Anchor & Hope
Taps: 16 / Bottles: 80
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 10 | Reviews: 8 | Display Reviews Only:
4.88/5 rDev +14.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$$
Stumbled into Anchor & Hope yesterday for a business lunch not expecting anything beerwise, so it was quite a surprise to see a beer list that could be put up against many of the more famous upscale beer-oriented restaurants around the country.
Essentially a seafood restaurant with an upscale grunge quotient that is off the charts, there is bar seating as well as tables, with a tap list of about 20 - a range of styles represented and not a macro in sight. Plenty of domestic craft and interesting Euro selections.
I'm always delighted when I find a place where the quality of the beer selection is matched by the focus on the food preparation. If you are looking for a place in San Francisco to get some good seafood (raw oysters, lobster rolls, grilled fish, creative seafood salads, etc) and to have a nice beer to complement your meal, look no further.
01-18-2012 14:21:27 | More by brentk56
4.68/5 rDev +9.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75 | $$$$
Plus: Good variety of excellent craft beers on tap, outstanding food
Minus: Expensive, can get crowded, even on a Monday
As a regular traveler to SF, I had been to many of the often visited places, so I was looking for something new. For an overall dining experience, the Anchor & Hope was a great choice. Service is very attentive, staff knowledgeable, food stellar, and beer selection satisfyingly broad, despite having only sixteen or so taps. I started with the oysters (fresh and well prepared) and Rodenbach Grand Cru, an Ommegang Rustica with my pork loin (wonderful combination of spicy and sour), and finished with Coconut Ice Cream with Red Velvet Cake and Boon Framboise. If you plan to go here, I'd suggest arriving before 6. I went on a Monday night. Empty at 6, packed by 7. Expect to spend some money, too. If you want to do things right, it will likely be at least $75 - $100 per person. Despite the cost and crowd, I'd likely return, even if it's just to sit at the bar and have a few beers.
05-14-2013 15:07:06 | More by LittleDon
British Columbia (Canada)
4.5/5 rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
The room has a high ceiling and an open feeling without getting noisy. Our maitre'd/beer sommelier was excellent at matching our fish with one of the MANY beers. I was amazed at how many more beers than wine were available! And the pairing was delicious. Beers were a mix of local (Bay Area) and European. Personally would like to see more Northwest beers than European but that's just being picky. Excellent seafood simply prepared (entrees $25-$30). Reasonably priced for the quality and service. I'd come back just to sit at the bar with appetizers and beer!
03-22-2013 06:23:13 | More by EspressoGuy
4.45/5 rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
I saw this place pop up in someones Facebook status so I decided to try it for lunch while I was in the city for a class.
Small place right behind (literally) Eddie Rickenbachers. Very busy for lunch and a little loud (my only complaint) but if you go with more than just yourself, you may want to make reservations.
I sat at the counter and the service was excellent. They claim to be a fish house and they aren't lying! A fish centric menu with oyster specials on the wall. I ate a Vietnamese style fish sandwich that was excellent and the house bread was quite tasty.
But enough about the food, they have a huge beer selection along with a quite large wine selection.
The taps included Black Butte Porter, Duvel Green, Old Rasputin, Allagash White, Le Merle and Trumer. The bottle list had too many to name! They serve the beer in the proper glasses too! Not a BMC to be seen on the list!
Overall its a great place, but a tad pricey, however it is SF and everything is pricey. If your down at Moscone for something or just want a new place to try in the city, this is it.
12-08-2009 03:44:29 | More by rossthefireman
4.33/5 rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$$
I had been wanting to check this place out for quite a while and finally got around to it. Set back in an alley, of sorts, you'd easily pass this spot 100 times and never realize it. Beer selection is quite diverse. I felt like the list covered just about any style. Server made sure I knew what I was ordering was sour, which I can appreciate. Seafood galore here, of course. I would have liked more on the seafood tower I got - Balthazar in NYC gives twice as much for about the same price - but it was nice still. Overall, a pretty nice place. I don't think I'll yearn to return, but glad I took the chance when I had it.
01-04-2013 02:56:50 | More by RblWthACoz
4.09/5 rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25 | $$$
I was able to check out Anchor and Hope during my last visit to San Francisco.
It is located on kind the empty end of a one way street. Easy to find with Google maps.
As you enter there is a hostess stand and then a fairly large rectangular room. There is a high ceiling with exposed beams and some of the walls have been exposed to show the brick.
The bar is on your left as you enter. It is metal topped and stylish (zinc I think). It seats about 12 and the if you sit at the bar you can see them working in the kitchen.
On to beer, they offer 11 taps and a cask. Maybe 40 bottles. Wide range of brewers and styles. Everything from a barrel aged berlinerweisse to Pliny the Elder in bottles. Not cheap, but there is quality.
Food is impressive. Not a huge menu but everything is inviting with lots of local ingredients.
Professional and beer savvy servers.
Well worth a stop if you find yourself in that part of the city. Bring you allowance as it is pretty pricey (example $15 for a bottle of 1809 Berliner. I can get that at a beer bar in Chicago for $ 7 to $8).
06-01-2014 19:21:23 | More by Redrover
3.88/5 rDev -9.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.75 | $$
This is a great place but is more of a dinner spot than a stand-alone beer spot. The food here is fantastic (heavy on the seafood though) and the atmosphere is great at well. But the beer itself is not worthy of making this one of the top spots to hit in San Francisco, so make sure you go here for dinner to get the best out of Anchor & Hope.
Tap list was only about 8-10 strong with an very average selection. Bottle list was decent and included Pliny, which was nice to see.
08-05-2013 17:34:15 | More by TheSevenDuffs
3.38/5 rDev -20.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | $$$
Atmosphere- The large open floorplan and classy nautical-industrial theme make for a great atmosphere. Perfect for a date with a lady. My wife and I got there just as they were opening, so we couldn't really get a feel for it during peak hours.
Quality- Everything was clean and well-maintained, including the draught lines. I would have given it a higher quality score, but the cask beer I had was muddy with yeast and cold; they could use a lesson in cellarmanship.
Service- Despite the fact that we were the only people in the place, the service was somewhat slow. Perhaps this is because they were tying up some loose ends in preparation for peak service, but it still seemed unnecessarily slow. I will also say that the bartender was not well-versed in beer.
Selection- Not a large selection. The beers they had were definitely craft-centric, but I had both good and underwhelming beers here.
Value- Everything was expensive. I don't think they should have even charged $$$ for that muddy cask beer. It was just bad. However, I am not one to complain to a bartender. Instead, I evaluate their service and provide reviews like this afterward!
11-02-2013 13:25:50 | More by jgasparine
Anchor & Hope in San Francisco, CA
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