Angler San Francisco

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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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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was very good like usual. I was a little disappointed that they took the New Orlean off the dessert menus and hoping they will put it back on in the future

p
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

amazing flavors, good portion size, and very creative. perhaps only one dish fell short, out of many. a bit of an overbooking issue forced us to wait 1/2 hour, followed by a mistake that resulted in our table being given to others, but that made us go to the bar where we had some pretty darn amazing mixed cocktails.

great place, deserving of the michelin star.

EJ
Denver
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Good not great. Service was great. Food was good. Dungeness crab was better than the lobster. Have to say that the music was terrible and distracting. Additionally, the stuffed fish around the perimeter walls seem really tacky.

BR
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Food was staged and took to long. The food was just ok but the restaurant is very nice. Lobster, did not have much flavor, other dishes were just ok, no wow factor.

d
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Many timing lapses with our waiter. Brought wrong cocktails. Waited 20 minutes for cocktails. Told us of how our sequencing of our meal would arrive and then totally the opposite. Overall a very expensive dinner for good food and mediocre service. With all the service personnel that were there nobody was orchestrating the flow and timing over staffed and under performed

NB
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Music way too loud

Wine glass smelled like soap. Please smell test wine glasses before serving them to customers

Food was good and original. Fried quail was a bit of a miss, but it is good that the chef experiments.

Prices a little high

KC
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience4

My husband has a severe peanut allergy and we let our server know. He ended up having an allergic reaction. When he called to discuss the matter of possible cross contamination, the manager never called him back.

M
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience overall! Got an excellent view of Bay Bridge as per request. Food is top notch. Fresh and healthy menu items! Service was very attentive.

OT
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was great. Exactly what I wanted. You pay for what you get and Angler is on the more expensive side. But 100% worth it! I would go there weekly if I could.

H
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Was expecting to have a "wow" on each of the dishes, unfortunately several were just "OK". The fire fly squid and blow fish tails did nothing for me. Rather bland and did not make me want another bite. The blow fish tails were tough and dry.

Hen of the forest mushrooms were wonderful, urchin and desserts were well done

n
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Best service I have ever experienced in a restaurant.
Staff very sensitive to my food allergies. But due to them I was unable to have the full food experience.
Given wonderful table.

G
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Angler was easily one of the best dining experiences we've had in a long time. The service was impeccable (and everything you'd expect from a Saison-group restaurant). The food, while it all looked simply executed, was executed perfectly and the flavors were so well-balanced. We will absolutely be back.

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food was very good - particularly the potatoes, scallops and mandarin creamsicle sorbet. I thought the grilled sea bass was a bit underwhelming. But the atmosphere and service were really fantastic!

DD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The view is amazing, service beyond expectations and the food is something to experience. Overall one of the best restaurants in California if not the United States in my opinion.

S
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Came here to celebrate my birthday with my family... I received no song, no complimentary small dessert or drinks... kind of disappointed. Felt that I should’ve celebrate at other Michelin restaurants.

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Oh man. Second time at Angler and it fully lived up to my memory of it from the first time. Food was SO GOOD, service very thoughtful, presentation and serving excellent, playlist killer.

HB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food was great but service was OK. Took almost 30 min for waiter to come ask for our order and seemed to be very smug. Overall would still recommend.

IS
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my new favorite restaurant in SF. The food was absolutely outstanding. They have a great wine selection. The restaurant is beautiful. And the service was top notch.

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great evening!

DD
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience4

We had a guest from out of town and it was her first visit to San Francisco. We had eaten at Angler once before and thought Angler, waterfront, delicious menu, quality wine list and "on point service". Let's do this.

So...
Waterfront: Beautiful

Menu: Opted for "we cook for you" which was a family-style tasting menu and actually loved the selection of plates, tastes, and variety.

Service: It started with great enthusiasm. Then it fell off rather sharply. The first course came, the second course showed up and we still had not seen (though we asked) the wine manager for a recommendation. grrr
My wife and I asked for still water and water with gas poured. Dirty plates sat on the table way too long. Clean plates after each tasting were typically brought but not all the time. My wife asked, on two occasions, for a clean plate so as not to mix the sauce from one dish with the next. One dinner napkin was soiled after eating a delicious radicchio salad. I carefully placed it on the table figuring one of the many servers would notice and take it away. Not the case. Dishes were modestly explained but I would think there would be an explanation about each dish, each sauce with the same level of detail as those who prepared the dish would both want and expect.

Wine: Here it gets a bit interesting. We are well into the second course and the wine manager does show. We asked them to make a selection. I honestly got the impression they had never recommended a wine before. I know this can't be the case but there was more than one awkward moment. Ultimately we ended with a very nice wine but given we had no preference other than pair it to our menu - bottle, half bottles, by the glass, red, white you choose it just seemed way too difficult. And once the bottle was finished, and we had a lovely roasted chicken waiting to be consumed, we never saw the wine manager again. I had to signal for the waiter more than once.

Angler: Do better, please.

N
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb food and beautiful views. Great service. Definitely worth it!

OT
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great experience. Ambiance is very nice . Great people watching. The food was interesting and excellent without being off putting . It was expensive particularly the wine list. I don’t love when everything is a la carte but again the selections were different and delicious. Presentation was beautiful although at that price point I think they could put the silverware out at each place vs setting a bucket of silverware on our table. Overall great food, great ambiance, great service .

S
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent delicious options for vegetarians on this menu!

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful date lunch at Angler on a Saturday. The Dungeness crab was excellent! The radicchio salad was an experience! Service and ambience was super. Great 80s music soundtrack made it even better!

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I credible dining experience!!!

AD
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional Food and Service

OT
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and drinks. Friendly staff went out of their way to acknowledge our anniversary. View of the bay bridge was a wonderful touch. Had the fried quail and sea bass and both were excellent.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We visited celebrating our wedding anniversary.
Sparkling wine at introduction was complimentary!
Splurged on caviar, whole sea urchin and oysters as appetizers, grilled swordfish and scallops as main dishes. They were all delucious.
Side orders of vegetables were not impressive. Grilled mushrooms was smoky in flavor and taste reminded me of Cholula sauce.
Found out later from a friend that Angler’s chicken is a must try dish. But I don’t know if I can visit any time soon to afford a $600 dinner for two.

TA
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Angler, the food is unique and delicious and beautifully presented. Our server gave us very good suggestions- like the tip to wear a bib for the radicchio salad- definitely a good idea, it saved my blouse! Overall lovely dinner!

RG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ingredients are wonderful, pristine and prepared in such a way so that nothing is overwhelmed. Beautiful, clean, healthy food. The environment is fabulous.

C
Los Angeles
36 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

It is important to be in the right mindset for this restaurant - dining with a sense of humor. Nearly everything about the restaurant, the way the food is presented, the flavor combinations, even the wallpaper in the restroom, is designed to elicit a smile or laugh.

However, like some jokes, some of the dishes fall flat. The positives: location, sea bass, bread, wait staff service, creativity of the dishes. I am sorry to say that nearly everything else misses the mark. Many of the dishes have flavor combinations that are too eclectic and do not enhance the dish. Some dishes are undercooked, others are overcooked - this can happen sometimes with grilled food.

g
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great service enjoyed detail and knowledge that our server had.

ZV
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food!

CP
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding meal, beautifully presented and an expertly combined combination of textures and flavours. The big eye tuna with tomato jelly was outstanding, the whole Dungeness crab was delicious served with the hen of the wood mushroom and bread roles for the crab fat. The fillet of sea bass with the Sichuan chili’s was superb. But more than the food was the quality of the staff. The kitchen was a quiet exquisite clock in motion and the waiting staff, bar staff and management were the best, which is there when you want them to be and absent when you don’t. One of the best dining experiences I’ve had in San Francisco. We will be back.

M
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was so innovative and delicious. They treated us to a soft serve ice cream with hot salted caramel poured on top. It was probably one of the best desserts I have ever tasted.
It was a bit pricey, but we enjoyed every bite.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals I have had in SF over the last decade living in the city. Inventive and delicious food, cheeky and refined decor. Even the bathrooms were incredible.

AW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great experience. Fantastic food and service. Our favorite foods were from the wood-burning ovens. The seafood was great, but we were also amazed by the cauliflower and beet dishes.

JM
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Interior is rustic and cozy but sleek. Some of the warmest hospitality and best service I’ve experienced at any restaurant. Shoutout Marla. Now for the food. Every dish was immaculately presented and you could clearly taste and feel each component. Winners of the night were the Big Eye Tuna w/ Tomato Jelly & Shiso, Amberjack w/ Cultured Cabbage & Pear, and Radicchio w/ Radicchio XO. I see a lot of people bashing Angler for the price. Yes it’s a pretty pricey restaurant. However: A) it’s fine dining. B) portion sizes considering the quality ingredients are well-worth the asking prices. C) you can eat here pretty reasonably if you stick to Raw Bar, Salad, and Vegetable sections of menu. Totally worth price imo and will definitely be returning.

OT
Zurich
4 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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KK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience4

It was a great experience until we were asked to move to another table after we ordered another round of drinks. Nothing like that had ever happened to me at a restaurant, especially after we spent over $1,000 on dinner.

I felt the need to tell the manager why I would never be back!