The Progress

4.8
1066 reviews
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$50 and over
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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.

What Insiders Are Saying

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

Wonderful food, great service. Only slightly too noisy.

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M
Memphis
23 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was interesting and fun. Great flavors. The service was great. Casual atmosphere.

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London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

Terrible - staff and experience don’t support the wine list and prices.

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K
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service! Delicious! The quality of the ingredients and flawless execution make the visit worthwhile.

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MR
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a perfect evening! My partner, Perry, and I were celebrating his 50th birthday. We pretty much took all of the recommendations from our server and we loved everything. The Roti, the Duck pate, the squash, the Halibut, and the Pork. We were so full, we didn't order dessert, but a nice light dessert was served up with a candle. It was all in a all a very classy night for a classy guy! It's a beautiful restaurant with wonderful food, quiet enough to have a conversation, but also absolutely wonderful food! Thank you.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friend is our of town for my birthday.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything you want in a restaurant

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JU
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for our wedding anniversary and it was amazing from start to finish. We will be back.

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KG
London
6 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just fabulous food, wonderful service, everything we wanted. Highly reccomend the Boquerones with flash fried butter beans, the lamb pastrami with fry bread, the charred green bean and plum salad, the harissa lamb, and the desserts. The roasted mushroom egg dish was waterier and duller than I expected. The family style 2-6 person dishes looked interesting but seemed absurdly overpriced.

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n
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The Progress is one of our very favorite restaurants in the Bay Area. They contacted us before our reservation to warn us that the Fillmore Jazz Festival would be going on, which helped us avoid a bad parking situation. The Progress' food is creative and generous, and the servers are terrific. We love the ability to have a fine dining experience without any fancy pretentiousness. My single complaint is that the chairs and booths are punishingly hard, and I wish they'd give out little cushions.

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MR
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was "lick the plate" good and the service was wonderful!

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SI
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food

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DG
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Expected more from a Michelin star restaurant. Dishes are served one after the other in a very casual fast-paced style. More in line with a fast-casual restaurant or counter service restaurant. Food is creative with some dishes having more flavor. The pork shoulder and the boquerones were great. The caviar potato cloud was less flavorful and more airy.

Service is a bit too casual. One of our plates was chipped - this should not happen in a restaurant that costs $150 a person.

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S
London
14 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very original and delicious! Will go back.

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MS
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Skip the desserts. Mediocre. The roti was very good.

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GH
London
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food with sensible size portions! Perfect!

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SW
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

My daughter recommended "The Progress" to me for my birthday because she had a great experience with her friend who planned for her birthday. Overall, it was good, but not as impressive as I expected. The waitress who served us was good. But it was just like any restaurants who serve similar class or price level you go to. However, there had two things, 1st, I was on time for my reservation and standing in front of the reception. The receptionist just finished serving a person and busy looking at her paper. So, I kept waiting until she's available. When she done and raised her head, she looked straight to my back and started talking with the person behind me! And then, she left the podium and led the man to his table without even look at me (yes, the man behind me was taller than me)! I felt like I was invincible because she skipped us. She should at least talk to me before she talked to the person behind. I was watching the empty podium for couple mins. until another lady came to serve me. 2nd, I read review before and one said his table is awful, due to he had to facing (face to face) a lady form other table the whole dinner. I was offered exactly that table. There were 3 or 4 opened tables, but we were not given to those. The table looks like an extra one for busy booking night. And, I looked around and found out that was the only table with the design. Please fix the table because I felt uncomfortable. Good business need extra table, Understand that, until we checked out and see there were a "few" other tables were empty from 6:30 to 8:00pm. My daughter suggested us to reserve that table a month ago!

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C
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

If this review was based just on food alone, I’d give The Progress 5/5. It was delicious, different, and aesthetically on point. My issue with the dining experience was that we had a 6 PM reservation but didn’t finish our meal until 8:30 because of how long it took to get all of our food! The waiter apologized multiple times, and I recognize that it wasn’t his fault. However, it is unacceptable that the kitchen is so backed up by 6:30 PM that a meal takes 2.5 hours to complete. As much as I appreciated the food, I cannot justify returning after that hangry and frustrating experience.

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l
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This was my second time at the Progress, and I would happily return weekly if I lived in San Francisco (and had the money).

Between lovely cocktails (the house martini with smoked castelvetrano juice and rosemary oil; a delightfully fruity strawberry shrub daquiri-esque drink), beautifully prepared vegetables (the super umami summer squash; the spicy broccoli salad), and almost irritatingly good seafood (the anchovies. the anchovies!! get the anchovies!!!), we were totally pleased.

A blueberry, fennel, absinthe, coconut tart ended our meal. Generally I'm not particularly partial to dessert, as I'm sensitive to sugar, but this tiny pie was a lovely balance of fruity and herbaceous. I strongly suggest making The Progress one of your stops whether your live in SF or you're just passing through.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, beautiful relaxed decor, and kind, attentive service! We had the caviar, dipping lettuces, anchovies, squid ink pasta, and the lamb platter. We loved all of the dishes. Would highly recommend.

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Denver
13 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Traveled to San Francisco from the east coast to visit our son. Read about The Progress on several dining sites and booked a table on a Saturday night for a group of 5. Incredible experience start to finish. Love the interior, high ceilings, bar space. Wait staff was so friendly and helpful with suggestions. We shared several plates and each one was as good as the last. One friend is vegetarian and had many options and enjoyed them all. Excellent beer on tap and specialty cocktails. Highly recommend!

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M
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

We have a monthly supper club that meets up at different restaurants on-par with The Progress. We make these bookings months in advance and use these dinners as our monthly catch up with each other while we enjoy good food and a couple bottles of wine. Upon being seated, we were immediately told when we were expected to leave because of another booking. Not a really awesome way to start. We couldn't even order some dishes because we didn't have enough time for them to cook! Our waiter was totally awesome and was so informative and kind, but, the kitchen was bringing out our dishes so quickly that we literally had no time to plate the first dish before the next was out. Honestly, it was really off putting. Our time to leave came and we were moved to another table, and kindly given dessert on the house while sat at the bar. Come to see that our group of four was rushed and moved for two people. I understand that they are a busy restaurant who just received their Michelin Star, but, the service (minus our awesome waiter!) didn't leave a an awesome impression on any of us. The food was delicious, however, some of it was cold because it was on our table before we could finish the dish before it. This is my first time ever writing something negative about a restaurant we've dined at, but, we weren't happy and I am hoping this gets to someone over there. I, 100% understand that the pressure to move people is high, but, maybe find a more elegant way to expedite that process. Don't make your diners feel like they are on a time limit. Hope to have a better experience with them in the future.

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SJ
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food at The Progress was so tasty and felt fresh conceptually. I loved that the ingredients were on the menu several times showing you that the team was using what was on hand and local. The wine was delicious and our server knowledgeable and attentive. The space is cosy and beautiful. We had a lovely evening!

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G
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

I've eaten there a dozen times and loved it. I'm sure I'll try it again, but our dinner was really quite bad and very expensive too. I wouldn't have minded the cost if the food had been on point, but it wasn't. The service was also not good with a long wait to get our order in.

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WH
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The Progress was outstanding overall. Our server was very helpful with recommendations and conversation. The pace and progression of the dishes were amazing; It felt like choosing your own tasting menu. The tables were a little close to each other for my liking, but I can understand that in San Francisco. I will certainly be coming here again, and I am excited to try their sister restaurant, State Bird Provisions.

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BP
3 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Like State Bird Provisions, The Progress knocks it out of the park. Good for almost all occasions. The family style approach is a perfect fit for the menu. Get the duck, it’s a really special dish.

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Cleveland
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome atmosphere and experience. Fantastic food and service.

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f
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful birthday dinner. Oysters, duck platter for two, pasta and sautéed broccoli were all outstanding dishes. Service could not have been more professional and responsive, and wine recommendation was impeccable. Fabulous meal.

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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful flavors!

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L
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great ambiance and the cocktails were fantastic! We had a party of six and the dishes to share were a little small for a group that size, but would have been perfect for 2 or 4. Also, the lamb chops were a must have!

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MB
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Went there for my boyfriend's birthday and had the best time! Probably stayed there for 2.5 hours and could've stayed another hour -- we didn't want to leave! Between the amazing food, the attentive service, and lively atmosphere, it was the perfect spot for a special occasion and we will absolutely be back :)

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OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent meal. Great service. Can’t wait to go back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious, try all of the vegetable options, each was unique and tasty. The big items really need 3+ people to avoid be overwhelmed with one food choice.

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M
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server — Julia R — was spectacular. She was able to correctly represent the flavors & presentation of each dish. before our order. This was a triumph given the number of menu items we wanted versus limited ourselves to for the evening.

In short, her attributes include articulate, enjoyable, accurate in her representations, . . . all while getting orders, bills, and requests in properly.

Damn good — we’ll be back.

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Calgary
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place!

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AP
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Loved vibe but was hard to hear my colleagues.
Last time I went every dish was wow. This time ...
Some of the dishes were exceptional— the trout, the snap peas. Other dishes were meh — the mushrooms and the asparagus.
Next time I will consult with the waiter before I order like I did during my first visit to make sure I order better.

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently outstanding.

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JB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very yummy food, but be prepared to pay quite a bit for it.

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c
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 4

The food and the servers were excellent... Just don't expect to have a nice evening with your company as they will kick you out after two hours (in as polite a way as possible!)

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B
Richmond
16 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've had many fine meals, however my night at The Progress just became my favorite since my dinner at Bouley's in 1994 after I participated in a Patis France Competition in NYC. What these two restaurants have in common is a total experience. From the door opening to the final cocktail, I was mesmerized. The friendly staff, the aroma, the textures and flavors of every dish, not to mention the perfect wines we were ecstatic. An evening like this we will remember for decades to come, that is something special.
We also would like to mention the extra care they gave us when our time was up at our table they so thoughtfully moved us to a booth at the bar for our dessert course. Our hats are off to the entire staff!
We can't wait to return next year:). Congratulations on a truly wonderful restaurant!! We've been spreading the word:). Thank you. Ami

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