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About Fable

A fun and causal neighborhood restaurant serving modern American cuisine.

558 Castro Street
San Francisco, CA 94114
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American

Hours of Operation:


Dinner: T-Su 5:00pm-10:00pm

Cross Street:
Between 18th and 19th

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 590-2404

Website:
http://fablesf.com/

Executive Chef:
Jon Hearnsberger

Additional:
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Menu, Takeout, Wine

Fable Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.4

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Outdoor Dining (23)
Neighborhood Gem (20)
Good for a Date (17)
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Great for Brunch (15)
Romantic (13)
Casual (13)
Cozy (11)
Good for Groups (11)
Comfort Food (8)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Local Ingredients (7)
Notable Wine List (7)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Seasonal (7)
Special Occasion (7)
Fun (7)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Great for Lunch (6)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Authentic (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Organic (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Healthy (4)
Business Meals (3)
People Watching (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Scenic View (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

back porch dining was amazing ! totally romantic for a valentines dinner . will be back for brunch this weekend . if we can make a reservation for the back patio ?

thanks carl Walk
415 696 2426

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 6 days ago

Fable exceeded expectations, the staff made myself and my date very comfortable and we had a very special Valentine’s Day.

Tags: Good for Groups, Healthy, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on February 10, 2018

They were out of crab cakes so offered to add some crab to the citrus salad, which turned out to be one small bite. They charged an additional $12! Server was great but we were appalled by that food experience.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Love Fable. Cute outdoor seating, delicious food, and great service. Seemed slightly understaffed, but the waitress maintained a positive attitude. Can't wait to come back.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (London)·Dined on February 10, 2018

We had a lovely brunch on the back terrace. The red quinoa with eggs was amazing !

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 6, 2018

The food is aleays great!

Really NOISEY grooup, especially the women.
Not appropriate for the place.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 4, 2018

One of our main go-to’s. Always good.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 4, 2018

The patio was very nice! We ordered the french toast with side of eggs and potatoes. The french toast was very delicious unlike the regular ones that are so stuffy. The potatoes were delicious and the eggs were cooked exactly like we asked for! Points for that! The patio is heated if that's something you are looking for! Overall a pretty nice place to try out when in castro. One of the few brunch places that take reservation!

Tags: Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Grabbed brunch here while my parents were visiting from out of town. Overall had a great experience--the food was good, service was quick and friendly, and the ambience was perfect for a casual Saturday morning brunch.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 1, 2018

LOVE Fable. I have been here twice for dinner. Sat inside once and sat outside in their spacious, whimsical outdoor area in the back. Everything on the menu is delish. The mac and cheese is a must and a worthwhile splurge for any dieters in the house. I have been dying to go for brunch, but haven't quite made it back yet. It is HIGH on my list of city faves for date night or an evening with friends. Definitely worth a visit if you're in the area.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Fun, Organic, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 30, 2018

I've been going here for 25 years through countless metamorphoses, some good, some not so much. Fable has some issues but the space is still delightful (on the patio) for a quiet dinner. The staff is very attentive and friendly without being obtrusive. I was disappointed by the food but I'd it was good enough that I'd go back and try again.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Had delicious burgers and fries. (We asked for them extra crispy and our fries were PERFECT! Inventive, lovely endive salad for a starter. We each had meh glasses of wine, but the rest of the meal was outstanding.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Limited menu, but friendly staff make up for a lack of selection. Mimosa selection is fun and seasonal. We had blood orange. Seating is limited in the garden and seating inside tends to be cramped and noisy.

Always a line for the bathroom during Sunday brunches due to the mimosas...

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Amazing food, amazing ambiance! Had a group of 8 and it was the same quality meal as a romantic date for two

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Our waiter was friendly and the food presentation was good. But I ordered a special of the night, pot roast, and was pretty flabbergasted at the price - $35. Pot Roast doesn't use expensive meat. Though the portion was big, the meat itself was dry and there wasn't enough "glaze". Granted, I didn't ask what the price was. Our other problem with the restaurant was with the front-door service. We arrived 15 minutes early and would've liked to have been seated, if possible. We waited 10 minutes at the front of the restaurant and nobody came up to us. We witnessed an argument between the cooking and wait staff during that time. Finally, we left, annoyed and planning to find another place to eat. That didn't work out, and only then did we return. When we came back, the maitre'd did come up and seat us, and order appeared to have been restored.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Fable never has let me down. Excellent neighborhood place for a few apps and a glass of wine at the bar, or a romantic evening with someone special next to the fire on the patio. Ether way you can’t go wrong!

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Loved this place. We had to wait a little bit to get seated outside (we could have immediately sat down inside) but it was worth the wait. Ambiance, food, and service were all excellent.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Always our top choice for a great meal in the Castro! The food, the magical back garden and the friendly staff make for a great time every time.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Fable is a quiet little place that puts the customer's interests at heart. Freshly made offerings, perfect portions, and just the right amounts of seasoning bring this food to life. Great spot for dates, friends, or everyday life.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, People Watching, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Great for Brunch.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 19, 2018

I've been here for both brunch and dinner, and the experience has overall been good. However, I can no longer recommend this place after the very poor service my party received tonight.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 17, 2018

Excellent food! If you ever find yourself in the Castro Distict, definitely check Fable out.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Most of the food was actually outstanding, but the entrees were slow to come out and when they arrived, two of them were badly overcooked. They did comp us an extra appetizer while those two diners waited for their food to be redone, but it felt like if they’d been paying us a little more attention in general, the whole problem might have been avoided. And at those prices, I’m less forgiving of this sort of error.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Had a great time as usual, but Marda (?) was an excellent server who cared more than most I've encountered in a long time! She was delightful, knew the menu, took care of things timely, and was overall really terrific! The food was good as it always is, but the service won for overall excellence this time around!!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Outstanding NYE meal! However, we made our reservation two weeks in advance, at which time there was no indication on open table or their website that there would be a mandatory pre-fix menu to the tune of $95/person (not including any alcohol!), so that was a bit of a shock when we arrived. The food was delicious and the outdoor patio made for wonderful ambiance....but we did feel a bit gouged.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Great food

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2017

We hadn't been to Fable for awhile. It's even better than before. The outside patio seating is lovely. Waitstaff is friendly and attentive. Pancakes for brunch were delicious.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Delicious meal, lovely wine, easy to access location and excellent service. Definitely recommend the restaurant!

Tags: Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 18, 2017

This has become my go-to brunch place after a date showed me this spot! It's close to my home, the back outdoor seating is phenomenal! It's such a beautiful vibe. The food, I'd rate is OK to good, nothing special or over the top. The restaurant itself is not too loud and great to have a catch-up conversation with friends.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Great for Brunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 17, 2017

I'm afraid Fable wasn't what I'd hoped. The best thing about it is the atmosphere of their lovely patio. It's fun to bundle up under a heat lamp and gaze around at the plants and the folks. I would describe the food with the same three words I use for most SF restaurants lately: unremarkable, salty, expensive. I've heard their specialty is roasted shishito peppers. Somehow I missed them on the menu, but it's kind of elementary for a speciality, no?

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, People Watching
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2017

The waiter was poor in terms of customer service. The manager didn’t care.

We ordered quinoa with duck confit for 17. We got quinoa. The waiter didn’t tell us why. When we asked him we were told that it wasn’t available. When we asked him why he didn’t tell us upfront. He said he forgot. Really?

They didn’t even take time to update the menu or tell me upfront. Did they think I’m an idiot who wouldn’t notice the missing duck confit and pay 17 for a bowl of quinoa????

I’m not going to his place if they intend to mislead customers and rip them off.



If there was a rating for 0 , they would get it

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2017

I live nearby and have been wanting to try Fable since it opened. Although not really any savory vegetarian options, the kitchen accommodated my request to replace the ham on the eggs Benedict with avocado. We started with a the apple scone. It came out warm with some very good butter and it was delicious. My fellow guests were happy with the burgers they ordered and I really enjoyed my dish. The server was very busy but he gave us good service. We really enjoyed sitting outside and had a lovely experience. It's nice to find a good place (good food and not packed and loud) in my neighborhood for brunch!

Tags: Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

It was a wonderful evening with a perfect italian vine and delicious food.
The service is very very good. We tried many wines and the advice to choose the right one was more than just friendly. It was awesome! All staff are very friendly :)
We enjoyed our stay very much. Thank you so much for that experience!

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food, Organic, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Seasonal, Great for Brunch, Hot Spot, Casual, Notable Wine List, Late-night Find, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 10, 2017

I came here last minute looking for a romantic Friday night meal, and was so pleasantly surprised! The food was delicious, the service was excellent, and it is a really cute, cozy space. I live close by, and somehow never noticed it. They have high quality wines, and seasonal meals. I had a delicious salad and piece of fish, and my boyfriend had an organic chicken dish that he demolished. We'll be back for sure.

Tags: Good for a Date, Seasonal, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Austin)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Great food and terrific service. Convenient spot in the heart of the Castro.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Business Meals
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 2, 2017

The pork chop I had was outstanding!

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Your tastebuds will delight over the menu. The environment put a big smile on my face when I walked in! The service was impeccable, and the staff were so friendly. The mussels and the pork chop were favorites. This Mississippi foodie was so happy with Fable.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2017

The place was not crowded but service was SLOW. Slow to take our order, they recommended a bottle of wine that was out of stock.... twice. It was close to 20 mins in before we got served wine and ordered. The food was good but my sides were just warm, not hot. As a group we all decided we would prob not be back.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Fable’s ambiance is great for a evening out on a higher plane. Food can be hit or miss going from awesome to good. I ordered the T-Bone not realizing it was thin cut which made it difficult to be served medium rare.

Tags: Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Eat in the garden if you can, food tastes even more delicious outside. Friendly neighborhood restaurant, we'll be coming back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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