FOG CITY

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923 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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American

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About

This iconic San Francisco restaurant reopened in September 2013, heralding the return of a beautiful destination for modern, eclectic cuisine and cocktails along the City’s Embarcadero. At the helm is renowned chef and owner Bruce Hill. The landmark Fog City Diner, which first opened in 1985, was completely re-imagined by chef Hill and the restaurant’s founders. Maintaining the energy and spirit of the beloved original, this new incarnation offers innovative menus in a sophisticated, warm and open environment. Join us for lunch and dinner seven nights a week, an afternoon cocktail, or weekend brunch. If your reservation time is unavailable, please give us a call so we can better inform you of additional booking options.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Californian
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Hours of operation
11:30am - 10:00pm
(Friday & Saturday we're open until 11:00pm)
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Phone number
(415) 982-2000
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Bruce Hill
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Cross street
Embarcadero
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Parking details
Metered parking is available at:
Battery St. (southbound)
Sansome St. (northbound), and
The Embarcadero
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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EE
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2017
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The salmon sandwich and the fries were great. Could some of the best fries in town.

OT
San Francisco
51 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2017
Overall2food2service3ambience1

I mourn the loss of the old FCD. Why the present owners gutted and rebuilt a SF classic, turning it into a garish mess I cannot imagine. They even took down the classic Farley originals and warehouses them. And sadly the food has declined as well. It's now a place only for tourists, guidebook in hand.

OT
Adelaide / SA
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2017
Overall3food2service3ambience2

Mediocre food. Overpriced.

TS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Good service and food. Flank steak deserved something besides the french fries (grilled vegetables ?) Very tasty steak but should be paired with something comparable. Husband loved the pork shop! We had our 13 year old grandson with us so the virgin cocktails were a nice option.

KW
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2017
Overall4food3service4ambience3

The old fog city diner was magical and delicious. This new fog city was sooooo noisy we had a hard time talking, ordering and enjoying. Will not go again until we hear something has been done. Very sad☹️

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2017
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Coffee maker had broken, so they couldn't serve coffee during Sunday brunch. Had to explicitly ask for an Americano as a substitute, and they charged full Espresso prices for each Americano rather than coffee price as a courtesy. Generally, service was not helpful, friendly, or gracious.

S
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely meal with my Uncles visiting from out of town.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2017
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Good Food and service but limited menu and very overpriced

R
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2017
Overall3food3service2ambience1

Food was decent, menu is sparse. Ensure your wait staff understands that when you order mimosas (bottomless being the only thing on the menu) that you really did mean bottomless! Mine tried to give me 1 glass, and when questioned wanted to charge me for both =$28.00. Manager resolved, but geez!

a
Birmingham
28 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I have been going here for around 30 years. The place is a jewel just off the beaten path. Its well worth the trip

JK
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Appetizer and desserts great. Entre ok. Fried chicken way too spicy

n
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2017
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Great cocktails and service. Servers were friendly and attentive.

C
Atlanta
42 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2017
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Food was good. We've eaten here before on other trips into San Francisco, but the noise level was so high that it really spoiled our dinner. We were at a 2-top and could not hear each other without yelling. So we just didn't talk. Once the happy hour crowd left it was better, but by then we were just done. I wouldn't call it energetic, I would call it loud. Unfortunate, as the food was good but not so amazing that I'll endure the noise to return.

KE
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Adam was an excellent waiter. We enjoyed our meal.

BW
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2017
Overall3food3service2ambience4

We had an uneven experience on our most recent visit. Huevos Rancheros was excellent; an unusual approach to the classic that worked very well. A couple of our party had the calamari and were very disappointed. One had the cheeseburger, which was overdone. The pulled pork sandwich was good.

Service was indifferent and our server seemed uninterested. Twice she failed to take orders from everyone at the table. We've enjoyed Fog City over the years, but we may have to find an alternative.

BH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome server who really helped me give my friends a great sf experience. Thank you!

c
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We did an early birthday dinner for 8 before boarding the boat to Alcatraz for the night tour. Easy meter parking and walking distance to the ferry. Nice friendly service and good variety on the menu from appetizers to salads and entrees. We had a bit of each. Interesting cocktail offerings. Good non alcoholic choices too. It's not cheap but reasonable given the location and quality.

JF
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2017
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The restaurant has changed since I was there before. I liked the old Fog City Diner

LS
San Francisco
111 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the time we entered the restaurant we were warmly greeted, seated immediately, although it was busy. Quickly waited on for drinks. Great service. The chicken/apple salad was absolutely delicious, great ingredients and a very tasty dressing. The calamari was done to perfection lightly cooked, fresh and delicious. We will definitely return.

SL
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great brunch there. Good kids menu and selection of lunch and brunch foods. Great drinks too! Enjoy!

BC
Atlanta
46 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2017
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Alas, what once was an excellent place to eat has given up its ambition and has lapsed into an indifferent and unremarkable place. OK service, but the waitperson made a huge mistake, but one we caught, that would have had us paying for our table and the one next door. Poor fish meal, stale bread. But the Caesar salad was good, as were three of the four cocktails. We were disappointed because this place once rightly captured good reviews.

OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2017
Overall4food5service5ambience4

This place had a busy bar scene of hip, young San Franciscans. Waiters were jovial and attentive and the food was very good and presented beautifully. The butterscotch pudding did not have the depth of flavor I like but was still delicious. Our table ordered fried chicken, brisket and gnocchi, salmon and corn. Everybody cleaned their plates!

LJ
San Francisco
51 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delish. Great cocktails! Entrees were big but not gargantuan. A little too loud for conversation. Beautiful place.

RG
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our meal overall was great. From salad, to artichokes to sole and salmon with a bottle of Frank Family Chardonnay.. Followed by beignets and coffee. Diner like atmosphere with great high end contemporary food. Highly recommended.

CA
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2017
Overall2food2service1ambience3

We were surprised at how limited the Brunch menu was. Portions were small, but pricey. A Crab Scramble came served atop one slice of French bread. It looked like an appetizer. The Huevos Rancheros were two tiny, lonesome eggs, with some salsa and jalapenos. No rice, beans, potatoes or tortillas. Just the Huevos. I thought I ordered a basket of onion rings for the table, but what arrived was a small bowl of onion strings. Hardly enough for a group to share more than a few strands. The Pulled Pork sandwich was disappointingly fatty and bland.

I was part of a group of several couples, each of whom ordered one entree and one drink (mostly iced tea, but a few had one Bellini) plus a couple of appetizers for the table. We were all a shocked by the bill, which came to about $75 per couple after factoring in tax and tip.

Way overpriced, underwhelming food, and indifferent service. I wouldn't go back.

g
Denver
89 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2017
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Meh. Serviceable. Uninspired. Decent wine list, by glass and by bottle, good wood-fired pizza but otherwise nothing remarkable. The bar is set high in San Francisco and Fog City hasn't kept up. You can rest on your laurels only so long. Also, even though it was not very crowded the evening we were there, it was very noisy due to a couple of very loud groups--not the restaurant's fault but it just added to the lack of a good dining experience.

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always been a fav of mine. Great food and Embarcadero views

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2017
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I was surprised that the restaurant was completely out of bread sticks but especially pizza, a main section of their menu.

Atmosphere was fun, but the noise level was high.

Appetizers were very tasty.

t
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great meal. And our waitress was fabulous.

AL
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2017
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Always a good choice for a business meal with co-workers. Not too expensive and good location.

SI
Sacramento
39 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience5

First of all, the bourbon menu was diverse and full of options. That started the evening off wonderfully. The Anejo Old Fashion was an interesting twist also. Fried chicken was the recommended dish which was very good. Great crunch, spicy finish. But, the mashed potatoes were our hit of the evening. It was like dessert. Overall a good time.

a
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Staff was fun and entertaining. Made a hometown connection. Would absolutely come back on another occasion. Fun wa had by all.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2017
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We haven't been to Fog City Diner since the new ownership took over, and I have to say it was quite ordinary.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2017
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Welcome back! Fog City is a reliably fun place with the friendliest staff in town. The food has declined quite a bit since its previous years and it's noticeable. The service is exemplary and the cocktails are fantastic. I'd like to see more paleo friendly and gluten free options beyond salads and I do hope they get back to the insanely great food level that they/we previously enjoyed. Might need a new chef. Seriously. I'll happily come back again and again, but I cannot recommend it to foodies anymore. It's just not there anymore.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to eat. Menu was great and the service was spot on. Our server was new, but he did a great job

LE
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2017
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Our waitress was not very friendly and the brunch menu is now abysmal. So bummed. They used to have amazing deviled eggs and an old fashioned donut that was delicious, but today the food was just okay. I used to love this place but I probably won't be back.

ET
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2017
Overall3food3service1ambience3

We have dined at Fog City on numerous occasions with friends and family. On Friday we were seeing out of town friends and picked Fog City for its easy access from the Bay Bridge. We requested a booth away from the main room for less noise. This was confirmed by telephone on Thursday. Upon arrival, we were going to be seated in the main dining room until I objected. After being seated in our requested location, we were ignored by wait staff throughout the meal, so much so that we actually had to get up twice and request service and several times ask passing staff to get us a server. I was embarrassed by our treatment and regretful that I had made the decision to dine there. We will not return to Fog City nor will we recommend Fog City to others.

BW
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2017
Overall4food4service3ambience4

This was our first visit since Fog City dropped "Diner" from their name. The remodel of the space is attractive, with a much more open layout. (Upgrades to the restrooms also welcome!) We had an excellent Caesar Salad. The Ahi tuna salad was also very good. The pulled pork sandwich may be a little spicy for some, though the accompanying cole slaw will calm the heat. Enjoyed our visit and will make sure we get back sooner than later.

B
Columbus
23 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Went for Burgers an didn't disappoint great tasting and lively atmosphere👍

ML
San Francisco
59 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2017
Overall4food5service4ambience3

We dined on a very busy evening and the food/service were excellent! They handled the crowds with very good offerings, perfectly prepared and very tasty! Will have to go back to try their signature fried chicken! Beignets are a 'must have' dessert!

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