Fable
Fable

Fable

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://fablesf.com/
  • Phone: 4155902404x
  • 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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Fable reviews from OpenTable diners
96 reviews since April 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (67)fit for foodies (54)great for outdoor dining (48)romantic (32)special occasion (32)great for brunch (20)notable wine list (17)good for groups (7)hot spot (4)late-night find (2)great for lunch (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Friendly and Reliable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    We have eaten here many times, and the food is always very tasty. I was going to write comfort food, but it is more elegant and interesting than that, so maybe artistic comfort food is a better description. Service is friendly and wines are good. This time we dined on the patio, very nice and more quite than the main restaurant. The gas heaters kept us warm and it felt like being in a private garden. Great addition to an already fab restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A story in waking life...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    The chef puts up some interesting combinations for both taste and texture. The rabbit two ways was simply amazing. Great restaurant!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • NEIGHBORHOOD GEM
    neighborhoodjem
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Delicious food, unusual entrees, rabbit for example. good wine. No spectaculaaar views but a friendly ambiance. Service was good. Noise was moderate. possible to have a conversation without shouting.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sweet spot on Castro
    Whynot
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Had a lovely dinner with family at Fable. Really enjoyed the garden seating, which was good because I found the dark interior depressing. The food was excellent and imaginative. Extensive wine list.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Finally!
    RRRBBMVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    A terrific restaurant in the Castro! Superb food, great service and stylish design. I'd go back just for the pork cheek appetizer.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • TurkishTom
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    I have enjoyed both dinner & brunch at Fable. Great menu too!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I'm going back.
    hans
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Love, love, love Fable! Great people. Great food. This restaurant is the only best option for brunch in the Castro.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of the best in the Castro
    sffoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    The food at Fable is excellent and beautifully presented. Portions are generous and the staff is very friendly. Highly recommended
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best blind date for your mouth.
    Operator7G
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Menu changes frequently based upon seasonal ingredients and their attempt to keep things interesting so try not to get too attached to some menu items. Still, I think it's safe to bet that you'll have an excellent meal. Wine pairing suggestions are also on the menu. I live in Los Angeles and would make it a point to have a meal when I visit San Francisco again! Our server was very mellow and knowledgeable plus we got to chat with one of the owners who was very friendly and glad to talk with us about our experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • So-so brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Fair food, limited bar menu (consisted of pre-mixed Bloody Mary's, Mimosas and two types of sparkling wine) since they have no bartender), and fairly slow service. Pretty pricey drinks and food considering what they offer.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We went for lunch after seeing a film at the Castro. Food was delicious, service excellent, even though it was 2:00. My one wish would be that there had been more "lunch" items on the "brunch" menu. That said, my French toast was to die for.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love it! But...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Great restaurant, but WAY overpriced for the area.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not your typical fresh, local ...
    NeimhVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    While many restaurants do "farm to table", local, etc. - and often do it well. Fable ups the ante with a unique flavor palate that truly differentiates it. I started with a mixed melon salad with a spicy, smoked paprika vinaigrette. It was light, with just a touch of spice that sort of tickled the back of your throat. My husband had the Dijon Crusted Braised Pork Cheeks with kale, apple, crispy shallots and cider vinaigrette. He felt the apple, along with the cider vinaigrette added a perfect sweet-tart punch to the rich pork cheeks. Our mains were great too. His steak was exactly to order- and I had the buttermilk fried rabbit in a gumbo stew that was tender and juicy on the inside with a perfectly crispy coating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great little restaurant
    Moober
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice addition to Castro St.
    jrwxtx
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time at Fable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Do not miss this one!
    joshas87VIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great brunch!
    SFdinerVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great neighborhood - Castro
    Mfsanfranciscoca
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Very delightful restaurant for dinner in Castro. Food was amazing. The only problem with this restaurant is it does not have a full bar.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    cheryl
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    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
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not coming back here!
    luv2dine
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Service and food were both great. They accomodated our request for a seat in the window.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lackluster
    MikeVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Holdwine
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    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.)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Definitely worth a visit
    pcinbc
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch on the Patio
    LarryVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We are SO happy the patio is open for weekend brunch! See you again soon!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, nice patio
    Weezy
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced and average
    Bettylou
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious dinner
    Timineer
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great wine and food pairings
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Big Disappointment
    Joseph
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    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.
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  • A splendid birthday spot.
    AlwaysInGoodTaste
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent food, highly recommend!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Had a great time!
    Luke
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Had a terrific evening. Definitely going back. Duck confit salad is outstanding. Service was great. A wonderful place.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Dinner
    BenP
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice for a romantic night
    Maggie
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    Every item in the menu has it's pairing wine! Loved that. Everything we ordered was great. The place is small and charming.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dining in a small restaurant
    AngelaVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Hot time in the Castro
    WiningaboutMarinVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet