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Ame Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.amerestaurant.com
  • Phone: (415) 284-4040
  • Hours of Operation: Dining Room: Monday - Thursday 6PM - 9:30PM

    Fridays and Saturdays 5:30PM - 10PM

    Bar and Lounge: Sunday - Thursday 12PM - 12AM

    Fridays and Saturdays 12PM - 1AM
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Michael Morrison
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Third Street - Valet entrance is on Minna Street
  • Public Transit: Montgomery is the closet BART Station
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: Valet parking is offered through the St. Regis Hotel located at 125 Third Street. The entrance to the hotel is on Minna Street at the corner of Third Street. We validate for diners at a rate of $20 for the first 3 hours. Additional charges apply after 3 hours.
A word from Ame
Hiro Sone and Lissa Doumani as chefs and co-owners of Terra Restaurant in St. Helena, have brought their sense of taste and style to Ame Restaurant. Ame offers a relaxed yet elegant dining experience.

Guests will be welcomed to the intimate, L-shaped dining room by rich mesquite wood floors and striking surroundings. The interior of the restaurant includes a custom designed raw bar, a stunning red lacquered wall, and the restaurant’s signature “red table,” a five-foot square table. The menu showcases seasonal New American cuisine, with a blending of flavors from southern France, northern Italy and Japan. Guests can select from raw treatments from the
raw bar, such as crudo and tartare, as well as a range of appetizer and entree plates, and an assortment of artisan cheese and desserts.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Was told after sitting down for our 9:30 reservation that we had 10 minutes to quickly order before they closed the kitchen. Felt rushed, drinks came out of order of the meal. Meal arrived and felt like staff was waiting over us to hurry us out. Should have just hit up a walk out sushi joint. Food was decent, but wouldn't recommend. Next time when I stay at the St. Regis I'll eat offsite."
    Dined on 11/17/2014
  • "Looking for a place while in for a conference. Worked down the list of notable places, price not really a consideration. Couldn't get a last minute reservation anywhere except here for 6 people. Bar was fun and open in the St. Regis lobby. Drinks served adroitly and from a fine list. Moving to dining area, place was about half full at 8pm on a friday night. Should have known. Overall, food was so so. I am writing this 2 days after and am trying to remember what we had. And for ~$300/couple, there are better options. Next time, will not wait to make last minute reservation. Also ate at Bourbon steak and La Folie this trip and felt like it was money better spent, about $300-400/couple."
    Dined on 11/14/2014
  • "We have dined at Ame three time and it has been consistently excellent each time. The service is impeccable and the food both unique and superbly prepared. In addition to their full bar Ame's beverage list includes a wide selection of sake, wine and beer. Ame is extremely attentive to the needs of its customers. They always ask about food allergies or special requests. My wife is glutton intolerant and the waiter not only makes sure her selections are glutton free but personally inspects each dish to avoid any accidental glutton inclusions."
    Dined on 11/12/2014
  • "We were recommended this restaurant by a friend. There were three of us in our dinner party, we all consider ourselves well versed in fine dining and although our service at Ame was impeccable, the food was just average."
    Dined on 11/8/2014
  • "I scheduled this reservation weeks in advance and made sure to leave at least two hours for dining for four of us. We had an event to go to afterwards. 2 of us had an appetizer & entree and the other 2 had the 4-course-special for $90 each. The Entrees were good but the 4 courses were not so great (except the soup) and they were slow and tiny (even for a course menu). In fact, they kept bringing us "distraction drinks" (that we didn't like or want) because it was taking so long. They kept apologizing, which was nice, but we were late for our event by an hour 1/2! Dinner took over 3 1/2 hours for 4 people. I like to dine but that's ridiculous! If I spend $500 I expect much better quality and service. They didn't even offer to comp anything."
    Dined on 11/1/2014
  • "We had a special night and found this special place. The raw bar offering was exquisite, as were the fish special and lobster and cuddle fish. Our only disappointment was the lack of any tasty chocolate finish. Hopefully that will be fixed."
    Dined on 10/25/2014
  • "Robert de Niro loved Nobu's black cod in miso. Chef Sone uses shiso. Sweeter. Bright. I prefer savory miso. My date (lovely wife) loved the Hiro choice. Both are perfect. Server Tommy was spot on with all recommendations. I have never been helped by better. Of course dessert by Chef Lissa Romani was astonishing. I wonder what that power couple talk about."
    Dined on 10/24/2014
  • "simply put; customer service doesnt know how to handle a dissapointed customer. I wasnt told about the specifics of cancellation policy over phone when i added a second reservation (on top of existing opentable booking). The representative told me that they `assumed` I know. His unprofessional, agressive, NOT-solution but conflict oriented approach was dissapointing. I represent a big multi-national with significant client interatction activity in SF downtown and would never EVER consider AME as a viable option only due to this lack of professionalism. Btw - he told me that his manager would get back to me and guess what? they never did..."
    Dined on 10/22/2014
  • "Hotel restaurant atmosphere and food. Good was bland and the fusion Asian appetizers were nearly inedible. It's San Fran - go elsewhere."
    Dined on 10/15/2014
  • "The food was quite good, but I expected more from such a well-reviewed restaurant. The atmosphere was negatively affected by a huge conference in town that seemed to take over everything, including Ame. Our table wasn't available until about 30 minutes after our reserved time, so we had to wait in the packed lounge and fight our way up to the bar and shout over the crowd just to get a drink while we waited. We had informed the restaurant we were celebrating a very special occasion, so the wait was unfortunate and we were a bit disappointed that our table didn't seem special (although we never get our hopes up too much for that). The dining room was freezing; even my partner in a wool suit was cold. So it was disappointing overall."
    Dined on 10/15/2014
  • "I took my out of town family to enjoy dinner because Ame has been a favorite of mine. Methinks new management (think MBA DEGREE FOCUSED ON COST WITH NO UNDERSTANDING OF BRAND) has taken charge. Too bad. Food is good quality but presentation is not good and service has diminished. Servers are not well trained like they were before. I asked about the origin of the Sake the server recommended, and she was clueless. One would think if she recommended it, she would have good knowledge about it. My partner and I have been regulars at Ame, but probably will not return."
    Dined on 10/15/2014
  • "The food at Ame was the best we had the entire trip! My husband and I were there for our 10th anniversary and it was a perfect choice. Their signature Cod dish was unbelievable. The service was fantastic. We will be back the next time we visit SF for sure."
    Dined on 9/25/2014
  • "My wife had the Saki marinated cod, and I had the Steak :) Both were excellently prepared, meeting our expectations for a 3 Michelin star restaurant. The fish was flavorful and the steak was both aged and well cooked, making for a very tender but flavorful steak."
    Dined on 9/24/2014
  • "I was in San Francisco for a large event. I wanted a break from the crowds, noise, etc, and I wanted some great food. So I discovered Ame that was like 2 blocks from my hotel. I had the tasting menu. The service was outstanding. The server had asked me if I had any dietary preferences, and I mentioned that I should not have raw shellfish due to some auto-immune issues. A person brought an Amuse to the table, a raw scallop, the server saw them delivering it to me and basically ran to the table to let me know it was raw (I think it had been torched on top so it did not appear to be raw), took it away, and I got a new amuse within maybe 3 minutes. Every course was outstanding."
    Dined on 9/21/2014
  • "We celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary at Ame. The food was perfect. We had the pairing menu and the wines were perfectly paired for the courses right down to a desert offering. Waitress was attentive but not hovering. Service was perfect. The staff worked as a well oiled team. Very enjoyable evening. We will return."
    Dined on 9/20/2014
  • "Sat at the bar first. Had "the best martini ever" (the actual name). Our bartender was fantastic... Thought it was a ridiculous price, but OMG soooo delish! Appetizers included ceviche, and a dish with cuddle noodles and sea urchin and a quail egg. Can't even remember what else was in it - it was unbelievable. Sake marinated Black cod for dinner, for sure. I would order the exact same thing next time. Service in the restaurant was also wonderful. Our waitress recommended a bottle of wine from Washington - we were hesitant, but it was perfect and continued to open and please. Overall five stars. Can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 9/19/2014
  • "Ambience: Was expecting quiet elegance; instead the dining room is dated/shabby and the noise level from the hotel lobby and open kitchen is anything but Zen (Zagat?) Food: I had the same entrée as at Terra, and the difference was astonishing: Terra 5 Stars, Ame' 2 Stars. and to paraphrase a recent Michael Bauer review, the dessert/pastry chef doesn't like sweets. Service was fine, although the wait between courses was too long."
    Dined on 9/18/2014
  • "Dinner was very tasty and the scallops with caviar and unagi topping was excellent, only to be topped by the signature black code with shrimp dumplings. Only small down side was that they seemed to be having difficulty with a larger group and handling multiple credit cards or splitting in any manner. Overall this small downside was significantly outweighed but an excellent evening."
    Dined on 9/14/2014
  • "Wonderful Service! Came here with my wife and her mother and aunt. They like to share everything and the restaurant was very accommodating and made sure we were set up with the exact plates and utensils for each course. Food was also fantastic! The chawanmushi is the perfect texture which isn't easy to do! Thank you for a wonderful experience!"
    Dined on 9/14/2014
  • "My wife took me here for the first time for my 41st birthday with a large group. We had a tasting menu that was relish!!! I would highly recommend it and enjoy all there is to offer . cheers"
    Dined on 9/13/2014
  • "The bread was awesome, but the prices for food and wine were ridiculous."
    Dined on 9/12/2014
  • "I went there with my husband for my birthday, food is delicious as well as wine, and it's very quiet. Contemporary cuisine and decoration."
    Dined on 9/7/2014
  • "Had a fabulous dinner at Ame with attentive service, beautiful presentation, and unexpected variety. The sake marinated Alaskan black cod in broth was spot on with flavor and plenty of portion. Roasted duck was excellent, and all dishes from the raw bar were unique and delicious. Best of all was the hand berry pie with cheesecake ice cream - unforgettable."
    Dined on 9/6/2014
  • "Great take on French food. This is a must go to dining experience in San Francisco"
    Dined on 9/5/2014
  • "I was pleasantly surprised by the food here. I was concerned that being inside the St. Regis hotel would make this place stuffy and too posh, but they were warm and friendly and provided great service. The food was fusion Japanese but did not go too far and try too hard to be eclectic so it was great."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "I met my advisor for dinner at Ame, and had a wonderful experience here. The food was delightful, ample portions, and the servers were polite and competent without being stuffy. Overall, a wonderful place to visit for good food, wine, and conversation."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "The food was generally good. Especially lobster. The taste of Ame menu was totally enough for a man."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "We hosted our son and his boss for dinner. The food was fabulous, the service attentive but not intrusive and we could easily have a conversation."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "I would say that for what I paid, the meal was mostly uneventful. My "special" sashimi dish lacked any flavor surprise; each individual portion, though prepared differently, tasted like the other. When you pay $350 for dinner you expect something special. The only thing special about the meal here was the bill. And, excuse me, but $140 for a bottle of Zinfandel is a joke."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Our meal at Ame was simply stunning from start to finish; the quality of the food was bettered only by the impeccable service. Our waiter was friendly, knowledgeable and very focused on ensuring that we had the best dishes and the best possible experience, and was keen to recommend things to our taste, and he was not wrong. We both had the Broiled Sake Marinated Alaskan Black cod & shrimp dumplings in shiso broth, which was divine; incredible flavors, coupled with mouth-tingling textures. For dessert, I had the Summer Berry Hand Pie, which were worth the $100 per head cover alone - I'll definitely be going back for those."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Was very impressed with the service as the waiter was attentive but not obtrusive and made helpful menu and beverage suggestions. The food was excellent , had beautiful presentation and was served hot !"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "This was a special occasion for us, we hadn't seen ea. other in several weeks and we wanted to begin our evening w a romantic dinner. Ame delivered on this one! Everything to perfection. The scallop sushi topped w uni was amazing and the roasted black cod w shrimp ravioli cooked to the point of bliss. Sitting so delicately in the middle of a breathtaking richly flavored broth. We finished w the berry hand pies w buttermilk ice cream. I have never had a more flaky delight."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "Ran into former Mayor Willie Brown! Food was fresh (but not to die for), decor classy, romantically quiet, waitress was attentive. 4 out of 5 stars."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "Impecable, perfect dishes and fantastic combination of French and Japanese."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "We went with a party of 6 to celebrate team project and had a lovely time. Service was excellent, food was plentiful and very tasty with a nice wine pairings. Definitely hope to visit again!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "I tend not to like to eat in hotel but this is my second time in Ame and the food is consistently delicious and the service is impeccable."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Taste what the chef loves! It was great. Multiple smaller plates. 6 courses. Nice diversity. Marvelous flavors and ingredients with terrific wine pairings. Enjoy!!"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Tried the tasting menu with wine pairings. Perfect amount of food. Attentive service. Squash soup delightful. Black cod was perfect. Excellent dinner."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Looked for a Micheline-rated restaurant and found this. We got very disappointed. The food was average, so was the service. We expected more japanese tastes. The tasting-manu was 3 dishes and a dessert"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Amazing high end Japanese "like" food. amazingly fresh fish."
    Dined on 6/30/2014