Located on the corner of Bush and Mason, we are a friendly neighborhood restaurant serving chef driven cuisine in a cozy atmosphere. We strive to source our ingredients locally, make everything in house, and change our menu with the seasons so our diners always have new interesting dishes to look forward to. Join us for dinner and try a beer from our rotating taps and bottle list, or a glass of wine from our dynamic wine menu. We’re sure you’ll enjoy our unique and creative twist on classic American dishes.
San Francisco, CA 94108
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Nightly 5:30pm-11:00pm
$30 and under
Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate outing, Aliment can accommodate all your special event needs.
Aliment Ratings and Reviews
I made my reservation on open table for 9:30 for 4 people. We arrived at 9:29. When we got there we were informed that their credit card machine was down which wasn't an issue cash is easier. They took our drink order and when the came back they told us the kitchen was closed.... I told them I made a reservation and he said let me see what we can do. A girl comes over and says well I can tell you the only things we can make right now which was only a handful. I'm just not sure why I was able to make a reservation at 9:30 and not get food. The kitchen shut down 50mins before closing. She brought Brussel sprouts on the house that were good. But the way everything happen was a bummer
I was pretty disappointed at the difference between the menu (sounded good) and the manifestation. I had a tepid cocktail that was a bit like cucumber flavored saliva, and the Korean Spicy Fried Chicken. Sad to say, the chicken tasted like it had been fried first, coated in Sriracha mixed with sugar and then blasted to a lacquer finish. It was actually hard to physically eat it. Also, it did not marry well with kimchee and an arugula garnish whose dressing vanished as did everything else, next to the Sriracha lacquer. The dinner actually became funny, it was so pretentious, unbalanced and inept. Really sorry - wanted it to be good. My dinner partner's gnocchi were underdone but better. The serving staff seemed stressed out and disorganized as a team, though doubtless each person is a good person. Definitely not worth the downtown SF prices.
A friend & I were attending a performance nearby, and dining at Aliment was the perfect option. To start, I had the beet salad and she had the cauliflower dish. While the beet salad was good, it was a bit overdressed, and more beets would've been nice. The cauliflower dish was great. For my entree I had the crab cakes, which were probably the best crab cakes I've ever had. She had the fried chicken dish, which she really enjoyed. I thought overall value was good for the price, and I look forward to dining at Aliment again. Thanks!
Aliment isn't a very cohesive experience. It's got a lovely space that I really enjoyed. Service is fine. The cocktails were nice enough, nothing really stand-out. The menu is all over the place, and the flavors all kind of run together. Peppers stuffed with pulled pork, and then deep-fried, should be a lot more flavorful. The Korean fried chicken has a sauce that isn't spicy, and the coating for the chicken is so spongy that the sauce soaks in and it all becomes congealed. The whole menu felt like a bad potluck without any coordination. The brussels sprouts are lovely, and possibly the only good thing on the menu.
Not sure what I was expecting but didn't find the menu to be very appealing. Had steak and it was okay but nothing great about it. Endive, on the other hand, was very good. Same with the Brussel sprouts. They were excellent. The restaurants version of "falafel" was mediocre. Wine selection was quite limited. Service was adequate - we were upstairs so didn't expect to get spot on service. Probably won't return as there are too many other choices in the neighborhood.
Delicious food, creative presentation but ambience is a bit sterile .
The service was a little uneven- server did not really know how to describe the beer selection, and as there wasn't a list at the table, it was a little awkward, but friendly and good-natured.
Brussel sprouts, potato leek soup and beet salad were exceptional.
Loved the Spicy Korean Fried Chicken, the heat was a bit less than anticipated, but flavor was right on and chicken cooked to perfection.
I enjoyed this place. Went at the suggestion of a friend. I enjoyed all the food I ate. Good wine too. Good prices for SF, given how 'foody' it is. I didn't love that they seem to serve things in mason jars - hard to get the food out. Serve food to eat - not to be pretentious.
Overall, this is a really great restaurant that's falling short on its potential. First thing that must be noted - the food was really great. Creative but not overwrought, comforting, and lots of interesting flavors. Second, the cocktails were phenomenal. Third, pricing is fairly reasonable (for SF, so take that with a grain of salt). Two people, two cocktails, two appetizers and two mains and the bill was under $100. On the negatives, the ambiance is just not quite there. It was way too bright, and the upstairs area needs serious help -- we were initially sat up there but opted for the bar instead of the office florescence. If they turned the lights down to about 60%, it would be a different (and better) place. There is also a TV projected across a huge wall in addition to the one over the bar. It really killed the cool, romantic vibe this place could have (it should be noted that it's a really nice space with great big windows and a cool layout). Last thing -- we ended up with a great server down at the bar, but the first two people we interacted with were a bit... strange.
This restaurant is in a great location with a really great set-up. The menu looked interesting and fun. The cocktail menu looked interesting. Our waiter was responsive. At the same time, I have to say that almost every dish and every cocktail felt like it was missing something. There was a lack of precision in the cooking-good ingredients but no pop. The salmon cakes with salsify were tasty but they needed something to make them sparkle. When I mentioned this to my dining companions they all noted the same thing, some missing ingredient would have made the dish shine. Two of our six cocktails were also mixed incorrectly. In the end, I think we were all mildly disappointed. We really want this restaurant to succeed but....
This is a good restaurant, and I suspect many others will find it more appealing than I did. It's relatively small, with a few tables downstairs with the bar (and 2 large TVs turned to sports), 4 or 5 tables up on an open balcony, and a room for bigger groups. The food was plentiful to be sure -- with both the salad course and the main course providing enough to share with someone else (had I known.) It was also reasonably well prepared. My chicken was properly cooked, as was my companion's main course. My main objection was the heavy-handiness in dressing the salad and saucing the chicken I had for a main course. Service was friendly and prompt. If you are looking for a hardy meal with little concern about subtlety, this is the place for you.
The burger was very good, the butter lettuce salad was excellent but overdressed (and had too much pork belly for a side dish). The steak was fine but not great, and the accompanying vegetables were oily and not particularly flavorful. Our main disappointment was the fries. They were the worst fries we had ever come across. They tasted as if they'd been made the day before and not even reheated. We didn't even eat more than the first bite of them. Very poor quality for a higher end restaurant.
While the food was good, the rest of the experience was poor. We were seated in an uncomfortable spot, right next to a large and loud group. They didn't know what a mocktail was, and I received my drink in an odd glass because they ran out of glassware. Even when we arrived, the experience waiting for seating was strange, with our waitress appearing confused as to why we were a few minutes early.
Went on a Tuesday night, it was quiet but not empty. Entrees are generously portioned, and cocktails are to die for. Do not miss the brussel sprouts!! Try the Kentucky Samurai for a new cocktail experience that's actually a little savory but excellent in all aspects. Burger is expertly seasoned and just the right amount. Definitely coming back for dinner or even just drinks and a snack!
Went for Happy Hour, but happy hour only exists at the bar - which was fill. Sat upstairs initially all alone - all the drinks were more expensive based on my location approximately 12 feet higher than the bar! The food was decent, but unremarkable. The selection of local beer was good, but paying $3.00 more then the folks 12 feet lower didn't sit all that well. If you can find a spot at the bar try Happy Hour, otherwise keep walking...
I cannot say we enjoyed our meal. The potato leek soup was bland, mussels were tiny, smoked salmon cakes just did not taste good and the sauce on the fried chicken did not complement it well. The best part was the chocolate cake for dessert. Service was attentive, but it's not enough to go back.
I knew I was going to be in the neighborhood for a gallery opening, so I used OpenTable's discovery feature to find Aliment. The reviews were positive, and the menu looked good. Upon entering, I was impressed by the decor and the friendly nature of the staff, but the projectors playing football games were a little confusing. Overall, the service was great (though our server sometimes had to be reminded of things), the food was GREAT, and the atmosphere was okay. I would recommend for a quick bite with friends, or a casual date.
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