PRAIRIE

4.4
43 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary Italian
PRAIRIE is a modern Italian restaurant in San Francisco’s mission district from award winning Chef Anthony Strong. The restaurant features rustic southern Italian fare that fuses influences from Rome and Campania with a California sensibility and an expanded pantry. The kitchen’s live fire charcoal cooking produces sensory provoking grilled fare, in addition to handmade pastas and more. Seasonal ingredients from local purveyors make PRAIRIE a dining destination or casual date night spot for the most discerning palettes including vegetarians, carb lovers, and omnivores alike. PRAIRIE also offers a full bar with original cocktails and twists on perennial classics like sparkling negronis and Toki whisky highballs on tap. The curated wine list is primarily Italian with additional selections from France and beyond.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary Italian, Italian, Grill
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Hours of operation
MONDAY: CLOSED
TUESDAY: 5:30PM - 10:00PM
WEDNESDAY: 5:30PM - 10:00PM
THURSDAY: 5:30PM - 10:00PM
FRIDAY: 5:30PM - 11:00PM
SATURDAY: 5:30PM - 11:00PM
SUNDAY: 5:30PM - 10:00PM
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Phone number
(415) 483-1112
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Anthony Strong
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
19th and San Carlos
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Gift Card
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Truffles. Lobster. Uni. Caviar. Foie Gras. Champagne. Enough said?

Monday, December 31, 2018

What 43 People Are Saying
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1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The waiter was super accommodating. He knew I wasn't feeling well and made me feel as comfortable as possible. Such a sweetheart. Even kept my food warm while i was away.

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M
San Francisco
51 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 1

really, really interesting menu. Good food. painfully loud -

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M
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Over priced, kinda nice, food was decent but not worth the price. Just a pricey yuppie SF restaurant tbh

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was good, the noise level was too loud.

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D
San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Our meal was fantastic. Service was fine although he was seemed to go missing a few times.

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CE
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was great! Food was good. Meatballs excellent.

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s
San Francisco
101 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Nice environment- create, delicious food and good service. Horrible parking in the area. I recommend it! A fun eating experience!

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Menu is weak, service is poor, feels like you are sitting in a diner.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

I didn’t love the food as much as I thought I would. But I’m a true Italian lover so maybe the Japanese fusion elements just weren’t for me. The rubs tasted overly fishy as did the prawn tortelli.

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MS
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely innovative cuisine .. great service!

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OT
San Francisco
94 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We had read that there were service issues, but we experienced none. Our waiter , Rene, was excellent and the team seemed to operate like a well oiled machine. While the food was excellent and we will definitely return, it is not for the unadventurous.

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JA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

for a new restaurant they seemed pretty lax about customer service. No "How was everything" or "good bye, thanks for coming". That left a bad taste in our mouth.

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s
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I wouldn't call our experience incredibly delicious dish for dish, but the cooking is interesting, different, and ambitious. It is a respite from "locally sourced/seasonal blah blah" that seems to be on the menu of 98% of SF restaurants right now. I applaud the effort! Wines and cocktails were good, setting is simple and lovely.

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c
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome dining experience with focus on seasonal and local ingredients.

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i
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Came for an amazing dinner! The sweet potatoes, tomato crostini app, and meatballs were our fave but everything was outstanding

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NF
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Generally good restaurant that seems to be going through some "new restaurant" bugs and needs to get then worked out. The service was adequate, not terribly knowledgeable or friendly - the food arrived rather late and rather cold, but was very very tastey.
I'd recommend waiting a while and letting them work out the issues before returning.
Very innovative menu, and we would return but there are so very many great restaurants in the city that have the service down and serve food warm

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San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food, cocktails, and service. Looking forward to coming back! Pasta, mussels and short ribs were excellent. Chocolate baba and Yogurt budino desserts were fantastic.

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K
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I celebrated my birthday here with a group on friends. It was a wonderful spot to have a fun birthday dinner - the food was delicious and the drinks were great! The interior is much improved from the Hog and Rocks days - brighter and lighter. The Papardelle was fantastic! Some of my friends got different items such as the chicken picatta and the rice gnocchi and I'm not positive if they loved their dishes as much as I loved mine. We got the mochi appetizers and they were just excellent.

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M
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The restaurant is probably still finding its groove. The food was decent but nothing really grabbed us. Prices are not bad. Maybe give it a few months.

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GE
Seattle
60 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Good consistent service throughout. The Burrata and accompanying roasted bread, the Early Fall Chicories salad, buttered pappardelle, and Salt Spring Mussels were all to die for!

Cocktails were inventive and yummy!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

We were excited to eat at Prairie, we booked the reservation for our 10th wedding anniversary before the restaurant even opened.

When we arrived the hostess noted that we were there for a celebratory dinner then tried to set us on counter stools by the bar.

After we were seated at a proper table we ordered the “Deluxe” Burrata and the Pane Distrutto that we’d read so much about.

The Burrata was tasty and the grilled bread it’s served with was delicious. The Pane Distrutto which seems like a house specialty was a bit of a let down. Chunks of bread with a lazily prepared red sauce.

For our entrees we ordered the Papardelle with beef cheeks and the Berkshire Pork Spare Ribs.

The Papardelle was fantastic, great flavors and prepared perfectly. The spare ribs looked delicious and I dug right in. I immediately gagged from a fishy taste. Turns out XO sauce is a scalloped based fish sauce. I guess this is how “New Italians” eat pork.

I’m thinking since the waiter felt it necessary to correct my pronunciations he could’ve informed me that my $25 ribs would be covered in fish.

The menu is a little ridiculous and tries too hard to be different. I won’t be back, I like my Italian food Italian.

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S
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Very interesting, exciting food - great space, engaged service. the only "BUTS" were that one dish was a complete nightmare - rice gnocchi - cannot understand how that can stay on menu - but ribs/ chickories/ salt cod appetizer were awesome. Also a great wine service, great wines by the glass.

the server had been coached on the description of the food, but they descriptions were a little lacking. One pasta was described as "pasta scraps" - which sound completely unappealing, although it was probably better than it sounded.

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MA
San Francisco
83 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent food for the most part, though the ravioli-ish dish recommended by the waiter tasted like soggy wet wontons -- not quite soup dumplings but too watery to be standalone pasta. And bittersweet chocolate dessert was chalky, not very chocolatey. We loved all of the tomato-based dishes and our steak was tender, flavorful and overall delicious. Cocktails were spot-on -- great mixologist. Staff were very pleasant and accommodating.

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S
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was excellent, inventive, tasty. We sat at the bar because our table wasn’t ready but got to know the lovely bartender and her food recommendations.

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OT
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was inventive and delicious. It did seem that some of the waitstaff (particularly the bartender) took the mandatory tip as a way to provide mediocre service. Serena was excellent though. Maybe some growing pains for newly opened place?

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DL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The meal was delicious, especially the ribs with calabrian chili XO. That was the highlight of the meal for sure. My friend and I wanted to end the meal with a great dessert. Sadly, the budino was disappointing. Other than that, the ambiance was good but maybe a little loud. We could barely locate our server throughout the entire night and the pacing of the courses was a bit odd. After our initial appetizer, the ribs came out 20 minutes after and then the pasta and vegetable dish a few minutes after that. I think they're still finding their groove and timing as they're a new restaurant. I will give them another shot in a few months to see their progress.

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GM
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Our Burrata starter was ok and could have fed six (instead of two).
The mussels were very undercooked.

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

Prairie is new and load and still on its shake down cruise. The food is good depending on your particular taste.

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t
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Delicioso!!!!
perfectly crunchy torn bread with tomato pulp
al dente, hand rolled pasta with wild game ragu
chicories with some amazing granulated crouton/breadcrumbs
super moist chocolate cake with mascarpone
negroni's on tap!
even an excellent kombucha bellini!
great wine list...
lots of amari..

Need I say more? Prairie is my new favorite restaurant.
Che Buono!
Bravissimo Anthony!!!!

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AH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We arrived at 7pm and there were open seats, but by the time we left it was buzzing. I enjoyed the service concept and the wait staff was available when we needed them. All our dishes were good and unique - we had the burrata, bone marrow, ribs, and paparadelle .

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R
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had been tracking Anthony on IG and was eager to try it out.
Space -- is great. Very comfortable and fun.

Staff -- surprised me a number of times with well timed useful help. I was looking around, I'm that way, and I was asked if I was alright. I dropped a menu and was given a new one -- by the Chef. Good training starts at the top and runs through.

Food was excellent -- great flavor, texture and presentation. We had one improvement -- pasta was delicious and warm but not hot. Something to tune and the staff was eager to hear.

Wine and cocktails off the menu very good.
This is now one of my places.

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CA
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Outstanding food and the servers were kind; albeit a little bit timid. A great date spot. Highly recommended!

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

Fabulous dinner with casual and authentic service. The food was all amazing and rustic. We loved the burrata appetizer, mochi and ribs. The cocktails were also very unique. We will definitely be back!

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MN
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The cocktails were inventive and delicious. Servers were knowledgeable, attentive and personable. The food was tasty and the combinations were unusual, but very successful. We are very excited to come back again soon.

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JM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Two weeks into their opening and Anthony Strong and the team have a winner. Terrific, original food, really comfortable vibe, no pretension team. I'll be back - soon.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere

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SS
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food. Anthony's cooking is incredible. Everyhing was delicious. Make sure you try the mint/chickpea with cukecumber app. It was delicious.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food at Prairie is a fantastic combination of incredibly delicious yet truly unique - would expect nothing less from Anthony Strong...

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B
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a really great dining experience at Prairie. The service was attentive and the food was interesting and delicious. Highly recommend.

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding meal and service! Food is lighter than your traditional italian fare.

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