The Progress

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Contemporary American
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.
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SU
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience
Staff
Food
Ambiance
Well deserved of a Michelin star

We will be back!!!!

TK
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food. Super fun and attentive staff. Was able to get seated quickly and the meal wasn’t rushed. Rad!

TS
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, amazing food, brilliant building & bar, highly recommended.

m
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing!!!! The kiwi salad with black truffle and dugeness crab was my favorite

k
Seattle
18 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food4service1ambience2

Service way too slow. Huge meat platter arrive last and about 30 minutes after everything else. Food was excellent but not a good flow. Also waiter recommended way too much food. The red Gamay was not good either and very expensive. I wish I’d stayed with my choice and not go with waiter recommendation.

d
New England
129 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very interesting dishes that combine ingredients in ways you have never tasted before. Some work; others don't. The menu is confusing at first as it runs from small snacks to huge meals for 2 to 6. After you figure out what to order, which is no mean feat, the dishes come as complete from the kitchen, no necessarily as you ordered.

The Service was a bit slow, although they have runners to bring the food to the table. We waited a long time for our wine to arrive, it showed up just in time for the courses. We would have liked to enjoy it a bit before hand.

And this place is very noisy, especially on a Saturday night with lots of big parties.

All in all. a nice experience overall, but not sure I'd return.

KS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience4

I found it appalling to be told by the maitre d' that we had until a certain time to eat because our table was needed.
Then the server started to bring out dishes at a very fast pace and when we asked her why we were rushed she said she was told we were on time constricted because the table was needed. Table for 2 where we spent around $300 and are given only an hour to eat?
I had made reservation a week before! It is almost insulting! Next time we should just drop our money at the entrance and leave.
It is extraordinary how pretentious and again insulting this is.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous..one of the best meals we’ve had in San Francisco in years!

EA
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The dishes were described, served and priced “family style,” but the portions were individual. The seasoning was off on several dishes, with jalapeno peppers served on a delicate fish. The service was very slow, they did not offer to help serve the whole fish, and we were misled about which dishes were gluten-free. Interesting, but I would never go back.

SC
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience. Food was delicious and the recommendations were on point.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food and ambiance was outstanding. It was a little off-putting to be notified when we would have to leave our table the moment we sat down.

c
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food and great service in a casual environment.

j
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our 40th anniversary there. The staff (host and servers) were fantastic and very friendly.

OT
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent from arrival to departure. Had a great custom drink, excellent food choices with phenomenal flavor and appearance. Many service personnel who were always serving and picking up and very attentive. Never had to ask for anything. Would recommend this to everyone and can’t wait to go back!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Eleanore is the best :)

j
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Love this place, always a great place for a special occasion or just a night out with friends. The menu is super vegetable and fresh heavy. It's a shame I couldn't try every cocktail, but all winners so far.

BR
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants I have ever been to. Service was really good.

SD
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place to have a high end meal, and staff was very friendly and informative regarding the menu. The food was fantastic. Unfortunately we had to rush, would have liked to savored the entire experience at a much slower pace.

JM
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My favorite restaurant in SF, which is saying a lot given the culinary talent in the city. Each dish is so well balanced with such unusual combinations of flavors. The restaurant is not pretentious, but the service is excellent.

R
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Radish was over dressed and crab dish was super oily but the staff was amazing!

S
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic experience. Food was excellent but not overpriced. Service was top notch. I will definitely be back!

C
San Francisco
67 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Our service was excellent. Our server suggested too many dishes. We almost felt pressured to order more than we wanted. However the choices and food were delicious.

TM
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An experience, not just eating, not just food.
A great level of care is shown by ALL staff to ensure you have a phenomenal experience.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great. We had a wonderful time. The portions for the platters are massive. More than enough for two people. We had - ghee cauliflower, Squab Liver Pasta and Five spice rack of lamb. Way too much food for two people :).

The server was very attentive and informed. Fun times

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Years Eve

JG
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good and innovative food. Price is fair for what you get, will definitely return.

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Across the board, everything was excellent. Sat at the bar and had impeccable service, no mistakes, and our bartender took note of the occasion that brought us there and really went above and beyond. Highly recommended.

J
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best meal of 2019! Exceptional food and flavours. Would highly recommend.

MD
New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Each dish was a symphony of flavors. There were no off notes; even the grilled bread with oil was outstanding

G
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience with flawless service and fantastic food.

D
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Inventive-food.-Good-drinks.-I-enjoyed-my-after-dinner-macchiato.-Portions-are-small-and-expensive.

RM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience3

It’s as simple as the food just not being very memorable. We ordered about 5 plates and the ribeye for two (non entree plates are small). Nothing stood out and the ribeye was poor; tough and not fatty. Worst ribeye I’ve had at a fine dining restaurant.

Drinks were good. Service was fine. Ambiance was great.

Much better restaurants in SF and NYC at this price point (~$300 was my bill for 2). I would advise against going.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The evening started spectacularly with Julia at the bar, and then even with random happy birthday greetings to our guest of the evening. Our only complaints were around the Somm (even with questions, she didn't give us any real information or tell us anything about the wines in question) and the timing of the full service (the order of the food was all wrong, dishes took entirely too long to deliver, and when served family style the dishes were just not enough food to feed our family—even after confirming that it would be enough).

The small complaints are manageable now that we know, they were just small bumps on an otherwise wonderful evening. And above all, the duck was absolutely incredible.

PA
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great tasting interesting food. Great service. Fun place. Definitely recommended.

NJ
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All round excellence from the team here.

We enjoy every moment and every morsel.

This is a well thought and executed menu - coupled with creative non alcoholic drinks and a fine wine list.

Excellent service all night - we felt special.

Highest recommendation in SF.

FE
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The food presentation was not very nice, like in a normal restaurant, not Michelin. Too noisy.

t
San Francisco
47 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The shared plates were excellent, as were the smaller vegetable platters. Our waiter was outstanding, he seemed to carefully watch our expressions to know when we were in need, but not overly so. Our only complaint: the seats were terribly uncomfortable. Otherwise, this is an outstanding choice for dinner!

t
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Food underwhelming. Felt like trying to be different for difference sake. Yeah you can eat it but nothing to write home about. That salad with grapefruit in it not working. And I eat ton of grapefruit. Didn't feel balanced. The ravioli was ok but could be beat by any decent Italian restaurant. And I eat every type of food, which includes unmentionable animals in other countries. Also "family style" for the prices you charge? Guess you can get people to think they're getting something, when it's less work for you, and the place does not feel like a family. I can go to most IHOPs and get genuinely friendlier wait staff. I've always wondered when you go to expensive restaurants if it's expected that you have pretentious waiters, like it goes with the prices or something. Our waiter didn't come around much to see what's up. Not bad service. Just not great. And beat by IHOP. I pretty much eat any type of food and easily pleased, but for your prices shouldn't you be blown away? Also the food not seasoned that aggressively, but I'll chalk that up to you're pretty white crowd for SF who prefer to walk on the mild side.

r
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sort of in our neighborhood. Our first time there. Loved the food and ambiance. A bit pricy bur we loved it.

M
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my wife to Progress for her birthday. We had eaten at their sister restaurant State Bird Provisions a couple years ago and wanted to give it a try. While we enjoyed State Bird Provisions, we liked Progress better. The food and service were excellent. What we enjoyed the most, however, was the environment seemed more approachable and casual than State Bird. Perhaps it was the hype of State Bird at the time, but we're not into pretense and it seemed like there was more pretense with State Bird (again going back a couple years).

As far as the food at Progress, we were very pleased with our order as listed below. It as just the right amount of food (could've maybe done one less dish), but they are small plates. Our waiter recommended we either do 5/6 small plates or 2 small plates and 1 large plate. We wanted to experience more variety so we went with the small plate approach and weren't "shy" about it as you can see :)
--hog island sweetwater oysters, yuzu-pickled local nori
--artichoke & taggiasca olive giardiniera, parmesan & anchovy
--grilled squid salad
--grilled local squid & citrus, ‘roman style’, taggiasca olives, fennel & yuzu aioli
--charred broccoli ‘chop chop’, purple nappa cabbage & delicata squash, sprouted lentils, chile tahini
--erbette chard & ricotta ravioli, chanterelles, walnuts & aged balsamico
--braised pork shoulder, jalapeño-refried yellow eye beans, persimmons & habanero-pumpkin salsa
--cocoa nib mint panna cotta, toasted coconut crunch, huckleberries
--josey baker red wheat doughnuts, eggnog ice cream, aprium bourbon preserves, milk chocolate

We also had a couple cocktails and wine (my wife the Rose and me the cab).

Overall, it was a very satisfying dining experience and we'd highly recommend it. I want to give a shout out to our server who didn't miss a beat and was very attentive to our every need. He also brought out a candle on our doughnuts dessert which was a nice touch.

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