Anchor and Hope

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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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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

V day dinner super delish, any of the oysters are simply mouth watering!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Had a good experience on Valentine’s Day. The Brussel sprouts were tasty and the mushroom soup was great — fish and chips were solid and the black cod was very good. Seating felt a bit tight, but would recommend overall.

BF
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Very good quality seafood in a traditional warehouse style SF venue. Prices were a little high for what it is but my clients were impressed so I would go again, provided the business is paying the tab. Like most places of this type in SF, the room is cold and drafty so you have to dress warmly. Oysters were particularly good but, at $48 for a dozen, about twice the price you would pay at many similar places. Small plates were the best value - about $16 each and two could amount to a decent meal.

MO
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience3

VERY VERY disappointed that the new menu ELIMINATED our favorite thing. THE LOBSTER ROLL. we shall not return to this restaurant unless they reverse this decision

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food and friendly staff

J
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

It was 50 degrees outside and pouring rain, so my daughter and I were freezing the entire time! No heat inside and We were ready to get home! BUT as always, fresh and delicious food and very sweet waitress...

WD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

I've been to Anchor & Hope a number of times during the years, but this recent experience was very poor. The restaurant had no heat, water leaked onto our table from the rain, our appetizer came out after our entrees were served. It took longer than normal to get our tea because they ran out of cups. I had the lobster cobb salad and there was no seasoning or salt...it tasted so bland. I had a cup of clam chowder which was good. We paid about $250 for 4 people...not worth it.

SS
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We got there early before much of the dinner crowd. The waitress was very helpful on the wine selection and worked with us on several offerings. Lack of a full bar is a negative though.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Robert our server was very patient and good with us. The squash side dish amazing!

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience3

All fresh was previously frozen, nothing fresh and the quantities are terribly small. Yelp has is correct at a 3 star place - good to avoid.

a
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Lovely place. Chowder very good as well as “angels”. However cod needed some more flavor and was quite bland. Also could have used some bread to go with meal

JT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Service was slow on this busy night. However, since we were meeting friends we only see once a year we were happy to spend two hours plus dinning. I had feared the nose level, but it was not as loud as expected and we were able to carry on a conversation. The food was excellent.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Second time dining and happy that I came back!

K
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience5

I was really bummed out by my experience at Anchor & Hope. Our party of 6 arrived on time for our 6PM reservation and ordered drinks and appetizers when we were seated. The restaurant was about 20% full at that time. This was on a Tuesday. It took over 20 minutes to get wine and beer. Appetizers may have arrived before all of the drinks. Our dinner was served around 8PM. One person had to leave before his meal came. The service was very poor. If there were problems in the kitchen, it would have been nice to know instead of having to ask about our meals. Once we asked, our food was delivered in about 20 minutes. It seemed like our order was forgotten. Total disappointment, and a lot of money. I wanted my group to like Anchor & Hope. Instead, I felt bad for suggesting it.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4food2service4ambience4

Food is a bit flavorless - lacking salt and seasoning

a
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
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 on December 11, 2019
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 on December 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The blackened fish and blackened fish tacos were amazing?

GV
San Francisco
10 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
163 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
14 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
Sacramento
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
9 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
40 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
24 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
27 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
4 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.

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