Dobbs Ferry Restaurant

4.3
1821 reviews
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$30 and under
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Dobbs Ferry Restaurant is an all day and everyday establishment; for locals, by locals; with a welcoming beckon to all of the visitors of this Little City. It is an ambassador of West coast food and East coast style with an "old world" feel, that is uniquely and unequivocally San Francisco.
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A neighborhood gem. Cuisine was creative and delicious. Our waiter was attentive and great at explaining the wine and questions we had about the menu. Loved the tasteful artwork on the walls. Very clean.

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J
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Two of us went for lunch on a Saturday, but it was the brunch menu, so there was only one salad offered. It was excellent, but all the other offerings were sweet, or egg heavy. Service was pleasant. A bit noisy.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Overall it was a great evening. This was our first time here. We had friends in from out of town and on the whole enjoyed our experience. We had the sole, tuna, pork and duck. We started with the ricotta and brussel sprouts, and finished with the Grand Mariner Creme Brûlée. Everything was incredibly tasty and appropriate portions. The reason this is a 4 star rather than 5 star for food was that the pork was a bit too sweet. The other dishes were well balanced flavor-wise and we would definitely go back.

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BB
San Francisco
49 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We've been dining at Dobbs Ferry before attending a show since shortly after it opened, and have always had a "good" meal. This time was a real treat, with very good food and excellent service. My tuna was near perfect, and the clam chowder was a delicious take on an old favorite. We were seated in the bar area, but it was not packed so the noise level was tolerable and we could actually hold a conversation. We'll definitely be back.

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DB
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, ambiance, and service.

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RM
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Our server sensed that we had a limited amount of time and made sure we were out the door happy and well-fed.

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BD
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic restaurant and bar. Food was great, showed up on time and was seated immediately, wonderful bartenders and wait staff. 5 stars.

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s
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A SF gem. We’ve been there about 4 times now before of after SF Symphony and have always had excellent service and a great meal. This time we had the warm olives while we chatted and then the Sole over Spaghetti Squash with Fried Brussels Sprouts. Excellent service also.

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R
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was Valentine’s Day and they had a special Valentine’s day prefix. It started out with oysters Rockefeller followed by stuffed quail with quinoa and finished with chocolate panna cotta!

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RS
San Francisco
129 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went before the ballet. This was one of the best meals I have had ever. I had steak double baked potato and spinach. All were prepared perfectly. My friend had the petrale sole and loved it with fried Brussel sprouts and spaghetti squash. She practically likes the plate. The menu was spectacular. I plan to go back soon.

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V
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I dined at Dobbs Restaurant several times, but that was two years ago. Even so, John remembered me and, just like he had two years ago, offered his arm when showing me to our table. What a gentleman! I greatly appreciated that.
The food was delicious, too!

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OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was quick and just what we needed before the ballet. Food was delicious! Highly recommend the fried chicken.

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V
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The arancini were delightful golden bites of rice and gooey cheese. The petrale sole was light, moist and flavorful. Would definitely order it again and hopefully have room to try some dessert.

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S
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I was so happy I surprised eating here! My friend and I shared an assortment of small plates that were all extremely delicious! I am used to things costing too much and not being worth it in this town, but this was really great food.

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JT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for our large group of 10 before Hamilton. The service was very quick and efficient knowing we had a timeline. The food was DELICIOUS! It was also a great value. The food was higher end than the price. I can't wait to go back.

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ES
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A great restaurant for dinner before the opera or symphony. Service and the food were excellent. It can get a little loud at times. A very lively bar scene, but there is also a quiet bar at the entrance to the restaurant. Definitely a place we will return to in the future!

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w
San Francisco
150 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

This restaurant flies under the radar in an otherwise glitzy neighborhood. The food is delicious and beautifully presented. The chicken liver pate with fig jam is smooth and scrumptious. The crispy fried chicken is a generous portion. Cocktails are perfectly prepared and well priced. The servers are attentive and work well as a team. It is now on my regular rotation for civic center

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D
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was good and service excellent. Only problem was that some of the clientele were not up to the standards of the food and service.

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H
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love it here. Delicious dinner. Great service. Our favorite waiter, John always terrific. Great spot for before symphony or opera or ballet or anything. Love Dobbs Ferry SF.

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D
San Francisco
52 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I always enjoy this restaurant -- for its overall value. It doesn't disappoint.

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DH
Central Coast
9 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

This is a reasonably priced eatery in the San Francisco Theater District. If you want to dine here before a Sat evening show, make reservations at least 10 days in advance. Last time I was there, I had a salad, entrée, and a dessert, and the bill was $48. There are other eateries in this area that would cost 50% to 100% more. The atmosphere isn't romantic or quiet or exotic; it's functional. They have only one green salad on the menu, which is a drawback. The entrees are relatively standard fare. The fettucine with meatballs is terrific. Service on a Sat evening before a show can be a little slow. Plan on an hour to be served a salad and an entrée.

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JJ
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We love the
Tater tots but they are a bit over-priced.

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V
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I'm afraid to say how fantastic the meal was the night we came for dinner because I want to be able to come back without making reservations a month in advance. We hadn't been there for awhile and the new menu was innovative and really creative without being too avant-garde. We are all good cooks and real foodies and we were all really impressed. Our service was great and we were able to enjoy our meal and leave in time for our next engagement without being stressed.
We all would come back in a flash. BRAVO Dobb's staff and owners.

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R
San Francisco
76 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Wine list vastly improved with new owners. Better food, too. Worth a visit.

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z
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best value in arts-centric area. Only had 1 hr. for dinner Wed night before show. Waiter was terrific, my friend and I weren't super hungry. I had White Lasagna appetizer which was big enough portion to satisfy me, along with sharing baby kale salad. My friend didn't like the dressing offered, so the chef whipped up one of the most delicious dressings we've ever had! Food is well-prepared, comes hot, and is a good value. Been coming here for over a decade and have rarely had less than an excellent overall experience. Was pleasantly surprised that owner was working as hostess that night, which may explain a few things -- like the courteousness and quality.

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BK
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

Great server but the food was horrible. All three of our dishes had zero salt, our Manhattan clam chowder was more like a carrot ratatouille(way too thick, too many carrots and not enough clams) and the fettuccine and meatballs were very soft and mealy.

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A
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Waiter asked if we had a performance which is very reassuring.
It took a while to get food. No bread offered- I didn’t ask for it. No salt/pepper on table. Water was refilled often.

I had the “dining out” menu; food was very good. My dining companion asked if she could get a cup of the soup and was told “it’s on special menu only.” I understand that but feel that a restaurant could go “above and beyond” and find some way of providing it.
My short rib was excellent.

My companions fish was not cooked properly - it was underdone. By the time the waiter came over to ask, it felt too late to send it back.

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t
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were late, really late, and going to the Ballet. They got my omelet and my friend's parfait out to us in a hurry. So we were able to eat. And the food was good. Well, except for goat cheese. I would prefer a different cheese.

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L
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the best tuna we’ve had in a long time. Dobbs Ferry is like my “Cheers.”

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SF
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We were here for SF Restaurant Week. Four of 6 in the party ordered the pre fixe menu with potato leek soup (with beet, balsamic and salmon caviar) and shortribs with root veggies and grits. Dessert was ricotta donut holes. One of us got the wine pairing. Two others got the sole and fried chicken. All of us loved our food. The dessert wine pairing was delicious and shared with all of us for a sip (Royal Tokaji, 5 Puttonyos Aszú, Tokaji). Getting the check was a bit of a task and we were a little late for our show at the Herbst though we'd alerted the crew a few times. Most of our gang had been here a handful of years ago and that was a terrific dinner too which was why we returned.

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A
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great place to go before a concert! Lots of light dishes, friendly and expeditious service, and the food is good.

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S
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was great. Not too expensive. Very good waiter.

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f
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always delicious, and this time didn't disappoint. We like to go before the symphony, and the waitstaff is always accommodating, without rushing.

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LK
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

Found this when we were looking for a place that was close to the SF Jazz Center, and reasonably priced. Staff was excellent and very attentive; we were delayed in traffic and on a busy Friday night they held our table til we could get there (15 minutes or so late for the reservation); served us drinks and meal well within our time frame to go to the show. Meal was overall very good and portions were substantial.

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H
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

GOOD SERVICE is always a winner. Food value very good. Menu good, but somewhat limited, as in some cases only one 'option' in a food category. What we did order and enjoy was very good. Quite creative, as with example the Pate dish. When it came we actually had to ask the server 'WHERE IS THE PATE?". It tasted great once we tasted it but who ever herd of Pate served in what i would call 'a stemless wine glass,

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l
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food and value for the dollar. Service was excellent and responsive to our needs.

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k
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good food and service close to the Symphony

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OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Risotto was average.

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SS
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The food was as good as ever. The issue with noise, however, tends to depend on the luck of the draw. The space certainly has not been designed to absorb sounds coming from the noisier tables!

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JK
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful place to have a meal with friends after the theater.

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