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About The Progress
The sister restaurant to State Bird Provisions (right next door), The Progress is also the vision of chef-owners Stuart Brioza & Nicole Krasinski, but with a broader scope: a choose-your-own-adventure family-style menu that exemplifies contemporary, rustic California cooking.
Dinner features an à la carte menu, all designed to be served family style. The bar in front is open to walk-ins all night and features our full menu. An expansive and eclectic wine list as well as a carefully curated cocktail program round out the festive offerings.
San Francisco, CA 94115
Contemporary American, Californian
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
$50 and over
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
38, 38R, 22
Stuart Brioza & Nicole Krasinski
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Private Room, Wine
At this century-old theatre-turned-restaurant, you’ll enjoy family-style fare from Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski, the pair behind State Bird Provisions. With distinctive semi-private and private spaces, The Progress can host groups from 7 to 75.
The Progress Ratings and Reviews
Pricey, but worth it for a special occasion. Everything we had was over the top delicious. I had a mezcal cocktail and husband had a shot of frenette to start. Then we had the beet salad, octopus, and rabbit. We bought a fancy bottle of beer as well since it was the start of beer week. For dessert we had the peanut milk and the panna cotta. Plus a shot of espresso. Bill was $201. Atmosphere was just a touch above casual, not too fancy. Menus were paper and a little cheap looking but perhaps that's because they change it up and need to reprint often. Service was great. Very knowledgeable servers who explained every dish and beverage in detail and made great recommendations. Glasses were always filled with water and food came out quickly. Nice mix of jazz (not smooth), soul, and the occasional corny but fun tune (brick house) played in the background. Overall great choice for a night you want to splurge!
This place is a joke. I counted 1 brussels sprout on the "fried cauliflower and brussels sprout" dish. It was $18. I tried to eat the winter salad slowly as I counted a total of 3 slivers of oranges on the plate topped with a few sprinkles of microgreens. That dish was $15. The flavors were unimpressive for the lack of actual food that was on the plate. It just got worse from there. Then, to top it all off, they charged a $4/person mandate fee BEFORE taxes. I was even considering this location for an event I am planning and this dinner was an immediate decision NOT to have it at The Workshop. The last thing I want for an event is for my guests to leave hungry, or picking at pieces of greens from a plate.
The food was impeccable but the service, w multiple servers (I would say “aggressively”) asking if you’re finished with an item/need another drink, took some of the fun off the evening. Thinking about it, i can’t say I enjoyed myself - though the food was great!
The food is really good. However, not very sure about the cadence food been delivered. The
appetizer came slowly one by one. For more than an hour, we (a group of five) were having five small dishes one by one. The two main courses in big portion came in the last twenty minutes while we were already half full.
Five of us spent about $90 per person and were still hungry after dinner. We each literally only got a bite of each of the dishes we ordered, even when we ordered "double" servings. We went to Extreme Pizza after and had two slices for like $6...
Was so excited to try this place and wanted to love it. Restaurant itself is fine - surprisingly casual looking (lots of light wood). Waitress was awesome - she really knew her stuff and was friendly. Not pretentious at all. Food was disappointing. Tried a winter citrus salad - it was literally just slices of different oranges with a couple microgreens on top, cheese shavings, and was underdressed (not that the dressing was good). Beef short-rib ragout was undercooked (meat was tough) but the fried potatoes in it were delicious with a unique smoke flavor. Kimchi pork pierogi were good but not amazing. The only amazing dish we had was dessert- sticky toffee cake. The shared entree plates just didn't seem that interesting. Rabbit, rib eye, or duck.
Glad we tried it but it's Totally overrated, would never come back again.
We had a delightful server and enjoyed her recommendations. But most of all, we LOVED the roti. What amazing flavors!!! I wish it could be a regular on the menu - it would definitely keep us coming back. Exceptional octopus, very interesting Japanese salad, excellent smoked tuna salad, and the amazing sticky toffee dessert were all highlights.
Our server's recommendations for wine by the glass were also excellent.
Progress was delicious! We had been to State Bird (their sister company next door) and was really impressed. We had a movie date at the Kabuki Theatre across the street, so decided to try out the Progress. The food in incredible, it's a bit pricey - even for SF. For two people we enjoyed a half bottle of wine, and 4 items (veg/fish only) + dessert and our bill was $190 USD with tip. Just be ready for that about you'll do fine!
Food is not good and completely over priced, as is the wine- typical examples of an SF restaurant trying too hard to be hip. Weird flavors mixed together, entire entree covered with so many things you don’t even know what you are eating, barely able to finish the tiny portions given. Seemed like nothing more than pretentious dining with no substance. Service is attentive and good but would never go there again.
Brought my husband for date night. It was outstanding! Food, service and ambiance all delivered. Whether you have shared plates or the larger platters, the food is divine.
Best octopus I have ever had. Sommelier knew exactly which bottle of wine would suit our taste. Dining room manager checked in with us. Meal was leisurely but we never felt rushed despite the fact that the place was packed!
Would recommend this for any foodie visiting SF!
First visit to The Progress, and they lived up to the hype! Our dishes arrived, plated as art, and tasted as beautiful as they looked. The service was beyond excellent: there was a scheduling glitch in OpenTable that registered our party as 2 instead of 3, and the maitre d' graciously found a way to accommodate us on busy Thursday night. Top notch in every way, and we will return (with a correct reservation) soon!
Our meal was delectable, beautiful, and inventive. The drinks (and champagne) were divine. The presentation was gorgeous and the staff was professional and had answers/ suggestions for our every question. And the location is gorgeous. The one downside that the three of us noted was the speed of the meal. We felt a little rushed through all the courses, feeling like a little of the special-ness of the meal was lost because we didn't have time to savor each dish the way we'd like. We ordered and the food came out quickly and in droves. It didn't stop us from marveling over the food itself, but a slightly more relaxed experience might have been a bit more satisfying.
I have dined at Progress four times . Unfortunately this morst recent dinner was not to the level or experience of my previous three. There were items I loved that were no longer on the menu and the items they did have were good but not spectacular . It's no longer worth the price to go there .
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