Good cocktails plus outstanding food. The "staff's dish" with noodles, sea urchins, fermented beans and quail egg was vert tasty. The duck with artichokes and carrots was ample and artfully prepared. Very impressed!
5/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
My boyfriend and I ordered
My boyfriend and I ordered the tasting menu. one of the items was pork, which i don't eat and the chef was kind enough to cook me something else. the food was delicous and service was great. One of the waiters spilled water on my sister's scarf and the restaurant was kind enough to hang it to dry and then steam it for her. i would definately go back.
5/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Tasty, pretty food!
Not quite as elegant a room as I had expected. There was just the right amount of food with the tasting menu. I didn't do the wine pairings, but did a a "flight" of three half-bottles. All three were undistinguished. The food, though, was delicious.
5/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Outstanding food in serene setting
This is a great restaurant that provides a beautiful, modern, quiet & cozy setting for an outstanding meal.
The service was excellent. The fish dishes were incredible and we loved the desserts. We highly recommend this restaurant!
5/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food was just terrific. Get the Alaskan Black Cod!!! The wait staff was knowledgeable, helpful and attentive. Superb dining experience
5/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful Asian fusion
We enjoyed our second trip to Ame as much as the first. The dishes are beautiful, as well as delicious. The seafood and fish are very fresh, and the flavors paired perfectly. Service was friendly and efficient, and our wait person made excellent suggestions. We recommend Ame.
5/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
We took a good friend for her birthday, the party containing one vegetarian, one with food allergies, and they were able to provide an exquisite tasting experience for all three. Our waiter Bill was superb!
5/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
Solid Asian Fusion Restaurant
I spit 4 appetizers from their raw bar and 1 entrees. All were fantastic.
The ceviche is outstanding and Black Cod deserves to be called a signature dish.
The service is attentive and professional.
The beer fried chocolate donuts were to die for.
Great experience overall.
6/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best meal in recent memory
Dinner at Ame was highly enjoyable. The food (I had brussels sprout salad, black cod, and beer donuts) was cooked to perfection, well conceived, and incredibly flavorful. Even the bread was piping hot and crusty. Everyone at the table thoroughly enjoyed their meal. We hope to return soon.
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had the ahi tempura and the cod - I would order again in a heartbeat. Truly outstanding.
6/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
NO RICE for Japanese Fusion...
Rice is not served at all at this restaurant...something is missing in a Japanese Fusion Restaurant.
6/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
In every way. This place certainly deserves its michelin star.
7/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Cod keeps bringing us back
You really can't beat the marinated black cod in shiso broth with shrimp dumplings. It's is always amazing and well worth the trip. Other entrees are generally good, but I'm always disappointed that I didn't get the cod. This time we also had a wonderful lobster appetizer. Flavors are always well balanced and dishes are impeccably composed.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Attentive Service, Delicious Food
Not sure why this spot has been receiving average to low score on Yelp as of late - I enjoyed all aspects of my dining experience here. The poached shrimp appetizer is a must - wonderful flavors. My seafood entree was served with a broth that was simply delicious - I enjoyed it more than the fish itself. Service was friendly and professional.
7/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fantastic and creative food
This was our first time at Ame. It was amazing. We had several appetizers, I'm including items "From the Raw Bar". Each was a delight. The mains were solid and well prepared. We could not find any fault with Ame and will definitely return.
7/25/2013 5:00:00 PM
Kudos to Chef Joe - he made
Kudos to Chef Joe - he made it a memorable dinner. Wonderful balance of flavored on each dish.
7/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great for groups!
We had a team dinner with 10 people. Ame was very accommodating and even added an extra chair when our party expanded. Very good food — everyone enjoyed their dishes — and excellent service.
7/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Classy and distinctive
Wonderful place, confident without being pretentious, exceptional food beautifully presented, service that is so discreet you essentially don't notice it but everything you want is somehow there when you want or need it, tables far apart enough to enable real conversation... It's not cheap nor should it be.
8/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
This place is certainly deservedly known for higher end Japanese cuisine. And there's plenty options to entice and entertain if that is what you need. However the secret is also that the new world Reds on the wine list are way above average with a few gems that are hard to find elsewhere. The setting is quiet and romantic with space between the tables so you can chat in privacy. One note - while others praised the Miso Cod - I thought that serving this in a broth detracted from the dish compared to places that don't add the broth surround.
8/6/2013 5:00:00 PM
AME Amazingly consitent.!
This was my wife's and I third time here in the last three years. Each time we go we are amazed by the service, quality of food, and we usually that something memorable that we have eaten.... This time it was poke appetizer which was dip in tempura batter and fried for only 30 seconds to slightly warm it up with a wonderful aioli sauces. My wife loved it so much she order another for dessert.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
I'd been wanting to go to Ame for years- I had heard it was pricey, but well worth it. This occasion was for a friend's birthday, & the menu, location & time were the prime factors for this selection of venue. We didn't bother with the appetizers (although they looked good), we just went for the entrees & they were amazing (the cod is to die for!). The wait staff were very attentive & even caught a mention of this being a birthday celebration even though I never mentioned it on the reservation. As the desserts came, unbeknownst to all of us, they brought them out with candles which was really special. Overall Ame delivered high marks & will be a place I return to soon. If you are a Starwood (SPG) member, a discount may apply.
8/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
A perfect meal! Presentation, taste, service! Wow!
8/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Absolutely delicious takes
Absolutely delicious takes on traditional Japanese foods plus inventive Japan-inspired dishes. The chawanmushi is truely memorable. The service is attentive but not intrusive. When they were out of the wine we ordered, we were treated to two glasses of bubbly while they found a suitable substitute.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Solid but rushed
The food was exceptional but we had ordered the sommelier sampler which was quite expensive and tried to order our food to match. It appeared that as we ate the following courses were brought out in quick succession essentially forcing us to get through the wine quicker than I felt comfortable with. Even after a request to slow the service of courses down to match our drinking pace it still came out swiftly.
With that said the service was good and attentive but the food really stood out as the star at this restaurant. I would happily recommend the restaurant but would encourage people not to order the wine flights or potentially the paired wine and food menu for fear that you may not get a chance to really savor the flavors.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had the tasting menu of sashimi, cauliflower soup, cod, beef loin, and dessert. The soup and cod were excellent, and the beef was very good.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Solid offering from Ame
Group of 4 + 4 month old baby - service was wonderfully accommodating. Ceviche and tempura appetizers were excellent - the tempura appetizer in particular was a wonderful take with minimal batter surrounding delicious tuna. The black cod main was well seasoned and perfectly cooked. The scallop and lobster main was hearty and well balanced. The desserts were equally sublime, especially the pear melba donught. Worth going to!
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Solid, diverse, ingenious menu
Fabulous array of choices, lighter Asian/fusion/French influence. Notable wine list and knowledgeable sommelier.
9/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lighting is too bright
They just changed their ceiling lights to LED. It was really bright at our table. We asked to have the lights dimmed. Also, very odd that the sommelier did not open either our sparling wine or wine at our table. We wanted to hear the "pop" of the "champange" bottle.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
This restaurant is amazing and one of my favorites when I travel to San Fran. All of the awards and well deserved. The food, presentation and service are all top shelf and you will not be disappointed.
9/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Superb. Fantastic food and
Superb. Fantastic food and service from appetizer to dessert. Impressed and would absolutely dine there again.
9/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Ame is on the mark near Market
There were four of us and the meal and service were excellent, only slight issue was that the portions were small, so order an extra appetizer or do desert.
10/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a very nice evening at this restaurant for our second anniversary.
The dishes had always an innovative touch, perfectly executed and delicious.
The only low-side was the dessert: even though it looked very interesting from the menu it turned out to be just fine. After the wonderful appetizers and main courses we would have liked to conclude the dinner with a dessert as unique and exquisite as the the other dishes.
It is a excellent place and, I was almost forgetting, the excellent sake selection.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Went while in town for a conference, drawn by great reviews. We had the taste if Ame with wine pairings, including a cold sake with sashimi. Every dish was well presented and delicious. The waitress from Switzerland was unobtrusive but prescient and helpful.
10/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
I usually don't "like" restaurants in Hotels.. but this one is a gem. Really good food, good service and a good setting. I've spent a lot of time working in SF... First time here for me and it wont be the last...
10/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dinner at Ame
Deserves the one star michelin rating! Good food, excellent service... Had the 5 course fix priced menu...
10/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
All the food is delicious,
All the food is delicious, especially the black cod in shiso with shrimp dumplings. Having told our waiter that I was allergic to scallops, he then said that he would ask for the dumplings to be served on the side and perhaps my husband would like them as the dumplings have some scallop chopped in with the shrimp. The was just one of the things they are very attentive about. Knowing the menu very well. My husband's steak with gnocchi was delicious too. A lovely friendly atmosphere whether going just 2 for date night or enjoying a meal with friends.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
best overall dining experience
best overall dining experience in a long long time truely exceptional in ever way. highly recommend
10/26/2013 5:00:00 PM
great anniversary dinner!
Food was amazing and service was spectacular! We will definitely go back! The pork chop was delicious and so was the black cod!
10/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
For uni lovers!
While the menu is full of fantastic dishes, if you like uni, you can have appetizer, pasta (cuttlefish actually) and desert (uni custard), all with uni! Outstanding food!
10/27/2013 5:00:00 PM
A true SF gem
I dine out at least 3 evenings a week and it takes a lot to wow me. AME wows me! The food is not only innovative and fresh, but has an amazing price quality ratio that can be often overlooked in white table cloth dining. You never want for anything because the attention of the staff is efficient and non-intrusive. The wine list is classic but innovative at the same time. All around, one of the best restaurants in San Francisco and one of my favorites in all the West Coast.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
A First-Class Evening
Awesome food and solid service. Everyone of the 6 people at the table commented on how delicious their appetizers and entrees were. Interesting food options. Extensive wine list, though few bottle choices under $100. Low noise level, which made it possible to talk to each other and be heard. A real winner.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Perfect for all Foodies
My husband and I loved this restaurant. The ambiance was wonderful, a beautifully designed space makes you feel comfortable as soon as you sit down. Our waitress was very friendly, prompt and knowledgeable about the menu. She offered great suggestions, and we loved everything that we had. I had the Black Cod which was divine, and my husband the Chef's tasting menu, which was a perfect array of dishes, and a perfect amount of food.
This restaurant was fantastic for a seasoned foodie who is interested in ever trying something new (my husband) , and for the novice foodie who enjoys something different, yet still developing the "daring"palette (myself).
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very, very good
Excellent food. Mixture of japanese and western cuisine. Also dessert was great. Infinite wine list. Great staff. A bit expensive, but quality is worth the price.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent Japanese fusion menu
Ame is unique in its creation of dishes with significant Japanese leverage and excellent California influence. Small sashimi tasting bits of three different fish definitely carried the Japanese influence and were delicious, delicate individual combinations of fish and complementary tastes of customary pairings like wasabi and new combinations like olive oil. The wonderful relatively unadorned fish flavor in the Black Cod was placed properly before the rich and sauce forward Quail in multiple preparations. The flavors was interesting contrasts and the sequence was just right. The tasting menu includes choice of desserts from the menu, so we shared delicious sorbets, Huckleberry tart and Apple fritter.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
A place to go
Ame has truly unique and wonderful dishes for the adventurous and excellent choices for the more cautious. I had the black cod (to die for) and wife had steak with terrific potato ravioli. One an adventure and the other a safe but terrific choice. The starters are almost all imaginative offerings based on Asian cuisine and unusual creatures from the sea. A quiet small setting. Try it, you'll like it.
11/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always a great dinner experience!
The last time we came we made the mistake of having the degustation which was just way too much for one person to do in one dinner. This time we wanted to enjoy the food so we went a la carte!
The chawanmushi really deserves 3* and is second on my all-time list just after Hide Yamamoto in Singapore. It's perfectly smooth and tasty, a definite must-have, even if you don't do tofu! The agedashi of oysters will satisfy anyone with a craving for some dashi. My husband's black cod was superb and really made his day, but I was equally blown by my Taste of Ame Sashimi Bar. It was as good as I remembered it to be.
The service is attentive and our server always had impeccable timing.
Another great dinner, looking forward to our next visit!
11/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Japanese Fusion
This is our 2nd time at Ame. The food is impeccably prepared and presented. An incredibly interesting and varied menu loosely based upon Japanese cuisine. Nothing really like it in the Bay Area. You would need to go to Japan to come close to the type and quality Ame provides.
11/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
great food, fantastic service,
great food, fantastic service, overall super enjoyable meal, would certainly return
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had a lovely family dinner to celebrate our daughter's 22nd birthday. Chef's specials were every bit as good as others have indicated. The girls also really liked the specialty cocktails. The service was excellent and we were done in time for the theatre.
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
Ame wasn't my first choice to celebrate my Dad's birthday/engagement. But it ended up the perfect choice. It's a wonderful restaurant, famous for it's black cod, which is as good as advertised. I did the tasting menu. The standouts, besides the cod, were the tempura poke (amazing), the sashimi plate (fresh and delicious) and best of all the fowl w/porcini mushrooms..perfectly cooked and prepared. I can see easily why they got a Michelin star...don't hesitate to try this gem.
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM