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Fable
Fable

Fable Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://fablesf.com
  • Phone: (415) 590-2404
  • Hours of Operation:

    Dinner: T-Su 5:00pm-10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Jon Hearnsberger
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Takeout, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 18th and 19th
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Fable
A fun and causal neighborhood restaurant serving modern American cuisine.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Diner Reviews
  • "Great restaurant, but WAY overpriced for the area."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "We decided to celebrate our 27th anniversary here. It did not disappoint. It was an 80 degree day in the city so sitting outdoors was a no brainer. It was just lovely sitting outside in their garden area. Our party of 4 had the pork chops, rabbit, salmon, and chicken. They were all very good and had fresh ingredients. I would say the chicken, pork chop and salmon were excellent. We we disappointed that the duck breast was no longer on the menu. We were looking forward to it. If we were in the area, we would definately drop in again."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "This was a repeat trip to Fable. The food and the atmosphere is very nice. The toasted Italian Kale was a nice surprise. This restaurant needs to acquire a liquor license to bring it to the next level."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "It is nice to have another choice in the Castro for some higher end dining as there has been a definite void since the closure of 2223 Market. While the food here is not of the caliber of 2223, it runs a nice second. Service was polished and not overly attentive but very friendly. Upon exiting, most every staff member acknowledged and said " thanks for visiting " I couldn't give a definitive theme for the cuisine but would say it tends to be more on the comfort/ethnic/fresh to table."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "We were visiting the Bay Area from Seattle, and we were seriously impressed with just about everything. We were seated on the back patio which has a gorgeous garden and propane patio heaters. The service was extremely attentive and friendly--our server was glad to answer questions/offer recommendations. Particular standout dishes (though everything was fantastic) were the dijon crusted pork cheeks (great flavor, especially when paired with the accompanying tart kale/apple salad), the braised short rib (extremely tender with a beautifully-balanced jus--not too sweet, but with hints of cherry), and the goat cheese/honey cheesecake (not too heavy, complex but delicate floral flavors with the tequila sauce and pistachio crust). Amazing."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "I haven't tried Fable for dinner yet;however, the brunch was great. We sat outside, and had a really relaxing time. Service was perfect."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Very delightful restaurant for dinner in Castro. Food was amazing. The only problem with this restaurant is it does not have a full bar."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "My group of 3 all had fantastic food here on a Friday nite. We had not come here before but a foodie friend highly recommended it. service also really nice. we did not order wine and we still got amazing service. not a snooty atmosphere at all but the food is really amazing from starters to dessert...we all had it all. The atmosphere is nice and we were surprised at how quiet it was despite tables nearby. next time we will try sitting outdoors which wasn't available that night."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "4 of us went for brunch. Menu sort of readable. Service slow. Food 5 to 7 delightful space- environment, Service slow. They need more servers have been before and it was great"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "We have to wait for a long time to be seated. The server was very sloppy, and kept forgetting to bring items we ordered. The food was okay--pricey for what it was. It was disappointing that they didn't have a liquor license. We are not coming back, and I wouldn't recommend it to any I know. There are other restaurants in the Castro that are 100 times better."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Service and food were both great. They accomodated our request for a seat in the window."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Of the two entries, one was great (Pork chop) the other was fair-poor (Scallops/Pork Belly). Fair is kind, poor might be more accurate and honest. There were two, yes two scallops; one of which was a bit on the fishy side. The pork belly had been overcooked and if it had been a decent size before cook it ended-up looking like a burnt little nub on the plate. Between the over cooked pork belly and the two sparse scallops sat a mound of fried and non fried tomatoes. The raw leaked tomato juice onto what was otherwise a nicely battered and fried tomato. The scallop and pork belly dish was disappointing in every way; style, concept, execution, portion size and price for what was delivered. The pork chop on the other hand was very good."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Excellent food, great service. (The servers warned us, "The lava cake is spicy." It was, in fact, OVERLY spicy.) The dressing on the melon salad was outstanding. The short ribs were tender and buttery. Don't miss the pork cheeks starter. The noise level was too great for me, but perhaps necessary for the restaurant's survival. (Except for Absinthe and Acquerello, all the "quiet" restaurants seem to have died or been reborn as noisemakers.)"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Enjoyed an excellent dinner at Fable along with excellent service. Highly recommended for anyone looking to savour American cuisine with a modern flair."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "We are SO happy the patio is open for weekend brunch! See you again soon!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Every dish we had was great. Fable always makes something special for vegetarians, the beet loaf was delicious & made my vegetarian husband very happy. Everyone who works there is extra nice."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "I had been looking forward to the restaurant for weeks. We were seated outside which was nice. Work could be done to get rid of the clutter and we looked on what looked like a storage area. Not very attractive. I remember the patio in another incarnation and it was quite pleasant and lovely. The appetizer was quite good. Entree mediocre. Dessert uneatable. It was the habanero lava cake which sounded delightful. It was so HOT we left the lava and ate around it."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "First, while booking my reservation via OpenTable I mistakenly booked for the night I was making the reservation. The host called that evening asking where my party of five was. I apologized but told him I had meant to book for the coming Saturday evening. He was very understanding and was able to change my reservation. We arrived on time and were seated immediately on the patio. It was so pleasurable to sit outside and enjoy our dinners as the patio is heated. The service was excellent. The food was delicious, especially my pork chop. We look forward to returning soon."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "This is a great neighborhood restaurant that may become a destination for local foodies and those interested in wines not normally found on the typical lists. The owner, Erik is very personable and attentive as is the wait staff. There is outdoor dining on a deck surrounded by a small but beautifully arranged garden. Definitely will go back."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Was hoping we'd finally get a good restaurant in the Castro. Not this one. Although everyone was very friendly, the food was a big disappointment. Scallops were oily and overcooked and leeks undercooked. Salads just okay. Add to this the surprise we got when we saw a $120 charge for wine which was not quoted to us by waiter. Won't return."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Impeccable service, and flavor combinations that far exceeded expectation! The wine list is reasonably priced, as are the entrees. Be sure to save room for dessert-- our table of four shared three desserts, and cleaned our plates! They made a very special night even more memorable!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "The ambiance was great and the food was delicious. The staff was very pleasant and attentive. The food was served in a timely manner. We highly recommend the salmon and the braised beef short rib. Will definitely go back real soon."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Our first time at Fable was wonderful. It is a very romantic place with reminders of restaurants in Provincetown and NYC. We loved it! "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Had a terrific evening. Definitely going back. Duck confit salad is outstanding. Service was great. A wonderful place."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Booked a table here reading previous reviews - was not disappointed. Excellent choice of food, both my partners and I three courses were superb. Really nice restaurant with great, attentive staff. "
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Every item in the menu has it's pairing wine! Loved that. Everything we ordered was great. The place is small and charming."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "We had a fantastic meal, from the artichoke appetizer special to the lamb grilled to a perfect pink and finished with a light cheese came. The ingredients were local and fresh. The Sangria with peachy berries was a real treat. This restaurant is a definite keeper."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "Above normal temperatures were dampening everyone's appetite, the cheerful and personable service brighten our outlook. The grilled artichoke special was a big winner at our table as was the sesame-crusted salmon. The salmon was very good. The spicy oil that flavored the salmon had the curious side-effect of making the outside temps that much more bearable. This is the quiet end of Castro street but the food is good enough to bring us back again."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "Very good restaurant. Not pretentious but nice enough for a special occasion or taking out the parents. I'm a fan and will go back often, especially as it's the best restaurant by a large margin I've been able to find on Castro st. or Market nearby."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "This is a neighborhood gem on Castro - excellent service, great food, lovely space, casual vibe. They always have a vegan option on the menu, which I am thrilled about, and our server was very knowledgeable about vegan food restrictions - when I ordered the vegan entree, he let me know that one of the appetizers I ordered contained some non-vegan ingredients. The space is small, so it can either be quiet or loud, depending on what's happening at the table next to you. I love the "chef's bar" at the front, where you can sit at a bar overlooking the open kitchen."
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "Fable is a great addition to the Castro - perfect for the neighborhood. The hosts and owners are hands on and the food is outstanding. Do not skip the chicken. It's always perfect! I wish the lights were a bit brighter."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "We enjoyed a birthday celebration outside on the lanai. Food was very good and the wine was excellent. We all enjoyed our meals. My one suggestion would be cushions for the chairs. I used my blanket but needed it later as it was a bit chilly despite the heaters. Lovely to sit outside it made for a great time."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "This was my third visit and I loved it again. The service was great, the wine suggestions turned out perfect, and food was a amazing. I highly recommend it. "
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "Not one complaint - the food was so tasty we loved each dish. The staff was very nice and also very helpful. Cannot wait to go back and try something new!"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "I'm glad we decided to give it another try. We went over the holidays--we were made to wait for hours and by the time we got seated, they were out of everything, and what we had was not great. This time we got seated right away, the food was fabulous and our server extremely helpful and attentive."
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "This restaurant location has had several turn overs over the years and Fable is about the best version yet. The indoor seating area is pretty small but charming. The outdoor patio was closed when we dined there but it promises more seating and a great space for outdoor dining. "
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "Celebrated a birthday and anniversary, was a really nice place to be!"
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "This marks our third time here for dinner, we had a great first visit, the second visit was just ok, and on our most recent third visit, we enjoyed our evening and food, the salmon special was very good as was the kohlrabi starter, others dined on the duck, good too. Wish they had a cocktail program, and one thing that has been consistently off is the butter brought with the bread, tastes of the refrigerator. We will go back, just no butter..."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Short and sweet. The staff, from the manager to his business partner, the servers. Everyone was awesome to deal with, friendly, attentive, and prompt. It was a fantastic experience, as we were there to celebrate a friend's birthday who was in from out of town. Even calling to offer a spot from a cancellation so we could get in earlier. It was incredible food, left full of deliciousness and satisfied that we got quality. It's been in the neighborhood for a bit, but hadn't tried it. I'll definitely be going back and telling others about the awesome experience. Plus I dig the concept of the restaurant and the lively, yet intimate feel they have going on. Well done."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Without any prior knowledge or expectations, we enjoyed a carefully and intelligently prepared meal in an elegantly understated environment. The staff were knowledgeable and the service impeccable. The wine suggestions were spot on. We'll be back next time we're in town and have already recommended Fable to our friends."
    Dined on 4/1/2014