Perfect business lunch venue
Perfect business lunch venue in a neighborhood surprisingly lacking business lunch options.
4/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
3 of us went on a Saturday
3 of us went on a Saturday Night and it was very low key. We had a great meal and were able to talk and hear ourselves!
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very good lunch spot in FiDi.
Very good lunch spot in FiDi. Busy place so make reservations early. Crab sandwich very tasty and filling with accompanying salad. Bucatini w/ ragu tasted like it took hours for sauce. Portions are good, prices reasonable and ambiance interesting with dark wood interiors. Only knock was took longer than expected for our entrees (later tables received their's b/4 ours). Nice surprise considering its plain exterior retail appearance.
4/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Enjoyed our dinner. Wait
Enjoyed our dinner. Wait staff especially fine-helpful and solicitous. Ate lightly so we didn't try too many things. The salad was terrific and plentiful.
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great for Groups
Fantastic food, and great upstairs space for large groups
5/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Seated on Time
My last three times at Per Diem, I have had reservations and it took a minimum of 20 minutes to be seated while my party milled around at the front door. This time, however we were seated immediately for my 12:30 Friday lunch reservation. FANTASTIC improvement in management of the tables which had been lacking before. Same host, but doing much better job.
The food is consistent, fresh and well crafted, but the limited menu needs some change outs, additions or more specials.
5/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good food, but wish there were more vegetarian options.
5/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good FiDi Restaurant
This was my 2nd time at Per Diem and the 2nd time I was happy. The food, service, and ambience were all very good. The only detractor was a server whose first language was not English. He brought a salad that my dining partner and I were to share, but he did not bring serving utensils. He was a bit confused, but finally came through.
The green tomato salad is outstanding and Mary''s chicken is good. My dining partner had a pasta dish with shrimp and other goodies which she declared quite excellent.
We also liked that our martinis came with little appetizers of a black olive compote on crusty bread. We did, however, miss the olives in our drinks.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best Pasta in Town
I've been here three times. Two times in the last week. I enjoyed the parpardelle so much I came back with a different group to try different dishes. Pizza was fantastic. Will be back to try more.
5/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food, eclectic decor
Bustling bar downstairs with quiet dining area upstairs. Unique decor that's interesting and comfortable. Service was prompt, food was hot and tasty. Nice find in SF.
5/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
One major problem with Per Diem is that there is only one person working the front desk. Because most of the tables are upstairs that person has to check people in, then escort them upstairs, leaving reception open. The process takes forever and long lines develop. Its really very annoying. the service is otherwise very good.
6/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Per Diem is defintely a favorite
Per Diem is defintely a favorite of mine and reliable any time. The ideas for their food are always fresh and scrumptious, especially the Per Diem Salad or their Dungeness Crab Melt Sandwich. Their staff is top notch. In addition to my spending time there, I send many people for lunch, dinner and have had multiple events upstairs. Everything was impeccable.
6/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great lunch per usual
Had an excellent lunch again at per diem. A great location for a business lunch downtown. The bucatini was excellent and service was good as it has been since a few hiccups when the restaurant first opened.
6/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
grat for lunch
respectful of schedule during lunch and able to bring really delicious meal. The meatball is very large and able to share as app, quite good.
6/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great place for client lunch
This place was great. The food was good, the noise level wasn't too high and service was excellent. It was a little pricey for just grabbing lunch, but great place to bring clients.
6/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great dinner spot!
Tried it out last week for dinner for a big group of 11 people. That's the largest group it can accommodate. Food was great, ambiance was nice as well. Some of the cocktails on the list were impressive.
All in all, it was a pretty nice dining experience. Will check it out again sometime if I'm there.
6/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
I went on a Saturday night
I went on a Saturday night after the July 4th holiday. The entire city was quiet and I had my choice of more restaurants than normal, but chose Per Diem because of its location near our guest's hotel. The upstairs dining room was nicely appointed, comfortable and reasonably quiet, though I would imagine that it would be much louder on a normal business day. Food was very good.
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great for Groups
Awesome upstairs space that's great for groups. Accompanied by yummy food wine and drinks
7/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice selection on menu , friendly
Nice selection on menu , friendly service, large portion sizes of pasta.
7/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice downtown lunch spot
My friend and I met up for a ladies lunch at Per Diem and we were not disappointed. We had the panzanella and the beet salad; both were delicious. I would definitely return to try their pasta and pizza.
7/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Happy to find Per Diem
Had heard good reviews and we weren't disappointed. Food , wine & staff were excellent. .
Alexa was particularly impressive. She told me all about private group possibilities & I hope our company is able to book soon.
7/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very nice lunch spot.
Had lunch and shared the Bucatini and the Porcini Mushroom Pappardelle. The food was really lovely, but the pappardelle was a bit soft and could have used a bit more truffle oil (but you can always use more truffle oil). The ambience was dim lit, antique style chairs with large, velvet, overstuffed backrests. I loved it. They play music like the strokes and postal service. Also nice and energetic.
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
I've been to Per Diem for dinner a couple times now and have really enjoyed it. It is nice because you can be seated in the downstairs bar area if you want a lively scene, or be seated upstairs which is more formal and quiet. In either spot, you will enjoy the great food and service. I would highly recommend the poutine appetizer: french fries covered with oxtail gravy and locally sourced cheese curd - So rich and delicious.
7/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good as always. But wasn't really a fan of the squash lasagna. Sorry.
8/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
Lunch in FiDi
Great place for lunch in the Financial District. Fills up quickly. Glad I had reservations. I'll be back again!
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Go for more than just drinks!
Per Diem has been my post-work cocktail spot for some time now, but I finally went for dinner last night and was blown away! The Green Tomato Panzanella was great... whatever bread they used was fantastic, and the risotto and pizzettas were delicious! (Of course, the cocktails are fantastic as always!)
8/4/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great for lunch meetings;
Great for lunch meetings; food is elegant and filling. A bit noisy if you really want to talk.
8/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Where's the marrow?
The caesar was excellent - with anchovies in the dressing! Good. But the Bone Marrow appetizer was...marrowless. We paid, what, $12 for 2 pieces of bone covered with breadcrumbs and a few capers, and 4 tiny slices of toast? What? My friend did like the lasagnette. The decor is cozy. A bit noisy to have a good conversation. But I'd go back and give it another chance.
8/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Hidden Gem on Sutter Street!
This is a great restaurant ,enjoyable menu and fantastic ambience.
8/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Per Diem rarely disappoints
Per Diem rarely disappoints as one of the best little spots downtown. With a party renting out the entire dining area upstairs we didn't have the best seat stuck in the corner by the open door in the loud bar area but the food and service were still excellent.
8/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Happy Server makes for happy diners
Our server was nicely cheery, but not overly friendly or intrusive, and very efficient in the height of lunch rush. The roasted corn soup was pretty darn tasty -- like corn on the grill, not fake smoke flavor. Cocktails perfect.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Week day dinner review
First time visit and we both agreed that we'd enjoy returning. Mushroom pappardelle entree was wonderful and the service was perfect. Don't like banquette seating but the tables on both sides of us remained empty and so we could dine without having others at our elbows. The gelato was a good ending to the meal. Loved the upstairs dining area.
9/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
We needed to get in a little earlier than our reserved time because of an unscheduled meeting and the restaurant was very helpful.
9/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love this Place
This is the third time we've been here, and we came for a work lunch. They have the best food, and drinks in the Financial District! I recommend this place to everyone I know!
9/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
2nd visit and will be back
Can't wait to try other items on the menu. Fun to try happy hour specials and then go into dinner with tasty wines.
Staff is particularly good. Tom, our waiter, was wonderful. Alexa, event manager & sometimes bartender - great, and Katy, the hostess was efficient & engaging.
9/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Per Diem - Classy Place
Per Diem is a great place for a well-made potent cocktail and carefully crafted food. I was especially pleased by the hosting and dining staff, they were very attentive, enthusiastic and polite. The desserts are not to be missed.
9/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Perfect Night Out
Service was off the charts - friendly, accommodating hostess (I had to push my reservation back last minute). We were going to see a show and needed to get in and out with enough time to walk to ACT (very close - four blocks from the theatre). The hostess and server remembered us and were sensitive to time. Our server was casual and friendly - made herself available but didn't interrupt or hover after we had our food. The ambience upstairs is more quiet than downstairs, with wall hangings that help mute the noise from the downstairs seating area. Downstairs seemed like a great spot for happy hour. Menu was as delicious as it looks.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were seated and served
We were seated and served right away as they knew we were tight on time. Surprisingly great appetizers and main course! Will come back again.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lucky find !!
Needed to organize a lunch meeting in the financial district, so read the reviews on OpenTable and truly lucked out. Great ambience, excellent service and food. Would definitely recommend.
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a great dinner - food very tasty. Atmosphere was lovely and serene until a larger party (1/2 hour into our meal) came and sat next to us. They were very noisy to the point we could not talk in a normal volume. It don't think the restaurant should have seated a party of two when they knew they were expecting a large group - or they should have told us and offered an alternative seating plan.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food great, customers not so much
Per Diem is a great place for food - really excellent overall, and the service is top notch. I've been there many times. Pity about the customers - at the table next to us were a whole bunch of young techies, one of whom was quite loud and obnoxious, and he managed to wave his arms about such that he hit the waiter's drink tray, whereupon the whole thing dumped on me. I had to move tables, was soaking wet for the rest of the meal, and reeking of booze. Per Diem comped our meal, which was not necessary, since it wasn't their fault. We gave a generous tip, but we really hope that the loud obnoxious dude gave a huge tip to the poor waiter.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
I have been to Per Diem three times and can't comment on the quality of the overall menu because each time I have ordered the same thing -- the Cioppino! The red sauce that forms the base is so flavorful and it is loaded with calamari, mussels, prawns and, of course, lots of crab. I recommend this dish highly and priced at $20 it is a value on top of the great taste.
10/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good for Lunch
Per Diem is an attractive and interesting place for lunch with friends or business colleagues. Eclectic menu, interesting dishes, reasonable prices, friendly staff. The tables on the second floor are a bit cramped. Noise level is moderate enough to have a conversation, but close quarters with the diners next to you.
10/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great experience yet again
This was my third time to Per Diem and it was a great experience yet again. Our server was knowledgeable and friendly, the food was great quality and delicious, the décor is great as well!
11/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
My Go To Spot in the FinDi
I really do love this place. it has a classic San Francisco vibe to it with wood beams and leather chairs. The food is fantastic and the service and ambiance is great. It can get a little crowded so the noise level can get up there, but not too high that you can't have a conversation. This is a great place to entertain clients. Reservation is strongly recommended!
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Came here for lunch and the
Came here for lunch and the bucatini did not disappoint. Good service, attentive and though a bit noisy, I liked the look and feel of the place. Would definitely come back to try a couple of more items on the menu.
11/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
The staff was attentive, the food tasty, and I liked the decor. Prompt, courteous, and professional.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good Food, Good Service
No complaints. Both food and service were excellent. Local cheese plate was really good.
11/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Met here for drinks & apps. We were told there was a 45 min wait for a table. We hovered around the very crowded, small bar. Drinks were average (price & quality). When we got tired o waiting, we checked opentable an found there were plenty of reservation spots available. We made a reservation and 10 minutes later we were seated. Food was good. Had various appetizers an the nettle pizza. Wish there had been more nettle, but it was tasty anyway.
11/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
A nice place downtown with characte
We enjoyed our meal - loved meeting Matt, the chef. The food was delicious and everyone enjoyed all aspects. The dining room upstairs is very comfortable with a very loud bar downstairs. If you are working downtown and want a nice place to go, Per Diem is the place!
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM