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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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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.6

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Outdoor Dining (25)
Good for a Date (21)
Neighborhood Gem (20)
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Casual (18)
Cozy (18)
Romantic (15)
Great for Brunch (14)
Creative Cuisine (11)
Good for Anniversaries (11)
Good for Groups (10)
Fit for Foodies (10)
Authentic (9)
Good for Birthdays (9)
Notable Wine List (9)
Special Occasion (9)
Comfort Food (7)
Fun (7)
Local Ingredients (7)
Seasonal (7)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Business Meals (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Vegan (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Healthy (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Organic (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
People Watching (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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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 December 1, 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 18, 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.



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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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·Dined on November 12, 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 11, 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 10, 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 3, 2017

The pork chop I had was outstanding!

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 2, 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 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 29, 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 25, 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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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Fable was AMAZING. The brunch was well worth the price. I had a trumpet mushroom, onion, leek and cheese omelet that was to die for. Also - we got to sit on their breathtakingly beautiful patio complete with a garden, succulents, and gorgeous lighting. The service was great - we asked to switch tables twice and they didn’t get flustered about it one bit. This will definitely be on my brunch go-to list.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Great customer service and nice atmosphere. With a fun brunch menu.

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·Dined on October 2, 2017

went for my birthday and thought to try something new. Little did I know it was the same day as the castro street faire! Almost felt like they were having a party just for me as I approached! Our waitress was stellar, funny and attentive! We ordered 3 dishes: chicken risotto, salmon with lentils and the burger. Everything was absolutely delicious! We shared a nice chocolate mousse for dessert that literally dissolved in our mouths 😁 I'd recommend this place for any occasion! The patio made the ambiance for us! It's beautiful.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 25, 2017

We always have a great time at Fable. Favorite restaurant in the Castro. Casual affordable with outstanding friendly and attentive staff.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Always reliable, and great place to dine whether indoors or in the lovely back patio/garden.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Always a great spot for dinner. Short menu featuring the best of the season. Incredible value for both food and wine.

Tags: Cozy, Business Meals, Vegan, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Great service and food, though pretty pricey. The patio had a beautiful ambience and the right level of sound,however, inside was really loud. I don't think I could've eaten inside. The food was exquisite and so was the service, my only complaint was that my beer was room temperature

Tags: Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Tasting Menu, Cozy, Creative Cuisine
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 17, 2017

We came here for my family birthday (4 out of 5 were born in Sept.), and the ambiance was great, the food was great and the service was great. We really enjoyed the meal BUT we were charged a $15 cake cutting fee - which were not told about up front. I overheard another table commenting/complaining about the same thing. It seems like a strange policy to me (+ autograt @20% & $20 corkage) and would have been nice to know about before we received the bill. Besides that, everything else was great.

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·Dined on September 10, 2017

We had a reservation for 2 and were seated at a non-desirable table between the doorway & the service entrance, (many servers thumping behind us constantly). The entire peaceful patio directly in front of us was empty, so we asked to move to one of the 7 empty tables. ..they checked. Our Server comes back and says "No, we're gonna stay here, but don't worry - you're gonna like it" . Us: "You mean we can't move to the empty tables even though we have a reservation?" . Server: "nope, no tables available for quite awhile"/ Us: "but we have reservations"/ server : "sorry". Us: "ok, well we're not ok with this table, so I guess we're not going to stay" / Server: "ok"

Really!? The restaurant had just opened, was nearly empty and we had reservations, but they couldn't accommodate us at our reservation time?... I've had one service experience like this before and it was in the Soviet Union in late 1980's...

Well, that was a bummer. Nice patio, decent food, but D for effort in accommodating a party of 2 with a reservation. :/

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Wonderful environment, friendly staff, great food!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Authentic, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Fantastic! service great, friendly. Ambience welcoming and lovely. Food great! Definitely go again and will recommend.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Ordinary at best ! I had a very average burger for $16 . My partner said his pork Benedict was ok except that the pork was a little stringy and dry . There are many other places in the Castro serving the same food at better prices . Didn't impress overall .

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Fable has been my partner's and my reliable go-to spot in our neighborhood. There was a brief period following the departure of the restaurant's first chef when the food was a little off its game. Thankfully that was remedied a while ago when they brought a new chef/consultant on board and the food returned to its status of consistently good quality. In a City where restaurants open and close at the drop of a hat we are thankful to still have this gem nearby. And I also need to mention Fable's wonderful staff. They are pros and know how to take care of their customers.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Overall I like this spot and I like the food. Although we liked our server and she ruin care of us, the kitchen had problems getting the food to her, and in turn to us. When it arrives, it was delicious. Eating outside on the back patio is what this place is about, so be sure to request an outside table.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 20, 2017

I would've rated the food a five as the mussels were plump and juicy with delicious broth, the heirloom caprese was tasty(asked for some salt and they brought out a pinch of Pink Hawaiian Sea salt, kudos!!) and the mousse was to die for. The one downfall was the steak. It was ordered MR and came out well done. Made it extra chewy. I think the kitchen needs to practice on steaks. I didn't want my friend to eat alone so didn't say anything.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Charged for dessert that we didn't have. Check your bill carefully!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Reservations are suggested for this popular and friendly Castro District restaurant. The garden is particularly nice, and has space heaters for those cool and foggy days.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 6, 2017

The service was good and so was the food. But the food wasn't GREAT. And for the price we paid, I expected much more.

The prices were the same as Rich Table, where I ate a few days before, but the quality of ingredients and presentation and tastes were not comparable.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Austin)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Cozy neighborhood spot with average food and a nice patio out back.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 4, 2017

I've eaten at Fable many times. I'm never disappointed with the food or the service there. This time was no exception. A fantastic dinner and desert with friends. Can't wait to go back

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 31, 2017

The service was slow and not very attentive. The tomato appetizer was not even ripe. Pretty much inedible. Overall not a very good value for money.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Always great! The servers were amazing, the outside garden sitting is always great.

Tags: Authentic, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Food was good, ran out of Bloody Mary's which was a shame!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 24, 2017

Had starters and entrees with wine pairings. Food very good, service great, back patio lovely.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 23, 2017

I've been coming here since they opened and they haven't let me down yet! Consistently good food and outstanding service every single time! One of my favorite brunches in the city and dinner doesn't disappoint as well! Highly recommended!

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·Dined on July 23, 2017

I really wanted to like this restaurant but the food was bland. Burgers were cooked medium rare but very little flavor. The pork chop had little flavor as well, slightly overcooked.

The host and waiter were nice and pleasant, but for the price it really should have been about the food.

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