Abrazo

4.4
icon/ic_reviewCreated with Sketch.
109 Reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$31 to $50
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Spanish
Welcome to Abrazo! We are a neighborhood restaurant nestled in the historic and beautiful Russian Hill neighborhood. Chef/Owner Michael Pawliks menu features contemporary Mediterranean and Spanish inspired cuisine, sourcing only the freshest and most traditional ingredients. Abrazo features a lofty 18ft ceiling, a cozy bar, and a private dining room that seats 16. The wine list features the best of Spain's legendary wine regions alongside Napa Valley classics.

We hope to see you soon!
avatar copy

Private Dining

Book your next event with us

View details
What 109 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.4based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.5
service
4.4
ambience
4.0
value
Noise · Quiet
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
Sort by
Filters
BZ
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience3

we tried 6 appetizers. Most were ample and delicious. The salad was the only disappointing dish, it was served over burrata, was an odd combination and somewhat flavorless. The service was ok, but toward the (we were only one of 2 tables), we had to ask for the bill.

G
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

This is the Spanish Tapas restaurant that replaced Zarzuela. It is pretty good!
We had the Charred Octopus, the Tortilla España and the Croquetas to start. The octopus was very tasty with kumquats.
Then we had the seafood paella which was fine.
The wine list is so good!

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food, excellent service, every dish was delicious. Great wine bar across the street if you want another glass after dinner.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to Abrazo for NYE with three close friends, and the meal was amazing. Our server was very helpful, responsive, and friendly. Food and drinks were wonderful; New Year’s Eve featured a course menu that tasted great with perfect portions. Couldn’t have asked for a better dining experience!

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The pork chop was excellent. The menu was short. Sangria was light but could be little sweeter. Appetizer were okay. Service was good.

DS
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I appreciated how the owner/chef accommodated my party of 3 when my reservation was only for 2. The back room where he sat us was cozy and intimate. The dishes are delicious and elegant; however the portions are small. Don’t bother splitting an entree if you’re really hungry. So we shared a couple of entrees in addition to tapas and left pleasantly full, but not stuffed. The dessert highlight were the churros filled w/ ricotta. OMG!!!!! You just have to got there to try them. Well worth the trek across the Bay Bridge.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Server was good, presentation was good. Food for value was poor, quantity was lacking for how expensive. Short rib way too salty (usually I love salt). Beet salad didn’t have very much beet. Paella was 42 dollars but it should’ve been for two quantity but it was a single person. One scallop and a good variety of seafood but just one of each thing not much rice.

C
San Francisco
59 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we had was incredible. The croquetas were delicious. Nice filling of chicken and spices. The spanish tortilla was cooked perfectly with some tasty sauces. I didn't eat the Octopus but others were raving about it. The chicken was cooked perfectly, nice portion, delicious sauce. I wanted to go back the next night! Cute restaurant in a nice location. You can take the cable car there. No liquor license but they have a wonderful wine selection.

OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific. We love this restaurant! The owner/chef is so nice and his waitresses are soo nice and friendly and the food is delicious

KR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food -- I've had the pleasure of eating here a few times & have enjoyed every meal - & my dining companions each time have as well. Friendly, helpful & attentive service - nice that the owner/chef comes into the dining room. The location is very convenient for me, however, in my opinion, definitely worth a longer trek to this cozy Russian Hill restaurant.

r
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic on all levels! Will be back again, and again!

Grilled octopus and grilled prawns were cooked to perfection with really interesting spices and garnishes. Lovely happy hour prosecco and chardonnay. charteucerie board and veggie tempura.

Lovely service. Quiet ambiance perfect for girls having a chatty catch-up.

Well done!

DJ
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The reviews will never do it justice. Every dish was amazing. Highly recommend the grilled octopus, the sole, the lamb the paella... and the ham/cheese platter. Actually everything was great.

NK
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We really enjoyed our meal here. The menu is a bit small, but everything we ate off it was very good. Service was great, and it was a nice atmosphere. The duck is the star of the show here, so it did surprise us that they said they only had three left when we ordered around 7pm. However, we understood why when the meat fell off the bone and melted in our mouths. It deserves the hype!

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall2food4service4ambience3

I enjoyed Abrazo overall, but I think cost of each dish didn't reflect the portion. Dining in San Francisco can get expensive and I expect these prices, but I also expect a decent amount of food. Unfortunately, would not recommend as there's other great tapas restaurant in SF for its value.

H
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was the Sunday before Veteran's Day so maybe everyone was away for the long weekend, but it was truly surprising how empty the restaurant given how good the food was. I'm definitely coming back!

Abrazo
Responded on November 13, 2019

Hello Husoval, Thank you so much for visiting us here at Abrazo! We continue to hold ourselves to the highest of standards even though we are not getting a lot of foot traffic through the doors. So thank you again for spreading the word about your excellent experience here. We truly appreciate it and hope that others will read your review and join us for a wonderful experience as well. Executive Chef/Owner Michael Pawlik

Report
MS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Abrazo really impressed us. We had been looking for a new neighborhood spot and Abrazo exceeded expectations. The service was off the charts. The food was great. We loved it.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful. Cozy ambience. Food was so delicious. Lovely staff. We look forward to returning.

KA
New Orleans
15 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Spanish food in a casual neighborhood restaurant with super service, excellent seating and outstanding value.

t
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When we arrived and were seated straight away.
The restaurant went out of there way to make sure we had a great time, even going to the trouble of cooking a vegetarian dish from scratch, not on that nights menu. It was super.
I had the Lamb dish and loved every bite of it.
The 2 deserts we had were the perfect end to a great meal.
We will return.

SF
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A delicious, flavorful dining experience from start to finish. The chicken main dish was exceptional. We will be back to Abrazo for more!

SF
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Just ok. The restaurant was less than 1/2 empty. 2 of the two tops had diners. We were offered three horribly placed 2-top tables. One by kitchen, one in corner by bar and one by cc station. We should have asked them to convert a 4 top by the window to a 2 top. Had 4 apps - octopus was best one. Meatballs were pretty good. We did not care for croquettes. Fried veggies were ok.

Abrazo
Responded on September 29, 2019

Hello Donna, I am sorry that you didn't care for your choice of tables as we are a small neighborhood restaurant. The other tables were set for one 8 top one 7 top one 6 top and multiple four tops. Had you mentioned something when you were here I could've offered you something in the back semi private dining room, that would've been the only other option after the 3 choices on a Saturday night. If you decide to give us another chance please mention in the OT notes and I will rectify this. Thanks

Report
OT
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food and beverages. Brought some friends from out of town and others from the city that hadn’t been before. Everyone loved everything they had with the Paella and octopus being especially nice. Always enjoy a trip here where the food is the star and everyone knows it! Thanks Chef Pawlik!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Wonderful brunch

OT
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, great location

BS
San Diego
24 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We have only been coming here for a few weeks, having just moved into the neighborhood, but Abrazo has become one of our favorites. We find the cooking to be creative and well-executed, the service friendly and efficient, and the setting comfortably casual. The Arctic Char and Lamb Shank are not to be missed. And for starters, you can't go wrong with the meatballs, tortilla Espanol or the ham-and-cheese board (enough to split).

DS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

We chose Abrazo as it is close to the event we attended Saturday night and the menu on their webpage has a vegetarian option and one of our party is vegetarian. I was a bit concerned as reservation times were widely available even the morning of dining, but the existing positive reviews swayed me. The menu we were handed had no vegetarian main. We asked the waiter about options and he snidely offered the meat pasta dish with most of the ingredients removed so it essentially would have been buttered noodles. It is weird in San Francisco to have no vegetarian options and to have a waiter be rude and dismissive when asked about options. We didn't request anything complicated--just no meat. We debated leaving, but didn't want to have to try and find another restaurant in the middle of peak dining hour on a Sat night. We ended up disappointed in all but one of the dishes. The roasted carrots were outstanding and the one highlight of the evening. The worst of the other dishes included the smoked duck salad which was extremely sweet and the tartare which was covered in a thick tomato sauce which obliterated the flavor of the very chewy beef. The dish tasted like raw sausage and was very unpleasant. The New York strip was also very chewy. The chocolate mousse was like dense hard fudge that had to be scraped out of the bottom of a stemless wine glass. Service was poor and items forgotten. We were charged for everything, even those things that were never served. At the end, we just wanted to escape, but did ask them to remove the charge for wine they forgot as it was quite obvious it was never served.

FH
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food good & convenient location for where we staying. Very quiet as few folks in when we were eating-maybe Tuesday after labour day the reason not because of restaurant!

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mike continues to do an amazing job! Food is fantastic and the changes to the interior are really nice and inviting.

NT
Portland
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the best paella here! The food was spectacular and the atmosphere was great for dinner. Perfect for a date night!

RD
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Unfortunately, it does not get even close to Zarzuela, the restaurant which was previously there and which we used to visit for la last 20 years. The food is OK and very overpriced. None of the appetizers (meatballs, Spanish tortilla, grilled octopus & prawns) stood out as flavor or presentation. As main dish goes, the lamb chops were overcooked. Chicken was a bit too salty. The only main dish that was good was the steak. We ordered sangria as drinks which seemed water down and very sour. They were nice to bring a scoop of ice-cream on the house as we were there for a birthday celebration.

Abrazo
Responded on September 2, 2019

I understand that it can be tough losing a restaurant that you visited for 20 years. We do top off our sangria with Cava, I wish you would have mentioned that you didn't care for it when you were here. I would've replaced it with something more to your liking. We don't have lamb chops on the menu, the lamb you had was a shank that is braised for 5 hours. I will look into the salt on the chicken. Thank you very much for the review, all feed back is appreciated and helps us gets better.

Report
DR
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic on every level, fresh, imaginative, welcoming atmosphere excellent service. Looking forward to returning!

P
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We stopped here for dinner before a show in North Beach because we prefer the 'Mediterranean' fare here than the typical pasta/pizza at the Italian restaurants. We had the beet salad and Arctic char, which were both terrific, and the paella which was good but the rice was dry. That was the only thing holding us back from giving 5 stars. The service was fantastic and we will be sure to return again.

a
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great tasting food 5 diners and everyone loved their food. Appetizers were also excellent. We will go back to this place.

OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and ambiance!

SS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite places in all of SF, I have yet to dine there and not have a great experience.

SG
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is seriously delicious! We had the lamb shank and the pork tenderloin. Everyone was happy with their meal. This is a neighborhood gem for us, but it would be worth the trip across town.

Abrazo
Responded on August 4, 2019

Thank you so much for your kind words, we work very hard as a team on a daily basis to ensure quality and consistency. We look forward to having you in again in the future.

Report
OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

One of the best paellas I’ve ever had and I’ve traveled in Spain and had it at parties with hired chefs. Only thing I’d recommend is different music - was more like Muzak and this is an easy fix!

SF
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My second dinner at Abrazo was excellent. The three of us mainly shared appetizer dishes and one large plate. The grilled octopus was exceptional. We ordered the churros for desert and it was delightfully fluffy; nothing like the churros at other restaurants. We will definitely be back!

BH
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing restaurant, beautiful food and a rockstar crew!