Fable - SF

4.6
1416 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, all-weather 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 1416 people are saying
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Itsallgood
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food5service1ambience5

We were told probably three times that the amount of time we were allowed to spend at the table was an hour and 15 minutes. We were also not told that until after we sat down, and then like I said, we were told that like three or four times. Not only is an hour and 15 minutes a very limited amount of time to be able to spend at a brunch with three friends that are getting together, it’s also very rude to tell somebody that many times. The food was amazing and the environment is amazing, but I do think that people going out to a Sunday brunch should be allowed at least two hours to dine in a relaxed and enjoyable way -

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vipluluaokay
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely brunch catch-up. Waitress was super friendly. Tasty palomas with excellent chilaquiles and trout Benedict. The back patio was a nice little oasis. Would totally go back.

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vipMark
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and great atmosphere.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

This was far and away one of the worst meals I’ve had in recent times. The service and food were terrible. I ordered a cheeseburger and it was a skimpy thin patty on a bun with way too much mayo, a few strands of shredded lettuce and an unripe, flavorless slice of tomato with a pickle. No grilled onions to be found per the menu description and all for a bargain $15!! The fries tasted like they had been frozen. Ryan, our waitress, was inattentive, had to remind her to check on our drink order and she never brought the side of onion I asked for, never came back to check in the table. I cannot believe his popular this joke of a restaurant is. Horrible! Will never go back,

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WilliamM
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful back patio. Good service, accommodated a reservation change last minute.

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Caylyn
London
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Trout Eggs Benedict was sooo yummy!! Would definitely recommend. Servers were all really nice and the whole place/tables was spaced out well.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food and the atmosphere! Great portions and lovely staff.

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vipPatriciaH
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dining at Fable was a lovely experience. Our dinners were excellent and creatively cooked. My halibut was tender and tasty, my husband loved his lamb dish. The waitstaff were helpful and attentive. The backyard patio has heat lamps, which made outdoor dining remarkably comfortable. We look forward to a return visit.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Overpriced for mediocre food. Meats were overcooked and the menu was limited.

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EnriqueN
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food, daring, tasty, very nice terrace, warm and with a good atmosphere, totally recommended

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vipsfgarrett
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

The staff and service were really good. The food was tasting good until I found a long hair in my salad. The staff handled it well. Still won't be going back anytime soon.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Love the back patio with the plants and lighting, great ambiance!

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vipascotladsf
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely meal on the patio, which is special. Warmth with adequate outside heaters, great portions, selective menu and great service. Really enjoyed it.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

My fish was raw and had to send it back to the kitchen.

Fable - SF
Responded on November 19, 2021

We apologize that your fish was not cooked to your preference the first time. We understand that everyone has specific preferences on the temperatures of their meat or fish and we are sorry that your server did not communicate with you more clearly on your preference. We sincerely hope that your fish was cooked to your liking the second time and that you enjoyed it. We hope that you will join us again at Fable so that we have the chance to make it up to you.

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CyndiL
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great for date night. Outside heaters for outside dining. Server was amazing! We had a show to get to and we got our food quickly. Food was too expensive for what it was and I was still hungry after dinner and dessert. Unfortunately, there is only one bathroom. Be prepared to wait…

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vipDiana
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great neighborhood restaurant. The food is excellent and they have a quaint outdoor patio. The staff is very nice and the service is exceptional.

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Stephanie
Sacramento
18 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Staff was lovely. Food is OK but service and location in the backyard outweighs the food flavor. I bet this place is super fun for brunch! Will be back. Pork shoulder was delicious but halibut was lacking.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
130 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've only dined here for dinner, so it was a pleasant surprise how lovely the lunch was in the garden. The Ahi Tuna salad is so yummy!

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vipDineinla
San Francisco
67 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Our server was nice and we had a nice lunch. However the older guy who sat us on the patio table and checked us in the restaurant is extremely rude and arrogant. He is a bad choice to work on the restaurant front desk and is ruining the restaurant reputation. He is confrontational and hostile,

Fable - SF
Responded on November 19, 2021

Hello, we are so glad that you had a nice lunch and enjoyed your server. We apologize for any issues that you experienced with our host. We always aim to make our guests feel welcomed and invited into a friendly environment. We take all feedback from our customers seriously and will make sure to address this. Thank you and we hope that you will join us for lunch again soon.

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KathyM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A truly enchanting spot to meet up with friends, fabulous service and great food!

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Juan
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waiter that helped us was fantastic. We weren't sure what to order, and his suggestions were delicious. Def coming back here!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mindfulness Monday! Play day and taking care of myself!

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AyannaA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful location, attentive staff, wonderful menu and great service!

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HappyRegular
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Just a lovely relaxing patio with good food and friendly service.

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NataliaN
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

The place is ordinary. It did not feel like anything special. Service was average. We were made to feel rushed. The server barely had any interaction with us about the food and drink menu options and our overall experience.

Fable - SF
Responded on November 10, 2021

Natalia, thanks for coming in and recommending Fable to others. We're bummed to hear that Fable did not feel special to you. Most of our customers have an extraordinary experience versus just ordinary. We apologize that the service left something to be desired. We never want guests to feel rushed and always aim to have our servers be attentive and helpful with choosing food and drink options our customers will love. We hope you give us another try as we are sure that we can change your mind.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place with friendly staff. Every item on the menu was delicious and delightful.

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WallyBorgsf
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an excellent experience here. And the service was perfection.

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DaveM
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very pleasant atmosphere in the backyard. Appreciated a couple of vegan options.

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DavidD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food , service , ambiance were fantastic, atmosphere and decor very nice !!! Staff very attentive and pleasant…. Great experience we had 😊👍🏻😊

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Vivian
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my third lunch there and I will be back for fresh, delicious food, pleasant service, and the relaxing atmosphere of the bright, covered garden setting.

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MarieG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful patio, great food and service. Very nice experience.

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vipRenataA
San Francisco
43 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I love this secret garden in the Castro. The best staff and lovely food. Thank you!

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SFMary
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Really enjoyed our dinner here with 7 of us! Food was amazing and the back dining area is perfect!

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Lizzzz
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best servers around. Very friendly. Fun experience.

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vipswimmermomgrandma
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The garden is awesome as everyone says. The food is not bad but not awesome. The salad was actually very good. The chicken was fine, but should have been marinated and seasoned to have an interesting flavor— it was not over or under cooked, but relatively bland. The Brussels sprouts and squash go with was quite flavorful and plentiful.

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TopPersonalChef
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been through the changes this restaurant has seen. The owner is not only great with what he as created but honestly a kind and creative person.
Love the food, the wine list and the kind staff that always has customer service at its best.
Having traveled the world and a private chef, medical doctor and an artist, I can surely say that this place is my favorite in the area. Clear concept, and nice delivered.

Fable - SF
Responded on November 1, 2021

Thank you for your wonderful review of Fable. We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your meal so much and left content and with a full belly. Thanks for recommending us to others. We hope that you return to try our weekday lunch or weekend brunch menus.

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JessicaO
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely brunch on a covered patio on a rainy day. Small menu but tasty food.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience5

The ambiance at Fable SF was incredible and it’s definitely a cozy, warm spot to take someone special.

I completely respect the chef, he was very kind and greeted us when we walked in as well as when we walked out after dinner - but to be transparent, the food was not our cup of tea. In all honesty, it was quite bland and every bite felt like it needed either more salt or more “oomph”. I do want to point out that my other half and I are Pacific Islanders, so we are accustomed to having a lot of flavor in our food - so maybe it just wasn’t the spot for us. The food was disappointing to say the least. But hey, everyone’s taste buds are different and this was just our experience.

This was also a birthday dinner and when I requested a cake or a desert after dinner with a candle, they forgot to bring it out - which to be honest, was not a huge deal because our server was incredible (his name is AJ and he was so delightful). The best thing about this place is the ambiance and the service. We were well attended to and the servers were very kind and welcoming, we just wish the food matched the energy of the restaurant.

Overall the experience was great but the food did not meet our expectations at all (we didn’t finish our meals and were pretty sure our server noticed - because when he asked us if we wanted boxes we declined and immediately asked for the check). Like I said, everyone has a different taste preference so I suggest you try it for yourself. I genuinely hope they put a little more flavor in the food, because it really is a great spot to go to.

Fable - SF
Responded on November 1, 2021

Thanks for coming in, we're pleased to hear that you thought the ambiance and service were great. We're sorry that the food did not meet your expectations for flavor. Please know that we are always happy to cook or remake a dish to a customer's preferences or suggest something entirely new on the menu that we know you will love. We apologize for the mix-up with the birthday dessert that you ordered. We hope you'll consider returning to try some of our other dishes.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Wonderful food, great dining experience! I loved the outdoor area, although I did get bit by mosquitos or some sort of bugs. That’s what I get for wearing a dress! No fault to the restaurant, mosquitos just love my skin! I’d definitely come back.

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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 1416 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.