2018 Lombard St, San Francisco, CA | Directions 9412337.800052 -122.434838
Neighborhoods: Cow Hollow, North
Okay food, very slow service... – We ordered the pallea, a salad, and 2 potato small plates. The salad and small plates were okay, nothing really impressive. The waiter told us that we would have to wait 30 minutes for our pallea as expected, however they forgot to put our order in, so we were basically there for a little over an hour before they we reminded them about it. They were nice enough to compensate us for forgeting by giving us crabcakes and prawns. Again, the dishes were only okay. The food was a bit expensive for what you were getting, however the ambiance and the waiters were nice. Overall you're not missing much.
A wonderful surprise! – Alegrias Restaurant, what a wonderful surprise we all had in this lovely Spanish restaurant. We were party of 5 with a 7 month old baby. We went early, around 6:00pm to make sure that it will be no problem with the baby. Right away it was clear that the restaurant is well run. Clean, tastefully decorated, proper sitting, proper helpful service. We do dine out enough to know when we get really lucky with a restaurant. We had a large variety of warm Tapas, one better then the next. The Paella was great too! The coffe was fresh "press" and the crema Catalana superb.
We highly recomend it.
Robin Paul and Christina R.
The place for ultimate Spanish cuisine – Wow, I'm really surprised to read the negative reviews for Alegrias! I've been going there since it has opened, and I've never had a bad experience with food or the staff. We are always welcomed warmly and the food is amazing! The paella is wonderful and I always order the calamari. Its a great place to go to try a bunch of different dishes with friends and have a good time.
Not Authentic Cuisine – I centainly do not recommend this restaurant to anyone. The service was mediocre, the food, after waiting fourty minutes for it to be served, was totally atrocious. The only thing I enjoyed was the fresh bread and the semi-romantic ambiance.
User review by lord_humongous – Everything I have tried here tastes great. And the best thing about tapas is that you get to try a few different dishes and enjoy as much as possible. I also highly recommend the sangria. The only real negative is the lack of attention from the waitstaff. Just because you have an authentic Spanish waitstaff doesn't mean you can do a poor job. But in spite of that small complaint, I have never had a bad expeience here.
Reminds me of home – I've lived in Sevilla for four years and this is the closest I've come to having a taste of Spain. While a lot of the so called "Tapas" restaurants in San Francisco try to put their own culinary spin on Spanish cusine (spicying it up for people that don't know the difference between Mexico and Spain ), this restaurant sticks to authentic flavors. The Gambas al ajillo are amazing, their selection of Spanish wines is both top notch and inexpensive, and their sherry list is one of the largest in the city. While it can get noisy on weekends, during the week it is mellow and romantic.
lacks flavor especially for the price – My husband and I were there Sunday 6/26/05 and were very disapointed especially since the reviews here were good. Our suggestion is to start with the Sangria and crab cakes then stop! The sangria was wonderful, very flavorful and bold with nice pieces of fruit. crab cakes were good - more crab than filler and a nice sauce. We ordered tapas starting with the rabbit which was tender but had no flavor in the heavy tomato based sauce. The queso de cabra was very plain - more like goat cheese baked into plain tomato sauce. the grilled lamb was moist but again lacked any flavor. overall, the food is not horrible, but definitly not the spanish experience the previous reviewers were raving about.
A wide range of Spanish tapas make this a popular Cow Hollow destination. – The Scene
Unobtrusive Spanish servers keep producing small plates of delicious food, and sangria flows freely--it doesn't get much better than this. The decor is eclectic, featuring walls studded with paintings, mirrors, tiles and pottery. A ham atop the bar also commands attention.
Diners could visit myriad times and order only tapas, never pushing onward to paellas or the other main dishes, which are excellent but less special than the appetizers. Potato-based offerings (including a moist Spanish tortilla and salsa-topped patatas bravas) are comforting, flavorful mainstays. Delicate seafood starters like fried calamari and sauteed scallops hit just the right notes. The chocolate mousse with raspberry sauce is an express ticket to nirvana.
Best Spanish in the Bay Area – Awesome servers, awesome food, wonderful ambiance. Total package in San Francisco!
Good for groups – I was there on Saturday in a group of 14 people. The service alone is a reason to visit this place, they are WONDERFUL! According to the waiter they have a small kitchen so they prefer for the guests to order their group menu, which was yummy! About $28/ person, inc. the paella (it was a bit "pasty" though) and my minor complaint about the group menu is there was not enough "meat" choices... HOWEVER, we requested calamari and they threw it in for free and by the time the paella came we were so full that there was not even room for dessert if we wanted it. The location is great too -- fairly easy parking and after dinner we took a quick walk to the bars over on Filmore. The **only** disappointment is that they do not have flamenco guitarist anymore which created more a quiet ambience.
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