Bar Agricole

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1575 reviews
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Californian
Bar Agricole is a contemporary tavern situated on an industrial block of San Francisco’s SOMA district. We feature traditional cocktails from spirits that celebrate the rich tradition of farmhouse distilling, natural wines, and Northern California cuisine made with ingredients sourced from local organic and biodynamic farms.
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1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Although it was noisy because of a large party going on, our waitperson was kind enough to reseat us. The lower dining room was quieter and we had a great time and a fantastic meal!

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JO
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time here and we decided to sit outside. Even though it was a bit chilly, the above table heater provided plenty of warmth. Service was attentive and the cocktails and food outstanding.

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P
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Really terrible food. Never been so underwhelmed by a restaurant. No wonder why it was empty on a Friday night.

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

Wonderful atmosphere with chill music on the well-heated patio. Really enjoyed the food and personal touches of the chef visiting the table and an attentive server.

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l
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Portions small
Not great for sharing
Food .... unremarkable
Design .... very cool
Drinks - great

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KH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 3

Bar Agricole is a beautiful restaurant with delicious food, but the menu needs some work. It is divided into 3 sections--small, medium, and large plates. Small plates range from $10-15, medium from $13-21, and large from $40-80. We ordered a large brazilian sausage and beans dish for $75 and it arrived in a bowl large enough to feed 2 people. I'm still shocked that this dish would be this price, especially a "large" one at that. The food prices are simply not a good price for the quantity. The food was delicious, but a plate of sausage and beans is simply never worth $75.

I think the ideal way to enjoy Bar Agricole is to sit at the bar and order a cocktail, with some sides to munch on. That would be much better value for the money.

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

Decor was minimalist but very clean and inviting. Menu was unique and tasty. Cocktails were well done. Great service. We had a great experience.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Very expensive and doesn’t have the service to match

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 2

I arranged a dinner for 10 as follow up to a long day of meetings. The level of service our table received left me absolutely embarrassed. Starting with fact that we were only allowed one carafe of water because we were informed that all other carafes were frozen. We were instructed that only one person from our table was allowed to enter orders. Which extended even to drink orders even after multiple requests to our server to move along the table and not force each attendee to shout at her or each other. Most of our other orders were met at best with “why?” or more frequently “no, we can’t.” Your chef/ food saved it from a total disaster. But the overall experienced guaranteed that two major corporations will never dine with you again personally or professionally.

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G
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quality, service, ambiance all 5 stars. Food a tad bland, but I think they are going for 'simple'. Generally speaking, that is OK but with the price, i'd like a lil more pazzaz. Give food 4/5 stars. Cocktails were 5/5.

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A
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly and attractive. Outstanding food. Unique. Great taste.

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EN
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great for groups with just the right setting to have conversation over first class food. Service was impeccable.

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SC
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely excperience - great waitress and amazing food

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c
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 5

Overpriced: portions of food and cocktails are invisible.
Light is too poor on the table, you can barerely see what you eat and the people you are sharing your meal with.
Ideal for people who love to spend money just for spending money, not actually enjoying in return.

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s
New England
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The cod was simply amazing. We love visiting this place all the time.

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AA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is excellent. Can find same quality food in a cheaper place. Do not fall for the Cod!

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CB
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The place looks good: modern and trendy. Food is good but quantities are ridiculusly small (and I’m French, so not used to big portions anyways) and very expensive. Also, if you seat at one of the back table, the staff will not see you if you wave at them so you might have to stand up to be seen.
Overated and overpriced

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CT
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Bar Agricole has changed their menu. It is a good value for very tasty food. The waiter was sweet and charming.
I would go back and do recommend for others.

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GH
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First of all, I have never carved a whole roasted fish before, so that experience was exciting. The entrance to this place is so secluded you feel as though you are going to some secret getaway. The lighting is dim n sexy... The service was a lil slow, and the overall experience was a lil pricey. I enjoyed the ambiance.. and I will recreate the mood achieved tonight again.

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K
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 2

Long time patron. Sad about the food being subpar twice in a row.

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AP
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was wonderful except the restaurant temp was chilly. Seems about 10 degrees warmer than outside so on a really cold evening like the one when we were there, I think it was below 60. Next time I will be better prepared because I definitely will go back; the food, cocktails and service are outstanding.

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T
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Threw a surprise party for my friend - AMAZING service. They helped us to execute it perfectly. Food was amazing and tailored to our food preferences. 10 for 10 would recommend.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

The food was ok .. but the service was not good . No character no conversation , no no enthusiasm,

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A
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

It was a good place. Not phenomenal, but worth going for drinks. They try and get a little fancy on the food so the flavors can get tough to absorb. Drinks are great, wine list very decent. Seats are not comfortable. We had a good time and the place is super nice looking. I'd do a drinks happy hour there for sure. Probably not a dinner again.

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J
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food and cocktails

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EW
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The people who run this place are phenomenally nice- and the food 💯. We will return.

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RE
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We thought everything is excellently prepared and special. Our waiter was friendly and welcoming. We loved our dinner. And the cocktails are delicious.

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

Incredible from start to finish.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite dinners in the city. The food and drinks are outstanding. Do not miss this!

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Excellent happy hour cocktails. However the food was grossly overpriced, inadequate in almost every way. For example $21 hamburger came out on a small plate with garnish of one tiny pickle. Hey citrus salad for $18 consisted of mandarin orange with Michaele on a small plate. So, go there for the cocktails don’t expect very good food and it certainly overpriced compared to other venues.

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VS
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We came in for cocktails in the late afternoon. We sat at the bar and had a great time. The cocktails were exceptional.

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F
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

really tasty food - unusual recipes with great flavor - scallops we outstandings

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MS
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

This was one of the worst eating experiences I've ever had in my 30 years in San Francisco, certainly at this price range. First off, they got the order wrong so that our party didn't get our food at the same time. The chickory salad was completely over doused in an extremely vinegary dressing. We also got the hamburger, which was bland and tough and didn't come with any sides. I was not able to finish it. Finally we got a crab custard, which had very poor tasting crab and the custard was crumbly not smooth. That went unfinished as well. This was supposed to be special birthday dinner for my mother visiting out of town and turned into a huge embarrassment.

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JB
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

I would only recommend this place for a drink and a quick bite. We came for dinner, and while the ambiance was very nice and the service was on point, they had run out of oysters and both fish dishes on the menu. The menu is not large, and our reservations were at 8am. So disappointing.

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LC
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 5

The prices shocked us.

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EC
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Having read Thad’s entertaining and knowledgeable spirits book I became a convert and made the obligatory pilgrimage to SF (all the way from Boston) to imbibe everything he had mentioned on his book.
My expectations might have been too high. To start with, our table was right under a burned out bulb which made a dim place even dimmer.
The server gave me a vague ‘we can stir you in the right direction’ when asked about the spirits mentioned in Thad’s buying trip. And as far as his recommendations for pairing drinks with food, “ anything went with everything”.
So off we were on our own to an uncertain race. Calvados & Armagnac I’ve always had at the end of a meal, so it was Agave for me & H.G. Wells for my companion. We chose charcuterie to go with them.
The six slices of the sage salame must have been cut with a surgical mandolin, making them thinner than a communion wafer. The moutarde for the chicken liver blended with the wooden board and was invisible given the darkness we were under. We found it accidentaly when reaching for the bread, but by then when we had already finished the pate.
Grilled mackerel was outstanding and would have loved to have had some cold sake with it, instead of whiskey. My friend ordered the burger which apparently did not hold a candle to Zuni’s.
Desserts were an afterthought. We had already gorged earlier that afternoon on chocolate at Dandelion’s so we were puzzled by encountering them again on this menu.
A Tarte Tatin would have been perfect with a shot of Calvados, but it was not in the menu, showing Bar Agricole obliviousness to the harmony between the right food and drink.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Been to Bar Agricole before and had a very pleasant experience..that was two years ago. When visiting friends in SF again, I naturally decided to book a table for a birthday dinner. In being constructive as possible, the visit this November redefined the extent to why I would return. We got there at 8PM and were seated at one of the booth tables by the bar. Though it was a weekend evening, most of the space was empty and it wouldn't have been a table anyone would have loved sitting at but turned out to be perfect as we were able to get up and ask for water refills and the bartender to send someone to the table. We never had a dedicated server and every person that approached us was different. We ordered cocktails when we sat down and even though there were just three people sitting at the bar, the drinks took almost 20 minutes to arrive--we thought the order might not have been sent to the bar computer to be made. Their cocktails are very good! One lady took our food order and we didn't see her again. Another gent brought out the food and walked away as we were asking for more water. When we were finished eating, we asked the bartender if we could order dessert and she found someone else to send over. We booked on OpenTable and asked for the birthday for our friend to be recognized in anyway, which unfortunately didn't happen. Midway through dessert we finished our cocktails and wanted to order another one, but we couldn't find anyone. Everyone seemed to be in the back of the restaurant or elsewhere. Just as we were about to finish dessert, another person placed a check on the table while asking if we'd like anything else...we didn't ask for the check and would have ordered that second round of drinks but felt we'd have a better time elsewhere, so we paid and left. The entire experience felt like we walked into someone else's home and asked them to make us dinner. We will return but in the future, but just stick to coming here for drinks and only sit at the bar.

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AS
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Dinner was lovely, but a rather loud group was seated next to us in the middle of dinner which dramatically changed our experience.

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

The food was great. Super healthy and very flavorful. The staff was really attentive.

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RD
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Very pricey. Had a date night. Two cocktails, an app and split an entire: $145

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