Rambler

4.4
465 reviews
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$30 and under
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Californian
Rambler invokes the spirit of the explorer inside all of us. Housed in a 100 year old historic building in San Francisco’s bustling Union Square, Rambler offers market-driven, European inspired, Californian cuisine paired with balanced and approachable cocktails and a well curated wine and beer list, in a cozy, modern California interior.
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Daily 5:30PM - 5:45PM

What 465 People Are Saying
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1 review
Dined 18 hours ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Easter brunch - had the fried chicken benedict. Hardly any fried chicken on the plate, but good otherwise

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Sacramento
1 review
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice atmosphere, service and very good food.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

Many better places in sf for dinner at the price

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p
San Francisco
84 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

An enjoyable, mid-level restaurant with well priced food and wine with adequate service. We’ll be back.

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T
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Amazing service, delicious food, on point cocktails. Everything was wonderful. We had a few apps, a few drinks per person, and one entre per person. It easily came out to >$100 per person. No regrets, but definitely not the 2 dollar signs a anticipated.

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OT
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Interesting but limited menu and no wine list (only by the glass). Nice atmosphere and conversation possible when not overly crowded. Service was not prompt and servers were not well informed about food or wines. We ate in bar; dining room looks inviting.

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JF
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

There are a handful of reasons why I wouldn't recommend this restaurant. 1. Date Night and they sat us at a tiny table right next to the ramp where everyone enters the lower dining room. 2. The bathrooms were either up the stairs and down a long hall or downstairs around a corner and down a long hall. Not ideal for women in heels. 3. We ordered the Prince Edward Island Muscles which is served with chorizo for an appetizer. The muscles themselves were delicious, however, they're served in a broth that has a thick layer of chorizo fat floating on the top. Not only does that look unappetizing but that fat has zero flavor. 4. For the main entrees, my man ordered the NY Steak and I had the Shrimp Bouillabaisse Risotto. He got PART of a NY Steak, like 5 slices of one. For $36 I want to see that whole steak on the plate! My risotto tasted like someone in the kitchen didn't know how to properly season the food. It was extremely bland. They should mix the aioli through the entire dish rather than just a drizzle around the edges. So for $36, I expect to want to eat my meal rather than leave it on the dish. 5. The desserts, well they were better, but... nothing to write home about. The Stick Toffee Cake was more of a ginger cake and without the added scoop of ice cream would have been too dry to eat. The Butterscotch Pot de Creme, while it tasted good the texture was off. The pastry chef nearly curdled the cream in the process of making the dish.

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LM
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The Rambler holds a unique, industrial-modern, chic vibe. Love the ambiance. We tried two different dishes and absolutely loved both. I highly recommend The Rambler!

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MS
Seattle
20 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Nice atmosphere. Good, innovative cocktail menu. One entree was not hot when served. They prepared a new dish and it was both hot and delicious.

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RA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal, great service, waffle chicken and shrimp grits we're outstanding!

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AR
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cool vibe! Great food! Great Bloody Mary’s!

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CY
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very cozy hip small place with high quality food at an affordable price for location.

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MA
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our first visit and we were impressed with the attentive service. Our waiter made recommendations and they were delicious. The food was fresh and ample portions. Recommend the mussels to share - there are plenty for two. We will be back.

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SW
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We made a last-minute reservation and it was a great choice! Really liked the decor -- we got to sit at a cute table in the front corner. We shared the roasted beet salad and the swordfish and both were excellent -- presented beautifully and delicious to dig into. Definitely recommend checking it out.

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T
San Francisco
49 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Food was so,so....nothing special. Service was very slow and the whole experience was less than satisfactory. Ordered the smoked salmon that was supposed to come with capers, but did not. When questioned the waitress didn't know that they were supposed to be on there and when she asked the kitchen they replied that they had JUST run out. hmmmmm.....Not a place will will be returning to

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Miami
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 5

Didn’t blow my mind for the price. Awesome ambiance

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r
Portland
94 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Overall good place, especially the food, marred by having to shout at my dinner companion due to the uncomfortably loud noise of several groups of people having after-work get togethers. Since it was a Tuesday, all I can recommend is go early.

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SF
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

business dinner for out of towners. excellent drink & food!! fun ambiance & great service. would def recommend and go back.

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New England
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed the menu, nice place for a breakfast meeting.

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SD
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food, but there was a plastic wrapper floating in my soup. Would love to see nightly specials, but the menu is very good.

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DO
Orange County
18 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great venue , food was exceptional service was very slow , not very attentive . Very nice server was clearly busy due lack of additional wait staff . I felt bad ... chalking it up to just a bad night and staff called out .

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NY
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

It was EXTREMELY loud and we were a young group getting together who doesn’t get bothered by this typically. We couldn’t hear each other. Dinner Service to lower level - especially drinks - was delayed at times and restaurant wasn’t very crowded. Gnocchi was good.

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DP
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great atmosphere and food. Service was a little slow. Downstairs room was quiet. We will definitely return.

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CC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our group of six had reservations and were seated immediately in the downstairs section. Service and food were both good. All of us enjoyed our experience.

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MS
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We really enjoyed our dinner here. The cocktails were AWESOME - my wife had a Four Roses Manhattan and I had the Rambler Sazerac, which was very tasty. We munched on a hummus and roasted cauliflower appetizer that suprisingly was cold. We expected something "roasted" to be warm at least. But, it was a great nibbler to go with the cocktails. I had the pasta with the veal, which was super rich but very tasty. My wife had the sweet potato gnocchi which was also very good. Good sized portions - we were quite full when we left. Our server was super friendly with just the right amount of attention. Would be five stars, but the place was very noisy and the tables so close it felt very claustrophobic. I would definitely recommend Rambler though - if you don't mind a little noise. The rest of the experience is top notch.

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GG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

I have been to Rambler twice this week, once for breakfast and once for lunch. Both times food was great. Had same server both times and each time she presented the check before asking if we wanted anything else. Really annoying.

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M
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

Loved the food and waiter. We were there for a business dinner though and didn’t appreciate that the host let the group ahead of us stay at the table for 30min over. It was very late for all of us coming from east coast. I’m future, They had already paid so the manager should have comped them a round of beers at the bar so that we could sit.

Waiter and food were AMAZING

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OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was delighted by the service, ambiance, and, of course, my delicious meal!

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E
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, very nice staff and it's close to ACT! I'd go here again!

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MC
Anchorage
75 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really great place, good food, good service, lively happy hour

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JG
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It was great!!

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SH
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Rambler was a great place to stop for a quick pre-theater dinner in San Francisco. Great service and delicious food. I noticed other patrons were eating arugula topped pizza, but we were hungry for the seafood risotto -- rich and creamy. My husband also had the tomato soup with grilled cheese strips, which was great comfort food. With its food American-style, Rambler is a nice addition to the Union Square neighborhood.

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RS
San Francisco
46 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great meal and excellent service for dinner before a show. Downstairs dining room cozy and intimate but without sound barrier to night club nextdoor which this night was very loud.

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MA
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Fantastic value, incredible flavors. I’ll be back

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OT
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Last night in San Francisco. Nice way to end a great holiday. Food was great and the ambience in a very eclectic hotel was great. Service was outstanding. Will definitely return

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m
San Francisco
48 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fabulous food
Service slow to start but it was great. Risotto was so so but everything else was deeelish

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S
Chicago
57 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Mmph on the wine list. Considering the proximity to Napa/Sonoma, you'd expect a wider selection and more affordable selection of wine

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 4

The website advertised happy hour from 4-6 pm, but when we arrived at 5:35, they told us it had already ended and would not honor the pricing. Following that, it took over twenty minutes for the waitress to return to us to get our drink order.

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t
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Unfortunately we were not able to try this restaurant. We were told upon sitting down for our reservation that the kitchen was closing in 10 minutes.

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LR
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was delicious. It was an intimate space but didn't feel too cramped. Great for an unrushed, casual meal.

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