The Progress

4.7
902 reviews
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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.

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.
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Austin
18 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Food was generally great with the exception of the abalone which was overcooked and miniscule.
Server was harried and she had some attitude. Back waiter stepped up to help with wine service without much knowledge.
An overall excellent culinary experience was marred by unprofessional staff.

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London
31 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Firstly, the service was outstanding. The staff were knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. The interior was also beautiful. The food, taste and flavors were knock out. Some plates were a small though. The duck sharing plate was delicious!

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PW
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was excellent. Cocktails were also very nice. Service was very friendly and courteous, but it took a bit longer than it should have for our last course to arrive. Noise level was somewhat loud but not too bad.

Overall good experience, with emphasis on how good the food and drinks were.

Dinner for two, with drinks but no dessert, cost us $155 all in (including tax and tip).

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G
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and wine were amazing, as was our wait staff

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Z
Cincinnati
28 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this place. Great food, great service. All food was Great but the squid ink pasta was an absolute standout.

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Some of the best food I’ve ever had.

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b
San Francisco
62 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 5ambience 1

Pros:
Excellent food
Great service

Cons:
No valet on a day where we had the women’s march not a great experience
Diners crammed in like a rush hour BART train
Poor wine selection

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Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a really nice meal for my husband’s birthday at the progress. The ambiance was comfortable. The food was really tasty and innovative. Great flavors, wine list, and cocktails! Will be back!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

The service was VERY slow. We had 45 minute gaps where we would have no service. We were dining with a 2-year old and this was very difficult for us. Way too slow.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

World class. Thanks to chef and the rest of the crew!

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

My wife and I went here as a first night out after being enclosed with our newborn for 6 weeks. We had an amazing meal. The rib eye was seasoned and cooked perfectly. The mashed potatoes were a must with them and together they made us melt into our chairs with satisfaction. We also ordered the roti with truffles, the Brussels sprouts, and the pork shoulder. Our waiter, Sophie, was also great. She encouraged our celebration. We topped it off with the chocolate cake and the 20 year tawny port. Back to the grind!

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t
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The only downside was the noise level. My guest and I could barely hear one another. The decibel level was 84. Any way to get things quieter?
The food and service were super!

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, great service, warm setting. We'll be back!

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MG
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about this place was magical.

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BL
Los Angeles
41 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal at The Progress! The duck platter was so delicious, the brussels sprout dish was the best brussels sprout dish I've ever had and the hot toddy panna cotta was amazing! Will be back again - every time the menu is a little different and every meal so far has been A+

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MC
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic! Food, service, everything was wonderful. One of top dining experiences I have had in San Francisco!

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P
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I booked this restaurant for my boss and after he's been there he emailed me directly that he was so happy with my choice! Food and atmosphere all good!

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here for my birthday and was such a great choice! We shared a bunch of amazing bites, great wine, great cocktails and the ambiance is the best in the city!

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LL
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 2ambience 3

Heard really good things about this place before, but unfortunately the food was highly disappointing. Out of the 7-8 different meals we tried only one hit the standards of what you’d expect from a Michelin starred restaurant.

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HW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was truly original food, beautifully presented. Although it was the popular plate sharing, the waiter helped us organize a wonderful meal.

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ZM
Wales
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great ambience and excellent food. Service could be improved but cocktail list more than made up for this. Great meal

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OT
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent evening! Attention to detail all around and an upbeat staff very welcoming. Cocktails to start were excellent, we even ordered a few rounds. Service was much better than the usual per the city which was refreshing. Server described the menu and specials very well and took care to course out the meal giving us proper time to enjoy it at our leisure without feeling rushed. Definitely a place to revisit regularly.

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BR
New England
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible New Year’s Eve at the bar! Friendly service and perfect pacing. Some of the best food we have had. Creative, diverse and many vegetarian options.

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C
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great, perfect evening. Hardly worth complaining about but when we were seated, we saw that there were two open booths that we would have preferred. We asked the maitre d' if we could have a booth, and she just ignored us. Let the booths just sit there empty for about ten minutes, and then seated others there. Seemed a little bit rude, no biggie, though. Only other thing that is a little bit off is that they recommend for a party of 4 to have one main entree, and 4 or 5 small plates. So we did that, but the small plates are really small, and they came one by one. Each small plate has two maybe three bites for each person. So you get two bites of food, then wait about 10 minutes for another two or three bites. By the time you get to the third small plate, and you've had a couple of drinks, it's not so bad, but it would be better to bring a couple of these small plates at the same time.

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HF
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Service was attentive and excellent. Every dish was exquisite in taste.

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TD
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an early reservation and the mayhem outside of state bird provisions had me a little concerned. We got right in and had a great table in a quiet corner. It’s a zoo outside at 5:30!

The cocktails were delicious and well-conceived. The family-style dining was fine for two but I can imagine it would be amazing with a bigger party. We had the pork chop special which was fantastic. The sides were all on point. Dessert was great. Only disappointment was an Americano instead of a cup of coffee, I’d have just ordered an espresso instead.

Excellent service, great food.

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m
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

It’s alright... been a few times... super small plates and relatively expensive... you feel like you should get a little more... and deserts suck...

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j
Los Angeles
132 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Progress is a gem. Spectacular service from the greeting through the departure. Shared plates are outstanding, varied, unique, well prepared and tasteful. While most are small plates, the main platters are substantial....though you can make a meal from all the smaller plates. A must go to restaurant and one we’ll return to again and again. Again the staff is well trained and exceptionally stunned to patrons needs and requests...even if you have to send a cocktail back once in a while.

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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really good food, quite expensive though (but was expected).

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AA
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

State Bird Provisions is a lot better. Menu here was very limited and food was very underwhelming. Not worth the price.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

For a high end restaurant, we were disappointed with the waitstaff as they seemed to have a “abrupt” attitude. We were told immediately that we did not order enough food even though that included seven appetizers and an entree. We told our server that we would order more food later (which we did) but that seemed to just add to the negative attitude.
Bottom line... the food was good but the waitstaff will prevent us from a return visit.

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j
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Creative, delicious, and fun dishes. Almost all dishes were memorable and wonderfully tasty. Service was friendly, attentive, and casual. A hair pricey, but well worth the money.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 2

We had 4 dishes mostly veggies and 3 were not good. The only good dish was the squid ink pasta. We also had 2 dessert dishes and only one was good. Not extrodinary, just good. For the price, this restaurant’s food is a one star. I would not recommmend.

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ED
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Great ambience and service but we were disappointed with the food. The cavatelli al ragu pasta was excellent but the lamb tartare was almost bland, the kimchi tempura was tasteless, and the veal piccata had no crunch and the oil was borderline rancid. For that price range we had higher expectations.

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b
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent, inventive food, well worthy of its Michelin star. Service was extremely professional and friendly.

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SB
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was innovative yet approachable. Very good service augmented the excellent food and wine offerings.

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OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good food, nice environment

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RH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After several visits, this restaurant never fails to please with food, service,
and ambiance. One of my favorite, if not THE favorite place to eat in the city.

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New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fantastic

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