Angler San Francisco

4.5
118 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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Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Celebrate Valentines Day with us at Angler. Our menu for the evening will be $225 per person. Please let us know if you or your guests have any allergies or aversions.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

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

Such a wonderful treat for me and my guests. The quality of the food was excellent - beyond amazing actually. We wanted to try most of their dishes so we did this family style. Scallops in a fragrant apple relish, tuna cubes with a very savory tomato jelly served with a giant crispy cracker, amberjack. Personally, one of my favorites was simply the radicchio. a giant head of radicchio coated with a savory sauce and dressing - refreshing, umami-laden, special. We also have the antelope tartar which had a fragrant peppery flavor. The grilled lobster was tasty and well prepared but was not a star for us. The Sea Bass is soooo flavorful, fresh and a zesty sauce. Desserts - soft serve with a rich buttery caramel....AND their wine list is fantastic - we had a wonderful Sancerre. The sommelier seemed very pleased with his knowledge (as I am pretty tone-deaf) but we found the waitstaff equally knowledgeable and so welcoming as a counterpoint. And don't forget their terrific cocktails - we had several and by then....my memory fades as we were floating in a great meal.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

I didn't expect to order roast chicken at a fish place (it was excellence). Unfortunately, I went there expecting the best of local seafood, not poultry.

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JO
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

After reading the rave reviews I made a Friday evening reservation for dinner. I loved: the space, the drinks, the wine list, the Brussels sprouts. I did not like: the overwrought presentation, waitstaff dressed as if they were in the Secret Service, having to hack my radicchio salad apart with an undersized dinner knife, food arriving cold, the prices.

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

Everything was excellent. We especially liked the abalone and beets. Great service and a nice view too.

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

Antelope tartare.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 5

From a single visit to this restauran, my impression is that it is way too expensive for the quality of the food I got. I had a tuna tartar that had some flavored gelatin mixed with the tuna. It was a nice surprise. That was the high point. Then we had a whole petrale sole, which cost sixty-something dollars. That was just ok, slightly overcooked and very bland flavor. The other fish they had was a stripped bass, which did not interest me. Our other dish was a side of brussel sprots, which were ok.

I think this place is good if you are ok paying a lot for mediocre food because you get your kick out of the location and the decor.

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OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 1food 2service 5ambience 5

Insanely expensive
Food descriptions are weak
Wine list is beyond expensive. Nothing under $125usd

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1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

It was the first time going to Angler. It is very busy restaurant so even though I made a reservation week in advance the only available time to book was at 9:30pm on Monday evening. We came on time. We were nicely welcomed but then immediately told that the table is not ready for another 15 min maybe even more. It was already late for dinner and we would still have to wait even longer. Within 5 min there were 2 seats available at the bar. So we decided to have dinner there to save some time. The waiter explained us the menu. His second sentence was. Everything what is cooked will take very long time. So he really discouraged us to order anything cooked. Because it was already late we decided to order just from the cold dishes. However our order was messed up. We ordered some oysters, tuna, tartar, bread and 2 salads. We didn't get one of the salads we ordered instead we got 3 different salads. They brought us the bread as very last dish. So my impression from Angler when I was leaving was that I had a lot of salads and very good bread. But for that I could go to any salad bar in SF and wouldn't have to pay $180🤷🏻‍♀️. I hope that this was just a coincidence and bad luck that many things went wrong that evening. If we come back next time we will try to book earlier time so we can finally try some good fish.

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RK
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impeccable experience, something which is lacking in a lot of city restaurants. A truly personalized experience! Cannot wait to return!

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AS
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Antelope carpaccio! it was excellent. As was the Skate, the salad with XO dressing, the brussel sprouts, the petrale sole and the bread! the only disappointment was the $14 yam - not much value add to support a $14 yam - but everything else was outstanding.

would like to go again with a big group.
corkage is $50 - but a bargain relative to the high prices on the extensive wine list.

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EC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All around great experience. Worth a visit.

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Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Get here ASAP! Don’t forget to try a vintage amaro. Service is the best in the city

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JB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Slow service but overall amazing experience

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MG
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

I was really disappointed in Angler. I had the tuna, bread rolls, salad, and bass and each were just okay. It's very expensive for the amount of food as well. E.g. they charge $3 for a side of butter for the bread. I'm sorry to say I won't be returning. There are too many other good choices in the area (Waterbar, Prospect, and Barcha come to mind.)

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Food took a long time to get out. Space is beautiful, new and has a buzz right now. Pricey of course, worth going for a drink to check out the space. For fine dining there are a lot of choices in SF, this wouldn't be my first choice.

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E
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really special place.

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z
Palm Springs
25 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 2

our first trip to Angler--the food was very good, but tiny portions. The wait service was excellent -- the wine service was not good - the wine waiter did not know what she had in stock - we had requested a side table and upon arrival were told they were all reserved and only after going into the back room did we request a table not yet reserved where we were then seated. The worst part was the lack of value -- almost everything was much overpriced including charges not only for bread but also for butter --let the buyer beware for anyone who goes there --n this restaurant will not last long in San Francisco

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San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you don't get the potato you are freaking nuts. Everyone should enjoy that. There should be 6 points for a place that is as good as Angler. They are the next level of food - absolutely amazing!

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San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 4

I will be hard pressed to return to this establishment after my experience. Lofty attitudes and a very unwelcoming staff. Horrible service with miscue following miscue, zero help from the sommelier who only appeared after repeated attempts to ask concerning the availability of selected bottles for different courses. Rushed food service followed by huge lags in time between courses what were then served without description upon presentation. Mediocre food served for a high price indeed. We were looking for the full experience from the caviar to the dessert, and the highlights were a potato dish and a brussels sprouts dish. Too many choices in this city to waste another evening. Yes we had reservations too.

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New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Great food. A zillion service kerfuffles. They try but they simply don’t know what they are doing — didn’t solicit a drink order when I was standing at the table by the front desk; took my companion’s wine glass without asking if she wanted it refilled; slow service; dropped cutlery; served a stupidly big ice cube that makes it impossible to drink out of the glass; stingy poor of wine; etc.

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JE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing service! Attention to detail in every part of the meal. Delicious meal, obviously prepared with care.

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San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of best new meals in SF. Celebrates game and fish with fun room full of taxidermy and dishes of high quality simple preparation served beautifully.

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p
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I found this restaurant to be a little stuffy with everyone in black suits. The service was impeccable, the food was outstanding, but I found myself in the smaller section of the restaurant where you could not see anything going on... Maybe it was the anniversary section or something, but it was very disappointing sitting off to the side. I love watching open kitchens and everything that goes into a dining experience. I did not even feel like I was dining in the restaurant.

I would also say that the table next to us was also dining on their anniversary and they were offered a nice glass of bubbly, while my partner and I were not offered anything. I do not ever go into a dinner looking to get something, but even a candle on the dessert which we bought would have been nice.

Again, the food was creative and quite tasty. The servers were very attentive, quick to respond, and very pleasant to talk to once you loosened them up. Overall, I would recommend the food, but if you are going for an all in experience, I am not sure I would go back.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great experience! That soft serve is out of this world!

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EB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We chose Angler for our Anniversary/New Year's Eve celebration. They served a great set menu that included a ton of special ingredients, including their private batch caviar, hen-of-the-woods, and truffle. Service was top notch. We'll definitely be back to try the "regular" menu!

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San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

We have never worked so hard to "enjoy" a meal...the overpriced Parker House rolls and weirdly-seasoned butter (mmm...kelp!) arrived with one of our sides (a large and tough floret of beet). After a long wait, our salad course arrived. Too soon after, the main course arrived: fish, which - in the one highlight - was beautifully and ceremoniously deboned table side, but which was basically tasteless...and was accompanied by a weirdly sliced (and also very tough) potato. Helping ourselves to these shared components was not easily accomplished. The staff was professional, but the ambience is fussy and stiff. The side room where we were seated is intimate, with a lovely view of the Bay Bridge, but the stuffed animal heads (and full size stuffed bear) that adorn the space are off-putting.

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E
San Francisco
158 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Great and bad here. Great--consistently friendly and excellent service, with a smile and polish. Very good--a wine list which includes, among other good things, reasonably priced half bottles of wine. Interesting--a different kind of menu, without descriptions or many options. My husband had the Cesar salad, which was spectacular and different, and the whole chicken, which takes forever but he loved it (and couldn't eat it all, which never happens). I had the tuna appetizer, which was interesting with a yummy seaweed cracker but a small portion, and the lobster, which I liked. Excellent porterhouse rolls. Fair--a dirty martini, first not very dirty at all but still good, and a second which had vermouth, which I'd asked to be omitted. Awful--the hideous animal heads on the wall, and the stuffed bear, all staring hopelessly from the walls in the back room where we ate. WTF? are we in Wyoming in the 20s? Some sticker shock, but a closer look showed the valet charge was on the tab, and we'd had a lot of drinks and wine, none of it terribly overpriced. If you go have the Cesar and avoid the tortured animals in the back room.

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LA
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun atmosphere, great service, interesting (good) food, will definitely go again. The warm caramel sea salt baffle milk sundae was to die for. Must try!

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MG
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very delicious gourmet dishes on the menu. Everything was fantastic from appetizer to dessert. Very artistic in preparation, wonderful flavor experiences with embered foods. Unique and special. Ambiance was moderate noise level with a high quality 80s playlist going at a reasonable level. We could still talk normally. The cocktails and wines were delicious, worth the price points, and the dessert was simple but impressive.

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b
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was delicious but other than some ferments served with a few dishes that weren’t normal pairings and the fried rabbit, nothing seemed to push the culinary boundaries. The ambiance was excellent but the music was awful. Please leave the 80s where they are. Don’t get all 80s music at a nice restaurant. Good for clients and special occasions. Probably won’t come back.

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LW
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated my wife's birthday at Angler. The food was terrific and the service was exceptional. I am disabled and in a power wheelchair and every accommodation was made to make sure I could have the same experience as any non-disabled guest.

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Mexico City
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excelente!! La vista increíble, la comida también, los vinos son lo mejor y el staff es el más lindo.

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M
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I honestly didn't know what to expect but was completely wowed by the whole dining experience. The decor is reminiscent of a mountain lodge. The seating was very comfortable and the staff were all courteous and polite. Our server was knowledgeable about every aspect of each dish on the menu.

The food totally blew me away! The raw bar items were so fresh and well presented. Honestly I have never had Brussel sprouts prepared in such an amazing manner. All of the dishes ordered were so delicious it was difficult to pick a favorite. The soft serve ice cream was amazing with the hot caramel sauce MMMmmmmm.

And there is only one other restaurant that I know of that has Toto toilets, Masa's in NYC! Way to go!

I think Angler is my new favorite dining spot in San Francisco.

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R
San Francisco
141 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Some of the food was excellent. Some maybe not, but I felt like someone was trying really hard with every dish. The service was fantastic, and the room was lovely. The spacing of tables is very luxurious. This is an excellent restaurant. You will enjoy it.

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MO
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Very disappointing meal. Food was thrown at us. Manager was very unhelpful. Vastly overpriced. We were eating our salads and the main dishes appeared .We will never eat here again

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

We have eaten at most of the top San Francisco restaurants, and were excited about trying out Skenes’ new place. Unfortunately it did not live up to the hype.

The food was hit or miss - some items were really good, but some were just not. Overall we were a little disappointed, and, for the price, it was not an experience we want to repeat anytime soon.

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KE
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had asked for a candle to celebrate my wife’s birthday which I’d confirmed twice and was assured it was in the record
No candle arrived
Wrong salad arrived but was quickly replaced.
Bread removed before completed..another bread basket immediately offered without having to request
Beet vegetable arrived well after main entree...refused it

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Food and drinks were really good but also heavily overpriced. You pay $18 for what is essentially half a baked potato with some tiny amount of cheese dip. The sole was amazing, but not sure you have to pay $60 for that either.

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San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had excellent service from the time we entered to the time after dining. The wait staff was very accomodating and the food was exquisite. The ambience setting was perfect and the throw for the ladies is a nice touch especially during the cold winter evenings.

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K
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

My friend's architectural firm designed this restaurant so he recommended it to me. I was very excited to try the "best new restaurant in the country" but was quite underwhelmed. I will say my friend's firm did a great job - the restaurant is gorgeous! The view of the Bay Bridge was great. The service was decent but somewhat cold. Our waitress wasn't particularly friendly or warm. Many of the waitstaff would come to take away plates or pour water and make no eye contact or say anything, not even a "you're welcome" to my "thank you", which was disconcerting. The food was unimpressive. The Parker House Rolls were adorably presented but tasted like any boring butter rolls you could find at any bakery. They charge you $3 to have plain butter on top of the $8 for the rolls. The best dishes we got were the chicory caesar salad and the Angler potato, which was cooked in a very interesting way. The $60 petrale sole was mediocre, and didn't justify the high price tag. The bill wasn't too bad in the end, $133 for two without drinks or tip. One thing I was impressed with was the restroom! Very nicely decorated with a top quality bidet. But I certainly wouldn't recommend this restaurant to friends, as it wasn't worth the hype.

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