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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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.6
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4.4
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OT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Will never dine here again or recommend to anyone. Why?
1. False advertising as a seafood restaurant. Only 4 options on a menu of 20 items.
2. Loud music, felt like I was screaming at my wife during dinner.
3. Our waiter was awful. Wasn’t helpful. We didn’t ask for anything unreasonable but was impatient when we were asking about to menu which had limited options.
4. We were educated on the pronouns ‘they or them’. Honestly we are still not sure what we said that instigated that teaching point from the host or manager.
5. Great that you are Michelin star restaurant always happy for local businesses. We have been to several none of which have we ever had such a uncomfortable experience.

AK
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I have never been disappointed at Al's Place. I especially love the freshness and variety of the vegetable dishes and that many of the dishes can be eaten with your hands. My only criticism is the noise level is too loud. I don't think the atmosphere would be sacrificed much if at all by playing the music at a lower volume. It would make conversation easier which would make my dining experience more enjoyable.

P
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

My wife and I really enjoyed our dining experience. The food was excellent, both in presentation and flavor. The waitstaff were really attentive and friendly. The only service critiques is that they forgot to give us new plates after our trout dish (the plates were full of bones with no space left for the next course). And they brought the bill while we were still eating dessert. We were planning on having another drink but decided not to at that point.

A suggestion for the restaurant management: Add a few hooks next to the tables abutting the walls for hanging purses and jackets. There is wood trim on the wall at the perfect height for mounting hooks. The hardware would cost less than $50 and would make your clientele more comfortable.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was phenomenal & the dishes were life-changing!

GB
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Al's Place is one of the best places for a multi course vegetarian or vegan menu. It's incredibly affordable for the amount of courses and the quality. The service is always impeccable and timely. The only small gripe I have is that the music level is always so loud you have to shout across the table. Other than that this is a wonderful experience and we will keep coming back again and again.

M
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Service and professionalism was top notch. Food was very good

RP
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely loved it! The food was certainly well prepared and the flavors in each dish were well constructed and different in a wonderful way. The tasting menu was a memorable experience. The service staff complimented the experience quite nicely. We would certainly return.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Dining was great except service was so fast it felt very rushed. In and out in an hour with six items ordered plus drinks.

OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved the food and service but felt a little pressure to finish and found the music too loud.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic Food and Service

MH
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The menu and seasonal offerings are outstanding, but the service and vibe puts Al's Place above the rest of the "top" SF restaurants.

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Appetizers were amazing- mains were less exciting

OT
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

all-in dining experience. amazing food, service, and ambiance. all put together by a group of people who love what they do every day they do it. will be back.

JB
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We thoroughly enjoyed our (third) visit to Al’s Place. We had a selection of small plates - tasty brined fries, crisp Asian pears with a yummy peanut sauce. The server said to eat the baby lettuce with our hands because the leaves were joined together (we didn’t and it was still good). Smoked trout was fairly small. The lemon tart had nice pastry but the rings of unpeeled fruit on top were difficult to cut. Service was excellent. We were glad to have a table at the front as the restaurant was pretty loud. Overall, very good.

JP
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely spectacular. Prepare to be surprised and delighted by flavors, textures and ingredients you didn't expect. The service is slightly rushed but otherwise flawless. Atmosphere is unstuffy and welcoming.
Highly recommended!

RB
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Al’s Place! Every bite was delicious. The service was impeccable, without being stodgy.

b
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food was good and the service was great. The atmosphere is hip and modern. It is a bit loud. Enjoy!

OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Lamb pasta was so sweet.
Been soup was incredibly salty.
Steak had no flavor.
Restaurant was incredibly loud cause of music and conversations people had..

SB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience2

My review is based on the atmosphere, food, and service.

The first thing I noticed about Al's Place is the noise. It's loud inside the restaurant... diners are packed together in a small space and the music is slappin' with a heavy bassline. It's so loud that when the host called my name, I accidentally followed him to a table meant for another couple. Oops!

We were seated after waiting about 5-10 minutes and, immediately, the General Manager, Kimberly Litchefield, greeted us, asked if we had eaten there in the past, and explained the menu. She spit on my face while talking. I'm not sure if she noticed me wiping her spittle off my right cheek.

As it was our first time at Al's Place, we opted to go family style in order to taste a variety of items on the menu. The waiter explained we would receive about eight items and gave us some choices. We let him know that we wanted the steak tartare and lamb bacon dishes. We also ordered two cocktails, the Bandit and Hands, Please!

Our snackles (i.e., appetizers) came right away. All at once. Before our drinks. The food pacing was rushed. It's obvious the staff is doing everything in their power to turn around tables in 90 minutes or less. I would have liked to receive one dish at a time as we were there to enjoy the food.

The Chawanmushi (mushroom brother with pink lady and pistachios) was very interesting. The server recommended eating it with a spoon as it was "delicate." We appreciated the cross section of flavors topped off with fresh cilantro. I liked the brine pickled French fries with smoked apple sauce... but this was my partner's least favorite dish. The steak tartare was somewhat bland and should have been served with more toast. I enjoyed the simplicity of fresh baby radishes with their stems served with butter and sea salt.

Our drinks arrived after the snackles. They were delicious... though, I didn't realize Al's Place doesn't have a hard liquor license because the waiter said something about my Hands, Pleas

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Al’s Place is probably our favorite restaurant here in the city. I chose to

FB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an amazing experience top to bottom. AL's Place is a rarity in their ability to deliver on veg-forward dishes that are elegant and packed with complexity. Top service.

KL
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great restaurant. Al's has always done well at marrying contrasting/unique tastes and textures to create supremely fresh and interesting dishes. The night we were there, the music was a bit too loud, however. Please consider turning it down a bit - thanks!

c
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Terrific dining experience Al's Place! The food was so delightful and fresh and the service matched. I would dine here again.

D
Miami
17 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience5

Very loud which wouldn’t be an issue but sat next to a window on a chilly night with the window open wasn’t pleasant. Food was good but not what I was expecting for a Michelin Star.
Bread for beef tartar was burnt and mix was overly flavored with horseradish. The pasta had diced quince paste in it, really.

RH
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Inventive food with unique flavors that keep us coming back for more. The staff and the atmosphere are also spot on.

T
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience1

Food good. Ambience bad. Small crowded space with lots traffic from staff serving small dishes. Noisy

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience5

The amazing food was a little rushed. We did the tasting menu & had 5 of the 10 dishes in front of us within moments of ordering. It was overwhelming to start so fast with so much.

The music was loud also, to the point that it was hard to hear conversation at times.

Now, about the amazing food - wow brisket!! Don’t miss the brisket!!!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food and ambiance. Our server could have smiled a bit more. It felt a bit “transactional”

MJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Thee food and service was exceptional. Extreme noise costs them a star.

Y
New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience2

This was my second visit to your restaurant, unfortunaly the noise level was too high. I’m not sure that I would be coming back.

JM
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always pleasantly surprised by Al's! What a treat and and experiment for the taste buds, in the best of ways!

DE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time. Thank You!

c
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Servers were amazing for accommodating my lateness! Wonderful food! Just a wee bit loud but no worries.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, staff very helpful however they move so fast through this small restaurant it is not a calm meal. Loved the food experience. The music was often to loud and not relaxing yet every once in awhile background music that was enjoyable. Would bring a friend there for the experience but not have on Al’s Place on a routine dinning place.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved AL's Place! The food was great. We ordered the chef choice vegan, I'm vegan my husband is not but we both loved it. Will go back again for sure.

o
San Francisco
136 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful! Shared with out of towers, who were amazed at the incredible flavors.

A
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience2

Très bruyant. On a du mal à se concentrer sur les subtilités de la cuisine.
Le service est désordonné. On vous apporte tout en même temps pendant que vous buvez votre coktail.
Le concept du partage des plats est un peu bizarre lorsqu'on a l'habitude des étoilés Michelin en France.

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JT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So fun! We went on New Year’s Eve. Great music, food, and service! We brought our six-year-old son and were given a thoughtful table.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

I dine out daily. Know the different between good and just ok food. Disappointed with being a Michelin star restaurant. Trout was too salty. Brisket was below average. Only good thing is service.

LR
San Francisco
48 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We adore this restaurant - small and intimate, and the staff is wonderful! Love all of the dishes we had tried, from "snacks" to mains, particularly our last seasonal pasta based one combined with a "side" of duck breast - just heavenly. We also loved the steak tartare recipe here (not every restaurant can prepare a proper steak tartare), as well as all of the lovely vegetable based dishes. The culinary team deserves every accolade. Unfortunately, we didn't leave room for desserts so will have to return (soon). Location is close to a BART station so we didn't have to drive into San Francisco during the holidays mad rush.

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