Fort Oak

4.7
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406 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
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CM
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Food was great, cocktails were average. A bit overpriced for what you get. At this price point there are a few better options around town for trendy places with great food.

RS
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Enjoyed the food imensly, we all shared the Brsnzino, shrimp, ahi poke, endive salad, quail and pork, loved it all.
We were celebrating a birthday and mentioned it at end of meal, but nothing was offered.

DT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my birthday dinner and our server suggested the most amazing dishes.
My favorite was the Charred Caulilini. It had so much flavor. My friend had the pork chop and she really enjoyed it. My only disappointment was they did not have a rose by the glass but that did not stop me from giving them 5 stars!

KJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great great great experience from the creative food to the warm but not annoying staff. We will be back.

GB
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Our waiter was distracted and it felt as if we weren't worth his time. He took our order and our menus, then walked away. Came back after ten minutes and asked us if we were ready to order. Our dozen oysters became a half dozen, and when we asked for the full order, they overcharged us as if we had ordered two half dozens (the manager corrected the overcharged when we brought it to his attention). They told us the Baja oysters were Briny, but they tasted as if the kitchen had added table salt. We needed every condiment provided to make them edible. My husband asked for his steak to be cooked to medium, but it arrived very rare. Our steak knives arrived 5 minutes after we had been sawing through our meals with butter knives. Also, when I made the reservation, it said only outdoor seating was available, however throughout our meal, several indoor tables remained unoccupied. Overall I would have expected better from a place that is supposed to be one of the best restaurants in San Diego and charges like it. We will not be returning, and I will recommend others steer clear as well.

S
San Diego
85 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service ate fabulous. I wish it were less noisy.

L
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I can't imagine a more perfect choice for our anniversary dinner. From beginning to end this was a outstanding experience. The service is great but food is the real star here. Don't miss the carrots. Already planning our next visit.

JF
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
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 on February 16, 2020
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 on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect!!

SD
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
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 on February 15, 2020
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
55 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!

CM
Phoenix
20 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Popped in here for brunch with some girlfriends. Everyone’s food was great. The portions are big. The space is very cool. There’s the brightly colored bar with wood hanging from the ceiling, an outdoor patio, an indoor dining room, and open kitchen if you want to watch the masters at work.

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.