AL's Place

4.6
1383 reviews
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Californian
Aaron London's new restaurant in the Mission, San Francisco. Northern California regional cuisine rooted in the produce and seafood of the Bay Area.

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The Infatuation
8.4

The plates at Al's Place in the Mission look like art, and taste pretty great too. "Best New Restaurant in the US 2015" ain't a bad calling card either.

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.
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J
New York Area
1 review
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Souper pour notre anniversaire de mariage, tout était parfait; service, ambiance et ... la nourriture sublime.

MERCI !!!!

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New Orleans
17 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's simply my favorite restaurant in SF. Keep coming back for more and never disappointed.

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LM
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Very warm, welcoming, playful vibe. Staff was outstanding, food delicious overall and spaced perfectly between courses. We opted for the family style, with some dishes excellent, some good. We will definitely come back.

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TS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Beautiful, interesting food served in a cozy atmosphere. The chef’s choice left us extremely full at the end.

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r
San Francisco
47 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were blown away by AL's Place. It was pretty loud, and table spacing a bit tight but from the first minute, all was well. tried the Family Style meal and a wine pairing. Had about 10 dishes, all well-sized and every one a flash of awesome flavors. Do not miss this spot.

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E
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoy the hanger steak which is well seasoned and perfectly cooked. All other dishes are made with fresh ingredients and very delicious.

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D
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A locavore’s delight, eat it & weep (that you can’t eat this way every night). Staff is delightful, organized, efficient & knowledgeable. Every bite of everything is as delicious as it could possibly be. A bit noisy but hearing your table mates above the buzz of folks happily being satiated is not a problem.

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SR
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 4ambience 2

This experience was very sad because the food was awesome and the food and beverage service was mostly excellent. But the overwhelming loud music and the staff who did nothing to mitigate the issue when asked not once but three times will insure we don’t return nor recommend it to our friends.

Our food server was excellent. The wine pairings were awesome. But the busser rushed us trying to clear plates before we were done. And for a restaurant of this caliber to be using chipped plates was simply wrong.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My experience at Al's place was refreshing especially the business of using one's fingers a time a two! A fun delicious time. Check it out!

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RM
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Al's Place was my wife and I's first Michellin Star restaraunt experience and it was amazing. The atmosphere was great, service was the best I've experienced in my life. The menu/food seems daunting at first if you're not used to dining in establishments with the caliber of ingredients and ingenuity however we did the Family Style and let the Chef pick for us which made the experience much easier to navigate and everything that came out was delicious!

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J
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

This was the 4th time I have been. This time the food didn’t pop as much. The curry was good but not great. The chawanmushi was good but not exciting. The best dish was the cucumbers. The service was not good. The hostess was barely friendly. The server at the beginning was ok and explained the menu and asked about dietary restrictions. Then a server came over 10 minutes later and did the same thing. That was just annoying. Then we around some snacks and she turned around at walked away. You know what was weird ( and stupid). No one ever offered us wine or drinks and we were all dying for a drink. I had to flag the server down to order a bottle of wine. Also. The first time i went to Al’s place I was offered a drink while I waited for my table and that was such a nice touch. And so smart for YOU guys. Bring that back.

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DW
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

We loved the food, and the individual servers are excellent. Our only negative was that the entire experience was very very rushed. As soon as you put down a glass or mostly empty bowl something sweeps in to take it without asking if you are done, or if they may take it. They brought everything at once also. As much as we loved the food the hyper pace really brought done the entire experience. I hate to rate the servers down as I am sure this is management policy, not theirs, and everything else was excellent.

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BA
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food quality and presentation. The service was great but came out a bit too fast. We would have liked it to be spaced out a little so we could enjoy each dish with out another showing up on top of it. Very loud music, great playlist however.

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BW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Al's Place. The food is so unique, and delicious. He comes up with food that leaves you wondering how he thinks of these combinations. The blistered squash dish was soooooooooooooooo good. It was our favorite!

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GM
Yosemite
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

I would not wish put my ears through that noise level very often.

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RR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

I love Al's Place-my favorite SF restaurant! Can't wait to return!

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OT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 1

The noise level was incredibly loud, all created by the music level of the restaurant! Then everyone had to shout including the service staff so the noise was ridiculous and unnecessary. The food was at times extraordinary and then at times not well thought out taste wise. The menu requires the staff to explain it which adds more work to the dinning effort. This dinning place could be fantastic for all if not for the noise level which is suppose to be for the "young crowd", and with a set up more thought through for the dinners as in the cheap chairs, tables, and sound dampening surround. Too bad, from talking to others about their experience, when most of the "young crowd" have passed through seems like everyone else will not come a second time.

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VR
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food. Inventive and well executed. Way too loud, both music and people. Sitting at a 4 top it was hard to talk to someone across the table.

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GG
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent service , salads were so yummy . Unique dressings and sauces made a salad greatly tasting better.

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R
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Incredible fusion of flavors

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S
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Too loud and server was annoyed by questions. However food is amazing and wine value is high to make up for service and noise.

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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KL
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazingly delicious. Everything was excellent - pickled fries, steak tartare, pasta w/ asparagus & pork belly. All excellent. Noise level a bit high on the Richter scale, but the music was good. Staff was very friendly & knowledgeable. All round a great meal. Thanks!

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F
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Delicious! One of the best restaurants in SF!

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San Francisco
108 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We noted special dietary requests in our reservation, and AL's place was ready and prepared for us. Every dish was delicious and unique. We were delighted with the entire experience.

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VP
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, food was incredible! Many vegetarians options!

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New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Very impersonal, no flavor to the food, orders mixed up. The dive bar across the street was so much better.
Cannot understand how it has a Michelin Star????

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S
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

This is my least favorite Michelin star dining experience. We went with the chef's choice menu, and regretted it. The main ingredients were potatoes and french fries. I'd only come back for a la carte dining so I can avoid the crappy selections. If you're vegetarian, this place is worth checking out, but stick to a la carte.

We dropped hundreds of dollars here and expected someone to refill our water at least once. The chairs are hard, and the tables are so close together that the waiter's butt will hit your table while he/she services the table next to you.

Also, every table gets it's own chef's menu. For example, the table next to us got a pasta dish and a beef tartare in addition to everything we got, even though they ordered the same tasting menu. I know this since our tables were so close that nothing was a secret.

Worst Michelin dining experience I've had.

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c
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. I can’t wait to go back!

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A
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We had a wonderful experience at Al's Place, it was my birthday and I loved being there. The food was creatively prepared, wine pairing and descriptions were wonderful. I hope to go back soon.

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K
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Whatever you do don’t be late. We were 15 minutes late which we called and let them know and we were shamed over the phone, shamed at the front desk, our waiter reminded us that we were late, and lastly the floor manager reminded us until we put our foot down. All unnecessary and ridiculous. Overall we had a great dinner though

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New Orleans
18 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always! Brought a friend visiting me from NYC who specifically wanted to try some of the best food and my favorites. Without hesitation I knew I needed to bring her here. It did not disappoint!

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SA
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

Pretty expensive for no good reason. Food is ok, repetitive, novelty is done.

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MB
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our dinner very much. You will not leave hungry, that is for sure.

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EA
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

The servers rushed us out so fast we could not enjoy the meal. Food is good but no surprising dishes. Would never come again.

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San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious, creative food.
Upbeat atmosphere.
Recommend highly.

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MC
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful birthday dinner at Al’s place. The salad was a real highlight. We had the family style with pairing. The vegetable focus in the cold dishes was amazing. Servers were attentive and incredibly friendly. All in all a wonderful experience.

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P
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Our first time at Al's place so we tried the family style with the wine pairing. Each course was unique and unlike anything we has eaten before. So creative approach to making food art for your senses!

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TK
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our second time at AL's place and just as amazing, in fact better in terms of energy, music, and smoothness of service compared to our first time 2 years ago. Absolutely LOVE this place.

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SG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Was an experience in unique food... but was it worth $125 for the tasting menu and two glasses of wine? Not quite sure. One dish which was one of the main dishes was not to my taste. Otherwise the other dishes and small dishes were unique and flavorful.

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