AL's Place

4.6
1174 reviews
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$30 and under
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Californian
Aaron London's new restaurant in the Mission, San Francisco. Northern California regional cuisine rooted in the produce and seafood of the Bay Area.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Californian, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Dinner:
Wednesday - Sunday, 5:30pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(415) 416-6136
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Aaron London
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
26th St.
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Parking details
Street parking.
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Public transit
24th Street Bart Station.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
8.4

The plates at Al's Place in the Mission look like art, and taste pretty great too. "Best New Restaurant in the US 2015" ain't a bad calling card either.

Ratings 8.0-8.5:The best way to think about restaurants in the low to mid 8′s is that these are the places you would absolutely go back to, anytime. These restaurants are ones that you want to bring a friend to, just so they can also experience the duck carnitas, or burger, or whatever dish the place is known for.
What 1174 People Are Saying
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M
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

We had been wanting to try this place for awhile. We went for a birthday with a group of 6 and did the family style menu with the drink pairing. Each dish was very disappointing and some were actually just not good at all. The dessert dish was pretty good, but with the final bill totaling over $1000 dollars it was overall a very disappointing meal. We could not hear the server at all and the dishes just kept rapidly arriving without any audible description of what it was. I think the most disappointing dish was the pasta. There was absolutely no flavor. Most meat dishes arrived cold and most veggie dishes arrived without any notable flavor. Forgot to mention, we had reservations for 6pm and before they sat us they made us agree to leave before 7:30pm.

One positive : the playlist was on point.

There are so many great food options in the city. I could never recommend this restaurant to anyone for any reason.

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m
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Al's Place did not disappoint. From the creative wine pairings, the extremely knowledgable staff, the fresh local produce-heavy cuisine, the on-point playlist, and the creative decor, it covered off on every sense. Would highly recommend.

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M
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My second time at Al's and it was absolutely stupendous. Incredibly flavorful food and given the quality, the prix fixe is a bargain.

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SC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 1

We've been to Al's Place twice, once when it first open, before it received a Michelin star and once again more recently. I liked the old version of the restaurant much better. It was quieter, brighter inside, more family friendly and the food didn't taste overly complicated. Now, they have the music turned up exceedingly loud. I could barely hear the other people at the table and it was really difficult to hear our server. The concept of the food is the same, but everything was overly seasoned. I used to recommend Al's Place to other people, but now it doesn't stand out anymore compared to so many similar restaurants in San Francisco.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Tables were small and the noise from the street was noticeable. Food was great as well as the service.

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ML
Sacramento
51 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Too noisy, too crowded, tables tooooo close together. No way can you talk in here but the food was inventive & quite delicious. We liked the polenta with goat milk curds.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the second time I eat at Al’s place and I think the experience totally depends on what you order the first time I ordered a lot of snackles and not a lot of sides. I think it is much better ordering more sides and warm entrees than the snackles or cold entrees. After my second dinner I was left with a completely different view of the restaurant

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YV
New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Unbelievable. The food. It delivered. Just perfect display of culinary arts with perfect flavor and texture balance. Over and over.

Ambiance was a bit loud and waitstaff while present and consistent could not accommodate a few requests that I made. A bit odd for a place of this caliber.

But hey, with food this good, I'd come back. As often as I can..

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PM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I recently enjoyed the family dining prix fixe option with wine pairings for a party of six. It was sensational from beginning to end. The food was spectacular and the service was friendly and first rate! I can't recommend Al's Place highly enough.

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GH
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very original and good food. SF diversity in your plate.

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EC
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

OUTSTANDING! and we are spoiled and jaded New Yorkers who have eaten our way across the planet. Al's place where have you been all of our lives? It was like tasting exotic dishes from a mythical country we have never been before.
We started with the Brine pickled french fries which I promised my friend I would not ask to taste but after the first one I snatched and the flavor explosion in my mouth, I willingly broke my promise.
Another snackle was the Asian pears, which was the baby lettuces which were akin to a tropical symphony playing a calypso tune with a full orchestra. Not sure why server suggested it had to be eaten with our hands (?) the best part was hiding under the baby lettuces and oily fingers are not our thing, and neither is licking the plate but we almost did.
The academy award for best, never been done before ingredients was for Grits with goat's milk curds. I tried to make it last as long as it was possible and after I finished the last spoonful, life would never be the same.
The Casareccia pasta veered into more familiar pastures, but managed to have Al's gourmet imprint.
The only let down was the dessert: a too cold pear tart that seemed to have been in the fridge too long. It was hard to find the lavender taste in the ice cream; had the pears and the meyer lemon curd had been at room temperature, perhaps they would have had more time to know each other.

Other than this minor collapse at the end of the meal, I would move to SF just to eat at Al's.
I had to ask where and who Al was, and once the server informed who he was went over to commend him for the results of his passion. Surprised such youth could produce such amazing results.

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YD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, ambiance, and service could not have been more perfect.

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k
San Francisco
47 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We really liked the veg-centric menu and the friendly, flexible servers.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was amazing, front house service was kind of slow, and we were seated 15 min after our reservation time. No bar to wait at. Worth the wait though, once seated, the food and service came out like clock work. The curry black cod was phenomenal and the highlight of the meal. Energetic vibe.

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MD
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Comfortable friendly offering exceptional and creative food

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J
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Absolutely incredible food. It was really loud with the music unnecessarily blasting when we arrived. Service was great. Creative menu.

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OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Amazing flavors and great wine selection.

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S
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The most affordable Michelin experience you can get in SF. and it's really good

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GP
Munich
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Something very nice and special... different to everything else! Amazing food and atmosphere, will go again!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Music was so loud we couldn’t hear the waitress or comfortably talk.

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m
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Good, not great. Dishes are disjoint. Probably won't go back.

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LS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

We discovered this place very soon after it first opened, and were able to just walk in without a reservation and get a table right away. We were wowed by the food from that first meal, and loved their menu and concept. After such a great first impression, I guess it set me up for really high expectations for subsequent visits.
Although it's been getting harder and harder to get a seat for dinner these days, I'm happy that it's getting well-deserved recognition and buzz.
This last time was a bit disappointing in terms of service, though. The server couldn't really describe what the new "Family Style" option was, which is listed on the menu - whether we can choose from the menu which dishes to share, or whether it was more like an omakase. One of the staff also gave me an earful about how unsafe it was to have my toddler walking around our table. I get that we can't let our kid wander around unsupervised, and we were trying to keep a close eye on him, but I think the warning could have been less harsh and more helpful.
Food was good, though for some reason I wasn't as wowed as I have been with past meals here. The fries were warm but didn't seem fresh, and the bean stew was on the salty side. Overall still a good meal, and I'd still come back (sans toddler), but perhaps without the same expectations.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is an excellent, fresh, and wonderful culinary experience. Do not miss it.

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Friendly service. Modern interior design. Creative cuisine, not for everyone tho. We liked how they incorporated lots of fresh veggies into each dish. Just not a big fan of the flavors.

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M
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I came here to celebrate my two-year relationship anniversary. We reserved a table in advance and had a cozy spot in the back corner by a window. It was an incredible meal. Nothing tasted like we expected it to (in the best way) and because dishes are served in a small plate format, we were able to taste a lot. The cocktails were also very good. It was a splurge for us for sure, admittedly, but great for a special occasion. The atmosphere was warm, lively, not too formal (the servers all wore Hawaiian shirts and pop music played over the speakers). I would come here again - maybe ask my parents to take me when they come to town!

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j
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We ordered the family style tasting menu and paired it with the wine tasting menu. It was adventurous, unique, and delicious-would definitely recommend the restaurant and the pairing!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was amazing, service was nice until we paid our bill, then we were invisible. We asked for a dish to be packaged for takeaway but they didn't bring it back for us to after two reminders. We ended up leaving without it because their staff were too busy with other customers to catch our eye.

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D
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was outstanding, service was excellent and the cod strew was out of this world. Can’t wait to return. Only complaint is that it is very loud and it’s difficult to have a conversation.

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AF
Hawaii
16 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 2

Food quality/freshness is very good but taste/flavor and service was horrible. Very disappointed.

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S
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Negatives: Cramped space. Overbright. Very loud. Music could dial back a couple notches. Excellent but rushed service pushed us in and out of there in just over an hour. Smallish portions. Def NOT a languid, romantic, take-your-time, well-paced experience.

Positives: Superlative food & flavors. Very good service, considering what a tiny space the staff has to work in. Efficient. Reasonable wine list. Walking distance to Evil Eye for real cocktails, afterwards.

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c
Vancouver
13 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome place in the Mission area. Al's Place made the top 10 of most affordable Michelin star restaurants in the world! Food is fabulous & meant to be shared - small plates. For our table of 3 we shared 7 dishes. Wonderful & creative cuisine. A must-try!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unique flavors. Great service. Totally worth it to go for the family style menu!!

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OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Most of the dishes were excellent but the music was a bit too loud.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent. Food was outstanding.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every dish was better than the last!!! Edwin and team are simply incredible! Great service. Great people.

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GE
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We were there for an anniversary which went well starting with complimentary bubbly. We ordered 5 or 6 individual dishes, all of which were tasty, but two came very quickly while the others came much later and one didn't come at all. We were served by 3 or 4 people at different times so it was hard to know who our waiter or waitress was. The vibe is high energy for sure - not relaxing in any sense - so probably better later say after a movie or something rather than an anniversary.

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S
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

I loved the creative, well-prepared dishes. I'm usually suspicious of "Asian fusion" restaurants as the dishes often don't work but these were fantastic. I wish they'd served the rib eye with the sauce on the side. This restaurant is much too loud.

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PK
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The food and concept here are outstanding. Instead of the meat dishes being the centerpiece, they are relegated to side dishes. And every dish was inventive and finely constructed. The ambience was also very fun and lively, with great music. My only gripe was that the service fell off noticeably half way through our meal---with empty dishes piling up and not enough attention paid to us. Although that wasn't enough to dampen our overall positive experience.

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Everything was great but we would have liked a table with more privacy as we had a reservation and were celebrating a special occasion.

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BM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Music was very loud - not ideal for a date. Food was unmemorable. Cocktails were not good. Service was a bit slow.

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