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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
Hours of Operation:
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
More than anything, I'm shocked that this place got a Michelin star. I have been to a lot of 1 and 2 star spots, and this one was a pretty big let down. Maybe it was just the night or the service, but my fiance and I felt that some of the dishes were just below standard. I hope this was just an off night for them.
The price-inflation on Valentine’s Day was absurd. There’s simply no reason to spend more than $400 for two people. There was no meat on offer, and we were instructed to eat wet salad with our hands. Cool place, fun music curation, fun vibe, good wines, but would never come back on Valentine’s Day.
We ordered all 10 cool and warm dishes.Each was wonderful, exploding with flavor. The food is imaginative and original, well worth the trip. The service was very attentive. The scene was very young, compared to us, and probably as a result, quite noisy. The wine list is excellent, many unfamiliar wines. We enjoyed a wonderful Chablis (for $135) and a very nice red, Domaine Rolet from Jura, FR for about $60. Overall, it was a great nice out for a bunch of gastropods.
While the food was excellent we were aggressively rushed through the meal. We ordered 7 plates and 5 of them turned up at the same time and within minutes of ordering. On several occasions waiters tried to clear dishes before we were done. The check was brought before we even asked for it and then the server came back to check on the credit card which I had not put out yet. He then stood at the table waiting for me to get it out of my wallet. I'm guessing they had promised the table to another group after us, but when we left there was no one waiting and other tables were free. We were in the restaurant for less than 1.5 hours for 7 plates + 1 dessert.
I've been wanting to try Al's Place for awhile. Food was tasty, though I don't think it has a greater percentage of vegetarian options than any other fine-dining restaurant in San Francisco. I have to eat gluten-free, and I thought there were plenty of options for me. We ordered a green salad, a trout dish, a polenta/grits dish, duck and brisket. I liked the portion sizes, they're close to what I eat at home. For dessert, we ordered the avocado mousse. They were all tasty. Very pleasant and attentive server. Dishes came out fast--almost wished we had more time to linger. Young, hip crowd. I liked the music selection a lot, but it was LOUD. Lots of hard surfaces.
Wine was very good. Food ranges from delicious to mediocre (pork belly) to “nice try” (pickled fries). Service has attitude and very bossy. They definitely are all about moving you through. Felt like a restaurant which wants to be exceptional with a fast food herd mentality. Also will not seat you until the entire party is arrived but they have no space for you to wait. I hate that. I made a reservation Nd I’m there. Seat me and offer me a drink. Yeesh. If thy concentrated more on their diners’ experience and not how clever they are with their own farm, etc., the value would increase. My colleague who mentioned this place to me had the exact same experience wth the same weird aftertaste (I decided to try it anyway because he can be really picky). So I’m glad I said I was there, but not looking forward to going back. This star will probably burn bright and eventually fade.
Oh and it’s too noisy to enjoy witty banter with your dinner companions.
Always a pleasure to eat here. I like the idea of a vegetable centric meal. Vegetables are prepared in ways and combinations I would not think of. That said, the steak tartar is to die for! Our waitress was helpful and fun, but all the people that served us would very attentive.
What we ordered was tasty. Best dish was the Kale Salad. Portions too small. Our waiter must have been having an off night or didn't care. Had to call him back to the table to finish our order. He was also rude to one of our party because she didn't want to try their goat cheese. He spoke so quickly, we had a difficult time hearing and understanding what he was saying. We left having enjoyed the food but not the service. I wouldn't return.
The food was superb, the service was disappointing. We were there with a friend who is a wine expert and had brought several bottles from his cellar. The corkage fee ($30) is on the high side, but what was especially disappointing was that after putting a bottle of his champagne on ice (which would have been our third bottle..we were a group of four), they told us they had a limit of two outside bottles per table. This is something they should have said as soon as we showed up with our own wine, and certainly before taking the third bottle to chill. We were welcome to buy any of the wine on their menu, so they weren't cutting us off, it was just a policy of theirs, clearly designed to "encourage" the purchase of their highly-marked up, mediocre-quality wine. This occurrence was just consistent with the service in general, somewhat uncaring of the customer. It's quite frustrating that I can't leave them a better review, because I truly enjoyed the food.
Great staff & service. Food was disappointing; stick to vegetables as proteins were not good. The trout & pork belly were cloyingly sweet; pickled french fries? May sound creative or cool, but is just dumb and not good. Millennial city clientele , the kind of people leaving good reviews on Yelp as they don’t know good food.
Al’s couldn’t have been better. It was our first visit and our server, Becca, was a complete star. She talked us through the menu and helped us to make informed choices. Every member of staff was lovely. It was the last evening of my mother’s trip to San Francisco and we loved every minute. Highly recommended!
I was really excited to find a Michelin-starred restaurant with a prix fixe menu at this price point, but was disappointed by the overall saltiness of most dishes and the rushed service. I wasn't offered the wine pairing initially, and by the time I asked for it (part way into the first course), they told me I would have to "catch up," which was not very appealing. I did opt for it, because I'm generally delighted by wine pairings - most places that offer them seem to put a lot of thought and effort in - but here again I was disappointed. The wines were very ordinary, and not a one stood out for the way it complimented the dish I was supposed to go with. There were a couple of nice dishes - a beautiful salad, and some wonderful little starters - but overall, I would not return, and I would not recommend the place.
Al's Place was recommended by a friend and I was looking forward to our experience. It was disappointing for both my friend and I. I had some questions regarding a recommendation on how to order as we were unfamiliar with the format/menu. The response was all but an eyeroll. The food was good, but I put it in the "tortured food" category, or "much ado about nothing." I am not a culinary rube; both my friend and I are restaurateurs and we were underwhelmed to say the least.
Al's Place brings you inventive fine dining in a casual Mission ambiance. As a vegetarian with omnivorous dining companions, I wasn't excited about the family-style dining, but we went for it, and it ended up being a great option! Most of the dishes brought to the table worked for everyone, and whenever a non-veg option arrived at the table, it arrived with a second veg option just for me. This food gets you out of your comfort zone with creative ingredient pairings, but the result is always delicious.
Struggling with jet lag, I made my way to the counter at a very earlier hour of 6pm. Dining solo, earlier in the evening, I was ready to experience Veges done right. I was blown away by the food (the salad is a must), the suggested wine pairing and the sheer meticulousness of the chef. Everything was tasted before it went out, dishes rarely sat on the counter for more than a few seconds & everything ran in quite a synchronized manner without a lot of fuss or mess. Low key ambiance where the food really shines!
Dining at Al's Place was a wonderful experience! We did the family style tasting menu and LOVED that it was pescatarian by default. We usually have to make a special request so to find an amazing Michelin Star restaurant that caters to those that prefer veggies and seafood is truly a gem. Would definitely recommend!
The service is exceptional. There were moments our server made our table for two feel like the only table in the restaurant with her attention and willingness to talk through the menu with us. The food is solid (heavy on vegetables and unique flavor combinations), but I’m not sure the small plates and choice of ingredients are worth the price being charged.
like any restaurant which has been praised so highly early in its life, this was just no exception.
the food is fantastic but the RELENTLESS hovering from the staff is pretty unnerving. Employees are constantly walking by checking out how many bites you have left on your plate.....it is NOT a good feeling. It feels like you are being watched every second. You rest your fork, immediately someone is trying to take your plate away. You get a menu, you then get 4 people coming by to see "if you are ready to order", and god forbid you end your meal.....it is HURRY HURRY get dessert or get out.
I get it, you are popular and in demand...but you are way too eager to turn the table. It is really very disrupting and not confused with excellent service. Relax and you will offer your guests a much better experience....one that matches the food you serve.
Really interesting small plates, complex flavors and creative presentation. However, perhaps because we were first seating (5:45 on a Friday evening), we felt very rushed. The plates were brought so quickly that we had no opportunity to savor the food. We were told we had to “put in the whole order at the same time,” rather than order a few starters and then make additional choices as we requested. As a result, we over ordered and ended up with too much food, which also decreased our ability to enjoy each item. We didn’t feel valued as customers the way I would expect in a restaurant with a Michellin star.
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