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
123 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (63)fit for foodies (41)neighborhood gem (32)good for groups (20)romantic (19)special occasion (19)hot spot (15)vibrant bar scene (13)notable wine list (9)kid-friendly (4)late-night find (4)great for brunch (3)scenic view (2)Show More
  • 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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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.
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    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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  • 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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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...
    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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    • 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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    • 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.
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    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
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    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.
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    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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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 95 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 386 reviews are from the Per Diem reviews archive.
  • 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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  • 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.
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    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!
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    Neighborhood Gem
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  • 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
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    Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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  • 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.
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    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.