Dobbs Ferry Restaurant
Dobbs Ferry Restaurant
  • Address:
    409 Gough Street
    San Francisco, CA 94102
    Neighborhood:
    Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
  • Cuisine:
    American
    Price: $30 and under

Dobbs Ferry Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.dobbsferrysf.com/
  • Phone: 4155517700x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Weekend Lunch/Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

    Dinner:
    Monday - Saturday: 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
    Sunday: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm


    Dobbs Bar (406 Hayes St):
    Monday - Friday 2:00pm - 1:45am
    Saturday - Sunday 10:00am - 1:45am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Comfort Food, Californian
  • Executive Chef: Mike Yakura
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: We have a wide variety of catering options available. Contact us at info@dobbsferrysf.com for more information. Information may also be found on our website at www.dobbsferrysf.com
  • Private Party Facilities: Dobbs Ferry has 3 different rooms that are available for private events. Contact Danny at info@dobbsferrysf.com for more information. Information may also be found on our website at www.dobbsferrysf.com
  • Private Party Contact: Miranda Sun 4155517700x
  • Special Events: Dobbs Ferry is available for private events, banquets, and catering. We have three rooms to accommodate most sized groups. Contact us for more information.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Hayes St.
  • Public Transit: Number 21 Muni stops directly in front of the restaurant. You can also take the 5 or the F and have a short walk.
    1/2 Mile walk from Civic Center BART.
  • Parking: No
  • Parking Details: Street parking and public lots within 1 block. Grove and Gough parking lots as well.
A word from Dobbs Ferry Restaurant
Dobbs Ferry Restaurant is an all day and everyday establishment; for locals, by locals; with a welcoming beckon to all of the visitors of this Little City. It is an ambassador of West coast food and East coast style with an "old world" feel, that is uniquely and unequivocally San Francisco.
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Dobbs Ferry Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
211 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (124)fit for foodies (95)special occasion (46)good for groups (36)vibrant bar scene (34)great for brunch (28)notable wine list (22)romantic (22)great for lunch (19)hot spot (16)late-night find (10)kid-friendly (9)great for outdoor dining (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Never Disappoints
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Love this place. Not only is the food always consistently excellent, the owners and staff are attentive and actually remember you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • hidden treasure
    Oman5
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    I had walked by this place hundreds of times without even having desire to enter, as it just looked rather nondescript from outside and did not look like a kind of place I normally frequent with excitement . Boy, WAS I WRONG !!!! One evening ,a good friend of mine took me there for dinner after a matinee of an opera, as it is just a couple of blocks away from opera house. The food was unexpectedly innovative and re-fined within that comfortable home-cooking realm (= meaning unpretentiously re-fined and simply yummy ). The price point is incredibly reasonable, too. The wait crew is also genuinely friendly and knowledgeable about different kinds of food from various cultures, although the dishes are based on American cookery.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre-performance dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Our party of five arrived in staggered style due to Bay Area traffic. Nevertheless, staff were extremely attentive to our ultimate deadline at nearby Miner Hall. All of the older adults enjoyed their entrees and the fresh vegetable components within them, but our young adult diner found the meatballs to be overly spicy. The staff were attentive to serving an alternate choice from the menu and excluding the charges for this unappreciated item. This will be on our destination list for future concerts.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • meh.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    i was underwhelmed. the bacon was soggy and fatty, the toast blah. eggs were poached the way i like them and the potatoes okay. service was friendly but the waiter announced to us that it would be us "and a bunch of old people trying to make the theatre". kind of off-putting. bloody mary was meh, too.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just great food and service
    Justaguy
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Found a real winner here. Super friendly and attentive staff, and awesome food. The pizza was a nice mix of traditional and californian. The broccolini was cooked perfectly and the chocolate cake was rich and excellent!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 2SFdiners
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Everything about Dobbs Ferry was wonderful. We were seated right away, the manager and assistant manager were so friendly and came to the table to make sure everything was going well. The waiter was terrific. He explained the menu, we made a few changes and he was very happy to comply to our request. He brought our drinks , asked if we had tickets to the symphony, brought the food when it was ready and we never felt rushed. We had tickets for an 8PM performance. We were seated at 6PM and left a little after 7:15 PM . We really enjoyed the meal and will certainly make reservations for the next symphony performance we will be attending.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food and service simply excellent!!
    Danny
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Every dish we had was fantastic, unique and delicious . The service was excellent. Our waiter John did a fantastic job of describing each dish we had along with providing wonderful service. We will be back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great family reunion setting!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Dobbs Ferry turned out to be the perfect place for a family brunch reunion. My aunt asked for a place that was not noisy (as so many SF restaurants are today), so we could have a good visit. It was the perfect place. We had our own area where everyone was able to converse without distracting noise. The service was excellent, and the brunch was delicious. Everyone loved their brunch selections. My aunt's friend was from the East coast and knew of Dobbs Ferry because he lived nearby. We all agreed we would return. I dine there before the ballet and will be sure to return when the ballet season resumes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • owhyVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Extensive menu; excellent presentation; top-notch service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Barry
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Simply a delightful excperience, especially the innovative cooking. If you haven't tried it, DO. (For dinner, though, reservation is pretty much a necessity).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Spot
    IpanemagirlVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    From the moment you arrive you are made to feel really welcome by the friendly staff. The food and service were excellent. This is a great spot to dine at before attending a cultural event in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dependable, convenient, good food!
    Loren
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Dobbs Ferry has become our Sunday brunch 'go to' location, prior to the 2 pm opera matinee. Dobbs Ferry staff recognize us and genuinely welcome our return. That's such a nice touch! Menu has been updated and there are new items periodically, so we come back and enjoy. I have recommended it to friends and will continue to do so.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific Hollandaise
    barbsberg
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    I had smoked trout Benedict, and it was terrific. And I don't know how they died the potatoes, but I'd like to get the recipe. They were addictive. I'm going back next weekend for another brunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent spot before opera
    OperaGoer
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Went for the first time before an opera performance. The food was excellent and the service was very attentive. The waiter's suggestions for wine was spot on. We will look forward to dining there again before another opera performance, or another time we are in Hayes Valley.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • sfo123
    sfo123VIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Our waiter was superb. He asked if we were on way to an event and took excellent care of us. Two had pizza and it was excellent, the rest had pasta and all were very pleased. It was probably the best service we have had before the opera/symphony/ballet at any restaurant in the area in years and we have tried them all.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everything was so good!
    SamJ
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Food was delicious, service was prompt, servers were delightful. I will absolutely go back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • suesue22
    culturelover
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I enjoy attending the symphony and opera, and prefer to dine somewhere in the neighborhood prior to the performance. Dobbs Ferry has emerged to be my favorite "go-to" restaurant. Staff are very friendly, competent, take into consideration your needs for curtain time, and the tables are spaced so that you feel you have privacy in conversations. The best part is the food. I have had several items on the menu, and they have consistently been perfectly cooked. The selection is eclectic, some unusual, there are small plates available as well as regular size portions. I heartily recommend Dobbs Ferry.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • decembergirl
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    My friend and I were initially drawn to this restaurant because we are both from Dobbs Ferry, New York. We had heard about it from pals and wanted to add our pictures to the Dobbs Ferry wall! That was the initial hook, but this is a true San Francisco find. The food was terrific, the portions generous, the wine (and menu) fairly priced, and the ambiance friendly. The service was excellent. I will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Teen
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    From the moment we entered the restaurant, we were made to feel at home. The hostess was quite warm and friendly. The appetizers and main dishes were very good. The server was very helpful and attentive. The wine was reasonable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding!
    pattinolaVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Friendly staff, amazing food, lovely atmosphere. My picky friend declared it the best roasted chicken he'd ever eaten. Reasonable prices too! An all-around great evening
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We've been here several times, mostly before the theater or the symphony and such. The food never disappoints, and usually impresses. The pasta with spare ribs is really good, as is the pork tenderloin. They appear to have had some staff turnover, so some of the new servers are still getting up to speed, so the service is not quite as good as it used to be, but I expect it will be fine.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food and Plenty of it
    AngelaVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    After reading the menu which included pizza, rice balls and some other old style Italian dishes, we weren't expecting anything out of the ordinary. The chef has taken many of the old style dishes and given them a distinctly modern twist. The chicken stew with pepperoncini and fried potatoes was excellent with just the right combination of spices to add interest to the dish. Two of us ordered it and we each had enough for 2 additional meals. The cannolis were non traditional but quite tasty. The wines complemented the foods perfectly. Even the grilled salmon had an extra zip to it. Everyone at our table gave the meal at least 3 stars. We all intend to return to Dobbs Ferry very soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great before a concert
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    It's located right by the parking garage and the symphony theatre. This resturaunt made out night.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service and meal
    chrisrober
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    We went before a show at Davies Hall in Civic Center. Super close and easy walk! Easy to get to from bart or driving as well. The food was great, as was the service. I would highly recommend the Burrata with Grilled peaches or the carbonara pizza. Also, the restaurant has a ton of gluten free options, which is great if you are accommodating people with different needs. Our waitress recommended we order more wine because it was a better deal at the restaurant than at the venue - and she was right! Cheaper wine for the win!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The food was great! Ample proportions! The service was wonderful Full bar and great wines!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Time But Not The Last
    cwilsonVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    The menu is simple but there is something for everyone. the Burrata with fresh peaches was perfect. The fried green tomatoes were just OK but I probably wouldn't order them again. The ravioli was delicious, the perfect texture. Wine list was fine. Our server was attentive but not smothering. Lovely!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Civic Center Treat
    Preshowdiner
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    This is a wonderful restaurant for pre opera, ballet, symphony performances etc. Staff inquired if we had a performance time line and did not rush us but took care of our order in a timely manner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A happy foodie experience
    FoundFoodLuv
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Great seasonal food, superbly prepared and cooked, great ambiance. This restaurant has it all. Enjoyed a fabulous dinner: tarted with shared plates of fresh grilled sardines, and buratta with fresh peaches which was outstanding! My pork entry was delicious, and th others has excellent pasta dishes. My daughters have been there twice before and said this is some of the best food she has ever had, and the experience is repeated every time she has dined there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great on all accounts
    SFfoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Service was outstanding, wait staff was keenly attentive but not intrusive. Food, outstanding. Would definitely feel comfortable to recommend to anyone wanting a great meal with great service. We'll absolutely be going back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always great
    jfhsVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Somehow, every time we eat here, it gets better and better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great service
    Tomas
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    The food was good with some interesting choices, the marrow with pesto, for example. The space is a bit cramped and the noise level was excessive. The service, in the other hand, was outstanding. In addition to our wait person, several other staff members stopped by our table to help out or inquire about our meals without being intrusive. They also accomodated a special salad request that was not on the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner before symphony
    hammerVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    They asked if we had plans, which we did, and then paced everything accordingly. Had the chips and cauliflower as appetizer. Dinners were rigatoni, scarpa pizza and stuffed shells. All great and the red sauce is fabulous. Had a great pre-meal cocktail and a bottle of red from New York that was fabulous. Overall a great experience ---we'll come back for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic!
    510foodie
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    I joined a friend for pre-show dinner and drinks last week, and WOW did we get more than I expected! I'd read reviews and heard from friends that Dobbs Ferry would be a great choice, but I had no idea! Drinks were amazing, innovative bourbon selection, not the standards around these parts. We ordered way more than we anticipated, because it was impossible to choose dishes! we went with 'yes'. Every dish hit the nail on the head, no duds. Very good, and I look forward to many more visits.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dinner before a show
    priceymallfish
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    I had dinner with my dad here before seeing a City Arts and Lecture talk. It was easy and quiet. I ordered the cauliflower side dish and when the manager asked how everything was, I mentioned it had a little too much heat. He brought me another that was perfect. I wasn't even going to complain because even though it was a bit spicy, I still liked it. Everyone was very accommodating. We loved it.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing after past visits
    AnonymousIV
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    This was my first chance to try out the bar. I do not know whether it was the server or the bartender, but someone really doesn't know anything about drinking whiskey straight without ice. First I got it mixed into an Old Fashioned (which I did not ask for) and then poured out after having been put in a cocktail shaker with ice. Usually, I do not drink because I am off to work; but this pretty much discouraged me from having anything to do with the bar in the future. On the food side I have to confess that I ordered the corn soup after having been really impressed with Indigo's version. This time was a flat-out failure: hardly any corn, a watery, almost tasteless broth, and some perverse idea to substitute potato for the corn.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • odd dining experience
    sfdinerVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The weirdest meal I have had in a long time - slimy boiled chicken with sodden potatoes swimming in liquid surrounded by large peppers. Don't know what it was trying to achieve but left me cold. Other dishes may be (hopefully) better but won't be going back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • tookpickVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Just love this place. Go for the homemade raviolis with cream sauce. You'll return. Great wait staff.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • William
    WilliamVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We tried Dobbs Ferry before the symphony. As mentioned in previous reviews the staff was very friendly; we were treated like special guests. We tried the most popular courses: the rigatoni and flat iron steak. Fantastic!! We shared the liver pate which was superb. Excellent wine choices by the glass. Dobbs Ferry is very conscious about insuring we had plenty of time for the 7:30 performance but did not rush us at all. We had a delightful experience and will return to sample other menu items. We found a terrific restaurant for pre-performance dinners in Civic Center.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • surprise find!
    Cody
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    We saw a performance at SF Jazz around the corner and walked over to DF afterwards. What a welcome we received by the hostesses and the manager and the waitress, everyone. We have already recommended the spot to several friends in the city. It was refreshing to be in a hip place without the attitude....inviting, warm, excellent food and even shared recipes if you ask the cook! It is now one of our top 5 go-to restaurants. Thanks so much
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience at Dobbs Ferry
    TheM
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Due to horrendous traffic, we arrived 45 minutes late (we called to let them know). They were super accommodating, and seated us in the front area immediately. Knowing that we had limited time since we were attending a show, they told us what to avoid ordering (would take more time to make), and assured us that they could get the food out quickly to us. We ordered margaritas, which were good. The food did arrive quickly, and it was delicious. I had the chicken liver pate (wonderful) and tomato panzanella (those toy box melons are delicious), and my husband had the tagliatelle (he loved it). The food was great, and the service was top notch. We were in and out in 40 minutes. Thank you, Dobbs Ferry!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate