Fondue Cowboy
Fondue Cowboy

Fondue Cowboy

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.fonduecowboy.com/
  • Phone: 4154315100
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:00PM - 10:00PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Fondue, Comfort Food
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Russ Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Fondue Cowboy
Located in San Francisco's SOMA district Fondue Cowboy is where you will find the non traditional fondue experience. They keep things untamed and wild with their fondue offerings. It's a great place to enjoy something new and unique. Come lounge in a cozy inviting space and watch Western movies while you indulge.
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Fondue Cowboy reviews from OpenTable diners
33 reviews since May 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (15)special occasion (14)romantic (14)fit for foodies (12)good for groups (10)hot spot (4)late-night find (3)vibrant bar scene (3)great for brunch (1)great for lunch (1)notable wine list (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Great food-- but gnats...
    Flyonthewall
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The ambiance is ruined by the fly/gnats in the entire building. Makes me wonder if there are any dead in my food. A screen door would be an excellent addition.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One complaint
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    A small restaurant. We were there for the 14th birthday of my granddaughter. She had chosen it by a web search. We had a very nice time. My granddaughter did not realize it was a more adult restaurant. The service personnel were lovely. The only complaint I have was the restaurant served no meat as a fondue option.
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  • Excellent second date!
    Shani
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Our date was going very well and they let us stay until they closed. Service was great, very attentive. The food was good, but, if you are used to Swiss portions of fondue, you will be very disappointed. However, with the addition of a salad and about 5 ciders, it was filling. Just don't come starving.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We Love healthy fondue!
    kemevaVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Healthy fondue! Who would have ever thought it could happen?! The fresh salads and fondue dipping bites are delicious! Love this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great fondue
    joao
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    If you like cheese, you'll like cheese fondue. If you like cheese fondue you'll love this restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Fondue
    xamrepus
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    We came here at 9:00 pm with reservation. All tables were occupied but they cleared a table for us in a couple of minutes. They have good selection of draft beers. We took salads, traditional fondue with additional meat plate and a sweet fondue. Found all that great. Someone here wrote that the portion of sweet fondue is small. But we two were not able to finish that all - the size is really big and so many tasty things is included. And the price is reasonable. We're totally happy with that. We have stayed half-hour their time of close but nobody rushed us - we appreciate it. Hope to get here again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reservation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    When you reserve it's important to specific that you have two hours to dinner, we were celebrating a birthday and we had to eat quickly because they have another reservation.
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  • Great Place!
    RNavia
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    I've been here several times and have introduced friends to this place. I's a great place to meet with friends, catch up and enjoy an experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fondue lovers try this place
    Lovefrenchfood
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    My husband loves fondue so he was excited when we saw this place on a way to another restaurant. A week later we tried the place and we left the restaurant so full. It is defenitely a place of indulgence. They had yummy roasted potatoes to dip and I love that they also served fresh slices of green apples and grapes.the dessert fondue had generous amount of very fresh fruits. If you like fondue, you shall try here.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 24 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 218 reviews are from the Fondue Cowboy reviews archive.
  • We enjoyed ourselves
    avantARL
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    We were celebrating my friend's acceptance into Berkeley and this place turned out to be really nice for it. The space is cozy and modern, just the way we like it. It was a (rare) warm evening so it got a bit toasty inside but they kept the door open to get air circulating so it wasn't too uncomfortable. I felt bad for the chefs in the kitchen. The service was pleasant and attentive. The food was good, though my partner and I went through our fondue pot rather quickly. Not as much fondue as I would have imagined for $25, but the assortment of items in which to dip was quite nice. I ordered the mango-tini and it was 'meh'. I'd come here again, though I'm curious to try other fondue joints just to have something to compare it to.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fun date, decent food
    Matt
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    The savory fondues were okay, but man, the chocolates were great. We had both the milk chocolate w/ hazelnut and the dark chocolate with chilies. The atmosphere was very relaxed, if slightly hipster.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unique and tasty
    BroseVIP
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    We gave Fondue Cowboy a try and enjoyed our meal. The cheese fondues (several varieties) all come with multiple dipping options including bread, roasted fingerling potatoes, broccoli, grapes, apples, olives and gherkins. Delicious and fun to share! The dessert fondue was also tasty - we loved the dark chocolate and cayenne fondue with dippers including house made marshmallows, fruits, cookies, etc. Nice selection of beer and wine. You can also supplement the meal with sides including a large salad (good to share), cured meats and spicy hot links. Casual vibe. We had a great server. Give this place a try.
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  • Cheesy Fun
    MemlouiseVIP
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    Wow. That was fun and delicious. The theme of cowboys and fondue really seemed to work in this funky little haven on Folsom. The fondue was really yummy and the kitchen very generous with extra bits of broccoli we requested for dipping. I'll definitely go back and, next time, add the meat side. What fun.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food. Cute lay out
    KelSep
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    For the fondue foodie in you, this place is a gem. The menu is small, but everything is fresh and tastes amazing. My only critique would be there isn't much seating, so make reservations ahead of time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun Place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    My girlfriend loves two foods: bread and cheese. So for her birthday we brought her here and she loved it. Great fondue varieties—we had two savory and one dessert—and classic dip-ables made this a fun night. Plus, the craft beer selection was solid.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place! Awesome food!
    dbaq
    Dined on 2/19/2014
    The waitress was extremely friendly. The food is really really (...) really good. The place is convenient for small party. Otherwise make a reservation! If you want to take a date there, don't hesitate, the atmosphere is great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FUNdo!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/18/2014
    Great food and who can deny the fun of fondue? Great selection of veggie items to dip come standard, and were more than enough for our party of three. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • THE DESSERT WAS AMAZING!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Don'teave without trying the milk chocolate fondue!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love Fondue!
    FondOfFondue
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    I love going here. The Buckeroo is amazing and I would go and just eat dessert! I definitely recommend this place to anyone who desires a fun, but still classy restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Comfortable dining experience. Ample Supply of delicious choices. Friendly Atmosphere. Very helpful wait staff. Although there is not a full service bar We were very satisfied with the drinks We selected. Delicious delicious delicious
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • decent fondue but felt rushed
    itsnotcarlosVIP
    Dined on 2/5/2014
    Actually, we WERE rushed. I totally get that this place is small and we were a big party. As soon as we paid, they literally kicked us out. The bar was empty, so the smart thing to do was to offer the bar to us -- they could have made more money on drinks! That said, the fondue options are decent -- we tried them all. The steak pieces are a disappointing. They look like chipotle diced meat!! I dislike reviews that are just one sided and negative, so let me end my review by saying if you plan to go, go as a pair or as a group of 4 max. Make sure you get the chili chocolate fondue for dessert. Overall, you will enjoy the options and you will leave the place with a full stomach. :-)
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cheesy Delight
    SFNativeYum
    Dined on 1/14/2014
    We had reservations for a Tuesday night which was totally unnecessary. The vibe was laid back with a touch of modern cowboy. Service was good and suggestions that were made seemed genuine. Traditional and Cowboy fondues were awesome! The dark chocolate dessert fondue was also a nice way to finish off the meal. Happy bellies were had all around.
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great twist on Fondue
    FondueReview
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    If you're looking for Cowboy looks and Swiss delights then look no further. This cowboy themed cutie delivers just what the Rodeo ordered. The portions aren't cowboy in size but you'll leave full without emptying your wallet. The restaurant is small so I'd suggest getting a reservation (hence.. why you're here) but they aren't small on service. There are only a few negatives if you're looking for your standard darkly lit Fondue joint with plenty of privacy this might not be the place for you but if you love great fondue, great service and a unique spin on cheese and chocolate then you'll need to book your next date here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved this place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/29/2013
    We were visiting San Francisco from LA, and our foodie friends recommended Fondue Cowboy. So glad they did! It was romantic, delicious, and super-friendly staff. It was a bit of a dodgy walk to get to this place from our hotel, so we ended up taking a cab home. However, once inside, you feel a million miles away from the "transitional" neighborhood that surrounds it. We definitely plan to go back the next time we are in town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cheese/chocolate fondues
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    The portion of the fondues are SO small !!! We usually count between 0.44 to 0.66 pounds per person for the cheese. The chocolate fondue could be bigger too, even if it is a desert. However, both taste very good !
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  • Good fondue but service not great
    Yummy
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    Went for a bday celebration. Food was ok but was told after 1 hour that we needs to hurry up and finish because they had other reservations. We had planned to have a long meal and hang out because we had all driven a long way to meet and don't get to see each other often. They were rude To us and would not accommodate our request to sit and leisurely enjoy our meal. Then they wound up not having people show up for the reservations and there was plenty if room in the restaurant when we left. Overall I thought there were better ways to handle the service. The food was not memorable and the ambiance was ok. I would not I back to this restaurant.
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  • This place has really good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    This place has really good fondue and salads. I can't do fondue all the time, but when I'm in the mood, this place is perfect!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Engaging and Hip
    Erikah
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    Very enjoyable. I chose the restaurant for an interactive meal with my teenage kids, they found it engaging and hip. We selected a more basic meal that they offered as our foundation for my picky eater then added sides that my more adventurous eater requested. It was not overly priced, for the quantity and we found our hunger more then satisfied. If you enjoy small bites, small flavor tasting and sharing, I would recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun group dinner
    aerie4
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    Group of 6 for dinner. Loved the restaurant. Awesome atmosphere. The owner was our waiter and he was so gracious and personable. Dinner was amazing and dessert… Wow! Loved it!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Fun Great Service Great Food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 12/6/2013
    What a find! This place is a smartly designed to make use of a small space. The decor is subtle, effective and clever. The star of the night had to be a combination of the service and excellent fondue choices. Always thoughtful and attentive to your needs, the staff provides unsurpassed customer service. We tried two different savory cheese fondues. The traditional and one that was Gorgonzola-based - WINNER! So good! I have had fondue many times before but these guys truly had the perfect consistency and taste down. I must get. We finished our experience with the milk chocolate and walnuts fondue. Truly, we had to fight each other for the last bit. We will be back many times to come. Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So much fun
    Ltux
    Dined on 11/24/2013
    Fondue Cowboy is a great spot for a couple people or a large group. We celebrated a birthday here with a party of 12. Fondue w/a big group was festive & fun. The fondue was delicious (I love the Rawhide) and the salads were great too. Very fun ambiance. I highly recommend Fondue Cowboy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun place for after work happy hour
    Yummystuff525VIP
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    My husband & I have been here twice and both times we have had a good experience. The food is good. We always get a glass of wine on tap and a sausage plate to go with the fondue. Both times there was a large group and the restaurant was lively.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Waaaayyy to expensive for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/14/2013
    Waaaayyy to expensive for small sized average fondue The restaurant would be fine at half the price
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a treat!
    Edwin
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    I always have a great time dining at Fondue Cowboy! The choices are great. Service is superb. The experience is always memorable!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quaint dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    Great place to relax for dinner. The tenderloin was melt in your mouth good.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Vibe, Great Food
    AngieFoodCakeVIP
    Dined on 11/6/2013
    This place is like a little wine bar that serves fondue! Super cute vibe, small but not loud or cramped, and the food was yummy. I would highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great team-building dinner
    Gayle
    Dined on 11/5/2013
    I brought my new work team here for dinner and it was a great place to bond and build relationships. We all enjoyed the food and interacted well together. Everyone felt so relaxed and happy I was able to convince them to go out to karaoke later.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cowboy love
    AandMfoodlove
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    I have been to fondue cowboy twice now, both times the food had been absolutely delicious! The waitstaff is super friendly and helpful if you have a question about the menu. Both times I have sat next to a large group so it has been quite noisy, but it's to be expected with a smaller spot like fondue cowboy. Overall I will definitely be going again and I would absolutely recommend it to a friend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall OK
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    I set up a reservation a month ahead to celebrate our 1-year anniversary and requested a side-table. Of course, we got sat right smack in the middle. It was not intimate. The service was OK --- there were a few times where I stopped eating because I was thirsty. Fondue was OK (guess that's why it was not priced as high as other fondue spots). Not sure why there wasn't much variety. Overall OK experience... wish we went elsewhere to celebrate. Pass for now.. probably will never come back.
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  • Fantastic Group Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/27/2013
    We had a great group dinner for 14 on Sunday night. The venue is small, but if you are able to grab a larger reservation on a weekday night, it's a great place for a social group gathering. The fondue is excellent, particularly the chocolate dessert. Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic