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The Anchovy Bar, San Francisco, CA

The Anchovy Bar

4.7
4.7
521 Reviews
$50 and over
Seafood
From the team that brought you State Bird Provisions and The Progress, The Anchovy Bar is a wine and seafood bar that specializes in West Coast oysters, small fish and sustainably raised shellfish. We work with small producers that favor traditional and antique processes with origin stories that matter and inspire.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 25 times today
Experiences are available.

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Wine Bar, Oyster Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (415) 796-2710

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Stuart Brioza

  • Catering

    Please reach out to info@theanchovybar.com to inquire about catering your event!

  • Private party facilities

    Please reach out to info@theanchovybar.com to inquire about private events!

  • Neighborhood

    Western Addition

  • Cross street

    Fillmore Street

  • Parking details

    Street parking is available throughout the day. The closest garage is the JapanTown Fillmore Street Annex Garage at 1670 Fillmore Street.

  • Public transit

    We are two blocks from the 38 and right around the corner from the 22.

  • Additional

    Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Gender Neutral Restroom, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Large Party Dining at The Anchovy Bar

    $20.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Multiple dates available
    Grab your friends and reserve our heated outdoor seating area for parties of 7 to 14! We have two seating times and allot 2 hours and 30 minutes for your reservation. The set menu features 10 dishes served family style for $85 per person (a la carte is not available). Beverages are charged upon consumption. We have a $600 food & beverage minimum for up to 10 guests and $1000 for up to 14 guests. The minimum is exclusive of taxes and gratuity. We require a credit card to secure the reservation and charge a $20 per person non-refundable deposit that will be applied to your check. Any changes or cancellations must be made 5 days in advance. We charge the food and beverage minimum should the reservation be canceled within those five days.
  • immi at The Anchovy Bar

    Multiple dates available
    immi will be taking over our dining room for a special a la carte experience from two of our very own! immi is a pop up from Kevin Law (former Chef de Cuisine at State Bird Provisions) and Rumpasri Chicharoen (General Manager at The Anchovy Bar). Their pop up is dedicated to the immigrants who raised their generation, influenced not only by the background of their families, but by the beautiful diversity of growing up in California. Please note: The Anchovy Bar menu will not be offered this evening!

What 521 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Francisco Bay Area

    Seafood

  • San Francisco

    Seafood

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic experience - will definitely return again soon
  2. BM

    BarbaraM

    Portland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Great service, food and wine delicious! I would recommend.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food! Highly recommend coming here
  4. k

    kurtdismas

    San Francisco

    38 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    38 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    food is fabulous. every dish shined. waitstaff is superb. treat yourself.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Incredible food
  6. O

    Oly22

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience1
    The food here is actually quite good, but the portions are ridiculously small - especially since they encourage people to eat family style. Everyone in our party left a little hungry. Our bill came to $57/person or so which, given our recent dining experiences in SF, suggests that Anchovy Bar has room to increase some menu item prices if they increase the portion sizes. The service was frustrating. Our server was quite attentive, and knowledgeable . . . until we were done eating. Once we passed on dessert, we couldn't get her to look at our table, let alone process our bill. Meanwhile, the food dishes came out one on top of the other. There was no sense of pacing. Given the small portions, it might have been wise to slow our pace down so that we would feel more full. Finally, we requested indoor seating to be warm. But the restaurant door was left open the entire time, and the indoor room did not appear to be heated. This has to be the first restaurant I have been to at which it is warmer to sit outside (with heated lamps) than inside. I never unzipped my jacket, let alone took it off, during the meal. Bottom-line: Anchovy Bar has real potential, but it needs to focus on the basic fundamentals of diner comfort, portion size, and consistent service all the way to the end.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Glad to have this exceptional spot in the neighborhood! Always a treat.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was fresh and presented creatively; anchovy was not respected fish but after last night - my opinion changes; staff was knowledgable and friendly and attentive- but pricey but still a good value on what was presented; expected as much from a legacy of a great chef
  9. W

    Whatadisappointment

    San Francisco

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    I honestly don’t know what the fuss is about. The food was very good, some dishes inventive, but overall it was disappointing after hearing all of the hype. The $21 albacore dish is a kick in the teeth, 4 thin slices of pleasantly seasoned tuna that in total might weigh 2 ounces. On the positive side the anchovy toast and the uni were very good. Service was rushed, felt like they wanted to get the table turned but the restaurant was only half full. Not worth the $.
  10. l

    ladymissjess

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great time! A great meal! Great service! Loved our corner table!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Caribbean

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and experience.
  12. E

    Empress

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience4
    It says all when ice cream dessert was the best of the meal! Very disappointing experience compare to it’s sister’s restaurant, State of the Bird and Progress. We had 5 different plates but non did its justice for the delicate ingredient’ accompanied by so not complementary adage, literally ruined it! The most expensive on the menu, guacamole uni was a disaster ruining with awful sauce with avocado mush. Had I not seen the beautifully shaped and color, I could not have guessed it had uni in it. Prosciutto was on greasy, I don’t know what and the cheese sauce was too strong that you can’t even taste the meat which was mushy again. Red wine by glass choices were poor and limited.
  13. RC

    RonC

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Food & service were outstanding but this place is REALLY expensive for tapas-sized dishes even by San Francisco standards. The anchovies and oysters were exquisite and almost worth tapping into a HELOC.
  14. M

    Matt

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Food was mediocre. Very expensive. Service just ok.
  15. JM

    JonathonM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food. Great service. Loved all of it. Will return.
  16. MZ

    MarkZ

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience4
    Was excited to go, but the portions are minuscule, prices high. Great ambiance though.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was outstanding as was the service. I will definitely recommend and return. Drinks were special too!
  18. g

    graeme

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    1st time visit but will definitely be back. Food, service and ambiance were all fantastic
  19. a

    allison

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    the food was delicious and creative, highlighting anchovies and sardines as expected. the parklet seating was well-heated for winter and very pleasant. Service was friendly, enthusiastic and well-informed.
  20. MS

    MSCF

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great fresh anchovies. Nice ambiance. Would definitely go again
  21. c

    charliec

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food here is a very special kind of seafood and the service here is an amazing and special experience
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing dinner!
  23. K

    Kyne

    San Francisco

    139 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    139 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Really fun place, neighborhood feel. Anchovies are the star here - both local and imported, and the simpler stuff tends to be a bit more consistent that the more complex dishes, but overall great food, really fun wine selection, and especially sitting at the kitchen counter, awesome atmosphere. Crowded yet very consistent service, too.
  24. F

    Foodgods

    New York Area

    19 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience3
    Food was above average. Prices waaay above. The value for what you get is simply lacking. Tight and uncomfortable seating. Staff and quality of food was excellent but still doesn’t justify 3 dmall dishes and 1 dessert for $100 (includes 20% server fee).
  25. WR

    WineRep916

    Miami

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall2food5service1ambience3
    Food great, wine list outstanding, but the service was horrendous. Wont call out the name of the person who took care of us that evening but clearly this person was displeased by our presence and bothered. What was supposed to be an evening to catch up with a friend ended up being frustrating due to the service and treatment received. Rushed to order, our wine glasses were filled almost to the rim every time to make sure we finished our wine bottle, check was dropped on the table and paranoidly checked every 30s to see if we had put the card. Picked up our waters and utensils mid meal and conversation. Just avoid the place, you can find those wines and food somewhere else in The City.
  26. J

    Julia

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    So impressed with the food! One of the best dining experiences we had in San Francisco. Make sure to get the anchovy toast and the anchovy sundae.
  27. i

    indiandiner

    New York Area

    74 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    74 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    Local anchovies the star. Menu and wine choices otherwise limited. Negroni way too sweet
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    I have to say I‘m so disappointed , Lured to come by the anchovy toast post on they Instagram .They didn’t serve you anchovy toast as the dedicated one they made on Instagram ,only Simple version with baguette , Probably most of the time they do this ,less work,more quick , easy. Seafood stew not much juicy for side bread
  29. AE

    AbbyE

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, great service, good ambiance. Some dishes had really small portions, while others (like the prosciutto) were quite large. I’d suggest you ask your server so you know what to expect. But everything was delicious!
  30. HC

    HollyC

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    playful and fun dishes that are easy to share and pair great with their wonderful wine list, love love love!
  31. AB

    AnneB

    San Francisco

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food and wine are truly unique and delicious. The anchovy toast is not to be missed and we had a special dish uni avocado which was fantastic. The prosciutto is always great as are the dips.
  32. LS

    LeonardS

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    Some incredibly unique seafood dishes - lots of anchovies. Love or hate anchovies - this place serves them better and different than you’ll have ever tasted.
  33. SA

    StevenAndrea

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anchovy bar was perfect again. We ate outside- heat lamps make it super comfortable, in fact, we had to turn ours off it was so warm and well protected. Service was amazing, and the food was special as always. Add a wonderful and creative wine list and you have a great night out. Highly recommended.
  34. DS

    DebraS

    San Francisco

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love Anchovy Bar! Wonderful food and service …can’t say enough!
  35. ED

    EcemD

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, amazing hospitality. You can never go wrong with Anchovy Bar!
  36. ME

    MikeE

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    We had a great experience - delicious meal with very unique and fresh seafood flavors and attentive, knowledgeable and unobtrusive service. We sat outside so did not get to experience the cozy interior but look forward to that for future visits.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thanks for the amazing dinner and experience. You made our 10th anniversary dinner unforgettable <3
  38. M

    Melly

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    everything was absolutely incredible. Couldnt recommend this spot more!
  39. SF

    SFWineMK

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a bar pretty much in name only. The food is truly top notch, the wine selection is carefully selected to go with what is on offer, and the overall experience is excellent. Highly recommended!
  40. m

    mashika

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Unique food, great service. Try the anchovy toast. Delicious. Clams were perfect

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

The Anchovy Bar is rated 4.7 stars by 521 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 25 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for The Anchovy Bar

1740 O'Farrell Street, San Francisco, CA 94115-3522

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Fillmore Street

  • Neighborhood

    Western Addition

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Wine Bar, Oyster Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street parking is available throughout the day. The closest garage is the JapanTown Fillmore Street Annex Garage at 1670 Fillmore Street.

  • Public transit

    We are two blocks from the 38 and right around the corner from the 22.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Stuart Brioza

  • Additional

    Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Gender Neutral Restroom, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (415) 796-2710

  • Catering

    Please reach out to info&#64;theanchovybar.com to inquire about catering your event!

  • Private party facilities

    Please reach out to info@theanchovybar.com to inquire about private events!

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