The Progress

4.7
959 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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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly unique and special food in a great setting.
Drinks and wine were also on point.
Highly recommended for a special night out.

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SG
London
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, with particularly great texture!

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

We had an amazing server who guided us through the evening. She was wonderful. The rolli was delicious! We ordered one too many plates and went home very satisfied.

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E
New England
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great meal at The Progress! Everything was incredibly well prepared and thoughtful, highlights included the squid ink cavatelli (one of the best pasta dishes ive had in awhile, very fine and thin noodles, super tasty) and the BBQ duck which was incredible. Thanks to Eunice and the team at The Progress! You all are killing it!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an amazing dinner celebrating an anniversary. The staff was very nice, welcoming, and answered all of our questions. We'll definitely be back, there's so much to try on the menu!

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MB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

OMG! Amazing food. Laid back atmosphere and service but still 5 star. Wonderful cocktails. Definitely coming back.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s a marvelous dinner to celebrate birthday. Ambiance is simple but elegant. The server was very experienced and made us feel at home. I loved the entree and small plates. The food were of highest quality. I’ll definitely come back for more.

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C
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic flavors, perfect service. Raw turnip and citrus fruit salad sounds dubious, but it's divine. These folks know what they're doing.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AMAZING FOOD. Amazing service, amazing venue. Just wow!

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent!

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Denver
5 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous service, food, wine list, the package!!!

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1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My experience dining at The Progress was excellent. From the dynamic menu that reflected the season’s ingredients to the service that never allowed my glass to be empty, I truly had a great dining experience. Not only would I recommend it to a friend, but I do expect that I'll be returning myself!

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WG
San Francisco
49 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Progress was fantastic - amazing food with so many small plates or large plates (3) to choose from. We enjoyed learning about the menu from the server and then checking off what we wanted. We got there a little early, which meant we could try a couple of the cocktails at the bar.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food/atmosphere/wait staff were all wonderful....we will be back.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing, top to bottom. Don’t skimp on the veggie centered dishes. The duck is something not of this world, in a good way. Well done y’all.

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GM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My friend and me had a wonderful farewell dinner . It should be a memorable dinner for him after five years working in United States and now he is returning back to Japan .

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SF
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a great time at The Progress. Came as a group for a work dinner and it was a great spot for us. Food was great for sharing and so tasty. Definitely would go back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal

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v
London
30 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great restaurant & with wonderful (if loud) atmosphere.

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OT
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently impressive!! Two years on and I chose the Progress again to catch-up with life-long friends. The first visit was overwhelmingly good, so it seemed like the obvious choice to recreate the experience with the same friends distanced between oceans; Canadian and Australian. Our second experience did not disappoint with every moment and interaction; from walking in the door to being seated at table to the delight of seeing every plate being delivered and explained being amazing. Every element was extremely enjoyable, a frisson experience. Perhaps the bill was a little more than we recall from the first time, however purely a fabulous memory that I hope to try a third time.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely time out with my love! Food was excellent!

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d
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

The Progress is always excellent. It would be nice if they changed the menu more often. It is expensive but unique. My group felt that the servicer was trying to upsale us. It was definitely not appropriate for an upscale restaurant like Progress.

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JM
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Huge fan! My go to spot for an awesome meal!

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f
San Francisco
46 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent and inventive food. Great evening, great service

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EC
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Stick to their salads. Verrryyyy salty entrees. Underwhelmed & Disappointed.

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J
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent evening, unfortunately the party next to us was very loud. Service was attentive, personable and not intrusive. As for the menu selections, the sturgeon was a stand out among all the items selected.

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C
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Menu was strange and had d to figure nd something to order

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r
San Francisco
47 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Restaurant that I have been to in years. Food was out of this world. Had the fried trout, the ham hock soup and the beat sturgeon plate. Truly a pleasure to die at

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MV
Edinburgh
5 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food here! The winter citrus salad and duck platter were both awesome!

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KB
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Personally, I would have preferred a little less going on on each plate. If I order quail eggs, I like to be able to SEE the quail eggs when the dish is served. Ditto the mackerel. We asked that our courses be served in a certain order. The wait person said they would "course" the food, but it wasn't the way we had desired. After our wine was initially poured, no one bothered to pour again. We did it ourselves. I'm not sure I understand the Michelin star.

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CL
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing, just amazing. Thoroughly impressed. My new favorite restaurant. Get the duck.

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

On the whole, it was a lovely dining experience and our waiter was fantastic. I have a few issues that do not change how much we enjoyed our time there but they are worth noting. The corkage charge of $30 is just out of line. We all ordered drinks and that should have mitigated that charge, as it often does at this quality of restaurant.

We loved our duck dish and it was frankly ethereal but the Fresh Cod had a very odd texture as we were all turned off by that a bit. The salad were inventive and lovely and everything else was very good. We would all go back!

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K
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service at The Progress were amazing.

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SG
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Food was quite bland. The crab didn't have any flavor and the pork shoulder was dry. The portions were small, and it took longer than it should have to serve the courses. By the time the last two plates were served, we were ready to leave. For all the hype and what it costs, it was a disappointing dining experience.

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JC
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just great food from the epitome of a truly creative couple of cooks/chefs
Staff cares about the food and the message and taking care of the guests
What a beautiful treat
Thank you Stuart, Nicole and your back up team

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DB
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated my husband's birthday and were not disappointed! We've been to The Progress several times now, and each time find the menu so interesting and creative, and always delicious no matter what we choose. The cocktails are stellar, the staff is always warm and welcoming and the service just right.
Thank you for a wonderful evening! We'll be back soon.

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MA
San Francisco
107 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All of dishes are so inspiring, and appropriately portioned. For glasses of wine and 1/2 bottle of wine, they bring bottles to table and pour from bottles. This way of service is what I always long for. Thank you very much!

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OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Lovely setting. Would not recommend if you are gluten free or not into crudo. I am 6 months pregnant and has to go for a second dinner after Progress. Not something I’ve ever had to do before.

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DJ
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an early 5:30 reservation and it took twice as long to get there. Despite being over 30 minutes late, the staff could not have been more gracious. Upon our arrival, we were greeted warmly and they set our expectations in an extremely professional manner that there was another reservation within two hours.

The food was delicious and nicely balanced. Dishes are served family style and came quickly without being rushed. We enjoyed the Brussels sprouts so much that we placed a second order for that.

I am looking forward to returning to The Progress!

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DB
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of my new favorite restaurants in the city. Great attentive service and amazing food served family style. Have the duck and lamb chops. Amazing!

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