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Ame

4.2
1150 reviews
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$50 and over
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Contemporary American
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic

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About

Located on Mission St, San Francisco, California, Ame Restaurant welcomes guests to enjoy a variety of Asian-inspired delicacies, in a sophisticated and relaxed setting. Serving up a combination of seafood, Japanese, gluten-free and Asian dishes, the Ame Restaurant has developed a diverse and extensive menu for guests to enjoy. Well-known dishes include grilled Brandt Family Ranch New York strip steak with crispy Yukon gold potatoes, "Chawan-Mushi" a Japanese savory custard and grilled Maine lobster tail with hokkaido scallops and cuttlefish on risotto nero.

The Ame Restaurant has been decorated with sleek furnishings, including metal rails, exposed wine racks, large mirrors and contemporary artwork.

Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Dining Room: Monday - Thursday 6PM - 9:30PM

Fridays and Saturdays 5:30PM - 10PM

Bar and Lounge: Sunday - Thursday 12PM - 12AM

Fridays and Saturdays 12PM - 1AM
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Phone number
(415) 284-4040
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Yosuke Machida
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Private party facilities
Ame can accommodate parties up to 32 people in our private dining room for dinner. Parties of up to 80 can be accommodated for private lunches. Please contact us for more information.
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Private party contact
Candace Curtin: (415) 284-4040
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Catering
Able to accommodate up to 80 people for Private Luncheons upon request
Dinner Events for up to 40 people
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Third Street - Valet entrance is on Minna Street
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Parking details
Valet parking is offered through the St. Regis Hotel located at 125 Third Street. The entrance to the hotel is on Minna Street at the corner of Third Street. We validate for diners at a rate of $20 for the first 3 hours. Additional charges apply after 3 hours.
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Public transit
Montgomery is the closest BART Station
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Special events & promotions
Contact Candace Curtin at 415-284-4040
email: Candace.Curtin@stregis.com
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine
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4.2  based on all time ratings
4.3
food
4.3
service
4.1
ambience
3.8
value
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on February 20, 2016

What an amazing venue with stellar food. The service was among the best experiences we have ever had. Ame defines SFO as some of the best dining experiences in the world.

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vipJoseph (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 20, 2016

Had the tasting menu with wine pairings. One of the best meals I've ever had.

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vipKatarina (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2016

If you miss Ame before it closes at the end of February 2016, you will have missed a real gem of the San Francisco dining scene. The cod entree is one of the best in the world and should without a doubt be the one you try! We hate to see this elegant, quiet corner go away.

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camptontaj (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2016

Have been to Ame a few times over the past years and they are consistently excellent. Excellent service. A menu that has a few old favorites but changes enough to feel fresh each time. Ambiance that you can take your significant other to as well as have a business meeting. And a large wine selection to fit anyone's taste, but know that you can do some serious damage on the budget while selecting wines.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2016

It was excellent and my guest enjoyed it all. That's perfect!

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vipOutstanding (Las Vegas)
3.0  Dined on February 9, 2016

The Michelin star was the draw and while the meal was good, it should have been better. Certainly not worth a flight to San Francisco.

Upon being seated I noticed that not only was the chair fabric worn, my seat was actually torn through with stuffing exposed. I looked around and saw other chairs whose dark brown wood stain and varnish were chipped to expose blond wood inside. As hosts for the evening we were already uncomfortable inviting guests to a place that looked a bit long in the tooth.

We ordered the tasting menu for ourselves and our guests with wine/sake pairings. It seemed the best way to get a variety of tastes and allow the restaurant to shine. It was really meh - favors were subdued and unimaginative. The ceviche was drab - neither spicy nor citrus, just a couple of pieces of fish with some decoration to make it look much more than the taste delivered. The tasting menu version of the house special black cod comes without the famous dumpling. Why? The flavor was really not special - just tender cod in broth with carrots and some greens. We also had the lobster and scallop which had a nice sauce, but it was too late in the otherwise dull meal to impress. We ordered 4 of the five desserts that were nice. Just nice.

Service was attentive but far too informal for a restaurant of this stature. The fire alarm with strobe lights that our server dismissed with, "Oh, it happens all the time" was perhaps beyond their control, but it didn't help. Again, why do they have the star?

Fusion when done well is fabulous. This was ok, but just ok. No idea why they have the Michelin star. No reason to travel to San Francisco for this one. Sorry.

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Bryan (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on February 6, 2016

Went on a recommendation and knew it had a Michelin star. Dinner was good or about what you would expect at any very good restaurant. I don't think anything from the food to the ambiance was exceptional. The sashimi salad was great. My wife's butternut squash soup was iffy. The dinners, steak and roasted pork were both well presented and prepared. The ambiance was sub-par - not filled on the Saturday before the SuperBowl and cavernous. I guess I expected a bit more - it was good, not great.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Las Vegas)
3.0  Dined on January 29, 2016

Scallops ruined the entire meal. Very fishy and not delicious. Presentation of them were pretty. The anchovy chip was pretty cheesy and cheap.

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Allenrzz (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 22, 2016

The black cod is fantastic, mellow taste. NY strip is just so so, not so special. Must try the dessert!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on January 16, 2016

Perhaps the best restaurant I have ever been to. That says a lot because I travel all over the world, including Tokyo and Paris. Keiko, the chef, should be an "Iron Chef". Incredibly unique food with complex textures and flavored perfectly blended for a palate pleasing experience you will never forget. Her husband, the maitre d and sommelier, knows his wine, including a fantastic and smooth sake from Japan and a vintage wine he made himself while a winemaker in California. You must go to this romantic 7-table restaurant.

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viptraveller (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 16, 2016

Just a very nice evening. Good food. Attentive service. Nice ambience

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Rin5 (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on January 1, 2016

Food was similar to Terra but in larger portions.
Service was incompentent, every single dish had issues:
1. brought bread but no butter - had to ask
2. brought chawan mushi but no spoon - had to ask
3. Meat undercooked. asked for medium but got rare - had to ask to have the meat taken back for more cooking
4. sorbet, mixed the order gave my order to my partner and his to me. waiter also had no idea what each of the sorbet flavors were, pointed at a red sorbet (clearly rasberry) said its strawberry. Pointed at a lighter beige and said its vanilla (do they even make vanilla sorbet?)

Order issues: we tried to order fried apple turnovers, waiter said he thinks only one left so he had to check. which we then saw there was a whole tray of them prepared.

Menu issues: things on the menu online were not offered in restaurant, i.e. taste of sashimi bar, etc. very confusing.

Bill was $230ish not counting tip, wouldn't recommend nor would i come back here again. Service at Terra was so much better.

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Nomnom (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 27, 2015

The food is wonderful: subtle asian flavors in a perfect Californian fresh setting

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on December 23, 2015

Perfect for a preshow dinner. Superb food. Short walk to Yerba Buena Center.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on December 18, 2015

Very nice meal. Food could have been a bit more interesting or inventive for the price. Attentive but unobtrusive service. Comfortable environment.

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vipmrlukens (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on December 18, 2015

The food at Ame is just stupendous. Go for the food. The service was another story. At a truly top-class restaurant, the staff should not only make the right moves, they should make them at the right time and in the right way. At several points the service, while polite, lacked the finesse that is required in a restaurant of Ame's level. When we arrived the host's station was vacant, leaving us unsure whether we were in the right place. We had to ask the host where to check our wet coats rather than his offering to take them. When told our guest had already arrived, we had to ask where to find him, whether he'd been seated. The waiter seemed to have no time for anything but yes-or-no answers to his questions and seemed pained to have to speak with us. When one of us asked for something the waiter could not accommodate, the waiter's response made the exchange awkward rather than charming. Any one of these alone could have been completely overlooked, but the succession of missteps by multiple staff members added up to a less-than-stellar experience. This is "good," 3-star service, not "very good" or "outstanding" service.

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on December 5, 2015

It is hard to imagine a more poorly run front-of-house than Ame which is truly a shame given the excellent food coming out of the kitchen. While we could certainly appreciate the talents of the kitchen, our experience was marred at every turn by a poorly (if at all) trained waiter who seems to have come straight from a diner to Ame. But I almost (but only almost) felt sorry for him as there seemed to be no support staff for him in what is touted as a 1-star Michelin establishment (which we can't imagine will be renewed). The one shining light in all this was an excellent sommelier - excellent demeanor, obviously knowledgable and passionate about his wine list - who seemed to understand how inept our waiter was and tried to do his best to cover for him and make us happy. But alas, it was not enough. While we did not (would not) stiff the waiter, we did complain to the manager. He seemed to be genuinely concerned by our complaint but his response was "can I buy you a drink?" We were on our way out, and that was not enough either. Too bad - this does a huge disservice to the excellent kitchen.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on December 5, 2015

Chawan mushi

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vipKismet (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on November 26, 2015

Ame never disappoints ! Great food and great service .
A wonderful place for special occasions .

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on October 26, 2015

This is the first time I felt I had to write a negative review of a dining experience. Frequent many fine dining establishments and felt I needed to note that we had some of the worst service here - as well as the food was very mediocre. Waiter consistently kicked the back of our chairs wile attending other tables, never an apology, did not check on us or our meal - was only focused on one party of six. Although the setting in the St Regis hotel is pleasant - I could not recommend this restaurant to anyone.

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