Fable - SF

4.6
1370 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

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New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

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Starting Dec 31, 2021

Come celebrate the New Year with Fable Restaurant! We'll have a four-course prix fixe dinner with a complimentary glass of champagne. To see the New Year's Eve menu go to fablesf.com. New Year's Eve dinner will be $125 per person, excludes tax and automatic gratuity.

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vipNickW
San Diego
1 review
Dined 4 hours ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Overall good. Service was a little lacking. They needed to clear the patio out by two. We sat down at 1230 and the meal seemed rushed. It was a lunch place, 90 minutes was plenty of time.

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vipDaveJ
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Marta helped select a perfect wine. Tuna and cheeks were both delish. I think each of us had a different main that covered the menu and everyone was super happy. Bread pudding was amazing!!

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eodr
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food1service2ambience5

Our server had a wonderful disposition. However, it could not make up for the lack of proper attention nor bad food. The first course came out super quick. It was ok. I had the salad that was in desperate need of pepper but none was offered. The grape tartine was interesting at best. The second course never came. The server seemed to forget about us. Finally went to check on the food ,15 mins later told me that my entree which was a starter was sold out. Clearly, the server did not properly put our order into the kitchen. I was asked for another dish which I declined because we were now an hour after we put in our order. My friends order of halibut came out quick but was not cooked completely. She around the raw parts because she was hungry. While the server did try to make up for his mistake with bringing another side dish it fell flat. On our way out we clearly caught the kitchen staff off guard. Someone who had kitchen pants on was trying to trewk on the pass line. The individual quickly stopped when they realized we were present. So unfortunate to return to a restaurant I enjoyed precovid to have this experience. I definitely will not return nor recommend to friends.

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LaurelI
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious brunch, super nice service team. Just remember, if there are more than three at your table, take the plunge and go immediately for two orders of the banana bread.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was absolutely amazing

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Disappointed
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience5

Apps were good but mains were the worst food I've had in SF.

Fable - SF
Responded 6 days ago

We're happy to hear that you thought the appetizers you ordered were good but are honestly shocked to hear how unhappy you were with the entrees that you ordered. If you have any specific feedback about what you ordered and how it might have been better we would appreciate your comments. We read all of our reviews and take them to heart and would like to be able to work with our chef to make improvements if needed. Thank you.

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NatalieP
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best lasagna I’ve ever eaten. Even meat lovers would love this vegan lasagna. Great atmosphere, exceptional service. Phenomenal food

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vipJohnQ
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb butter lettuce salad and lamb shank and chicken Brest entrees. Come hungry. Portions are big and delish.

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vipMelanieP
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Chef Victor makes sure every dish served is perfect! I love the curated menu and it’s hard to pick. The back patio is great as well. A lively piece of comfort in the heart of the Castro.

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Lovely
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Shockingly, I had a "sexist" experience with the host.
We had a reservation for 3 and while my boyfriend was parking I went in and wanted to be seated. I was rejected for the reason that they can only sit only full parties.
I stepped outside and was upset as the 3rd person was coming from SFO and was 15 min late. When my boyfriend returned, came to the restaurant and asked for our table he was taken to the table. It was a very unpleasant experience. He was seated when the party wasn't full and I asked to wait outside.

Our waitress was very nice and attentive.

Fable - SF
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for coming in. We'll look into the miscommunication with our host, however, we can assure you that the reason you were not seated had nothing to do with your gender. Typically, we do not seat tables until everyone from the party is present. We're a small restaurant and do this so that we can provide you with a table that is the right size for your group and we can utilize our space best for other guests as well. We hope you understand and we invite you to join us at Fable again soon.

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vipMeri
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went for brunch. Banana bread was soft and delicious. French toast and fried chicken sandwich were both amazing. We also enjoyed the blood orange margarita. We will definitely be back.

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LC1005
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I made reservations here to celebrate our anniversary because it looked like a cute outdoor garden setting. When we arrived, we were sat right next to the open beverage station where the servers continuously were running in and out of. The food was mediocre—caprese appetizer was made with sliced beefsteak tomatoes that were not ripe and the dish was overwhelmed with a lot of coarse sea salt. The halibut was cooked well, but needed more of the butter sauce to give it some added flavor to a very mild type of fish. The wine was priced a bit high for what it was.

Overall, the atmosphere was cute, but it was not what we had hoped for our very special occasion.

Fable - SF
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for thinking of Fable for your anniversary dinner. We're sorry that the table you were at had more foot traffic than you had hoped. We like to think that all of our tables have a wonderful garden setting but we will assess how we might make this table a bit better for guests. We appreciate your feedback on the meal and will take your comments to our chef. We hope that you will consider joining us again for a future special occasion or when you dine out next.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Catching up with a friend visiting from out of town. Best place for a special dinner in the Castro.

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ToddP
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for a nice dinner out. Always have a vegan option which I appreciate.

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JulieF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Unfortunately the food was really disappointing. The backyard garden is beautiful but the food was no executed well. Will not return.

Fable - SF
Responded 6 days ago

Hi Julie, thank you for joining us. We're really bummed to hear that you thought your meal was disappointing, we always aim to "wow" our customers with a delicious meal. We would really appreciate your feedback on what specifically about your meal you did not feel was well executed. We are always trying to improve and would love to have a conversation about inviting you back in and how we may make this up to you.

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Dr510juarez
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The service was subpar. Food took over 45min and the restaurant wasn’t busy. Tables that’s arrived after our party of 2 were served meals before us. And the fish was served raw so we had to send it back. I won’t be visiting again.

Fable - SF
Responded 6 days ago

We sincerely apologize for the issues that you experienced with your dinner. You are right in saying that it should not have taken 45 minutes to get your food and even so, there should have been better communication about the wait. We hope that the temperature of your fish entree was cooked to your preference the second time around and that you were able to enjoy it. We will be in touch with you directly about how we might make this right.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

I was really surprised that the host made a dressed up bride and groom wait 20-minutes until their entire 8-person party arrived for a lunch reservation. The table was available and yet they had the newly wed couple stand in the sun! I was really disappointed. When the last two people finally found parking and arrived the host was busy examining and trying on a hat. It was really inconsiderate and rude. The service was slow — though our server was amazing and made up for this — even despite the bride’s meal being forgotten and coming 10min after everyone’s arrived (which no one ate until her plate showed up). I wouldn’t recommend organizing a special event here even if the backyard patio is really nice.

Fable - SF
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for the feedback. Since we are a tiny restaurant, we typically ask that all of the members of your party have arrived so that we can seat you at a table best for the size of your group. This helps us utilize our space to accommodate other guests too. We'll discuss as a management team how seating your group could have been handled better. We apologize for the hiccup with the timing of the bride's meal. We hope you enjoyed your food, the ambiance and will join us for future lunches.

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Foodieyall
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the garden vibe and the food!

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wurohe
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Went for dinner service and thought it was lovely, but there were a few execution issues.

Food was well conceived with great ingredients. However, fish was slightly overcooked and dry; lamb shank was slightly under-seasoned. Pear crisp a la mode for dessert had full ice cubes in the ice cream, which created a weird watery texture.

We had great service and server helped us identify a great bottle of wine for the meal

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BrianR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Disclaimer: We ordered only vegetarian-friendly dishes.
1. Vegan Lasagna: flavor was ok but it was watery and I feel like they tried to make up for flavor with spice.
2. Butter lettuce salad: Was also spicy. Why?
3. Mac n' cheese: Very tasty. Wish we'd ordered the large.
4. Heirloom Caprese Salad: It was ok. The predominant flavor was lemon, which doesn't belong on this dish in my opinion. Needed more salt and quality EVOO.

The patio is beautiful, especially at night and the service was great. I'd give it another try and perhaps you'd have more luck with the meat and seafood dishes.

Fable - SF
Responded on October 1, 2021

Brian, thanks for coming in and leaving a review for other guests. We will pass along your comments about your meal to our chef. You are right to say that the butter lettuce salad should not be spicy so we will look into why it may have tasted that way to you. We're glad to hear that you loved the patio and would like to give us another try. We hope to see you again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely, fulfilling, fun, memorable, returnable

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely setting for a delicious dinner. Loved the garden vibe in the all patio seating dining room. Waiter was a delight.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the most amazing place to eat in san francisco…. out of all the things my boyfriend and i have had, the pork chops were our #1. can’t wait to come back and visit!

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yumSF
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

The covered patio in the back is gorgeous, and was pretty quiet (noise-wise) during lunch, even though it was crowded. I love that they always have a vegan option and some yummy salads. The nicoise was delicious.

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DominiD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The back patio is beautiful! And the food was *excellent* — we ordered Caprese salad, the salad with pear and cranberries, french fries, brussel sprouts, and mac-and-cheese, and each dish was super delicious. We thought that the service was a bit slow (it took an hour for the fries, sprouts, and mac to come out?) but maybe the staff was just trying to leave us be so we could talk and relax. That being said, all of the staff that helped us were warm, friendly, and very helpful. Top notch. I personally felt like the back patio was too loud when all the tables were full, but I'm a bit sensitive to noise — if you are also, their parklet seating is SO pretty and cozy, and on a very quiet street! Also a good option.

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CherylG
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor dining in the heart of the Castro.

This was a celebration and it perfectly fit the bill.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing time! Went for lunch on a Monday morning at 1130am. The entire experience was exceptional from the food, service and ambiance. It was exactly what I was looking for a casual outdoor lunch with my uncle visiting from out of town. It was an oasis in the city! Will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Seated on the patio. Lovely ambiance. Service was fine. Wrong appetizer delivered but we ate it and enjoyed it. Mac and Cheese was probably the best thing we had. Date had lasagne, I had burger. The food was prettier than it was flavorful. We'd love to come back and try lunch and brunch.

Fable - SF
Responded on September 21, 2021

We are glad to hear that you loved the ambiance of the patio and enjoyed your appetizer and the mac and cheese. We would love to have you join us to try our other menus. We are open for lunch every weekday (Monday through Friday) from 11:30am-3pm and open for brunch on the weekends from 10am-3pm. See you then!

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viprgb123456
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

IT TOOK FOREVER TO GET FOOD!

2 WAITERS CAUSED CONFUSION.

GOOD FOOD! I HAD LAMB SHANK

I THINK THEY NEED MORE STAFF

Fable - SF
Responded on September 22, 2021

We're so glad that you thought the food was good and enjoyed the lamb shank. We would appreciate it if you considered updating your individual rating for food or star rating overall to reflect that you really enjoyed your meal at Fable. We apologize that it was a longer wait than you would have liked to get your food and that there was some confusion with the servers that were helping your table. We appreciate your feedback and will confirm that we are staffed appropriately on Sunday evenings.

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KyleM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

That was a frickin’ lovely experience! Five stars on all criteria. My partner and I have dined with you dozens of times, but this was our friends’ first time there. They fell in love. So thank you!

Kyle

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CharlieG
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always wonderful. Bring an extra clothing layer: the outdoor space is always cooler by the time your meal is done.

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Nina
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Fable was great, it did take a while for our table to be ready and our order to be taken but once it was the food came out fast and it was delicious. The ambiance is a great setting for brunch, the banana chocolate chip bread is a must try! I've been here a couple times and both times my food choices have been delicious. The staff is nice and friendly

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viplandrover24
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Usually a solid brunch spot. I ordered my egg sandwich without bacon (I do not eat pork for a variety of reasons), in fact I ordered the bacon on the side for my partner. The sandwich was brought out with bacon on it, and I explained that I do not eat pork, and the sandwich was as ordered without. The plate was returned and brought back to me within seconds. I asked if this was a new sandwich, made without the bacon and was told yes. I ordered a different dish all together because I didn’t believe the waitress (it was the same exact plate). The new order never made it, in fact the sandwich was brought out a third time. We paid the bill and left.

Fable - SF
Responded on September 13, 2021

We're sorry about the mistake of putting bacon on your breakfast sandwich initially. We assure you that when you requested for your sandwich to be remade you were not given the same dish. Our kitchen prioritizes remaking food quickly so that the guest can eat with others from their party. It's possible you received a dish that was in the process of being made for another guest but it was instead given to you. We hope you understand our process and consider giving us another chance. Thank you.

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Sami
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Pancakes are the most amazing things I have ever had! Cute place for brunch - would recommend!

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ELMERB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

good ambiance
Good food
Good service
Good value

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is fabulous, the garden is lovely and the restaurant team is amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Nice setting for outdoor seating and good service. The food just is not very good. Under-seasoned, inconsistent is how I would describe them. Some dishes are lovely, while others simply fall flat.

Fable - SF
Responded on September 13, 2021

Thanks for coming in, we're glad to hear that you enjoyed the outdoor seating and service! We would love any additional feedback on which dishes you thought were lovely and which weren't as good. We always strive to provide consistently delicious and memorable food and welcome any specifics on how we might improve. We hope that you will consider coming back in to try our new Fall menu which launches this week. We have some new dishes that we think you will love. All the best, Fable.

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vipIngridG
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall4food2service5ambience5

I think there was American cheese on my burger, which isn't what I was expecting. Who does that, if they don't have to? Gross.

Fable - SF
Responded on September 13, 2021

Hi Ingrid, thanks for recommending us to others, we are happy to see that you thought the service and ambience at Fable were great. We apologize that you weren't happy with the cheese on our burger. Please know that if there's ever something small like that keeping you from enjoying your meal, let your server know and we will always remake the dish to your preference. We have a number of different cheese options that we would be able to offer. We hope you will consider coming back to Fable!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Make a Rez to get garden seating! It’s so lovely!

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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 1370 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.