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FOG CITY
FOG CITY
  • Address:
    1300 Battery Street
    San Francisco, CA 94111
    Neighborhood:
    Financial District / Embarcadero
  • Cuisine:
    American
    Price: $31 to $50

FOG CITY Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.fogcitysf.com
  • Phone: (415) 982-2000
  • Hours of Operation: 11:30am - 10:00pm
    (Friday & Saturday we're open until 11:00pm)
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Californian
  • Executive Chef: Bruce Hill
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Embarcadero
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Metered parking is available at:
    Battery St. (southbound)
    Sansome St. (northbound), and
    The Embarcadero
A word from FOG CITY
This iconic San Francisco restaurant reopened in September 2013, heralding the return of a beautiful destination for modern, eclectic cuisine and cocktails along the City’s Embarcadero. At the helm is renowned chef and owner Bruce Hill. The landmark Fog City Diner, which first opened in 1985, was completely re-imagined by chef Hill and the restaurant’s founders. Maintaining the energy and spirit of the beloved original, this new incarnation offers innovative menus in a sophisticated, warm and open environment. Join us for lunch and dinner seven nights a week, an afternoon cocktail, or weekend brunch. If your reservation time is unavailable, please give us a call so we can better inform you of additional booking options.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Menu was great, with lots of appetizers choices. Food was great, but maybe a little over-priced. I wouldn't go here on a weekly basis, but would be great for special occasions. Also, it's not romantic or intimate, pretty noisy at peak dinner hour."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "We had an excellent dinner at Fog City. We were visitors to SF, and had been directed to some restaurants with solid but disappointingly un imaginative food. We stumbled into this one by chance, close to the ferry building. Wonderful food, great desserts, excellent (but not overwhelming) wine by the glass selection for me, beer for my dinner partner. It is a noisy energetic atmosphere, as others have noted. One can dine on small plates or entrees, but whatever you do, save room for dessert. Service was very good."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "I was sad that the menu had changed so much. They needed to completely change the name. There is no Fog City in that restaurant. Everything is different, except the name. I was so sad to see that nothing of the former diner was there. I won't go back. The least they could do is put a couple of kid friendly items on the menu."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Was not very please with the menu. Had the smoke salmon open faced sandwich on rock hard stale bread, no flavor. It was perfect for an appetizer but a $17.00. Service was no up to par, as I had to kids with me and server felt like we were to much trouble. Also, $11.00 for a bloody mary that was maybe 8oz, but the time you add the 1 over sized ice cube it was 4oz. Their are way better restaurants in SF that is worth the money"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "It was our last night in San Francisco winding up a 2 week vacation. It was the perfect ending to a wonderful trip. Dinner was excellent beautifully presented and each mouthful was a delight."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "I have been to many, many places to eat in the city and this place had some of the best food I have ever had!! I couldn't even possibly list them all but our group stayed with the appetizers and soup and salad for our dinner. We tasted pretty much all of them and it was delicious. If you are a resident of the Bay Area (like I am) or a visitor to the City, YOU HAVE TO EAT HERE!!! You won't be sorry!!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Dinner on a Saturday night and it was 3/4 full. Wait staff needed basic training on how to serve and talk to customers. Over priced compared to others in the neighborhood, meaning you don't get what you pay for. No view, tables close together. No parking. Save your money and go to The Butterfly nearby on Embarcadero."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "I enjoyed the experience of being at Fog City but found the food mediocre at best. I should be bowled over after spending 100.00 for a lunch for 2! Sadly, not the case."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Having been to the fog city dinner many times we wondered how fog city would be. Well our 3rd visit there has us believing in their new venue. Food is excellent with excellent service in a buzzy atmosphere!!! This is not a place to visit if you are looking for a quiet evening out, but if you like some place alive then go!!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "This was the second time we ate at the "new Fog city Diner" and it was as good as the first We brought friends who have not been to Fog City in years and they thoroughly enjoyed our evening. We ate all small plates and enjoyed each and every one. The noise level would not have been bad but we happen to have some very noisy folks sitting in the book right next to us. Our waiter was spot on and the food was hot when it was supposed to be and cold appropriately. We will definitely return soon."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Living nearby, we usually go here at night when it's more crowded than it was this weekday for lunch. Asked for and got a quiet booth, as this was a meant to be a long lunch with intimate conversation. Two of us shared 3 small plates and a main and a dessert, had coffees, & took our time. All delicious, gluten free/Paleo for me (except 2 bites of dairy & sugar dessert), and everything was perfectly beautiful and delicious! Expensive but worth it!"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Same great attitude but updated decor and food. Like the changes and will certainly be back for the lively bar scene."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Very attentive service. Food was spot on for flavor sand presentation. The diner is very loud; not a place for meaningful conversation."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Without a doubt, the closing of Fog City Diner and subsequent transformation into Fog City is a very good thing. It's hard to believe you're in the same building. The room has become a window-lined arrowhead of great views, great food and attentive service. 7:15pm on a Saturday evening, our table was ready as promised with a full house of energetic diners, bar tenders and chefs, all in full view of each other. It's a dynamic, loud, delicious, friendly brew of eating and drinking. Did I mention it's a loud room? We spent 2 hours of drinking, eating and fairly yelling at our table and will do it again soon."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Not the place for a conversation. If you want to shout and not be heard this is the place for you."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Not only was the food and service outstanding, but I'd used the "comment" field on Open Table to indicate that we'd have a Vegan in the group, and without asking, the hostess provided a menu marked up by the chef indicating what he could do for us. That's just fantastic. Everything was wonderful."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "I love the new incarnation of the diner - it is beautifully re-designed and the menu has something for everyone. The servicers are very knowledgeable and personable and no dish has disappointed me in any way!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We had been here when it was still a 'diner'. Now it's more upscale but not terribly so. The wild boar ribs were scrumptious and plenty of them. We were pleasantly surprised with the squid that they weren't deep-fried but sautéed or grilled and very tasty. We liked the difference. We also had the chicken salad and my husband said it was different and very good. Our server, Chad was very helpful and though dinner was a leisurely 2 hrs, maybe a tad too long. The establishment was very nice in welcoming us and gave us comp champagne since we were celebrating our anniversary. Very thoughtful. We would definitely return sooner than later."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Fog City Diner is BACK...but better than it ever was!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "The appetizers we had, cauliflower was incredible. Also the bread is fantastic. My entree was a bit heavy but overall it was great. A cool restaurant overall. Excellent service from the waiter. Price wasn't cheap however."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Friendly staff, great drinks menu and amazing food. Seems very popular, glad I booked in advance."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Had tickets to an early show and wanted to dine before. Fog City had a decent menu and was open when it worked with our plans. The hostess was pleasant and made us feel that our business was appreciated. Our waiter acted as though we were interrupting his early evening lull before the late night business picked up. Every question was like pulling teeth. Each of us (party of 2) ordered a glass of wine when we placed our dinner order. The food came and I asked, "How 'bout those glasses of wine???" "They arent ready yet" was the answer. It takes a long time to pour a glass. Certainly longer than cooking an entree, right. Ridiculous. Smallest tip I've left in some years."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Noise so deafening at a table in the wing en route to the lavatories that I developed a severe headache. Don't let them seat you here! Bad acoustics worsened by inebriated party of six, two tables away --our party could not converse without yelling. Table service was impeccable; our waiter was personable & professional (and did manage to upsell us on the appetizer). Food was okay, but menu surprisingly limited, + few good vegetarian options. Waited over 25 minutes for our table despite being on time for our reservation."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Multi course meal, everything delicious, fun environment, great service, what else do you need?"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "There is no kids menu and aside from french fries, nothing for young kids, but the waiter did offer the kitchen could make melted cheese sandwiches. Perfect! When the order arrived it looked nicely toasted but looking closer it we discovered the kitchen decided to use the heel end of the bread and just turn it on the inside so we wouldn't see it. The kids ate it, mostly, but it didn't look or taste great, and it was $6. At least they had something more than french fries to eat."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Consistently fabulous food. Noisy venue but the food allows you to let it slide. Fresh fish, clever apps, solid cocktails."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "We had a mid-week reservation at 6:45. Our booth wasn't ready & we were directed to the bar. Almost an hour later we were seated - so much for having a reservation! We got a quick apology. The service was slow. The server was pleasant enough but somewhat green. The food, especially the pork chop & wood oven baked clams, shines."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "My first time back after the remodel and I was not impressed. The interior is spruced up, sort of, and the food is underwhelming. With so many options in the Embarcadero area, I won't return here."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "I love the decor of the dining room. It is a very handsome space. We enjoyed all of the food, but the deviled eggs were my favorite. Some of the dishes came out of the kitchen slowly; we ended up having to skip dessert. But overall, very nice. I'll be back. For us pop culture nerds, I believe they do now take American Express. LOL!"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "I love the new Fog City. The food is delicious and interesting without being too edgy. There are options for those who are less adventurous as well as for those seeking something different. The staff is outstanding - always friendly and attentive. Sitting at the bar is great for people watching and if you're on your own, you usually end up in some conversation that feels neighborly. The booths are better for conversations with a group and are quite comfortable. A new favorite for me."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Open-faced sandwiches not what we expected. Would not order pastrami "tongue" again! Was hoping for a real diner pastrami sandwich. Stick to the burger! Chocolate panna cotta cake was outstanding. Good, friendly service."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Visited the original over 20 years ago. Heard about the renovation and read the positive reviews so we decided to revisit. Appetizers fantastic! No intention to order chicken, but once we saw it and caught the aroma, we had to have it. OUTSTANDING!!! Enough for 3-4 people."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "We had a weird waiter who poured half a carafe of water on one of us and the other half on our food. The food is okay. Standard burger and standard kale salad. Nothing stood out. I feel like due to it's location it is easy to get a table. I would go to hill stone around the corner for better food at the same price any day."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "The waiters are great. Bartenders are just as good and if you like eye candy.... OMG !"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Nice selection of small plates -- lots of vegetables. I am typically not too excited about hamburgers but tonight decided to try based on the waiters description and it was fabulous! Overall service was outstanding"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "LOVED everything about my evening here, literally everything. They were beyond accommodating with our group of 6 pp., my headcount changed from 12 to 6 day of, and they made it work no problem. My Paloma cocktail was delicious! The small plates were FAB, the deviled eggs were hands down my favorite, we even got a second order, and they brought out a plate of 6 (vs. the standard 4) so we did not have to cut them and we all got our own- with fried quinoa on top?? Amazing little crunch. The chicken was awesome, so juicy and delicious. Our server was kind and delightful, there when you needed him, and helpful, but not overly so... just right. I would go back in a heartbeat. Can't wait for my next excuse :) Food was outstanding!"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Highly energetic, conversation is difficult but doable. Really good service with nice food."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "For not being crowded at all, slow food out. Good food. Beautiful remodel."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "We were in town from MN. I was very satisfied with the quality of food and the excellent plate presentation. I may eat here again before I leave."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "The restaurant is gorgeous, but I've got to say I miss the Pat Kuleto designed iconic Fog City decor. Very good appetizers and entrees. We really enjoyed the steak and whole chicken to share. Dessert wasn't as good. The biscuit for the strawberry shortcake was incredibly salty with very few strawberries. Nice experience overall. also, they charge for bread and butter-for what dinner costs, I think they can comp that!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014