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Anchor and Hope

2318 reviews
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$31 to $50
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  • Casual (19)
  • Good for a Date (19)
  • Great for Lunch (13)
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Seafood, American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm, Sunday 5:30 pm-9:30 pm; Happy Hour Monday-Friday 4:30pm-6:00pm Reservations are not accepted for Happy Hour but we will do our best to accommodate you.

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Phone number
(415) 501-9100
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Vernon Morales
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Cross street
Second Street
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Parking details
There is a parking lot at Howard and 2nd Street.
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Public transit
Montgomery Station for Bart and Muni riders.
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 2318 People Are Saying
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4.4  based on recent ratings
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipAnitaMW (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined 3 days ago

We've eaten there before, and while the food was good, it wasn't quite as good as other times. The angels on horseback appetizer was great, as was my cocktail. The Dungeness crab salad was excellent, and sole was good, but my fish tacos were fairly tasteless and seemed to lack something. I recalled some aioli on the menu, which it was lacking, but when they brought some to me, the aioli was sweet and didn't go with the fish. But we like this place and will return, and we recommend it - just avoid the fish tacos.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Excellent food, varied and interesting menu. Fast, friendly and knowledgeable wait staff service. Reasonable prices compared to the food quality.

vipAllisonM (Indiana)
1.0  Dined 5 days ago

Disappointed to rate the experience at Anchor and Hope as 1 out of 5 due to an odd interaction with the hostess. We arrived at Anchor and Hope at 7:30pm and had a reservation for 8pm. Upon arrival I acknowledged we were 30 minutes early and asked the hostess if we could grab a drink at the bar while we wait. She immediately said no, that we had to leave the restaurant and come back at 8pm. There were two open seats at the bar, and no one standing, so I was confused what type of restaurant would tell a customer with a reservation they were not allowed to get a drink at the bar while they wait for their table. Not looking for conflict we left and came back at 8pm, and were greeted by a waitress who said she would seat us immediately. Confused by the sight of a group of people standing at the bar, I asked if bar seating was reserved or if we could grab a drink before dinner. She said of course, you don’t need a reservation to stand at the bar.
The food was great but I’m left with a bad taste in my mouth from the hostess and any possible reasoning why a paying customer should be turned away and told to come back in 30 minutes when there was space to stand...

Luke (Sacramento)
3.0  Dined 5 days ago

Food is always good. Service was unusually slow; maybe just an off night. Ambiance is terrific. Pair it with a trip to Novela, the little cocktail bar nearby.

Delicious (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Easy to get in for Valentines and now I know why. Just wasn’t very good. The lobster roll was a hot mess. The over toasted bread on both sides was too big to bite into and the tater tots were these odd big shaped things. You don’t mess with a classic like tater tots. And it was not cheap. Lived in Boston for eight years and was excited to eat here. However it was a huge disappointment and doesn’t compare to the seafood on the East Coast. I think this place doesn’t know what it wants to be. For example in the bathroom is a sailing chart of the Washington state peninsula. That seems kind of random considering they’re serving East Coast style seafood in a restaurant in Northern California. It summed up the restaurant perfectly - confused and not knowing what it wants to be. Is it casual, is it fresh, is it fancy? Is that random large sized thing on my plate a tater tot? Skip this one. You can get better seafood elsewhere.

vipLeicaMan (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Enjoyed a great lunch here last Wednesday. The Fresh Oysters were perfect. Best bowl of Clam Chowder that I have ever been served. Crab Roll was delicious! I will eat here anytime I visit San Francisco.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Wow! What a great find. Tucked in a corner off of 2nd street, I visited Anchor with a client for a lunch meeting and I was impressed. We tried the crab and lobster rolls and also the bacon wrapped oysters.. yes bacon wrapped lol. Each dish hit the spot and left me wanting more. Will definitely be back to this gem soon!

vipBBD1 (Portland)
3.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

The food was fine. Very expensive, but perfectly acceptable. The fish and chips was fine. The soup was excellent. The Crab Louie was fine. The food here is not going to win any awards but was enjoyable.

Beserker333 (St. Louis)
5.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

Great service and elegant looking food which delivered on flavor with many different levels. Great mix of fresh seafood and steaks. We had a great time and satisfied a couple of foodies.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Disappointing cuisine but very nice service sitting at the bar