Anchor and Hope

4.4
2598 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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RG
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Overall would recommend for dinner, as ceviche app., salmon and ribeye were good, but was not cheap and service was slow especially to start. The service was '15% tip', not '20%'. Other menu items liked good too, like clams etc.

JD
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the blackened shrimp tacos and they were fabulous. Service was outstanding. Can’t wait to go back!

OT
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

The appetizer was over cooked, the salmon entree was moist however the skin wasn’t eatable the fish & chips batter was heavy & bland the staff was pleasant the kitchen needs help

H
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Got in last minute. The service was excellent and the food was great. We will definitely return- definitely.

OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Waiter had zero warmth or personality. He seemed to care less about being there.

WT
Charlotte
10 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Had steak but it was flavorless and there were no steak sauce options. Corn chowder was amazing! Very nice servers. Very close to other guests.

k
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

There is not much of an ambiance in my point of view and therefore I expected the pricing not as expensive as it was. The food was good, but nothing special. I had the Mussels which were okay I wished for more chorizo and garlic in the sauce. The Service was very good, attentive and friendly. I don't think I would "push" my friends to go there on the other hand I would not say "don't go"

M
Charleston
13 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

enjoyed the seafood tower and the beer and wine slection. Wished they had liquor

AL
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Well balanced menu. Good wine list. Excellent service.

OT
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Ceviche is amazing, solid Shrimp cocktail and various small plates of note. Recommend larger on table water containers and chilling the water wouldn't be a bad idea either (or provide ice).

PH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anchor and Hope has outstanding and creative food. It is also a fun ambience, with great architecture. The wait staff was very efficient, attentive, and nice people. Overall an outstanding lunch.

l
San Francisco
63 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Reasons to eat here:

1. You like oysters -- appear to be their specialty
2. You like beer-- excellent selection
3. You like wine -- good selections by the glass
4. It's close to your hotel.

TP
Western NC
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 4

Arrived at opening of lunch service. Though the restaurant was nearly empty and we had a reservation, the hostess attempted to seat the two of us in a dark, cramped corner. We were reseated on request. Our server was attentive and professional. On recommendation of a colleague who previously lived in San Francisco we ordered clam chowder, calamari and the lobster roll. Clam chowder was good but over salted as was everything. The calamari we were served looked very different than calamari that came out of the kitchen later and not in a good way. Lobster roll did not taste like it was fresh. In retrospect we wondered if we were served food left over from the previous night's service. Our lunch including a couple of beers and tip was almost $100. It was no where near as good as the $100 dinner we had this evening at an establishment on Fisherman's Wharf. At least the beers and the service were good.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Fantastic location, good food, little pricey.

AB
Baltimore
24 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Fantastic food a service. We celebrated our anniversary, and it was a very memorable evening. Thank you!

WD
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We ordered a seafood tower, which was delicious! For a Saturday night, the crowd was a bit light, but the food, drinks and service was great.

OT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a nice experience. Will definitely be back. Like the space outdoor/indoor.

OT
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Nice food, really let down by the service. Waitress was completely disinterested, oysters ordered as starters showed up after we ate our mains - they were surprised when we no longer wanted them. We were out in less than 45 minutes which is unacceptable for dinner. No one came to check in even though we told the waitress we intended to order wine after our cocktails. In the end they made a small adjustment to the bill but sadly they didn’t seem that concerned about the poor experience we had. The lobster roll and shrimp tacos were actually pretty good but in a city full of dining options I’d say give it a miss and find somewhere else.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

We were not given chips

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant for a business meal. Oysters were fresh, service was great and ambiance was lovely.

T
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Service slow, salmon no taste, shrimp cocktail bland, no soup spoon for soup. Over priced for what u get. Not one to complain but this was horrific. Great place if you want land service and tasteless food.

t
London
4 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One night in town an went there as shared the name with a great gastro pub in Southwark London. Lovely evening on my own at the bar eating anchovies, cerviche cod and then some crab appetisers. Super friendly barman and lovely wine list. Highly recommend.

AK
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Service was a bit slow - I think they may have been short on staff as everybody was running around. Food was okay. Good for an informal lunch or dinner.

MW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food here - everything on the menu is amazing. The staff are also very good. Great wine and beer list too.

AA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Food is always great, but I think it’s extremely pricey for what it is.

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Enjoy our dinner overall. Service was excellent at the beginning, then tappered off as the evening progressed. Oysters were very good...try the Rocky point oysters, they were especially good. We ordered the Salmon and the mussels. Both were very good. Would consider trying again, but if you just want oysters, get there during happy hour...

HK
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Great seafood & drinks, service could be better. Great lunch spot downtown!

c
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent marine fare. Interesting atmosphere. Friendly and attentive servers. Overall, a delightful experience.

n
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

Our server was amazing!! The food was great and the wine list was better than expected! The sea food platter is a must !

JB
Charleston
27 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

Given the online reviews we read before choosing this restaurant, I was fairly disappointed. Perhaps this was because of the entrees selected. The first offering of the battered cod and fries (their fish and chips) was a greasy, undercooked mess. When I told the waitress about this, she had the kitchen try again which was much appreciated but overall, this was not a very good rendition of this classic dish. My friend had the lobster roll which was highly touted by the waitress. Again, mediocre at best. If you've had lobster rolls in New England, you'll be disappointed in this one. While I could imagine going to this restaurant again, I'd certainly try something different from their menu.

SM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

The food is just okay, kind of what you would expect from a seaside seafood stand but 2x the price. On the plus side, they have a great assortment of beer, a small but reasonable cocktail menu in a nice, converted garage ambiance.

G
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Everything was great , seafood excellent. Just to noisy hard to talk.

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

Poor - food average and expensive- been here a few rimes and gone downhill

m
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We made an early reservation in the hopes that the restaurant wouldn't be too noisy. We were able to have a conversation over a delicious dinner without having to raise our voices. Seafood, especially the lobster roll was oh so fresh and tasty. Service was friendly and helpful. Definitely recommend this restaurant. Plus the location is perfect to walk on over to the movie theater at 4th Street.

LA
San Francisco
59 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our first time at this place. We were going to an even and needed to grab a quick casual dinner before that. We had two pleasant surprises:
1. The service was so efficient that we were actually able to have a quick dinner (you know... often you order something like a shrimp cocktail... so you don't have to wait.... since you know that it was made in advance... but for some reason it takes at least 30 min to get it...).
2. The food was excellent.

OT
20 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great tacos and again is just so consistent. Will keep coming back.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 1

It was just so hot. We wanted to get out of there as soon as we could.

x
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

I really wanted to like this restaurant. I got the lobster roll
Because it’s highly rated online. The bread was so hard it cut my gums. The lobster aioli tasted like retail mayonnaise. Had to add substantial pepper and salt to the clam chowder, which unfortunately focused too much on the bacon grease for flavor than on intelligence seasoning. Wasn’t impressed, except with the amazing tater tots. The crab toast bites similarly had really dry and hard bread! Much improvement needed. My favorite lobster roll is elsewhere so at least I have that to look forward to. At least I gave them a try!

s
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great. One critique - the petrale sole could have more flavor. It said garlic caper sauce but I got a bland butter, onion sauce.

JW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Good food but basic lunch for 2 with no drinks was $90. Too expensive.

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