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AQ Restaurant & Bar

AQ Restaurant & Bar

(Now Closed)
New American Restaurant$$$$
SoMa, San Francisco
  • Stars
    Has a stamp of approval from Eater and SFGate
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    • SFGate
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  • Megan B.heart icon on user image
    Megan BauerMarch 6, 2015
    Their cocktails and wine list are a perfect way to end an evening. Very pleased with the cauliflower (tasting menu turns a la carte at the bar) fyi the scallops are raw. This is a must see!
  • SFGate
    SFGateAugust 2, 2014
    Signature drink: House cocktails change with the season. Our favorite was the Churchill's Bane ($10), a delicate aperitif with juniper berry-infused vermouth and orange bitters. Read more
  • SFGate
    SFGateAugust 2, 2014
    Best seat: At the counter by the open kitchen. Wwatch cooks garnish dishes with things like grapefruit "paper" for a grapefruit salad paired with huge chunks of avocado ($10). Read more
  • Eater
    EaterJuly 30, 2012
    Inspired flavor combinations—think 'bbq pork' with cornbread, mustard ash and licorice root—join a cocktail program and interior design that are best in their San Francisco class. [Eater 38 Member]
  • Eater
    EaterJuly 9, 2012
    Inspired flavor combinations—think 'bbq pork' with cornbread, mustard ash and licorice root—join a cocktail program and interior design that are best in their San Francisco class
  • SF Weekly
    SF WeeklyMay 31, 2012
    SF Weekly’s Best Of 2012 Winner – Editorial Pick – Best Bar to Drink in the Seasons. The East Coast may have the benefit of snow in winter and colorful foliage in fall, but in the Bay Area, it’s... Read more
  • Thrillist
    ThrillistNovember 3, 2011
    Devour the Monterey squid-topped charred avocado and suckling pig with honeycrisp apples & chug local craft beers poured from an industrial pipe-like custom tap system. Leave very happy. Read more
  • Rafi S.
    Rafi SyedMarch 20, 2013
    They have a secret stash of Pappy Van Winkle 13 and 20, but you have to ask really nicely and know what you're talking about. Otherwise you're stuck drinking the Van Winkle Lot B. #whiskeyprobs
  • Frederique D.
    Frederique DDecember 2, 2012
    The pork loin hash w/ fried eggs and the French toast w/ buttermilk fried chicken are a must. Also: no lines and reasonably priced for brunch.
  • Ali A.heart icon on user image
    Ali AndersonApril 6, 2015
    4 course Easter Brunch - amazing brioche with sweet potato purée used for the eggs Benedict.
  • Pei 👻 W.heart icon on user image
    Pei 👻 WenJanuary 8, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    One of the best seasonal fixed menu in town. Terrific date spot!
  • Louis E.heart icon on user image
    Louis EwensDecember 8, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Probably one of the best culinary experiences available in San Francisco. Thoroughly enjoyable in every way!
  • The Daily Sip
    The Daily SipJanuary 11, 2012
    Impressive and deep wine list with some interesting gems. Save the $20 corkage fee by buying one of their many reasonably priced bottles for a few dollars more.
  • Amy P.heart icon on user image
    Amy PospiechApril 2, 2014
    Amazing food as well as seasonal cocktails. Classy with a nice vibe. Don't miss it!!!
  • Sam S.heart icon on user image
    Sam SSeptember 8, 2013
    Delicious. Order everything you can. The cobbler and AQ benedict were particularly good.
  • Shirley L.
    Shirley LiuMay 11, 2013
    Splurge for the tasting menu if you're hungry! Empire Builder was a refreshing cocktail with a celery juice base -- worth checking out.
  • Jordan Y.heart icon on user image
    Jordan YelinekJuly 18, 2015
    Amazing cocktails and private event space
  • Christian W.heart icon on user image
    Christian WilliamsMarch 24, 2014
    A memorable and near-flawless experience, the 10-course Chef's tasting menu is an excellent value.
  • Michel T.heart icon on user image
    Michel TrianaSeptember 14, 2012
    Best pork I've tried in my life. The insane flavors will hunt you in your dreams... and then you want more and more
  • Mike
    MikeMarch 6, 2013
    Noteworthy cocktails, Notable food, Extensive spirits, Great atmosphere, Exceptional wine list.
  • Tanner C.heart icon on user image
    Tanner ChristensenJuly 16, 2016
    Try anything. Everything here is amazing. Cocktails, caviar, good atmosphere.
  • Ted B.heart icon on user image
    Ted BarnettAugust 5, 2016
    Incredible cocktails, lovely setting, unpretentious, memorable food.
  • Jessica S.heart icon on user image
    Jessica SkeltonDecember 21, 2014
    Unbelievable tasting menu in winter. Get the cauliflower with scallops.
  • Anna E.heart icon on user image
    Anna EbbesenMarch 27, 2013
    Treat yourself to the tasting menu with the wine paring. They make for a unique combination.
  • Ian S.
    Ian SullivanAugust 29, 2013
    Great cocktails, great food, and huge wine list. A dangerous combination!
  • Rachel F.
    Rachel FairbanksNovember 5, 2011
    If you don't get one of the tasty tasty desserts, you're missing out. The brown butter sorbet is insanely good.
  • Austin V.
    Austin VegasDecember 29, 2013
    Excellent. The restaurant changes both menu and decor every season.
  • Ryan L.
    Ryan LudmanMay 4, 2014
    Cocktails are great, good is dissapointing.
  • Stephan V.heart icon on user image
    Stephan Van DamJune 17, 2016
    Experimental failure. Disruptive cuisine. It gets odd when the techies cook. There are other items than salt to provide flavor. Pretentious and overpriced and totally ignorant of the people out front.
  • Jackson S.heart icon on user image
    Jackson ShihOctober 16, 2013
    Great place for a group dinner for celebrations. Happy bday Renée!
  • Vic Z.
    Vic ZaudFebruary 24, 2012
    Wonderful quality ingredients, foodie atmosphere and great service! (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • The Bold Italic
    The Bold ItalicMay 18, 2012
    Cocktail Lab ninjas Ethan and Timothy are known to concoct cocktails here, ask these guys what's delish. Read more
  • Lauren S.
    Lauren SchellerJune 23, 2013
    Unbelievable service. Gabriel is a fantastic, knowledgable and helpful waiter!
  • Shenny
    ShennyApril 8, 2013
    Great Bourbon list. Above average food. Not spectacular though. Courses are much larger than they make it out to be.
  • Amanda C.heart icon on user image
    Amanda CabreraSeptember 6, 2015
    Love this place, try the four course meal
  • Katie F.
    Katie FayramJune 14, 2012
    Get the coffee, even a decaf. Not only is it quality but it comes with a rock candy.
  • Thabata G.
    Thabata GuerraDecember 15, 2014
    The risotto and the beef are amazing.
  • Fork & B.
    Fork & BottleMay 29, 2013
    Spring Tasting Menu is Exemplary. Don't Miss It!
  • Michael K.
    Michael KeatingMarch 16, 2013
    Possibly the best food and drinks I have ever had, anywhere.
  • Jasmine F.heart icon on user image
    Jasmine FriedlJuly 16, 2016
    Tasting Menu, hands down.
  • Andy M.
    Andy MatuschakJune 1, 2014
    Accessible, creative, very well-executed progressive American.
  • Dave Z.
    Dave ZissouMay 5, 2012
    The avocado here and the squid are a bomb diggity good to the stomach, yes!
  • Jessica C.heart icon on user image
    Jessica ChoateOctober 11, 2013
    The tasting menu is the way to go!
  • Shenny
    ShennyApril 8, 2013
    The rhubarb dessert is to die for. Best part of my meal.
  • Frances J.
    Frances JamesJanuary 17, 2015
    Very upscale pre-fixe menu. Supposed to be good.
  • Frances J.
    Frances JamesDecember 1, 2014
    Very upscale pre-fixe menu. Supposed to be good
  • M
    MFebruary 4, 2015
    Be sure to experience all of the seasons!
  • Cassandra L.
    Cassandra LightApril 2, 2015
    Everything amazing
  • Ruggero M.
    Ruggero MassettiApril 10, 2012
    Try the Sticky bun - Deliciously soft and sweet
  • David M.
    David MarcinekDecember 15, 2012
    Interesting food! Thought the experience was delightful
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