Angler San Francisco

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458 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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MS
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

They have some creative, decent dishes and the restaurant itself is quite nice. Where it was disappointing for my experience was the service. We had to ask for the bread three times before it finally came out. We ordered it with the rest of our food but it was the last to come out. Additionally, we had ordered a bottle of sparkling and we had to wait a good 15 minutes until someone came and filled our empty glasses. I would have filled my own glass if it didn't seem unusual to just grab the bottle from the ice bucket.

w
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had a great experience at Angler, and we're both very happy that we chose it for our 1st anniversary dinner. We both loved our table, the music, and the ambiance. My boyfriend is a bit of a picky eater at fine dining places, but we both agreed the food was phenomenal. Our only complaint was that we felt we had to wait a long time until someone came to take our order. Also, the music was just a tiny bit too loud.

We're looking forward to coming again.

EV
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food!

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

When your food is interesting and novel but not necessarily tasty, you have missed the mark. The decor is again interesting but the vibe does not match the servers in black suits. The tables were also too wide, making it hard to converse with those across the table. The scale (oversized tables, oversized menus, etc) was off from a decor perspective. I did love seeing the open kitchen with the wood fire ovens (delicious smoke wafting through the air). But the smoke was only notable in two dishes (heirloom tomato and smoky caramel sauce on the soft serve). Overall, I would not recommend, especially at the price point. There are too many amazing restaurant to choose over this one. Favorite dishes included the Parker rolls and previously mentioned tomato and soft serve (not a good sign when your favorites are starters, sides or desserts). Quail, petrale sole, and potato were just ok.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

The food was very disappointing.

AR
London
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

the food is good though there are only a few items to select from. The pricing is ridicules!
it is really does not worth it!

E
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Rolls w butter, big eye tuna, radicchio salad, dessert sundae all excellent. Scallops best we’ve ever had but should include roe as an option. Lost a star because of fish entree - the skin on the whole sole was not at all crisp and flavor not outstanding. A disappointment because the whole flounder we had last time here was excellent.

MK
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food is extremely fresh -- oysters amazing, simple salad was excellent! I was not particularly impressed with the preparation of the cooked fish. Bland and unimaginative flavors.

Biggest complaint is that the food was insanely expensive.

SD
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Really great seafood restaurant with amazing views of the bay. Everything we ordered was very good.

VC
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

the server was very aggressive and the food was just OK, i think it was overpriced

JW
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 2ambience 5

Oysters were excellent! Along with the X.O salad! The whole fish was great as well!

D
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a table for 4. We wanted to share 2 special bottles of wine with my daughter and her partner to celebrate her 30th birthday. We expected a corkage fee but was more then a little surprised that they charged us $50 dollars a bottle! If they had mentioned this we may have chosen to buy a bottle or to have cocktails.
We travel all over the world and we dine at very fine restaurants but this restaurant offered us the simplest of fresh seafood at the most outrageous prices. 4 medium diver scallops in a bit of butter sauce (nothing else not even a garnish) for $56, a small filet of fish served with a touch of butter sauce (nothing else) for $48.
You can order a VERY VERY small live king crab for $888-$1000.
Yes everything was very fresh, well prepared and the service was very good but the food is the simplest it can be. Just not worth the high price tag.

C
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Best of the Embarcadero currently. The waitstaff is professional (something sorely missing from the City currently) The food is excellent and creative. The Sommelier charming and knowledgeable - with a distinct and subtle way of finding the best wine at the best price point (the wine list looks like a phonebook).
But please don't eat here - leave room for the truly deserving to make reservations.

CJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We arrived about 30 mins before our reservation to enjoy a drink at the bar. I had a cocktail with tequila, melon, and shiso. It was lovely.
For dinner they seated us at a rustic round table near the bar and open kitchen. It was very nice. I enjoyed the view of the bay bridge and Yerba Buena island. My husband enjoyed watching the hard work of the kitchen staff.

Our party started one dozen kumamota oysters. The presentation was very nice. The oysters were great with just a squeeze of lemon.

Next we ordered all three salads -- heirloom tomatoes w/ honey vinegarette, spring mixed greens with a meyer lemon citrus vinegarette, and radichio salad. The heirloom tomatoes salad had an interesting smoke flavor that added a level of complexity which was pleasing. And the radichhio salad was enjoyable. But everyone's favorite was the Meyer lemon citrus vinegarette. It was light, with lots of flavor. The perfect summertime salad.

For our main dishes we had the petrale sole, swordfish, and crispy chicken. The crispy chicken was everyone's favorite. The dark and white meats were moist and the skin was cooked to a perfect dark crisp. I thought the swordfish was a little dry at the end, but the center was quite juicy. For our sides we had the potatoes and cheese, and the beets. The beets were very good.

For desert we had lemon tart, sundae, and coconut sorbet. All three were yummy but the sundae was scrumptious! My friend also had the pourover coffee which she thought was weak. It would have been nice if they had asked what strength she liked it since pourover coffee can be adjusted to the person's taste.

The service was impeccable, and probably a little better than the food overall.

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ll literally never going to another restaurant that doesn’t have hairnets for it’s lemons.

Aside from that the staff and the food and the accoutrements were really stunning. My friends really needed a special lunch date and the team did not disappoint.

Thank you!

JT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was terrific. Service a little lacking. Some of the staff was great. Our waitress wasn’t having the best day - forgot my beer, disappeared for extended periods of time, wasn’t much help when asked about how much food to order. Most importantly, the food we did get was delicious though.

AT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Hands down one of my worst dining experiences EVER. The entire experience was over 3 hours $500. Absolutely not worth it.

I booked a reservation 3 weeks prior for 2 people and they were over 40 minutes late seating us and this set the tone for the evening. Even better, they blamed us for "wanting a specific table" when I wrote here on Opentable "a nice table please" in my reservation request. I have never been so I have no idea which table they thought I wanted. They also kept wishing us a Happy Anniversary which was wrong. We were not there for an anniversary but a birthday.

For the price point, the food lacked flavor. For these obscene prices, I expect fully seasoned food to be presented but it was under-seasoned and underwhelming. The chef apparently discovered smoke so everything tasted like it. They also do this weird thing by placing your utensils in a cup & not actually setting the table which is a pet peeve of mine in a fine dining establishment.

YY
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

Ridiculously overpriced for quality of food. Crab is priced at $888 to $1000. Portions are supposed to be family style but are barely enough for one person. Lobster was only 1 1/4 lb and over salted. Sea bass was small fillet apx 8" by 3" cut into 6 small pieces. Whole seared flounder on the bone seemed popular but unlikely to satisfy the appetite of more than two people. While the open kitchen is nice, it was disconcerting to see the food prep person picking up food by hand without gloves and then using her hands to write and do other tasks. Best part of meal was watching the lights on the Bay Bridge but then there are a lot less expensive ways to see the lights.

CC
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is what dining is all about! If you want a deliberate, thoughtful, attentive, KILLER meal, in a very well-appointed and picturesque setting, visit Angler now! This was as satisfying a dining experience as I've had in ages. Kudos and High Fives to the team that took care of us and the chef! The next time SF beckons, we'll be back, no question.

k
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing!!!!!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and a fabulous wine list! Thanks to head sommelier Morgan for taking such great care of us!

MC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding and creative meal. Beautiful dining rooms and view.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best show in town! Try the big eye tuna

E
San Francisco
76 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I had the power lunch for $48, with 3 dishes of sea bass, but had to order potatoes for another $16 to get full. Very expensive meal for a lunch, but high quality ingredients. Would only return for special event, not every day type meal.

RJ
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Pricy, but top quality food, wine and service. Weird 80’s soundtrack playing and heavy priced

KG
Atlanta
12 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

They begin by telling you everything that they are out of. Then this fish restaurant recommend the chicken. I rarely comment on price, but Angler is extraordinarily overpriced. I know why they recommend the chicken. They charge $68 for a rotisserie chicken. The $6 chicken at my grocery store is not dry like Angler's. And the grocery store chicken is better.

Anyway, this is not a special restaurant in anyway, unless you consider being way overcharged for pedestrian style food with very limited options...pretty much rotisserie chicken.

S
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Great salads, bread and butter, and potatoes. The sole was not that special.

7
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The music is so loud it almost destroys the taste of the food!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had a great experience, but little pricey.

BK
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was great. I absolutely loved everything about this place. But it isn't cheap.

S
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Pricey but worth it. The food is wonderful with excellent service. Tables are small and cramped.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely perfect

JS
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The sword fish was incredible . I would like to have had more green vegetable choices. It is summer after all. The service was perfect !

FS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Very expensive but mediocre food. Not worth it in my mind.

SK
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

every dish had a distinctly different flavor, which is always great.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

h
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great re-do of the Chaya Brasserie space. Although it is a large open restaurant, it was very easy to hold a conversation without having to compete with the music and other patrons speaking. Nice large tables with thoughtful built-in hooks for hanging purses or bags.
Service was very good and pacing of dishes was good as well. Food is very comfort food-esque - not what I was expecting, but tasty nonetheless.
Wonderful view of the Bay Bridge - especially once it was dark enough for the lights on the bridge to be displayed.
Definitely would go again, probably for cocktails and snacks and that view.

T
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great and the service was impeccable.

J
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Love the food here!! Started with fresh oysters and green lemon salad. Both really good!! Sea bass, whole chicken with sides of beets, mushroom and baked potato was perfectly cooked and prepared. The bread is so so but the granita ice cream “New Orleans” dessert was sooo good. Service was s little disappointing. They’re not as attentive as other fine restaurants we’ve been to and they forgot to serve the glass of wine I ordered. Overall, it’s still a good restaurant and would like try the other dishes another time.

JP
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

my second time. first was for lunch, second was for dinner. very creative innovative sides, salads, and appetizers but main was a bit expected tho perfectly executed.

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