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Fable Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://fablesf.com
  • Email: fablecastro@gmail.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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Diner Reviews
  • "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
  • "Loved the decor, loved our meal! The vegan lasagna was delicious. Great service too, thank you Nikki (Nicki?). We will be back once the menu is updated, which they say is quite often!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Fable is a solid restaurant that is a good improvement for cuisine for the Castro, which is typically not a hot spot for good restaurants. I would definitely return."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Fable has been on the scene now for over at least a year or so, and have never disappointed. You'll find it difficult to get in on weekends but sometimes you'll get lucky. I've also walked in and gotten a table to my surprise. Anyway I will continue to make this one of my default romantic and special occasions places. They switch up the menu often; that usually irritates me, but Fable surprises me with something wonderful every time. I do miss the banana pudding though."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "We visited Fable a year ago when on holiday in SF. Now I live here I've been waiting to go back, and it didn't disappoint. Great food and good selection of local and international wines."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Solid neighborhood gem. Nothing mind blowing, but delightful service and tasty meal. It's a very odd space, very drafty on an average SF evening, but charming décor."
    Dined on 7/20/2013
  • "Great place, if you get a seat at the counter you can watch them making your food!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "When my wife and I want to get out for a last-minute "date night" and all of the prime eateries are overbooked, Fable always seems to swoop in and save the day. It's a bit pricey and the service can be a bit slow on busier evenings, but the food's great. We've never left disappointed!"
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "Portion sizes were great, food was great. My only complaint was the draft coming from the door in the back. But everything else was lovely."
    Dined on 12/22/2013
  • "If one of the two of us had not become ill shortly after our meal I would have rated this restaurant more highly. The experience was very pleasant and the food was nice. The best part was the service. We had to send one bottle of wine back and the second bottle was not great but at least it was not off. I doubt I will return."
    Dined on 2/2/2014
  • "There were three of us at "Fable," for dinner. My only complaint concerns the limited menu and the very unusual "comes with" items. My friends and I each ordered the same entree because it was the only selection that didn't come with a lot of very odd accompaniments. Kumquats, for instance. And, we all found it to be superb. We would have ordered dessert, but the dessert menu was just as odd. The service was really excellent."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "I went to Fable for Valentine's Day, so maybe my experience was unusual. I really liked the ambience and look and feel of the restaurant, and the prix fixe was solid. I didn't like how one of the dishes (prime rib) came with an additional fee on the prix fixe, but maybe I just haven't been around enough to see this anywhere else. Overall, the total bill was just a tad pricey for what I thought the value of the meal was, but again -- Valentine's Day. Prix fixe. Other than that, the service was great (our waiter warned us that if we wanted the molten cake, we should order early) and I was curious about the back patio for outdoor dining. The chairs were also super comfortable. Would visit again on a normal night and try to eat out back."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Came here on a Saturday evening for dinner not knowing what to expect. Greeted very promptly at the door and immediately took a liking to the decor and feel of the place. Service was excellent. Food was great. Had the swordfish steak and also the cioppino - both were done excellently. did not have room for dessert so can't comment there. overall a great experience. will definitely return for more!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "It is great to find a very nice restaurant within walking distance to the Castro Theater. The menu was small but comprehensive. The wine list was full of good choices and the food was great! I look forward to the opening of their finished back yard patio when it gets warm!"
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "Really enjoyed the cioppino and garlic bread. Very flavorful sauce!"
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "I've been here 4-5 times and each time I've enjoyed myself. The food is very good. The host/ owner is always very accommodating. The service is friendly and attentive. Nice to have it in the neighborhood."
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "Food was nice if unsurprising. Chioppino was pricey for what was served."
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "Waiters - ordered Entree and after 5 minutes waiter returned to table to confirm what we had ordered. Appetizer seriously overpriced 14.00 for common salad. 13.00 for a half glass of well red wine. Bread offered to the tables sat after us during meal when we asked waiter about bread he indicated thet the restaurant did not waste bread and it was only brought to tables who specifically asked for bread however the menu nor the waiter had mentioned that bread was available upon request. Chairs in restaurant had tears in the cloth which lead to the dining room seeming unkept."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Based on recommendations we decided to dine at Fable early Friday evening before a movie at the Castro.Upon arrival we were immediately greeted and seated. The waiter was very attentive and knowledgable about the evening offerings. We were disappointed that the Caesar salad was no longer on the menu but a new salad , a mixed selection of greens, was quite good. We also shared the deviled eggs which are amazing and not to be missed. The pork chop ,one of the best chops I have ever eaten, was brined and then cooked to perfection. This restaurant is definitely one I recommend and will visit again."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Wonderful food and service. Always crowdid and a bit hard to get in. Can't wait until the back patio fully opens!"
    Dined on 12/15/2013
  • "I've worked and dined in the Castro for 15 years, and have to say that this might be the best meal I have had in this neighborhood ! I will definitely return to Fable, and highly recommend this restaurant. The atmosphere is very cozy, yet chic. And the staff were very friendly."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "What can I tell you about this gem of the Castro. Beautiful dinning room, great service, menu so good it's hard to decide what to order. In the waste land that is the Castro dinning scene, Fable stands out with quality."
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "The atmosphere at Fable is very inviting, largely due to the very friendly and courteous staff and the intimate size of the space. the walls are decorated with interesting murals and art, warm colors... the food is flat out delicious! Everything we had was good! the crab and tangerine appetizer so bright and light! The duck confit with radicchio salad so good, with warm duck on chilled greens. very fresh ingredients! great presentation,. Nice wine list ."
    Dined on 1/8/2014
  • "Fable was one of the best dinning experiences I have had in awhile. The staff was very attentive, we had a late reservation and ended up being among the last two tables there but our waiter remained friendly. Decent wine list They had a special app that evening, Oysters Rockefeller- I think it may have been the best Rockefeller I've ever had, if not in the top 3. At our table we had a mixture of pork chops and chicken, everyone was pleased. We ended the meal with some kind of apple brandy tart crumble thing. Great place for a nice evening out!"
    Dined on 1/2/2014
  • "This was my third time dinning at Fable. Each time I thought the service and the ambiance were excellent. While I expect the food to be good in most San francisco restaurants for them to survive. I have found consistantly the food has been excellent each and every time. I've loved all the desserts; especially the coconut cream cake. If your looking for a great restaurant to enjoy an intimate dinner this is the place."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "I'm not vegan, but the vegan shepherd's pie was outstanding as was the chicken breast; a lovely little chocolate mousse for dessert; a nice glass of pinot noir from the by-the-glass wine list. I would come back here anytime. My only (small complaint) was the noise level, which came from the diners on either side of us; they were just carrying on their conversations, but the tables are close together. The staff was friendly, the service excellent, the room warm and cozy."
    Dined on 12/11/2013
  • "Very enjoyable experience, great food, great service."
    Dined on 12/3/2013
  • "Wanted to try something different in Castro. This place was great! Nice for a romantic dinner or date night."
    Dined on 11/27/2013
  • "From the warm and friendly host to the last morsel of food, dining at Fable is terrific. The menu is small but offers a fine range of options. The wine list is comprehensive with good selections in all price ranges."
    Dined on 11/26/2013
  • "I took my other half to Fable for his birthday dinner. It was a great meal. He had the black cod with a mixed salad to start, I had the seasonal beef stew with the pork checks appetizer. Everything was very tasty and well-presented. We had the wine pairings with all four dishes, which was a nice touch. Dessert of butterscotch pudding was a great finish. We were impressed with the very attentive service and the physical transformation this new restaurant has made compared with its predecessors in the space. Overall, a great dinner and a new neighborhood gem!"
    Dined on 11/24/2013
  • "A person in my party was disappointed in the Portion of his fish. It did seem a little small. Otherwise perfect dinner."
    Dined on 11/15/2013
  • "I really enjoyed Fable and will definitely be back. The service was fantastic and everything I was served was delicious. The space is a little small (at least indoors, I didn't see the patio) so it might not be great for a larger group, but thankfully they don't cramp the seating together so you still feel like you have some privacy to your dining experience. Order the pork chop! It's fantastic!"
    Dined on 11/10/2013
  • "3 of my closest friends and I went to Fable on a Tuesday night. We were greeted with a warm welcome and offers of wine. The clam strips and the roasted chicken were some of the best dishes I've had at a SF restaurant ever. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 11/5/2013
  • "Gem of a cozy little restaurant with pleasing ambiance. High quality food artistically prepared. Most of the dishes were delightful like their salad with goat cheese and hazelnuts. The beetloaf was tasty but seemed to be lacking in heartiness and texture. The huckleberry apple crisp was delicious and unusual. A thoughtful and enjoyable winelist rounds out the experience. Service was good but a little slow so be prepared to pace your meal. A bit on the pricey side so you may wish to limit your visits to special occasions. Atmophere is intimate."
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "The patio outside was heated with lamps and just lovely. Gracious, attentive service by our waiter (with a tattoo sleeve) and the manager. The food was wonderful and thoughtfully prepared. We got the beet salad and soft shell crab as appetizers, the scallops entree and scallop appetizer as our main dishes, and the raspberry/pear crisp for dessert. Went there for our anniversary, and it made for a perfect night."
    Dined on 10/8/2013
  • "Unimposing on the outside, this restaurant generates a feeling of warmth from first you enter in the bar with elevated seats and go to 2's or 4's in the back or to a nice heated outdoor, covered patio. Waiters are EXTREMELY helpful and frequent chef's visits are a plus. Wine list is well selected and reasonably priced, with one of the best descriptions for taste.. We had an Albarino from Longoria. An excellent gazpacho, was followed by a substantial take on the Caesar salad with heirloom tomatoes, avocado, shaves of parmesan and Spanish white (not too salty) anchovies. The pork chop with au gratin potatoes is best ordered medium, served hot. Party raved over scallop/pork belly and soft-shell crab. Don't miss mousse, butterscotch pudding."
    Dined on 10/5/2013
  • "What a great find! Food was excellent and service was superb. So glad to have such a great place in the Castro v"
    Dined on 9/4/2013
  • "The food was delicious and lots of things to try. We will be back for brunch. Hope they get a full bar and the patio opened soon."
    Dined on 8/31/2013