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
232 reviews since April 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (125)fit for foodies (90)special occasion (47)great for brunch (38)vibrant bar scene (34)good for groups (29)romantic (22)notable wine list (18)great for lunch (17)late-night find (13)hot spot (13)kid-friendly (10)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Civic Center Treat
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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.
    • Food
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
  • Great find on the Hayes Market area
    mshepard
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    The food was wonderful and fairly priced. The server, Jordan was great, friendly with good recommendations. Will definitely visit again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Grat spot for pre-theater
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Had a quick dinner with two other adults and a kid. The service was charming and the food was very very good - better than expected and I would go back any time...
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Really enjoyed the whole experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We had a wonderful experience there and will repeat the next time we are in the area!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch was OK
    gray
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Eggs overcooked but coffee was excellent and bacon was plentiful. Noisy
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Sunday Brunch
    Jango
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Loved our visit to Dobbs Ferry last Sunday. We ordered the Mushroom Hash, and it was awesome!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good meal; great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The cocktails and apps were excellent. The chicken Scarpiello was great. Only wish we had room for dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Place
    NateVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Very good food and very good service. The 1/2 chicken is excellent and the wedge salad was perfect to share.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gerry
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    We were seated upon arriving, greeted warmly, greet service, very good food, we will return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dobbs Ferry in San Francisco
    LovinLV
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The restaurant was amazing! I am from Dobbs Ferry and wanted to check this place out! Food was innovative and excellent. Service from hostess, wait staff and managers was first rate! Definitely give Dobbs Ferry 5 stars.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Come here!
    Jasmine62884
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Great restaurant and service. Appetizers and dessert was yummy! Not too pricey
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great pre-show choice
    niney
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Great food, very attentive staff, casual ambiance, great pre-show choice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great pre-concert dinner
    jkmenlopark
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    This is a great place for a pre-concert dinner. Its just 2-3 blocks from Symphony Hall, and we've been able to get reservations the last 2 times we went to a concert. It looks like a combination of pre-concert diners and more neighborhood diners. We had their Special for the night--which was a Petrale Sole stuffed with salmon mousse in a white sauce. It was FABULOUS!!! Came with spinach. The fish was cooked to perfection -- not too dry -- and the sauce was wonderful. Service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Better food nearby
    foodforthoughtVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Our cocktails were awful and we should have sent them back. The food was ok but our server was nowhere to be found, we kept having to ask the hostess for help. I would never come back here.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Pre-Theatre Dining
    MEdiningVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Very convenient with attentive, theatre-time-conscious staff. Nice ambiance -- smallish back room is open and airy feeling due to large (clean!) skylight and atrium garden. Food was good, not great, but very enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • perfect for the hayes street scene
    keith
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    this & several other restaurants make up a perfect set of great places to dine if you are going to the opera, the symphony or one of the other local theaters in the areas
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • kadr
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Wine was excellent. Everything else was excellent. My only quibble is that the special I ordered - breaded pork chop - was disappointing. Pork piece was thin and deep fried. Nice texture but relatively tasteless. I had a very nice time though as I was having a great talk with my niece.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Small bites to big night
    smkarizonaVIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    We were actually here twice over the weekend. Once for drinks and dessert and the other time for a small supper. Both times the service was fantastic. I have to say, the highlight of the two trips was the sweet corn chowder. I can't remember a time when I have enjoyed a soup so much! In fact, I broke a long-standing rule and actually had a 2nd bowl instead of dessert. Yep, I've crossed the two-soup line!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food, good service, late start
    David
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    This place was a good find for pre-opera dining. Food was very good, and portions were surprisingly large. Next time we may just dine off the appetizer menu, since they have a large variety of interesting stuff there. I knocked one star off service because we were seated 20 minutes late (which made it a little close for our 8pm curtain time), even though our table was sitting there made up and ready for a good 5 minutes before they seated us there. Someone had to come tell the hostess to seat us at the table they had set up for us. Perhaps they were training a new hostess? Our waitress was good, and she did rush things for us when we told her about our curtain time, so we ended up making the opera with a few minutes to spare.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Memorable!
    WhiteBuffalo
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    The best meal out in a long time! First time eating at this restaurant. Came here to celebrate our anniversary. We are definitely coming back, again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • pre-opera or pre-symphony gem!
    sflady2
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    An excellent choice for dining before a performance! Our pastas were superb and the service was excellent. We will be back soon!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place
    Alex
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    I came here on a bad night (there was a lot going on in the area and the parking/traffic was awful), by the time all 4 of us in my party arrived it was almost 45min past our reservation.. The staff handled us with patience and kindness and it made a world of difference. Moving on, the food was great ! I loved what I ate and my friends loved what they ate as well. We left this place happy and full ! We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • family reunion
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    This was the ONLY place near Van Ness and Hayes that provided us with an eating experience worth remembering. The waiters were not rushed; the space was not 'squeezed'; the food was well prepared; the ambiance was relaxed, but not like the Grove across the street. This was truly the best dining experience, especially for the price that we have found in SF. Much better than Absinthe or Hayes Street Grill.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice surprise
    krasVIP
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    We discovered a new (for us) dining spot in the Hayes Valley area of SFO. Named Dobbs Ferry for the Westchester, NY town on the Hudson River. It was an excellent choice: there were 3 of us, each ordering different, delectable meals. The beet salad was extraordinary as were the halibut, mushroom ravioli and meatballs. We'll go back the next time we visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sarah
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Took a stab for pre-theater brunch...absolutely loved. We will return.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • daveg
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We had a drink and a bite at the bar, then dinner at a table also in the bar area. The food was great; the staff were prompt and efficient; the atmosphere was lively without being overwhelming. They got us off to the opera on time, despite some of our party arriving late. Overall, a great experience. We will definitely come back for more.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and better service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    I would have recommended this place solely on the strength of its terrific food, but the service and the lengths they went to to surprise and delight us were just amazing. As far as the service goes, this place is in a class by itself. What a find!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic