AL's Place

4.5
1247 reviews
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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.

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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.
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BG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

Six of us were served the family style menu. Ten dishes came out in rapid succession. We were done in little more than an hour. Nothing I ate would I categorize as memorable, or especially delicious. The service was excellent. The room was so loud I couldn't hear the person sitting next to me. It was an $800 meal, including tip. I won't be returning.

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

Make sure you get the bean stew, it is amazingly tasty!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic!

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KB
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Overall, I was a bit disappointed with the meal. Vegetables were cooked in a unique, tasty way. Really enjoyed the burrata! French fries were disappointing, though the sauce was great. Tartare was too salty, and thought the sashimi dish I got had a tiny amount of fish when compared to the amount of potatoes on the plate.

Overall, good food, not worth the value when compared to other Michelin restaurants, and likely won’t go back.

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r
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had dinner at Al’s Place last week, and would go back again and again. The food was fun, delicious and staff there made seamless changes to my friend’s meal to accommodate her allergies. The staff was warm, knowledgeable , and helped make this one of my favorite and best dining experiendces of past decade.

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K
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There isn’t a better restaurant to celebrate a special event whether an anniversary or birthday. First, they always read your open table requests and do their very best to accommodate...and always add a few unexpected twists. Second, if you arrive at 5:30, the staff welcomes you unlike any restaurant opening I’ve experienced. Third, the plates are uniquely prepared with unusual and outstanding combinations of ingredients. Every bite is like nothing you’ve experienced. We love Al’s and for all these reasons we have made it our special place.

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L
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 4

Awful food. Really and truly awful. Great vibe in there, nice staff, cool decor... but just terrible food.

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FB
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was awesome, the atmosphere relaxed. Unbelivably, but true, servings were a little too big and people seemed in a hurry. We had the familiy plate option and the wine paribg and I recommend both!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Bien trop bruyant on ne s’entend pas parler et le service est bien trop rapide. Les serveurs retirent votre assiette 3 secondes après que vous l’ayez terminée et vous pousse à commander autre chose. Les plats sont bons mais juste pour l’ambiance et le service je n’y retournerai pas.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Boss was impressed!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food. Wish the music was a little quieter for better conversation.

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 4

Underwhelming food at an expensive price. Very salty.

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CL
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you're in SF, you've gotta try Al Place. It lives up to the hype. Food. Service. Atmosphere. LOVED this place and will be back!

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P
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Al's Place still remains by favorite, local spot but I don't think I'll try the "shared family fixed course menu" a 2nd time. Not necessarily for the food / dish quality (everything tasted good, except perhaps for the dessert) but more for the pace that the waitress imposed on us. We felt a little rushed and didn't have time to fully enjoy the culinary experience. One other downside was the frequency at which our wine glasses were filled up again. It really felt like the goal was for us to drink as much as possible.
Hope these comments help make the family fixed course menu a better experience in the future!

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ML
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Al's Place is such a treat. The service is terrific from start to finish. Very efficient. And the food is inventive and delicious. Will definitely be back--when I can get a reservation.

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EL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Come here often, one of my favorite spots in SF. Up until this most recent visit- my dining experience has always been exceptional. Unfortunately, my most recent experience was not as enjoyable because our waitress was insisting we finish each course faster versus she could "box it up" for us. She probably asked us if we wanted a box > 10x. There was this constant rushing us through the meal. We were hurried through our meal and ultimately she cleared our last dish prior to up being done and returned it in a brown bag.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

I initially went to Al’s place just a couple of months after it first opened, and it was wonderful in every way! However this time taking a special person on a date I was extremely unimpressed! We were seated right next to another couple that got up and left because they felt so pushed together. We literally were at a four top table with 1 inch of space between us. Next although our waiter was nice, he talked us into getting a $22 “grip” of wine and when he poured our glasses they were barely a standard 6 ounce pour. We ordered 5 different options and only the burrata was delightful. Everything else was way over seasoned and both of us commented routinely how we couldn’t taste any elements of the meal, just the heavy seasoning or sauces. We left there thinking their Michelin rating days are definitely over and we will ourselves not come back or recommend for any reason.

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j
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beginning with the salad, a crisp beginning, to the hearty hamachi crudo, and on, everything was uniquely tasty.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Everything was good except the music was too loud at the place.

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AP
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fabulous food! If your looking for inventive food and exquisite quality without the pretentiousness of fine dining Al's Place is your spot. I will recommend this place to everyone!

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved, loved the food experience. Incredibly good without being fussy and the service was impeccable. We never felt rushed just welcome to take our time to devour the food.

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CM
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was very inspired and the flavours in the baby lettuce were incredible. Our waitress was knowledgeable and attentive

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KL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding. Al’s Place never disappoints. Always left wondering how they beautifully pack so much complexity of flavor into their dishes!

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B
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AL's Place continues to be my all-time favorite restaurant in San Francisco.

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TG
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place - an awesome option particularly for food allergy or dietary restriction people. Always delicious and excellent service!

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BA
Atlanta
25 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Al’s Place came highly recommended by our son and daughter-in-law, both chefs who lived in SF for years. They could not have been more spot-on with their suggestion. We had a party of 5 that included a vegan and an egg allergy. The chef put together a perfect family-style meal and it made for a memorable experience. The servers were terrific and very knowledgeable. Thank You all!

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FB
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was different but fantastic and so original. Fresh vibrant flavours.. loved it!! Everyone was so knowledgeable explaining all dishes and wine without being overbearing.

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ST
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I wanted to take my boyfriend to a Michelin Star restaurant for his birthday. We’re vegetarian so I thought I’d have a hard time finding a restaurant with options for us but Al’s place had a very accommodating menu to most food preferences. The food was incredible, very fresh and creative, and the service was lovely. Everything I expected from a Michelin Star restaurant at a reasonable price point.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

So disappointed with the food, and service was spotty.

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E
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

The flavor profile of the food was lovely in general but a bit too salty

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food at AL’s Place was like nothing I’ve had before. Service was impeccable but they do run out of items on the menu as the night goes on. It’s quite loud with a positive energetic vibe. I’ll definitely be coming back if not only for the amazing waitresses but also to try items I missed out on.

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M
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

De façon générale très belle soirée et excellent service. Intéressant que la cuisine soit ouverte et qu’on puisse voir la préparation des plats. La salade a été notre coup de coeur du repas.

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MM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Wonderful food and presentation/description by wait staff

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J
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We celebrated our 5th anniversary here. We got free bubbly! The staff was super nice and the food is inventive and delicious! My husband is vegetarian so it’s hard to find good places that both of us like but this was perfect!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excelente!

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MC
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent, creative food and attentive service. Totally deserves its Michelin star!

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OL
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a fun time! Great music, bustling vibes, AMAZING food. It felt like a Friday night in there lol the energy was great but the food absolutely made the experience. Thanks for the good time!

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s
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall, the food here is good, not amazing. Some of the foods were very rich and not very balanced. I think it's worth checking out but I wouldn't go back.

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EL
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Sorry to say that my first experience here, for my dear friend's birthday, was quite disappointing. Not sure what happened but definitely not a Michelin Star restaurant anymore. I figure the Family Style on the menu would be the best experience, given I'm trusting them to pick the best pairings for food to get the best out of the restaurant but the first two dishes were fried food overload with similar aoli like sauces. Actually everything seemed prepared that way, not all fried, but all including a sauce and something sweet and tangy. In a family style or in a menu I would expect an array of tastes and textures and paced well but it seemed the same, over and over again. The best thing was the brownie cake dessert with caramel flowing out of it with a nice top layer crunch and the ambience seems lively and cosy. Such a bummer, I'll probably not come again.

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WK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and ambiance. The food is not pretentious. Delicious, eclectic. A bit on the salty side, but not in a bad way. Music was fantastic. Is a place I would go regularly.

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