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About FOG CITY

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.

1300 Battery Street
San Francisco, CA 94111
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Californian

Hours of Operation:
11:30am - 10:00pm
(Friday & Saturday we're open until 11:00pm)

Cross Street:
Embarcadero

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 982-2000

Website:
http://www.fogcitysf.com/

Parking Details:
Metered parking is available at:
Battery St. (southbound)
Sansome St. (northbound), and
The Embarcadero

Executive Chef:
Bruce Hill

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

FOG CITY Ratings and Reviews

5
4
3
2
1

4.2

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.0

service

3.9

ambience

4.0

value

3.5

Noise

Moderate

78% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (13)
Great for Lunch (8)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
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Fun (7)
People Watching (6)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Good for a Date (5)
Bar Seating (5)
Scenic View (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Authentic (3)
Great for Brunch (3)
Business Meals (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Waterfront (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Great Beer (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Special Occasion (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Cozy (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Healthy (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Romantic (1)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 17, 2017

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

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·Dined on September 16, 2017

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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 13, 2017

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☹️

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·Dined on September 10, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Lovely meal with my Uncles visiting from out of town.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Good Food and service but limited menu and very overpriced

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on August 27, 2017

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!

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on August 27, 2017

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

Tags: Late-night Find
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 20, 2017

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

Tags: People Watching, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Great cocktails and service. Servers were friendly and attentive.

Tags: Scenic View, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 19, 2017

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.

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·Dined on August 14, 2017

Adam was an excellent waiter. We enjoyed our meal.

Tags: Quick Bite, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Fun
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 13, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 12, 2017

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

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 11, 2017

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.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Afternoon Coffee, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Notable Wine List, Casual
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on August 11, 2017

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

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, People Watching
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 8, 2017

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.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Casual, Cozy, Great for Brunch
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 (New England)·Dined on August 6, 2017

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

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Waterfront, Kid-friendly, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on August 6, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 4, 2017

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!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 2, 2017

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

Tags: Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 1, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual, Great Beer, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on July 30, 2017

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.

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on July 30, 2017

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.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 30, 2017

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

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 29, 2017

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.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 28, 2017

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

Tags: Scenic View, Fun, Waterfront, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 28, 2017

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

Tags: Great Beer, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on July 27, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 19, 2017

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

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 19, 2017

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

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 19, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual, Business Meals, Fun, Quick Bite, Disabled Access, People Watching, Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Gluten Free Options, Organic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Waterfront, Paleo Friendly, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 11, 2017

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

Tags: Quick Bite, Great for Brunch, Scenic View, Tasting Menu, Casual, Happy Hour, People Watching, Good for a Date
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on July 9, 2017

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.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 7, 2017

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.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 6, 2017

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.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Columbus)·Dined on July 4, 2017

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

Tags: Happy Hour, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 4, 2017

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!

Tags: Business Meals, Great for Lunch
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 (Denver)·Dined on July 3, 2017

Nothing like the great Fog city diner you might remember, limited menu fare. Not impressed

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on June 29, 2017

Real "classic" American diner!! Great Burgers and other "comfort" foods! Nice service and energetic staff!

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch
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