Fable - SF

4.7
1224 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 1224 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.7based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.6
service
4.8
ambience
4.4
value
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

amazing food, super cute seating/outdoor area, and great/friendly staff!

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LaurenM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous time at Fable! Such a lovely place to have lunch and a glass of wine!

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Daedalus
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic cuisine - great experience , would highly recommend as one of the best in SF!

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ShirleyM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The back patio is wonderful and the staff are very friendly. I had the beet salad with chicken and it was very good. Will definitely return.

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MaryH
Sacramento
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing atmosphere. Excellent food. The meal was phenomenal from start to finish with the courses timed perfectly and delivered by attentive and efficient wait staff.
On our list as a must return.

NM
NinjaMomStephanie
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fable was a fantastic choice for our "Father's Day" brunch. We were very happy with the ambience of the outdoor setting and the good was yum. My eight year old made it very clear that "we were DEFINITELY coming back." I'd absolutely recommend it!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

father’s day brunch. everything was just fantastic.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was just great! Defined coming back soon!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Garden patio is so pretty

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great place to hang out on Friday evening. The staff is very friendly. Must visit. But do make a reservation beforehand and well in advance as it gets booked quickly.

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MarkR
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was sorry that there was no more of the wonderful tuna salad, I enjoyed the Cobb salad.

KM
KayM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Minimal choice in lunch options.
We got the chicken sandwiches.
It was DARK MEAT. I don’t like dark meat and have never had a dark meat chicken sandwich. There’s a reason why chicken sandwiches are made with chicken breasts. This was So disappointing.

Fable - SF
Responded 3 days ago

Hi, Kay thanks for coming in for lunch. We're sorry to hear that you thought that your chicken sandwich was disappointing. We have a sandwich on our lunch menu that is made with oven-roasted chicken breast so we would recommend that for you next time!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Had to wait for about 30 mins for our booked table (6:45pm). There were 3 of us, one was maybe 15 mins late - they wouldn’t sit us until there’s all three of us. It’s pretty cozy, but everyone sitting there was shouting for some reason. Only one restroom for the whole place, always a wait.

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vipidontcook
San Francisco
43 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A reliably pleasant spot for dinner. Service was attentive, friendly, and prompt. Enjoyed my meal (Cesar salad, roast chicken), though would have appreciated guidance from the server. The chicken is served atop a mound of salad-y greens, making a salad starter redundant (the challenge of digital menus...I hope Fable will return to using printed menus soon). Fable's garden setting is especially enjoyable in summer, and thanks to ample space heaters, was comfortable even though on a typically SF chilly evening. I look forward to returning.

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vipseboxner
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place , great food and a very nice service from beginning to the end! Thank you we will be back

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Joerock
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal and service!

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an amazing place! The food, the service, the ambiance and wine selection! It was the perfect place to celebrate a birthday!

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vipMeri
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Banana bread and pancakes are to die for!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent hidden gem ... Always a pleasure to come

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DnSF
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a very good experience having come back from the Covid-19 pandemic, to see they are as popular as they've ever been. Much of that is due to the food, ambience, the staff, and the value that is provided in all of the above. Welcome back to FABLE and see you again soon. The crispy fried chicken bacon sandwich was mouth pleasingly moist and there enough flavors going on to have made this for me, a new favorite. They've been around in the Castro since 2013, but the space goes as far back as I recall to LUNA PIENA, where another set of memories were cultivated. Good food at good value with a lot of thought behind it, friendly staff that don't hover even when you've been informed of a time window, romantic pause within any day, sidewalk trendy and sighted, what ever you're aiming to check off the list today, FABLE can be a memorable scenario but only if you make the reservation. Thanks Open Table making that so easy. Places like this are disappearing, come to eat, make merry and enjoy

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vipDoctorB
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Good food in a very pleasant setting.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food, great vibe, great service

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing. Great food. Awesome ambiance. Fabulous server

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Anna
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

We went to Fable to celebrate a birthday. Food was delicious! I was a bit disappointed that the dessert I called ahead about was forgotten.

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vipLuisG
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was the perfect setting to see friends that we had not seeing in over a year. Wonderful food and service.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great spot for our office lunch. Our server was quick, friendly and provided exceptional service.

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NancyR
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect luncheon menu. Salad nicoise was one of the best I have had.

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AngelicaM
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the moment we walked through the door we were treated so nicely!

KG
KathrynG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and ambiance! The server was very polite and attentive and the food was delicious! Couldn't have asked for a better dining experience!

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CristianE
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food2service5ambience5

Chicken sandwich was dry (bread and chicken very dry). Need more variety on the menu (I.e brunch or breakfast )

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KimberlyS
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere was beautiful, food was great and the staff were wonderful!

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

Creative fresh menu, great wine list, lovely patio, and great service!

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QuinnS
New England
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful back patio, excellent service and food. Great date spot.

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Prosgal
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great environment, great, but not amazing food and service. I will certainly return.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience5

Tried to find a decent restaurant in the area to go to with the family in this local area and ended up picking this one. We got the surf and turf, paella, French onion soup, and a Cesar salad. The filet came to the table completely raw when the wife had asked for it to be medium cookies. Normally I wouldn’t care but if I’m paying $100 for a surf and turf special, it better come cooked. The paella wasn’t bad but also wasn’t special. Service was as good as the filet. Cool ambiance but won’t go back.

Fable - SF
Responded on June 9, 2021

We apologize that your wife's filet was not cooked to the temperature she was looking for. We ask that our guests please mention this to their servers so that we can have the chance to remake the dish to your preference to ensure that you love your meal. We know you mentioned that you would not come back however we would like to personally invite you back so that we can apologize in person and make sure your next meal with us is special.

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Birthdayboy
London
2 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Service was great, Food was ok but nothing to shout about. 4 of us had the steak requested medium-rare and all 4 came out medium -well which was disappointing. Also since we were a party of 6 the tip was included but based on 20% of the bill INCUDING tax which is a bit outrageous. All in all it was just ok.

Fable - SF
Responded on June 7, 2021

Hi there, thanks for coming in. We are glad to hear that you thought the customer service was great! We apologize that your party's steaks were not cooked to the correct temperature. We urge our customers to communicate with their server if their food isn't perfect so that we have the chance to remake it to your preference. We're sorry that we weren't able to make this right for you and truly hope that you will consider joining us at Fable again soon.

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SusanR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food in a beautiful garden setting. I would go back just for the fava bean and asparagus salad.

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VFBONVIN
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Disappointing experience due to the lack of creativity with the menu. Just kinda. But not bad. I would call it more a sandwich place. Great staff.

Fable - SF
Responded on June 9, 2021

Hi there, thank you for coming in for lunch. We do make homemade bread for our sandwiches and take a lot of care with our lunch menu generally. We will pass along your comments to our chef to see how we might make our lunch menu a bit more creative. Thanks for your feedback on your meal. We are glad to hear that you think our staff are great, we think so too!

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FerrisM
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely outstanding across the board. Excellent food, great service, perfect ambiance - this really is one of those locations that feels at once intimate while hip, trendy without pretension, all wrapped up in a lovely selection of high-end, quality food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall1food5service1ambience4

Person seating us had no concept of hospitality. Acts like he’s doing u a favor to allow u to sit there to spend your money for (emphasizes serval times ) 90mins

Fable - SF
Responded on June 1, 2021

Thanks for coming in this weekend. We apologize that you did not feel as if the host was hospitable when seating your party. We want all of our guests to feel welcome and receive friendly customer service so we are sorry that you did not have that experience. We are having to communicate table time limits to all of our guests right now due to social distancing and reduced capacity. We would like to invite you back to Fable and hope that you will consider joining us again soon.

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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 1224 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.