43 Sutter Street
San Francisco, CA 94104Neighborhood:
Financial District / Embarcadero
AmericanPrice: $30 and under
- Dining Style: Casual Elegant
- Website: http://www.perdiemsf.com/
- Phone: (415) 989-0300
- 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
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.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
- Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Per Diem reviews from OpenTable diners
144 reviews since July 30, 2014
- Ambiance4Noise LevelModerate
great for lunch (72)fit for foodies (47)neighborhood gem (42)good for groups (25)special occasion (21)vibrant bar scene (20)romantic (20)hot spot (19)late-night find (8)notable wine list (7)great for brunch (5)kid-friendly (3)scenic view (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
- The atmosphere and the foodOpenTable Diner Since 2005Dined on 2/27/2012The atmosphere and the food were fantastic! I am not sure if it was being upstairs that was the problem, but the service was awful. We never did get our bread that we ordered as an additional paid item, nor did the people sitting next to us. When we were at the end of the meal, we were brought the bill immediately before asking us if we wanted coffee or desert. It was a bit rushed and uncomfortable as I was with a client.Special Features:
- Good for 20-somethings!BerkeleyFoodieVIPDined on 2/24/2012Food was average, noise was unbearable-- could not even try to hold a conversation. rather limited menu-- they may be going just for the bar scene.Special Features:
- I would like to see Per Diemkim4325VIPDined on 2/24/2012I would like to see Per Diem improve the quality of the food. They either add too much oil to all the dishes, or there are too many bread dishes. My chicken dish was to spicy. Their pizzas have too much dough/bread and little of the main filling. It is new so they are very busy but it will die out if the food continues to have high calories in fat and bread. I will not be inclined to take my clients out to lunch here. The staff are friendly and the service is superb.Special Features:
- High Hopes DashedOpenTable Diner Since 2003VIPDined on 2/23/2012My friend and I had such high hopes for our evening at Per Diem. Unfortunately, they were dashed early-on in our experience. The service was inattentive and awkward. It took forever for our bottle of wine to arrive. The wine that I selected with the wine steward's assistance did not match the description he had given me. Our first course, the rapini pizza, took a half hour to arrive, and when it did, it was cold! While the bucatini and the rapini side dish were both delicious and cooked perfectly, the brisket was dry, overcooked, and inedible. Our other vegetable dish was mushy and nondescript. Neither my friend nor I will be going back unless and until they work out the kinks.Special Features:
- The interior is really invitingDWCakesVIPDined on 2/23/2012The interior is really inviting - we sat by the window and enjoyed the cheese selection of the day and thin crust pizza with salad. Great service and great bubbly - we'll be back!Special Features:
- We were well dressed - andInterestedpartyVIPDined on 2/23/2012We were well dressed - and instead of being put upstairs - which at the time we didn't know existed - we were put downstairs with in a pub atmosphere - not comfortable at all. Wouldn't go back.
- 12 minutes passed betweensallysDined on 2/17/201212 minutes passed between the first entree being delivered and the 4th entree. the brisket has the consistency of a brick. The pasta dishes were MUCH better. Too bad as the design and decor of the place is fantastic, but the food and service is lacking for dinner. I hear it is much better for lunch. I might recommend lunch.
- My friend ordered a cocktailpickyeaterVIPDined on 2/15/2012My friend ordered a cocktail with lunch and the waiter forgot about it completely until we caught his attention after the main course arrived. Food was good but not outstanding.
- Third visit. Good food withorbit490Dined on 2/15/2012Third visit. Good food with friendly, attentive service.Special Features:
- very eclectic furnishingsWINE10SNE1VIPDined on 2/15/2012very eclectic furnishings - food was great - we are returning very soon.Special Features:
- Good start for this newbie.DavidSFOVIPDined on 2/15/2012Interesting space...the upstairs is a much easier setting to have a conversation than the downstairs. Three of us ate there, and we had: crab sandwich, panzanella salad & minestone soup, and a one of their pizzas. Everything fine except the soup. It arrived luke warm and for the most part it was an onion and white bean soup, and had a funky greenish color to it. We will certainly return and we will hope for good things!Special Features:
- $15 for two raw oysers, REALLYOpenTable Diner Since 2010VIPDined on 2/14/2012tables too close, poor wait-staff (we gave a very good tip ,though he just seemed nervous), too expensive-we paid $15 for two raw oysers, REALLY! Portion size very small, and not enough veg. options.I will Yelp this expirence too.
- This place really needs toFoodieMandyVIPDined on 2/10/2012This place really needs to work out the kinks. It has a limited menu, which to me means everything should be perfect. Not so much...We started with shrimp cocktail - how can you mess that up? It was 4 sad shrimp and a bland sauce. The main, a brisket w/ lentils was icky! The brisket was over cooked and the lentils undercooked. Our dessert of apple crisp, the crisp was great but the apples weren't cooked enough! The hostess needed more training as she left us standing at the front for 15 minutes as she checked out the table situation, and we were finally seated on the first floor with a lovely view of the diner next door being vacuumed. I could go on and on about the service and the food, but there's not enough space!
- The food was excellent, theDDBBVIPDined on 2/10/2012The food was excellent, the service, however, sorely lacked. We sat at the bar and not only did the bartender hardly pay attention to us (even while she was just standing around), when I ordered a new glass of wine, she poured right into my existing glass, which would normally not be an issue with me, but considering I still had a quarter glass of wine left, she basically short-changed me on my second glass.....and she didn't ask before reusing the glass - a big faux pas.Special Features:
- I loved food and service onorbit490Dined on 2/10/2012I loved food and service on my first visit, but things were different the second time. Two of us loved our lunches (crab melt and vegetarian lasagna). My other friend liked her soup and salad, and asked for bread when her food came. It took 15 minutes to get the bread ($3) and the rest of us were almost done eating by then. My lunch was the worst. It was a turkey sandwich with fennel slaw and apple. I was expecting roast turkey, but it was smoked. Maybe the cognoscenti know that "Diestel" turkey means smoked turkey, but the restaurant should not assume diners know this. It should be clarified by the waiter if not on the menu. There was no "slaw." There were two thin slices of fennel and the same of apple. Meh.Special Features:
- Had lunch here with a friend.LDSFVIPDined on 2/9/2012Had lunch here with a friend. Oyster po boy and brisket sandwiches that came with well dressed side salads on the plate. Both were very good. The oysters were perfecly prepared and came with very good garnishes. The hostess, bartender and wait staff were friendly and professional. I ejoyed a well made Manhattan with lunch. We both would return for the food, drinks, interesting/comfortable space, and the friendly staff.Special Features:
- My only beef with the restaurantOpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 2/8/2012My only beef with the restaurant (during lunch) was the fact that when I checked in with the Maitre d', he failed to inform me that my party has already arrived and was seated. I sat and waited for 10 minutes near the front entrance 'waiting' for my friend. She finally had to call me and ask me if I was running late..Turns out she sat upstairs the entire time. I found that a tad annoying and that's why I marked the services only as 'very good'...otherwise the waiter himself was amazing!!! The food was amazing, and would consider a return for dinner or lunch.Special Features:
- Love the ambiance of thisSFDINERVIPDined on 2/7/2012Love the ambiance of this place and the service adequate.Special Features:
- Great atmosphere. We neededOpenTable Diner Since 2006Dined on 2/7/2012Great atmosphere. We needed a place like this around our office. Great for business lunch.Special Features:
- Food came shortly after placingOpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 2/3/2012Food came shortly after placing order. I was able to grab a lunch in and out within an hour. The crab sandwich was delicious and portion was pretty decent. The pasta has fresh and have a homemade feel. There's a cute patio on 2nd floor of this restaurant.Special Features:
- Disappointing BrisketOpenTable Diner Since 2006VIPDined on 2/2/2012I'd eaten lunch at Per Diem several times, and quite enjoyed their crab sandwich, but decided to branch out and try something else for dinner. I ordered the truffle brisket and was prepared to feast upon tender meat with delicious au jus. What arrived, however, was tough triangles of brisket, not remotely fork tender, and with no juice on the plate whatsoever. The result was a very dry, unpalatable meat, surrounded by equally dry lentils. Very disappointing. Perhaps it was a bad night, the chef accidentally overcooked the dish, or something equally as understandable, but the result was quite poor. I will give them another try in the future, perhaps once the promised duck confit that is advertised online, actually makes it to the menu.
- A great new addition to the FinanciEdieGVIPDined on 2/2/2012Lunch service is fast and efficient so you don't have to forgo quality to get a quick lunch. My friend had the muscles and said they were great. I had the truffled edd salad sandwich. The pancetta was cooked perfectly and greatly added to the salad. Unfortunately I did not even taste a hint of truffle, which was why I ordered it,Special Features:
- If you desire an intimateOpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 1/27/2012If you desire an intimate dining experience, don't go on a Thursday or Friday as the bar area which spills into the dining area is packed with the after-work crowd, make the decibel level almost impossible. Our server was amazing and the food was good, so we'd definitely go back on an off night.Special Features:
- I went here for dinner onOpenTable Diner Since 2012VIPDined on 1/27/2012I went here for dinner on a Friday night which was a mistake because the place was packed with an after work drinks crowd. It was much too noisy and the food was only mediocre. Good for drinks; bad for dinner on a busy night.Special Features:
- Our food was outstanding andSFDINERVIPDined on 1/27/2012Our food was outstanding and very reasonably priced. Our service for Eric was also outstanding.Special Features:
- Food was mediocre and overpricedOpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 1/25/2012Food was mediocre and overpriced but the decor is great. Would go back for an after work drink, not food.
- New Favorite SF Spots!RyanDined on 1/24/2012The Buccatini is one of the best pasta dishes we have ever had in the city. Parking was also a snap after 7 because all of the no parking zones expire and there are no residents. Per Diem is definitely one of our new favorite spots in the Bay for Lunch, a Power Martini Happy Hour, or a private dinner upstairs.Special Features:
- Great food & drinks - GO THERE!OpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 1/24/2012This place has the food, the epic drinks, and from what I can see - it's chalk full of attractive people, which did not influence my rating of the first two points. Please go there, have the Burrata, and have a wonderful night. You won't be disappointed!Special Features:
- Per Diem has been open forKiwiQVIPDined on 1/20/2012Per Diem has been open for less than 3 weeks and what a new gem it is. For an appetizer, we had a simple crostone with burrata drizzled with honey and sliced almonds. The burrata was delicate and light. The local honey gave the burrata a pleasant sweetness and with the added texture of crunch with the sliced almonds, I was quite impressed by the delicious outcome for such a simple combination of ingredients. For the main entree, we were intrigued by the pork belly special. The dish was perfect for a cold, rainy evening. It was wholesome, yet delicate. The pork belly cooked to perfection on a bed of fagiole and paired with a sweet apple/pear chutney that brought all the flavors together. A little sweet with savory tickled my taste budsSpecial Features:
- Lotsa Noise, but Lotsa Good!OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIPDined on 1/19/2012Per Diem popped up on the scene just recently, and it adds a cool bar/dinner option to the existing line-up of "Sutter Gutter" favorites for the downtown post-work crowd. The bar scene is hoppin' but can get packed quickly as there's not a ton of space, so arrive early. The noise on a Thursday night was through the roof, so be weary of tables right next to the bar unless you've brought a bullhorn. The food was top-notch, starting with the panzanella salad! My girlfriend had the papardelle and I enjoyed the bucatini...both were perfectly done pastas with tasty sauces and fresh ingredients. The wine list is small but the buttery chard is the way to go! I look forward to Per Diem opening up their top floor seating and will be back.Special Features:
- Panzenela with Bloomsdalekim4325VIPDined on 1/13/2012Panzenela with Bloomsdale Spinach salad had very little spinach, too many coutons. The Margherita Pizza had very little toppings and no fresh basil leafs, once again, too much dough. Burata on a Grilled Crostone is superb! They just opened this place recently so I will go back and try other dishes. Service is outstanding and very attentive.Special Features:
- Excessive Noise; Poor FoodOpenTable Diner Since 2006Dined on 1/12/2012I decided to stop at Per diem on my way to a lecture on Second street that evening at The Solarium. If you go expecting to enjoy your dinner, you will be disappointed. The noise level in the restaurant was ridiculous and the food wasn't much better. I chose the orechiette and my dinner companion had the burrata pizza. Regardless of the fact that we couldn't even dialogue around the overcrowded bar area while we tried to eat dinner, the food wasn't worth the effort of staying to even finish our meal. The orechiette wasn't cooked(I like my pasta al dente not like cardboard with a crunch.) Once the downtown bar crowd moves on, I imagine this place won't have much staying power as a restaurant and will probably turn over into something else.
- While the food was well preparedKurtHVIPDined on 1/11/2012While the food was well prepared and service was top notch, it felt like we were crammed into a bar. Table was small, one seat was a tall stool, and bar patrons were jammed up into us. Again, the food was good, but I would have preffered to not feel like I was just sitting in a bar.Special Features:
- This was my second time.OpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 1/9/2012This was my second time. I am glad I had a great experience the first time with the food, because the second time was questionable. Ambiance/Service = off-the-charts great. I ordered the same meal twice - pasta with arrabbiata sauce and shrimp. The first time, four shrimp cooked to perfection, an awesome sauce and appropriate lunch portion of pasta. The second time, four shrimp cooked to perfection, the sauce was overwhelmed with capers and a minimal amount of pasta, in fact the shrimp was the majority of the plate. I will try it again, hope the consistancy is better. Great location.Special Features:
- Decent new spot in FiDiswagnerVIPDined on 1/6/2012Dinner for 4 on a Friday night. Fairly limited menu was pretty casual (sandwiches, pizettas) but did not disappoint. The burrata appetizer and chard pizetta were both excellent. I had the pork ragu buccatini (very good) and my wife had a show-stealing crab sandwich. The wine list was varied, interesting, and allowed for a range of budgets. Cocktains were good - my wife had a Presbyterian, which they knew how to make, always a pleasant surprise. The food and bar service were good, every main dish arrived simultaneously, and everyone was frindly. Only downside: after barely two hours the manager told us (less than tactfully) that they needed to turn the table which was a rather abrupt end to our evening.Special Features:
- wait until they open the upstairsOpenTable Diner Since 2007VIPDined on 1/5/2012wait until they open the upstairs to go for dinner. the downstairs is totally a bar scene, not really the right ambiance for dinner. the pizza was not special, the crust is just not my style, the entres were better.Special Features:
- Ambiance is a bit strangeQA4UVIPDined on 1/5/2012Ambiance is a bit strange -- feels cavernous and cold. Food was not noteworthy. Service was good. I hope it improves as we need a good restaurant at that location. A bit too pricey for what you get.
- I wouldn't recommend pitchingOpenTable Diner Since 2004VIPDined on 1/5/2012I wouldn't recommend pitching the bacon and eggs sandwich as a signature dish.
- Not worth itOpenTable Diner Since 2005VIPDined on 1/4/2012Bummer that this place is right by my office and I will never go back. It was the most bland, mediocre food I've been served in a restaurant in a long time. Teeny servings, too. The menu descriptions are misleading. I thought the root vegetable salad, which cost $12 or $13, would be substantive enough to be an entree. It turned out to be four baby beets, a ton of croutons, some lettuce and a bland burata. In retrospect, I think the waitperson "upsold" me on the glass of wine I ordered, so I ended up with the most expensive wine on the list. My two colleagues were equally underwhelmed (one had the Buccatini and the other a pizetta). We all left feeling ripped off and still hungry.