Annie's Bistro (Reported Closed)

(415) 922-9669

2819 California St, San Francisco, CA | Directions   94115

37.787915 -122.440833

Open Hours

Monday To Saturday From 05:30 PM To 09:00 PM Saturday To Sunday From 10:30 AM To 02:30 PM

 
Restaurants, Soda Fountain Shops, French  more

Price: $$$$

Tags: Brunch, Date Spot, Late Night Dining, Romantic Dining

Payment Methods: American Express, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

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Reviews for Annie's Bistro

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Terrible Sevice, Mediocre Cold Food, Reservations pointless – We have eaten here at least half a dozen times and each time the service has been worse than before but last night was the topper. After having made a reservation, we arrived to find a circus. When a waiter finally noticed us waiting to be seated, he mentioned that we could take whatever table was open. We waited by an open table only to be told by the owner that the table was taken. After waiting 20 minutes for our order to be taken, the appetizers took 40 minutes and were cold. They ran out of bottled water. Then they ran out of desserts after we had ordered those with the appetizers and entrees. All this while watching other parties who had been seated well after us receive their food. Lousy service and mediocre food will guarantee that we won't ever return. Too many other options in SF.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Very poor service at ridiculous prices – Taking my girlfriend out for a very special Valentine's night was a disaster due to the horrible service at Annie's. To start, we had to wait more than 30 minutes before the waiter made it to our table to get our order, and then again another 30 minutes before the appetizers arrived. During our wait, we had to ask for bread and water several times before he remembered. The two tables next to us were equally ignored, and we all discussed simply leaving, as no food was coming to any of us. However, there were some lucky tables across the room that were getting their food quickly... people who had arrived much later than any of us. After the hour long wait, the food finally arrived, and was actually pretty good. Clearly the kitchen staff knows what they are doing, but as the service was so poor, it was difficult to really enjoy the food . The prices were waaaay too high for what we experienced. Overall, not a place I would ever go near again.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Owner dishonest about food and seating, server great – I made a reservation for 1 on Open Table because I live in the neighborhood. Annie had decided I should sit at the bar so she could keep her tables open for couples. She said that I requested the bar, but I checked my reservation on my phone and it said no such thing. Can you imagine trying to dine on a bar stool when your 7 months pregnant? Then she said I could sit at her work table near the kitchen if I wanted, she just had to move her things, shocking. I asked about the crab cakes because we recently had an oil spill in the San Francsisco Bay which keeps the crab season closed due to the toxicity of the oil. She must not have seen the news because she told me it was local thinking this is what I wanted to hear. In spite of her dishonesty, the server Mark was great, he brought out each appetizer individually. The texture of the beef carpaccio is wonderful and the muchroom open raviolli is good too. The ahi tartar on the other hand is pretty bad it is overpowered with too much lime and avocado, which makes one wonder if this is to conceal a talapia or albacore tartar as ahi.

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

This Pacific Heights bistro offers an affordable menu of updated Cal-French classics. – The Scene
With a vaulted ceiling and stone walls, the petite dining room evokes a medieval wine cellar. Flickering candles and dried flowers scattered along the windowsill soften the mood, and a row of high-backed booths heightens the romantic air of seclusion. A line of stools along the bar face a thoughtfully chosen wine collection. The courteous waitstaff is welcoming to everyone.

The Food
The menu of flavorful bistro classics is elegantly updated for San Francisco's sophisticated tastes. Tangy capers and radish-mascarpone cream enliven paper-thin beef carpaccio, while a heap of baby spinach leaves is accompanied by caramelized onions, olives, feta and diced mango. Entrees are well-conceived and full of flavor, from the oven roasted filet mignon to the grilled ahi tuna. Desserts are simple but done just right: Crème brulee features a crackling top and rich custard underneath.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Best Service in City – My wife and I have eaten at Annie's on 3 different occasions and enjoyed the food each time. The last 2 times we were fortunate to have Mark as our server. My wife and Ihave discovered that Mark is the "gem" of Annie's Bistro. I was surprised to find out that he is not the owner brcause he seems to have everything running smoothly and obviously experienced and knowledgable about the food and wine. Mark makes dining out a truly memorable and funny experience. He made us both feel very comfortable and very important.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

intimate, romantic restaurant. – The food is delicious, the service is warm and welcoming when you enter the restaurant, and the meal was a great value. However, when it's crowded during peak times (Friday, Saturday after 7pm), sometimes the waitstaff may not be as attentive. There aren't too many tables, so if you can't make reservations, try to snag a seat at the bar.

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

Great place-could use better service! – The place is very cute and intimate, a great special occasion or date place. I made reservations here for valentines day, but when i called to confirm they had lost the reservation! They did say that we could come to their third seating at 9:30 so all was not lost. The food was excellent and very nice portions. However, the waiter could use some enthusiasm and they had not told us that it was a fixed price menu. Although it was very reasonably priced, it was a limited food selection, and on top of that, they had run out of many of the options! Overall, I would come back here because it was very cute and the food was good. But they could work on the customer service and the food availability!

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

New Chef - Fabulous Food – I've been eating at Annie's Bistro about once a week since last winter. I've always enjoyed my evenings there, but now that Annie's best chef has returned to the kitchen, it just keeps getting better. Great food, great wine -- and you can have a quiet conversation in a normal tone of voice instead of the abbreviated barking that passes for conversation in bigger, noisier restaurants. Annie's is a great place to relax and enjoy the good things in life.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Nice quiet, private place, but horrible food – Annies has all the makings for a potentially very nice "hidden treasure". However, the food is just not up to par. It is a shame that such a nice spot serves subpar food. Portions are small, and nothing reached my expectations. The food was bland, and expensive. I wish the place was better considering how close I live to Annies.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Excellent food and service and a good value! – Annie's consistently gets better, continually striving to offer high-end, consistently wonderful food and service at reasonable prices - and succeeding! I've been going to Annie's since it opened a few years ago, and it's a true gem. Annie and her staff make you feel at home - and although we eat out quite a bit, I've yet to find a restaurant in SF that can match Annie's in atmosphere, food, personal service and value.

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