AL's Place

4.6
1341 reviews
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$30 and under
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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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San Francisco
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My aunt and I came her for my 30th birthday, and we had the best time. Our server was fantastic and the food was unreal!

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BB
New Orleans
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Really great ambiance and experience. A great playlist that allows you to still have a conversation, sing a long, and enjoy your dinner. Beautifully curated wine pairings.

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

This was the perfect place for our anniversary. We weren't looking for something quiet and this place definitely isn't, and not in a bad way. The staff operates like a well oiled machine, completely together. The food was absolutely fantastic. The flavors were just unreal. We've easily spent the same or more for less, so we will happily recommend and come back!

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DC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fresh, innovative flavors, love the emphasis on vegetarian offerings.

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London
5 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great restaurant with good vegetarian options. Is pricey!

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EB
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food and menu choices. We didn't expect it to be so good. Outstanding, actually. The noise level was a bit distracting.

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New Orleans
11 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappoints! Every single dish is incredibly delicious. Brought someone here for their first time and they were blown away. While the vegetables are center stage here, don't skip the meat. The steaks are insanely good!

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New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Felt rushed, but besides that everything was fantastic - food, music, service, and ambiance. Only suggestion for the restaurant is to guests some more time to pace them selves and enjoy the meal.

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AG
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a great dinner and service and ambience was fabulous. Can’t wait to go back agsine!

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

Celebrated my son’s 30th birthday at Al’s, and it did not disappoint. The food was fantastic, as it always is! Finally had the dry aged rib eye, and oh was it good. The staff was knowledgeable and attentive, but not intrusive.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

Like so many diners mentioned before: This place is loud! It was really hard to have a conversation. I don‘t remember it being this way my last couple times I came, but it has been a while. Service was very good, but a little uber-energetic. We went with the prix fix menu and had some really inventive and memorable mains. The rest was less exciting. The overall experience fell short of expectations.

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Central Coast
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It was my birthday!

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San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic meal. Great service.

Suggest that they ask large, loud parties waiting for a table to wait outside rather than loom with backpacks over the diners seated near the front. It detracts from the experience.

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San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Al's Place serves first class food in a casual setting. The service is fantastic and except for the noise level, I would happily live in this dining room.

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thoughtful, exciting, & surprising food that’s delicious w knowledgeable & well Honed service

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KY
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The meal was incredible. Service was meticulous, unpretentious and perfect. We all left happy, having had every tastebud tickled, and impressed with the value.

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G
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 2

Too loud. Too salty. Plates and dishes looks pretty nice but unfortunately all the dishes are too much salty. There is no subtility at all in matter of tastes. Al’s Place is not even close to a one star Michelin restaurant (or only for the high prices...). It was a real disappointment as we were expecting much after all those praises. Even if the service was nice, we would not recommand this restaurant at all.

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DD
New England
4 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 2

The food was fabulous...the experience was not. The servers were like little robots reciting very quickly what was in each dish and the wine pairing with it. We felt like we were in an assembly line----courses were served before we finished our last one....and we are fast eaters! The noise level was not "energetic" but so loud we couldn´t hear each other speak. I think the servers were going for that edgy and cool feeling, while what we got was borderline hostile and aloof. Really too bad since the experience clearly didn´t match the food.

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, interesting combination of flavors.

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San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Our server was amazing - so friendly, upbeat, knowledgeable and fun! Thank you, Emily! The food was very good - so many fun flavors mixed together. Loved the chick pea snacks and the lime cod curry. Portion sizes were good. My one complaint would be how close the tables are too close together. It’s a small place and I know they want to maximize the space but it’s close. We were a 2 top and there was another 2 top next to us. The tables were literally 2 inches apart. That seems a little close. Overall, nice dining experience.

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Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Food is beyond amazing but the experienced is super rushed. They want you out of there fast!

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New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 2

Interesting food; indifferent service; very expensive for a very small portions.

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San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The experience was overall ok but I was shocked when presented with the check right after we got dessert. We were on time for our reservation and we were a table of four, we had not even Ben there 2 hours and felt we were being rushed out. I’ve never been in a Michelin starred restaurant that has done this. Would not go back.

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KG
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing way with vegetables and incredible tasting food. The tasting menu is wonderful!

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JJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was top notch. Food was even better. Will recommend to everyone I know. Great job Al's Place.

Oh and get the Yellow Bean stew "Andrew's Style"

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LT
San Francisco
132 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

This is our 4th time at Al's Place, so we obviously like the innovative and delicious food. But the noise level is unbearable. We can't even hear the waiter without asking her to repeat and repeat. The 4 of us at this small table can hardly hear each other without raised voice. The sound system only added to the impossible noise situation. If they turn the volume down, it might help. I came out with the biggest headache from the noise. I often wonder if other customers are bothered by the noise.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Having read a number of positive reviews about Al's Place we were looking forward to our dinner there. Our waitress was quite good - friendly, communicative and attentive with a helpful wine suggestion. However the food didn't live up to the reputation. Our main issue was that much of the food was either over salted, over brined or over handled by the kitchen. The presentations were overly fussy and on huge plates, half of which were empty. It's not that the portions were inadequate but the chef's aesthetic sense is to present large white plates, half with food and half with white space. It was interesting when our salad arrived plated this way but as other dishes arrived, all designed to be shared, it became a joke as we were unable to fit them all on our table and ended up stacking them before we'd finished eating them. This led to the wait staff thinking we'd finished before we had, so they prematurely attempted to take away plates. On two occasions the stacked plates slid off each other and a member of our party dropped the serving utensils on the floor. Given the inevitable cost of the meal we were disappointed with our experience. All agreed that while it was good, it wasn't great and, with the high price, we all knew we wouldn't return again.

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M
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Daughter who cooks at A16 considers it one of her favorites and son visiting from LA was blown away. Coincidentally sat next to one of your local farmers who happened to be my professor years ago in dental school. That was fun. Appreciate the ceiling sound-dampeners in a city replete with noisy restaurants. The "snackels" alone make us crave a quick return. Thank you for your consistent high quality.

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PL
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

It was my second time at Al's Place. And because I had the best experience the first time, I would recommend the place. Travelling from Canada, I was looking forward to share this beautiful experience with my friend but... was I disappointed ....! Service was so pushy, although there wasn't even any line up at the front desk, as if we were to prevent other guests to eat there. We told the - many- staff attending our table that we wanted to take our time but clearly they were on a schedule and couldn't care less. We get that there's a pace for the special menu but really?... We weren't event half through our cocktails that the second serving was on the table and wine poured into our glasses. Of course, that whole super stressful attitude impacted our perception of the food we ate.

I understand the considerations of a very busy restaurant (I know very well this industry). Listening and adapting to the clientele is so important and it's the key to having people coming back and back.

Please excuse my english, it is not my first language... !

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Denver
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Unique food. We tried the chef tasting menu and loved it.

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excelente na comida e atendimento, pratos pequenos, som elevado, ambiente simples.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Food was delicious! Some of the favorites were the mushroom broth, almonds and the hanger steak.

Few service mishaps - served food that contained pinenuts (allergy at the table), one salad was forgotten and served after a reminder with our main course, and attention to detail wasn’t super present (they forgot the candle for the birthday cake).

Overall good experience and food was good. Service and attention to detail could be improved. The allergy mishap was probably the most concerning of the night.

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San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

First the con: this place is LOUD! Cheesy pop music at full volume kinda ruined the experience and we didn't stay for dessert. Had requested a a quiet table when making the reservation but was placed smack in the middle of the restaurant. Get a seat at the back bar area if you can - you're by the bathroom but can watch the kitchen and it's a more tolerable noise level.

Pro: the food is amazing - the fries are the perfect salty and sweet combo, the turnips were sandwiched by delicious sauce on the bottom and crunchy goodness on top, and I'm already craving the green pea curry cod with pickled strawberries.

Also the service is top notch - friendly, knowledgeable, well coordinated and professional.

So maybe I'll go again; though never again on a weekend.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Family flight for best experience and most value

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

One of the best food experiences I’ve ever had! Every dish got better and better. Ambiance was perfect. Music was poppin’. Staff was kind, efficient, and knowledgeable. I’ll be back very soon!

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ER
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The menu is extremely creative/intimidating, and it forces you to be adventurous, but trust in the chefs. Every single dish was mind-blowing. By far one of the best dinners we have had in months.

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SF
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We absolutely loved Al’s place! What a welcoming place - delicious food and excellent service. Their salad greens picked daily are superb among other things.

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great birthday dinner

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So I have written a review before and we'll Al's is amazeballs. But it is now spring, if you have been before and enjoyed your experience I highly recommend going back as the seasons change. If you want to enjoy the menu, don't do the price fix option ( if you're on a budget I completely understand), asks your server questions you might find certain dishes interesting. YES eat the salad with your hands and get the fish head if available. Pro tip: when ordering the fries do not be afraid to dip them into the other sauces, such as the peanut sauce, or the cheese whiz on the crunch platter or if you run out of bread and there is tartare left scoop it up with the fries. Keep it up Al's Place.

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Berlin
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

It was absolutely a nightmare this time. Kimberly-the General Manager-had to go. She is not made out for the service industry. She has this attitude of superiority. The other staff was fine. The food had no changed since I last visited. The staff was dishonest I will blame the General Manager. I do not recommend going there. Overpriced for a lots of salads and horrible attitude. Find another restaurant.

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