Very good food before ballet - good portion size and overall good value.
Loved this place, came for a dinner with my parents and grandparents. They accommodated every generations needs - including lactose intolerances and pescatarians. One of the burgers was over cooked, but they did not charge us after we told the waitress. Would definitely come again, love this neighborhood too
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
We had the bagel with smoked salmon. Also came with tomato and thinly sliced cucumber. Side of delicious fresh fruit salad. Everything tasted perfectly fresh. A+ for the food. Great spot for before the ballet. Get a reservation, though.
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.
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.
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.
Dinner was fine, but with so many options in the neighborhood, we won't go back. It just wasn't anything special.
Perfect place for brunch or lunch before a concert. Staff was attentive, drink orders came immeidately and the food was excellent. Serice outstanding!
Very good dinner. Had the striped bass and loved it.
This is a very nice place to eat pre SF Symphony, Ballet or Opera. Food always very good and service is attentive. Not real fancy and a good value.
Enjoyed a delicious meal prior to attending the symphony.
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.
So pleased cioppino was the special. Excellent scallops: mussels and shrimp. Great dinner spot before ballet, opera, or symphony.
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!
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.
Great restaurant for pre-ballet lunch/brunch. Food is delicious. Great atmosphere. Will definitely return.
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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
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.
A great and comfortable place, with caring service right in the heart of Hayes Valley, close to all music venues.
Quickly becoming a favorite dining spot! We go before the ballet at War Memorial on Sundays and it is always great.
The kitchen was short handed the Sunday I ate there. My over easy eggs were plated bottom side up. They had been cooked too hot and the bottom was crispy. Not good. I flipped them over and fortunately the top had fared better and the yolks weren’t hard. They have changed the potatoes from cubes to thin slices and were fried to death. I don’t want potato chips for breakfast. I sent them back and asked for tater tots instead. They were wonderful. So I’m the future I’ll ask for them instead of those other things.
Really great brunch place!! My friends and I had a really great time and the bottomless mimosas and bellinis were great!! I would highly recommend to anyone who is looking for a great brunch place!
Lianne is the lovely new owner. Greeted us with enthusiasm, said goodbye when we left, remembering my name. We felt as though we were her personal guests. I really want this restaurant to succeed for her! Food was good but more lighter meal choices would be nice. I had the sea bass and it was very well cooked and presentation is beautiful for all meals that we saw. I would also have like the seating to be a little more comfortable...hard chairs. Waiter very nice.
I have enjoyed Dobbs Ferry in the past. This time service was a bit slow, even though we told our waitress that we were going to the ballet, and I did not enjoy my meal very much. Chicken and peppers. Too many peppers.
We were seated immediately in the back room and the staff made sure there was a space for the guest who is handicapped. Best item on the menu was the pate served with fig jam, toast and pickled vegetables. I truly enjoyed my brunch item of a biscuit and gravy with beef and an egg on top.
Excellent place to go before or after an event at Symphony Hall.