In SF your restaurants fall essentially into 1 of 2 categories, $-$, moderate price and decent quality or $$-$$ and seriously hit or miss quality. AQ unfortunately is one of those in the $$ and low quality. The ingredients and technical proficiency are clearly there, but the heart is missing. There's no love or passion in these dishes. The dishes weren't cohesive particularly the 2 starter courses. The lamb was cooked well and the sturgeon was tasty but the cheese dessert course left a lot to be desired (a smidge of cheese and 3 paper thin slices of apple do not a course, make. The cocktails, when they remembered to make them, were good but not standouts. All in all sadly disappointing when there was tremendous potential. Maybe there will be more inspiration and soul in their next venture. But for minimum $250 with drinks, tip, tax and the 4 course meal, save your points for elsewhere.
The restaurant has a very modern, slightly upscale ambiance making it a good date spot. It only offers a tasting menu of six dishes, which you can choose to have four of or all of them, so it's on the pricier side. The dishes are small, but flavorful - a place for foodies, not for those who want a big meal. Depending on your appetite, you may want a second dinner.
The tasting menu we had was winter themed, so lots of root vegetables, like parsnips, potatoes, and beets. Each dish was beautifully presented. I especially enjoyed the sturgeon dish which included a unique red cabbage "glass" on top. The only disappointing dish was the one with a single slice of cheese, some homemade crackers, and a small seasoned beet. It tasted good, but seemed so sparse and unexciting compared to the previous dishes. Overall, I enjoyed having dinner here and was glad to try it before it closes.
Mark did it again!!! He is an amazing chef!!!! He is super talented and creative on all his cooking, the flavors, combination were outstanding!!! I felt in love with his food when he first open AQ, met him again at "Make a wish foundation" before he got married and been to his restaurant every time when we are in the city for show.
Unfortunately we left a $60 cash on the table and before my husband finish signing the credit card bill, our waiter had swept the $60 cash off the chef's counter, by the time my husband want to stop him, he already disappear!! So we decided not to leave any tips on the credit card.
Very sad to say good bye to A10, I will be waiting for Mark to open his own restaurant and will be there as his loyal customer again!!!!! ;-)
We love you Mark Liberman!!!!!!!!
Service was under-attentive unenthusiastic, and not particularly informative. New Years should be joyful,'especially over 10 courses!
Very disappointed with the service. None of the wait staff were happy. Waited 25 minutes for drinks, 30 for the first course. The waiter thought our dessert had been delivered and cleared but it had yet to arrive [we had been waiting at least 20 minutes for it]. Lousy experience. Fourth time at AQ but no more for us. Too many other good places to give them another chance after such a poor experience. Sorry but true.
Comfortable cozy restaurant close to the Theater. Food was eclectic on the experimental side. We felt that they were trying too hard to create an OMG menu such that it was a bit over the top. Price for the four course menu was $80 each so with wine, gratuity and charging $8.25 for mandatory health care fee you have a $200 + dinner for two. The issue with their seasonal menu is that there is no incentive to return until they switch it out again but I don't know if they mix it up more frequently to keep it fresh. Service was excellent and our Server was terrific. All and all a pleasant albeit spendy evening very convenient to the Theater.
We had the four course meal. The first three courses were stellar! Amazing and unexpected combinations of ingredients! The best of new American cuisine! Dessert was not impressive.
Excellent dining experience. Look forward to returning.
Overpriced for what you get (even with a Groupon). Service was just ok, but took forever to get seated in an empty restaurant. Decorations were nice, but I wouldn't go out of my way to eat here again.