Alba Ray's

4.5
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203 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Creole / Cajun / Southern

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We’re letting the good times roll with our Mardi Gras Bottomless Brunch! Unlimited Cajun Food: Boudin Benedict, Jambalaya, Soufflé Pancakes, Beignets and Bottomless Drinks: Frozen Irish Coffee, Bloodies, Mimosas, Rosé, Beer for $42 every Saturday & Sunday!

With a heap of Southern hospitality, we welcome you into our home. Cut loose, eat and drink until your heart is content, and come on back to see us again soon.

“Laissez les bons temps rouler!
Let the good times roll
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Creole / Cajun / Southern, Contemporary Southern, American
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Hours of operation
Brunch
Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:30 pm
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Phone number
(415) 872-9409
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Adam Rosenblum
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
19TH
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Public transit
Bus: 14L & 22, 49

Bart: Mission Street.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.5based on all time ratings
4.3
food
4.4
service
4.4
ambience
4.1
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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PJ
San Francisco
4 reviews
Reviewed on July 16, 2019
Overall5foodserviceambience

Brunch is a must!! Awesome deal and amazing food. Huge bonus that there are bottomless drinks that you can mix n match. It's not just mimosas.

BA
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience2

Wrong place for 91 year olds! However, for the rest of us, it was a great time. The chief complaint was the band. Since it’s a Cajun spot, we were hoping to hear some zydeco if we had to endure that level of music volume. It’s more of a bar atmosphere as opposed to a dining room. We had a large party which made it hard to be seated at a regular table furthest away from the band. The food was good, however the jambalaya was just ok to us creoles; others may find it great. We had the Sunday brunch which was worth every penny! I especially liked the tater tots.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience1

Live band on Mother’s Day, couldn’t hear anyone. Called ahead of time to secure a booth since I have a two year old and was told I could be accommodated. We got seated at a high top bar stool table because they failed to reserve booth. It was a timed bottomless drink brunch and they wouldn’t seat us for 15 mins while a couple in our party were late, and the bar would not serve us until were seated. It was ridiculous.

BA
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Went for Sunday brunch. The place has the feel of a New Orleans cafe - decor, live music, photos of great NOLA musicians. Very alive: busy, lots of people, a live band.
Small plates was a great call for brunch. Tasted almost everything on the menu. All good, nothing bad. I'd eat everything again. Maybe take more friends to allow tasting more things. The jambalaya was stellar - great flavors, a bit crunchy, as if it had been cooked in a paella pan. Delicious.
I would love to go back in the evening and eat at the beautiful bar.

AB
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

The music is too loud I was yelling across the table. The food is medicore and does not represent New Orleans at all. Drinks and service was good. No sweetners ie Equal, Splenda etc not provided that is not a good thing for folks with dietary needs.

s
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall3food1service3ambience4

The restaurant had a really good vibe and people were really excited to be there. It was hard to talk to the person I was with because it was so loud even when the live music wasn't playing. The food was ok and they overused tomatoes in everything. Overall though, it was a really fun brunch just not ideal if you want to have a 1:1 conversation.

BK
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wear your stretch pants! The food is awesome, there are so many choices and they are all awesome. This is a great place to bring a group and share. This is a must frequent.

a
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very friendly spot and attentive service.

Enjoyed the brunch selection will go again.

DD
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Upon arrival. Host past my group. No signs about being seated so we tried to seat ourselves, the rude girl NOT lady, approached us rudely. Asked if we had reservations, I respires, gave our name, then I told her. Oh there’s no sign saying wait to be seated and you passed us twice not indicating or advising us to hold on or please wait. She looked annoyed and Took us to up our table. Service?? OMG the waitress was clueless. Took her 35 mins to bring a suggested Irish coffee. Firs came out with cup, as she pour it was just hot water, she said. Oh I forgot to add the coffee. 🤦‍♀️ Then never came back for about 15 mins. With regular coffee, I said hmmm is this the Irish coffee? She responded omg I’m sorry. Let me get that. She finally returned 15mins later with ice coffee in a kids cup. 🤔. I was like whatever. Just give me another Mamosa. Foood was ok. The waitress put in a few of our order, took long for food to come out. Had to reorder with a new waitress who was better her name was Nikki. She made us feel better and Gabe great services even thought it was her first day.

j
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience2

Food was either undercooked or underseasoned depending on the dish. With so many wonderful restaurants in SF, would not recommend to a friend.

AB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience4

Service was trash, unfortunately. Sf deserves a good New Orleans restaurant. Drinks were good. Food was average. Service very slow and bad.

OT
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waiter was very nice and knowledgable about the menu. The food was really flavorful, except the Mac N Cheese which was disappointing, but overall very enjoyable.

PJ
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent staff and service! I got my reservation time wrong, so was 25 min late, but they were so accommodating and put us at a table where we could still enjoy the 90 minute bottomless brunch (which was SO GOOD btw). Definitely returning soon!

LP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Went with group for the Marsi Gras brunch. Ambiance was great, had a live jazz band playing, it was a little loud, but good music. When we arrived one of the owners was talking to the table near us. By the conversation you could tell they just met, he continued to speak with them, even introducing them to the head chef and never once even said welcome or anything to us. Now I thought ok, could be a fluke, but then another table on the other side of us was seated and he went to them also and chatted and served them. So I thought it just plain rude, I’m not saying it was racia but there were distinctive differences that made me wonder.
Our waitress, a lovely petite blonde, was fabulous. She asked us if it was ok to send out a few of her favorites and we agrees. Soo good, her suggestions were on point and so tasty. Thank you to her for making our brunch awesome.

MM
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LOVED this place!!! Went for bottomless brunch and there was live music and the food was INCREDIBLE. Great for groups, not great for intimate conversation haha.

C
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for the Mardi Gras brunch special and it was fantastic! the food and drinks were amazing and the servers were so welcoming and fun! It was like a real Nola party, we had a blast!

s
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Been here several times but it seems like the food quality is not as good as it used to be. The dishes were bland and the meat dishes were a bit chewy. Some items were cold/luke warm when it should be hot. Overall, food was sub par.

I
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Mardi Gras brunch- amazing!!

e
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and drinks were great! Service was outstanding. Atmosphere was lively yet also chill. Definitely as close as you can get to NOLA in the bay area.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience5

Bartender was INCREDIBLE!!! Our server forgot about us...

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Menu was changed very disappointing food quality's was poor

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a Mardi Gras event and everything was phenomenal! Food was great, drinks were plenty and delicious and the staff could not have been better! The band was great as well!

EV
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had been looking to try Alba Ray's and had the perfect excuse when an old friend came to town. We sampled a ton and came on a Sunday where we had half priced bottles of wine. GET THE SPOON BREAD!! Everything was really amazing but the spoon bread and charred oysters were absolutely not to be missed. Shayna was an absolute delight and I firmly believe her vibe is perfectly aliged with the spirit of the place. I cannot wait to come back! Spoon.bread.

AO
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unbrlievable Mardi Gras Party!!! Second best to actually being there. Thank you Alba Mae for transporting us in every way!!! A must!!!!

l
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wow, what an amazing Mardi Gras brunch. Bottomless food and drink was fabulous! Everything aside form the eggs benny were delicious. They kept the drinks coming and on top of the overall service. I highly recommend for anyone. Make a reservation though!

OT
Puebla
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service is great. I went a few months ago for the first time and loved the beignets (delightful). I decided to take a friend and the place was even better, they had a Mardi Grass menu which allowed me to try everything it was simple DELICIOUS. There was also live music (jazz), I had a wonderful time, will definitely comeback but with more friends, is a beautiful New Orleans vibe place in the Mission.

EM
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So good! Their jambalaya is great and the begneits are the best!

EC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is always fantastic!

ES
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience2

Really do love this place, but the level of service was abominable, and I was embarrassed to have been the person in my group who suggested we go here. Had a reservation, was seated at a high-top in the bar, ignored, finally had to flag someone down to come to us, had been seated by the hostess but then accused of not having a reservation. Would have ordered more food or drinks if anyone could have been bothered to actually come over ever to check on us, and then at the end of the night after begging for a bill (we really debated just leaving, for the first time in my life, because it was OVER 30 MINUTES of trying to get a check), we got an earful from the woman who brought the check about how she JUST FOUND OUT WE WERE HER TABLE. #IPaidForThis

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great! But small portions for the money

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

The gumbo was very bland and packed salt. The option sizes are small compared to price point.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience3

Food was ok. Had to ask for Main course 3x after appetizers came out. took 30 min after everyone’s food was done for jambalaya to come out .

JF
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I came here for Valentine’s Day and had an amazing experience. The food was delicious, the drinks were great and the service was very pleasant, even for an extra busy night. I feel the need to give a shout-out to their hostess, who was absolutely lovely. She went out of her way to check in on us several times and put in extra work to support the rest of the staff. I honestly am only writing this review to give her some credit, she really deserves it. Will be back!

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Good and tasty

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

The food quality did not match the price. The oysters were the only saving grace.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service! Delicious food

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for a bday meal

b
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food.

OT
New Orleans
21 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good Cajun Creole food. Great biscuits and nice versions of traditional dishes.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Won’t be back. Ruined dishes I liked in previous trips, in a seemingly misplaced desire to be cool.