Angler San Francisco

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

We went with the prix fixe chef’s selection and loved every dish served. The service was outstanding and absolutely made the evening special. Will definitely be back.

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KC
London
79 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Angler is our new favorite place to dine at. Most of the food on the menu are wonderful. Some dishes look good but taste not as they look. Don't get too attracted by the look of the radicchio salad. However, order the Cesar Salad which is amazing. Sea bass (2 ways) are surprisingly really good. The cocktail (Cutloose) is so tasty. Lastly, I have to mention the dessert the soft serve. Order it and you should not be disappointed.

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

Wonderful lunch on a beautiful day in the city. All the food was amazing, I can't wait to go back again and try more of the dishes.

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

I assumed Angler would knock it out of the park, but both my partner and I came away underwhelmed. The service was extremely attentive and polished, but the food has to be on point and it just wasn't. The Caesar was unbalanced and neither of us wanted to take more than a few bites, and The Parker House rolls were meh. The potato side was entirely unseasoned, and the accompanying sauce had a poor texture (as did the potato). The seafood entrees were okay but some felt the Nashville hot fried quail stuffing was unbalanced. The only dish that wowed the table was the soft serve sunday at the end. Ultimately, for the price point and hype, the food isn't where it needs to be IMO.

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

The food was delicious but pricey!
The service was impeccable.

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AZ
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely a must visit. The only “miss” for us was the lobster. Everything else, including salads and hen of the wood mushroom were beyond words.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Birthday dinner

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Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, cold restaurant ac blowing non stop, overpriced

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PL
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

A menu featuring $800 entree should not have crab shack decor, overplayed canned 80’s pop, freezing temps with blankets, during climate warming era. Huh?
When ordering a bread course, why would bread only arrive half way through meal? Local Straus butter is better I think.
The natural bitterness of radicchio completely hidden under a sweet mess of a dressing.
Other course were really well prepared.
However for a $250 dinner for two we were left feeling wanting

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j
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Difficult parking. Valet costs $20 ! Met a friend from the East Bay and she had to drive.
Food delicious... everything we had but overpriced

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The service was wonderful and the food was exceptional. Next time, I would probably skip the salad. It was very good, but nothing compared to the other dishes. We started with antelope tartare and the tuna with tomato jelly, then hen of the woods and sea bass and the lobster. Oh, and the Parker house rolls and butter. Nothing missed a beat. And the service and wine recommendations were perfect. Only negative was that the room is chilly. They do provide throws, but I didn’t want to wrap up in a blanket while enjoying a wonderful meal.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Frankly disappointing. I rarely complain about restaurants, but this one should be better than it is. Food was a bit overpriced (& I really don’t mind paying for good food). Service was a mess. If you’re gonna go to that level of formality, back it up. WTF, Josh?

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JM
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The food was outstanding but the service was rushed and we had piles of plates that more than covered the table. The menu indicated that the plates would be delivered as ready, but it was impossible to enjoy the salad when plates began to overcrowd the table; there was no recognition that we had requested that they at least wait for us to finish the salad.

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JR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Food was very good but menu is weird and was surprised by how fancy it was. Felt stuffy in certain ways and there's definite better value for your money in a more relaxing atmosphere in this town.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, service, decor, and attention to detail are stupendous. I would highly recommend this restaurant.

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San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Service was ‘off’. To many overlapping waiters who didn’t coordinate. Our small plates & silver were not replaced until after the mains arrived. The white wine was held in the ice bucket for to long, then got left on the table & wasn’t poured out.

The raw foods ( sashimi, tartare) and main fish were fantastic. The radicchio salad didn’t live up to the hype. The quail got mixed reviews at our table.

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

We had an early Sunday dinner; the food and service were excellent, the music kind of made it weird.

Food: Everything we ordered (chicory Caesar, bread, scallops, artichoke) was on point, though there was one dish we agreed was not quite what we expected (quail). I wouldn’t tell anyone not to order it, just note that we felt the stuffing was too sweet for the application.

Wine: We took it easy and did a half-bottle of an Austrian white - very good.

Service: the waitstaff was all friendly and knowledgeable about the menu.

Ambiance: for some reason, maybe the timing, there was an ‘80s pop playlist coming in a bit too loud. Seemed a little much considering the cost & reputation.

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P
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Absolutely the biggest surprise - exquisite service, delicious and unusual food with amazing flavors. Could t be happier, except for the price

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London
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Bit of a shock to see all the stuffed animals in this day and age!

Angler, clue in the title right, only one coked fish course available.

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

Love it, food was impeccable and the service as well!.

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J
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Lunch $250: 2 cocktails, 2 fixed price lunches at $49 each; 2 glasses of wine and tip. Place is gorgeous. Staff is a solid 4.5 in service. Lunch is shared plates: a small serving of ceviche to start. Lettuce was under-dressed with 6 large leafs that are picked at a farm, however several would not be served at a 2 star Michelin restaurant. The 1/2 chicken arrived seconds after our salad. The chicken was dry and the portion was small for 2 people. One person gets the middle mostly white meat so this was disappointing. I would take Zuni's $60 chicken for 2 over this one. The highlight was the coconut daiquiri and the coconut sorbet served in a 1/2 coconut. However sharing this dessert would be strange if you were having a business lunch. My reason for not awarding 5 stars for service was when they present a separate dessert menu and tell you the lime tart is the favorite. When I said our lunch comes with the sorbet for dessert it seemed disingenuous on his part to push another dessert saying this was the staff favorite.

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CT
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful experience. You must try everything. Federico is a wonderful wonderful host

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Interesting approach to high end food and service in a waterfront location. We felt as if we were in Jackson Hole, sitting next to a grizzly bear .
We expect our expectations were unreasonable seeing how “busy” the venue was. We may give it a second chance to see if we missed something. Food pairing was not suggested and each dish, although unique, needed to be accompanied by a suggested compliment .
Artichoke was delicious, lobster was over grilled....
Wait staff was very accommodating, lots of plates and silverware available but unnecessarily.
Wine list was acceptable
Give it a try because a lot of thought went into this concept....we just may be too old and intolerable !
60 and 70 something.

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SJ
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

Overall disappointing experience for such a (over) hyped restaurant. Views are nice. Constant rotation of servers with no consistency, thank goodness for the Somm who stepped in to take our order. Skip the gelatinous tuna. Meyer lemon salad was overdressed and could have been made by our 9 year old. Quail had more breading than meat. WTF. The sole was nicely presented, but tasted average. We didn’t order the bread, but maybe that could have been the standout? Sides - potatoes and artichoke- like the rest of the meal were at best average. With so many great restaurants, don’t get ‘hooked’ by angler.

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K
Denver
17 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience! Can’t wait to come back

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San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Pretty restaurant, happy it’s occupying the space on the Embarcadero. I keep returning for the ambiance more than the food...

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SS
Atlanta
16 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Angler was incredible in all aspects. The food is completely fresh and beautifully done. Even something as basic as the "simple salad" is almost ethereal in the play of flavors in each bite. The wine list is outstanding and includes a number of thoughtfully-chosen, affordable bottles. An outstanding effort from Josh Skenes!!!

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H
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant we tried in San Francisco! We could only find a 10 pm reservation which was perfect to go to after the theatre. All dishes were outstanding, the ambiance fun and the wine list unbelievable. I fully recommend!

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MD
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 5

Food is excellent, prices are outrageous just for what you get

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XY
London
9 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a good window seat with view to the sea. Food was very well done, some interesting twists (radiccio salad quite unique). Service was excellent, everyone was attentive and very thoughtful. Tables spaced out, not noisy, nice music classic 70-80s. Highly recommend for a date or family gathering. Would definitely visit again next time in SF.

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n
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rarely do I enjoy a meal from the first course to the final meal. Angler is one of the rare exception.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time letting them pick our menu!! Such good food!

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RP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Overhyped unfortunately... arrived 25 min late from a flight from Europe and they’d reassigned my table but also looked little pleased I had come. Food was adequate but not outstanding and service less warm and elegant than one would expect from a Michelin starred restaurant. Overall less tasty, pleasant and more expensive than other alternatives in that area. Will not ever return!

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D
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Flawless execution of interesting dishes. Great service (thanks Marla) and well paced delivery -- not too fast, not too slow. Had lots of artichokes in California over the years, but none like this. Both steamy and roasted so not soggy with interesting filling between the outer leaves and sitting in a sauce with well balanced heat and spice. Hen of the wood mushrooms -- one of the best mushroom dishes. Bass and scallop entrées perfectly seared. Only a small quibble. By the end of the evening it seemed like everything didn't need to be smoked (even the butter). Incredible wine list for all tastes. Sit near the window and enjoy the evening Bay Bridge light show.

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M
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding food! My wife and I celebrated her 50th birthday here. Very romantic right on a two top near window overlooking Bay Bridge..priceless

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food 5, Ambiance 4.9 (music loops), Service 5+; 3 hour relaxing meal with close attention to every detail, hard to find any comparison to their preparation of fish, entrees are executed perfectly, small bites and salads are recommended surprises, veggies I’ll skip next time, save room for the soft serve. 4 people $280

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a
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Interesting decor. Beautiful views of Bay Bridge. Coudln't figure out what them they were going for... hunting lodge? Asian fusion? Waiters freindly and professional, but forgot to ask me if I wanted a drink, then forgot to bring my daughters' drinks. Very expensive for family style dishes. Interesting mixture of metals, glass, and accessories on table. Not sure if it all works together. Eclectic mix of casual ambiance with high end service and prices.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Thanks again

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BK
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 4

For such a costly restaurant (and the food is good), the service was awful and the staff ill-informed about dining aspects as basic as fish knives and the proper service of a whole filleted fish. When asked for fish utensils, we were offered “sharper” knives—indeed, a clear indicator of a lack of training and understanding of fine food.

Additionally, the staff did not know and eve misreported the nature of the food (oysters, fish), and literally “butchered” a beautiful sole, without even serving diners individually; leaving a large service plate for diners to “dig in”. Moreover, the so-called sommelier doubled as a bus person (again ignorant of anything other than a few “select” California wines).

This may cater to the taste of cash-ridden philistines, but not diners who have extensive culinary savoir-faire.

Very very disappointed — rarely encountered such inept and inexperienced vulgarianism at a dining establishment of this purported calibre.

If Michelin were to rate, I dare say that an horrific review would result.

A horrible waste of time, money, and expectations.

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HT
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second visit to Angler and it's maybe our favorite San Francisco restaurant. We started with the Big Eye Tuna followed by the messy & wonderful Radicchio y Radicchio. The lobster was excellent and the side of Hen of the Woods mushrooms may have been the best I ever had. Thought of as a seafood restaurant but it's really about excellent fresh ingredients. On a previous visit with as larger group we shared their sensationally moist chicken. And don't be afraid of the soft serve sundae dessert. Excellent service.

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