The Progress

4.8
832 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

Private Dining

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.

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Specials

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 832 People Are Saying
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C
Seattle
58 reviews
Dined a day ago
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 2 days ago
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 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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MK
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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 4 days ago
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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Edinburgh
146 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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Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food probably only outdone by the service staff. Kudos, will be back.

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Cleveland
23 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had been waiting to try this restaurant for a long time, and it didn’t disappoint! The food and service were second to none. Would recommend any and every dish on the menu. Bring a group and an empty stomach because you will leave full

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m
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 1service 5ambience 5

Always amazing food and service. Such a wonderful experience. Can’t wait to go back again.

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BL
Los Angeles
37 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another wonderful meal at The Progress! From our greeting at the door, to service to the amazing food dinner could not have been better! Local seasonal ingredients with unique and intriguing flavors - everything was delicious!

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M
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

The place was well reviewed so had some high expectations but unfortunately the food was really salty and the high quality ingredients that I am sure they were using were overpowered by it. There were some interesting takes on dishes but overall the good service could not overcome the let down of the actual food.

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SR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food very unique and a fun atmosphere. Service is very good. A little noisy, but all in all a good experience.

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l
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly, knowledgeable service and delicious, innovative preparation and presentation made a meal that exceeded our high expectations. We selected from the exterior of the menu and everything was delicious.

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f
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is one of the few restaurants where, each time I go, I love everything I order. We've gone once in September and once in October and the menus were different. Nevertheless, we ordered what our waitress suggested and everything was dead spot-on. I can't recommend this place enough if you're looking to try some amazing combinations that just don't fail.

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MM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for our anniversary, and this was literally the best meal I've ever had, anywhere on earth. Insanely good food delivered via outstanding service in a cozy, fun atmosphere. Not cheap, but worth every penny.

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SH
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Our party of 5 came to The Progress for a celebration and the experience was great. Even though we were a few minutes late, our meal felt relaxed and well-paced. The food was absolutely indulgent and delicious, each dish seeming to top the previous one. My favorites were the duck plate, squid ink pasta, and roasted brussel sprouts!! All were so unique. Restaurant is pricy, but the food is well-worth it.

Ambiance is quite nice - we were up in a little balcony with a few other parties but it felt almost secluded. Evening was wonderful and I would highly recommend to anyone for a special meal out!

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EE
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was phenomenal. Unique, well complimented flavors with interesting presentation. Very friendly and attentive service as well. Will be back!

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KC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Progress delivered on its high reputation. The food is outstandingly creative and delicious. The charred pole beans, which sounded rather humble, was almost our favorite dish; spicy and smoky and green-tasting. We loved the calamari a la plancha and the abalone -- amazing. The servers were cordial but not intrusive, and the people delivering each plate made sure we understood the dish and how it was made. Fun, delicious drinks including their non-alcoholic Buddha's hand soda. Desserts were creative and tasty. A beautiful ambience and the leisurely pace completed the experience. Thank you, chefs and servers alike!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was impeccable!

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FS
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Well excecuted creative kitchen. Good vibes and great service! Keep it up!

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d
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an incredibly memorable experience. There was a woman on her laptop and when we commented on it, somebody asked her to close it. Amazing food, excellent service. We’ll be back!

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MR
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been here 4 times now and every time it has been stellar. I'm a fan and always bring my friends and family whenever there's a special occasion.

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F
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Innovative dishes. Interesting concept of shared apps, salads, sides with large protein plate, duck, lamb chops or pork near end of meal. It’s an example of why food, especially northern cal, is so unique, experimental & great. Btw just came from a week of eating in Paris

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J
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dinner at The Progress was one of our best ever meals. Service/server was great, knowledgeable and fun + expedient without being rushed. Each dish was beautifully presented and equally delicious, with wonderful and complex flavor profiles.
I had high expectations in anticipation of the restaurant and it surpassed them significantly. A true delight!

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G
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was absolutely incredible. Really thoughtful dishes that were equally tasty. I’m still thinking about the sturgeon caviar. Great part was that there was none of the pretentiousness that typically comes with farm-to-table food that is uniquely put together. Our server was lovely and so accommodating. The space was warm and welcoming and had none of the self-important attitude that so often comes with successful restaurants these days. Definitely will go back again and recommend to others!

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B
New York Area
73 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

outstanding. Very innovative menu. well executed. One of the best meals I have had this year.

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Charleston
14 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Service was fine and small plates came out quickly ~ then suddenly we waited FOREVER for the entre' platter. Apologetic once we started to ask why it was taking so long but it still took to LONG. We had the lamb platter which was good but everyone else who ordered it got their lamb like baby rack lollipops~we would have preferred that. The waitress said that the cuts vary depending on the time of night, not lovin' that reason.

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CB
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best ambiance in San Francisco. The food was creative and delicious. The ham roti should not be missed.

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a
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Fun San Francisco hipster scene. The Progress is family style. It was just two of us dining, we shared 6 side dishes, it was plenty. Our server was friendly and informative. The tables are packed together - but the place yields a good vibe. the cocktails are so yummy. The Sunny Jim was my favorite. We will likely go back, but this time with friends, so we can take advantage the larger share plates.

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AR
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious food and great drinks. Highly recommended!

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d
San Francisco
91 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Four of us for dinner. Decided to graze the menu and enjoy some good wines we had brought (corkage for 2 bottles is reasonable). Started with the potato/caviar dish. I don't like caviar and I loved this dish. Every one else too!. We then did the lettuce/blue cheese/"crunch" appetizer. Another wow all around. We then did two servings of the lamb tartare...one of the best I have ever had. Two servings of Brussel sprouts, roasted potatoes with poached egg, abalone and then finished with the duck. All AMAZING. We were probably enjoying this all too much...and there was a party waiting for our table. Many times...this has been where restaurants have gone wrong...but not here. Such class. They took us up stairs to the private room. Desert and after drinks on them. We were so impressed...we did some more wine after that as we were all having such a good time. Thank goodness for Uber. Highly recommend this place...and so does the rest of my party. We so enjoyed it...we bought the cook book.

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OT
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Creative, delicious, and wonderful. Especially the pig head charcuterie, which was done larb style.

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CS
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely birthday dinner. Service and food was impeccable!

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j
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

I thought the entree was not very good (rib eye) and overpriced. I did enjoy some of the small plates, especially the lamb tartare.

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Berlin
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is amazing! One of the best meals ever!

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S
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Food was good, but service was so rushed that it ruined the experience. The server started to clear our table halfway through most courses even though we were clearly not done (plates were half full)

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Tampa
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

I told the restaurant it was my wife’s birthday. They did absolutely nothing except for when we walked him we were asked whose birthday it was. Fail

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