Permanently Closed - Aster

4.5
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662 Reviews
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$50 and over
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Californian

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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Californian, Contemporary American, Organic
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Hours of operation
Dinner
Tue–Thu, Sun 5:30 pm–9:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(415) 875-9810
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Brett Cooper
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
22nd Street
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Parking details
Street parking available after 6:00pm.
Garage at 21st & Valencia.
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Public transit
BART to 16th & Mission or 24th & Mission
J Muni to 22nd Street
#24 bus to 22nd Street
Additional
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Wine
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4.6
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CY
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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.

OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

AB
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

TM
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

A
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

A
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was amazing would recommend to anyone.

M
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 1

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.

JG
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

JM
San Francisco
40 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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

w
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

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!

v
London
30 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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.

L
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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

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

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.

c
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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

AK
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

O
Edinburgh
156 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

CC
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

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...

t
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

E
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

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.

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

Excelente atención, servicio y comida. Recomendable.

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SG
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

m
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

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.

f
San Francisco
119 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

A
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food great service

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 3

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.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Cozy yet eclectic!

M
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dope stuff as always

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

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

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

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

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

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.

C
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

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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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

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.

RB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

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.

BJ
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

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.

j
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

O
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

A
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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