Dobbs Ferry Restaurant

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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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The ‘Second Act’ Dinner Special

After 8pm every day of the week, we offer our signature Whole Roasted Chicken with whipped potatoes, a dessert of your choice and a sommelier selected bottle of wine (White, Red or Sparkling) for $60.

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: May 6, 2019

Ends: May 7, 2118

Availability: Daily 8:00PM-10:00PM

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

Dinner before our show, Dobbs Ferry is one of my favorites!!!

OT
San Francisco
81 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

This place has slipped. New owners?
We got there for a 6pm reservation, ordered rather quickly, told our server that we needed to leave at 7:30, and our main courses weren't delivered to the table until 6:45! Inexcusable.
Then, dessert, also ordered quickly, at/before 7, took 20 minutes to arrive. It was an icecream sandwich, for goodness sake. How long does it take to plate that and deliver it? We had to hurry through it to get out in time.
Sad -- we used to love Dobbs Ferry; now, I'm reluctant to go back unless we schedule a reservation for at least 15 minutes earlier than usual. PITA.

B
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Our wait person enhanced the fantastic meal of tuna in a sauce that we insisted had to be mopped up with bread. Not a drop to be wasted.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Too loud. Service poor. Food amazingly bad! Will not return. Been awhile since we’ve been there — too bad!

s
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

In general, I would not recommend Dobbs Ferry Restaurant to a friend. There are so many delicious places in the Hayes Valley area. But I would recommend it if you had an elderly companion or two who wanted a quiet place to eat with a minimal walk to the symphony afterward. And even then, the menu choices are just a bit too limiting.

For example the pastas of the night were 1. squid ink, which I detest. 2. smoked spaghetti squash canneloni (what the heck? Is the canneloni shell made out of the squash, or the filling? If not the filling, then what IS the filling?) 3. fettuccini with part pork meatballs (culturally the pork choice was not ok with my guests but no other choice of substitute meat balls.)

Our tuna dish had tasty but cold, lightly braised tuna with a cold, vacuum cooked egg (soft, gushy white) in a thin nearly flavorless broth which said it was mushroom. I accepted the gift of my companions chicken thigh, about 1/4 of their serving of a stiffly-crusted fried chicken. It was Mary's Chicken so the meat inside the stand-alone crust was moist and flavorful.

I did have a delicious wedge salad to start while my companion ate the squid-ink pasta.

The service was excellent and our waitress was exceptionally patient while we waited for a companion who had been unexpectedly detained. During the wait I had a delicious spritzer of cucumber, lime, mint and soda.

s
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Meal was so delicious, wedge salad with crispy fries onions on top, and Mary's crispy fried chicken,soo good, berry crisp dessert to top it off!!!!

s
San Francisco
74 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

A citrus-bathed shishito-peppers-&-melon salad with ricotta & almonds and the morello-cherry-&-flourless-chocolate dessert were both original and absolutely delicious. The "special" tater-tot appetizer was underflavored. My cranberry-compote-topped "Thanksgivingized" pork was underflavored as well, tho' the smoky whipped yams, grilled root veggies and compote were very good (a prior visit had featured a tender and delicious pork cutlet main). My companions seemed content if not particularly impressed with her Mary's Chicken and his spaghetti-squash mains. My dessert pistachio-&-moscarpone/ricotta-filled cannelli with poached pear accompaniment were light and beautifully made, tho' I prefer my cannelli with at least some candied fruit within. Overall, this was only a modestly successful culinary achievement, but Dobbs Ferry is clearly worthy of repeat visits.

PO
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every time I've had the pleasure of dining at Dobbs Ferry, the service and food are excellent. The wine list offers interesting selections and the menu is accommodating for both carnivores and vegetarians. It has a relaxing atmosphere.

I've also been to the bar side, which is fun and energetic with great food options as well. Both places are a fabulous choice for whatever you are looking for in an evening out.

p
Tahoe
15 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

This restaurant is under new management and we did not know until we arrived. The location and setting are the same, but the atmosphere is no longer what it was.
We arrived a little early for our reservation and felt that we were imposing by asking to come in an wait for a few minutes inside. In the past ( we have eaten here several times in the past 4 years) we were always cheerfully greeted an asked to relax at the bar until our early reservation. The bar tender that had a personality bigger than life and always went out of his way to make the customer feel at home was gone, and without his personality the atmosphere seemed lifeless. The menu has changed and no longer has the variety to choose from that it once had. Overall we were disappointed, but one highlight was the buser! He has served us before, and he retains the same charm that used to mark the whole establishment. Sorry, but I doubt we will be back.

z
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been going here for years, but under the new ownership the past two years just keep getting better. Can't think of a more delightful place to go before any Arts event, or just for a date night or meeting with a friend. Friday night the Beet and goat cheese ravioli with shaved sunchokes and pine nuts was out of this world. Every flavor was perfectly balanced so nothing dominated. The portion is generous. The service is thoughtful, the atmosphere upbeat and the food fantastic.

e
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This is a good restaurant for people that will be attending concerts, etc. around the Civic Center area. The service was excellent and the food was very good.

OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My steak was excellent and my wife had the fettuccine with bolognese sauce and meatballs. Both meals were perfectly done and we left as happy as can be. Great place, we highly recommend it especially if you are going to the opera or symphony. It is only a 3 minute walk from them.

SP
Sacramento
48 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

My friend and I had brunch at Dobbs Ferry before heading to hear Mahler 6. We had a reservation and we were seated promptly at a table at the front, as requested. Our server came promptly, took our drink orders, returned with our iced tea and asked if we had any menu questions. My friend asked questions about the chicken and waffle entré and our server answered. We ordered the doughnut holes appetizer; they were served promptly and they were warm and delicious. Our meal orders also arrived promptly; I'd ordered eggs Benedict and the first thing I noticed was that the eggs were perfectly cooked and still steaming. The marble potatoes were well-seasoned, hot, and crispy. The hollandaise sauce on the Benedict was just right in flavor and consistency, the muffin was tasty, and the bacon was good - a bit chewy, but hot and good. My friend was enjoying his chicken and waffle when he found a metal spring-like inch long object in the waffle. We thought it looked like a piece of a cleaning scrubber. He spoke to the server, who apologized and left to take this and report to the chef. My friend did finish his meal as did I. Everything was quite fine, but we thought it would have been good customer service for the manager or the chef to come to our table and speak to my friend about the metal in the waffle....

A
San Francisco
70 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

This has become my default pre-opera-matinee brunch spot. Friendly, prompt service, good food and beverages, a short walk from the opera house.

D
San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was outstanding. I especially want to give Samar, our server, a BIG KUDO! She did an OUTSTANDING job and we will want her the next time we visit. Thanks Samar!!!!!!

MM
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We had been to Dobbs, before the current ownership , and found it to be a good value and close to the symphony hall. The picture has improved, across the board, with the new owners. We’ll go back!

ML
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent server

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DM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat at the bar and the bartenders couldn’t have been nicer. Great food, fun night!

e
San Francisco
59 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This is my second pre-show experience at Dobbs Ferry and the kitchen just can’t seem to get food out on time. My appetizer took much longer than I would have thought to arrive.

E
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Such a disappointment! We used to frequent this place under the old owner and it was fabulous. The menu has been scaled down to the cheapest dishes at the most expensive prices. Sorry to say, we won’t be back.

SD
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service. Very attentive. Our meal was fantastic. Tuna in Mushroom broth over wild rice. The flavors were wonderful.

JB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Went here in a weeknight with my wife for her birthday, before going to the theater. She got tuna, which was sitting on rice, however the rice was in very watery broth. Overall she was disappointed and found it unappetizing.

I got the roasted chicken, and was underwhelmed that it was not much different than what you’d get from a smallish grocery store rotisserie bird. Also got the peas and carrots; the baby carrots were tasty, but the peas were mostly non-existent.

We’ve been here a several times before and enjoyed it more than this visit. Overall, the selection on the menu seemed limited and it was a bit too loud, however the service was friendly and solid. Will give them another shot, but they slid down in our list of go-to places.

ND
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, ambience (in the front room), and service were great. I didn't like that happy hour was only available in a separate bar, but we could have visited the bar and then taken a restaurant table. It made a great pre-theater meal, modest walk to SHN on Market.

OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I love that Dobbs Ferry is a great “go-to” restaurants that works well to entertain clients. I especially like sitting in the bar area where you can see life, all kinds of it, walking through the door. T/hey have a great selection of mixed drinks, and if it’s not on the menu, they’ll make it for you. This evening I had the popcorn risotto because it just sounded too weird; like adding potato chips to a sandwich, yah, I know you’ve done it at least once. It was corn risotto topped with seasoned popcorn. Strange, but I just had to try it. The pork loin and ravioli were wonderful dishes that complimented the wedge salad and arancini. Because of it’s location, I will make this a stop whenever I go to SF Jazz or other nearby event.

SG
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and delicious food! Get the cornbread for sure!

V
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 1

Great service, and the charred eggplant ravioli and arancini were delicious! The seafood boil was a little disappointing due to the small size of the shrimp. The chocolate flourless cake was not as rich as I'd expect, maybe could have used some sort of syrup or compote on the side. The music choice was a little depressing, especially because it was a little slow already that night. I'd recommend more upbeat music when the energy level is slow. Overall, the good was fresh and creative, but compared with other dining choices in the vicinity it did not wow us.

d
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience! My third time visiting and the first time for my husband & friends. Food was fantastic, service was wonderful esp. how they made suggestions to my notoriously picky-eater husband who took one look at the menu & whined about it being a "foodie place" - they had him so happy by the end of the dinner he said he's coming back!

I
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

It was a good choice for dinner before an event at the Herbst Theatre.
It was not busy, maybe being an early reservation had something to do with it.
I'd go again.

OT
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 2

Was mediocre at best. But service was great!

JF
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place to eat near the Opera House and Jazz Center. The chef is creative and the service is excellent.

DF
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A lovely greeting, nice music playing at an appropriate level, interesting menu, fair prices, and some beautifully prepared plates. Perfect for pre or post performance, and also a destination in and of itself.

N
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I had an exquisite time at Dobbs Ferry. Our waitress Emily was personable, knowledgeable about the menu, and easy to talk to. The food was OUTSTANDING. The pork and corn bread main was easily one of the best dishes I’m encountered and I say that as a southerner growing up at the bottom of the Chesapeake Bay. Great cocktails too. This place does not disappoint.

a
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is so cool! good food, good atmosphere, good drinks....what else could you want

f
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely brunch for 7 before Hamilton at the Orpheum. Proseca by bottle with fresh OJ or peach on the side. Benedict was perfect. Chicken waffles very tasty.

RC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Definitely some standout dishes; our out-of-town guests really enjoyed the path and the squid-ink linguini; the pork loin is good. Do not be put off by very simplistic sounding dishes like peas and carrots (bone marrow butter) or baby iceberg lettuce wedge; those proved the most imagenative dishes we enjoyed. Some choices underwhelmed us: the crostini and the flourless chocolate cake. The service was attentive and genuinely friendly, and the setting was great for reconnecting with old friends. We started out at the Bar, connected by a secret passage way to our dining room; that was a nice place to start out while we waited for friends to arrive.

R
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Fried chicken was great. This is one of our go to places if going to a local performance venue like opera or jazz. Friendly service and seasonal menus keep it anreason to return again and again.

RA
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went to early dinner, seated right away. Food was awesome, service outstanding.

KD
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hidden gem in the middle of Hayes valley, great for conversation and meeting people. Fantastic food and service, highly recommended

CN
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great place to eat close to Davis Hall and Jazz Center

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We walked there from the Orpheum parking lot to eat a special dinner before seeing Hamilton. Convenient location, excellent service & the food was delicious!!

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