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Al's Place

Al's Place

(Now Closed)
New American Restaurant$$$$
Mission District, San Francisco
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  • Eater
    EaterApril 12, 2016
    The cocktail menu from Alex Phillips skews towards stirred cocktails using vermouth, sherries and amari. French and Italian wines, Belgian beers and housemade sodas round out the beverage selection. Read more
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    EaterApril 12, 2016
    It's a hefty tasting menu that won't leave you feeling hungry (or overly indulgent); they've got a robust loophole cocktail program and solid wine list as well. Read more
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    EmmaNovember 27, 2016
    Great atmosphere, great service (sit at the bar) and the food is delicious. I would recommend the peach and burrata salad! We haven't tried the deserts but they looked amazing!
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    Arthur EsqueOctober 6, 2017
    Love this place. The tasting menu was divine, service excellent, and great wine. Vegetables rule the menu, but embrace it because they are dope! (There is meat though!)
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    Laurea de OcampoJuly 31, 2015
    Go here with 3-4 people and get the family style tasting menu! It is a good way to taste whatever is freshest and best that day. Very good value for the quality of the food, plating and portions.
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    Amelia ManiMarch 10, 2017
    Of course it is pricey but we loved it! The chef's menu was the perfect choice (it is a fair bit of food, have a light lunch if you're going to do it). The wine prices was surprisingly reasonable.
  • PureWow
    PureWowAugust 16, 2016
    The "candy bar" is an inventive version of a PayDay: a warm chocolate brownie, gooey caramel and crunchy peanuts topped with creamy peanut butter ice cream. You’ll never look at candy bars the same. Read more
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    Jonathan EatherlyFebruary 8, 2015
    The tonarelli and sunchoke curry were standout hits. Close behind were the brassicas and turnips. Al's Place has beautiful presentation and ambitious selections of flavors. Expect big things coming.
  • PureWow
    PureWowApril 23, 2015
    Pedigreed chef Aaron London (Ubuntu, Locanda) serves up a pescetarian-focused menu, including fresh Dungeness crab and fettuccine with sunchokes, quince oil and sturgeon caviar. Read more
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    Nipun SachdevJanuary 13, 2018
    Al's Place lives up to the hype - Brine Pickled Fries, Chickpeas a la Catalan, Trout + Crispy Potato, Black Lime Cod drenched in Sunchoke Curry.
  • Lucille F.heart icon on user image
    Lucille FisherJanuary 24, 2017
    Very hip crowd, delicious innovative vegetarian cuisine. The cooking reminded me of Girl & the Goat in Chicago with its adventurous use of ingredients, condiments & spices.
  • Agatha Y.heart icon on user image
    Agatha YuAugust 19, 2016
    Friendly staff and beautiful space. Try out their chef's menu if it's your first time and never skip their dessert 👍🏻
  • Jole P.heart icon on user image
    Jole PDecember 24, 2015
    Delicious and innovative dishes. On the pricier side but if you want to venture out and try things, get the chefs prefix menu!
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    olivier PEYREOctober 13, 2017
    Vegetarian food can be super exciting. Voted one of the Top 5 new restaurants in America by Bon Appetite in 2016 I believe. They always look full but you can get a table around 9PM pretty easily.
  • Amanda S.heart icon on user image
    Amanda SchneiderMarch 6, 2016
    Believe the hype. Tasting menu and make sure not to miss the lightly cured trout, grits, campanelle, and burrata. Avoid the cocktail menu (but the wine options are great).
  • Vihang M.heart icon on user image
    Vihang MehtaMarch 8, 2019
    Loving this wave of restaurants that focus on vegetables. Opted for a family style menu, loved all the cold dishes and snackables. The warm dishes were good but not memorable.
  • Jon B.heart icon on user image
    Jon B.September 3, 2017
    Another excellent family-style restaurant, with a menu featuring seasonally inspired dishes. Fun atmosphere, and impeccable service.
  • Yotam T.heart icon on user image
    Yotam TroimJuly 8, 2015
    A great restaurant with such a great variety of vegetarian dishes. However I wouldn't call this restaurant cheap as the dishes are quite small so you end up ordering about three dishes per person.
  • Linda Y.heart icon on user image
    Linda YangJuly 30, 2017
    Creative and surprisingly satisfying vegetable-focused dishes with seasonal ingredients. Tasting menu was delicious!
  • Alex P.heart icon on user image
    Alex PriestJuly 29, 2017
    Even better than I remembered. The steak (off menu) is unbelievable. Lettuce cups are not to be missed. Ditto for pickle fries. Basically just eat everything.
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    HanahMarch 19, 2016
    Share the dishes family style and be sure to get the pickled fries
  • Chloe C.heart icon on user image
    Chloe CondonMarch 11, 2016
    Lemon tart and curry dish were 2 of the best foods I have ever eaten in my life. This place is probably top 5 meals ever for me.
  • J K.
    J KApril 27, 2017
    2016Chron100: Specialties: French fries made from fermented potatoes; seasonal vegetable curry w black lime-marinated cod; grits w goat milk curds&seasonal vege; “Payday” brownie w peanuts&caramel
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    RachelOctober 12, 2015
    Majorly hyped and almost lives up to it. The menu is fairly original and the service is warm, though buckling under the strain of the Place's popularity. Definitely hipster - I counted three man-buns.
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    Jon LawsOctober 5, 2015
    Cozy and lively atmosphere. Small plates perfect for sharing and tasting a little bit of everything. Didn't try anything I didn't absolutely love.
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    Kait GaissMay 12, 2016
    Won Best New Restaurant of 2015. Doing great and inventive things with vegetables and seafood, but you can still order meat as a side dish.
  • SFGate
    SFGateMarch 18, 2015
    The fermented potato fries have a crisp exterior and a firm, intensely flavored interior; they're served with smoked apple sauce. Read more
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    steenApril 9, 2018
    Reverse steakhouse where the vegetables are the star of the show and meat is just a side. Go family style!
  • Simon T.heart icon on user image
    Simon TanMay 25, 2017
    The fries are quite unique. Dessert is also surprising. Lots of greens from their garden out back.
  • Sarpheart icon on user image
    SarpSeptember 23, 2017
    Amazing food. Just amazing. Vegetarian heavy dinners and you won’t even notice that.
  • Omer Z.heart icon on user image
    Omer ZachJune 19, 2015
    Solid and surprisingly affordable. The menu is centered around vegetables and subtle seafood.
  • Jen C.heart icon on user image
    Jen CorreiaJune 23, 2017
    Everything they have to offer is an amazing experience for your tastebuds
  • Yaron Z.heart icon on user image
    Yaron Zakai-OrJune 4, 2016
    Take the "family style" tasting menu. The wine pairing is very, very interesting. Serving obscure varietals from rare regions.
  • Aditi M.heart icon on user image
    Aditi MishraJanuary 7, 2017
    Their menu is seasonal but the coconut curry we had in the summer was incredible!
  • Danielle P.heart icon on user image
    Danielle PJanuary 25, 2016
    Great atmosphere and yummy prefix menu. Only complaint is that it's a little pricey and they add a ton of sauce to stuff
  • Brandon M.heart icon on user image
    Brandon M.April 16, 2019
    the music here is always banging & perfectly curated. the green pea curry is off the charts
  • Edwin S.heart icon on user image
    Edwin StanleyNovember 11, 2018
    Great food. But a bit pricy. A $$$ rating would be more fitting.
  • Iris N.
    Iris NgNovember 2, 2015
    French fries with smoked applesauce dip! On the SF 7x7 must eat before you die list!
  • Eater
    EaterMarch 16, 2016
    They've got a robust loophole cocktail program and solid wine list Read more
  • Rob A.heart icon on user image
    Rob AtkinsonSeptember 17, 2017
    Great service and cool space. Don't get me wrong, the food was good (and, to their credit, actually quite reasonable), but not memorable
  • Sophyan J.heart icon on user image
    Sophyan JulioApril 26, 2015
    Innovative fusion seafood! No hard liquor license when we joined for dinner. Skip the martini mixed drinks.
  • Sydney M.heart icon on user image
    Sydney MFebruary 24, 2018
    Get the yellow wax bean stew and smoked trout. The drinks are a little strange and difficult to drunk as they don’t have a proper liquor license
  • Josh Y.heart icon on user image
    Josh YJuly 7, 2022
    I can tell that the chef is very creative and pays attention to details from the presentation to the combination of the food. Everything is tasty but not impressive. I’d expect something more for ⭐️.
  • Nico P.heart icon on user image
    Nico PitneyFebruary 11, 2015
    "Veg and seafood-centric spot from the James Beard Award nominated chef behind Napa's 'groundbreaking' vegetarian restaurant Ubuntu."
  • David W.heart icon on user image
    David WMarch 24, 2017
    Get the family style fixed price menu! Delicious and imaginative food and drinks!
  • Louise P.heart icon on user image
    Louise PlqvtMarch 2, 2017
    Delicious and delicate food, a bit expensive and crowded but really good food.
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    Rj SanjoseMay 30, 2016
    When you go to the bathroom, take one moment and have a little dance party by yourself. No shame, just dance it out! The music is on point and sometimes you need to dance like no one is watching. 💃🏽
  • Paull Y.heart icon on user image
    Paull YoungOctober 14, 2017
    Definitely worth doing the tasting menu - so many yummy veggies
  • Elena R.heart icon on user image
    Elena RishesJune 19, 2018
    The food is inventive and delicious
  • Valentina M.heart icon on user image
    Valentina MonteOctober 13, 2016
    Pear curry was out of this world
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