I was really surprised by my experience at Per Diem, I had pretty high expectations based on their current ratings and location. I came here for a dinner date and was pretty disappointed. I arrived before my date so the server had gotten my glass of wine while I waited. Then, once my date arrived she checked in with us, but then forgot about us and by the time my date was able to order his drink we had flagged down another server to take our dinner order, as well. I ordered the roasted chicken, and when we were served my plate was cold. I didnt want to make a fuss because I didn't want seem high maintenance, but I definitely made a mental note. Given the price point of the restaurant, the service and food did not match up/ meet expectations.
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.
What a nice surprise for a belated holiday lunch. Service was fanastic. Food was delicious. And the cocktails were great. It is such a nice little spot and a pleasant surprise.
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.
Great tasting food and the ambiance was nice. Waitress was extremely polite
The mains - short ribs, chicken, squid ink pasta - were all amazing. Mussels were decent too but not as special. Love the ambiance.
Per Diem is consistently perfect. The food is delicious, the staff is attentive and friendly and you can actually hear the person your dining with.
I walk by this place a lot and took my team here for lunch. VERY good food, and a cool atmosphere.
Great food and ambiance. Nice place to have dinner and good conversation.
Food was great. Wait service was excellent. However, the bussers constantly asking if you were done made me feel like we were being rushed out.
The meal - tuna sandwich and a side of Brüssel sprouts was very tasty- even better than I expected. The ambiance was welcoming, particularly nice on a very rainy day.
This was the kind of lunch worth facing really wet weather.
Great super fresh menu that never disappoints. Good drinks/Wine and great ambiance for a business dinner or a date.
Good, but not mind-blowing food.
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.
Great attention from our server.
My favorite spot!!!
We were looking for a place on Sat night and Per Diem was reccomended to us. The food was delicious and they had an interesting choice of drinks. Definitely would come back again.