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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.

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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.

1499 Valencia St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Californian, Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Wednesday - Sunday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
26th St.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 416-6136

Website:
http://www.alsplacesf.com/

Parking Details:
Street parking.

Public Transit:
24th Street Bart Station.

Executive Chef:
Aaron London

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Al’s Place will offer one menu for NYE highlighting our classic dishes with a few surprises for $120 per person. Optional wine pairings will be available . We encourage guests with food allergies or dietary aversions to inform us of those specifications in order to give the chefs advance notice.

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Al's Place Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (67)
Creative Cuisine (65)
Good Vegetarian Options (61)
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Local Ingredients (51)
Tasting Menu (50)
Good for a Date (41)
Special Occasion (40)
Seasonal (38)
Healthy (34)
Neighborhood Gem (33)
Worth the Drive (31)
Fun (28)
Organic (24)
Good for Birthdays (22)
Hot Spot (22)
Good for Anniversaries (20)
Casual (20)
Gluten Free Options (19)
Authentic (18)
Handcrafted Cocktails (15)
Romantic (13)
Notable Wine List (12)
Vegan (10)
Tapas (10)
Cozy (9)
Bar Seating (7)
Good for Groups (7)
Late-night Find (5)
Paleo Friendly (5)
People Watching (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Business Meals (1)
Great Beer (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Spicy (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

Tiny spot, food tasted good, but portions were too small, wine list limited. Service rushed, space so small no where to stand while waiting for your table, or bathroom. Music too loud, hard to have a conversation.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

The food is very imaginative, creative and delicious. Service is excellent. It is an outstanding restaurant. Also the prices are competitive

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

Amazing food, unique type of ordering, love the small plates. Great service with a very knowledgeable staff. Excellent wines. Would go back anytime. Not inexpensive but definitely worth the cost and the experience. Definitely for foodies

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Al's place was outstanding! I highly recommend they add a "protein" onto their Chef's tasting menu!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Tasting Menu, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Healthy, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Cozy
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·Dined 6 days ago

Al's Place was a life-changing meal. Yes, that good. That creative. That thoughtful. Still having moments when I find myself thinking
About the food. Genius. Go and enjoy!

Tags: Romantic, Paleo Friendly, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Authentic, Healthy, Fun, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Understated decor with impeccable food and service.

Tags: Bar Seating, Kid-friendly, Healthy, Tasting Menu, Local Ingredients, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Al's Place continues to shine! We were there to celebrate an anniversary, and could not have been more delighted by the attentive service, accommodating menu options, and delicious food! We look forward to our next meal there!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options
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 (New England)·Dined on November 10, 2017

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.

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 9, 2017

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.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Tasting Menu, Organic, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 9, 2017

The Savory food and the service was excellent, however, we had a chocolate brownie with peanuts and caramel topped off with a scoop of ice cream. The dessert was too sweet, enough to note I wouldn’t order that dessert again.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Vegan
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·Dined on November 9, 2017

Very disappointing

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Fabulously creative veggie food. My only gripe is that a veggie family plan should always cost less than one which includes fish and meat.

Tags: Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Everything was divine without the pretentious you would find at an upscale restaurant. Maybe the best salad ever had in my life.

Tags: Organic, Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (London)·Dined on November 6, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (St. Louis)·Dined on November 4, 2017

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.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Organic, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Vegan, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, People Watching, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 27, 2017

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!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 16, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Excellent and fun. Everyone is very hip. Prepare to spend and enjoy yourself.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Romantic, Late-night Find, People Watching, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2017

All the plates we have ordered were overly salted, unable to taste the true flavor. Disappointed experience and noise level was pretty high. Services were attentive, courteous and pleasant.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 12, 2017

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.

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Music is blasting Way too loud. Couldn't have a conversation with my friend without yelling and leaning to hear her.
Food is experimental, flavors are hit and miss. Wouldn't recommend.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Great food and great service. A great overall evening!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Seasonal, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 6, 2017

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!

Tags: Seasonal, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Fun
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·Dined on October 6, 2017

A fantastic restaurant recommended in our travel guide. Food was excellent. Great place for fish and the fries! This is a very creative chef and we highly recommend the restaurant to all foodies travelling to SF! Enjoy!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 2, 2017

All four of us loved everything about this restaurant! The food, the service, the presentation! We got extra lucky and Aaron served us that night and we got to tell him how wonderful everything was.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Fantastic, unique menu. Stellar service. Highly recommend ordering the tasting menu.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Paleo Friendly, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Waited 15 minutes past reservation to be seated. Food was generally over salted though interesting. Service was very good while still casual-nice people! Love the space though they should talk to me about their plants😜

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Loved Al's Place! It was a little loud, but great service, great food and great wine. Really fun place.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Gluten Free Options, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Late-night Find
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 29, 2017

very creative , imaginative, original, sustainable food.
great for sharing and tasting.
very attentive staff.
a great dinning experience. true California.

Tags: Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Authentic, Fun, Gluten Free Options, Organic, Good Vegetarian Options, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 28, 2017

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.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 23, 2017

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.

Tags: Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 23, 2017

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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·Dined on September 21, 2017

Al's place has a very different menu!Every dish we had was delicious. I enjoyed all the unusual ingredients in the food. I would recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fun, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Great for Lunch, Tasting Menu, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies
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