PRAIRIE

4.4
90 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary Italian
NOT YOUR GRANDMOTHER’S ITALIAN FOOD

PRAIRIE is a modern Italian restaurant in San Francisco’s mission district from beloved Bay Area chef, Anthony Strong. Our roots are in classic, rustic Italian fare, but we love to let loose and experiment with an expanded pantry. You’re likely to discover surprising new ingredients that aren’t traditionally found in Italian cooking but have similar flavor profiles.

We believe food doesn’t have to look beautiful to be delicious, and sometimes ours will be downright unphotogenic. We hope you dig in before reaching to take a snapshot with your phone. Sit back, eat with your hands, enjoy yourselves and each other. Our full bar offers both original cocktails and creative takes on perennial classics. Our wine list is primarily Italian with additional reserve selections found on our constantly updated Instagram @thereservelist. You can also find us @prairie. If you are wondering, the restaurant is named after the Chef/Owner’s high school punk rock band.
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K
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Wonderful diverse menu with great wine selection and full bar
The food is delicious and creative Italian fare

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AL
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 1service 5ambience 4

I kept waiting for a dish to blow me away, but nothing was great. Some were barely palatable. Great location, fun ambiance, attentive staff, disappointing food. Would highly NOT recommend.

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S
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food! Highly recommend the burrata and pastas. We loved the food so much that we went back the next day!

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NB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We were underwhelmed by Prairie, unfortunately. It was very loud and you felt like you were sitting with the tables next to you, which is never ideal. Took a while to be waited on. Cocktails were meh. Ordered a gin and tonic after the on-menu cocktail, only to be told they “don’t do tonic”. The burrata was heavy on the citrus, but smelled like garlic, which just confused my senses. The bone marrow was fairly bland. The gem salad was great! The lamb meatballs, which folks rave about, tasted to my entire party like a packet of McCormicks chili seasoning was just dumped into meatball mix. The bread served with it was so smoky, it tasted like it was drug through an ash tray. The pastas (rice cakes and amatriciana) were good. Thank goodness. Final bill with top was around $250...for three of us. We won’t be back.

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O
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 1

Wasn't a great night for Prairie. Their food wasn't very good and neither was the service. The management team was also not helpful with a bad order. Probably wouldn't go back.

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MC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Didn't realize this was an Anthony Strong restaurant. Was pleasantly surprised to see him in the kitchen. We'll be back.

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MC
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Food was not good.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Really nice food and experience, but we could barely hear each other talk when the restaurant was full. I will think twice about coming with any group that actually wants to converse in the future.

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Food ranged from very good to bear misses that couldn't quite get it together. Stand out dishes were the lamb meatballs, sformato, buratta toast and the papardelle with beef cheeks. Other things missed the mark: guanciale wrapped bacon was greasy and gummy, charred brassica with calabrian chilli was too hot for most of us to eat, bone marrow lacked seasoning. Overall an inventive menu, and I think they'll get it together. Staff was very nice, and the drinks were good.

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JT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Food was terrific. Great flavors and terrific presentation. Our waiter was either very new or very overworked. Difficult to find him when we needed service. Difficult to get our bill to pay. And finally when the bill was paid, I found that we were billed twice on our American Express. Otherwise a great experience and I would go back again!

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K
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This is our new ”go-to” place! Loved everything we ordered - charred Cabbage w/ scallop butter was our favorite. Pork ribs were so soft and flavorful. The chocolate tart was so light yet satisfying. Can’t to wait to go back there!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

The service was great and it has a nice ambiance. Some of the food was just lacking. For us, it either had a bit too much going on on each plate or it was good but just not exceptional.

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p
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We went to Prairie for the first time for a birthday celebration. We really enjoyed the food and the ambiance very much although it was intensely loud until around 9pm. After that it was very pleasant.
We tried quite a few dishes and a couple of different cocktails and thought everything was excellent. We were particularly in love with the Octopus and, except for me who cannot tolerate much spice, the Ribs. Even one of our party who does not generally like to share found the experience very pleasant.

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S
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 5

I was so thoroughly disappointed with the service. It was very hard to get the attention of my server the entire evening. He would avoid eye contact and I would literally have to flag him down by waiving my arms. Once the restaurant was technically closed, he came to our table hurrying us along. At one point he even took our plates away even though we were eating our pasta. The appetizer was delicious even though the presentation was lacking and some of the plates were messy. The pasta
however was cooked unevenly. Some were too raw and some were al debate. After the whole ordeal, the waiter even forgot to add a wine to our bill and charged me for it separately. I asked if he could combine the bill because it was difficult to calculate tip which he said was not possible. The whole experience was lacking. I so looked forward to eating here and I felt like I wasted $300 on a dinner that left me feeling so disrespected.

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R
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Prairie was good, not great. I can't say anything was particularly wrong with our dinner, but nothing made me eager to return. Portion sizes were good, the romanesco was way too spicy. I like spicy, but I couldn't taste anything else. Wine list was good and nice selections by the glass.

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s
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had been at Prairie a month or so again with a group of 8 and loved it. I brought my husband and 4 friends (all of whom are foodies and very discerning). The food and atmosphere and service were all huge hits. We all loved every morsel; our favorite dishes were the two salads, chicken thigh picatta, and the shrimp tortelli. And the desserts were incredible. We'll definitely be back!

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WT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bone marrow and octopus were delicious. For octopus, probably in the top 3 places we've had. Despite the massive downpour of rain, it was serene inside by the window with the lights outside in their trees. Very nice - we'll be back!

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P
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Hostess was rude and they have not figured out their reservation system. Open Table said there were table available but the hostess said otherwise. It's seems more noisy than when hog and rocks used to be there. The tables are too close together. The savoy cabbage dish was overly burnt and soggy in the middle. The table next to us barely ate their cabbage dish and we barely finished ours but our waitress didnt seem concerned. The best dishes were the ribs and octopus, excellent flavor. Expected the pasta to be more delicate but felt tough at the edges.

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DD
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

High level of noise bids a poor ambiance. Food/service is fine.

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MD
4 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s was my birthday and we were greeted with a sparkling beverage when we sat down, nice! We shared all of our food and everything was great! Wine selection ...great! Loved it all & will return.

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D
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time in two weeks a great find with interesting and delicious food.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Prairie is another hit restaurant from the former chef of Locanda and Delfina. I’ve already gone four times since it opened and with each visit, I’m discovering even better items on the menu (try the octopus, lamb meatballs, pappardelle, and the cacio e pepe). Service is timely and extremely friendly too, making it my favorite new restaurant in San Francisco.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great fun food, friendly and knowledgeable service.
Coming back many times!

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P
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A creative chef who gives special attention to veggies. Thumbs up!We will definitely return.

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D
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was totally amazing!!! Every bite of each item, to die for! I loved my salad so much, and that was just the beginning. You could taste all the flavors, because the wisely keep each dish to just a few choice ingredients. So yummy. The cocktails were great too.
The wait staff were fabulous as well. They were friendly, very helpful and accommodating, & made great recommendations. It is a noisy, vibrant place, so not quiet and intimate, but I was able to have a great conversation with my friend I brought, across our table for two, so better than I first thought.
This is my new favorite place in the City, I’ll be back soon!

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n
Berlin
8 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The entire dining experience wasn't bad but it wasn't memorable. It's not a restaurant I'd travel across the city for dinner again. Standouts were the Duomo cocktail and the PRARIE Amatriciana. Both were very balanced and had enough heat to keep them interesting. The sweet potato with bonito flakes, creme fraiche and vinegar was an odd dish. Interesting, but not particularly good. Burrata was "meh" - the spring onion and lemon oil got lost in it. Winter chicories is worth ordering if it's still on the menu and you need greens.

Expect a loud environment. Tables are set very close to each other. I could clearly hear everything the table next to us was saying which made it hard for my date and me to hold an actual conversation.

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NN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Had an 8 o’clock reservation and didn’t get seated til 8:30, which was really frustrating. We kept getting told our table would be ready in 5-10 minutes every 5 minutes, but there was clearly still a group eating at our table. Other than that, the food was great.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was great. Service slow.

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M
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The only reason you go inside this restaurant is for the chef , Antony.
But, ANTONY instead of working in the kicthen he was our busboy , was running food and wine, for sure hard worker GUY but if you CANT organize the front of the house I can immagine the KICTHEN.

Staff was running around like crazy , place was full . Some people ask for fork, others for food others for water , panic/anxiety atmosphere.
Definitely not the place you aspecting to find after they ask you for a credit card number before you can go in .
this restaurant will be probably okey in NORTH BEACH where the "chef owner" they do little bit of everything.
get a manager on the floor and you go back in the kicthen.

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OT
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved Prairie. Wonderfully creative Twist on Italian food with bright flavors and lovely presentation. Friendly staff as well

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Cocktail program was the best part of the experience. Wine options sub par. Food so so.

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

I was really excited to try a variety of appetizers and entrees. It did not disappoint. We had the Burrata and Twice baked Cacio e Pepe for appetizers and both were delicious, a little rich, but the portions were perfect size. We also had the Gulf Shrimp Tortelli which was delicious, although not spicy like advertised. I do have a pretty high spice tolerance though. I was most excited about the grilled octopus and it was absolutely phenomenal. I've been dreaming about it ever since. I also had Becky with the good hair to drink which paired well with the food and was perfectly sweet and savory. I can't wait to go back.

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MK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was fantanstic! The food was so good. Our server Adrian was spot on with his recommendations and overall we just has a good time. I high recommend checking out Prairie!

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OT
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 1

Food was interesting and tasty and the service was excellent. The noise level, however, made it impossible to carry on a conversation.

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WG
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Our group of 4 had several(10)dishes, some very good, others out of balance- all were creative and worth a visit to see what is being called "new school Italian"
Wine list left a lot to be desired - like Italian wine, vintage dates for the selections etc.

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CD
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

The food just wasn’t good or imaginative. The seafood was really salty and the flavors were off from the first course. There were “freshly” shaved truffles on several dishes and you couldn’t even taste them - not good. The oysters and uni as starters were super salty and fishy with no room for other flavors. For the price, it wasn’t the way we wanted to finish 2018.

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JM
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Anthony Strong and the team are churning out terrific food in a sleek, well served comfortable restaurant. Welcoming without the snobbishness (paging Che Fico) of other "hot" restaurants, this place is going to wear well.

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MN
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They made New Year’s Eve an amazing experience. Every part of the meal was perfection from the cocktails, the appetizers, to the main meal and dessert. The staff was friendly, accommodating and on top of every detail. Everyone worked together to make it a memorable evening and a delicious meal.

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MS
Detroit
9 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

This restaurant is only okay. The food was passable but nothing special. There weren’t enough servers so we had to wait too long for everything. I wouldn’t go back.

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JB
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very good. A bit more interesting as an idea than in execution but well worth it.

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