Aster

4.3
626 reviews
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$50 and over
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Californian
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

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Aster is offering a 5-course tasting menu for $145/guest for reservations placed during our first seating between 6:00pm-7:30pm. Reservations during our second seating from 9:00pm-10:30pm will be $185/guest and will be a 6-course tasting menu with champagne toast.

Monday, December 31, 2018

What 626 People Are Saying
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BJ
1 review
Dined on December 12, 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.

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j
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 7, 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.

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O
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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A
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 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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PN
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I love Aster! The food was amazing and the server+hostess were extremely nice. The flavors from the food were so vibrant and delicious. It was a great place for a honeymoon dinner.

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m
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Exceptional presentation and combinations. The wine pairing ($79) was a nice addition to the pre-fix menu. While I find many fine restaurants use too much salt ... Aster was suitably seasoned in all but one of our 10 courses (yes - 10!). The egg and the no-rice risotto were the most unusual of the dishes. The two-part trout was my favorite. Service was excellent and informative, though at one point a little precious ("... the vintner employs a philosophical whimsy in all of his ... " - what?). Highly recommended.

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RS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a 7 course meal that was well planned and excellently executed. We had the wine pairing and it was also worth the extra money. Great for a very special occasion.

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VT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was good. Interesting flavours. Everything tasted great together. The soft egg and the trout were the favourites. The petit four with the buttermilk tart and compressed pear was amazing!

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e
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Aster has changed its format since our last visit. The only choice is a seven course tasting menu at $135. Previously you were able to assemble your own tasting by choosing from 4(?) different lists. And it was cheaper. Our total bill for 5 people with one bottle of wine including all the extra SF charges and tip was well over $800. I am expecting sensational food for this price. Unfortunately that was not the case. The dishes were assembled with great attention to detail and micro ingredients but the flavors were flat and in some cases missing altogether. And the beef course (the grand finale) was tough and flavorless. We had some people in our party who could not eat some of the dishes (which you have to expect with a tasting menu with no choices) and the substitutes available were meager: tofu for oysters. I felt like asking the kitchen if they were actually tasting any of the food coming out or were they just working on an assembly line...arranging micro greens and flowers. Sorry for the lousy review but it really was disappointing.

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a
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food. Savored every bite but pricey.

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AS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time here and it was just as wonderful as the first. Definitely a special occasion spot. Highly recommend and high recommend getting the sourdough bread with homemade cheese butter!

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JC
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Aster for our 1yr wedding anniversary and had an absolutely perfect night. Food was amazing and service was perfect, great wine pairing as well, really appreciated the effort to pick different and interesting wines!
Every dish was a delight, would definitely go again.

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RS
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

This was my third dinner at Aster in the past year... and the least pleasant. Seemed like they are trying too hard to come up with complex palate sensations, resulting in just plain weird offerings. And with all of the spicing options, several items were simply too salty.
What a shame, however this was my last visit to Aster.
(And note I made no mention of the ever-escalating fixed price.)

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OT
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious. Every course was inventive and the flavors were incredible. Recommend the pairings as well.

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Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Overpriced for the food. Good wine pairing. Excellent service

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KS
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and a beautiful 11th year wedding anniversary dinner celebration

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PS
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Wasn't impressed when I realized just how expensive our meal was relative to the quality and value of food. Even though our servers were nice, it certainly didn't feel like a Michelin Star restaurant even in terms of service. At our arrival, we were asked if we would like some champagne to start with, which was rather confusing as a complimentary offer would not be mentioned as though it was to be an item ordered. Going onward, the first few courses were lovely but scanty. I had opted for a vegetarian course. One of my main dishes was mostly just a whole cauliflower which was completely undercooked yet charred at the top, and I was clanking away on the dish wear struggling to cut and chew it.

Overall a disappointment and way over the top with respect to price! Honestly felt like we got completely ripped off! We left not feeling full which is a surprise as both my husband and I are not big eaters.
I preferred Aster before it hadn't been delivered its accolade, when they had an alacarte offering and a more appropriate quantity of food.

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WV
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

Da vedere Sembra un self - services, non un ristorante di lusso. Al centro un tavolone dove si è costretti a mangiare con estranei. La cucina propone nuovi gusti troppo "acidi" e non piacevoli al palato.
Il prezzo esageratamente elevato.
Mi sono sentito forzato in quanto non si può scegliere

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Birthday Dinner

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j
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Aster has transformed from a 4 course menu to a seven course tasting menu which was absolutely superb. One of the best such menus that I have tasted this year. The food is innovative and every one of the courses was excellent. It is expensive which is its only downside.

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WC
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

It was a great surprise with well thought prefix dinner. Food was excellent and wine pair was super reasonable. I understand sommelier has to say same things over and over but it was so robotic and not personal. Only down side.

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LV
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

We have very much enjoyed this wonderful restaurant in the past. However the prices have almost doubled and what was a wonderfully executed 4 course meal has become 7 courses. I think both the quality of the food has gone down a bit but after the 5th course it felt excessive. Hopefully it will return to return to it's original concept.

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MH
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

I've always loved the place, but I'm not a fan of the new tasting menu format.

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RS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and amazing service. Exactly what you expect from a Michelin star restaurant. Do you pay a premium for it? Sure. But it is totally worth it. Get the wine pairings and let the sommolier walk you through the excellent, out of the main stream, wines she has chosen.

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ZL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My new SF favorite. Wonderful quiet hip atmosphere with a deluxe super yummy pre-fix menu that delights and surprises the mouth.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 3

While the service was fantastic, and the chef accommodated my desire for courses without red meat, it was not worth the $200 per person including a glass of wine. The food was good, but did not rock my world.

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PG
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

I feel like this restaurant researched everything that other Michelin quality restaurants do to achieve their stars and attempts to replicate a formula. However everything comes across as superficial and dishonest. Calling a meal at this restaurant an “experience” is an insult to true fine dining .

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GU
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I really appreciated that Aster is not as loud as many other restaurants, but I found the food to be incredibly salty to the point that by the third course it was inedible. I will not return.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Plates were a bit small but other than that it was a great meal

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F
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Have been here 3 times and was extremely disappointed this time, unlikely to return

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Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Some of the most inventive & creative food we've ever had. Amazing flavor and texture combinations at every turn. We loved it!

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EG
San Francisco
116 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I have loved Aster since it first opened. The prices today are almost triple what they were when they first opened (they were seriously below market at first). I still find it to be worthwhile, given the quality of the food, the innovative food combinations, and the good service. I have recommended Aster to many friends in the past. This most recent visit did not disappoint. Excellent execution.

However, on this visit I learned that they are going to be changing their format to be a longer menu (more courses), which I assume will come at a higher price. Too bad one of my favorites is falling victim to the over-priced, multi-course frenzy happening in so many restaurants. I really want a place i can go to one a regular basis because it is not an ordeal and does not cost an arm and a leg. Check it out before you make a reservation. I would be disappointed to have this be a surprise.

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Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 3

Menu is limited and course dish isn’t balanced

Pricey regarding of quality & taste

Serious wonder how they get Michelin Star ?

Also totally understand why they slow on Saturday night

Never back again

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s
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

This is an excellent restaurant if you have never actually had good food. Are Michelin stars suffering from grade inflation as well?! Of the four courses, only the second one, the egg, was memorable. The trout looked like salmon and tasted blah. The first course, the carrots, well, they were carrots. And the dessert: "smoked caramel with bitter chocolate". Bitter? I think they need to check their taste buds because it was overly sweet. I left almost all of it untouched.

The atmosphere also leaves a lot to be desired. We spent over two hours on hard wooden seats, hearing bad music, and sitting so close to other diners who spoke so loudly we were forced to become informed of their business dealings, there family drama, and their love life.

The only saving grace of the restaurant is their wine pairing which was for the most part pretty good. But seriously, for $200/person, I can have WAY better food in beautiful settings where I get to escape the everyday and enjoy my meal with the one I choose and not random strangers who are sitting way too close to me.

I am stupefied by the number of 4- and 5-star reviews people are giving this place. If you think this is a 4, you need to teach your taste buds better!

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N
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

The food was not at the level of the price of the menu. They moved over to a forced tasting menu the last few years and the quality has gone down. The meals were overly complex, over salted and not refined. Dessert was the only dish I loved. Quite disappointed as well because I did not want to do a tasting menu and was not aware when I reserved that it was required and they would charge my card anyways if I didn't want to do it when I arrived.

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KH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic experience. The 4 course meal with a wine pairing was terrific. Waitstaff was extremely knowledgeable of the menu and wine selection and was very friendly and attentive to us as customers. The music was super hip and low key, overall atmosphere was great. Can't recommend this place enough.

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M
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Aster is an interesting place, the food and wine was really good, but somehow we didn't leave completely satisfied. We came here for a good dinner, and to experience new tastes. I think there are several more interesting places in SF than Aster.

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San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food, but the portion was really small and we really had kept stuffing ourself with bread to fill us up.

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JB
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent, the best I've had in a long time. Food presentation and flavors were really excellent. Did the four-course vegetarian options.

Eat many places often doing tasting menus. In this case for $90 would have expected either larger portions or a 5th course, compared to other similar places.

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S
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tasty well prepared food. Great friendly service. Creative and yet not too molecular
Must try

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