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“Quaint hole in the wall...”
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Anjou
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Romantic
Neighborhood: Union Square
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“Quaint hole in the wall...”
Reviewed January 6, 2008

Quaint hole in the wall. Great service and menu. Nice for lunch while shopping. Look for the funny little blue car parked on the curb.

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English first
Pacifica, California
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28 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“totally unexpected, tucked away in a back alley near Union Sq. French cuisine and service just like what you'd find in...”
Reviewed November 29, 2007

totally unexpected, tucked away in a back alley near Union Sq. French cuisine and service just like what you'd find in France!

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Boca Raton, Florida
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236 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 168 helpful votes
“Pleasant Dining near Union Square”
Reviewed August 13, 2007

Anjou is a small restaurant near Union Square, a short walk from the Prescott Hotel where we were staying. The tables are set in typical French bistro style, i.e., close together. We went on a Tuesday night in July, so Anjou was not crowded, which resulted in good, unhurried service

All the food, appetizers and entrees, were well prepared and presented. Onion soup was delicious. Overall, a very good dinner with good service in a typical French environment.

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Santa Cruz, CA
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Great appetizers, overcooked main course, sullen waitstaff”
Reviewed December 28, 2006

We were really looking forward to our dinner at Anjou. We were only partially satisfied when all was said and done, although there were some charming dishes enjoyed.

Anjou is quite small. It's cozy but brightly lit in an all-brick interior. The tables are set closely together with white linens and everything looks very crisp and elegant but also quite "efficient" and there's a certain lack of charm that's offset only by the warm red brick walls.

The waitstaff seems to be trying very hard to present the snobby, uptight Parisian waiter attitude. There was attentiveness and good, prompt service of our needs, but no smiles and no cheer. We befriended a wonderful bus man who exuded the easy smile and charm we wished our waiter could have shared with us.

The appetizers were tremendous! We had the lobster/artichoke/grapefruit/tomato large appetizer... yum! Delicious, crisp, and exciting balance of flavors. We also enjoyed the french onion soup gratinee, which was everything it was supposed to be -- perfection! The artichoke and roasted pistachio soup was also excellent and quite unique and enjoyable.

After all this excitement, we were a bit disappointed when the filet of beef and the duck confit both arrived in an overcooked, dried-out state. Was the kitchen overwhelmed with a large number of pre-dinner patrons? Perhaps. Nevertheless, it was very diappointing to have the main courses so off the mark when the preview of the chef's skills in the appetizer and soup courses led us to anticipate greater things.

We finished with a creme broulee which was quite delicious. Overall, good, but I've had my socks knocked off by everything from standard American fare (The Daily Grill restaurant) to continental/Italian (Scala Bistro at the Sir Francis Drake) and Anjou frankly disappointed us with that main course bump-in-the-road, unbalancing what would have been a much more enjoyable experience.

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San Diego, California
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Nothing to go out of your way for”
Reviewed September 12, 2006

This place has good food, but the experience was very average. The ambiance is terrible (think buffet - you know, with the bright hanging lights). The service was pretty good--can't complain there. The menu is kind of all over the place--not a great place to take a group with the potential of a few picky eaters.

Overall, I was very underwhelmed, but again, the food was good and the service was good. It just wasn't a fun atmosphere. It wasn't a place that you wanted to hang out at and have an extra drink, or glass of wine, or even DESSERT. I just wanted to get the check and get out as soon as possible.

Unfortunately, I did go out of my way to go to Anjou and that was a mistake. There are probably hundreds of restaurants in San Fran that will give you a better dining experience. It was our first time in SF so I was going in a bit blind.

We went to a place called Oola the night before and that place ROCKED!! Unbelievable food, and a pretty cool scene. Check it out.

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