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About Per Diem
Per Diem brings the unique style and ambiance of San Francisco to an upscale venue in the heart of the City. The internationally acclaimed Michelin Guide lists Per Diem as part of an elite group of Bay Area restaurants that received a Recommend rating.
We are inspired by the vibrant, fresh produce of Northern California. Per Diem’s offerings of rich flavors and 20th century décor will entice patrons looking for social meeting quarters or a savored dining experience.
San Francisco, CA 94104
Hours of Operation:
Weekday Lunch: 11:15 am - 3:00 pm
Weekday Happy Hour: 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm (no reservations)
Weekday Dinner: 5:15 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday Dinner: 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Parking is available after 6PM on Sutter Street or there is an all-day parking garage located at 223 Sutter Street.
Montgomery Street Bart and Muni Station
Private Party Facilities:
Per Diem is the highlight of the Financial District, bringing the style and ambiance of San Francisco to a unique upscale venue in the heart of The City. Whether you are looking for a small intimate gathering or a full restaurant buyout, Per Diem is the ideal venue to host your private event.
Email Emily at Events@perdiemsf.com for booking information
Private Party Contact:
Alexa: (877) 499-5505
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Per Diem Ratings and Reviews
Everything exceeded my expectations. I was looking for a relatively quiet restaurant where it was possible to have a conversation without shouting or struggling to hear. Not only did Per Diem provide that experience, but the food and service was terrific. Thanks!
A first visit to Per Diem, and disappointing. To our eyes, not an attractive space at all, and only minimally comfortable. Pleasant and efficient service. French fries were good. Tuna sandwich mediocre. Mussels copious but not good at all, with little flavor. At least ten mussels had not opened, and should have been discarded when the dish was plated. The location is convenient for FiDi, but the are other and much better options nearby.
My first experience at Per Diem was for a business lunch and it was perfect! While there is moderate noise, it's not so overwhelming that you can't engage in conversation. The seating was great too. I felt comfortable and not packed in like a sardine in a can. The service was among the best I've experienced in San Francisco and the staff is warm and welcoming. The food was worth coming back for. I had the Kale Chicken salad and it was fabulous. For the quality of service and food, the prices are reasonable. I'll definitely go back.
I really like the consistency of the cooking with a solid wait staff and nice wine list. The atmosphere can be a bit loud at times but this particular evening we didn't have to compete over the noise. The place is well-designed and carries itself in a more gentlemanly, tastefully crafted ambience. Not a man's den but a somewhat sophisticated air of nostalgia in a very modern sense. For those who want to enjoy dinner without the pretense this is a perfect place.
Hostess was kinda weird. Maybe she's new. Didn't seat me even as i stood at the reception for a while.
Waitress was excellent! Checked on us, and really made our experience.
Food was really blah. The nice location and decor didn't make up for it. I would say their food on a scale of 1-10 is a 2.5. Very bland and low to no sophistcation. We had 5 dishes to share and only the mushroom pasta and chocolate cake were good. I would not come back and i would not recommend this place for dinner. Maybe drinks only.
We showed up at 6 for a 6:15 reservation. Lights were out, not a person in sight. It was our holiday night out and had to find a new place to dine for 5 people. Called and went straight to voicemail. Not sure what happened but put our holiday tradition in jeopardy.
Thoroughly average, almost awful. Everything was over cooked with little flavor. The charcuterie plate looked like it had been cut by a hatchet, bad quality, really thick. The soup looked like a chunky tomato stew. All of the drinks are short pours. Martinis fill about 1/3 of the glass - might as well use a smaller glass and make it look good. Save your money and try someplace else. We ended up leaving and going to Gapar to the street.
I was disappointed in this restaurant. The greeting from the host was unbelievably cold. I came in alone, very wet from walking from BART in the rain, he simply said: "Can't seat you until your reservation time and your other guest arrives". That's fine but no offer to take my wet coat, where to sit, would you like to wait at the bar-nope...really unpleasant first encounter. At this point, no matter how good the food was I wouldn't return which is too bad because the decor/ambiance is warm and inviting on a rainy day. BUT, the chicken dish I had at lunch was dry, the brussel sprouts were hard and tasteless, I couldn't even finish it. The service was OK not too friendly either. Sorry to say we won't go back.
Absolutely not recommended. Don't know why this place is so popular. My chicken sandwich was dry. McDonald's serves a better sandwich at about $10 less. The waitress was curt and never returned to our table between the time she took our order until we were finished eating (a busser dropped off our food). Didn't refill our drinks until after we were thru with the meal. You sit so close to other tables, that it was impossible to block out the personal conversations on either side. The mindless thump-thump-thumping of some bad house music they pumped in to make the dark place even more hip just added to the tries-so-hard-to-be-cool vibe and just made the ambiance more chaotic.
Such an utter disappointment. Do yourself a favor and go elsewhere.
First the good points: nice, cozy restaurant space with great atmosphere that seemed very promising when we first arrived. My food was tasty and the menu had a good selection. Not-so-good points: the service was among the worst I’ve ever experienced. Upon being seated at our table we sat for at least 15 minutes before anyone talked to us. A server finally rushed over to us and asked if we wanted our check. Confused, we said check? We just sat down. He then apologized and took our drink order. From that point on, a different server took our order and delivered our food, but was highly inattentive. My partner’s entree had a hair in it, so that ruined it for him. It’s a shame because the place could be better, but our experience was very poor.
Worst salad Nicoise ever. No flavor at all in the dressing, flavorless boiled potatoes and the tuna seemed like canned tuna. Overall a plate of beige. Also our two-top table was pushed so close to the tables next to us we could hear every word spoken by the people on either side of us and it felt like being sandwiched into the middle of a large communal table. Our server was great, but that could not make up for the seating/terrible food.
This was my first time eating at Per Diem, and it was fine. Nothing overwhelming, but it was OK. I had the hamburger, and it was overdone -- I had asked for the rare side of medium rare, and it was not anywhere close to even medium. But my colleague enjoyed his tri-tip sandwich. It's a nice ambiance, and I'd try it again. But, there are many other restaurants I'd probably go to before this one....
Cozy place, fantastic food & great service. I have a food allergy and the chef came out to talk with me personally to accommodate. The Short Rib was fantastic. Finished up with an Apple Tart that comes with a scoop of vanilla ice cream with a splash of caramel sauce. One of the best desserts I have ever eaten (and I eat out several times a week - a true foodie). Thank you for the experience! The restaurant is now in my special contacts list under SF YUM.
We had lunch. The menu had something for everyone. The tuna salad was good. The tri-tip sandwich was generous and tasty. We sat in the loft that had only two tables and allowed for easy conversation.. A diner may wish to ask for one of those tables if if or she wishes privacy.
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