Fort Oak

4.7
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397 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Located in the historic enclave of Mission Hills, Fort Oak draws inspiration from nearby Presidio Park, known for its majestic oak trees, and its location on Fort Stockton Drive. The restaurant is the third in the acclaimed Trust Restaurant Group collection. It joins Eater San Diego’s Neighborhood Trailblazer and San Diego Magazine’s 2018 Best Restaurant Trust Restaurant in Hillcrest and Hundred Proof in University Heights, named the best new restaurant of 2017 by Thrillist. established by Co-Owner/Executive Chef Brad Wise and Co-Owner/General Manager Steve Schwob. In keeping with celebrated Chef Brad Wise’s affinity for rustic urban, wood-fired cooking, guests can anticipate a seasonal selection of small plates and composed dishes cooked over an open flame, as well as a raw bar, oyster bar and family-style tasting experiences.
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.8
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4.7
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4.6
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JF
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautifully designed restaurant. Service was top notch. The five dishes we had, Oysters, Scallop Aguachile, House Ham, Chicken Fried Quail and Goat Milk Cavatelli were all very good to excellent. Their cocktail list is very creative, and I'd highly recommend the Mezcal Cocktail to anyone who is a fan of that spirit. I look forward to returning to try numerous other items on their vast menu. Great place!

VV
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience2

The service from the hostess to the wait staff was horrible. The food was good but you need better service people to represent your restaurant.

OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect!!

SD
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience4

I made a reservation to celebrate our son’s recent accomplishment. When we arrived they showed us to our table and my husband asked to be seated at the adjacent table because it was closer to the window and brighter. My husband has vision issues and that was the reason for the request. The hostess said she was unable to accommodate us. The table sat vacant for at least 50 minutes while we proceeded to order and begin dinner. The food was very good and we shared the ribeye as part of our meal. We ordered the steak medium rare and while very flavorful the steak was definitely cooked medium. We weren’t able to finish the steak and asked for a to go box. We were disappointed the next day to find that they did not box up all of the leftover steak.

DS
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Food was cold, service was just okay

KB
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Called about 6 times to modify my reservation (day of the weekend/time) and they were VERY accommodating. We also were originally slated to sit outside (we thought it would be a gorgeous SD day), but it was raining and they called to let us know it might be snug since they were having to move everyone outside in, but that they would still honor our reservation.

SD
San Diego
19 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Adorable neighborhood gem, with great drinks and food.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was awesome! Everything from the food to the service was spectacular!

L
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was incredibly delicious and the service was outstanding!!!

A
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was wonderful, service was far above the average. Only negative is the noise level in the restaurant.

N
San Diego
27 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday and Valentines dinner. Food was delicious especially the hamachi poke, caulini, steak and bronzino fish! Great service too!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the best host and experience with our food.

L
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have eaten here many times and got stuck on 1 or 2 favorite "share" plates. Decided to really explore the "share" list this time and my, oh my, are there some real treats there. Break outta your habits and explore.

BS
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Charming place with fantastic cocktails, full flavored entrees and shared plates with special care taken to heighten vegetables to decadent status. Highly recommend the Scallop Aguachile and the Caulilini.

LB
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fort Oak is a wonderful new find! Perfect for a special celebration. We enjoyed our seats at the Chef's Table; staff very friendly, food delicious. The coppa ham plate will be my go-to every time I return!

Would not recommend for families with children, especially small children.

ED
Cincinnati
11 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Loved the decor, food and timely service. Noise level is LOUD!! We almost had to shout when having a conversation. For that reason, we won’t be going back anytime soon

CG
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went there with friends for the first time. None of us were disappointed! The pork chop was phenomenal, probably the best I’ve ever had. The Pear Crisp was a delightful way to end the meal.

K
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall2food4service3ambience1

The food was good. (not great) The wine was great. My issues are the attitude of the receptionist, the noise level in the dinning room and most of all, the 4% BS added to the bill. As long as 4% is being added to the bill, we're done with Trust Group restaurants. The loss of a few stars in a rating is no big deal...The loss of two customers should be a concern.

c
San Diego
54 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food but extremely noisy inside. Next time we’ll ask for the patio.

OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were a big gruop. Our reservation was at 8:00 pm and we got seating around 8:30 the wait was all worthy. Great food. Amazing service and perfect atmosphere.

I
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding. Exceptional. It should be ranked by Michelin.

FF
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Service was unenthusiastic and unfriendly. Maybe an off day for the waitress but not a good experience. Pork chop was outstanding, burnt carrots were burnt- did not see the point of charting all the flavor out of them and black veggies are not that appealing. Lighted sign over door leading into dining room is very confusing as it’s not the front door and 3 employees treated us as if we had interrupted their break instead of acknowledging an obvious error caused by the signage.

RC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fort Oak was by far the best dinner we have had of 2020, lol, I know it's only been 3 weeks, but, in all seriousness, my wife and I ate here on Sunday January 19th and it was by far the best dinner we have had in a long time. We booked a later seating time and the way our day lined up we ended up getting to the area MUCH sooner than we had planned. The hostess was gracious and accommodated our nearly 2 hour early arrival (hot tip: we are 'Dry-January' and told them they wouldn't have a problem flipping the table :)
We were sat in the chic main dining area and greeted by a very friendly waiter Robert, my wife was very excited that their sparkling water of choice was Too-Chico, for those that know it's by far the best, things were off to a good start. Robert recommended 4 dishes, the Caulalalini, the Tuna Crudo, the Prawns and the Duroc Pork Chop. I'm not going to go into a ton of detail of each dish, but, the most impressive part of the meal was that we absolutely LOVED all three starters and the star of the show was the Pork Chop! Pro Tip: anything w/ 'Charred' 'Grilled' etc. are their specialties! Now I just need to make an excuse to get back to SD

F
San Diego
28 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Go directly to brunch and order the grits! And the pancake and bacon. You’ll be very happy!

b
Miami
12 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

A third visit, I love this place, however, this time the food was good but not great. A risotto dish with morel mushrooms off the menu was just okay but I really cannot explain why-just not quite there with the flavors. Carrots great as always, beef tartare good, copa ham amazing, sour dough bread not as good as last time, has to be served hot-butter is excellent.
Ambiance is very good here-it is a happy place.

RR
San Diego
30 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience4

our waitress was nice, that was the best part. check in was met with a lot of attitude. not happy that opentable has their default seating for outdoor - found out when i got there.

SS
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The wife and I were out for a date night after a stressful week. We’ve been to Trust before and wanted to try out Fort Oak. It definitely didn’t disappoint. The food was excellent, the service was spot on and attentive. The wine and cocktails, I had the Roadmaster, were excellent as well. Highly recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a date night, special occasion location or just a great place to get an excellent meal.

OT
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious food and drinks! Ordered the egg white omelette and lemon curd tahitian vanilla pancakes. Both very good and their Galaxie cocktail was light and refreshing. Will definitely come back!

W
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I enjoyed it very much. It was a little tight and a little loud, but the service made up for it.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience!

M
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

$6 for a few slices of bread is ridiculous. Too noisy to talk. Cassoulet was outstanding, the rest was meh. And the 4% service charge so I give the server 15% rather than 20%. Not worth $160 for a simple mid-week dinner. This place will go the way of Brooklyn Girl.

m
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food and service were awesome but will ask to be seated on patio next time because of inside noise level. We were disappointed that they no longer have breakfast pasteries.

JO
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Each time we come to Fort Oak we are impressed anew by the inventiveness and quality of the food and the terrific drink options. We usually opt for sharing some small plates, but this time we were lured by the entree-size dishes - the duck cassoulet and the duroc pork. They were as amazing as we'd hoped! I cannot recommend Fort Oak highly enough - we've eaten here for dinner a number of times, attended a Chef's Experience, and had brunch, and each time we came away marveling that we have a restaurant this good in San Diego.

KW
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The carrots were off the hook! The caullini was amazing. The entrees were good but not at the same level as the first courses and vegetables! We loved our dinner.

MS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing! If you love Trust you’ll love Fort Oak. It’s possibly even better than Trust which I never thought I’d find. It is expensive, but I think the food is worth it.

s
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Everything was good,but so noisy

FB
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant. Was our first time in but we will definitely be back!

G
San Diego
81 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Really disappointing evening. We felt very rushed. Main course came before the starter. Dessert came before we had finished the wine, and, in fact, they presented the bill before we finished our wine. No offer of coffee or tea. I guess they really didn’t want us there.

CA
Cleveland
7 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and cool setting.

BD
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place, food, ambiance, service. It was our first time and will definitely be back. Would Love to go on New Years Eve but they are all sold out.