PRAIRIE

4.5
175 reviews
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A Modern Live-Fire Grill

PRAIRIE is a contemporary-casual 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 your friends. 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 sc
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San Francisco
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Terrible service. Took 2.5 hrs to get all our dishes with up to an hour gap between dishes. Had to ask 3-4 people for things like bread after our server stopped coming by our table. Some great dishes like the lamb, pasta and corn. Eggplant was not good as were the Roman beans. Way to expensive for the food and service. Hard pass.

D
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Anthony Strong knocks it out of the park with his interpretation of Italian with deep flavors and the liberal use of the coal grill and oven to develop flavors you could not get any other way.

Had the destroyed bread, whole roasted cauliflower, charcoal kissed octopus, campfire spice lamb chops and chefs cut steak - all were amazing and delicious.

Lots of vegetarian dishes which my wife really enjoyed.

Love this place.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food at PRAIRIE is impeccable! The service was amazing. The staff was super attentive, fun, and gave us great suggestions on the menu. We ended up ordering a lot, which is why it’s fun to go with chef friends cause they’re always down to eat all the foods! We also unlocked their secret menu Golden Ticket, which is a cool thing they do at the restaurant. We won a free order of Taglierini with Santa Barbara Uni and Salmon Roe that my friend and I are going to use the next time we go! Definitely going back again (this was my second time there and every time the food has been perfection!)

ED
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Very nice restaurant, loved the chargrill menu, just on the pricey side.

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

The waffles!!!! Savory and sweet at the same time. 😍

J
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Food was decent and innovative - but overpriced
Waitress barely checked in on our table
She ended up packing bacon and sweet toast in the same box when asked the two separate plates to go - which didn't make sense.

PE
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Sub par “protein menu” (you can grill the same
stuff at home!) Prices are just outrageous. Food wait time was over an hour and we were among the first ones at 5:30 when they opened. Wine was acidic and Barry drinkable yet > $15. “6% SF tax” tagged to our bill. I thought this was 3% (folks should double check) you just order a side if you are going to have a dinner sides are >$11. Never. Again.

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

We enjoyed the food and the ambience and warm atmosphere. The service was excellent! A rare experience these days of poor inexperienced service.

JG
Montreal
5 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was most delicious,flavorful and of top quality
execution of dishes was excellent, everything perfectly cooked
Pacing was good, not rushed or slow
Will return soon

F
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant! Beautiful ambience and even better Food! The avocado salad was the table fav. Highly recommend trying all of the side dishes.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

The food was excellent. The service was adequate but could have been more attentive. The noise level once the restaurant was almost full was loud. My friend and I were almost yelling to each other. The crowd was much younger than my friend and I so maybe the noise level isn’t a distraction for younger people. Looked like the majority of the diners were under 40.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing XO sauce, love the flavor and texture combination. Outstanding for something like this in SF

CL
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The food was great but the service was not the best; they confused our table's food with others and couldn't get it right without us talking to the waitresses.

OE
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The veggie dishes in particular are standouts..the cauliflower and the cabbage were smokey and flavor packed and were great companions to the meat dishes on the menu.

S
Tahoe
4 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a special experience! The manager and staff were very accommodating and friendly. The food was unique and delicious! We could not ask for a better dinner out!

l
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

The execution of the dishes is exquisite. If the ingredients appeal, the dish will delight

LA
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my third visit. Best meal ever!! Great service, excellently made cocktails, very good value Nebbiolo, and outstanding food. Loved the grilled avocado, destroyed bread with early girl tomatoes,very well executed and yummy butchers steak (perfectly medium rare),and excellent grilled peppers. Could have ordered the entire menu. Yum!!! 5 stars guys!! Well done!!!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Some of the most innovative and satisfying food in SF. Loved it.

c
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 4

Everything was good, except service was kind of slow.

CP
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For what you get it’s the best deal on fancy weekend brunch in town. Truly you get to feel like a king for 20$ more than you’d pay at a Cheesecake Factory

HS
London
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really interesting dishes and very tasty food!! Thank you for a wonderful brunch meal. SF needs more places like this :)

B
San Francisco
56 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous way to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary. So delicious with excellent service and fun!!

ZJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I wanted to dislike this place because I was such a big fan of Hog and Rocks, which it replaced. Unfortunately, the food, cocktails, ambience, and service are all top-notch, and PRAIRIE is a new favorite.

JM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing evening. Super yummy food! Anthony has knocked it out of the park.

C
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Loved the brunch at Prairie! Can't wait to come back for dinner

I
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

One of the worst dining experiences in SF. Food OK at best, service sloppy. Very loud dining room with people screaming at times. The whole meal and ambience felt out of control. The chef spent the night in the dining room, not in the kitchen. If all were in better order, that would not have seemed quite so weird. Not what one would expect from a former Locanda chef—we came here due to our love of Locanda. I seldom give reviews, and almost never say anything negative, but this experience was so bad it really should be noted. When the bartender was shaking a drink, it sprayed in my face—twice. Different bites of the same pasta had different amounts of salt. In the bathroom, infant seats were stacked up in half the space as though it was a storage closet. It just felt incredibly amateur on all levels, like you were not in SF, like you were at a restaurant a quarter of the price. So truly disappointing!

LD
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

I was excited to bring two friends from out of town to PRAIRIE after having a great work dinner there. While the food and ambiance were great, we seemed to be forgotten by the waiters and staff. Twice we had to ask to have our drink or food order taken, and our food took a substantially long time to come out. I felt bad because they had been traveling all day and were clearly famished but trying to be good sports.

SF
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had this place on my radar for some time, and very happy to report that it did not disappoint.
Their food, drinks and service were great. Before we left, we've made another reservation to come back, it is that good.
Thank you Kris and team for a wonderful evening, we will see you soon!

OT
New Orleans
18 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious as usual! Loved the usuals on the menu like the Savoy cabbage and steak, as well as newer things like the cucumber/melon salad. Great cocktails. Wonderful service. Highly recommend.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The team is casual and friendly and the food is so darn delicious! Can’t recommend Prairie more highly. Do yourself and favor and start with the Bus Driver cocktail!

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent!

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EH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Food took waaaaay too long to come out.

RJ
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great menu and ambiance is perfect for a date night or dinner with friends.

OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Love this new gem in the mission! Creative food and fun vibe. I like the sit in the bar area. The bone marrow is incredible.

W
San Francisco
62 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great atmosphere. Open air. Fun. Very creative menu done in very tasty dishes. Enjoyed avocado, bacon chicken wings beef cheek pappardella.

RH
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, food, decor and location. Our party’s request to accommodate a hard stop was very appropriately heeded and without sacrifice to quality or attention to detail. Highly recommend this place to anyone looking for a quaint and pleasant dining experience in the Mission District.

MR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

First the food: Certainly not a bad meal but everything was *just* close to being very good - small tweaks (more acid and seasoning for almost all dishes) would have made it memorable. As it was it was good but nothing to write home about it. Everything with the milk bread was the exception - each of those items was fantastic.

Service: This place was slammed, understaffed and struggling. There was no dedicated host which led to seating mistakes - kudos to the server that remedied - but this seemed to demonstrate an overall issue with operations. Front of house management seems to need some help.

Again, all in all a good meal but given the abundance of other fantastic options in the city I don't plan to return.

L
Central Coast
23 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Hamburger was greasy.
Not memorable food.
Service was good.

s
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and the service was great!! Our waiter was very nice and helpful and we had a great time.

h
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The sauce on the XO egg was amazing. The rice waffle was really good. It was really delicious.

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