Angela's

4.6
251 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mediterranean
Saboor Zafari has been a restaurant professional for almost 40 years, gathering experience in the dining scenes of New York, Chicago, and Madison before opening his first Alameda restaurant in 2001. He and his wife Mara are committed to working with fresh, local ingredients and being an integral part of the Alameda Community through partnerships with local businesses and community service.
Chef Zafari brings his signature blends of Mediterranean flavor and California style to a more casual atmosphere. Maria prepares fresh house made flatbread daily, served with their signature chutney flavors of cilantro and roasted red pepper. The rotating menu takes advantage of the very best fresh, organic ingredients, sourced from independent farms and local farmers' markets. Their modern reinventions of traditional Afghan cuisine showcase those great flavors in ways that harmonize with those same local ingredients of the Bay Area.

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OT
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating my daughter-in-law’s birthday. I had given her a choice of three restaurants of what she picked Angela’s. It was a delightful time.

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DD
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great, food was awesome and drinks were amazing. Can’t wait to go back.

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S
San Francisco
196 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great time and experience to hang out here, it was the “Duper Bowl” and a pretty good crowd considering, as usual we partied at the bar and Cody, the resident mixmaster took care of us superbly while owners Saboor and Mari whipped up some very exquisite versions of lamb that would impress anyone that likes that kind of protein. I love the Lime Chicken myself but it was a fantastic evening despite the boring game.....

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T
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always a wonderful meal with delightful staff. And there is parking!

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GL
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Fifth visit. Consistently good bistro with friendly service and hearty comfort food. Surprisingly quiet but it was a Tuesday night. The four of us enjoyed the onion soup, lime chicken and the special meat loaf and shared panna cotta for dessert. Will definitely return.

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B
San Francisco
53 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love, love the lamb kabob! Perfectly cooked. Always a treat,

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S
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Wonderful lime chicken and rack of lamb! My husband loved the Manhattan. We both thought the service was outstanding!

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S
San Francisco
196 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great comfort food and service. Like to sit in the bar area and hang with Cody, the bartender who is a cool mixmaster. Owners’ Saboor and Mari provide outstanding hospitality for your stomach!

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B
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

Our waiter was terrific. We ordered the shared hummus, eggplant and red pepper dip. The olives were good as was the bread.
The red pepper dip was inedible, neither of us found it at all pleasing. The hummus and eggplant totally lacked flavor. Both needed salt, garlic and lemon. Out lamb kebabs were delicious, well marinated and cooked perfectly. Dessert was also a problem. Bread pudding that we each took a bite of and had no interest in trying again, it shouldn’t be on the menu. The Panna cotta was absolutely fabulous, flavored lightly with rose water. Do a couple flavors of that and I’ll be there for dessert every day! I really wanted to like this restaurant, it’s close to home but the meal was so uneven. We were served two items that were just plain awful, that kind of knocks it off our list of go tos.

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EC
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our favorite local spot, the food is always delicious and their bartender is fantastic (he makes the most amazing clear ice). Best table is the high top next to the kitchen to watch the chef work :)

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B
San Francisco
53 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The lamb and the steak were both amazing! Great flavor,cooked perfect. And the dessert...yummy. Will be back again. Love that it is upscale food in a casual setting. Perfect!!

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R
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We met for dinner on a Sunday evening around 6 pm. We had a reservation and were promptly seated. On this rainy evening, there were a few other parties dining that evening. Our waitress was fantastic being professional, friendly, and checking-in on us to see what we may need. The food was delicious. I had the spinach and leek raviolis which were savory and light. Next time I'll for sure try a cocktail as the bar menu looked great! Overall, I recommend Angela's if you're looking for Mediterranean inspired cooking!

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R
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food food!

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P
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

The food is always good, and the cocktails are interesting and adventurous. Unfortunately, the restaurant service is hit or miss.

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D
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed our New Year’s Eve gathering
with a table of 6! The waiter was pleasant
and attentive. There were 4 of us that were experiencing Angela’s for the first time!
We will be back again!

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t
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fresh and delicious, and the service was superb. I'd like to see a better mocktail and dessert selection, then we'll be up to five stars.

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P
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and the service were impeccable. Just a nice
Meal with friends and family.

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S
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the scallops which was a special of the night and they were prepared perfectly with a saffron beurre blanc. The other diner had the chicken sausage linguine which is a generous portion.

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RR
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Personalized service. I had my birthday there a year ago and they worked with me to provide a great experience for my guests. They still remember me and give great service. Sometimes could use another sever when it’s busy is all. Servers are all long term employees. Menu is pretty set. All options are fresh and well prepared.

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M
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Lime chicken was outstanding and so was, and always is, the duck appetizer wonderful. The devilled eggs could have used a bit more devil. And the persimmon crumble was a pure comfort food end to a delightful meal. Angela’s is our favorite go-to place when we aren’t craving Italian food.

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S
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

this restaurant never dissappoints. the Aushak is fabulous as is the lime chicken, beef tenderloin and salmon. the bartender is very creative and skillful though i usually have the same drink.

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A
San Francisco
215 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A pleasant evening out with friends with good food. We found the food and the service to be very good. Two of us had the beet salad; chilled, dressed appropriately; nice mix of beets, greens, and cheese - very good. We also ordered a flat bread for the table and it was a nice addition with the salad - not to mushy, good flavor and texture. I had the lime chicken, which was quite wonderful; cooked well (i.e., not overcooked and dry), juicy, with the correct amount of potatoes and green beans; and it came to the table almost hot. My first companion raved about the short ribs - cooked perfectly and tasted great. My second companion had the lentil stew with rice. They did say it was OK. Limited selection of desserts; one companion had the chocolate mousse and judged it as good; the other companion had the panna cotta and thought it was so-so. I thought I'd have a cup of tea for dessert and they had no remaining English breakfast tea bags. How is that possible?? In any event, service was fine. The primary waitperson was pleasant, friendly, enthusiastic, informative, and very efficient. The interiors were acceptable and our table was sufficiently spaced from other diners so it turned out fine. The noise level varied from moderate to energetic, but we were able to converse most of time without yelling. Great friends, good/very food. Can't ask for much more. And, yes, I would return to Angela's.

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DF
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

Waited 1.5 hours for good after ordering

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b
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Angela's has never disappointed us. Seasonal fare, nice ambiance, great service and the owner is preparing your dinner in the open kitchen, fun to watch. The bar makes really great cocktails, very inventive bartender! The food is always delicious and I appreciate the changing for the season menu!

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CC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Whenever my brother drives up for a visit from Los Angeles, he always requests we go to Angela's for a nice dinner. As locals, we think it is one of the very best Alameda has to offer.

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S
San Francisco
196 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another fabulous Saturday night at Angela’s with my entourage enjoying the bartending charms/skills of Cody and delightful cuisine of Owner’s Mari and Saboor. The Lamb Kabobs and Lamb Shank were exceptionally wonderful and the hospitality from the staff kicked off the holiday season to a great start!

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DD
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Angela’s always exceeds our expectations!!!!! :-)

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OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

We have always had a good meal at angelas

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DD
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Awesome awesome awesome

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WM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

8 of us went to dinner 6 and never been there before they were absolutely impressed we had a wonderful dinner they made specialty cocktails for us at the end of the night as we left couldn't have had a better night food was fabulous

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S
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always have a wonderful, delicious meal here. Love the lime chicken, salmon, aushak, great appetizers. Waiters are very attentive. Great bar and bartender. One of my favorite restaurants in Alameda.

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T
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Four of us dined here last weekend and found the service and food to be exceptional. The Lime Chicken was delicious. Looking forward to returning soon.

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Waiter was too busy - so no quality time - felt rushed

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p
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of THE BEST restaurants ever!! Fun! Flirty! Not too big. DELICIOUS food! Innovative drinks! I would HIGHLY recommend Angela's!! EXCELLENT! The best!!

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S
San Francisco
196 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great steak and lime chicken. Cody the bartender is awesome. A great place to meet friends and hang out, Owners Sabor and Mari’s dishes are very flavorful and tasty, don’t need salt here!!

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m
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Staff was quite pleasant and the food was good. We went to celebrate a special occasion and the waiter was quite accommodating in chilling and corking the champagne for us. Everyone in our party was quite upbeat and happy.

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S
San Francisco
196 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Go To place in Alameda, just to unwind and sip a fancy cocktail creation courtesy of Cody, the perfect bartender. He stocks an outstanding collection of wine, beer and the good stuff. Saboor and Mari are fantastic owners, chefs and friends....and know how to entertain and take care of their customers. I could come here every night....

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c
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food made with love authenticity and sophistication

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WM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A favorite neighborhood place, had the duck strudel of course and it was great. Had the sea scallop special and the were melt in your mouth tender, great dinner.

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S
San Francisco
196 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sat at the bar on a Friday evening, it quickly became full, Cody the bartender performed his usual magic and snake oil, I felt no pain after a few Tito’s and Tonic plus one or two. Wonderful heirloom tomato salad and beef shiskebobs from owners Saboor and Mari in the kitchen. Like to see Sophia working the tables because she is very nice in many ways! Just love it here.......

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