Permanently Closed - Aster

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This restaurant is permanently closed. Located in San Francisco, Aster is a 1-star Michelin rated restaurant serving up creative California cuisine in a warm & cozy, casual setting. On the menu are familiar favorites, elevated through carefully sourced and house-made ingredients and impeccable technique. Aster serves a four-course menu with options in each course for $75 per person, with an optional beverage pairing for an additional $58.


Please note: We have a 24-hour cancellation policy. All reservations cancelled after the allotted time will be charged $40 per guest on the reservation.
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CarolynY
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

My sister & I really enjoyed our last meal at Aster. Everything was perfectly cooked & full of taste & texture. I enjoyed the Sunchoke, Winter squash, trout & chocolate dessert. We also enjoyed the wonderful sourdough bread & had all 3 desserts.
We were lucky enough to enjoy countless wonderful meals at Outerlands when Brett Cooper was the chef there!
Will miss Aster & Brett’s cooking! We wish him well on his move. Enjoyed reading more about him in the Sunday paper too.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Casual, refined ambiance. Will definitely return. Generous portions for pre-fixe.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoy the food and service here, especially the combination of textures and flavors are very impressive. Love the special ice cream Aster offered me for birthday. Aster really surprise me. Highly recommended!

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vipAmandaB
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Though I am generally not a fan of the “choose your adventure” type of tasting menu (I prefer one set menu), the meal was exceptional. I admire the vegetable-centric cuisine, and it appears (based on what I overheard) that they are able to accommodate diners with food allergies; not all restaurants can or will do that.

Wine pairings were okay, but I would not add those if I went again, as they didn’t really serve to elevate the dishes. I know they do have a somm on staff, but .. the pairings didn’t really make sense to me.

Restaurant decor is clean, rustic (lots of wood), and modern, and the infinity effect of the overhead light is brilliant. It’s seriously like looking up into outer space. Genius.

I am glad we went, and would go again in another season if I had infinite money, but -- in terms of value, I do think you get more bang for your buck (and a much more solid wine program) down the street at Commonwealth.

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TonyM
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first Michelin Star restaurant and I must say it was exquisite! The food was amazing and delectable, dancing on our taste buds the whole meal. The four course meal is very filling and worth the admission given the quality of the food. Please don't forget the sourdough bread! Best tip we got before going and another quality thing to add to the meal.

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Alexandra
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Each dish was unique and delicious and the service was fantastic. I am a pretty picky eater but try to trust the chef at these restaurants and this one did not disappoint, I loved everything I ate!

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vipAlbiani
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing would recommend to anyone.

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Mikk
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience1

Food was ok but nothing stood out. Nothing incredibly memorable. The decor is really off, place was empty... I'm afraid this place might be on its way out.

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JG2019
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredibly attentive service and delicious food! Great for a special occasion

JM
vipJMBSF
San Francisco
44 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely decor, first rate service and high quality “food as art”.

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wcjjudy
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The food is mixed with Asian style, especially Japanese food essence, which is my type. I will definitely recommend this restaurant to my friends. Hope to revisit it again!

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vipverbalgarbage
London
31 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The menu is divided into 4 servings - choice of 3 options per course.
The 1st & 3rd courses were superb - the standout dish was fermented squash (sounds horrible, tasted sublime).
The second was merely ok but puddings were inedible (beautifully made but flavour profile jarred to our liking).
Service was mixed - our main server was friendly but others were quite stiff.
To their credit they did deduct one meal from the bill which were not expecting.
Not a patch on Rich Table which we went to the previous night or The Progress the night afterwards.

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vipLpf4
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

food was pretty good but not worth the money. Staff was stand-offish and not particularly good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, interesting and accessible. The portions were perfect sizes for the four courses. I love the format of the menu. You have choices based on your mood, but it’s not overwhelming and you know you’re going to get something good regardless of what you choose. The service was excellent. Very attentive without hovering.

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catp
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very good food. Courses were thoughtful and interesting.
Pricey but a good experience- recommend for a long dinner, catch up or special occasion

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AnnaK
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were excellent! We enjoyed it so much we returned the following night!

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vipOverserved
San Francisco
165 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a fabulous meal. The chef does an amazing job with contrasting flavors and textures in each dish. The little gem salad with bottarga and ranch style dressing on lightly sauteed (?) lettuce is a good example. The desserts are intriguing combinations of sweet snd savory ( hickory ice cream?!?!)and are not overly sweet. The wine list is an interesting collection of wines that are not well known including sake. we will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Arrived early and was seated immediately. Servers were attentive and knowledgeable.

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vipChrisC
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience5

Food was very good and the wine pairings made it even better. I get this is a tasting menu, but the for the price I would have expected more. Also, when you’re spending $133 per person for food and wine pairing, I think it’s a bit much to charge $5 for four smallish pieces of bread and butter... was a good experience, but won’t be going back. Also, the trout was extremely salty, which is odd for me to say since I really enjoy heavy seasoning generally speaking...

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testing123456
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The seating at the long table was a bit unusual. Everything else was great.

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vipEscoffier
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Aster was disappointing. Not the level of a one star Michelin. Ricotta gnocchi were salty, heavy and the mix of flavors didn't work. Little gems was average. Ahi Tuna was excellent but that's not a hard dish to pull off. Pork and cabbage not very original but good, like the trout. Desserts were good but again nothing I would remember. Service was very good and timing between courses was almost perfect. Only downside to the service: we were presented with the check barely 2 minutes after our dessert plates were cleared! There are so many other one star restaurants in San Francisco and the Bay Area. Aster is not one I would recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excelente atención, servicio y comida. Recomendable.

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vipStevenG
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A superb restaurant that doesn't seem to have the acclaim it deserves. Creative, luscious food, relaxing ambiance, excellent service. Four course dinner, three options for each course. A real value at $75. Excellent wine list and wine pairing as well.

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vipmainguyen
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The food was creative & tasty but overpriced for the portions that you get. I understand that the establishment is attempting a fine dining experience, but when an order is missed, it’s not ideal.

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vipfoodie
San Francisco
126 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a fabulous restaurant, four courses for $75 and three choices in each category...and such imaginative, seasonal, beautiful and delicious food! The service is attentive and warm, the wine list complete, the room quiet and warmly decorated...this is a find and a place to return to many times!

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Akita71
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great service

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall1food2service2ambience3

The meal was very disappointing. Flavors did not work well. Dishes were poorly executed. The roasted heirloom carrots dish tasted like it had fast food bbq packet sauce dumped on it. The texture of the ahi tuna was somewhat mushy. I ordered the gnocchi as my main and there was too much going on on the plate and the gnocchi itself was substandard. Our waitress got the job done but looked like she hated her job. She wore a frown for the entire service. The ambiance was good but the meal itself was not worth the $260 bill.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Cozy yet eclectic!

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vipMaamsay
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Intimate dining area. Quiet ambiance so great for conversation.
Service was delightful and the staff were very knowledgeable about the offerings.
Food was delicious and beautifully prepared and plated.
Will definitely be back again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dope stuff as always

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food had nice texture and creative combinations. Service was great. Smaller restaurant with cozy sitting.

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SHZad
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Not impressed at all with the food, nor the value. Surprised at having a Michelin star. Don’t bother.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall4food3service5ambience4

We had 6 courses menu for NY eve. The first two courses was just ok, didn’t impress us that much. We liked the next 3 courses, the carrots, caviar and gnocchi, nice tasting and complexity flavors. The dry age beef was good, but it was too salty. Miso sauce took out the flavor the dry age beef and made it too salty. The wine pairing was good. I like most of the wines there. The service was excellent.

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Chris9408
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Très bonne cuisine avec saveurs raffinées.
Regret d'avoir eu froid durant tout le repas. Table côté entrée sous la baie vitrée.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall2food2service4ambience3

The restaurant didn’t address our special occasion at all. Also, two out of the three main dishes were too salty. It just not worth the “one star” title.

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vipRajdeepB
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall4food3service4ambience4

I did not find right balance in the second and third courses of the Tasting Menu; expected a lot better from a Michelin-starred restautant.

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BishopJustice
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall2food3service3ambience3

About half of the meal was delicious and well thought out. The other half was poorly executed and left me wanting more. This would have been a good meal at half the price, but for the cost it was definitely not worth it.

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jj302012
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was wonderful, I took my mom here for a nice mother daughter dinner. It was quiet and every dish was well thought out and the wine pairings were spot on.

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vipOlivia
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was impeccable and the wine pairing choices were the best I’ve had.

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vipAcee
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was awesome.
Service was great.
Truffle dish should’ve had a lot more truffle in it for the extra charge.

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