Waited more then 15 min for seat. Menu was limited. Food was extremely disappointing given the reviews. The seafood platter was minuscule and barely fresh. The cioppino was one of the worst I ever had. The artichoke came dried with the inedible skin left on and almost no centre. The only redeeming part of dinner was the wine. Which thankfully was made by a talented winemaker and not their woeful kitchen. But they had to spoil even that by charging us more for the wine in the cheque then it was listed the menu. The sommelier deserved recognition and staff service was prompt. But the food... us$211 later before tip; left us hungry, annoyed and with an empty pocket.
Food was good, service was good. But not blow your hair back.
The food at Ayala in incredible—inventive, delicious, unexpected, creative! And the service is fantastic. I can't wait to go back and try other dishes (the snapper, crudo and dessert were outstanding). I also wouldn't hesitate to recommend this restaurant to locals and visitors alike!
After mulling over their limited wine selection, we settled on a syrah. Our server came with a bottle that had some discoloration on the foil. He indicated it was the only bottle they had, and he would make sure it's good. I was appalled as it should be my duty to taste and make sure it's a good bottle of wine. After taking the bottle away, he came back and said it was a good bottle. He proceeded to pour two glasses of wine. When we finished our dinner, we wanted to re-cork the bottle and take it with us but he said that there wasn't that much left in the bottle and took it away. I've never had sommelier service like that before. What he did with what was left in the bottle? I have no idea... drank it, I assume. LOL. There are so many good restaurants in SF that this one isn't worth another try.
The Arctic chard app was pretty bland unless you had some of the vinegar. The baked oysters were not worth it. They were good, don’t get me wrong but not worth $5 each. The peppers side was a great side dish though they came out before the entree. The mustard sauce worked great with the mild flavor of the peppers. The chef ended up sending out the English muffin and honey butter which was amazing. I haven’t had a fresh baked english muffin before so it was one of the highlights. We ended up with the wagyu beef flank and spaghettini which both were very very good. Honestly I would just do an entree and a maybe a side. I wouldn’t waste the money on the apps, they are very small and not worth the money.
Was excited to dine here with a friend from the uk but left a little underwhelmed.
The service was odd - quite slow and a bit dismissive. Food was good - oysters great and fish soup tasty.
Plenty of other options I’ve enjoyed more in sf so not sure I’d be rushing back again!
Great food, great service, the crab pasta is a must
Anniversary dinner celebration started with fresh oysters and white wine that pared beautiful. Followed with heirloom tomato salad, grilled artichoke and crab pasta that was delicious and perfectly prepared. Our server made recommendations that hit the target we described and provided the right amount of attention. Our meal and wine made our evening memorable and we will be back.
Great food great service. Happy customer.👌🏼I would definitely love to recommend it to anyone.
The food is the reason to go here. Nori spaghettini with fresh Dungeness crab may be the best thing I've eaten all year. All the dishes are good; the house made honey butter with muffin, chicken pate and uni appetizers are all excellent. The atmosphere is casual, service was excellent. Appreciate the nice touch of giving us a number and leaving our bag of leftovers at the maitre de's station. Every restaurant should do this. Such a turn off when they drop your "to go" bag in the middle of your table while you're still finishing conversation and drinks.
We were a group of four - had the English muffins (quite tasty), rhubarb tsukune (good but a little salty), baked oysters (good but overpriced at $5 a pop), Nori Spaghettini (this was superb), and the cioppino verde (quite forgettable). Portions tilted to the smaller end and it was an alright meal. I feel like you can get better in SF for this price point.
Plain atmosphere. Excellent service. Good food. Good cocktails.
Food was outstanding I loved the uni and spaghetti with dung ness crab. The waiter who gave us impeccable service recommended a Fennel martini which was outstanding.
My family and I enjoyed the food here a lot. We got: cucumber salad (really tasty), red oak salad, pate, half chicken, salad with seafood (fresh and tasty), crispy fingerling potatoes (shocked how crispy, delicious and excellent they were), and the nori spaghetti (white miso and crab --- super cozy and homey dish). Highly recommend because the food and service was excellent. We were impressed!
REALLY impressed with the food. Loved our experience and would definitely go back :)
Menu a bit limited. Food was very good although one dish was too salty
One of the best restaurants in San Francisco. Wonderful, inventive, fresh seafood in a cool environment with great service. Everything, from the arctic char appetizer to the cherry chocolate almond tart desert, was excellent, but the nori spaghettini entre by itself is worth a trip to San Francisco: OMG! Nothing like it anywhere. Seaweed pasta with bonito flakes and Dungeness crab. Don't miss this.
The service was very friendly and attentive. Wine list was eclectic and interesting, which I appreciate. Food was great! Loved the nori pasta with crab. Stunner for sure.
Just not great - servers seem to prefer other diners and didn’t give us the same level of care or service. For example, another table ordered the same soup and the elements of the dish were explained along with some pointers on how to extract the various shellfish. This service was not offered to us at all.
They didn’t even have enough soft drinks - we ordered two diet cokes and they only had one can left, nor did they have any coffee.
From our experience, the food was average if not overly citrusy, and the service was abysmal. We struggled to see how this restaurant has received such great reviews. A real disappointment.
While the place seems elegant, it was fairly casual. Possibly, this is because of the San Francisco culture, but I felt underdressed until I saw all of the other people were at least equally so. The wait staff were all neat, but fairly casual, too.
The food was excellent in quality, both in display and flavor.
The service was better.
Great sea food restaurant. Highly recommend.
We found the menu difficult to understand (too hip and trendy to figure out most dishes) and expensive ($12 for a side of potatoes, really?!). Service was spotty with drinks brought to wrong persons and multiple servers attending us. Not going to be returning anytime soon.
Attentive informed service, very personable and professional. Great spot for a date or special occasion. Ridiculously good butter
I have a ton of food allergies and they were able to accommodate them graciously without making me feel like a burden. Such a great meal!
Very fashionable and tasty meal.
My friend and I went for an early dinner and enjoyed our Heirloom tomatoes and Pasta! Excellent service as well!
Thanks for a wonderful experience!
Inventive, flavorful food attractively presented. We especially liked the nori spaghettini, which the server said was their most popular item (no surprise there). The service was cordially and attentive, without being overbearing. The 1960s pop background music seemed out of place and distracting.
Exceptional food and excellent service all around very memorable and delicious evening. Highly recommend for dates or get-togethers where amazing food matters.
Great restaurant. Fish was amazing as was everything on the menu. For San Fran the price was very reasonable. If in the area don’t miss Ayala
Dave our server was terrific
Our server was amazing! It was hard to pick a favorite dish, but if I went back I would get ALL the appetizers, small plates and the steak!
Food was great service not so good we had to keep asking for a server to come back and take our order
The red snapper blew me away -- I didn't even know fish could taste like that!
Had a great anniversary dinner here with my wife. The food and service was top notch, however the atmosphere would be better suited for a group as the space is open and not as "cozy" as you may want for a romantic dinner.
But all in all it was great and I would definitely recommend and go back.
Very difficult menu ambiance is poor food is just ok
All of the food was fresh and delish!!
It is a shame that the ambiance is so horrible. The food was spectacular but sitting under bright lights with pipes and stains overhead (and this wasn’t industrial chic pipes) ruined the experience. The space is reminiscent of an institutional cafeteria. The service was good and they did turn the lights down eventually which helped. The nori pasta is excellent as were the salads and the crudo. We didn’t stay for dessert,it was just too depressing. Sorry!
One word: Spaghettini.
Chef Perfit is a master! In a sea of Union Square restaurants, Ayala stands apart. They have redefined what one would expect from a “hotel restaurant.” Truly fantastic.
This is one strange place. The menu was very confusing and we needed to ask extensive questions before we could understand it. The food at best was average and it was very over priced. We would never return.
Amazing cucumber and avocado salad and crab pasta for entree. I would go back for this dinner anytime.. sooo good!! Short staffed so service was slow. Server was apologetic and very nice.