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
131 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (65)fit for foodies (46)neighborhood gem (42)special occasion (22)good for groups (22)romantic (22)vibrant bar scene (17)hot spot (16)notable wine list (11)late-night find (7)great for brunch (4)kid-friendly (4)scenic view (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Perfect biz lunch!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Booked ahead and requested a table suitable for a working lunch - Per Diem gave us the perfect table in a great spot, not too quiet and out of the way but spacious and private enough to talk/work freely. Ambience and service were great and the food notable. My client loved their burger and demanded we come back again, while my chicken was cooked perfectly and accompanied by the perfect rustic mash with a twist involving bacon! Loved it and will be back again very soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Used to love this place
    ChampagneOysters
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Used to love going here and recommended it a lot to friends. Food quality has ru decreased as well as portion sizes. If you order an entree you will likely go home pretty hungry still.
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  • Unique spot with great food
    kristin
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    A great little spot with character. I had the spinach ravioli and it was fantastic. Would go back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice spot for a good dinner
    awayFromHome
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Enjoyed the dinner. Excellent service. Upscale but easy going ambience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • FoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Chicken for $17 -- and it was only a small little breast. Portions way too skimpy. coffee $4. My friend ate a burger --- and it was OK -- but nothing special for $17. I loved the atmosphere -- but I go for food in the middle of the week.Wendy
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A wonderful surprise
    BusinesslunchesVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    What a gem. I look forward to going back! Beautiful interiors, and the food was wonderful. I had the lamb cheeks with root vegetables & polenta. As tempting as the rest of the menu looked, I'd probably order it again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Per Diem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Food was great, short on the wine list (my friend wanted a Moscato.. they only have it on dessert menu, in a VERY small glass). When the food came out, they were 0/3 for putting the right entree in front of the right person. Besides that, it was good, the server was attentive!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great for FiDi lunch
    stonerfoodVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Terrific food, good prices, great ambiance, win win
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    Ryan
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    From top to bottom this place is truly a SF treat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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  • Per Diem Offers Great Service
    JillyVIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Nice ambience and great service elevated an already solid meal. I will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Second thoughts
    CarpeDiem
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    I've always had a good experience at Per Diem in the past, but on our most recent visit, unfortunately, they could not accommodate one of our party who was injured and couldn't walk up the stairs. The host on duty was unwilling to relocate any parties from the accessible tables and booths downstairs, saying it was all reserved for Happy Hour. So sadly, we had to give up our reservation and go elsewhere. This soured me a bit on Per Diem, which up to now been a regular staple in our firm's dining options.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Still living up to its name.
    nummies4all
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    We had a robust lunch, shared two starters and an entree, and each had a cocktail. Perfect way to enjoy a lunch. Will definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Out of one of the entrees at 6 PM
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    With such a small menu, we were shocked that they were out of the lamb that we wanted to try. The risotto was delicious, however. Good service. Not beautiful surroundings--it felt like we were dining in someone's attic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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  • Downtown Gem
    SteakLoverVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    This is a nice find in the Financial district. We started with the Pork Belly and Flatbread appetizers which were both great. Our entrees were the Roast Chicken and the Halibut, again great although the Halibut portion size was for a bird. Portion size on the Chicken was enough for 2 people -go figure. The califlouti (sp?) was out of this world. We will go back. Parking in the area is problematic so go early.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good location, Good Food
    HawaiiVisitorVIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Great lunch location, great food. Very crowded at lunch and at Happy Hour. Need reservations. In general, great service, although this time, staff seemed short handed. Table wasn't available at time of reservation.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine Dining in FiDi
    John
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Great interior design with an expansive cocktail list perfectly complimented the modern, and delicious American fare our party enjoyed on an early Saturday evening. Comfortable and expansive dining rooms on 2 floors never made the place feel crowded.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
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  • Per Diem should go full time
    brotherbear
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    This is a great gem. We met family from out of state for a dinner gathering. Our group of six was given service that was personable and gave us just what we needed so not to interfere with all the catching up. Once the food arrived you could hear a pin drop from our large table as we were deep in the experience of the meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious lunch.
    Beecher
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    And the prices were very reasonable. We sat upstairs where it was quiet enough for a business conversation.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service completely MIA
    apleiferVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Seated promptly upon arrival, upstairs in the back. Fine, no problem. Waters filled... then refilled... and nothing. Even the manager came by and refilled our water, and yet no one asked us if we wanted anything. Waited what I felt was a generous 15 minutes we got up and left. The manager, then visibly concerned, asked us why we were leaving... too little, too late. (I gave them a three-star rating for food because OpenTable requires it, but we didn't get to eat anything.)
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  • I will be back!
    Mswebb11VIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The food, service and drinks here are phenomenal! A must for anyone who loves great food with a very chill, unique ambience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Very good service; Good food
    EastBayCustomerVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Very good service; Good food; Very nice decor and atmosphere
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great evening
    RestaurantseekersVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    It was our anniversary and had been looking for a romantic place to celebrate the evening, as well as enjoy delicious food and ambience. We were so pleased with our choice, great staff and beautiful interior. We ordered the crispy green beans and they were incredible. My husband and I both ordered fish entrees and both surpassed our expectations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Local Spot
    Diner28
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    It's right near Bart and has a great ambiance--love all of the wood. Limited menu and food a bit inconsistent--some great dishes and others ok. Flatbread was excellent but swordfish just ok. I would go back because in the Financial District this is a find.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • 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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    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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  • Per Diem
    stewie
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    The location is great if you work in the financial district for dinner or a drink after work. As always, the food was good. We were, however, disappointed that a shrimp/past dish had been removed from the menu. I have been there several times and the service had been great. This was the first time I had eaten upstairs and the service just wasn't the same. You know the waiter has forgotten you when you make eye-contact and he/she have that "dang, I knew I forgot something" look on their face? That happened once too often this time. If you go, sit downstairs, enjoy the great drinks and have the special appetizer because it is different every week.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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...
    DineDivaVIP
    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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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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  • 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.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    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
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 94 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 390 reviews are from the Per Diem reviews archive.
  • 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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