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Anchor and Hope

2315 reviews
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$31 to $50
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  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
  • Fit for Foodies
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 2315 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.4  based on recent ratings
Noise · Moderate
85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipAllisonM (Indiana)
1.0  Dined a day 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...

Delicious (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined 5 days ago

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 6 days ago

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 6 days ago

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 6 days ago

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

ncfieg (Nashville)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

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 was outstanding with lots of crab. We will certainly be back again!!!

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

I was hoping it would be better. I had the 28$ crab roll and it was disappointing.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

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.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on January 31, 2018

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.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on January 30, 2018

Food is pretty good, but I think it's very overpriced for what it is.

Paul (Atlantic City)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Excellent service
Excellent pace
Very good food
Very cool building

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

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.

vipAgem (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

Delicious new find for us. Our waitperson was friendly and attentive. Food, creative.