Anchor and Hope

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$31 to $50
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Seafood
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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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food2service4ambience4

Food is a bit flavorless - lacking salt and seasoning

a
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I have never had a bad meal here. The soup and salad made an outstanding lunch. Of course I had to start with a half dozen oysters.

SP
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food, service and vibe is very pleasant. Very good oysters.

Only complaint was that they ran out of oyster crackers for the clam chowder. Not sure how that happens....

J
San Joaquin
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The blackened fish and blackened fish tacos were amazing?

GV
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Go to place for fish / sea food. Good selection of wine and beer. Prices are a bit on the higher end. So I'd rec for special occasions. But one knows one's pocket better than I do.
Tuna tartare was delicious!

l
New Orleans
29 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Pear salad was nice but would have preferred a greens combo. Too many stems to enjoy.
Oysters were terrific.

S
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect atmosphere for client/business lunches.

s
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I really liked the food - it’s a good place for a lunch break. They were rushing us a little bit too much to order but otherwise it was great.

EA
San Francisco
152 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Pear Salad, GREAT
Clam Chowder, GREAT
Shrimp Tacos, GREAT
White Sea Bass, GREAT
Does not have a full bar but the wines they pour pair well with the food.
AND Bradly is a Fantastic Waiter.

KD
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Fish and chips very salty, over fried and oily.

B
San Francisco
54 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

This nice fish house leaves you satisfied. Service is good. Our meals came promptly and hot from the kitchen. We both had fish entrees (of course!) My salmon was sweet and fresh as was my SO's sea bass. We will go back.

DC
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Service was slow despite being empty. They had run out of half the entree options as well as the alcohol on their cocktail list.

They also forgot to add things we ordered

MS
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was looking for something new near Moscone, great evening, food, service ... definitely will be back

l
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service. Excellent food.

b
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The Seahorse plateaux tasted very fresh & the Brussels sprouts were seasoned well! The restaurant is a bit drafty for a fall night. There are large old skylights and not much for insulation, judging by the exposed wooden structure.

b
New England
39 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Interesting decor.... was very cold however, with high Ceilings and no insulation. Beer and wine only but a good range of selections. Flounder fish and chips were good... but not remarkable. Calamari was very good. Not a bad choice near Moscone.

OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Best tuna tartare I have ever had , great cocktails, lovely, hip casual environment. Great service -highly recommend.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Good foooooooood

JS
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very good sea food. We loved the chowder. It's a great value for the price of the neighborhood

OT
Orlando
23 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable place to appreciate deliciously prepared food in a very rustic and original setting. Just a short walk away from our hotel, we were greeting with a smile. Sat immediately at a cute table. They are all rustic looking wool and such.
The chef accommodated a special request to have some portions of our items grilled ( amazing chorizo butter). The crab Louie salad was fresh and clean. A normally would like more dressing and pepper, but the delicate salad needed nothing but the simple elegance of the flavors the chef designed.
A non tourist place, would go again.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food1service5ambience4

Service was outstanding. Food was underwhelming. House made tots were undercooked, bland. Bread pudding not good at all. All other dishes were just ok.

M
Naples
26 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food

AM
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent location for a business lunch or out with friends.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Very unique setting and good food.

PR
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience4

Looked good from the outside but the food was truly poor. The raw bar experience was very disappointing and outrageously priced. The clams were miniature and more sand or shell bits than meat. Deep fried canned sardines were called fried anchovies. Truly greasy and awful. Our server showed good poise in the face of my incredulity. Not sure how this place flourishes in San Francisco.

w
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I love this place for seafood!! The anchovy appetizer was outstanding and all the other dishes were well-prepared too. I recommend this place for anyone who enjoys fresh seafood.

L
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic oysters, fried anchovies, roasted tomatoes, whole grilled fish, pork belly(!), and desserts. Great meal, good things to share.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Way too noisy. Very slow service. We sat at bar where it’s less noisy and felt mostly ignored by wait staff.
Shrimp tacos too soggy with 1 thin, soft tortilla. Clams came without bread had to ask for bread which took 10+ minutes to grill and serve.

OT
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Dropped in for some oysters and lunch! I usually go with something sparkling- but had a Pink Lady cocktail that was just divine. The oysters were of very good quality with very similar flavor profiles- crisp clean finishes, sweet to mildly briny, good size, excellently shucked. Would Oyster again. The staff was attentive and charming.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best shrimp cocktail, great service, great atmosphere for business meetings

OT
San Francisco
40 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Have always enjoyed Anchor and Hope, but they seem to recently have changed their menu. Lobster Rolls used to be a main dish and now relegated to “share” section. Fortunately waitress suggested I order two which sated my lobster roll needs, but really preferred old menu.

JB
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Waiter tried flirting with my date and ignored us, so we left. Terrible experience.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Our service was rushed and the quality was lacking for the high amount per order.

a
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Disappointing at best. Expensive with little payoff. The service was friendly but sparse. Definite pass.

E
San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time here. Staff was great. A tad on the noisy side. $17 for glass of wine was a bit much in my view but was a good pour and a nice wine. Check out grilled heirloom tomatoes with goat cheese....so so good! Raw clams were hit or miss as far as some tasting rather fishy while others were not. I would go back again though and try some other items from raw bar.

PM
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

We each had the lobster rolls, mostly bread with very little lobster. I believe it was langostino lobster - small tough pieces. We won’t be back.

C
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience3

We had a reservation ON LINE but ended up waiting for about 30 minutes, so whats the use of reserving at a certain timeframe?

ST
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Seafood plate was very tasty and everything was fresh. Service was very good. Great wine list.

OT
Mexico City
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

The air conditioning was not working, it was so hot, they just had one fan for all the place.
The king salmon was not fresh, it tasted like frozen and it was hard. When it arrived was almost raw and we sent it back, after that it was over cooked
We loved this place but yesterday was not a good experience

e
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Loved the restaurant location and the brick walls and high ceiling. The lobster roll and crab cake appetizers were nice. I really liked my steamed clams entree and ended up ordering some french fries to help me with the tasty broth. My brother enjoyed the salmon but I think he felt it was 'unremarkable' in a sturdy dinner kind of pleasantly edible dinner... Service was excellent.

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