Fable - SF

4.7
1269 Reviews
$30 and under
Californian
Fable is the best garden patio restaurant in San Francisco. In the heart of the vibrant Castro neighborhood, our patio restaurant showcases seasonal California cuisine and the best brunch in town. Join us for lunch, happy hour, dinner, or a weekend brunch in a unique outdoor dining experience. Inside Fable, our open kitchen concept shows how fresh ingredients are used to create the finished product.
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 1269 people are saying
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4.7
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DD851
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Trout and pork chop were seated on a bed of sides that overpowered the meats. The barbecue sauce was far too abundant and potent for the pork chop, cheapened the dish. The corn under the fish also too plentiful and became the predominant flavor of the dish.

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Cody
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stopped here on the way to the coast for our anniversary. The menu is fairly simple, yet very well executed. Excellent stop for lunch. The back garden is beautiful, and the staff is very friendly.

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MarioB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Much improved experience from my last lunchtime visit. I'll be visiting this weekend with some friends. I really love the food (especially dinner), service, and ambiance. Thanks for a great lunch.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a cute vibe - the food is amazing and the staff is unique and like no other.

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OpenTable Diner
Cancun
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Fable is consistently good for brunch or dinner.
One of my favorite neighborhood spots.

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MaefromLA
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fable has delicious food and friendly staff members. Their chocolate mousse is absolute perfection and my go to dessert! Never disappointed at Fable!

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MarioB
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food4service3ambience5

I am becoming a regular. This is my 5th visit in 2 month. This is also the first time I received poor service. The server came to our table once to take the order. I order a side salad which never came. My server was no where to be found so I could ask where my salad was. He eventually came at the end of the meal after we flagged him down for our check. I asked about the salad and he completely forgot about it. I'm still a fan, but was surprised by the service.

Fable - SF
Responded 5 days ago

Hi Mario, thanks for coming in to see us so much lately! We love our regulars. We really apologize that our customer service was a bit off when you came in most recently. We always aim to be attentive and available to our customers as we hope you have experienced in past visits. We hope to see you again soon so that we can make it up to you.

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Vivian
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good good and pleasant, smiling staff who seem happy to help customers. Sitting in the patio was a relaxing experience.

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vipWonderlust
San Francisco
62 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

A true neighborhood gem. Best fried chicken sandwich. Cool backyard garden. Always much appreciated and enjoyed.

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Gary
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Anchovies missing from Ceasar salad

Asked for separate bills (party of four)
Twice. Waiter split bill. Not what we asked for

Fable - SF
Responded 5 days ago

Hi Gary, thanks for coming in for lunch. We're sorry that we missed the anchovies on your Ceasar salad. Next time please let us know and we will make it right if an ingredient is missing from your dish. Apologies for the mix-up with settling the bill for your party. We hope that you all had a wonderful time and plan to join us again soon.

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Walk
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Intimate patio dining with new American menu. Fabulous floral/plant atmosphere with heated lamps to overcome the wind.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance. Great food. Great service.

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AdrienneV
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My second time there. I love the outside patio. Cosy place, yummy food, great drinks.

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vipChethanP
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and even better ambience especially the patio. Even on a cold day, the patio feels great.

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eurekavalleygal
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Fable is my favorite neighbor spot: consistent, hard working friendly staff with a lovely plant filled patio. A few specials might prove a nice addition, the happy hour offerings need work and who offers a charcuterie plate where you pay extra for bread or crackers? Hard to get in without a reservation, good problem. They deserve our SUPPORT!

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vipJohnM
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Good food each time.

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ToekneeFoodie
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great ambience, good food, friendly staff. Watch out for time limit on your table. Is that a new thing?

Fable - SF
Responded on July 13, 2021

Thanks for coming in, we're thrilled to hear that you thought the ambience, food and staff were all great! Fable as well as many other popular restaurants in downtown SF had to put time limits on tables since we re-opened from COVID lockdown. This was initially due to limited capacity in restaurants but is now primarily because Fable is a small restaurant and we are trying to accommodate the huge increase in demand for outdoor dining. We hope you understand and will be back to see us soon.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience5

Service was almost non existent on a thurs AM—no check ins at all—but lovely place

Fable - SF
Responded on July 13, 2021

Hi there, we are glad to hear that you think our garden patio is a lovely place! We think so too. We are sorry that our staff missed the mark with being attentive and available when you were in for lunch on Thursday. We will address this with our team as we want all of our guests to feel taken care of so they have everything that they need to enjoy their meal. We hope to see you again soon.

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Diegox
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great outdoor patio, amazing desserts, great selection of cocktails

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CourtneyS
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience5

We were urged to vacate our table early by the host because the next table arrived 15 minutes. Each table is supposed to have a two hour slot and they awkwardly shoved us out at the end of dinner when we were trying to visit with our friends.

Fable - SF
Responded on July 13, 2021

Hi Courtney, we sincerely apologize that you felt rushed out from your table at the end of your dinner. We want all of our guests to feel welcomed to take their time and enjoy socializing during their meal. We also hope that you understand that we are a very small restaurant and are doing our best to meet the current demand for outdoor dining. We are happy to see that you loved your food and the ambience and hope that you will come back in and see us again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! Amazing service and amazing food! Definitely coming back!

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DebK
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a lovely back outdoor area! Very friendly and accommodating staff too. Great discovery!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great atmosphere! The service was friendly and timely. The food was delicious. After a crazy day at work I left feeling relaxed, happy, and satiated.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The patio is lovely and the food is very high quality and value!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

SO good. Fantastic vibe. Great food.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, pet friendly!

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GregoryM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unbelievably great experience all around! You feel like you’re in a friend’s backyard. Service was stellar and the food amazing. An incredible brunch!

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MAHS
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been coming here almost every weekend for the past 3 months; some weekends on both Saturday and Sunday. So that should say enough 😁

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ToniE
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

This was our first visit, and we were very pleased with the garden seating area, the menu, the food, and the service. We were especially impressed with the hostess. She had paid attention to the note on the reservation requesting a quiet table and had one ready and waiting for us. She made sure it was as requested and that we were happy with it. She was very thoughtful and pleasant - I wish we'd gotten her name. We will return, in large part due to her.

Fable - SF
Responded on July 13, 2021

Thanks, Toni, we will make sure to let the hostess who was working that evening know that you were impressed and pleased with the customer service. Thank you for the feedback and for coming in. Hope to see you again soon!

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MarioB
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Our server was amazing.

The host was very short with our party. It was off-putting, but our server made us feel very welcomed.

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vipMollymolly
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Fable was amazing at accommodating our large group outside (with dogs and babies) and the servers were so kind. Thanks for making the lunch a memorable one!

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vipMelissa
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Lovely outdoor patio! Everything was delicious! I recommend

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vipFoodlishes
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great! Service and atmosphere was fantastic.

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StephenR
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

LOVE the crispy chicken sandwich. The service was excellent - friendly and accommodating. Will DEFINITELY go back.

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BarryC
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been there many times with many different friends and we have always been very happy with Fable.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

25th birthday dinner for my son.

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vipIanB
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place in the Castro for Brunch with good food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never a bad taste or moment here. Thank you for the best (vegan) lasagna i’ve ever had and the amazing service.

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vipDerekC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

first time at Fable. Beautiful back patio and was perfect for my family with two young children. Food was great and had good options for kids. Good wine list and had some great non alcoholic options as well. Would love to come back for Brunch some time.

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Benjamin
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, ambiance and food!

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Fable - SF using the Order Online button. Fable - SF also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 590-2404.

Fable - SF is rated 4.7 stars by 1269 OpenTable diners.

Fable - SF does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.fablesf.com/gift-cards.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.