The Progress

4.8
1046 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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New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
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 4 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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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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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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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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently outstanding.

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JB
San Francisco
3 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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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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CJ
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food! We'd all been to State Bird before. Half the group liked this even better!

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MH
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great night - food, drinks, staff, ambiance all special. Thanks!

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1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

So sad that the rabbit is not on the menu!!!! But still, the lamb shoulder is pretty tender and the skin is crispy, the duck and rabbit tastes like pork?! But the ink noddle's sauce is so good that i wanna order one more dish!!!

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London
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was an excellent choice, recommended by a friend. We had a really enjoyable evening and would definitely recommend it to any other friends who come to San Francisco.

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LH
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great family style dining - delicious small plates and interesting menu.

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S
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Decided to come with my husband for our wedding anniversary and so happy that we did! Our server helped us pick a bottle of wine to go with our order. The duck was our main course and we we were not disappointed. The anchovies were also amazing.

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n
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The duck platter was amazing, but seriously, the squid ink noodles would be reason enough to come here. They will change your life!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food and service but we had a very awkwardly placed table on the far left corner of the room. We had a party of 3 and were given a rectangle table where two people sat on the long side and one person sat on the shorter side. It was hard to have a convo and I feel they just squeezed us in even though there were other tables and I had made reservations a while back.

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DC
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Our new favorite place in San Francisco!
Food was exceptional, service outstanding. Our server Julia was absolutely the best. We will certainly tell our friends to go there....a great mix of people and noise level surprisingly low....a win-win for everyone...

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CY
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was out of this world. When I come back to visit San Fran, I will be coming back!

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Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mind and taste buds have officially been blown!!!!

We tried an assortment from the appies, salads, veg, meats & dessert portions of the menu. Every bite was phenomenal. Drinks were fantastic too!!!

Julia, our server and all other staff we encountered were top notch. Very informative. They were all at the top of their game.

Only problem is we don’t live in San Francisco so we can’t keep going back whenever we please.

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PC
Adelaide / SA
5 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very creative menu utilizing all local ingredients with many coming from their personal farm, others coming from long term relationships with local farmers and gatherers. Superb wine list with offerings from around the world at a value, especially considering the uniqueness of the list and the broad selection. Great wine by the glass choices as well.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, Sofie was our server and she killed it. We got some gifts from the kitchen and they were great 10/10 will be back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food great service wine corkage fees need to be re-evaluated. Great staff.

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BT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best I have had in the SF area in a while. The chef is super creative. The wine list is not that great.

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Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, great atmosphere. Everything we ordered was divine.

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KH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our first visit to the Progress. With great PR we went with high expectations and we were not disappointed. Our small bites were innovative and very tasty. The charcuterie was fabulous. Though the bites came bit too quickly the main platter was very delayed. Once it arrived the lamb chops were plentiful with a range of rare to well done when Med rare for all was preferred. We had a great time and look forward to trying other options with friends and family.

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VD
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This place has great drinks and great service. The food was a little salty and heavy and always excessive when it comes to experiencing new foods.

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TO
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The Progress is our favorite place to take friends and out of town guests as it never fails to impress. The food is always great and the unique combination of flavors make for a delightful discovery of tastes. On this night we had the lamb platter and various side dishes. The lamb was simply delicious. Looking forward to the next time we have or invent a reason to come.

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