pleasant, but the service was slow, so leave plenty of time, especially if you have a curtain to make.
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