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...
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Disappointing cuisine but very nice service sitting at the bar
Came here as part of a celebration weekend. The service was excellent and the food was divine. We had the oysters, Mussels, which were both fresh and delicious. We enjoyed the chowder which I felt had the perfect consistency, and the beet salad was delicious and unique. We finished with the crab pasta.....it was outstanding with lots of crab. We will certainly be back again!!!
I was hoping it would be better. I had the 28$ crab roll and it was disappointing.
Being from NYC, we are spoiled with the various cuisines at hand and most places are open late night. We were looking for a place that didnt close at 10p. We liked the vibe ao decided to check it out. The food was outstanding, great selection of raw bar (oysters, shrimp, clams) and a lovely choice of fresh and creative dishes. We had the cauliflower soup garnished with fried onions and balsamic reduction, the clam chowder w bacon had great depth of flavor, shishito peppers to start and some raw bar and for dessert bread pudding w a delectable caramel sauce to die for. - all fresh and yummy! The service was excellent. Our waitress was attentive but not intrusive and knowledgeable. Music was good too. Loved the open kitchen. Will definitely be back again when Im back in SF. Absolutely recommend this place.
This is a restaurant that has excellent seafood as well as a significant beer menu. Our server was friendly and knowledgeable. The noise level was high, but tolerable and the food itself excellent.
Food is pretty good, but I think it's very overpriced for what it is.
Very good food
Very cool building
For a 30$ you're better off skipping the lobster role - it's so small. The pasta was decent. Overall unimpressive.
If you're celebrating anything this is not the place to go, as they don't care.
Delicious new find for us. Our waitperson was friendly and attentive. Food, creative.