3198 16th St, San Francisco, CA | Directions 9410337.764900 -122.423911
Sunday 5:30 - 9:00,Monday - Wednesday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
Neighborhoods: Mission Dolores (Hub, Mid-Market), Mission Dolores, Central
Great food, terriffic service, hip environment – I recently had dinner with a girlfriend of mine there. The place was super accommodating. We were able to make last minute reservations on a Friday night!! We called to say we were running late and they said they would still seat us. When we arrived, the servers were very friendly and brought us our food in a really timely manner. The fondue was amazing, the short ribs were delicious, and the banana lumpia ice cream desert was amazing. We will definately be going back. It's so rare to receive such superb service these days.
A "no" in any language – My girlfriends and I were seriously looking forward to dining at Andalu based on all of the excellent reviews that we read about the place, the food, the service...and yet nothing stood up to the hype. First off, the restaurant was freezing cold, which never makes for a comfortable dining experience. Then the service was terrible, w ith our waitress constantly either chatting with the rest of the staff over by the bar or walking right past us. We had to beg other servers to bring us some water at one point. Perhaps all of this could have been overlooked had the food been decent -- but it wasn't. Our tapas were some of the saltiest things I have ever eaten. My mouth was actually puckered afterwards. The mahi mahi was dripping in oil, the shrimp had no flavor, and the crab cake was less crab, more fried breading. The much-hyped sangria was even sub-par, being that it was more juice than anything. We ordered desserts, hoping that our meal could be redeemed. The sorbets went over well, and the espresso-chocolate mousse wasn't too bad. The donut holes were just okay, though, even though several reviews raved about them. To top the experience off, the valet couldn't find our car for 20 minutes. We will NOT be returning.
Fantastic Restaurant – Andalu has consistently fantastic food and service. We have been there many times, both with small parties and large and have always found the food to be amazingly tasty and well prepared. The wait staff is superb and is excellent with recommendations. We have found Andalu to be an ideal location for large groups who are interested in a unique San Francisco dining experience at a reasonable price. While the wine list provides more than enough options, for a cost conscious group, the Sangria provides an excellent alternative. Our last visit there was with a large group of both San Francisco residents and out of town guests. Everyone left satisfied with both food and Sangria for (shockingly) around $20 a head. (We have always found it to be closer to $50 a head if you visit in a smaller group and prefer to stick to wine.) All from the last group visit are still quick to comment on the great food and atmosphere there whenever the experience comes up. Be sure not to miss the Cambazola Cheese Fondue with Fuji Apples and Asian Pears, though the Dungeness Crab Rangoon with Sweet and Sour Sauce and the Grilled Flatiron Steak with Chimmichurri and Fries are also worth the visit.
Big Portions – I must comment on the person who posted before me...I know they were understaffed because of a death and YEAH that shook up the staff...I have been there and the service has always been good. As long as u don't bust out your snobby attitude at any restaurant staff anywhere you will always be taken care of even if they do make a mistake. I know the place is in transition for a new owner so that could be partly why things seem unorganized. Also sometimes what happens when you make a reservation and have to wait for your table that is because there is still a party sitting there and they have not either paid yet or finished eating-it may be due to that party straggling in or being late so it backs everyone elses reservations up. That is probably why you had to wait so long for your table.
BAD BAD BAD! – I was very disappointed with this restaurant. A party of 13 joined me for me for my birthday dinner after I selected the restaurant based off of the reviews on city search. The food was not bad, but for the most part the dishes came out cold. I made reservations in advance and confirmed. When my party arrived, the table was not ready so they suggested we wait at a bar down the street since the place was crowded. Instead we waited in front of the restaurant in the cold. We had a long wait for our table. Once we were seated instead of going downstairs to get an additional chair, they pulled a fold out chair from the back for one of my guests. They should also consider scrapping the gum from underneath the tables. They were understaffed. The waiter complained about our ordering and she also brushed the crumbs onto our laps when clearing off the table. I would not recommend this place.
Rude Staff – Party of 5 not so welcomed at this place. It was a Saturday night and we knew we did not have reservations, but we took a chance. The host was very rude about letting us know there was another party of 5 coming that has a reservation and they were his priority. After consideration ---once we pointed out that the dinner room and bar area were mostly empty -- he agreed to seat us as long as were freed up our table in an hour. We were fine with the time limit, but I think every single staff person in the place knew we were to be rushed. Food was just thrown on the table. Staff members would point and tell others we were to be out by 8:30pm. We felt like there was an egg timer sitting right on our table. And all that time of not being able to enjoy the fair food that was tossed on our table, the dinner room and bar area remained mostly empty. The party of 5 that had a reservation did not even show up.
Too many nicer places in the city to even both with this one.
White wine sangria and delicious tapas – White wine sangria- what a great way to start the evening. This restaurant is great for birthday dinners and for dates. The restaurant staff does their very best to accomodate for large groups on the second level of the restaurant. The menu offers a great selection of tapas. My recommendations: Ahi Tartar Tacos with Chili and Lime, Mango Salsa, Cheese Plate - Taleggio with Grilled Walnut Bread and Quince Paste, Duck Confit and Black Mission Fig Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette. With a glass of sangria- all of these plates are delicious!
Great Tapas – This place was awesome! I went with quite a large party so we got to pretty much order everything on the menu. There wasn't one thing that I did not enjoy. I had a few favorites. I LOVED the Fried Macaroni and Cheese and the Ahi Tuna Tacos. I've never seen macaroni and cheese served that way. It reminded me of a mozarella stick, but with mac and cheese in the inside. They also serve 2 types of Sangria. I've never seen anyone else serve white wine sangria, but one sip and I was hooked! It was a perfect blend of fruit, fruits juices and wine! I highly recommed Andalu and I suggest you try everything on the menu.
Great Food and Amaaazing Sangria! – I just went to this restaurant for a birthday party and it was absolutely great. They had a variety of finger foods that everyone was happy to share; there really was something for every one of us. The donut holes for dessert, and fried mac 'n cheese as an appetizer are a must. Definitely recommended.
Great Tapa restaurant! – The food was great! I wouldn't say service is the best but the quality of the food makes up for it. The price is very reasonable. Parking on a Friday night is impossible but valet is available. Highly recommend this restaurant!
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