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About Al's Place
Aaron London's new restaurant in the Mission, San Francisco. Northern California regional cuisine rooted in the produce and seafood of the Bay Area.
San Francisco, CA 94110
Californian, Contemporary American
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Dinner: Wednesday - Sunday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
$30 and under
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24th Street Bart Station.
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Al's Place Ratings and Reviews
Not enough superlatives to describe how good the food was. Highlights were the foie with strawberry mole, the pork belly with the turnip and pineapple kimchi, the hanger steak and oh my god the black lime cod with pear curry! And Aesop soap in the bathroom. Definitely looking to return.
We had a party of four celebrating a birthday and the service and food were phenomenal. The staff were knowledgeable about the construction and details behind all the dishes. It created such a fun and involved experience for us because we love to cook and love to be shocked by the multitude of processes and complexities of the chef's masterpieces. Everything we ordered was so different from any other dining experience we've had. The flavors were simply explosive. We ordered 14 dishes and were impressed by each and every one. The menu changes, but if the Kale salad, Duck breast or Brisket are offered, they're definitely worth trying...we'd order those again without hesitation.
we followed the server's advice and ordered way too much food, so at least we tried almost everything that was on the menu ;)
overall food was very good. we had better, but it was very good.
All dishes had super fresh ingredients and looked and tasted very good. The pear curry, hanger steak, steak tartar, and lemon curd desert were just okay.
my bottom line is that given the hype and 'we got a Michelin star' attitude created an expectation that wasn't always justified.
The hostess was curt. But the waiter was friendly and helpful. We did the family tasting menu and loved all the dishes. The food was amazing. Mostly vegetables with layers of flavor and yumminess. It was so unexpected and lovely. We all agreed the food was presented beautifully and was even more delicious. The chefs were kind to accommodate our various food allergies without compromising any of the delicious food. The music (80s hard rock) was loud and found myself straining to hear the person right next to me and having to yell to talk. We asked for it to be lowered but it wasn’t taken seriously.
The creativity of each meal is amazing. I couldn't stop talking about my experience for a couple of days. I came out from Montreal Canada to meet all of you and this will not be my last visit. Thank you all for the great diner and especialy for the team in the kitchen.
I can't believe this restaurant has 1 Michelin star. The food was nothing out of the ordinary and the high prices definitely don't match the value of the food. We ordered 5 dishes, of only which two were worth remembering. Spruce deserves the star, but Al's place definitely doesn't deserve that recognition. The value is just not there for what you get.
An exciting place to visit and try new food. Amazing combination of tastes and things we may not have tried. Would recommend the tasting menu on a first visit. A bit noisy to hold a conversation and we felt service was slightly hurried. Otherwise a great experience.
Aaron London Rocks. End of story. Ate his food at Ubuntu many times and was anxious to finally fry Al's. No disappointment except my stomach was not large enough. We passed on the random chef's tasting option to order what we wanted. Aaron sent out all sorts of extras. From the dish of tiny baby radishes with coarse salt and fresh butter thru dessert, everything was incredibly flavorful, totally beautiful and fun to eat. I will go back next time in San Fran, maybe even twice as the menu changes frequently. Bottom line: if you only have one meal in San Fran and eat anywhere other than at Al's you are missing something. Congrats Aaron and crew for a fine job and best wishes for a long and successful future.
Really excellent food (esp veggies) and friendly staff are the draw. What keeps me away often is how loud and hot the place always is. Decor is like a (nice) bathroom (e.g. tile everywhere), so it's always loud. And they could really benefit from air conditioning. Wear flip flops!
The fish dishes are amazing! Yet, I do find the price on the steep side, which I could understand given the outrageous rents in SF!
There is one awkward thing - our waiter took the signed copy of the credit card bill while I was still enjoying my dessert/tea. In my understanding, this should not happen - they should wait till the guests leave and collect the signed copy. Hope they could improve this.
Great restaurant! The food was awesome; creative and extremely tasty. The wait staff were very knowledgeable about the dishes. Our family style meal only had one dish with trout, there were no other dishes with meat. I felt that one other dish with protein could have been offered. The dessert was brownies and ice cream, this was anti-climatic to a great meal.
Al's Place was just what we needed after a week of being evacuated. Incredibly delicious and well thought out food - each plate (we did the tasting menu) was unique, interesting, flavorful, and fun. Some items we were encouraged to use our "hands" - after a week of pizza and tacos having such a delightful experience made it even more over the top. Vegetarian and Fish centric was fine with us. Out of the 10 dishes 2 were unfortunately way too salty. We felt this was due to the "brining" and not a chef too heavy with the salt pig pinch. The vegetables come from their farm in Gold Country and were beyond par... We paired it with wines that were delicious and from wineries outside Napa and Sonoma - since that is our home we usually stick with local wines from the area so it was nice to try different varietals from different appellations. The atmosphere is bistroesque with tables close together and a bustling kitchen. For a Michelin one -star there is absolutely no dress code - casual is fine. Fine with us since we only had one outfit that we'd lived in for a week. Wait staff could not have been nicer. Just go and enjoy! PS - Get the mixed salad - usually boring I know and we all do this at home but just get it - bam! Best greens ever.
I have heard nothing but glowing things about Al's Place, so I was excited to finally check it out. I was pretty sorely disappointed with the food. I found several of the dishes to be overly briney and the combinations of flavors to be unimpressive. I didn't love the almonds or the burrata with squash and miso paste, and found the rest of the dishes to be just ok. At the end of the day, I don't need anything crazy - just good food. I left pretty unimpressed.
This was my second dining experience at Al's Place and both times the food was outstanding. Its on the noisier side, so good for a cheerful evening out but not an intimate conversation. The flavor combinations are surprising, inventive and delicious. I am impressed by how perfectly all the proteins are cooked.
Unfortunately on this evening, our party felt rushed through the dining experience with little break between our 3 courses. A couple of the ladies in our party commented on the fact that the server never came by to check on us. We were in and out in 1 hour 15 minutes from the time we sat down until waiting for all of our party to use the restroom.
The food is very fun and delicious. The pork belly was awesome and the stone fruit/cod curry was out of this world. It's not a cheap place for dinner, but these days that's pretty much how it goes - rents are high! The staff is terrific - very friendly and relaxed, despite the high energy level. Also really know their product including the wine. Great time!
I thought the french fries were pretty bad. I also thought the curry dish was pretty bad. Those are two things that you can get really, really, good versions of for a few dollars each. So to charge as much as they did, I was expecting to really be blown away. Everything else was fantastic.
We were disappointed by our much anticipated meal at Al's place. As adventurers food goers we were excited about the exotic menu options, however we felt all 3 of our dishes fell way short of expectation esp for the price. We would not recommend this restaurant to a friend and despite living in close proximity will not return.
This place was great - I assumed it was going to be a quiet, upscale vibe but actually it was very lively inside - not for someone looking for a quiet romantic dinner but we thought it was energizing and great. I had noted on my reservation that it was our 5th anniversary and the staff was amazing - gave us complimentary champagne upon arrival and each one made a point to congratulate us, which I didn't expect but it made me feel very welcome! The food is awesome too, unique flavors, lots of different dishes to try. We had their tasting menu which was a great option. The fun thing about this place is that it's good for a special occasion or just a fun lively night out. Oh Aldo, the food came quickly which was actually nice - sometimes tasting menus can take foreverrrrrr!! We are looking forward to trying it again soon!
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