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Old Jun 13th, 2021, 09:48 AM
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If in San Francisco

Definitely worth the detour (BART or Muni to 24th & Mission):


We had the prix fixe at $85 per person, obligatory for a table of 6.
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Old Jun 23rd, 2021, 10:53 PM
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A (good) friend took us here! Delightful, wonderful food.
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Old Jun 29th, 2021, 01:43 PM
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Some of the best food in The City - but also the noisiest place ever. Loud & lousy music. Before COVID spacing, all the guests were trying to talk above the loud music, and made the place even noisier. We've dined there twice, and the last time we were inside with 6' spacing and my wife & I could not carry on a conversation because of the loud music. The next day I searched the internet for noise blocking earphones. There were plenty available, but none that both my wife & I could wear, each of us having a mouthpiece where we could talk & hear each other but block out the loud music & other guest's noise. Next time we will dine outside - always iffy in SF with the fog, wind, and evening chill. We will NOT dine inside unless I can find my ideal noise blocking earphones.

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Old Jun 29th, 2021, 09:32 PM
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We've really missed eating dinner with friends. Mostly the friends, less so the food. Now that we can be together, we've been choosing enjoyable conversation over great food. Dining outside has been a blessing.
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Some of the best food in The City - but also the noisiest place ever. Loud & lousy music. Before COVID spacing, all the guests were trying to talk above the loud music, and made the place even noisier. We've dined there twice, and the last time we were inside with 6' spacing and my wife & I could not carry on a conversation because of the loud music. The next day I searched the internet for noise blocking earphones. There were plenty available, but none that both my wife & I could wear, each of us having a mouthpiece where we could talk & hear each other but block out the loud music & other guest's noise. Next time we will dine outside - always iffy in SF with the fog, wind, and evening chill. We will NOT dine inside unless I can find my ideal noise blocking earphones.

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We asked and they did turn down the music. But noise is a problem, and with the extended parklet it might be easier to get an outside table reservation. Definitely not a place where getting together is more important than the food.
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First time we were there, we asked them to turn down the music too. And they did. Then it crept to the "too loud" level shortly.

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We ate there for my birthday a few years ago and enjoyed the food but felt we were rushed through dinner. The courses kept arriving so quickly, we could hardly keep up. The price was good for the quality of the food and the servers were friendly but it was not the relaxed, enjoyable, dining experience we were hoping for.
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The second time we dined at Al's was when they were operating at 50% capacity. We "assumed" that the guest noise would be tolerable. Wrong - they just turned up the lousy musi quite a bit to get at the same level of noise as it was before Covid.

About 25-30 years ago, there was an article in the NY Times (I think) that described a study which indicated that the louder the "buzz", the more diners drank alcohol, and the faster they consumed their dinners!! Both positives for the restaurants, and negatives for me, KTtravel, and others.

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