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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AM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

truly enjoyed our experience and our food. At first, we worried about the limited menu items since we are watching or food intake, however, we were both pleased with our selections

DM
Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous dinner and conversation with local family!

ES
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Not much difference from our last review. Very convenient to the Symphony Hall and the Opera House. Food is delicious with generous portions (they are happy to split an order for two to share.) Service was excellent! Definitely a go-to place if you are in the neighborhood.

GP
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Odd.....main dishes come with starch and meat, no vegetable. For example their roasted chicken was meat and mashed potatoes.......not a colorful, inviting plate plate.

GT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our go-to restaurant for dining with friends. Not only is the food very good and generous, the cocktails are top-notch, and Dobbs Ferry has one of the few comfortable dining rooms in the City, where one can actually carry on a conversation. The staff are always professional and welcoming.

T
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and our server was amazing. She knew we were going to a show and kept us on track and out the door on time.

MA
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Some of our dishes were quite delicious (the tuna, the donut holes for dessert), but others were just okay. And the wedge salad was pitiful - small, wilted lettuce, and sour dressing. It was incredibly sub-par, and I can't imagine any Bay Area chef sending that dish out to a customer.
There was a huge difference in the portion sizes, so that some in our group were still hungry after appetizers and a main.
Dobbs Ferry has a nice atmosphere and has been consistently good in the past, but this visit was disappointing.

CC
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

As other reviewers have mentioned, the service is a bit slow. As long as you are not in a hurry to make a show time, it's fine. The food was good but arrived as if it had been sitting under a heat lamp fo a while, lukewarm food but hot plate. I loved that many dishes were sized for sharing.

DL
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We arrived early for our reservation and were accommodated which was very nice. The food was good but not fabulous. We felt a bit rushed by our server despite the restaurant not being busy at all. The cannoli dessert was the best. Not too sweet and good crispness to the shell.

HG
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Not particularly outstanding. Nice place, service was slow. We went right after the opera so I expected a crowd. Food delivery was slow, starter came quickly but the mains took a while. No one came to refresh our wine glasses. Food was good not amazing. I had the fettuccine with meatballs, there was a big chunk of pork just floating in the sauce. I understand the meatballs were pork/beef but this was weird to have a piece of the pork not in the actual meatball. Again, the food was good but not really worth going back for.

OT
San Francisco
44 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience4

The brunch menu is limited; had I felt able to rearrange some of the combinations (substitute bacon for fried chicken with the waffles, for example) I would have been more satisfied, but no one suggested that. My companion had a spicy bloody mary, which was delicious, and her tea and my coffee were just right. We split an "appetizer" of 4 "ricotta donut holes" which were rich. We both had the Eggs Benedict -- the only option, really, given the other combinations -- which were so out of balance with excessive fat that we did not finish them. Instead of Canadian bacon (relatively low fat), the chef "complemented" the already rich poached eggs and holondaise sauce with bacon so fatty as to seem to be like a pork belly cut. A whole wheat (?) muffin was okay.

WH
Boise
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was delicious! Service was a little slow but it did not bother us. Server was very friendly and efficient.

DS
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The squid ink pasta was outstanding (I'd get 2 next time and make it an entree), along with several other smaller plates. But, the vanilla ice cream was grainy and clearly suffered from being in the freezer too long, ending the meal on a sour note.

V
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our second visit. Very convenient, goof glutton free options. Nice service. very convenient to the opera house. Good food and reasonable prices

UB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Very good food at reasonable prices ... perhaps not including wine prices.

MR
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Dobbs Ferry is our go-to choice for dining before the symphony. We always enjoy the food, and feel so well taken care of by our charming server. I wish I could remember her name—we have spending time living in Manhattan in common. She is a total sweetheart.

MG
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food & Service! Always our favorite before the S F Symphony. Servers always ask if we are going to event, so that are meal is time perfectly.

K
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The experience was wonderful we loved the fettuccine bolognese as well as the fried chicken.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The food is ok but I think that it is a little overpriced

J
San Diego
18 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pre-show dining. They asked what time I needed to leave and got my (delicious) meal to me promptly and with smiles all around. Highly recommended.

j
San Francisco
148 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great, As Always! I eat there often before attending performances at the SFJAZZ Center, War Memorial Opera House, Davies Symphony Hall, and Herbst Theatre. The food is delicious, the service good, and the location convenient.

S
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The room was quiet enough to have a conversation. The food quality was good but it was still "over priced".

I
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Have been going to this restaurant off and on for a number of years. Now they offer shared, small and large plates with a good variety of choices. We were dining prior to a symphony performance and our selections were very satisfying.

LW
San Francisco
43 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Dobbs Ferry is a good pre-performance choice in the Civic Center area, and their new Autumn menu has such good choices that I might come back sometime for a more leisurely meal. I was very happy with the ruby beet & goat cheese ravioli. The added small ingredients made it special: pine nuts, sunchoke chips, pickled shallots. The salad of chicories (frissee, radicchio) with apples, pecans, and a garlic parmesan dressing went well with it. I did grab some of the cauliflower from my husband's filet of beef dinner, but I was told that I could have gotten a side dish of the cauliflower even though it wasn't the side dish vegetable that was on the menu. I like to have lots of vegetable with my meals.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service. Food was delicious. Great value.

RS
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Dobbs Ferry and have been many times. It's close to the opera, symphony and theater. But the real reason to go is the food! We are usually six people and, I think, a challenge to serve. But we have never had a problem, in fact, I'm impressed with all the staff. So, great food, great service, great location . . . what could be better?

h
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
San Francisco
82 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

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
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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
5 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

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
Overall4food3service5ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall3food3service3ambience4

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
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
16 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

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
34 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
23 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

OT
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall3food1service4ambience5

The menu has turned upside down! All the classics are gone. After many years of frequent dining I won’t be back again. Sad to say!

SP
Sacramento
48 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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....