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For 2
Tue, 2/20
7:00 PM
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You must make reservations at least 5 minutes in advance of the time at Dobbs Ferry Restaurant.
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Dobbs Ferry Restaurant

1555 reviews
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$30 and under
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Top Tags:
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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American, Comfort Food, Californian
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Hours of operation
Weekend Lunch/Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Monday - Saturday: 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Sunday: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Dobbs Bar (406 Hayes St):
Monday - Friday 2:00pm - 1:45am
Saturday - Sunday 10:00am - 1:45am
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Phone number
(415) 551-7700
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Mike Yakura
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We have a wide variety of catering options available. Contact us at for more information. Information may also be found on our website at
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Cross street
Hayes St.
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Parking details
Street parking and public lots within 1 block. Grove and Gough parking lots as well.
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Public transit
Number 21 Muni stops directly in front of the restaurant. You can also take the 5 or the F and have a short walk.
1/2 Mile walk from Civic Center BART.
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Special events & promotions
Dobbs Ferry is available for private events, banquets, and catering. We have three rooms to accommodate most sized groups. Contact us for more information.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Dobbs Ferry has 3 different rooms that are available for private events.

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What 1555 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.2  based on recent ratings
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipJosephW (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined 2 days ago

The restaurant was freezing. We ordered a special pasta with lobster and shrimp. When it came there was no lobster nor shrimp. When we questioned the waiter, he said it was incorporated into the sauce. Not what we expected for $26

Melinda (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined 2 days ago

Dobbs Ferry is one of our favorite restaurants to have brunch before the ballet. Service was a little slow and seemed chaotic this time, not up to it's usually standard but we will definitely be back. Food was excellent; especially loved the pumpkin soup.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Dobbs Ferry never fails to please. We are regulars, and we always find something on the menu that we haven't seen before. Tonight my wife and I started with the warm castelveltrano olives, which we love; then we had a baby iceberg lettuce salad with blue cheese dressing, bacon bits, and radishes that was delightful. For the main course she had a special, cioppino, with scallops which she raved about; I had the burger: two 5oz beef patties, American cheese, red onions, shredded lettuce, dill pickles, 1,000 island dressing, with crisp fries and bacon bits. I am into burgers! These were just great.
Service was fine, we love the ambiance of the small and not noisy back room. Highly recommend Dobbs Ferry. Perfect for before SFSymphony or other event in the area.

vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined 3 days ago

The perfect pre-Symphony (SF Jazz or Nourse) event. The salads are outstanding and they make a delicious spaghetti and meatballs. Portions are sizable- which is a welcome change of pace for haute-y and often precious SF restaurants. Friendly staff. Not cheap but I recommend this place.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined 3 days ago

Dinner was fine, but with so many options in the neighborhood, we won't go back. It just wasn't anything special.

Skinnygal (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Perfect place for brunch or lunch before a concert. Staff was attentive, drink orders came immeidately and the food was excellent. Serice outstanding!

Marco (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Very good dinner. Had the striped bass and loved it.

mike (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Enjoyed a delicious meal prior to attending the symphony.

vipbill (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

We dined here pre-symphony and have done so several times before. Under the new management the difference is night and day. The menu doesn't seem to have changed much, but the preparation has improved mightily. We had the short ribs and the mushroom ravioli and were delighted with the flavors. The sauces were beyond delicious and we asked for bread (only served on demand) so we could clean the last bits off both plates.

The service was personable and attentive with a light touch. A-Plus. I also found the wine list reasonably diverse and fairly priced. Give it a try, particularly if you've been there before and were underimpressed.

vipNancy (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

So pleased cioppino was the special. Excellent scallops: mussels and shrimp. Great dinner spot before ballet, opera, or symphony.

vipOpenTable Diner (Naples)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

Excellent experience at Dobbs Ferry this afternoon, even coming in with and hour left of bottomless mimosas! Our food was cooked spectacularly, drinks were always 1/2 full and service was just incredible. We felt that we could have sat there all afternoon and not been a bother!

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

My wife and I went before the symphony and were not disappointed. The food is even better under the new owner. Pate appetizer was a light and smooth texture, perfect on toasts, terrific! Our main course was Cioppino with scallops, shrimp and hake in a vegetable broth. Also excellent. Wines by the glass were good and reasonably priced. - The service is was professional from beginning to end. When it looked like we were running low on bread, our waiter brought some without our having to ask. - We highly recommend Dobbs Ferry.

vipKathy (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 4, 2018

Great restaurant for pre-ballet lunch/brunch. Food is delicious. Great atmosphere. Will definitely return.

vipGary (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

The food was excellent and very creative. The portions were generous and the service was timely. We cam here before a show and they made sure we had plenty of time to enjoy dinner without rushing us while making sure we had time to get to the theater without an issue.

vipPJDiva (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

We went for brunch before the symphony. The location is great for access. My husband had the salmon bagel and I had the mushroom omelet. Everything was fine and tasty. Easy to get in and out before the performance. Remember to make a reservation because the area is busy with all the performing arts nearby.

franinsf (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on January 29, 2018

Chose this place from the list of restaurants participating in the Jan promo pricing. The service was very good (loved our waiter), but I was very disappointed in the food. The soup was bland and the veggie lasagna had little flavor as well. The high point was the burrata with toast. Unfortunately, I doubt I will return.

OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
4.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

Probably my favorite place in the Hayes Valley - Civic Center area. Mostly because it isn't nearly as crazy expensive as most places in this neighborhood. Also because the menu has something for everyone - pasta and the usual CA-style surf & turf entrees. The scallops were great. The ambiance is relaxed and the food is quite good & the servings are ample. Last time I was there, I had the rice ball appetizer, house salad, pappardelle pasta, one glass of wine, and a cheesecake dessert; and the total bill was only $60!!

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

Location and ambience are excellent but the menu is quite unusual and I would have difficulty finding something that appeals if I ate here frequently

Laverne (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

We were really looking forward to our meal here, but it was not what we expected. They have changed owners and apparently the cooks as well. We normally like the chicken dish, but it has been changed. The service was spotty. One good thing, I loss something down the seating and was very important to me. They were very helpful, knowing it was special. Probably won't be back.

musiclover (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

A great and comfortable place, with caring service right in the heart of Hayes Valley, close to all music venues.