Anchor and Hope

4.5
2548 reviews
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From the owners of Town Hall and Salt House comes Anchor & Hope Restaurant, an oyster bar and fish house located at 83 Minna Street. Housed in a renovated, 100 year old brick building, formerly the studio of sculptor Benny Bufano, Anchor & Hope offers the warmth of an Eastern Seaboard fish house with dishes such as warm sea urchin served in the shell, our lobster roll, and petrale sole…and yes, there are dishes for those who fear the sea.
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Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Voyage à San Francisco

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Denver
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 4

Busy waitstaff

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Denver
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Little loud. Little basic. But okay.

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K
Philadelphia
125 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Been coming here since they opened. Always fresh and quality meals. Great place.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

food was very solid.

waiter at the bar (aaron) couldn't have had more attitude and seemed to be more put out to serve customers...which is odd given that he is..a waiter and a bartender. his little comments about the fact that we wanted to keep the cocktail sauce to dip in the bread ("i've never seen that!"...but not in a nice way); telling us that we could NOT have bread when we sat down because there was a limited amount the restaurant had for the night (forgetting the fact that is was 800 pm and the restaurants was nowhere near to full...why not jus tsay YES!); but when i ordered mussels i could have as much bread as i wanted; attitude when we asked about the oysters. overall...just, and this is the best word to describe him...a dick. it RUINED the experience for us.

i would come back for the food...but will never have him as a waiter.

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EA
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great event to celebrate anything with friends. The food was fresh and very tasty! The Calamari is amazing!

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San Francisco
54 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our server was excellent: attentive but did not hover. She was familiar with all the menu and the wine list and very helpful. She gave us time to enjoy wine and an hors d oeuvre before our entrée. All the staff were friendly. We will definitely return.

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g
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The seafood plateau was incredible. As was the chablis. The mussels were weird/musky - don’t bother with those. I sent them back & exchanged for lobster roll which was decadent. The bread pudding knocked our socks off! A lovely dinner.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal service. The food was delicious and they had something for everyone even my picky girlfriend felt it was easy to decide.

I will be returning!

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CB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Perfectly good seafood with an attempt to give super fine dining treatment. Upgraded fish tacos, fish & chips, oysters, but too overpriced. Also, beer & wine only?

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M
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good food. Decent service. Too loud.

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L
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was great, creative, and savory.

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TH
London
17 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

What a disappointment... highly recommended by local friends but: ridiculous oversized starter portion (almost a whole lettuce), server bringing dessert menus before main course served, then strange chowder recipe!! Vastly overpriced, also wines.....

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Reunion spot for me and my friend after 10 years. The waiter was lovely - so patient with us catching up and taking our time ordering and brought us complimentary champagne! He proactively suggested bringing our apps and taking our time ordering mains, and was still very attentive while giving us the time and space to celebrate! I have come here at least 2-3 other times and will continue to do so!!

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JP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal, service was excellent, the server and kitchen had no issues with my dairy free diet. Excellent experience.

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PM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the cod and the lobster roll. The fish was cooked perfectly and the lobster roll to die for. I'll definitely be back when I'm back in the bay area.

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JH
South Korea
6 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great for enjoy the freshseafood

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Disappointing. Misled by their “cocktail” menu to come to find they do not have a full bar and their cocktails are Vermouth variants. You review menus to determine if you can what you want. In my case that is Craft Cocktails. If I can’t get it, I’m going somewhere else. Food was so so.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great staff! Very friendly, helpful with menu descriptions and recs. Would definitely come again. :)

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B
Tucson
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just a great all around experience. We stayed from open til near close and just ate and talked. Staff was right on and left us to our thing while making sure we had whatever we needed. Neighborhood-y feel in a non-neighborhood location.

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DG
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Perfect location, Lobster Roll fantastic...reservation’s table very nice

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MB
Dallas
13 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious and service was great!

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C
San Diego
116 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredibly fresh seafood, excellent salads and side dishes, good wine list. A favorite of ours. Service is always excellent.

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S
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

We've were celebrating a birthday. Our servers were great and helpful with suggestions. Our choice of appetizer was awesome . The food for the most part was great. Mostly seafood which I love but limited on other courses of meat/ chicken. Over all we had a great time and we would definitely go back.

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PD
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The sole and squash was delicious. Service prompt and courteous. Only complaint was two top table was very close to neighboring tables which caused a privacy concern.

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BH
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anchor and Hope is one of our go-to spots for casual lunch / dinner business meetings. They were able to accommodate a large party last minute despite not originally showing availability. The food, service, and ambiance never disappoint.

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JF
New England
9 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and help choosing cocktails and apps and entrées.

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R
Sacramento
76 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great lunch. The chowda was very good and my lobsta roll was excellent. The service was spot on. It became very busy very fast, and it was loud, but not so loud you couldn't talk. I look forward to returning.

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j
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Service was horrible
I sat forever before we were even acknowledged at our table
Had to wait for server to finish chatting before I got my check
Out of town will never go there or suggest it to anyone
Food so not worth the high price

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Too cold at table

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

The service is great, friendly but not obsequious. I thought my dinner--a starter of West Coast oysters and a main of mussels--was tasty. My boyfriend found the flounder in his fish & chips too oily and the breading heavy, although the chips were perfect. It seemed like a lovely evening--until 36 hours later, when the "gastrointestinal distress" arrived. Always a risk with raw seafood, but it's my first time losing this lottery.

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OJ
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is my go-to sitdown/take reservations/business having lunch spot. The staff are friendly and efficient. Menu covers most everyone's dietary needs. Food is really good. Portion sizes are just right - not "comatose" causing and not leaving you hungry. Only wish it was just a touch quieter (some acoustic noise softening) for ease of conversation. Can't go wrong!

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

That place is awesome. The food and service is amazing. Great ambiance. Feels like a cannery in Monterrey. My friend and I both had the lobster/squash soup and the salmon for our entree. We both agreed it was the best salmon we have ever had.

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ate at Anchor & Hope for a customer dinner during RSA. Has reservation for 4, but showed up with five (I should’ve called ahead. Even though it was busy, they were able to accommodate. Everything was great, especially the bacon wrapped oysters.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 4

Very expensive for the quality of food. Service was fantastic but it doesn’t make up for over priced sub par seafood :(

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great place for a business lunch. Extra requests were well handled!!

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London
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Fiona nous a très bien accueillis
Tout l’équipe est très professionnel

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been coming to Anchor & Hope for 5+ years for dinners or lunches with friends and it is always wonderful. Great selection of beers, including Belgian beers. Usually have the monster fresh shell fish and lobster feast and always leave with a happy tummy.

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18 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great lunch and it continues to deliver quality food with great service.

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1 review
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Nice surprise.

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