Al's Place / San Francisco

1499 Valencia St 26th Street San Francisco 94110
Opening Hours
Sun, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat 17:30 - 22:00
average 3540 votes
3.2
Critic Reviews @ Al's Place
AL's Place Adds Outdoor Seating and Renewed Hope for a Table
AL's Place Adds Outdoor Seating and Renewed Hope for a Table In addition to the chef's counter, there are about 24 seats for walk-ins each night Getting a seat at AL's Place has been a challenge since the moment the veg-heavy restaurant from ... continue Eater SF
First Look: Chef Aaron London Returns with AL's Place
First Look: Chef Aaron London Returns with AL's Place Those of us who were fans of Aaron London's ahead-of-the-curve, innovative cooking at Ubuntu in Napa (which closed in 2012) are thrilled he's back, now in SF with AL's Place, which ... continue Zagat
Inside Aaron London's Pescetarian-Friendly AL's Place, Hitting the Mission Friday
Inside Aaron London's Pescetarian-Friendly AL's Place, Hitting the Mission Friday View this gallery here. ... continue Eater SF
Meat Will Be the Side Dish at Aaron London's Upcoming AL's Place
Meat Will Be the Side Dish at Aaron London's Upcoming AL's Place Ubuntu's former chef is flipping the script on the steakhouse model in his new Mission home. Get pumped, Missionites: Aaron London, the James Beard-nominated, Michelin-lauded forme ... continue Eater SF
Tips from the Net @ Al's Place
Iva Tuck en
Intriguing combinations, exciting flavors, fresh ingredients. We ordered the set menu. Some of the dishes are a risky "experiment" but I personally enjoyed everything (e.g. i loved the brine-pickled fries but my husband was disappointed to have that dish served in a starred restaurant). Service was impeccable. Atmosphere was casual and fun. GooglePlace - January 2018
Dmitry Zamoryakhin en
With a waiting list of a week long, our expectations were very high. However... It all started with a tiny table cramped between 2 adjacent ones which from the beginning created an impression of a customer conveyor rather than a place that cares for its patrons. Now to the food. We’ve ordered 5 plates which all turned out to be of a small expensive tapas style. The chips were rubbery though the sauce that came with them was very decent. The tartare was simply average and remembered by being very oily. These two were followed by a black cod belly, some type of pasta and a hanger steak. The cod belly was quite tasty, with foamy milky sauce accompanying it. The pasta was also lovely if a little bit over salted. However the steak was a complete disappointment: bland and non-inspiring. All was finished with a smoked trout dish, which nicely combined soft and crunchy elements and was indeed tasty. It was served however on a huge plate taking only half of the space. The waiter explained the presentation as ‘creative emptiness’ though it just felt like a poor attempt on creativity. We decided not to do desserts. Conclusion: a very average place with which rides on a wave of popularity with, well overpriced. If you want to put a mark in a check box for a place that’s hard to get into - go there. Otherwise you’ll be much better of elsewhere in SF for your buck. GooglePlace - January 2018
judy lichterman en
Food delicious. Service would only rate 2 stars. They want you to eat very quickly and bring out the many plates ordered all at one time -even if you ask for a slow down. I would only order a couple of dishes and then place your order for the next few. Don’t let them intimidate you. GooglePlace - January 2018
Daniel Brown en
The fastest tasting menu experience I have ever had. It’s started with a variety of snacks. After taking a couple bites, the first course came out. My wife and I started to work on both of them but a few minutes later the second course came out. The tiny table was cluttered with plates and this became the theme of the evening. We got so full from all the food coming out so fast that I honest can’t say whether or not I liked any of the following dishes. We also had the wine pairings and by the end there were 6 glasses of wine sitting on the table because we could not keep up the pace. Immediately after serving dessert we were greeted with the check and the coats we had checked. The waiter told us they were doing this as a courtesy and to not feel rushed but I totally felt rushed. I have no idea how they can think that this is acceptable. GooglePlace - January 2018
Josh Langley en
Amazing service, food was terrific, and atmosphere couldn't have been better (we even got to meet the director of music 🤟). Everything here is so fresh they ask about allergies and taste preferences when you order the Family Style menu (their take on a tasting menu). If you do that, prepare to leave with a full stomach. No preservatives or artificial ingredients here. Just homemade goodness. You'll love the fries with smoked applesauce. Do yourself a favor and just go. GooglePlace - November 2017