French Ambiance/California Flare
This restaurant is one of my favorites in SF. Not pretentious, just great imaginative food in soothing yet festive atmosphere. I had the grilled asparagus salad the English short-rib, both of which were outstanding. My girlfriend had the tomato soup and the grilled salmon, which she liked very much. One of the great things about Annabelle's is the imaginative use of ingredients that one might not think of using. The asparagus salad used green olives as one of the ingredients, which added a distinctive, yet harmonious flavor to the dish. The bar is separate from the dining room and is quite energetic. The dining room is much calmer.
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
The service was excellent and the food was wonderful. This is a true bistro, loud and energetic atmosphere. Great drinks. Try the bananas foster bread pudding for dessert. It was outrageously good! I would dine here again.
5/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great choice near the action
It's easy to walk right by Annabelle's and never really notice it. But step inside and it's a very pleasant place with an appealing menu and surroundings. Although the restaurant was fully booked, our group of four was able to talk and actually hear each other. Service was cordial and efficient and the dishes we had were tasty. Salads were great-looking and perfectly dressed. Loved the arancini - savory little rice balls filled with burrata. A special of root vegetables was delicious. Everything we had was a dish I'd order again except for the cornmeal-dusted calamari fritto, which were not bad, but not as light and tender as one might hope. This is a great choice close to Moscone, SF MoMA and the Market Street shopping district.
5/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
The appetizer was good, shrimp wrapped in bacon, but the sauce was so spicy you lost the taste of the food. The Cod was excellent, and compared well to any seafood Restaurent. I would go back.
5/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fantastic Pork Chop
The pork chop is by far the best I have ever had. The mashed sweet potatoes with goat cheese were also very good.
5/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
We love to have light meals here before ar after a movie or museum visit. Food and serviceable first rate consistently.
5/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was amazing luv luv
The food was amazing luv luv loved it and will definitely go back.:~)
6/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Really great spot.
Really good food, excellent service and nice buzzy atmosphere. Wonderful experience even the though the joint was jumping with the Apple Developers Confab just kicking off. Had a really good time.
6/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
great restaurant with a central loc
I have been to Annabelle's several times and always enjoyed it. The food is very good. My only complaint is with the service. Several days after I made my reservation I received a call to confirm my reservation and to call back within 2 hours or my reservation would be given to another party. I didn't think that was necessary. I got there a few minutes before the rest of my party and the bar was full. I asked if it would be possible to be seated at our reserved table. I am a senior and I was told I had to wait for the rest of my party. There was hardly anyone seated in the dining room. When we were seated every thing else was fine. The wait staff was great and the food was really good.
6/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good, quick, great cocktails!
We have been there twice for dinner before a movie. Food is consistently good and service was quick.
6/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good Food - Very Noisy
We were interested in a nice quiet dinner in walking distance from our hotel. It was a good dinner, service was very good, but we were unable to converse at all due to the noise. Recommend for a younger crowd, rather than our ages. (65-70)
6/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
This is where you go for great food with warm friendly service. We will come back next time we are in town. Location for hotel guests at the Marriott Marquis is perfect-directly across the street on 4th. Close to Union Square, close to Market Street, you cannot go wrong when in town working in the financial district or being a tourist.
6/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Went to dinner with a friend, the waiter and entire staff were extremely attentive and very professional. We shared oysters, pasta with bay scallops and the short ribs. All were delicious. I will be back again.
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food, good service!
First time here after reading these reviews.
We were seated immediately at 6p on a Friday night. Got the table for 2 right by the window overlooking the sidewalk. Host was friendly. A romantic table.
Katie waited on us and was very attentive. The Vesper I got was very good. Not too bitter.
We ordered the dungeness crabcake special and the cream of broccoli soup. Both were very tasty.
The lobster and mascarpone ravioli was pretty incredible. The sauce was buttery but not so in the typical way like clarified butter. It was subtle at first and then you got the butter taste at the finish. It was perfectly balanced.
The tomato and basil fettuccine was also very good but the basil taste was almost imperceptible.
Will go again.
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Small bar packed at Happy
Small bar packed at Happy Hour. Go early. Bacon wrapped prawns wonderful. Chioppino really great and just loaded with seafood. Can also add homemade meatballs for extra heartiness. Sauce fabulous. Great Caesar salad. Had a fun time and the food was excellent!
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food with competitive pricing for the area. Excellent service, friendly host. Kind of loud. We had a loud man at the next table who never stopped talking to his co-worker. Very annoying and because tables are so close my husband and I had a hard time hearing each other over this man. I know everything about his job and other co-workers now
7/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good for a quiet anniversary
Good for a quiet anniversary celebration... nice atmosphere, good food, well prepared and presented; decent wine selection...
8/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice little spot
Pretty good little spot, food was average to above average. Prices are a little steep but hey its San Francisco.
8/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Food, Excellent Service
Will be back soon. This place is great whether you're a carnivore or herbivore. The pizza was delicious. Salad was fresh and tasty. Drinks were great. Loved it!
8/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Annabelle's Is Great! I love it!
This is just a cool spot in the heart of SF. Good food in a great place.
8/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food and service were superb!
Food and service were superb! Noise level increased as the restaurant filled up until it became difficult to converse quietly.
8/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
My family and I were at Annabelle's on Aug. 16th.
Wow, what an awesome time. The food was amazing. I had pork tenderloin. It was juicy and very tender, melted in the mouth. The reduction that was poured on top was delusions as well. It came with mashed potato and a nice red cabbage slaw.
I would recommend this spot to all, young and old.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Salmon was perfectly grilled
Salmon was perfectly grilled and Meyer lemon cream sauce sublime. Outstanding, friendly service made for a very enjoyable overall experience.
8/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Well Done Annabelle's
We took a group for lunch this last week. Our waiter was very attentive and generous. The food was excellent.
We were very happy with our visit there and will definitely be going back.
8/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
The service and food were great! I look forward to the Cal vs USC game so I can return to the Bay Area and eat here again!
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
A gem in the heart of downtown
5-star appetizers and main courses, good wine list and service. Great ambience in dining room with noise level perfect for four or six around a table to converse. Also good for a romantic twosome.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great place in tourist central
Jason our waiter has waited on us a few times before and he is always great! As a SF local this is a great central location to meet out of town visitors. The food is always very good and the drinks are great!
9/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Under the radar gem
All around very, very good. Upon entering, I liked that although you go throughout the bar area first, you then enter a distinct bistro section. Not that it seemed like a noisy dive bar, but I did like the separation. Service was very friendly and attentive. Food was very fresh and delicious. I started with a salad containing watermelon, sweet spiced pecans, goat cheese and a mint citrus vinaigrette. Very refreshing. Main course was Anchor Steam Beer braised short rib. It was fall-apart tender over creamy polenta. So delicious. The vanilla lavender crême brûlée was not redolent with either but was still creamy and good. My wife's, thick char-grilled burger was cooked exactly medium-well as ordered. Given the chance, I'd return here.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
The outside betrays the atmosphere
The outside betrays the atmosphere and food you'll get once you step into the dining room. Bistro feel, delicious salads, pizzas and main dishes...and very nice service.
9/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great location - close to Moscone, good choice for a business lunch. Appropriate noise level so you don't feel like others can hear your conversation but you don't need to yell to communicate.
Consistently good food - salads, sandwiches, risotto - all lunch options that I've tried have been delicious.
Our server, Antonio, was exceptional - highly attentive and downright sweet. The entire staff was kind and attentive.
9/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Short ribs were perfectly cooked, tender, tasty - although the polenta was nothing special. Cioppino had a very distinctive, delicious sauce. Just good all around.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good first time visit
Annabelle's was a good find for us since it was very close to the Palace Hotel where we were staying. Overall, the experience was good. The service was good, though not great. The drink selections were excellent! The food was above average and about right for the price with ample portions. My only complaint was that my caesar salad was absolutely drowned in dressing.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Overall a great experience with a few minor speed bumps. Service was great, our waiter was funny and courteous and apologized when the food was taking a while to arrive. The wine list was affordable and prices were not outrageous. After the wine we had caesar salads. I would have liked the romaine leaves cut up instead of served as spears, I had grated cheese falling all over the place. I had the halibut and my fiance had the risotto. We really liked both, very flavorful and delicious. Dessert was ok, I had the secret breakfast ice cream: Delicious! My fiance had the creme brulee but it was overcooked and tasted like scrambled eggs, we sent it back. Overall a 4/5 star experience, we'll try them again!
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our neighborhood spot
Always the freshest most deliciously presented
Dishes with customer service at its best by everyone
From the moment we're greeted to the time we
Regretfully leave! Annabelle's is a true neighborhood
10/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
From the superb caesar salad, to the excellent calamari, to the scrumptious rigatoni--I had a great meal!!! Too full for dessert, so I will be back...
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
We weren't sure what to expect when we arrived for dinner. I can say we were VERY pleased with the atmosphere, service and food. There are many restaurants in San Francisco that over price their food, but Annabels was extremely fairly priced for the quality of food. A great experience and a place we will definitely come back to.
10/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
A wonderful lunch
Both the food and the service were excellent. A delightful , quiet, and reasonably priced restaurant near Union Square.
10/23/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great for Dinner
We have been here before but brought new friends for the first time who were quite impressed with the whole package. Great work and keep it up.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Everything about Annabelle's was fabulous! The menu selection was perfect; several vegetarian selections as well as many other various, unique choices. The waiter was very informative and was very helpful regarding both wine and entire selections. The over all experience was outstanding and I will definitely want to dine again at Annabelle's when I return to the area!
10/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great place for business lunch
Having a working lunch around Moscone Center is a tough task. Not many choices and even less good choices. This place has it all, great food, quick and professional service, best location. BTW, one time we ate lunch here over the weekend and again food and service were top notch, even for my picky kids. Taste it out!
10/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Convenient, but awesome
Annabelles never disappoints. I usually stay at the Mosser and visit Annabelles at least once a trip. The food is always great and the service is stellar.
10/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
friendly service/good food in SOMA
Had a great time with a large group for lunch. Service was attentive and we were able to sit and visit even after lunch was done.
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
I made a last minute reservation
I made a last minute reservation on a Saturday night and was not disappointed. Will go here again in a heartbeat.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Every single member of staff was attentive and friendly. Food was great, garlic fries left a little to be desired, but that's what I get for ordering those at a nice spot. Very pleased with my experience.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
My wife and i had delightful
My wife and i had delightful lunch last Sat!! Food was delicious with very nice presentation!! Our server, Antoinio was very, very good! We ate at a cute window table for 2..they also have a nice bar. We recomend and we will go back !
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fun Nite Out
We thoroughly enjoyed our experience. The only comment I would make is we ordered the rigatoni and it came with alot of garlic and that was not clear on the menu. Too much for date nite, so the waiter took it back and brought us a pizza instead and all was good.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
!e shared the bacon wrapped prawns as an appetizer - amazing! Then we both and the braised short ribs - so tender & flavorful, great polenta, as well. Chocolate thingy for dessert was to die for.
Friendly service - don't know why more people haven't heard of this restaurant - though it was rockin!
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
I have been to Annabelle's many times and have never been disappointed. The food is delicious and the wait staff is excellent!
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
Definitely a place to come back to
Great lunch, it was our first time there, the food was very good - from the entrees to the dessert - and we had great service. And the prices were very reasonable. Definitely a place to come back to.
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
We found this place while visiting SF. I loved it. The tomato soup was one of the best I've ever had. Portions are generous. Solid wine list but the cocktails were probably the best (and most generous) we've had all week on our trip. They made us feel like 'regulars' and not tourists, which was best of all.
11/30/2013 4:00:00 PM