St. Michael's Alley

4.7
244 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
Established in 1959, owners Jenny Youll and Mike Sabina expanded the once small coffeehouse of St. Michaels Alley into this intimate dining establishment in 2009. The restaurant provides three comfortable spaces for a dinner out with friends, date night, or a complete private event. The main dining room is wood paneled and intimate. The front room / bar area is more casual and social, yet still offers tables with linens and the full menu. The solid wood bar is a favorite dining spot for many of the regulars and locals. A beautiful outdoor patio is most enjoyable on warm summer days and nights as it open to the sky. Enjoy a cocktail at the full bar before venturing into one of the upscale and relaxed dining spaces of St. Michael's Alley.

The restaurant is currently offering the Autumn Menu on the Patio as well as takeout, Tuesday through Sunday starting at 5pm. Currently, there are 4 tables open inside the restaurant.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 244 people are saying
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vipKeithG
San Francisco
54 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Excellent Sunday luncheon, with several outstanding courses. This was a Mother’s Day celebration, and my wife was very pleased.

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vipTanyaR
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

You can always count on a delicious meal at St. Michael's Alley. We had chicken pot pies and it was a delectable treat. The side carrot and brussel sprout dishes were perfectly prepared.

In addition to the food, the service was top-notch. The waiter gave us the perfect amount of attention, good guidance on the menu, and was pleasant to interact with.

I'm glad they have both inside and outside dining options. We ate outside and it was very pleasant.

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Danielle
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience4

The chicken pot pie was unseasoned and bland, as were the brussels sprouts. The food was cooked well--crispy chicken pot pie crust, brussels sprouts also mostly crispy--it just tasted like the chef forgot to add salt to any of it.

Scallops were done well but the three scallops were not worth the astronomical price.

The bright spot was the super helpful and friendly waiter.

Bottom line: If you can cook well, stay home and do it yourself.

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LaurenB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The pork belly and rock shrimp tostada was fantastic!

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vipSemimagic
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It is tricky to keep an intimate restaurant open during the Covid Pandemic. We ate outside on a chilly evening. It was in a tent due to Covid which was OK but of course lacked ambience like they have inside or if it was a warm summer night with no tent!
Staff very very very attentive. Will definitely go back post pandemic. Has a parking garage immediately below it which is great.

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Foodie
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! Nice atmosphere. Delicious food at fair prices. Good service.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our daughter’s birthday here and had a wonderful dinner! The steak, raviolis and the tuna tartar were all deliciously prepared.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was celebrating my birthday with my friends at St. Michael’s Alley. The food was delicious, I shared tuna tartar, scallops, duck, and lamb, all those dishes were very good. The service was excellent, we will come back for sure!

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vipLeilaM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, wine and ambiance. Nice setting too. Nice selection of dishes.

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EricJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Few selections. Outdoor Heaters were inadequate. Table for 2 was too small.

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vipDBdb
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

St. Michaels is a small, intimate restaurant, slightly more toward the formal end of the spectrum. The outdoor seating area is pleasant and relatively quiet. The wait staff is friendly and knowledgeable. The menu offers well thought out seasonal dishes to satisfy a range of preferences. The cocktails are well crafted, and the wine menu has a good variety. All said, this is a satisfying restaurant.

But, St. Michaels could be so much better. The menu reads beautifully, and the dishes are presented nicely, but the food tends toward being bland and, I’m sorry to say, unimaginative. Though all good, none of it is great. The wait staff is similarly unremarkable. Always pleasant, but often slow – always informed, but rarely around to provide additional assistance (e.g. salt or drink refills). The dining experience just doesn’t match the price. I always leave a little disappointed.

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FosterCityJim
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The service was great, the food was very good but certainly not outstanding, the outside tables seem to be impossible to reserve, I am sue this seating would have made our experience much better

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vipJane
San Francisco
54 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Our group had the sea bass, scallops and lamb loin. All excellent. The red pepper soup was a bit spicy--- too much ground pepper. The desserts were excellent- cheesecake and chocolate cake to die for. Superb service-- highly recommend. They recently started indoor dining but we ate outdoors. They provided blankets and heaters.

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vipMarcelG
San Francisco
51 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is always a treat, it is so nice to see it moving to a more normal state of affair. There is a romantic atmosphere, great food, a very reasonable wine selection. The tuna poke was very excellent, not drenched in soya sauce with a dash of ginger flavor built in, the sea bass and the salmon were excellent. I like the fact that there is always a nice touch of originality in the dishes. My only complaint has to do with a small minority of clients who feel entitled to come in without masks and walk and talk close by, endangering the staff and other clients. I guess there are selfish people everywhere...

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SoniB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love getting back to St. Michaels! Great to see how busy they were. The always friendly staff. So glad to see all the regular people helping us enjoy the experience.

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JamesF
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Often great, but fish fit new NorCal trend of undercooking. Gelatinous inside is not medium and is unacceptable for fish that isn't sushi grade.

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Simbasmom
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is a long time favorite of ours. Delicious food made from scratch. Service is impeccable. That's why they've been around for so long. I've actually grown to like them even more the past couple years as they've changed up their menu and made it more exciting. Their chef also knows how to deal with my convoluted food sensitivities and still make the food taste great and I really appreciate that.

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LareenJ
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The salmon and duck were absolutely delicious and attractively presented. With a very skillful and attentive waiter, in an attractive safe outdoor seating area, we will of course come again!
Prior to the pandemic, St. Michael's Alley was a restaurant we would dine at for special occasions and so we returned to your restaurant for our first 'eating out restaurant venture' since the outbreak of CoVid.

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MarkZ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great to re-discover St. Michael's Alley. It was one of our favorite restaurants in pre-Covid times. I'm sure it will be again. The food and service at our recent meal were outstanding.

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StephenW
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Live nearby. Walk to. Been there many times. Outdoor seating is great. blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah
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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Swordfish special was done very well and also the scallops were delicious!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic Easter Dinner

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AliF
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

So over rated!!! The fixed menu doesn’t worth. Very bad service, and food was just mediocre.

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SteveH
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food. It made for a wonderful Easter brunch.

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LarryB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience2

The only drawback to the meal was the outdoor seating (due to COVID), which was not on a patio, but on the sidewalk right next to the street. It was a bit cool. St. Michael's did the best they could under the circumstances.

The food and service were excellent. The duck was one of the best meals I have ever had. My guest had the pot pie, which was tasty and generous. We had the prosciutto and watermelon salad, which was light and delicious. We did not have dessert. We requested something sparkling but non-alcoholic to drink. They made up a delicious "cocktail" for us to toast our Easter dinner.

St. Michael's is a culinary treat.

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vipLinda
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Thoroughly enjoyed and the service was fantastic

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GretaM
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great! Safety protocols were in place and it was well worth the money. A definite must!

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Delish
San Francisco
53 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our family of 4 had a perfect birthday celebration on the patio. Everyone’s meal and dessert were delicious. Our friendly and attentive wait staff made the evening special.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it! We the patio is wonderful

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vipRHM2k
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

St Michael's Alley is consistently a great pleasure. We're lucky to live nearby, and dining there has been one of those pleasures we've missed most during the COVID restrictions. After a year, we've returned and could not have been more pleased with the meal and the service.

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PADT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We reserved late due to the power outage canceling our reservation at another restaurant. We got the table through Open Table. It was a great recovery. The staff are fantastic, the ambiance was great and the food was perfect. A great evening overall.

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ChristineR
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a treat! Had a cozy corner seat and enjoyed every course of our delicious meal. Staff was attentive and timely.

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RobertB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Solid food - the chicken pot pie is clearly a favorite for a reason. Nothing particularly groundbreaking, but the kind of standard upscale dining menu you expect on the peninsula.

Made a reservation about three weeks out for dinner. On arriving, we were seated at a table located separate from the rest of the restaurant's outdoor patio, on the sidewalk. Received the kind of service you'd expect, being seated on a sidewalk outside of the restaurant - were visited exactly three times to take entrée order, take desert order, and drop off the check.

I understand that it's COVID, and I'm accepting that we now charge people $4 for bread, and seat people on the sidewalk. That said, I feel like it would have been nice if they were at least apologetic about putting people in a clearly less ideal seating arrangements from 90% of the other restaurant patrons.

Knowing that it's a toss up as to the seating location, even with reservations made far in advance - probably will not be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New menu is fantastic!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious New York steak special!

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DeborahS
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, knowledgeable staff and GREAT service. Made our celebration special. Highly recommend.

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viptrainman
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always excellent, imaginative and nicely presented. Great service with friendly staff, even in the era of Covid. Can't wait to get completely back to normal!

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JudeBella
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Business dinner on a rainy night. Very tasty and fast!

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vipMikeC
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was great but service was pretty slow. We waited a long time for each course.

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Katrina
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delicious dinner at St. Michael's Alley, our favorite local restaurant for a night out. The food was spectacular (salmon with yukon golds, chanterelle mushrooms and chard, and lamb loin with pomegranate syrup with spinach and carrots. The evening was cool for outdoor dining, so the staff provided soft, cozy blankets to put over our laps. We finished a delightful evening with two desserts: fresh lemon tart with raspberries and a chocolate mousse torte. Our servers were timely, efficient, and welcoming, making the evening a perfect dining experience.

FAQs

St. Michael's Alley offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (650) 326-2530.

St. Michael's Alley is rated 4.7 stars by 244 OpenTable diners.

St. Michael's Alley does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://swipeit.com/product/1996/saint-michaels-alley.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.