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About Aster

Aster offers a 4 Course Prefix menu for $75, where each guest can create their own "tasting menu".
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 the impeccable technique of chef/owner Brett Cooper and his team.

24 hour cancellation policy for parties of 5 and less. 48 hour cancellation policy for parties of 6 or more. Reservations cancelled after the allotted time will be charged $75 per guest on the reservation.

1001 Guerrero Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Californian, Contemporary American, Organic

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday 5:30pm to Close
Friday - Saturday 5:30pm - 10:30pm
$75-4 course prefix menu only

Cross Street:
22nd Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 875-9810

Website:
http://www.astersf.com/

Parking Details:
Street parking available after 6:00pm.
Garage at 21st & Valencia.

Public Transit:
BART to 16th & Mission or 24th & Mission
J Muni to 22nd Street
#24 bus to 22nd Street

Executive Chef:
Brett Cooper

Additional:
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Wine

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Aster Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

4.0

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Quiet

76% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (15)
Good for a Date (14)
Special Occasion (12)
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Seasonal (11)
Good for Anniversaries (10)
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Tasting Menu (10)
Local Ingredients (9)
Notable Wine List (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Romantic (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Authentic (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Healthy (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Cozy (2)
Vegan (1)
Casual (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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·Dined 4 days ago

Amazing place for an anniversary or birthday. Everything on the menu was so amazing. And have to say the best service I’ve had in a very long time

Tags: Local Ingredients, Tasting Menu, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

Valentine’s day tasting menu.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

Set menu with three choices in each of four sections. Choices are varied and attractive in name, but quality is not consistent. Chilled sunchoke soup had great ingredients but was poor due to being too heavily salted, while my wife's mushroom dish was delicious. Gem salad was awful and not really edible. Artichoke shimegi main course again heavily salted. Wife's "Trout" was very good but tasted and looked just like salmon. Desert that was a thin slab of chocolate with caramel was more like cake icing squeezed from a tube and neither of us finished a third of it, and we love chocolate and caramel!
Center table is shared long table and very attractive - down near the kitchen is great for watching all the cooking but you will get bumped a great deal by the many busy staff. Service is prompt and pleasant.
The restaurant was surprisingly cold, and we were next to the kitchen - manager surprisingly oblivious as all the ladies put back on their down jackets and coats through dinner in the whole place.
Wines and beers are obscure but the two we chose were tasty.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

The tasting menu was excellent and reasonably priced for the quality of the food, however the service was very slow. A four-course tasting menu really shouldn't take more than an hour or so, but this took closer to two hours so there was a lot of time wondering when the next plate would arrive.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

Casual place even they have one star

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 12, 2018

Overall it was a terrible experience.

Our reservation is at 745pm and we got there at 8 we were seated at 815. The waitress took our order at 8 25 and took the order from the couple sitting next to us and the disaster started from here.

It took an hour and 15 minutes for the first course to arrive, for context, we ordered a 4 course tasting menu and it was almost 10 pm when the first course arrived. Then we waited another 20 minutes for the second course to come and only realizing the waitress placed the wrong order. They have to take it back and it took another 15 minutes for the right item to arrive. While this is all going on, the couple sit next to us is already on their desert, however, their desert order was messed up as well and they have to send the desert back too.

Finally, the manager came to our table and apologized and offered to take care of our wine, which is really nice of him. He also mentioned that this was not a fair representation or the service and was really an one off incident. However, by this time, we were very frustrated by the service and the night was already ruined. I booked the dinner to celebrate Valentine with my boy friend since we all know it is not worth going out on Valentine given everything is overpriced. But it turned out to be a disastrous night.

The food was good and is worthy of one Michelle star, the place is small but cozy. The setting is casual and intimate, good for casual dating but not serious enough for formal settings.

I left the restaurant around 11 pm and left a 10% tip despite everything. But I don’t think I will come back.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Excellent food and wonderful service. Ran out of an entree, however, and with a small tasting menu we were forced to get a dish we did not want.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Excellent service and great food. 4 course was enough to fill and the bread was amazing.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Each dish in the four course meal was outstanding. The service was superb. We'll definitely be back!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Seasonal
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Lovely and delicious

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 8, 2018

After 2 visits we are still trying to figure out the Michelin Star rating. The food definitely deserves it, but there are so many fantastic restaurants that also have amazing food in the Bay Area so it often comes down to service. The first time we were there, they took over 40 min to serve our entrees (there were only 4 of us) after our first course,and we were overcharged on our bill for two bottles of wine. When we brought it the servers attention they made it feel like it was our fault. The second time we were seated at the community table after we told them it was a special occasion (partner's birthday) We were told if we had said this at the time of making the reservation we could have a two-top table instead (why don't they just say that when you book then?!) We ended up sitting at the large community table in the middle of the restaurant and watched as they turned a 4 top table into 2 tops, and also see several other open tables the whole time we were there. We thought having a Michelin star also means service where the servers treat you as valued patrons by making you want to come back again and because they make each visit feel as if it is a special occasion, regardless of whether it is or not. We won't be going back and won't suggest it to friends.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on February 7, 2018

I was taken to Aster for my birthday and I thought the food was fabulous. We were four people so we got to taste a lot of different things. The chef has a nice touch with blending different flavors and presenting beautiful dishes. We all agreed it’s a revisit!

I only wish the music was not as loud or perhaps a different genre. We laughed it off saying we are indeed getting old!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, Gluten Free Options
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·Dined on February 4, 2018

Fantastic restaurant. We had our engagement dinner at Aster and we were blown away. Staff, food, music and decor we're all phenomenal.

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·Dined on February 4, 2018

The food and service was excellent! Very memorable and one of my SF favorites.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Excellent food and service in a simple, elegant venue. Unexpected and sophisticated flavor combinations kept us anticipating each dish with delight. Interesting wines, but would skip the pairings next time. Overall, very reasonable for a high-end experience.

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Get the smoked egg!!

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vip
 (London)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Wonderful food!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 22, 2018

We went to Aster to celebrate my boyfriend’s birthday and the food and service was phenomenal. The flavor of each dish was so unique and exquisitely crafted. We did the tasting menu with wine pairing. The ambiance is simple and elegant and their use of lights and mirrors makes this cozy space seem mush larger. Highly recommend

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Spent 300 and left hungry. But what actually bothered me was trying to order a plate of cheese at the end of the meal and being told I had to order it 40 minutes in advance, because they had to get it out of the fridge... No cheese, no love!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Set menu and service were outstanding. Bravo!

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 (Edmonton)·Dined on January 7, 2018

The food was incredible. The best food I’ve had in San Francisco. The kitchen is talented and the server was very knowledgeable of how the food was prepared. Give the chefs a raise!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Came for the New Year’s Eve dinner. The beet salad was good, the crab was very good, and the cauliflower mushroom and dry aged beef were great. Unfortunately, the soft egg was underdone and although it says it comes with caviar on the menu on Open Table it was a $90ish add-on when we got to the restaurant. The dessert was very disappointing. It was a chocolate candy bar with caramel. Not a problem if that is what you call it, only a problem if you are expecting the tart written on the menu. We have been wanting to go to Aster for a long time so I am glad we went but I expect all the courses to be great when it is a prix fixe menu.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 2017

We had a fine dining experience at Aster. The tasting menu had lots of excellent choices, and the four of us ordered nearly the entire menu. The squash blossom and dried beef tartar were memorable. The lentil soup and mushrooms were the preferred offering for the second course. The trout was excellent. The chocolate mouse and burnt caramel cream was excellent. The carrot ginger bread and frozen yogurt were also great. Portions were good for a tasting menu, we all left full but not stuffed. The wine pairing was okay. I would have liked a description of the wine pairings. The servers did an excellent job describing each wine, but many were unfamiliar and have a card at each table would have been appreciated. I disliked the Oregon vermouth served with the chocolate desert, and found that the Noilly Prat dry French vermouth at $12/bottle was a much better selection than the overspiced Oregon vermouth. Several of the wines paired were sparkling, and were good. I felt that the pairing was a bit expense at $48 per person and $200 for the table. Overall great meal, and is highly recommended.

Tags: Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Paleo Friendly, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Nice neighborhood restaurant. Loved the tasting menu. Very good food and wine. Final bill was a little pricey with the wine pairing. May have been better off ordering wine by the glass.

Tags: Hot Spot, Tasting Menu, Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Great portion size for a Michelin starred restaurant. Inventive combinations, good mix of textures in each dish, and just plain delicious. Would highly recommend.

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 13, 2017

It was possibly one of my most disappointing dining experiences in SF and the worst Michelin starred dining experience ever. It started upon arrival when we were told that our table wasn’t available and were told to go to “one of the bars in the area and we’d be called” with an estimate of 5-10 minutes. Fast forward to 40 minutes later and we had to crowd into the front door area to wait for our table with no communication. A $5 complimentary plate of bread served as our only apology, I would’ve expected at least a glass of wine. Turns out our delay was entirely Aster’s fault and not the prior guests at our table. Service was incredibly slow, it appeared to be a combination of the kitchen and light service staff. It took them 2.5 hours to serve courses, I recently did a 10 course menu in 2 hrs elsewhere. Due to the late seating we were ready to go to sleep in our dessert. We had the pleasure of watching the kitchen crew cleaning while still waiting for that dessert. The wait staff was clearly not up to a high level of service and did little to communicate or check on us. An overall disappointing dining experience.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Great service, exquisite food and reasonable price! Perfect!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 9, 2017

firstly, we walked in and asked for a booth but were told they were all reserved yet one was left open the entire duration of our visit. Second, the food started off wonderfully as the bread and first course was scrumptious. However, the main and dessert left little to be desired. In fact, the apple desert had two razor thin slices of sourdough just dumped on the top. It felt like an episode of CHOPPED and these were the mystery ingredients in the basket and the chef gets chopped for not doing anything with the bread other than slicing and throwing it on the top.

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 (Miami)·Dined on December 7, 2017

The food was more about the chefs skills than maximizing the flavors of the ingredients with symetry and synergy.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Everything was excellent. Had the wine pairing with the food and it was spot on

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Aster is just the perfect restaurant for me. Flavors and quality that is hard to find. Can’t wait to go back for a special dinner.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, Seasonal
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2017

The restaurant was unexpectedly closed. They cancelled the reservation but did not do so through the open table app, so I missed the voicemail telling me of the cancellation

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 1, 2017

It would have been a “special occasion” if the restaurant had been open. We got to our reservation on time and to our surprise, and no warning, the restaurant had closed for the day due to an unexpected emergency maintenance.
We understand these emergencies happen but I think just like Open Table sends you multiple messages if you miss a reservation, I think as a minimum it should send a note to warn that the reservation was going to be cancelled.
To add to the issue, when we arrived there and then tried to make another reservation Open Table wouldn’t let us book a new one because it insisted we were already booked and it was to late for any changes.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Consistently delicious!

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 (Louisville)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Service was wonderful and food was excellent. Particularly liked the delicata squash 1st course. Wine pairing was pretty disappointing, I liked only 1 of the 4 served and one wasn’t even a wine, it was a cider (which was tasty but not what I was expecting). The wines were all pretty unique, which was interesting more than it was enjoyable. Mostly whites. My dining partner was very relieved to have skipped the wine pairing and order a simple glass of red. Opportunity for improvement: offer 2 different wine pairings - one with more mainstream wines.
Overall enjoyed the meal and experience but didn’t think it was worth the value

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (Portland)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Dishes were delicious, creative, seasonal. Great wine! Definitely worth the money spent!! Would go again, would recommend to friends (especially foodie friends).

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Overall the food was very good starting very strong...and declining slightly with each dish. The desert was not great. Service was lackluster, with very long waits. We waited about an hour to get our drinks (literally) and a bit more to get our first course. The wine list was average with limited number of noteworthy names. The wine pairing should not be called “wine” as only a 2 of the 4 beverages served were actually wine (a sparkling wine and a red)...just don’t take the pairing.

Overall Aster probably deserves its Michelin Star (for food not service) but is very far from two...

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Aster is a very special place. The dining room is tastefully designed with adequate space between tables. This one Michelin Star restaurant offers a 4 course tasting menu. I stepped out of my comfort zone on two courses & was pleasantly surprised by the dry aged beef (tartare) & the soft egg courses. I’d definitely recommend & would come back again without hesitation.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Aster was outstanding. Not sure why it might get a bad rap, food was the best we had in san francisco. Service was great, wine/beer selection suited the meal.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Great wine selections -- more esoteric than most SF venues -- Bravo!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Local Ingredients, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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