The Progress

4.7
863 reviews
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$50 and over
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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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Californian
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Hours of operation
Dinner:
Sunday - Thursday, 5:30pm - 10:00pm
Friday - Saturday, 5:30pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(415) 673-1294
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Stuart Brioza & Nicole Krasinski
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Geary Blvd.
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Public transit
38, 38R, 22
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Private Room, Wine
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New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

We're excited to offer our fabulous a la carte menu with some special New Year's Eve additions as well. Due to the special nature of the evening, we ask for 5 days cancellation notice, please. We look forward to celebrating with you!

Monday, December 31, 2018

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
8.5

The Progress, on Fillmore, is a great time and a good scene, with excellent food.

Ratings 8.0-8.5:The best way to think about restaurants in the low to mid 8′s is that these are the places you would absolutely go back to, anytime. These restaurants are ones that you want to bring a friend to, just so they can also experience the duck carnitas, or burger, or whatever dish the place is known for.
What 863 People Are Saying
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New York Area
13 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, neat atmosphere, servers have a nice personality.

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Denver
16 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The Progress exceeded expectations. We had a group of 6 so were able to try 18 items off the menu. There was not a single item that wasn't delicious and inventive. The menu is extremely well balanced with several veggie, seafood, and meat options. I'd love to return next time I'm in SF!

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KM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Unique, creative vegetable dishes. Amazing flavors. Best duck we've ever had.

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C
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always amazing!

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OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and incredible service.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

High quality food, impeccable staff.

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DO
Greensboro
8 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our server was wonderful! She had great suggestions. Our meal was delicious. Drinks were inventive and wine list extensive. A great experience all the way around!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Most pleasant experience all the way around and can’t wait to be back!

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PB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Some of the most interesting food and beautifully prepared. The service is good but on 2 occasions they were not engaged on how long we had to dine.

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g
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was exceptional. Wine was expensive but the cocktails were amazing. Would definately recommend.

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M
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food with the exception of the dessert which was poor . Great sharing experience .

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L
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food and service great, but had to almost shout to be able to be heard!!

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E
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

With the emphasis on family style with this menu, I thought it would be perfect for a family celebration that was both upscale but yet comforting (sharing is caring, right?)

Unfortunately, the portions were nothing close to sharable and quickly we had to turn the reality of what was happening into a joke because with six of us, there was barely a bite of each dish to go around.

"Hope you enjoyed your quarter of a Brussel Sprout" - we were both laughing at the situation but also crying from hunger and frustration. We started frantically checking if our local burger place would still be open when we got back.

Yes, we could have ordered more of each dish, but by the time we figured that out - the food, albeit most of it tasty*, had terrible value and we didn't want to give more money than the 12 dishes we had already ordered.

The pacing of the meal was also weird, we had our plates changed three times although they were barely dirty each round having only seen a morsel - the aforementioned Brussel Sprouts weren't brought out with the mains as a side, they were brought out between the salads and the mains - odd in my experience.

*The 32oz bone-in rib eye was the most expensive thing on the menu and we were hoping it would save us from starvation. There was an unusually long pause before it came out (see above awkward pacing) - but when it finally got to the table, the meat was WAY under-seasoned and the miso sauce which was intended to be the seasoning was really just an odd pairing that didn't really jibe.

We honestly couldn't wait for the meal to end and to leave which was really sad. I apologized to everyone for choosing this place - I was hoping for more of a combo of ad hoc with State Bird and this fell way short.

Maybe this place is good for a party of 2 to eat family style? I think it needs serious parameters to be a good experience.

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p
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

was a bit disappointed, due to the fact that this was a 1-star michelin restaurant. don't get me wrong, the food was really good and high quality, but in my opinion, some of the dishes were a bit of a miss, some of the dishes were really small, and it was that inconsistency that made me feel it didn't live up to the 1-star rating. add to that the cost, and i just don't think it was a good value.

> so the caviar dish -- way too small, taste was not special in any way.
> brussel sprouts dish -- again, way too small, and you can find similar if not better representations, elsewhere
> salad -- good, but puny. it's supposed to be a dish to share, but we were scrapping for individual leaves.
> dessert -- just weren't that memorable.
> manhattan -- again, puny. served in a really small, non-manhattan style glass.

of course, the interior decor is beautiful, the service was just fine.

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JW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Overall a nice dining experience in a modern, trendy and vibrant environment. Wait staff was strong and engaged. We ordered 8 items and 5-6 of them really hit the mark for flavor and creativity. If the portions had been smaller I would have reviewed the experience poorly given the exorbitant prices but we did leave feeling satisfied and pleased with the creativity and new flavor experiences. The cocktails and wine list was very good. It is clearly a quality venue but be prepared to drop some serious $$ on a date or night out with friends.

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AR
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

I was so looking forward to come to this place! Read all, consistently great reviews. Finally we did!
Wonderful, elaborate up to the season menu selection! Everything tasted amazing! Visually, as well, dishes were presented as work of art!
Service was great! Informative and knowledgeable waiter was pleasant and patient up until....
we were not planning to leave at 7:45 (reservation was at 5:30) I guess it's expected for people to be satisfied and leave after 2+ hour meal. We were told we have to pay and leave as people were waiting for a table that we were at.
This is wrong!!!! By all means of hospitality and the concept of the restaurant/meal/drinks + social enjoyment!
We were ordering more food, wine, etc and yet again we were asked to wrap it up and leave!
I do think I'll be back to explore more on the menu but restaurant management should make some adjustments and maybe add additional table just for those that love it and despite their 5:30 seating want to stay pass 8 pm, when there is another seating is planned.
Again compliments to everyone in the kitchen for preparing an amazing meal!

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A
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I eat out A LOT and this was one of my best meals ever.

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OT
Miami
51 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Much to do about nothing
Overhyped mediocre food and some attitude at the door

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AR
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We wanted a great meal w/ excellent service and got both.

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K
Houston
14 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I took my team and our clients here for dinner while visiting SF from Texas. We all continued to talk about the great food for the remainder of the trip! Everything was delicious - the waiter did a great job recommending a good number of dishes to feed our party of 6 and we all left satisfied but not stuffed.

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J
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 1

Will never eat here again. Worst Michelin experience due to extremely rude service. Ruined my friends’ birthday dinner.

Took 2 friends for their birthday here. We were excited bcs it came highly recommended. One of my friends is vegan, and despite asking the waiter very nicely for options, he was brusque and dismissive. She was told she had maybe 3 choices on the menu that could be made vegan, and we asked nicely if he could ask the chef to see if anything could be made and he almost got angry and said no. The waiter shift changed, and we were relieved ... until the next waitress who barely concealed her disdain and “I couldn’t care less” attitude. I asked for the manager who wasn’t there, so the only nice waiter in the room (I think his name was Spencer) went to see if he could do something to fix the situation ... they gave us the tiniest dessert - one small ice cream w fruits for the two of them. Even the sommelier was rude — I asked her to ask my friend for her taste, bcs she loves a certain type of wine, and the som just ignored my request and started suggesting wines she liked. I’ve never had this happen to me.

I realize the food industry is tough, but we were being polite and this was beyond the pale in bad service.

Such a shame bcs the food was excellent. But there are many more excellent places in SF, without the rude attitude.

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KK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Creative, loved sharing dishes. Friendly, excellent service. Always inspired by a restaurant when the next day I find myself analyzing the menu for what I want next time.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal. Everything about the Progress is great from the food to the service and the ambiance. One of my favorite places for a really good meal in a non-pretentious setting.

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Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

In SF for 5 days only so selected our dining choices with care. The Progress hit it out of the park from the moment we walked in. Straight to a great table with even better service and the food ... ethereal. Trout salad? Our server talked it up so we ordered (something I would prob not do on my own) a-m-a-z-I-n-g. Things just got even better after that. And the best? You leave feeling satisfied not stuffed.

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San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Overrated. High expectations, but portions indicated for sharing, were far too small to share. Did not expect huge quantity, but when quantities are small, I expect flavor and creativity. Just wasn’t there.

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AW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Overpriced

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NO
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 2

It was a nice spot in a good area. Atmosphere was very comfortable. The tables were a bit cramped and the decor a bit too hipster. Service was nice to start; but as the meal got on, we were not attended to well.

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OT
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Every dish, save for the dessert, was outstanding.
The service however was unfortunately pretentious and callous. Our waitress was pleasant but seemed a bit judgmental when we didn’t order larger menu items - we had just driven 11 hrs that day and didn’t have the largest appetites and i think our experience suffered because of it.
I would not return again, but do not regret the wonderful pieces chef had crafted. It’s a shame they were dampened by front of house.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The food is incredible! Unfortunately the timing wasn't. Had a dinner reservation at 8pm and checked in around 7:55pm but wasn't seated until about 8:30pm.

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NL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We came to The Progress very often. Food is so delicious as always. Service is good but not great this time.

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C
Seattle
60 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice presentation and interesting combinations of foods. Very expensive! Definitely not the usual dining experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time dining here and our palate was just blown away. We had a late reservation and they let us stay until 11:30pm and still provided 5 star service till the very end.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious, beautiful, creative food in a lovely setting. Fantastique!

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MK
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals of our lives! It was a spectacular evening. A must in SF.

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g
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 3ambience 4

I think we happened to have an aberrant experience because all the reviews are so positive and other diners near us seemed to really enjoy their experience there but we weren't a fan of most of the food we ordered. the tempura beans were delicious and unique but rest of the items we tried was kind of unexciting. also portions were ridiculously small for the price. I get that it's SF but I like to feel like im getting something for my money. the management though was extremely impressive. we gave them some feedback about our experience and they were professional, kind and accommodating. I think with that type of management they will improve the experience and this restaurant will become excellent.

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g
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For a first timer from L.A., The Progress really left a huge impression on me. Talk about flavor... Hugh, the server, was amazing. Extremely attentive and made some very good recommendations with the drinks. Whenever I'm in the Bay area I'll definitely come back.

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PL
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

Decent food. The worst service I have ever had. Asked for menu suggestions, our server told us to read the menu as it speaks for itself. Would not return.

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CF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was incredible, and the service excellent as well! My girlfriend said she felt high from the food!

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O
Edinburgh
149 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

the food was so interesting and we were hard pressed to describe the style. the boquerones were absolutely freshest we’ve ever had and the sauce of creme fraiche and basil was excellent. the Croatian wine was a great match with this dish. the lamb tartare was also so different from what we have ever had. the raisins were a very nice flavor accent in this savory dish. Squid a la plancha was perfectly cooked and delicious.

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BH
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 2

Interesting food, but strangely set up - mainly plates to share and a few giant platters. Food very variable - some great, some huh? But extremely noisy - lots of loud parties, everyone shouting. Not a great experience.

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