Per Diem
Per Diem

Per Diem

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.perdiemsf.com/
  • Phone: 4159890300x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30 am - 3:00 pm

    Lighter Fare: Monday -Friday: 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

    Dinner: Monday - Friday: 5:15 pm - 9:30 pm

    Dinner: Saturday: 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm

  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Sansome Street
  • Public Transit: Montgomery Street Bart and Muni Station
  • Parking: No
  • Parking Details: Parking is available after 6 on Sutter St. or 24 hours at 223 Sutter St, one block from the restaurant.
A word from Per Diem
Per Diem’s menu is centered on the use of fresh ingredients and inventive flavor combinations paired with classic cooking techniques. Starters such as the Burrata on a Grilled Crostone with Marshall’s Farm Honey and Toasted Nuts or a San Francisco original, Cioppino with Mussels, Scallops, Prawns, Market Fish and Calamari make for a quick, light bite. Enjoy one of many delectable sandwiches such as the Croque-Madame, Leg of Lamb, or Open Faced Salmon Sandwich.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Per Diem reviews from OpenTable diners
109 reviews since April 25, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (51)fit for foodies (32)neighborhood gem (29)romantic (17)special occasion (15)good for groups (15)vibrant bar scene (12)notable wine list (11)hot spot (9)late-night find (3)great for brunch (3)scenic view (2)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • Great food, slow service
    LoisLane
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    The menu was great, something got everyone. Our food was delicious but the service was on the slow side. Had to skip dessert because we ran out of time.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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  • old world ambiance in the FiDi
    3rdStoneVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Per Diem offers a welcome change from other eateries in the Financial District. As you enter you'll encounter a lively bar scene on ground level. But upstairs a well appointed dining room awaits. The service was very attentive and friendly. The food was inventive, locally sourced, and plenty tasty. Take a date, stay out late, and enjoy.
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Sundaylunch
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We dined upstairs. The upstairs was beautiful, our waitress was awesome and gave us excellent suggestions on drinks and food. We would highly recommend this to friends for a great date night!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Enjoyable Evening
    jar321VIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Took my brother-in-law and his family there for his BDay. Food and service was very good. Very nice interior design to restaurant. Overall evening was a very nice surprise. Place was much nicer and a little more unique then i expected from financial district area place.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, great for lunch
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    The menu is small, but we ordered the beet salad, mussels, oysters, risotto, and cioppino. Everything was delicious. Our server was helpful and prompt. The drinks were inventive and tasty. Décor is boho vintage. Noise level was a bit high, but it's a lively spot for the after work crowd. We will definitely go back, often.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Every bite...
    DineDiva
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    was fresh and flavorful. We shared dishes to experience the range of classic combinations with a few twists. This latter made the fireworks! Every subtle flavor was present and complemented with something new. It's such a find to have an atmosphere where we can hear our conversations, too. I'd been here during the day, when it's super crowded with the biz crowd. Was reluctant to return for the dinner scene, until the New Chef took....leadership! Yeah, it took that to stabilize. Now, it goes beyond to fascinate and appreciate. Get your booty down!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • solid choice for a business lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Good food, ambiance, and service. Very friendly and accommodating staff.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Ordered a chicken caesar salad and it was totally lame. We spent $35 for the two of us and had 2 salads and water to drink and it was less appealing than what I get from the soup company on a daily basis.
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  • Amazing food!
    Farmosis
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Per Diem came highly recommened to us from some colleages. We were running late and called ahead to let them know and the host (Nick I believe?) was very helpful in keeping our table reserved. Our server Lane was very sweet and she did a great job taking care of us. She gave us excellent recommendations and the roasted chicken was out of this world. Spinach ravioli was very tasty as well. We will definitely be coming back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    VHung08VIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    I've heard so much about this place and there was clearly a wait for seating even though we had reservations, which I quickly realized was likely due to lack of service. My shrimp louie salad had an overabundance of shrimp shells and when I asked for hot water, it came in a tea cup with a lot of floating lint. I think the cups may have been sitting idly on a shelf for months, but at least clean them before serving with them! The server took forever to get us the check too. All in all I was disappointed and would have expected more based on all the great things I've heard. Don't think I'll be back though.
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  • Pricey but good
    Justin
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Per Firm's drink list is great. The Manhattan Project is a unique & tastey asset. I had a mixed salad and the steak frites (special). The beef and aoli we very umami, which I love.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, decent service
    kelseymarie
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    The oysters were fresh, the pasta was made from scratch, and the wine list was great! The service was pretty good, but nothing to write home about.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Attentive service
    ChuckVIP
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Great staff; good food; definitely a restaurant where I'd return
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great for meeting!
    steen
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    I had a group meeting for 10 and Per Diem was great! The bottom bar area had a lot happening and had a good energetic atmosphere. Our table was upstairs and it was an intimate area and we had no trouble having our meeting while everything was going on downstairs. Plus the food was amazing. I really love risotto and their risotto was amazing. The service was great too. Food came out quickly, our waters were refilled often. Staff was fantastic. Street parking outside around 6pm was really easy and free. Its a little hard to drive to the restaurant, but thats a problem at pretty much all restaurants in the financial district so the easy parking right outside was a unique plus.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • lunch
    wineanddineVIP
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    The food here was great with very attentive service. The store front was a bit hard to spot if you were not familiar with the area. The signage was discreet.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not for dining, maybe for cocktails
    nickipVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Maybe this is a good place for grabbing a cocktail after work but the food was mediocre to terrible. We ordered the kale salad and Caesar salad to start. The Caesar was too mayo based and was just overpowering. The kale salad was much better. The risotto was extremely bland, lacked vegetables and was made with just regular white and wild rice, not the typical risotto aborio rice. The poutine was terrible...I love poutine normally but the oxtail pieces were mostly fatty skin, no actual meat and the gravy just wasn't that tasty. The Bolognese was good. For desserts, we ordered the pot de creme and lemon tart which were grainy in consistency, not smooth and velvety. The taste was ok. For the price and food experience, we wouldn't go back.
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  • Evezo
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    The food was below average. The oysters were warm, the waiter was nice & offered to replace the oysters with something else.
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  • Do not waste your time and money
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    We had 3 appetizers the buratta, bone marrow & pork belly; buratta was good, bone marrow was a little under cooked and had no seasoning (salt & pepper) but did have some very old tasting escargot, which did little for the dish and should not have been on the plate. The pork belly however was okay but was overly garnish with some kind of foam. My partner had a green salad which was good and I had the kale salad which was great. For the entrees my partner had the green garlic raviolis which was okay but again was overly garnished, with corn this time. I had the salmon with oxtail raviolis & white beans which where why under cook and the dish had an overall scent of being spoiled so I just ate the salmon which was over cooked and ravioli
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  • Worst Service - Not for groups
    FoodIsLife18VIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    I had made reservations a week ahead of time online, due to the large group. We had a reservation at 1:00; we were not seated until 1:40. He refused to split our checks (when I had asked him about it before anyone ordered and he said he probably could). When I asked him again after he said that if we wanted it split it would take him 45 minutes, even though it was not busy. He took an additional 30 minutes ringing up our bill and when I finally went to ask what was taking so long (twice), he explained that it was because HE forgot to add gratuity and was now trying to fix it. We were there for almost 3 hrs- and we were on our 1 hr lunch break. I am not going back, nor am I sending my boss back for lunch meetings (which I often did).
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    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always great!
    ChampagneOysters
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    This is a fantastic neighborhood gem, I've always had amazing meals here (cioppino and bone marrow are a MUST). Highly recommend, definitely make a reservation as they have limited seating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    The Mussels and Per Diem Louie salad make a fantastic lunch anytime!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chic, delicious and practical.
    acc2014
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    What I like about Per Diem is that the ambiance is chic and refined, food is very good, while prices are not so expensive. It's one of the rare restaurantes around Market & 1st that offers such a great level of food and relatively quick service for welcoming business guests, for instance.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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  • Great Food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Loved the feel of this restaurant and the food was amazing! It took a bit for us to get served in the beginning and no one told us they would be with us - they just kept looking at our table and would walk by... but once we did get served our server was awesome!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ordinary at best
    FoodieBanker
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    In attentive, indifferent service. Unexceptional food, with the exception of my chicken Caesar salad. Two wing pieces with bones and a dry chunk of white meat, 7 or eight small leaves of butter lettuce, three ( literally, three) croutons and a few shaves of cheese. $14. Those who had burgers on our group waited several minutes for condiments, which had to be requested. Coffee after lunch was $4/ cup and tiramisu had been frozen. I've worked and fined in the FiDi for 16 years, so this isn't some bumpkin's reaction. Mediocre food, bad service and high prices are not a winning combo.
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  • No wait on a Saturday Night
    happytochow
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    At the last minute, I chose this restaurant on a Saturday night for my husband and my two sons. It had plenty of availability and it looked cool on line and had decent Yelp reviews. We easily found parking and as we walked into Per Diem my 14 year old said "Mom, this is a bar!". We were taken upstairs and it had more of a restaurant setting, and what a pretty setting it is. We felt like we were in Boston at one of those old buildings. To our surprise, the food was good, the setting nice and the service fine. Overall, it was a nice dinner out on a Saturday night!
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • scoober
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Ok place, food decent but lackluster in this area. Small intimate feeling which is a plus. Not reco'd for dedicated foodies
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Two Words: Meatball Gigante
    Hotmess
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    I was staying in SF, in the financial district, the summer of '13 for ten days working on a production. I had a wonky appetite due to stress and travel and odd meals and hours. I went with two of my colleagues for a nice dinner and walked to Per Diem, partially because we joked that we were going to spend ours there but because the menu looked bomb. It was the most delicious food and drink I had all in SF and have had dreams of the Meatball Gigante. Memorial Day weekend '14 I was back up in SF staying at the Triton and went back to host an 8 person dinner with friends who live in the city and we were treated just as amazingly. None of the locals had known about it so I felt like I taught them a new taste of SF! I live in LA & miss Per Diem!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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  • What's that smell?
    SanFranFoodieVIP
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    Warm day in San Francisco - restaurant smelled like a cheap fish restaurant. Zero air conditioning with women fanning themselves and men rolling up sleeves. We left after a glass of wine and appetizers. Aroma downstairs was even stronger. Too bad, since the ambience was good and the menu looked interesting.
    Special Features:
    Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for a leisurely lunch
    foodlover
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Leisurely lunch. Quiet and relaxed. Quality of food is very good. My Caesar salad was awesome.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 80 ratings-only reviews submitted since April 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 374 reviews are from the Per Diem reviews archive.
  • Mediocre
    PrinceOrloffVIP
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    Nice decor and friendly, if not a bit ditsy, staff; but $45.00 for a bowl of mediocre pasta and two glasses of wine?
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  • Admin Day Lunch - Success!
    gmarien
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    We brought a large group to Per Diem for Admin Day. Our group of 10 was seated immediately, which was great. My group loved the ambiance and the proximity of the restaurant to our office. Food was great! Our server, however, was lacking. He was difficult to hear, super scattered, and not very attentive. He forgot drinks and was super brisk to everyone in the group. When we asked about the specials/soup of yesterday, he was annoyed and said he'd tell us the specials when he took our food order, which makes no sense. People want to know the specials so that they can anticipate what to order. He was distracted and uninterested in our experience, which is disappointing considering we bought lunch for ten, which guarantees a gratuity of 20%
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing Dinner
    HappyVIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    After so many encouraging recommendations, we tried Per Diem and were most disappointed. The server forgot to serve the appetizers and apologetically brought them out after the salads. The shrimp cocktail was not edible and had to be returned. The timing on the service was slow and out of pace. The wine was enjoyable and the company was perfect. This was probably just an off night for the restaurant but I would not invite my friend to find out.
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  • Good food but nothing great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    The food was all pretty good, but nothing spectacular. A little overpriced for what it is I'd say. Ambience is nice. The mushroom, egg and pancetta pizza was definitely the best. Pasta wasn't noteworthy. Mussels and seafood were good. And they had a very interesting creamy, chicken lasagna that was pretty tasty (mostly for the cheese!) But I thought our waiter was very inattentive and really not the best. Though relatively nice it just bothered me at a place priced such as this.
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  • Would we return....
    Localdiner
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    ....the answer is no. The Caesar Salad had thin onion rings instead of croutons - cutsey but didn't work for me - no parm to be seen. Wait staff did not ask for added pepper. No bread offered or served with dinner. Porcini Pappardelle was a very good dish but one our of four would not make us want to return. The special lasagne with garlic-mornay sauce and chicken was a disaster. Mornay sauce had no hint of garlic, chicken MIA and the sauce was a red color....not the white expected from a "mornay". When side of veggies is a highlight, except serving fingerling potatoes in the mix with lasagne - odd?, does not bode well for the offering.Too many places in SF to get fantastic meals - this is not one of them.
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  • What a great find!
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Per Diem is surprisingly stunning inside, very old-England decor, mix of a library and sitting room decor, with beautiful chandeliers to set the tone. We were seated upstairs which was great. Service was very good, prompt but not intrusive. I had to try the burrata that I'd heard so many good things about; unfortunately it wasn't my cup of tea - cheese with sweet toppings is just too odd. The meatball gigante, cioppino and bucatini were all great though as was the wine which went down very easily. Will definitely come back here when they change their menu to try other things.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but wierd for Sat. 6pm dinner
    Dmac
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    I needed to do dinner on the early side (6pm/saturday).--the place was EMPTY. -- no one even at the bar. it just wasn't quite the vibe i'd hoped for. But the service, although slow at first given that we were the ONLY ones there, was good and very accommodating when i didn't like my wine choice. Burrata was yummy (with almonds/honey). Hubby had pork belly and bone marrow--2 things he'd never had before. Liked both but felt they needed salt. (which there was none of on the table). He also had a meat ball which he liked (I didn't). My lamb sugo (?) pasta was good, but i wouldn't go running back for it. net net, it was fine. but probably better for mid-week night after work.
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  • Great food
    2onHoneymoon
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    Had a great meal. Very reasonably priced for the quality and quantity of food. Service was a little slow, but would not deter me from dining there again.
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  • This has been one of my go
    Janice
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    This has been one of my go to lunch spots for client lunches for the last two years, I am always pleased with the service, the variety of the menu, and the service. The decor is warm and inviting and the noise level comfortable. Per Diem is a new regular in the downtown SF scene for me.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • pretty good, not superior though
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    pretty dining room, attentive service although not totally professional demeanor by waitstaff
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  • This was my second visit to
    TLum
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    This was my second visit to Per Diem after an enjoyable luncheon about a month ago. The service is very nice, but each of our dishes, soup, salad, and pastas were disappointing. The soup was comparable to canned variety. The salad was tasteless, lacking seasoning and flavor, and the pastas were oily, and the sauces glopped in the corner of the plates and generally pasty. I do enjoy the ambience and wine list. I would only come back for the bar and small bites.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.