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  • Aveline

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  • Address:
    490 Geary Street
    San Francisco, CA 94102
    Downtown / Union Square
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary American
    Price: $31 to $50

Aveline Details

  • 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, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Californian
  • Executive Chef: Casey Thompson
  • 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: Christopher Moore x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Taylor
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street parking and paid public garages.
A word from Aveline
"Food has always played a pivotal role in my life. Coming from two very different families-one side influenced by the south and the other heavily influenced by French cuisine-I found cooking to be my canvas for culinary expressionism and storytelling at a very young age. I want to bring innovative dishes to the table that celebrate the abundance of our local bounty, and rich California cooking traditions"- Casey ThompsonContinued
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Diner Reviews
  • "She'll do well there. We unfortunately had a very loud lady sitting next to us. Will go back though"
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "No one does justice to the abaca do like the appetizer at Aveline. For steak lovers, you can choose from the Japanese or American wagyu, both excellently prepared. The seafood selection is a tribute to the Bay Area's offerings. Finally, the wine list shows great variety, although in need of more California wines."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Tried Aveline for the first time and I loved every bite! Food, drinks and experience are a 10."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "It was lovely to sit in a restaurant for dinner that exuded a beautiful femininity for once. Our entrees came out about at least 5 minutes apart due in part to us receiving an order meant for another table. Apologies were made, so it wasn't a big deal, but it was noticeable enough. The amberjack and the abalone dishes were heavy handed with the salt. I loved the fazzoletti. The yolk beignet tasted like Chinese cha sui bao, not impressive. WE LOVED THE BREAD. I hated the Szechuan Peaches dessert. My mom's from Szechuan so I know the flavor profile well, and it didn't work for me. We felt like the "Me So ____" was a completely tasteless title that ended the meal on a sour note. No need to make people feel needlessly uncomfortable."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "The service was beyond spectacular. I was blown away by the staff the entire time I was there. The food was excellent. The crab macaroons are to die for. Just an amazing dining experience from start to finish."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Went here while visiting the city from San Diego. It was really very good. The beignet was kinda odd. But the crab macarons are awesome."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Every dish that was presented to us was a work of art. The corn pudding with squash blossoms was perfection as were the oysters and clams on ice. My Chilean sea bass was delicate and delicious. We ran out of time so no dessert for us, but we will be going back soon. Wait staff is top notch. Even though their water glasses are small and my husband would empty them every 5 minutes, they were promptly refilled. We LOVED this place!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We were there early so we can catch a show after dinner and it was great! Food was great - we can definitely see where Casey is getting her inspiration from in her dishes. Services was good too."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "For a brand new restaurant, only open a little over a month, we were blown away. Everything was perfect. The food was interesting, hit the umami scale on almost every dish, and beautiful to look at. We loved the staff and they really knew the menu. Attention to detail evident at every step of the way! Marla even recommended an adaption to the desert menu which we loved. We will be back and will recommend to all in the downtown area."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Discovered via an article in the SF Chronicle, and surpassed every expectation. Innovative menu and preparation, with outstanding service. Even better for groups larger then two as it is easier to sample the majority of the menu. Highly recommend!!!"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Fell into Aveline from an Opentable local search after a dinner meeting was cancelled while in the area on a business trip. I was absolutely floored by this amazing restaurant which opened in early June. The food was excellent and the service could not have been any better than it was, my only regret was not being able to sample everything! Aveline will be a regular stop for me while visiting San Francisco, bravo!"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Everything from the 1st course to the 8 th course was amazing. Service and ambiance were equally spectacular."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Food was lovely to look at and delicious. It is also pricey and portions are on small side, so may not be welcome by big eaters. It was fine for me, but I don't eat a lot. One objection - they charge for bread which consists of a few cubes of bread. Our server was wonderful and very helpful. Overall it was a fine, special occasion place for us."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "A truly great find in an almost brand new restaurant. the crab macaroons and the fried chicken were the best we have ever had in more than 50 years of fine dining including many in San Francisco. Please don't publish this review since the tiny place with only 36 or so seats will be over run and will be able to enjoy the truly unique and delicious food. Bill & Pat from Naples,Fl."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Awesome food! Made our family visiting from france feel welcome! Chef came to our table! Really nice set up. Thank u aveline team!"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "The food is made of combinations you'd never think would be good, but are AMAZING. Great service, great food, great atmosphere. A must try!!"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "If you don't try this restaurant soon you won't be able to obtain a reservation. Be sure to try the Crab Macarooms for one of the greatest, and most fun, presentations you will find anywhere. Every course of our meal was perfect, memorable, and delicious. The wines by the glass were exceptional, as were the cocktails from The European Bar next door. The menu is small, but there is something special for everyone. The service equaled the food as well. The evening will set you back a few dollars, but you will walk out raving about the experience."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Lots of staff and service to our table was very attentive so it is difficult to understand why the table next to us was totally ignored and finally walked out when someone finally approached. Food excellent but someone needs to be watching front of house. So go to try some great, creative dishes and hope you get served."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Very good food. The atmosphere is very cold. The room could use some warmth and some sound suppressant. Very convenient for the theatre."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Extremely expensive and in an austere coffee shop atmosphere. $15.00 for bread seems outrageous and the entrees are served without anything accompanying, ie: no vegetables or potato. Won't recommend it and definitely, won't go back."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We tried many of the menu selections and each and every one of them was outstanding. The best fried chicken I've ever had! The wine list is fairly small but the choices are excellent. Haven't been this excited about a restaurant in a long time... can't wait to go back. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "After looking at Yelp reviews, I feared this would be a big hit to my pocketbook, considering that the dishes are small plates. My tab, including tip and tax, came to $85 for 2 dishes, 2 cocktails, 1 dessert. That's fair. Especially considering that this is some of the BEST FOOD EVER! I had the crab macaroons and the yolk beignets, both because of other reviewer comments. I shared one of the macaroons and I DID NOT WANT TO - I wanted to covet them. The waitstaff was so helpful, honest, and gracious, considering they had to stagger service when my dining companion was 45 minutes late stuck in traffic. I will be back next time I'm in the Union Square area."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "The food was delicious, creative, and beautifully presented! The service was attentive and very pleasant. I already ate there twice, once with a big group and the second time just 2 people, and both times the food and service were outstanding."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Read about Aveline and was excited to try it. Sure enough, the food and service was very good, but I think it was a little on the pricey side. Just be prepared."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Our dinner was amazing - innovative flavor profiles, creative, beautiful and very delicious. This is our new favorite restaurant."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "We had an awesome meal. Everything was delicious."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "... for theater lovers! Well, finally there is a true foodie option a stone's throw from the ACT Geary and the Curran. Inventive food bursting with incredible flavors; reasonably priced but outstanding wine list; bright and airy space; attentive but unobtrusive service.... What more can one ask for? Bravo, Casey Thompson and Co.!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Excellent food and attention to detail. The morel dish was one of the best appetizers we have had, with layers of flavors and textures; the crab macaroons were cute and presented in a box with a string tied around it. I had the sea bass, and the sauce/soup poured around it was deeply flavored. My husband had the pasta with pig cheeks and it was rich and unctuous. The wines are ones that are not seen elsewhere, and they had good coffee too. The chef was in the house."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We were more than pleasantly surprised at the quality and inventiveness of all our courses. The "garden" salad was a true garden, planted in various kinds of soil -- the most delicious soil you'll ever eat. It was beautiful and an incredibly new and delightful experience for our palates. Diners all around us were enjoying a variety of other dishes. The sea bass also was unique in its exceptionally well flavored juices. Could not have been better, can't wait for our next visit."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We had a pre-theater dinner at Aveline and loved it. The food was generally delicious and very creative. We highly recommend the morels appetizer, wagyu beef entree (unbelievable) and the see bass entree (delicious, but could have been a bit hotter). We also had the "batter" dessert which was tasty and hilarious. I don't want to ruin the surprise for others, but the presentation is priceless. The only dish we did not love was the fazzoletti pasta appetizer with squash blossoms, possibly because we weren't expecting it to be so spicy. The service was also a little slow. Besides that, the restuarant was amazing and we're thrilled to have such a great new restaurant in the theater district."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "My husband and I used to eat at the Italian restaurant that was previously in this location before going to the theater. When I saw it on Open Table, I decided to give it a try. It was completely out of the ordinary. To start, the avocado and crab cake appetizers were unbelievable. The wagyu yolk brioche was good, though had more bread than I expected (no fault of the restaurant; it was a brioche). The fried chicken with pickled veggies and kimchi was fantastic. I loved the palate refreshers too. Unfortunately, there were timing issues in the kitchen so we didn't have time for dessert. I'm a risk taker, but a few items were too daring for me; one dish included "sea foam." Huh? Still, an excellent and unique dining experience."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Great flavor profiles in the dishes, too bad they were all cold. Such a disappointment. Casey has everything going in, it just doesn't come out."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "One look at the menu and you'll want to order one of everything, which is actually a great idea. Each plate is as delicious as the last. You can't go wrong with anything on the menu, but must try the crab macaroons, yolk beignet, fried chicken and pig cheek."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Limited menu, most of which needed to be explained and did we ever have a great explain er....she was very informative and most helpful in getting the four of us eating different entries, Food was exceptional but served with great presentations and was more tasty than what you could of ever imagined. Would recommend this restaurant to anyone who don't mind "trying something different""
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "The restaurant has been open two weeks. Needed server's help to understand menu. The food was very good. Great to share appetizers. The salad crab macarons were excellent. Presentations were innovative. Will definitely visit again."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "A good place for pre-theatre dining. Food was good but presentations a bit "precious." Too many items on the menu needed explanations. Overall a good experience and a welcome addition to Union Square."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Aveline has a very modern, trendy decor, and a very limited menu. Before the remodel, the restaurant La Scene -- located where the bar is now -- was a much better restaurant, with a European flavor and larger menu including three-course theater menu."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Just opened...great food. Must try Crab Macaroons, Seabass, Beignet and their homemade bread selection. It was such a treat to try all these different cuisines with a twist...crab cakes served like french macaroons with a hint of ginger; savory donut served with egg yolk center and outer shell was wagyu steak which just melted in the mouth. All ingredients were based on seasonal fresh produce."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Great service. Menu looks eclectic, but it all works together in harmony. Plate delivery is well timed and plating presentation enhances the experience. The palate cleansers are wonderful and should be shared. Wine list is small and you will find some gems. My only complaint is that some of the chairs are not right for a longer dining experience. Overall a great night, at the right price that exceeded expectations."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Creative food and beautiful plating. Décor is also welcoming. For a place that recently opened - I can see it catching on. Good a date night or with friends. Also remember to hit the bar across the way --- they are more than willing to please and make it a nice occasion!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014