The Progress

4.7
929 reviews
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Contemporary American
The sister restaurant to State Bird Provisions (right next door), The Progress is also the vision of chef-owners Stuart Brioza & Nicole Krasinski, but with a broader scope: a choose-your-own-adventure family-style menu that exemplifies contemporary, rustic California cooking. Dinner features an à la carte menu, all designed to be served family style. The bar in front is open to walk-ins all night and features our full menu. An expansive and eclectic wine list as well as a carefully curated cocktail program round out the festive offerings.

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The Infatuation
8.5

The Progress, on Fillmore, is a great time and a good scene, with excellent food.

Ratings 8.0-8.5:The best way to think about restaurants in the low to mid 8′s is that these are the places you would absolutely go back to, anytime. These restaurants are ones that you want to bring a friend to, just so they can also experience the duck carnitas, or burger, or whatever dish the place is known for.
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KB
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Personally, I would have preferred a little less going on on each plate. If I order quail eggs, I like to be able to SEE the quail eggs when the dish is served. Ditto the mackerel. We asked that our courses be served in a certain order. The wait person said they would "course" the food, but it wasn't the way we had desired. After our wine was initially poured, no one bothered to pour again. We did it ourselves. I'm not sure I understand the Michelin star.

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CL
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing, just amazing. Thoroughly impressed. My new favorite restaurant. Get the duck.

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o
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

On the whole, it was a lovely dining experience and our waiter was fantastic. I have a few issues that do not change how much we enjoyed our time there but they are worth noting. The corkage charge of $30 is just out of line. We all ordered drinks and that should have mitigated that charge, as it often does at this quality of restaurant.

We loved our duck dish and it was frankly ethereal but the Fresh Cod had a very odd texture as we were all turned off by that a bit. The salad were inventive and lovely and everything else was very good. We would all go back!

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K
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service at The Progress were amazing.

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SG
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Food was quite bland. The crab didn't have any flavor and the pork shoulder was dry. The portions were small, and it took longer than it should have to serve the courses. By the time the last two plates were served, we were ready to leave. For all the hype and what it costs, it was a disappointing dining experience.

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JC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just great food from the epitome of a truly creative couple of cooks/chefs
Staff cares about the food and the message and taking care of the guests
What a beautiful treat
Thank you Stuart, Nicole and your back up team

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DB
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated my husband's birthday and were not disappointed! We've been to The Progress several times now, and each time find the menu so interesting and creative, and always delicious no matter what we choose. The cocktails are stellar, the staff is always warm and welcoming and the service just right.
Thank you for a wonderful evening! We'll be back soon.

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MA
San Francisco
107 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All of dishes are so inspiring, and appropriately portioned. For glasses of wine and 1/2 bottle of wine, they bring bottles to table and pour from bottles. This way of service is what I always long for. Thank you very much!

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OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Lovely setting. Would not recommend if you are gluten free or not into crudo. I am 6 months pregnant and has to go for a second dinner after Progress. Not something I’ve ever had to do before.

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DJ
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an early 5:30 reservation and it took twice as long to get there. Despite being over 30 minutes late, the staff could not have been more gracious. Upon our arrival, we were greeted warmly and they set our expectations in an extremely professional manner that there was another reservation within two hours.

The food was delicious and nicely balanced. Dishes are served family style and came quickly without being rushed. We enjoyed the Brussels sprouts so much that we placed a second order for that.

I am looking forward to returning to The Progress!

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DB
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of my new favorite restaurants in the city. Great attentive service and amazing food served family style. Have the duck and lamb chops. Amazing!

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JR
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service & ambiance/design! Wish the prices weren’t so high, but the flavors were absolutely fabulous! Good thing this was a work dinner, as I couldn’t afford this to be a regular place. Stand outs: ceviche, rack of lamb, caviar, Brussel sprouts, beet salad all delectable!

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m
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious and very well paced. The servers were really helpful.

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A
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love everything about your space, service, feast and drink program! Thanks so much ❤️

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s
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was good and service was friendly tho not overly informative. The restaurant was very cold. it happened to be a quite cold evening outside so unsure if the building does not have heat or is generally kept cold.

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R
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food blew away anything we’ve had in the past year in SF. Very imaginative and well balance (salt, fat, acid, sweet, umami). I’ve been to a number of Michelin starred restaurants that weren’t this good.

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K
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The good mood with great food & drinks. Love the interior! Since it was 2 of us, we tried many smaller plate dishes. I want to go back with more people so we can do the large plates!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The squid noodles were OUTSTANDING!

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DL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Generally thoughtful, creative and tasty offerings, albeit several were a bit "busy", combining too many disparate ingredients to the point of dampening the tastes a bit too much. Fine service, bordering on too attentive (eg., interrupting too frequently with water refills). All that said, the ambiance, food and drink were overall high quality, but our return will likely be just to the bar with starters. In almost all fancy restaurants, starters and drinks are the stars, not to mention the more economic approach to the experience!

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CK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

It's hard for me to review the Progress- it was a celebration dinner and the night was loads of fun, but I have to say, overall the food and the service did not meet my expectations. Service was abrupt- we made reservations for 8 on a Monday night and because we were a party of 5 and it was a birthday, so when we were being hustled out the door at 10:30, it felt pretty awkward.

As for the food- maybe I'm just done with the whole California small plate thing, and these plates were SMALL. For a party of 5 we ordered one large buffet dish, about 7-8 small plates, and dessert, and I woke up the next day needing an omelette for breakfast. Presentation was nice, but the food did not have enough of a consistent theme for me to feel like it was building upon anything- instead it felt a bit like a round robin of tastes- some of them great (bagna cauda), and some just OK (citrus salad). The Asian fusion duck was quite good, but didn't really work with some of the other dishes. Maybe we could have ordered better, but maybe I'm just over this type of service and want a meal as opposed to an experience. Dinner with drinks ran about $120pp.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service, the food was some of the best I’ve had in SF. Definitely will be coming back!

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P
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A delicious way to celebrate my birthday!

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SM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The staff was knowledgeable and excellent in every way, food is inventive and often thrilling. Great wine list & cocktails. Love the bathrooms walls!

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G
Austin
20 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Food was generally great with the exception of the abalone which was overcooked and miniscule.
Server was harried and she had some attitude. Back waiter stepped up to help with wine service without much knowledge.
An overall excellent culinary experience was marred by unprofessional staff.

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V
London
36 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Firstly, the service was outstanding. The staff were knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. The interior was also beautiful. The food, taste and flavors were knock out. Some plates were a small though. The duck sharing plate was delicious!

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G
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and wine were amazing, as was our wait staff

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PW
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was excellent. Cocktails were also very nice. Service was very friendly and courteous, but it took a bit longer than it should have for our last course to arrive. Noise level was somewhat loud but not too bad.

Overall good experience, with emphasis on how good the food and drinks were.

Dinner for two, with drinks but no dessert, cost us $155 all in (including tax and tip).

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Z
Cincinnati
30 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this place. Great food, great service. All food was Great but the squid ink pasta was an absolute standout.

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Some of the best food I’ve ever had.

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b
San Francisco
62 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 5ambience 1

Pros:
Excellent food
Great service

Cons:
No valet on a day where we had the women’s march not a great experience
Diners crammed in like a rush hour BART train
Poor wine selection

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a really nice meal for my husband’s birthday at the progress. The ambiance was comfortable. The food was really tasty and innovative. Great flavors, wine list, and cocktails! Will be back!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

The service was VERY slow. We had 45 minute gaps where we would have no service. We were dining with a 2-year old and this was very difficult for us. Way too slow.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly fabulous meal. A couple dishes were a little high in sodium but they were happy to swap them out. We got some recommendations from a neighboring table that I’ll pass on here. Lamb tartar and Dungeness crab were impeccable. Enjoy

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

World class. Thanks to chef and the rest of the crew!

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I went here as a first night out after being enclosed with our newborn for 6 weeks. We had an amazing meal. The rib eye was seasoned and cooked perfectly. The mashed potatoes were a must with them and together they made us melt into our chairs with satisfaction. We also ordered the roti with truffles, the Brussels sprouts, and the pork shoulder. Our waiter, Sophie, was also great. She encouraged our celebration. We topped it off with the chocolate cake and the 20 year tawny port. Back to the grind!

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t
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The only downside was the noise level. My guest and I could barely hear one another. The decibel level was 84. Any way to get things quieter?
The food and service were super!

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R
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Unfortunately, the main course/dish took sooooo long to arrive it was cold when served. We enjoyed every other dish we ordered. Great flavors and creative combinations. Since we were celebrating a birthday the extremely poor service for the final dish put a damper on the entire meal. While waiting for the main course, we noticed the three tables near us also had to wait for their main courses. I honestly would not return to the Progress.

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, great service, warm setting. We'll be back!

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MG
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about this place was magical.

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BL
Los Angeles
41 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal at The Progress! The duck platter was so delicious, the brussels sprout dish was the best brussels sprout dish I've ever had and the hot toddy panna cotta was amazing! Will be back again - every time the menu is a little different and every meal so far has been A+

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