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Al’s Place

1499 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110-3716
+1 415-565-9661
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  • Excellent64%
  • Very good20%
  • Average10%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1499 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110-3716
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Reviewed September 21, 2015

We were fortunate to secure reservations before this restaurant was voted the best restaurant by Bon appetite. Portion sizes are small so the four of us ordered nine dishes including desserts. We started with raw radishes, moved to cured trout, chick peas, lettuce cups but...More

Thank dragonfly129
Reviewed September 6, 2015

I am aware this is currently highly rated. The reason for my average rating is the amount of the food for the price -- and I am not a heavy eater -- and the concept, of ordering vegetable dishes separately from meat or fish, which...More

Thank WA2200
Reviewed September 3, 2015

We enjoyed our meal at Al's Place. We saw many of the same things that made us love Ubuntu (beautiful plates, attention to the vegetables). But this menu is very different, no longer a vegetarian's dream. Since we aren't vegetarian, we were just fine there....More

Thank AnitaMW
Reviewed September 3, 2015

This restaurant was voted the best in san fran by bon appetit 2 weeks ago. I was lucky to get a reservation. they do take walkins who queue up around 5. It was really fun. Quiet because of tables and sound absorbers on ceiling. The...More

Thank cheryl t
Reviewed August 21, 2015

Overall, this is a restaurant gem. I wanted to order virtually everything on the menu, and am eager to go back and try the things I missed. The overall look and feel is light and whimsical, with acqua painted floors, white walls, glossy plywood tables...More

1  Thank ajwsf
Reviewed August 18, 2015

Not only did we have a great and diverse meal, while waiting for the restroom and standing by the pass, the chef asked us how we enjoyed the meal - not a general question, he asked us specifically about the meal we had - he...More

Thank Bill S
Reviewed June 30, 2015

I'm honestly quite hard to impress with food. Coming from NYC I have had my fair share of good meals. I can honestly say this was one of the best meals I have ever had. Highlights were the grits and brisket. However order as much...More

1  Thank Joel S
Reviewed May 11, 2015

Really fun platings with fresh vegetables/ingredients that make flavors sing and textures pop but prices really don't justify what they are serving. Radishes with kraut butter is good...but not outstanding. The salad with avocado mousse was really nice and you can't go wrong with asparagus...More

2  Thank sparty76
Reviewed March 9, 2015

AL's place just opened a few weeks ago and we have already been there twice. The food is delicious and creative. Lot's of interesting combinations and everything we tried was so tasty! Service was warm and friendly and we had a great meal both times...More

Thank Travelnut1022
Reviewed February 18, 2015

Seldom am I excited from eating in a restaurant, but Al's Place did just that. I wanted to try everything on the menu. And everything is meant to be shared, means more stuff to try. We had the brine fermented fries with smoked apple sauce....More

1  Thank Wannabeacook
Mission District
From burritos to bicyclists, the Mission is the
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attractions, an independent arts community, sumptuous
street murals and a high density of bars and cafes
make this neighborhood a magnet for young people.
While terrific inexpensive food is abundant, its
top-of-the-line restaurants now compete with the
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine, Special occasions
Open Hours
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
5:30 PM - 11:00 PM
5:30 PM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1499 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110-3716
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Mission District
  • Neighborhood: Mission District
  • Phone Number: +1 415-565-9661
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