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Phone: (415) 929-9215

Fax: (415) 929-9215

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Marina District, Union Street, Northwest San Francisco
Spanish Restaurants, Mediterranean Restaurants, Seafood Restaurants, Restaurants
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Parking: Street

Wi-Fi: No

Attire: Casual

Cuisines: Spanish, Mediterranean, European, Seafood, Continental

Price Range : Average

Outdoor Seating: No

Bike Parking: No

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Takes Reservations: Yes


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Provided by Citysearch - 
Best Tapas

Dined with group of eight, fit up all with no reservations. Excellent wines selected, and suggested. Nice people, geat tapasPotatoes Bravas!



Provided by Citysearch - 
It's the tapas, not the accoutrements, which shine at Alegrias

I was pleased with the tapas at Alegrias. My friends and I got the rabbit, which was good and tender. The papas were not dry and were fried just crispy enough. The salmon was also good, soft and well-seasoned. The sangria was not all that remarkable, however. For the most part the desserts were not notable, though the crepes with caramel were delicious, properly sweet and the caramel was thick enough.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Nice all around experience

Ate here for the first time tonight and will definitely be back. The food, the service, and the atmosphere were all great. We started with the cheese and chorizo plate, followed by various hot dishes. Our favorites were the crab cakes, the potatoes in spicy red sauce, and the desserts! The apple crepe was absolutely to die for. I could eat it every day for the rest of my life and never get sick of it.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Great food, easy parking

Our dining experience at Alegrias was excellent. It seems that the owners of Alegrias must have read some of the negative reviews posted on Citysearch. First, parking was so easy; there is a multi-story public garage across the street. Second, we got there at 6:30pm on a Saturday; for a party of 2, we were seated promptly. We knew we wanted Paella so we ordered rightaway. We had Tapas and Sangria while our Valenciana Paella was being prepared. Our Paella was brought to our table in 30 mins. as listed on the menu. This was our first time for Paella, the morsels of chicken and seafood were so moist, tender, and succulent. The chocolate mousse was heavenly. Their individually brewed cup of coffee was unforgetable! The wait staff was very attentive yet not hovering; We'll be back!



Provided by Citysearch - 
All around great place!

Craving Tapas then this is the place. I've been here several times and always have a terrific meal. It's on busy Lombard but once you walk in the door you feel totally separated from the noise of the outside world. The spinich, crabcakes and goat cheese are terrific. We can't seem to get enough of the potatos. If you like wines there's many to choose from and the staff will help.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Great restaurant, good local secret

My friends and I have been coming here for several years, and we are never disappointed. The tapas dishes are always excellent - you've got to order the potatoes! Be sure to ask the waiters about which wine to order with your dishes - they have an amazingly in-depth knowledge of wine. You'll probably get to try some wine you'd never had before, and would never have thought to order. How great is that? This isn't a see-and-be-seen chi chi Marina restaurant. You'll want to go here when you are in the mood for something a little more low-key. A place where you can actually hear the dinner conversation over great food and wine.



Provided by Citysearch - 

i also love this place. i took two friends last night and they too now love alegrias. we had three tapas and shared a paella. everything was great. i've gone in the past and had a couple more tapas without the paella. my favorites are the spinich, goat cheese, empanadas, and prawns. i'm usually stuffed but somehow manage to share a dessert. the flaming apple crepe and orange flan are awsome. anyway, the food has tons of flavor, but not overly cooked or soaked in oil. the sangria is the best i've had and my sister-in-law dreams about it.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Authentic Spanish Food

I love this place. I've never been disappointed with the food. I love the tortilla and the prawns sauteed with wine and garlic. I would really recommend the paella valenciana with the chorizo. It is really delicious. I also love the sangria. The service is always really warm and freindly. I have recommended Alegrias to all of my friends. Its one of my favorite restaurants.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Overpriced and Inconsistent Spanish food

I was disappointed at this place, the ambience and the service were great, but unfortunately the quality of the Spanish food here is inconsistent, first of all, the menu is a bit limited, I was in a party of 5, and we pretty much ordered every single tapa worth ordering, each tapa is close to $10, the portions are very small for what you pay, so not only does this place receive low scores for value, but there is definitely no reason to return because Ive tried everything, do not order the patatas bravas, they were nothing like how they are supposed to be, they were more like potatoes OBrien with a mild marinara sauce, the potatoes were diced too small and tasted frozen and preprocessed, patatas bravas are supposed to be cut tetrahedrally in bigger chunks rather than cubed very small like hash browns, the sauce is supposed to be a thicker hot sauce, not a watery and bland marinara-like pasta sauce, the sauteed mushrooms tasted fine except for the miniscule portions, the mussels were fine except the mussels were thumbnail size, the garlic shrimp tasted fine except for the small portions and the small size of the shrimp, the croquettes tasted fine except we had to split 4 croquettes between 5 people, do not order the pork skewers, the meat was way overcooked and spread over another unappetizing serving of patatas bravas, a less common tapa was the bell peppers stuffed with lamb, this was good but again you really cannot get full on the stuff, the tortilla espanola was good and included adequate portions, the cold sausage platter was nothing special, the paella had sufficient substance but was a bit salty, expect to spend close to $30/person, we did not even order wine, the sangria was decent but costs $20/pitcher and yields 7 small glasses, I would not recommend this place, if you must go here, get a tortilla espanola, one of the paellas, or try one of the entrees, the tapas here are really not worth spending your money on, this place receives a C rating



Provided by Citysearch - 
Very authentic!

We celebrated a birthday party here tonight and everything was wonderful--a great venue for a group dinner. The service was very attentive and the food was authentic. Some of the dishes even rivaled my Spanish mother's specialities!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Okay food, very slow service...

We ordered the pallea, a salad, and 2 potato small plates. The salad and small plates were okay, nothing really impressive. The waiter told us that we would have to wait 30 minutes for our pallea as expected, however they forgot to put our order in, so we were basically there for a little over an hour before they we reminded them about it. They were nice enough to compensate us for forgeting by giving us crabcakes and prawns. Again, the dishes were only okay. The food was a bit expensive for what you were getting, however the ambiance and the waiters were nice. Overall you're not missing much.



Provided by Citysearch - 
A wonderful surprise!

Alegrias Restaurant, what a wonderful surprise we all had in this lovely Spanish restaurant. We were party of 5 with a 7 month old baby. We went early, around 6:00pm to make sure that it will be no problem with the baby. Right away it was clear that the restaurant is well run. Clean, tastefully decorated, proper sitting, proper helpful service. We do dine out enough to know when we get really lucky with a restaurant. We had a large variety of warm Tapas, one better then the next. The Paella was great too! The coffe was fresh ""press"" and the crema Catalana superb.
We highly recomend it.
Robin Paul and Christina R.



Provided by Citysearch - 
The place for ultimate Spanish cuisine

Wow, I'm really surprised to read the negative reviews for Alegrias! I've been going there since it has opened, and I've never had a bad experience with food or the staff. We are always welcomed warmly and the food is amazing! The paella is wonderful and I always order the calamari. Its a great place to go to try a bunch of different dishes with friends and have a good time.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Not Authentic Cuisine

I centainly do not recommend this restaurant to anyone. The service was mediocre, the food, after waiting fourty minutes for it to be served, was totally atrocious. The only thing I enjoyed was the fresh bread and the semi-romantic ambiance.



Provided by Citysearch - 
User review by lord_humongous

Everything I have tried here tastes great. And the best thing about tapas is that you get to try a few different dishes and enjoy as much as possible. I also highly recommend the sangria. The only real negative is the lack of attention from the waitstaff. Just because you have an authentic Spanish waitstaff doesn't mean you can do a poor job. But in spite of that small complaint, I have never had a bad expeience here.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Reminds me of home

I've lived in Sevilla for four years and this is the closest I've come to having a taste of Spain. While a lot of the so called ""Tapas"" restaurants in San Francisco try to put their own culinary spin on Spanish cusine (spicying it up for people that don't know the difference between Mexico and Spain ), this restaurant sticks to authentic flavors. The Gambas al ajillo are amazing, their selection of Spanish wines is both top notch and inexpensive, and their sherry list is one of the largest in the city. While it can get noisy on weekends, during the week it is mellow and romantic.



Provided by Citysearch - 
lacks flavor especially for the price

My husband and I were there Sunday 6/26/05 and were very disapointed especially since the reviews here were good. Our suggestion is to start with the Sangria and crab cakes then stop! The sangria was wonderful, very flavorful and bold with nice pieces of fruit. crab cakes were good - more crab than filler and a nice sauce. We ordered tapas starting with the rabbit which was tender but had no flavor in the heavy tomato based sauce. The queso de cabra was very plain - more like goat cheese baked into plain tomato sauce. the grilled lamb was moist but again lacked any flavor. overall, the food is not horrible, but definitly not the spanish experience the previous reviewers were raving about.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Best Spanish in the Bay Area

Awesome servers, awesome food, wonderful ambiance. Total package in San Francisco!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Good for groups

I was there on Saturday in a group of 14 people. The service alone is a reason to visit this place, they are WONDERFUL! According to the waiter they have a small kitchen so they prefer for the guests to order their group menu, which was yummy! About $28/ person, inc. the paella (it was a bit ""pasty"" though) and my minor complaint about the group menu is there was not enough ""meat"" choices... HOWEVER, we requested calamari and they threw it in for free and by the time the paella came we were so full that there was not even room for dessert if we wanted it. The location is great too -- fairly easy parking and after dinner we took a quick walk to the bars over on Filmore. The **only** disappointment is that they do not have flamenco guitarist anymore which created more a quiet ambience.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Excellant tapas and paella

My wife and I really enjoyed this restaurant. We were seated promptly and our waiter was very polite and helpful. Very nice, romantic atmosphere, although it can get a bit noisy when it gets busy.

The tapas we were recommended, patatas bravas and gambas al ajillo, were terrific! I have had very good paella but their seafood paella was excellant. We ordered a pitcher of sangria and sipped it the entire course of our dinner.

This would also be a great spot for groups. Highly recommend Alegrias

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