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“Red bricks for the win”
Review of Anchor and Hope

Anchor and Hope
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Ranked #195 of 5,836 Restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $20
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Romantic, Bar scene, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: SoMa
Cross street: Second Street
Transit: Montgomery Station for Bart and Muni riders.
Reviewed January 19, 2013

This place is within 5 minutes walk from Market st, but it's well worth it. Looks like it used to be a warehouse before, which explains the high ceiling and the red brick walls - just the sort of thing I love.

Even though we were the last visitors, arriving at 10:30 pm, the place was busy, so I recommend booking a table. We were served by a spectacular waiter, who was very quick as well. We tried oysters for starters, the side sauces were enjoyable. Main dishes were not bad either, but in the end of the day it's the atmosphere that made this visit remarkable.

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Thank d f
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Reviewed January 18, 2013

The superb range of micro-brewery beers, from Belgian wheat to imperial stout, is not quite balanced by the excellent fish menu, a sketchy wine list and a lack of cheese.

The Anchor and Hope has the finest selection of draft micro brewed beer I have had the pleasure to encounter in North America, spanning the whole territory from Belgian wheat to imperial stout (at its proper 9%), so the first thing to say is that if you want a really good beer sampling evening there is no place better in San Francisco.

But if you want to eat, a little more care is required. The almost exclusively fish menu was excellent and the cooking of the main courses was nothing short of special: a melting abalone tuna; large, loose-woven scallops; and flounder in the English fish-and-chips mode. My angels on horseback starter was, at four small pieces of oyster wrapped in bacon, was puny by American standards; the clam chowder was good but not great; but star billing goes to sea snails cooked in garlic butter which were made much of by the wait person but turned out to be whelks!

For all the beer's splendour - and the imperial stout was magnificent - the wine list was sketchy, particularly for those choosing from the excellent oyster menu, and there are no spirits. Finally, the drinker who needs a snack and the full diner will both be disappointed at the lack of any cheese to go with such fine drink. Overall, then, the food and drink were slightly off balance, as anyone would be with too much imperial stout!

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Thank Kevin C
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Reviewed January 1, 2013

We aren't locals but we have now visited twice and will definitely consider coming here again. We enjoyed a quieter visit this time during the Christmas week when apparently many San Franciscans who usually work downtown took som time off. The food was great, everyone enjoyed their entree and we had a great server. I like the innovative menu and the decor is spare but interesting. Only negative is that we were cold for the first 30 minutes or so until the place filled up.

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Thank ELAINE K
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Reviewed December 23, 2012

Hidden in an alley, this is a great seafood restaurant located in an ols warehouse. Fun atmosphere together with a delicious menu.

Thank Carl P
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Reviewed December 18, 2012

Came here for dinner on the recommendation of our hotel concierge. Interesting building and decor but very uncomfortable chairs and table. Did not feel "cozy". Felt like we were in a big warehouse cafeteria dining with tons of other people. I agree with many other reviewers' comments that the service was below average. We kept having to ask where our waiter was and had to ask for bread and water etc. etc. We had a bottle of white wine and they kept it - not with us - but at the bar. So every time we wanted a top up, we had to track our waiter down to get him/her to bring us the wine. It was really annoying.

The food was fine but it was not outstanding. With so many other great seafood restaurants in San Francisco, I would not rate this as one of the better ones. Would probably not come back here as have tried others that are much better. In addition, if you need a cab to take you back to the hotel, good luck - very difficult to get a cab where it's located.

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Thank IzzyEdmonton
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