Fable - SF

4.6
1048 Reviews
$30 and under
Californian
Fable represents the next evolution in California cuisine. We use only the freshest ingredients and as a result our menu changes frequently with the availability of the locally grown produce that is currently in season. Fable is looking to bridge the gap between farmer and consumer by preserving the story that the ingredients in each dish tells.
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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
What 1048 people are saying
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4.6
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vipOpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great... nice to be on the patio!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Friendly staff. COVID-19 safe.

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KennethZ
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great, staff very friendly. Wonderful atmosphere! I’ll always come back!

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RenH
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a lovely time at Fable-- It is the most pleasant garden setting with a very welcoming vibe; loved it!!

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vipDiana
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful neighborhood restaurant. The chef is first rate; everything we have ordered here has been delicious.

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MelanieM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was super accommodating and the food was delicious! Great ambience on a cozy outdoor patio and the tables were definitely farther than six feet apart so we felt safe and comfortable.

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juliej
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice backyard with all the plants, and very nice food.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

They over booked the dining room and at the time of check in for my reservation the host told me I needed to be done by 130. If a one hour reservation was stated when I make the reservation I would of went with another place. After I asked her if we would be seated without a time limit she scoffed and said it was “ok I guess”. During the time of our lunch the waiter came over multiple times asking if we were done clearly trying to hurry us along. Then at exactly 130 came to the table and told us we had to leave because another reservation was there to sit at our table. Do not recommend coming here at all.

Fable - SF
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you for joining us for brunch this weekend. We're sorry that you weren't happy about the time limit on your table however our host was trying to be upfront and communicate our policy during COVID. Fable as well as most other popular restaurants in the area put a time limit on tables because of limited capacity due to social distancing. We have this information on the COVID Safety page on our website. We never want our customers to feel rushed or leave unhappy and for that, we apologize.

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jeff
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The patoi is so inviting with all its plants and garden

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vipSFNative
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

This is a lovely place to have an afternoon lunch with friend. However, they are limited to beer and wine only if you need something with a little more punch. Yet, the food was filling, but something was a bit off in the kitchen on the day we went. The cook(s) forgot to add the avocados on both my colleagues dishes. We thought they may have run out but that was not the case. They just forgot. Plus, our server was a bit slow but polite. Overall, it's a nice place to chill, and have a salad if you need a break from being at your computer all day.

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NickRick
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

100 % lasagna recommended!!!! Soooo good !!! The server Sarah super nice girl ..

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Tozu
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent value, wine dessert, you must try the chicken.

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Sandra
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great restaurant, lovely outdoor seating. It was our first visit.

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SFJonah
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first foray out to dine during the pandemic of ‘20-‘21.
Our anniversary of sorts and I really didn’t want to have to cook twice. Fable had an opening midday so we could spend the morning in the Golden Gate Botanical Garden.

The host sat us just after 12:30 in the garden and explained covid procedures to us. Our server was quick to the table and friendly and efficient.

I had the Bloody Mary (just the right spice level) he had the special mimosa (delightful). Brunch was the omelet special and the fried chicken sandwich. Both were amazing. Service was quick and through.

Definitely will be back, we felt safe and distanced but really enjoyed our experience. God I have missed seeing other people.

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Teddy
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Went with two friends for brunch. Seated outside on the patio. Table was set far back and somewhat private.
We had ordered the “special mimosa” which was blood orange. The server dropped it at our table and it was regular OJ. He caught the mistake and came back with some red syrup and added it. I’m sorry... if I want blood orange, I want the real thing!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Went on a dinner date here. Food was amazing. Very tasty! I got their seafood daily specials. The outdoor patio with low lighting via string lights, luscious plants, and water sound is perfect for the occasion. Only thing I am a bit concerned is that the space is small and tables are a bit packed (they are not really 6 feet apart).

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BryanH
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have now been to Fable 2 times in the last 3 weeks. It is not only a wonderful restaurant with great food but is built for COVID-19 safe dining.

It is a restaurant that was seemingly built for outdoor dining way before COVID. As a result, you actually feel like you are having a great night out and not feel like you are sitting in some plywood enclosure on the side of the road but a proper fine dining experience.

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Paula
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The garden is marvelous it gives a relaxation sensation for the dinner, even tough outside I felt comfortable and warm with the heater close to us.
I'd ordered the vegan lasagna that was DELICIOUS!!!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great setting with quality prepped brunch items. The staff was outstanding and we were given the exact type of table I’ve requested. Speedy service with a smile.

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MiaW
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience! We sat in the back patio, which was beautiful. They had great COVID precautions, I felt safe. They had heat lamps all around, which was much appreciated. The ambiance was fun and lively, but not loud. Service was so, so great. Will definitely be back!

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EmilyB
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible ambience, especially now given the current circumstances. The food was amazing, service was on point, I think one of the best patios in San Francisco. Can’t wait to go back!

Fable - SF
Responded on February 22, 2021

Thanks for the wonderful feedback Emily. We are so happy that you had an amazing experience and hope to see you back at Fable soon.

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Rico
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All around awesome experience. A gem in the neighborhood for sure.

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vipTomH
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Sat us at a railing-side two-top. My chair slanted so I kept sliding off. The table itself rocked on uneven legs. Sweet potato chips were lovely to look at but chewy rather than crispy. Needed salt. We ordered a dessert off the main menu and was told minutes later it wasn't available for lunch. Just a lot of little annoyances, although we both were very grateful that the place was open, the garden setting was beautiful and the service was friendly. Might go back, we'll see.

Fable - SF
Responded on February 22, 2021

Tom, thanks for letting us know about that annoying table and chair set up, we will get those fixed up today. Sorry that your sweet potato chips were a let down, they should be nice and crispy and we will make sure that they are in the future. We are glad that you enjoyed the garden and service and really hope that we can convince you to come back in and give us another try.

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vipeatinnyc
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fable is a great, casual spot for dinner with friends. I went on a Wednesday night around 6pm with a friend, and we were seated outside right away. I felt safe the entire time I was at the restaurant (distant from other tables, waitstaff wore masks, etc.). If you are looking for a great dinner spot, Fable is great!

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StuartG
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely garden patio, good neighborhood food.

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Eleanor
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Fabulous outdoor patio, great service and good food.

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Becca
London
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Beautiful setting and one of the best for outdoor dining! Food is pretty average but the vibes are great

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful prix fixe Valentines Day menu! Had a great time. Highly recommended!

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Surabhi
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My boyfriend and I went to Fable this past weekend to celebrate Valentine's Day with their prix fixe menu. He got the carpaccio, halibut, and chocolate cake while I got the lobster bisque, steak, and creme brulee. All of it was delicious! The back patio was also adorable with the perfect amount of lighting and decor. It was a rainy day but it is all covered and definitely COVID-friendly with tables spaced out. Highly recommend!

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ValentinesDay
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a reservation for 5:15 PM but they were able to seat us early which was great. The patio in the back that they have for outdoor dining is beautiful! I am glad that it has a cover because it was a little rainy outside and they set up heaters too (we were seated right next to one - score!) so that helped a lot.

Their Valentine's Prixe Fixe menu was amazing. I went with the beet carpaccia starter and the vegan lasagna entree and finished the evening with the chocolate cake. The starter was probably my favorite - the dessert a very close second. The vegan lasagna was ambitious and while it was a great vegan version of a beloved classic (my family is very traditional Italian so I was raised on these types of dishes) - I was not 100% on board with some of the choices made. For being a vegan lasagna though it was quite good and the crumbles on the top were an excellent and much needed detail. The amount of vegetables was also great. Of course there are some textural elements that you really can't get with vegan cheeses so there were a few misses, but I would definitely try other vegan dishes from Fable in the future.

Overall, phenomenal experience. They offered us complimentary champagne to start as soon as we were seated and all the staff were incredibly helpful and lovely the entire time. I don't drink but they gave me a nice big bottle of Pelligrino which I enjoyed. I look forward to having another meal here some time in the future.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

We were not impressed at all with the meal considering the cost for the prefixe menu, I dont think it was worth what we paid.

Fable - SF
Responded on February 15, 2021

Thanks for joining us on Valentine's Day. We apologize that you weren't impressed with our pre-fixe menu. Overall, we have received good feedback from other guests who dined with us on Sunday. If you would be open to it, please message us with your thoughts about the food and why you did not feel as if you received good value. We would appreciate having specific things to improve on for future special meals like this one.

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Tyler
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good California-style cuisine! Their garden patio was well-setup with a good ambiance, and didn't look thrown together at all. Very cute and well-suited for a lunch date

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience5

1. Host had not the greatest attitude while seating us
2. The server forgot to bring our drinks and needed reminding
3. No salt and pepper at the table, had to ask and then it was brought almost...reluctantly?
4. All the staff had attitude as if we were a nuisance

Also, the faucet on the bathroom has SCALDING hot water and will eventually lead to a lawsuit.

But seriously...people are so excited to be back at restaurants, I had missed fable. What’s with the terrible attitudes among the staff?

Fable - SF
Responded on February 22, 2021

Thanks for coming in to see us, we have missed everyone too and are so excited to be back open! We are so sorry that you felt like the staff that you interacted with had bad attitudes. We want all of our guests to feel welcomed and taken care of and never as if they are a nuisance. We will address this at our team meeting this week. We hope that you will consider coming back in again so we can greet you with smiles and wonderful service.

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vipJessicaP
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Beautiful outdoor dining space but the food was below average. Lamb chops were tiny, Mac and cheese was burnt and my husbands burger was nothing more than ok. Staff was awesome.

Fable - SF
Responded on February 22, 2021

Jessica, we're happy to hear that you think our patio and staff are awesome. We are bummed that you thought the food was below average though. Please know you can always talk to your server if you are not happy with your meal. We really would have liked the opportunity to remake your mac and cheese (less crispy) and help your husband pick out a new dish that he would have loved. We hope that you will consider coming back in and introducing yourself so we have the chance to make it up to you.

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Sako
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

For a small location, they made great use of the space. It felt like dining in a peaceful garden.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I really enjoyed the decor and atmosphere for the garden patio dining. It made me feel like I was not in SF anymore and on vacation! Our food was delicious and the service was also top notch.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience5

chicken was dry

Fable - SF
Responded on February 15, 2021

Hi there, we are sorry to hear that your chicken was dry and you clearly weren't happy with your meal overall. We would appreciate it if you could message us with your contact information and a little bit more feedback about your food and the service that you received so that can we can fix it for future guests. We would also like the opportunity to invite you back in and make it up to you. Thank you.

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Teddy
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

If you book a reservation for brunch and it’s close to 2:30 be aware that the kitchen closes then. We were seated at 2:15 and before we could even look at the menu, the server was pressing the issue.
He took the food order and then drinks came far later and he forgot a coffee.
The food was not the best... I’ve been there many times.
Lesson learned!

Fable - SF
Responded on February 12, 2021

Teddy, thanks for coming in and recommending us! We apologize that you felt rushed at brunch this weekend. We always aim to have our guests feel relaxed and to take the time that they need to enjoy their meal. We're also sorry that you felt as if the food was not the best this time. Since you have been in many times we're sure you know that is not typical. We hope that this off experience doesn't deter you from coming in again. We love our regulars and hope to see you for brunch again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice spot for outdoor dining. Was intimate setting

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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 4.6 stars by 1048 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.