AL's Place

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Aaron London's new restaurant in the Mission, San Francisco. Northern California regional cuisine rooted in the produce and seafood of the Bay Area.
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HB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was incredible and the flavours of every single dish we tried were out of this world. A real great find, with great service, ambience and atmosphere. Sat outside and even though it was a cold night, it was warm and cosy under the heaters. Anyone visiting San Francisco should definitely dine here. Thanks so much for an awesome meal :)

CS
London
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

The Emperors new clothes. Super hip and on trend but poor lazy cooking masquerading as fine dining. A complete rip off. The server was nice and very efficient and the wine was good but the food was terrible. A certain arrogance and complacency about this place.

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

The food was incredible, delicious, mostly melt-in-your-mouth, with unique flavors. The whole trout was not our favorite but everything else was outstanding. Loved the service and wine. However, the ambiance could have been the same with the volume of the music lowered.

AM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and great ambience ! The service was great, and I can't wait to come back!

t
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Incredible food, excellent service (except they forgot to give me my take-out food).

DW
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 1

Great food......horrible loud swearing rap music and flies all over the place....probably won’t go back

S
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service were as fantastic as I remembered.
All four cold dishes were delicious but cold fried potatoes in the trout salad was a bit dry. The eggplant and sweet potato dish was outstanding. The white bean stew wasn’t a stew but a soup. Nevertheless, it was soooo tasty and we really enjoyed it.
The blueberry tart with lemon curd and lavender ice cream was very refreshing.
My daughter and I throughly enjoyed our time at your restaurant.
Will be back when I come back to San Francisco for sure.
Thanks, Al’s team!!

M
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 1

The service was excellent
Food was very good
The room is a long narrow space with 6 loud speakers BLASTING music- making talking or enjoying impossible!

s
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was really good. Nice vegetarian choices. Felt a little rushed by wait staff to get in and get out.

LK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely incredible - the food was mouth watering & the staff were all helpful, friendly, and just lovely human beings. Incredibly affordable for being a Michelin rated restaurant. Ask Emily Sanchez to be your server - you WON't be disappointed. WILL BE BACK ASAP!!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

We love this place. For a one-Star Michelin it’s easy going and casual. I don’t like the rotating service. We had 5 people we were interacting with. Food came before we were finished with the other course. And plates taken away while chewing the meat. The one allergy we had was taken note of but forgotten at the time the desert came. We asked to get the peanut ice cream separat to the brownie which we both liked but then got a blueberry tart.

KK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

It was a great disappointment. The quality of food was extremely low, just putting together some unusual ingredients does not make food delicious. I would say it was pretentious but in no way met the quality of one star.

SB
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

I loved the food, but felt hurried through the dinner. I gave 3 stars for service because of the feeling of pressure to hurry through each course. 1 hour and 15 min. for 10 courses seemed way too fast. The service staff were great, and I am sure they were working hard to turn over tables as fast as possible as they were instructed to do.
The food is some of the best I have ever had.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

There were 6 of us, so we had the family style dinner. There was ample delicious food, but it all came out too quickly. We felt like it was an eating race. We finally asked the server to please slow it down. Which the kitchen did and we appreciated.

J
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good food, good ambience and nice staff

JW
New England
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Overall a nice experience although for price a bit underwhelming. Primary dislike was felt pressured to order more food than necessary.

TC
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 2

Pace of the food was way too fast, and they pour wine like college seniors at a graduation party. It was very clear they were trying to turn over our table quickly. Really bad look from a service perspective, you can't chill in there at all. The food was excellent though, some great and complex dishes. Recommend the steak, blistered eggplant and chawanmushi.

J
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Made a 7:30pm reservation at Al's Place on a Friday night to celebrate an anniversary. Upon arrival, we were instantly greeted, seated and made to feel welcome. Every waiter who served us made sure to say congratulations on the anniversary. We felt well attended and the food was creative and delicious! I was impressed by the wine pairings and would happily return for another visit. Strongly recommend!

r
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic
Especially the slow roasted peaches dessert! We ate a lot but didn’t tell heavy after at all, service was also so on!

PZ
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Really enjoyed the food and the ambience of the place. Service was phenomenal.
Some dishes were amazing, others were just ok.

l
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very fresh food .huge tastings menu at a reasonable price .. super friendly staff 😁

EA
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

For a one-Michelin-Star resto, the food was lovely and definitely had a unique approach...everything quite delicate (chopped in tiny bits) and sauces all had the same super smooth-as-custard consistency. For me, I would have liked a little more variety in textures. Tastes were suitably complex, but subtle and sometimes overly salty for my tastes. My big complaint is that this kind of preparation/presentation needed better, more careful explanation by the servers. Not only did we feel each dish came too quickly one after the other, but we all felt the servers rushed through the explanations. The noise level is very high, so it was hard enough to hear the explanation of ingredients, but we all could have sworn the server said “shaved Parmesan” on the smoked trout, which turned out to be shaved (microplaned) horseradish. I think they are trying make fine dining less stuffy by having loud music and casual service. That’s all well and good, but too casual is not good. Our coffee never came. Food was fine, service was rushed and careless.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Food was good. But three people at our table asked multiple times for the music to be lowered. A couple of times they temporarily lowered it. Other times we were told, “Sorry, no. Loud music is part of our vibe.” One waitress who said she had gotten used to the volume after four years was screaming at us when she took our orders. One of my friends wore earplugs through the meal. They actually made a few errors on our orders because they couldn’t hear us. We loved the cod in curry and the chickpeas. But none of us would go back because we enjoy talking to one another when we dine out. It was painfully loud and they cared more about the chef’s desired “vibe” than us having an enjoyable evening together.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Definitely a go to

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

It was special! Good food and spot.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing staff, very knowledgeable and you could sense the passion in their step! Outstanding dishes, super efficient service and my props to Chef Aaron London and his crew! Will definitely be returning very, very soon!

CL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Al's is my favorite restaurant in SF. Every time I go, I taste something spectacular that I have not tasted before. The service is superb. It's a little loud. Prices are not crazy, but it's not about being a bargain. It's about incredible food.

K
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Very surprised that this restaurant has a Michelin star! We had a reservation, but still had to wait 15 minutes for our table to be ready - together with at least 10 other guests in a very crowded entrance. Everything seemed quite rushed, and with the loud music it was not a particularly relaxing dinner. A completely different experience than I have had in any other Michelin star restaurant in Europe. Food was good, though!

t
San Francisco
43 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The combinations of food and flavors was truly delightful! For example, the ribeye and melon combination was out of this world, flavor-wise. The small warm and cold dishes were fun and interesting (the peppers were just a bit too warm, but I was adequately warned). The service was incredible, as all the wait-persons knew what they were serving. Bravo!!

M
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

I've said it before and I'll say it again...the restaurant is just TOO noisy. Food is delicious and healthy.

M
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was delicious, very innovative and fresh! We were impressed with the quality of the food and reasonable prices. It deserves its Michelin Star! While the atmosphere was nice, the music was really loud, it was hard to hear and make conversation.

K
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and delicious food.

SW
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food is delicious and inventive. The staff is great. It’s a little too crowded and loud for my taste, but The food makes up for that b

s
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Staff & service is outstanding. Food is fresh & tasty. Great first time experience. I will definitely come back.

JI
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was delicious (we had 10 dishes including a dessert). We will definitely be back. My only comment is that the music is way too loud.

SK
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing food. I thought the service could have been a little more personable but otherwise one of the best meals I've had this year.

RO
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

The catastrophic experience caused by very first minute. When we came our table was occupied by other guests and then cleaned up. So, we were very "surprised" when host told us something like: "because you are 5 minutes late for your appointment and your full party is not here (our two last guests were staying outside of the restaurant blocked by the line of incoming people), you must finish your dinner by this particular time". This sounded like dishonest rude and unwelcomed message at that time. Despite on that we started with appetizer there (tartar was not bad) but due to very noisy atmosphere, unwelcomed look from some waiters, and very bad first experience, we did not wait for the main dishes and just left the place after paying the full check. This is the first time after attending many Michelin star restaurants across the world when we had big questions how this place could even get the star.

MM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was excellent. One server was excellent. The other not so much. We were charged for an item we never received so my friend brought that to her attention. The server didn't seem too happy at having to take it off the bill not to mention the fact she questioned him about whether we actually never received the item. Rather rude in my opinion. Turned a great experience into one less than great. 😕

M
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

It didn't blow me away, nothing was great, it wasn't bad but...

PM
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was superb!!! Food delicious and super fresh.

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