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Thu, 2/22
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Per Diem

752 reviews
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$30 and under
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Top Tags:
  • Business Meals
  • Great for Lunch
  • Casual
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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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
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Phone number
(415) 989-0300
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Jonathan Sutton
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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 for booking information
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Private party contact
Alexa: (877) 499-5505
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Cross street
Sansome Street
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Parking details
Parking is available after 6PM on Sutter Street or there is an all-day parking garage located at 223 Sutter Street.
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Public transit
Montgomery Street Bart and Muni Station
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 752 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.5  based on recent ratings
Noise · Moderate
74% of people would recommend it to a friend
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ZMoss (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined 2 days ago

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.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

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!

vipsenzanome (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

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.

vipjjdoff (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

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.

Positivewoman (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

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.

Eugene (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 1, 2018

Great tasting food and the ambiance was nice. Waitress was extremely polite

walkupsidedown (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

The mains - short ribs, chicken, squid ink pasta - were all amazing. Mussels were decent too but not as special. Love the ambiance.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 23, 2018

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.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 22, 2018

I walk by this place a lot and took my team here for lunch. VERY good food, and a cool atmosphere.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Great food and ambiance. Nice place to have dinner and good conversation.

phillipb (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on January 12, 2018

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.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 8, 2018

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.

vipZinger (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on January 3, 2018

Great super fresh menu that never disappoints. Good drinks/Wine and great ambiance for a business dinner or a date.

vipanton7364 (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 2, 2018

Good, but not mind-blowing food.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 28, 2017

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.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on December 27, 2017

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.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on December 23, 2017

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.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on December 22, 2017

Great attention from our server.
Quick service.

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 12, 2017

My favorite spot!!!

vipkarenb (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on December 9, 2017

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.