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About Anchor and Hope

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.

83 Minna Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Seafood, American

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.

Cross Street:
Second Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 501-9100

Website:
http://www.anchorandhopesf.com/

Parking Details:
There is a parking lot at Howard and 2nd Street.

Public Transit:
Montgomery Station for Bart and Muni riders.

Executive Chef:
Vernon Morales

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Anchor and Hope Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.2

service

4.2

ambience

4.2

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

83% would recommend it to a friend

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 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

This was a great place to get to know a new colleague. The ambiance was perfect for getting to know one another.

Tags: Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

We had a bit of difficulty getting our food - but it was really good. Bread pudding w caramel and apple crisp that tasted home made. The lobster rolls looked great. We ate five appetizers and all were good. It is a loud place but it is not bothersome. Bar is active before dinner opens.
The restaurant was full on a rainy night which is a good sign. Was recommended to me by a person who eats out a good bit -

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

We waited almost an hour and a half for our lunch. Food was fair but kitchen was a mess.

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 (London)·Dined on January 15, 2018

The food was ok, not great, but the main reason we didn’t enjoy The Hope and Anchor was because it was very cold in there. Eventually we put our coats on while finishing our meal.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Great staff, relaxed atmosphere and great food and beer!

Tags: Great Beer, Authentic, Quick Bite, Special Occasion, Casual
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·Dined on January 12, 2018

Excellent service and food- perfect for business lunch- easy and affordable parking garage 2 minute walk

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 10, 2018

This is a fun, lively restaurant and caters to the business crowd. You definitely need to make a reservation for lunch. I like the fact that they serve lobster rolls and crab rolls which are not common in restaurants. The rolls are delicious; however, I feel $28-29 is too expensive for what you get. Portions are adequate but not huge.

Tags: Casual, Fun, Business Meals
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Service was a mess. Sat down and a waiter didn’t come to the table for 10 minutes. Food was decent.

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 (Denver)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We went here for NYE dinner. We were early and was able to be seated quickly. That was nice. Upon seating we were greeted and given menus. My wife and I were on the search for some great cocktails since it was NYE. That is when the dinner turned...Anchor and Hope only serve beer and wine.?!? You guys, this can’t be real... it’s 2018 Now and you don’t serve liquor? The entrees were 4-5 choices only. 2 of the 5 were lobster/crab rolls. I ordered the lobster roll. Very good. My wife ordered the hangar steak which worded it was with sweet potatoes. The steak was tender and good to go, but the purée under the steak didn’t taste like sweet potatoes so we asked the server to find out what it was.... she never came back with an answer. That is part of the upper $ dining experience. If you ask the server to find out something he/she should have the courtesy to find out or send someone over to answer a few questions. Lame. Overall I would go back for some beers and rolls and not stray away from that.

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

A great dinner on NYE. A shame that the only cocktails available were wine/ beer based and the menu was limited. Still, the food we did eat was tasty and beautifully presented. Easy location to find and great Ambience.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

The first thing the hostess said to us is "you know you can only have this table until 815 and you have to leave them. We're busy." There were no pleasantries, and we were placed in a skinny table between two other couples. This is with reservations! They were not fill when we sat down nor the whole time we ate. We had to ask several times to get bread and refills on drinks, and to order. Perhaps they were understaffed, but for 30 dollars a plate I expected less hassle. My husband's office is across the street, but with this experience their are better places for less money in the area.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 1, 2018

I ordered pork belly for my appetizer and it was delivered frozen cold

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

The bar does not disclose on its website that it is wine/beer only which is disappointing. The waiter makes it very clear you are drinking tap water if you don't opt for the upsell bottled water. My girlfriend's fish was way too salty however the one bright spot was my clam chowder that was very good.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 27, 2017

First time there a few years ago I would give a FIVE+ star review, for food, ambience, service. It excelled in all of these.
This trip, food was good but not exceptional (some items over salted, others no salt/low flavor). Service was good but nothing extraordinary.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Anchor and Hope has awesome atmosphere and even better food! We started off with the ceviche and some oysters and they also brought out house-made salt and vinegar chips with an aioli dipping sauce that was so good!!! Our group had the lobster roll, fish and chips and salmon for our meals. Everything was fabulous and the service was spot on!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Great seafood, highly recommend

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 20, 2017

I have loved this place since I first visited over 5 years ago. Their menu is the best and their service is impeccable. The noise level is high, but I never feel like I'm yelling across the table. The food is always so fresh and I'm never disappointed! Excellent wine list as well!

Tags: Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, People Watching, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Good for Groups
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 15, 2017

We arrived to find two girls french kissing in the doorway.Lucky I did not have my grandchildren with me.Went to the hostess who was very off as she was busy on the phone hmmmm.We had a booking but they were half empty.We waited asked for a particular table and was told we could have it for 30 minutes as someone else wanted it.They never showed up hmmmm.We sat at the bar very cold service.The place had a very strange vibe.No one seemed very happy.We told them we are glutton free and not by choice.Our meal came with couscous.I asked if it was G.F. she said yes but I asked her again and she checked,it was not.The food is nothing remarkable.Service mechanical.We were the last 2 people on a very long bar.They decide to count there money and receipts right in front of us.We moved down and they did not even look up.There are so many better places in the City.Do not waste your money here.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Overall, the experience was positive and we would return. We particularly enjoyed the broad choice of beers and the fresh and well prepared seafood. While nothing was WOW, everything was solid and competent. The central location is also a big positive.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Our server was awesome - it wasn’t busy at all when we arrived so we were seated immediately. Food was delicious, but man oh man - the chips that come with the fish n chips were A PLENTY! Way too much for one or even two people to eat! Didn’t mind though, we took them home and our kids devoured them!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Great food, easy in and out.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 7, 2017

went for lunch--on a Thursday and had reservations, which we were so glad we did. Place was hopping busy. Delicious fresh oysters & lobster roll on toasted brioche bread was also great. Seafood tower looked amazing. Lots of beer choices , too. Fun, casual atmosphere & quick, friendly service.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Casual, Fun
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·Dined on December 7, 2017

They changed the amount of tip adding 20 extra dollars.

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Had the Sole. It was amazing. Are here two years ago, last time I was in San Francisco, it was great then and still is.
My husband had another fish dinner and loved it too. Do not remember the name of the fish. See photo.
Excellent service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Good for a Date, Healthy
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Great oysters and a wine list that complements them. Got to introduce a friend to Sancerre. Also terrific salad with figs and goat cheese. The noise level on a Friday night, however, was just short of headache inducing. But it was that loud the last time I was there and I returned anyway because of the food. So if you like oysters, enjoy enough wine that the noise won't bother you.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Really disapppointed with the dish I ordered (Ahi Bowl). some (undressed) greens with Ahi, which was not good.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Food was great and the service was terrific. The mussels and oysters were on point. Laid back atmosphere with a leisurely pace to our dinner. Definitely check it out.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great Beer, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Wonderful experience from great service to ambiance and delicious food!

Tags: Good for a Date, Healthy, Great for Lunch, Casual, Seasonal, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Food was good not great. I ordered the lobster roll. Nothing special to it. The spring on tater tots was bland. The clam chowder was excellent and the oysters were fresh. The service was atrocious!!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Average across the Board with the exception of our waiter who was really excellent.

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Bad service that day.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Not fancy but fun and tasty. Attentive knowledgeable service. Appetizers more varied than main course option. Seems like a solid, where you know what you will get, kind of place.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual, Fun, Good for Groups, People Watching
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

The Sole and oysters were AMAZING. We sat at the bar and had awesome service!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Difficult to find, it's down an alley which is partially blocked due to the Transbay Terminal construction. And parking?? Hah! That being said the beer list is really impressive, wine list is marginally above average (Chardonnay is alright). Seafood is excellent quality and the prices reflect that. Too few servers to efficiently cover the football size dining room.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

We ordered a large seafood plateaux. The oysters were very fresh. The lobsters bisque was delicious. The steak mignon was also great!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Arrived for our 1:30pm lunch res, and the table wasn't ready. After a few minutes, we are seated, and the manager comes by to inform us "the kitchen closes in 15 minutes if you want to eat". Wow...what a way to begin your meal!

We ordered a dozen oysters, which were poorly prepared with grit and sand in them, and still connected to the shells. My wife had a luke-warm lobster bisque with zero meat in it (don't know if that was by design or just the last scoop of the lunch pot). I had the lobster roll, which was pretty good and full of lobster meat (which I was forced to relinquish to my wife and her bisque), and my cousin had the fish and chips which he says were just "ok".

At about 2:20pm, a group of conference men come in looking for a table...not only are they seated, but we also watch them order food (from the "closed" kitchen!). Maybe they had some VIP reservation, who knows...just didn't care to be told that I needed to order in the next 15 minutes before the kitchen closed, just to watch these guys come in and do as they please.

So...$200 for a mediocre meal, and one in which they clearly either didn't want our business, or just didn't care. Well...I'll continue to patronize places that actually want me to enjoy a wonderful meal and experience...and I'll likely choose not to go back to Anchor and Hope. Such a shame too...because I have had quite a few great lunches and dinners there.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 8, 2017

It was perfunctory for a work lunch

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 (Denver)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Very accommodating and central SF location. Highly recommend!

Tags: Fun, Creative Cuisine
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Excellent food, service, overall experience. One quirk I would change - the red wines offered BTG are strangely limited. Nice choice of bubbly and whites, with 8 whites from around the world. Reds was 5 wines, 2 Pinot, 1 Zin, 2 Cabs, all from CA. We were looking for an earthy red and none of those qualify. Their bottle list shows nice depth, so the inventory is in the building, just need to offer some of those by the glass.

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Nice atmosphere and good food. All around enjoyable. Great fish!

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