ASA

4.8
443 reviews
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American
An American Restaurant House with Influences Derived from Generations of Spanish and Italian Heritage
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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 2

Our server, who, understood service, was a true professional. The greeter ( maybe owner?) seemed "pretentious" I would have looked past this, if, the food had been worth the money: it was good, but, not worth the price! My advice: offer more reasonably priced, signature drinks, good, but reasonably, priced house wines; maybe tie into winery promotions, and, looking at the patrons I saw, make it more, family friendly at happy hour! (when I think everyone has reached their goal for that day saying: I have made it to this point in the day and whether you like it or not, I deserve a reward. After 7:00, make it a Silicon valley destination hot spot.

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BT
Tahoe
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always. Best martini in town.

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DW
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Nice variety, well executed food.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

ASA is amazing! Andrew and his team are always so welcoming and the food is consistently fabulous! ASA is truly a Los Altos gem and gorgeous place to dine if you want fresh ingredients, sustainably sourced seafood and delicious appetizers, entrees and tasty desserts made in-house.

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CJ
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was terrific! Food, ambiance and service are top-notch.

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DS
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We came for a family dinner, although it was a weeknight. Our booking helped us to have a table ready for our arrival. The restaurant was packed and everyone was clearly enjoying themselves. The mood was quiet and elegant. The service was superb.
We tried the cocktails and wine along with the appetizers like lobster toast, shrimp and garlic bread. They were all good. They dont serve just table bread with oil vinegar, which they should in my opinion.
We had the fish of the day, the salad of the day (I think the salad selections need to expand and be more seasoned. The salads lacked any taste or standout flavors). The fish was excellent. We also tried the scallops which were lovely. The mushroom pasta was ok, again nothing stands out as special in that either.
The desserts were nice, a blend of most favorites.
Overall, we had a very nice evening. Just enough attention to enjoy the service and not feel hovered over. The ambiance is nice the cutlery useful and not insipid.
I would recommend this restaurant. Its a very nice addition to Los Altos dining spots.

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DJ
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Finally an innovative restaurant in downtown Los Altos. The food was great, the server was knowledgeable and made terrific recommendations that we really enjoyed. For starters we had the duck fat roasted potatoes and paella Valencia, for dinner the delicious pork shoulder and seared scallops with risotto. For dessert we had an incredible chocolate sorbet and latte's. All our food came at a nice pace so we could savor each course. We brought a special bottle of wine and paid a $25. corkage fee. Our reservation was at 8:15 and we were there until 10:30. The first time we've been out in Los Altos that late. The restaurant was still pretty full. Amazing! We will be back.

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

Although the food was excellent, I was most impressed with the staff. We were greeted enthusiastically upon entering and treated with care and patience. The staff was super friendly and made us feel very welcome. Back to the food---the portions were small but very well prepared. Everyone in our party especially liked the apple galette for dessert. We all had a very enjoyable evening.

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

The food was amazing. So delicious! I may have overeaten. Ok... I totally over ate, but it was all worth it!

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

We always go to ASA if we can get a table. Food is always delicious, service is always fantastic! Definitely one of my favorite restaurants in Bay Area. Must try their paella!

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G
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, food was fantastic, staff knowledgeable and attentive and the overall ambience great. Our favorite restaurant!

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CJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was delicious. Ambiance warm. Only downside was being scolded for accidentally making 2 reservations.

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Drinks and food were amazing! Service was wonderful too. Our server brought over a couple wines for us to taste before making our decision.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food and service. Place is a bit noisy and overcrowded but that’s pretty normal around here.

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CD
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a dining experience that I could not forget and it was spectacular. Everything was picture perfect as my partner and I stepped in, but the service from Bruno brought everything to another level. He was extremely fun, and patient, but knew how to get work done. And extremely personable! The food was fantastic, exceeded any possible expectations. And the housemade cocktails were amazing. I cannot wait to come back and try everything on the menu! Thank you for making my boyfriend's birthday so special.

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IB
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

A little too loud! Good food, service quite good, not super great. We’d go back for sure but quite as overall great as we hoped.

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D
San Francisco
52 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've now been to Asa 4 or 5 times and each has been truly remarkable. The food isn't just good, it is consistently delicious, inventive, well considered and always elicits sounds of contented bliss from all at our table as we taste each dish. This last time was special since we were with good friends from out of town who enjoy great food as we do. They were not disappointed. We split everything and had the snapper special with a red pepper coulis (sublime), scallops (the sweetest and most perfectly cooked any of us had ever had), lobster toast (wonderful chunks of lobster not overpowered by the creme fraiche, stewed red chili and lemon), the always wonderful paella Valencia with the perfect rice crust on the bottom. We nearly came to blows to see who would get the last bite. The duck was simply the best any of us had ever had. It was perfectly cooked and exceptionally tender. It wasn't unctuously fatty as often happens and the sauce was not the overly sweet fruit base one often gets. It was just delicious and lovely. The service was again friendly and attentive and our wait person was entirely familiar with all the dishes and answered every question. We had the excellent La Cana Albarino and the Longoria Pinot Noir which was a real find for me recommended by our knowledgeable friend.
The space is a bit loud, but less so than many places these days and our friends commented that this is how they would like to decorate their home! Loved the lights with the feathers(?)! As is becoming his custom, as we left the owner came outside to thank us and ask how everything was. Asa is the restaurant I've always dreamed of!

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S
San Francisco
70 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Restaurant was very busy. Service was slow to begin with but pleasant enough. Kitchen was slow but food was lovely. Will return.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing like always. Thanks.

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FN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

ASA is now my favorite restaurant in Los Altos, need more places like ASA.
Great on a date or with girl friends, food and service are consistently good, and good ambiance

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JM
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Asa is by far the best restaurant in Los Altos and one of if not the best on the peninsula. Their friendly, attentive staff truly care about your experience and the food is wonderful variety of dishes prepared and presented in top quality fashion. While it is a little pricey, it is well worth the experience.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food.

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WH
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food. Really enjoyed our meal. The beef was perfectly cooked and everyone was really friendly. Definitely recommend it.

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ES
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

LOVE this place - good cocktails, great food - all class

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b
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

excellent , interesting preparations....limited menu with specials...friendly, efficient staff......our server, kevin , was outstanding....ok decor, but very noisy....good and pricey wine list......corkage is a reasonable $25.....will definitely go back

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AB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great Service and Amazing food . I wish the cocktails (scotch / Bourbon) based good have been better .

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K
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Andrew and his team at the Basin, and we were of course thrilled (and not surprised) that he has built a strong, positive experience ambiance and dining experience at Asa. The beef Wellington was a dream, some familiar small plates from Basin but also new fare, and all washed down by a fabulous wine list. We strongly recommend coming to Asa for a beautiful dinner!

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k
Palm Springs
12 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

This is not a restaurant for a quiet cozy intimate dinner. It is usually packed and noise level is high. Food is very good and it is fun with a noisy group. Wish they had good wines on the less expensive level.

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G
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great as usual. Love this place. Scallops were perfectly. Can't wait to go back?

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S
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I'd been wanting to go to Asa for a while, it's been recommended over and over by good friends and colleagues and I must say I was not disappointed. Overall the experience was outstanding, James was a first class host, my expectations were exceeded.

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MV
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great place! From our gracious and welcoming host to our personable and knowledgeable server Bruno, to the expertly made craft cocktails and exquisite seafood dishes, we were thoroughly impressed with our first experience at Asa. I say ‘first’ because we will definitely be back again soon!

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d
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb food, superb service.

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BS
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Andrew, the owner, is very welcoming and creates an excellent atmosphere. The good is consistently inventive and tasty. Great addition to downtown Los Altos!

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PD
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Third visit and delighted again by the menu quality . A bit noisy but we will br back

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n
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Sea Bass special had the best crispy skin of all time. Great vibe... loved it!

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OT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just love this place! The food is great and the menu has a nice selection so there's something for everyone. The service is outstanding and you don't feel rushed even as the evening draws to a close. I'm a Martini lover and their Martinis are perfect. Highly recommend you make reservations otherwise you'll have a long wait. Great food, awesome service, super ambiance, and parking nearby....it's on my list to go back to!

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OT
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous dining experience, openers incredible, waiter exceptional! Food is delicious. What an upgrade Los Altos.

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FN
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, service and ambience were great. Much needed addition to the LA restaurant scene.

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CJ
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always! Delicious food, attentive service, great atmosphere.

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MD
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visiting San Jose for a conference and found Asa on Open Table. Great find - the food was exceptional, service very attentive without being intrusive, and ambiance offered a touch of modern but still inviting and comfortable. Another reviewer recommended sharing a few of the small plates - we took that advice, and absolutely recommend the same, great way to sample an impressive array of tastes from the menu. Very well complemented by a solid wine-by-the-glass list, and don't miss the "adult ice cream" for dessert.

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