Modern Californian Cuisine
Contemporary American, Californian, Vegetarian / Vegan
Hours of Operation:
Fri-Sat 530pm - 10:00pm
Daily 7am to 11am
Saturday and Sunday Brunch
11am to 2pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
Street parking and paid public garages.
Private Party Facilities:
The European Bar and Lounge is also available for private events.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Aveline Ratings and Reviews
The food at Aveline was quite good. The ...
The food at Aveline was quite good. Their wine selection is also excellent. What didn't impress me was the service. It was unfriendly and forced. Our server didn't really seem to care and gave us the feeling that he wanted us to leave despite only 2 occupied tables in the entire restaurant. That was the other issue I had. It was Friday night in the middle of San Francisco and this place was dead. I chose it based on hotel and website recommendations, but would have preferred a more lively atmosphere with better service. The food was very good though and we had a good time. We ordered Halibut, Lamb & Duck. All proteins were cooked perfectly and delicious. The roasted Brussels sprouts were also very good and we enjoyed a 2007 bottle of Ch de Pape which was very decently priced.
Great place located inside the Warwick h ...
Great place located inside the Warwick hotel which is very hip and a smaller, intimate setting. The service was quite poor- the waiter himself kept hinting that he does not make much money, that he can barely afford the food there, had little to no knowledge of the food other than to say simple adjectives of, "this tastes good" and "that is a bit funky".
Also- not amenable to being courteous, when we asked to split the check- he asked if we knew a good accountant as he would need one to do the math... which honestly we asked to split evenly for a check totaling over $500...
Horrible experience. Never coming back.
Pre- theatre Dining
We went to Aveline before attending the theater (ACT). It is located directly across the street. The restaurant was not busy and we were seated promptly. The service was good -- friendly and efficient. We started with the sweet corn soup which was very good. The entrees were also well prepared. My Pork Tenderloin was very good. Deserts were excellent. We will be back and recommend Aveline for pre-theater dining.
Miss LaScene but still good
We used to eat at LaScene. In its present incarnation, Aveline, it is less good than it was for breakfast, but fine for dinner. Good food, excellent service, not too much noise. In 5 restaurants we ate at in San Francisco, not one had soundproofing, soft surfaces, or curtains. Everyone had hard surfaces that bounced back every noise in the place. They simply are not good for conversation.
We have been to this restaurant several ...
We have been to this restaurant several times and the food has improved over the last year! We had a wonderful meal, and we had a really great waiter named Chris! When he came over to our table to introduce himself he said he recognized us from the last time we were in. He's very engaging and went out of his way to make everything great! Thanks, Chris!
We had dinner before ACT, my second time ...
We had dinner before ACT, my second time, and really enjoyed it! Attentive and friendly service. We were able to choose a free appetizer as ACT subscribers, and it was delicious (burrata cheese plate). Our wines were also very good. My main course was the lamb which I had ordered before and it was wonderful. The other main course, halibut, was also very good. Will definitely dine here again.
Elegance Surroundings Did Not Match the Food
I was very disappointed with Aveline. Although the dining room is elegant and comfortable, the food was disappointing. The eggs did not come out with my pancakes. I had to ask for butter for the pancakes and salt and pepper for the eggs.
Business dinner on 2 occasions, date nig ...
Business dinner on 2 occasions, date night on 2 others. Every time the food was outstanding, service was professionally perfect, with terrific cocktails and a very nice wine list. The space is comfortable and contemporary. This is really one of San Francisco's best restaurants.
Classy Hotel Eats
Aveline was a great spot for dinner on the first night of our hotel stay at The Warwick. The décor is very modern although the overall experience was dulled slightly by the fact it was freezing in the restaurant, and the staff couldn't control the air-con. Food was superb (especially the sprouts) and the waiter new the menu inside out which really helped our selections. Wine pairings are good, too. The only other negative for us was the fact it was pretty quiet for a Friday night, so the atmosphere was a little lacking.
Great city destination
Was a last minute booking, but lots of space available. We were promptly seated and given a paper menu and an extensive wine menu on an iPad. The wine list is deep and helps showcase some good Californian wines, which I appreciated coming from out of the country. The food was great, and the serves generous. Service could be a little bit more attentive.
How is it possible we did not know about this gem?
What a nice experience! We only found out about Aveline due to being on the ACT website. We have been coming to ACT for 45 years and did not know this gem was across the street! Excellent food, excellent waiter, knowledgeable and out the door in plenty of time. The Brussels sprouts.....oh my.....I would go back just to eat a bucket of them!
I went to Aveline for the first time on March 31. I was attending an ACT performance that evening, and they said that I should check out Aveline, a new restaurant that they recommended that was good and close by. Since I was there early, I beat the evening rush, and had the restaurant section where I was pretty much to myself. The wait staff were very attentive, and the food was very good, and the service was great. Since it is so close to ACT, I recommend it to others who might like to have a good meal near the theater.
One of the best pasta dishes I've ever eaten...
Staying at the Hilton, Union Square, Aveline was just 1 block north, so the location was a huge plus! The pasta with chorizo sausage I ordered was one of the best I have ever had. Two other people in our party had the prawns (very large!) with a croquette and scallop and crab mornay; both loved their dishes. That said, they charged $25 for corkage (high, in my book!) and our total bill (with tip) was $200 -- too overpriced for me to be able to either return or recommend.
interesting and unusual menu
We dined at Aveline on a Tuesday evening before going to an ACT play at the Geary, across the street. We were surprised to see it nearly empty, but that helped with prompt service from our waiter, who was very knowledgable about the wine list, and gave very clear recommendations about menu items -- not exactly opinionated, but warned us away from one item and toward a couple of others. The menu is creative, going beyond the usual choices at an Italian restaurant. Grilled brussels sprouts -- a free appetizer because of our ACT tickets, followed by a nice shrimp risotto and duck angolotti (Piemonte style ravioli). Overall a good experience, but I think just a bit (maybe 20%) overpriced.
Aveline was recommended by ACT since the Geary Theater is right across the street. The four of us shared a (complimentary) brussel sprouts appetizer, kale salad, tuna, chicken, duck ravioli, and shrimp risotto. Everything was excellent. Prices were reasonable. And contrary to what I had read, our waiter was just the right level of attentive.
Not ready for prime time
One of our theatre group had been wanting to try this place for awhile. We went for brunch before a Sat matinee. We had an offer from A.C.T for a free appetizer if we showed our tickets. They wouldn't honor it, saying it was only good for dinner (which it did not say on the offer). I would have thought they would have offered something for good will, but no. We asked for the deviled eggs from the "to share" menu - was told they were out of deviled eggs. I ordered the Crab Macarons -- they were out of those too! We asked to see a copy of their dinner menu but they could not accommodate our request. Got the impression they weren't really ready for business despite it being noon. On the other hand, the smoked salmon benedict that I ordered was excellent - eggs perfectly poached, the accompanying potatoes were ok but kind of lukewarm.
My co-worker raved about this place over a year ago. She enjoyed a wonderful dinner and highly recommended this restaurant. So, my husband and I decided to try Sunday brunch here. The place was nearly empty at 11am. I started with a latte, then the server brought me a mimosa which I didn't order. I had him take it back, and he brought me orange juice that I didn't order. Weird. My husband's Bloody Mary was meh. My avocado toast was okay. My husband's Crab Macaron was very fishy and not appetizing. On the bright side, it was fun to watch the two chefs dancing and really loving their jobs. They had big smiles on their faces, and were laughing while they worked. It was nice to see people actually happy!
Don't waste your time
The waiter was clearly annoyed that he was working on Sunday, and said as much to us. He was inattentive and had no patience to answer questions. The food was mediocre. One of people with me had a foreign object in her food. The manager only offered 20% off which was inadequate given the damage it could have done if she had bitten into the object. The waiter couldn't seem to manage to ring up the 20% off until several botched attempts.
Server was rude and forgetful. Did not feel welcomed at all. Two of the dishes turned out bitter and stale-tasting. The restaurant was nice enough to take them off the charge which I appreciate. All in all, was disappointed and the menu was rather limited. Will not go back, either for the food or the non-existent service.
Nearly perfect night out
Took my wife to Aveline for valentines eve. Food and service were excellent. The braised short rib tagliatelle was unbelievable. Ambiance would have great too had a very rude person not been taking calls using speaker phone two tables away. Not necessarily Aveline's fault although it would have been nice of them to intervene on behalf of the civil respectful patrons. We will definitely make a return visit...
A nice surprise
We are theatre goers and always looking a place to eat before curtain time. La Scene used to be in this location, it was ok, not much in the area to choose from, we have tried many, but nothing really special. We had a great meal, I had several smaller bites that were not do small, a cocktail, no time for dessert but will definitely go back. My husband had a burger made just the he asked for it, I had mussels, fries, Brussels sprouts, I think that was it. It was all very good.
a thoroughly bad experience
I cannot recommend Aveline. Just minutes before we left for our reservation at the restaurant, I received a phone call saying that due to a "problem" in the kitchen, all reservations for brunch had been cancelled. Our dilemma was that we had tickets for the matinee at The Geary Theater, and had no other options for lunch in the immediate area. All in all, very inconvenient and disappointing.
Do not go for restaurant week
Went here for restaurant week. Had previously come here for dinner and the food was fantastic. This time around, the food was mediocre and the service wasn't what you would expect for the prices you pay. There was one appetizer that we couldn't quite figure out what it was since it seemed like a little bit of everything was on it - burrata, some gluten free carb thing, some veggies, balsamic vinegar, toast. I think it was an odd interpretation. What particularly surprised us was when dessert was brought out. Our party of three all had to get the restaurant week set menu, but for dessert, they gave us a all a different dessert, assuming that we would just share. So we had two cheesecakes (vanilla and chocolate) and a scoop of raspberry sherbet. We did ask for a non-dairy dessert, so we did ask for the sherbert, but really? The cheesecakes tasted store bought and the sherbet was just a plain scoop. The main dish was ok. I had a pork dish, but the pork was overcooked and dry.
Thanks, but not again.
Looking back over our recent dining experience at Aveline, I feel like Pete Wells would never have been as kind. Really.
I have had good dinners at this restaurant in the past, and selected it because one of my friends is vegetarian (This restaurant is one of two that comes up on OpenTable if you search for "Vegetarian/Vegan") and the other friend RAVED about it. Honestly? There was ONE(1) vegetarian entree on the menu, and TWO(2) vegetarian apps, one of which was a cereal bowl of brussels sprouts.
The service was not great - our server was, in fact, rather surly (and not in an amusing way).
Perhaps I irritated him when I requested a table against the wall, instead of the one in the middle of the floor where he had planned to seat us. "It's easier for us if you're at that table," was his statement - and, really, I should have known that it would be all about HIS ease and comfort.
It was "SF Restaurant Week," and the server cautioned us that the chef would only prepare the "special" menu if the whole table participated - because otherwise we might be left dangling while mis-matched courses were staggered. We therefore ALL agreed to participate - yet even then our courses did not come out at the same time. Here's another cute feature: instead of letting us each select a dessert from the menu, the table was presented with a plate of all three flavors of cheesecake and three spoons because...sharing is caring, I suppose. Personally, I would prefer not to share my germs with my dining companions, but there was no extra charge!
Really just average and nothing to brag ...
Really just average and nothing to brag about. Seating is crowded and we were seated at a table in a doorway. They did move us after being asked about it twice and the restaurant was empty. Steak was ordered MR and had to be sent back. Will not return.
Service seemed like and afterthought
I brought a visitor, from Sacramento to dine at the Aveline establishment. My reservations were at 6:45PM Jan 16. When we arrived there was not anyone there to greet us. The house was not full and seems to have plenty of space available. 15 minutes later we were finally greeted by the bus person and seated.
Another 15 minutes passed by until we were finally acknowledged again by the same bus person. I know this because he setting and clearing tables along with water service. He also spoke the person who allegedly was out waiter. When our waiter finally arrived he just gave us our menus and an ipad with the wine list that did not work. When the waited did come back with a wine list. We already knew what we wanted. WE HAD TO BARROW FROM THE TABLE NEXT TO US.
However the food itself was good but not great. We ordered the Mac and Cheese and the Brussel spouts for apps. Both were tasty but not overly exciting. My dinner companion had the scallops which again were tasty but not overly exciting. I had the braised lamb which was also very flavorful but very safe for San Francisco dining. Through out dinner, no one asked how we were doing. The bus person did fill our water, but that was about it. We dined for a good hour an a half and was barely acknowledged. The highlight was the brittle for dessert which the components together were very tasty and would order it again.
Overall, the food was really good, but with so many options in the City, why the low risk. Feels like this restaurant was catering to out of town conventions and mid western tourist than the palate of the local environment. The bus person and the back of the house that made this place manageable. The wait service was questionable at best, especially with only the house half filled.
With so many selections in San Francisco, you are better off going somewhere else.
Nice, but overpriced
Very nice setting and decor; I loved the bar in front of the kitchen.
Food was fresh and recipes were delicious and original. Wine was quite good.
Sadly, New Year's prix fixe was a bit of a rip off. Honestly, $65 for corn soup, a plate of pasta and dessert is quite steep.
Service was good thanks to busser who seems to carry most of the service for the whole restaurant.
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