Angler San Francisco

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266 reviews
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Angler is a sea-life focused restaurant with views of the expansive wood burning hearth as well of the San Francisco Bay from Chef Joshua Skenes and Saison Hospitality. Each day’s inspiration is drawn from the products themselves and is an articulation of their natural flavors, served at their peak taste. We work with a small group of fishermen, hunters, gatherers, ranchers, and farmers to find and follow microclimates that produce the highest quality products in local existence. All of the cooking revolves around open wood fire and a fireplace designed for Chef Skenes's unique methodology, techniques, and tools for extracting the best tastes in our products. The expansive cellar features a particular emphasis on the wines of Burgundy as well as benchmark producers from our backyard in Napa and Sonoma. The bar program features carefully curated spirits from well-known and small-batched distillers, to specially sourced selections that date back sev
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Birmingham
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mind blown by the details ❤️

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MV
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was an exceptional dining experience. One enters from the Embarcadero into a beautiful open space decorated in a profusion of flowers over looking the open kitchen. We ate in the side bar room, a kitschy space full of taxidermy that was a jarring juxtaposition from the main dining area, but manages to work. It soon makes sense when you peruse the menu with its many wild game offerings. The view of the the Bay Bridge is spectacular. We had heard that the cocktail program was exceptional, and were not disappointed. The King Kong, a Brazilian twist on a Manhattan made with whiskey, banana liqueur, and cachaça, was particularly notable. The wine list of over 30 pages can seem a bit overwhelming, but the sommelier staff is exceptional and unpretentious. Prices are quite high, as one might expect with a heavy emphasis on French burgundy, but there are some reasonably priced options. We started with a glass of Sancerre to pair our mostly fish appetizers, and then had a very nice bottle of Rhys Pinot Noir from coastal San Mateo for a reasonable markup of $200. To be expected with Michelin 3-star chef Joshua Skenes at the helm, the food was the crowning jewel of the evening. Our only disappointment was that the 28 day dry aged New York steak had already run out by 8:30 PM. I almost never order the roasted chicken when dining out, but did so at our waiters strong urging, and we were definitely steered in the right direction. It was sublime with the crispiest of skin and delicately tender meat cooked to perfection. Having overindulges with our main meal, we shared the soft swirl sundae with caramel sauce for dessert, a nice testament that Angler doesn’t take itself too seriously. It was yummy. My most enduring impression was of the exceptionally well trained, knowledgeable, friendly, and unpretentious wait staff. I will be back soon… If I can get a reservation!

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MP
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The waitstaff was amazing - from their suits/ties to their helpfulness in selecting complementary small plates. Also, check out the bathrooms - heated toilet seats!!! All in all, a very, very fun and excellent place to enjoy fabulous food!

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DG
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food was good, but nothing spectacular. Great views of the bay bridge! service is way too buttoned up for San Francisco, they take themselves way too seriously!

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M
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Angler was such a revelation! Everything from the ambience to the service but especially the food was amazing! Do yourself a favor and order the roasted beets.

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New Mexico
19 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience. Excellent service and great evening. Maybe the drinks are over priced?

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KM
San Francisco
50 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful restaurant! The food was excellent as well as the service. We love the ambience, too.

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UC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Amazing overall dining experience! First time guest and took some out of town friends. Even one way blown away from the attention of the staff to the taste profile of the food to the restaurant ambiance. Our waiter was so patient and guided us in the right direction when navigating the menu. We got to try amazing new things- ahi tuna and tomato jelly, grilled radicchio- and try some house specialities- whole bbq chicken- without having too much food. Save room for desert and don’t second guess that soft serve sundae. Highly recommend for special occasions!

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OT
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best service ever!!! I was so impressed on the service levels of all of the team. Each dish was
Carefully prepared...I had the raw scallops and it was perfectly accented with the diced apples...I could have eaten a dozen more.

The fresh bread and butter was amazing...they also give these tasty peppers which are so flavorful.

Didn’t try desert but the sundae looked very good!

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P
San Francisco
101 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We wanted to get together before attending Hamilton, which is a 7p start. Angler was unable to accommodate 6 for a 5p dinner, so they suggested and booked a table for their last lunch seating, 2p. The service, the food, the wine, and the atmosphere was outstanding. We enjoyed a wonderfully leisurely paced lunch. Thank you for allowing us to socialize and enjoy lunch without feeling rushed.

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NC
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

I was expecting better, but it was ok. Service was great but I don’t think I’ll be back for the food again.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful dining experience.

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GW
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

Salty antelope tartare, salty crudo and an overcooked quail. I felt like I was eating cat hair..... Serving staff either hate their jobs or they're just unhappy and don't want to interact with the guest.

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s
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Fantastic service. Look, you're not eating at Long John Silver's so be prepared to spend some bank. Is it over priced? Of course. Is it good? Yes, very good and the fish is exceptionally fresh. Oysters were top nothing. Big Eye tuna was so-so. I'd go back but only sit at the bar. Ask for a table looking out along the Embarcadero towards the Bay Bridge.

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m
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 3ambience 3

This restaurant is a caricature of itself. It felt as though I had been dropped onto the set of a comedic movie in which each actor was directed to give the most over-the-top performance and the entire theme of the restaurant was designed as a farcical hoax summed up in a caption for a newspaper review I found online: "Make everything taste as much like itself as physically possible." Huh? $15 for bread and butter? A glass of wine for $68? Seriously? And all a very short stone's throw from an urban parklet teeming with homeless people. This restaurant takes itself way too seriously. It's sad to see the level of pretension to which San Francisco has risen in the hands of a bunch of uber-wealthy techies. I've been a foodie for decades and have lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for two of the last three decades, but I have never felt so thoroughly fleeced by an overpriced hipster spot in my entire life and I've eaten at Michelin star restaurants in the U.S. and Europe. Was the food great? Sure. But the pricing and pretension are beyond obnoxious on a block where people are sleeping on sidewalks. I would say this felt more like a dystopian future flick, but that future is now in present-day San Francisco.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place so much !! Tep is the greatest❤️🎉

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VN
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The reviews were good including recommendations from chef pals. We arrived on time, table wasn't ready, no big deal, some burgundy cremant was offered up.

We were expecting the level of pricing as the restaurant is pitched at the comfortably well off, that are after a high end but casual dining experience.

Wine list is fabulous if you are into rare Burgundy and have the wallet to cope with it. The two pages that interested us most on the wine list were titled "flying under the radar". Modern wines from winemakers who are far away from industrial or the elite wine writers protected interests.

We had the embers grilled petral sole. It came massively under-cooked and running bloody. It was whisked away and replaced 10 minutes later with a perfectly cooked version. Meanwhile we were sort of hungry and started on our side dishes. One repeat side dish was brought back with the new fish.
There wasn't too much explanation from anyone responsible front of house. Our waiter did a good job working his way through the messed up food sequence.

Dessert was a fabulous smoky caramel and ultra creamy sundae.

Would I recommend Angler to friends? I would tell them our experience without a recommendation.

It is a restaurant nicely pitched for the type of crowd that packed the place late on a Saturday. Its only April, but I have had more inspiring meals at restaurants in London, Paris and in San Francisco this year. Restaurants that come in on half the budget here, are very seasonal focused and know what a modern wine list looks like.

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OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I enjoyed the quirkiness of the restaurant design. You can tell they thought about every small detail. Service was pretty spot on except for a few minor things. I enjoyed the food - our favorites were the hen of the woods mushroom and the soft serve. We ordered the quail as one of our entrees and while it was super delicious, it was ultimately too much effort to cut up and share. There was no dish I didn’t enjoy, but if I went back, there may be 1 or 2 things I might not order again but primarily because there would be new things to try! We really enjoyed the cocktails, especially the Cutloose.

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Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful setting on the Embarcadero. Comfortable room viewing the open kitchen and wood burning grills and ovens. Excellent fresh oysters, inventive locally sourced appetizers and salads and terrific fresh seafood and other entrees. Great service throughout. Excellent list of wines by the glass and a spectacular wine list. Highly recommended.

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XS
Los Angeles
35 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the simplicity and creativity of the dishes is what makes this place so special . impeccable service probably the BEST wine list in SF

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NW
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food and service. I particularly enjoyed the wine also.

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H
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Excellent ambiance, but food did not meet expectations.

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S
Los Angeles
30 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

Service was genuinely bad. Our food was good but definitely over salted. Love the view and wish the overall experience had been more reminiscent of the wonderful dinner we had at Saison.

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The menu changes often, so it’s hard to give a recommendation... but you really can’t go wrong with any of the dishes. The dishes are well crafted (I guess you can call it “elevated rustic”) and excellently prepared. We had such a fantastic time, the service was great, and the ambiance is really lovely. If you can sit near the kitchen, I recommend it! Will be back again soon.

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SK
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

excellent as always. highest quality ingredients cooked with bold flavors.

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TO
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

went for lunch...nice ambiance...uncertain about evening noise level. daytime was acceptable.

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S
Salt Lake City
16 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing meal! Great Somm Morgan took great care of us. Will definitely be back.

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KD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

Way too expensive for the tiny little portions they give you. Went home really hungry after a $300+ meal for two. Cool space and great service though!

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m
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Potatoe and sea bass dish are the best

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JB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 1

I booked a reservation after reading a review in the NY Fishwrap's Food Section where it was touted as the most anticipated new restaurant on the culinary scene. The ambience of the dining room does NO justice to the food with dead stuffed fish and mammal heads on the wall. The experience was like sitting in a bar of a chain food establishment, non stop loud 80's Disco Music blared overhead. The menu was small with only 4 main entrees offered. The smaller plates were ingenious and well executed.
I would not return until they do an engine rebuild!

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DO
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Angler for a special occasion at the request of my guest who reads reviews. I chose a Sunday evening as it's usually a more relaxed and authentic dining experience.

The venue was attractive, active, but not particularly jammed. This was as expected...but then downhill from there.

Service was horrendous. Distracted, non attentive. Lots of bodies in attendance, but still waited uncomfortably long time to be approached initially and any followup service interaction was the same.

I pre ordered (stress this) a "very cold" Riesling 1/2 bottle with a shellfish appetizer. Shellfish platter was brought out before the wine was served. Platter lacked the clams we ordered. We sat there watching the shellfish ice melt for a bit. Still no waiter or wine. I then asked for the wine.
Bottle was brought to table- "warm". We finished platter before wine was even actually served.

"Angler"- A fish restaurant? Only two actual fish entrees (vs shellfish) on main course menu that evening- they did not have either at 8:00 serving- that's us!
We ate what we could. Wish I could at least have a positive food comment, but not impressed in any way with a tiny grilled lobster for $70 or $15 per single sea scallop entree.
We smiled and made the best of it.
Asked for the check and got out of there.

To sum it up. Not a value. Nothing special. Just over priced.

I could not connect my experience to the reviews or accolades Angler has received.
Seemed like a joke.
Worst experience I've ever had in a restaurant of that supposed caliber.

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C
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The servers are wonderful!

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l
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a fabulous dining experience! I had a lot of expectations after reading that it’s named the best newest restaurant in the nation by Esquire & a finalist for the 2019 James Beard Foundation award for Best New Restaurant. They delivered in every level....excellent food, top notch service from Mason & the rest of the wait staff, beautiful space, great cocktails, nice music selection ! I can’t wait to go back this coming Friday with another set of friends!

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AD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The scallop was the best scallop I've ever had. The chicken was good, but for all the hype seemed unexciting. The wine list was excellent. The smoke flavor in several dishes from the open fire (primarily the smoked butter used for some of the sea food) was amazing.

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CB
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was impeccable. The attention to detail was amazing. The view I had overlooking the Bay Bridge was an added bonus. Each person I spoke with had knowledge of the menu and made fantastic auggestions. From start to finish I felt as if I was the only person being served, while the places was packed. One of the best overall dining experiences I’ve had on the West Coast, coming from a person who had dined in some prime restaurant locations in NY. It deserves any accolades coming its way, I’m hoping not to jinx it. Thank you!!

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g
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tasty inventive food. Worth the expense. Service was excellent, although our main waiter was a little earnest. Loved that they didn’t rush you through dinner so they could turn the table over.

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KC
London
72 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved everything we ordered from cocktails to appetizers to petrole sole and porter house, and finally to desserts. Lovely and intimate ambiance. We will definitely go back and try other dishes.

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AJ
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Angleris a game-changer. Innovative, rustic comfort food that is also sophisticated and full of flavor. This is what sets San Francisco apart from many other cities. A true pioneer.

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IS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful dining experience. Can't wait to go back!

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JG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Though expensive, the food was quite good and at times even memorable (particularly crudo selections from the raw bar and the often-Instagramed Radicchio salad). However, our service started out mediocre and turned to appalling by the end of the evening. We elected to valet park (an additional twenty dollars) and asked the valet attendant whether we should pay upon arrival or departure. He responded that it did not matter, and so we handed him a twenty dollar bill to pay for parking as we left our car. When our bill arrived it contained a twenty dollar charge for valet parking. We alerted our server that we already paid for parking, and he proceeded to chastise us for doing this, telling us that, effectively, he would make an exception this time but that we should know better. His response was incredibly rude -- antithetical to the very idea of hospitality. It left an incredibly bad taste in our mouths.

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