Fable

4.6
620 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
A fun and casual neighborhood restaurant serving modern American cuisine.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of operation


Dinner: T-Su 5:00pm-10:00pm
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Phone number
(415) 590-2404
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Jon Hearnsberger
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between 18th and 19th
Additional
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Menu, Takeout, Wine
What 620 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
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4.5
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4.6
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4.3
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SM
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hands down top five restaurants in San Francisco by far. The food was delicious, the service was phenomenal, and the warm patio seating makes a world of difference. It truly was a fable, or a storybook turned magical. Five stars.

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OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance on the back patio. Food was solid. My fiancé had the Vegan lasagne, which they are famous for, and it was amazing (something I don’t usually find myself saying about vegan food).

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R
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed a great brunch on a really nice and cozy patio.

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MT
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Our server (Adria) was awesome!! Super knowledgeable about wine- and was able to match our tastes to meals perfectly.
We had the mussels as an app, and the pork chop and chicken as entrees. Both were PERFECT.
Outside seating is gorgeous. Amazing vibe.
The only negative thing was they sat a family (with a kid) next to us mid-way through dining and that took away from our quiet date night atmosphere we had going on prior.
Would DEFINITELY go back. Interested to see how it is for brunch.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love eating here!

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AS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every time that I have been here, the food has been outstanding! I am pretty picky with my eggs and being a pescatarian, I have found not many places know how to make flavorful veggie omelets. However, Fable's eggs were absolutely delicious. I also had the pleasure of splitting entrees with a friend and can say their pancakes were worth the splurge -- such a treat. The exceptional food, combined with the lovely garden setting (and the fact that they take reservations), makes this one of my top brunch spots in the entire Bay. My only request is to PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE add an espresso machine to your armamentarium. That would seal the deal for the #1 spot... because brunch, no matter how delightful, just isn't the same without my (non drip) coffee :)

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D
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in the Castro. Great people great food

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BR
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

I recommend the vegan lasagne but other items are ordinary. The pork chop was hard to cut.

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AR
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere on the back patio. Delicious chicken sandwich and steak and eggs benedict.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service every time.

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OT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The service was great! It was quiet on a Saturday evening and the food tasted good. I will return again definitely

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was very good. The meatballs were fantastic, but the pork accompaniment was a bit all over the place. Beer and wine were solid.

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L
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful Sunday ! Had a delicious brunch on the patio. Everything was perfect !!

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KS
Philadelphia
40 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant with small menu with great ambiance and service. Definitely will be back.

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L
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Had the fried chicken sandwich and steak and eggs Benedict. Steak cooked beautifully, sauce was delicious, Bread wasn’t great choice for Benedict (Texas toast? Not sure). Partner’s Fried chicken sandwich needed more flavor and spice. Bland unfortunately. Coffee service needs a spoon! Great servers. Love the patio - have only been here for brunch.

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DA
Seattle
19 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A delicious meal and good service.

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A
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

An ingredient for my dish was substituted for another one, which I happened to be allergic to, and I was not informed. I had to ask the waiter if a substitution had occurred after I noticed it in the dish. He was unapologetic. I sent it back and got a different dish, yet the restaurant still charged me. I left a voicemail for the manager about my situation to give him or her the opportunity to get in touch before I wrote a review, but no one reached out.

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S
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

This was a lovely find for a Friday date night. The food was spectacular, as was the outdoor patio ambiance. The little gem Caesar salad was perfectly dressed. I had the roasted chicken breast which was scrumptious, juicy, and packed with flavor. My partner ordered the pork chop topped with grilled peach and served on a bed of roasted eggplant. Both portions were generous. Only downside is the server forgot to box the leftover pork chop. Definitely will be back to this neighborhood gem!

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Amsterdam
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

It was closed. They did not respect our reservation. We arrived before the time and it was closed. Really bad.

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JS
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service. Solid quality on food.

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JT
Austin
20 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The patio is fantastic but that was about it. The food is soso in our opinion. I’d skip it and try something better outside the Castro.

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B
Los Angeles
32 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very vibrant and friendly, excellent service! although we had a reservation, we had to wait in line and in order of folks who I do not think had a reservation but were seated 15 minutes after our reservation which was fine.

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P
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant's casual atmosphere, tasty menu items and fresh mimosas. Dining on the back patio is like being transported out of the city to a tropical paradise!

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IC
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful dog friendly Garden patio! Delicious food.

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NB
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The food I ordered was good but my friends was not. The appetizers and small plates are the best bet if you don't eat meat.

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B
Grand Rapids
6 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I really liked the outside ambiance of this restaurant. I was meeting old friends whom I hadn't seen for a year, so we wanted a quiet place to talk. The back patio was quite uncrowded on a Friday afternoon. Our server was very pleasant and efficient. The food was good, although a bit pricey.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Servers are lovely. The back garden is great!

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j
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I've dinned at fable about a dozen times now. i'm never disappointed. Always great food and always superb service. Love the fact the noise level is always low . My favorite restaurant in the Castro and maybe San Francisco.

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AI
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Very lovely first date; the waiter had to interrupt us several times to get our order... our apologies to him.

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MM
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Not great food. Nice atmosphere but the food was adequate to not very good. Nothing special for the prices.

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N
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Slow sloppy service. Chaotic. The cheeseburger for brunch had cheap yellow American cheese. Yuk! Lovely patio, but poor service and mediocre food don’t make up. Won’t return or recommend.

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MS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fable is our new favorite place! We love the food and service! Excellent place for small get togethers!

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Was a great night full of celebration and good food! Glad I found this place, also found a great dessert wine because of it!

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Y
Philadelphia
97 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

First time here for brunch and it was awesome!!!
Delicious food and drinks. Love the patio

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RS
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We drove from the Central Valley to celebrated Pride and escape the heat! Fable was out first stop for the day, the food and service set the tone for them day! GREAT!

We started with fried banana 🍌 bread 🍞 DELICIOUS! We then shared a bay Shrimp omelette and French Toast with fresh berries and home made whipped cream that was amazing with the French Toast and syrup!

Service was attentive and friendly, we’ll be back!!

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RL
San Francisco
276 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

We dined on squash blossoms and duck that was very well prepared, our server was good, there when you needed her, and not there when not needed. We've also enjoyed brunch here, worth checking out. We'll be back.

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B
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

First time at Fable and I hope to be back. Good food, nice presentation and intense flavors. I had the duck breast, perfectly medium rare and succulent. My partner’s halibut was tender and flaky. They offer wine recommendations, which I followed, and was very happy with my choice. And get the squash blossoms if they have them - awesome. Overall a great spot for a good meal in the Castro.

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DC
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great local restaurant for taking a break from shopping or going to the theater.
Wonderful drinks and dessert with great service!

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OT
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great neighborhood spot.

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j
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you so much for having us celebrate a surprise party for a close friend’s upcoming graduation! I’m sure we were a bit extra with our banners and table decor, but sincerely was grateful for Fable to allow us to decorate the space of ours. Our friend loved it and appreciated the kindness and service of Fable :-)

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