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

OMG, Angler is beyond description...the food, the view, the heated toilet seats, the service (not necessarily in that order!)...everything was superior! A must for anyone visiting or living in San Francisco!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

I used to like Angler so much. Hands down to the best raw bar here in SF. But the server was ignoring us for the whole time, leaving us waiting for almost half hour until he came to take our order.

TW
Miami
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 3

Over priced, poor service, very weak menu! Where was the fish on the menu..

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

Have been wanting to go here for while! Amazing experience - from the fluke sashimi and oysters to start - to the hot fried quail and salt & pepper sea bass fillet - was all super well executed. Impressive wine/beverage lists with great options for wines btg. Good beer selection too. Is hard to find a restaurant that executes so well on ambiance, service and food. We'll be back!

OT
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was amazing! The food was some of the best I’ve to date. The service timing was impeccable! The sole was perfection. The coconut sorbet original and memorable. Will come back and will spread the word to all the foodie folks we know. Thank you for a GREAT evening.

OT
Cleveland
15 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious dinner
Oysters sublime
Radicchio amazing
Scallops buttery
Sole delicious

Great dinner

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

Good was cold. Waitress with a bit of an attitude too expensive for the lack of quality

PM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food in a fabulous spot. The service was incredible. Will definitely return....and recommend to friends.

KL
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All the food was phenomenal. Excellent service and recommendations. The ambiance, restaurant design and location with views looking at the Bay made for an incredible dining experience.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

Prententious staff, drinks took forever to arrive and wasn’t what we ordered. Quality of chicken and swordfish was excellent. $50 corkage fee, really?

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent seafood choices, inventive menu, great service.

TB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Standout seafood and seamless service - bravo!!! Noise level rating is due to loud 80s pop tunes piped through the restaurant which lent a lively energy to the space. Lovely view of the Bay Bridge.

ST
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We were slightly thrown off by the magnitude of taxidermy animals in the back room (including a massive grizzly bear!). I highly recommend requesting a table in the front entrance main dining area if you want to avoid being stared at by a bunch of animal heads on the walls as you're ordering from the menu. That being said, the food was absolutely delicious and the service was fantastic. Everyone at our table loved the potato dish, Hen of the Woods mushrooms, and Whole Petrale Sole with Smoked Butter dish.

h
San Francisco
125 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food (variety and flavor) and service.

OT
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had seen The NY Times article in January and this prompted us to visit while we were in SF. It far exceeded our expectations!!

LR
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about this restaurant was amazing! The food the ambiance the service staff were all phenomenal.

SC
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I spent our anniversary dinner at Angler. From start to finish, everything was on point. We were seated in the front window, overlooking the bay making the warm ambiance even better. The food was phenomenal! Fresh and unique ingredients using old world cooking methods over open fires. Service was spot on and recommendations from food to wine were fantastic. Do yourself and your significant other a favor- check out Angler!

g
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply sublime! Thank Goodness for restaurants who take their professionalism seriously.
Service with class, but never pretentious.
Food that is sublime, lunch has never been better.

K
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

Very disappointing experience. Food was good, particularly the grilled swordfish. Service was snotty and spotty and the whole restaurant exudes arrogance and pretentiousness. Hard to find a wine under $100. Cutlery served in a little tin can on table. Way too expensive for experience.

C
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simple, authentic and special. Worth going. Highly recommend the swordfish steak and scallops.

AM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food and atmosphere. Spendy but worth it for a nice occasion.

G
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The chicken is amazing! Very unique dishes & interesting dining experience. Love the sundae! The 80's music & nice staff lighten up the vibe.

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Wonderful experience! Must try when visiting SF, great food in a fun location! Perfect view of the GG bridge! The soft serve sundae is s must!

IM
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great experience and great food. The home style service with the food being brought as ready was a nice way to share a meal and made it fun. The southern fried quail was the poshest fried "chicken" I'll ever have I suspect! Very tasty.

JT
Miami
34 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dining is my hobby and I enjoy a well served meal. Michael, our Table Captain, set my expectations for excellent quality of service to a new level. Relaxed, knowledgeable, humorous and precise. He led a team that wow’d us at every turn. Food? I can’t wait to return and sample le more of the well executed menu. New favorite in SF. My wife agrees!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great lunch

M
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great energy. Friendly helpful staff. Delicious food.

CP
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service. An all around amazing dining experience

EH
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

The food is terrific, amazingly fresh, well seasoned. The cutlery is silly, the knife too small, no serving utensils and it's tough to serve yourself with the "share" plates with cutlery that is too small for serving. The wait staff is no help, they won't serve you or help with the serving. They hand you a bowie knife, I kid you not, a bowie knife to help serve a potato dish-ridiculous. So I can't recommend the restaurant due to unaccommodating wait staff, bowie knives (dystopian restaurant branding?) and really high prices for some of the dishes, but the food is terrific, the locale terrific, the ambiance pleasant and serene.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I really enjoyed Angler. The food was so good and unique. Service was nice and thoughtful. The blowfish was to die for.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Delicious fresh seafood and inventive dishes tied to the hearth. Service is a bit slow / disjointed and a few dishes did disappoint. $22 fruit platter dessert was very underwhelming.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 4

We were here with a group to celebrate a birthday. Food was great but service was very off and disappointing. Hopefully they will improve.

OT
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Too expensive, it would be hard to meet
my expectations at that price point. The one dish that was interesting was tuna tartare with this large rice cracker.

JK
New England
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 1

We had been looking forward to dining at Angler given its early hype, but were disappointed in the results. First off though, the food was excellent and the service was also top notch. But the ambiance and decor were just off. The kitchen is spectacular, but the dining area feels cheeky with the fish on the walls and the muted wall colors. I don't know who designed the space but they failed. The other issue is that throughout the dinner, the music playing prominently was 80's pop. Seriously. In a high-end restaurant. Completely inappropriate. And lastly, without buying a single bottle of wine (3 glasses instead), our bill with tip was in excess of $400. I'm okay with that for something truly spectacular, but Angler is not that. Hopefully the chef will find his way to a better, more reasonable environment in the future.

D
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

Amazing food. Great service. But the way-too-loud Pandora 70's station not quite the ambiance you would expect for your $250 fish dinner.

GH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 5

Nice location, nice ambiance. I'm fine with a pricey place but I don't get the purpose of having a $1,250 king crab on the menu. Give me another plate that I might actually get. Food that we did get was good though. Nice view from our window seats. The 80's rock was killing me though... Didn't match the place or scene of high end dining.... But may be I don't get it.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spectacular evening from start to finish. This restaurant is exceptional!!

s
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

First off - the positives: the food is fantastic and beautifully presented. You almost don't want to eat it. It's Instagram-ready cuisine for sure (you can decide for yourselves whether you feel that's a good thing or a bad thing). And the service is attentive and professional. And very friendly, which is nice. The location is right near the Embarcadero which would make it a great spot for business lunches, which is what I was there for. With that, I transition into the "what could be better" part of my feedback.

I feel like this is a great concept but it's in the wrong location. The server positions the menu as "family style", meaning the plates are meant to be shared. I had two problems with that. First, the portions are not at all family style. The sea bass we ordered, for example, was a 7-ounce filet. I mean, maybe two people could share that if they weren't very hungry since it doesn't come with any sides, but to call that family-style is so much of a stretch that it struck me as funny. The other thing is: this is a downtown restaurant that would likely attract business diners - maybe people who don't know each other very well. Family style is not the concept for this audience. And the ambient music was so loud that I felt like I had to really raise my voice to be heard at my table of three and also had a hard time hearing others.

For what it costs, although the food is delicious and expertly prepared, I wouldn't come back as long as their concept stays as it currently is. Ozumo next door is a much better option in that case.

IF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was like watching a ballet dance, all new exactly what to do and the best way to do it, smooth and precise. A culinary experience.

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