Rambler

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$30 and under
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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, New American Comfort Cuisine with balanced and approachable cocktails and a well-curated wine and beer list, in a cozy, modern California interior.
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.2
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4.2
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4.2
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84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MichaelH
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The people, food and surroundings were all excellent. Would recommend..

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ChristinaW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was lovely, ambiance was chill, my mom and I had a pleasant lunch.

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BarryB
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great location. Wonderful place for drinks and dinner in the center of the action. We will be there again when we visit the city.

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Barb
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Service was not what you would expect for the price. Took a long time, waiter never came back to check on us, even the bill took forever to get there. Food was flat for flavor. It was just okay for the price. We definitely wouldn't go back with all the other options in the area. Music was good but a little too loud. The only table that could accommodate our party was next to the door. It was freezing every time someone came in or out. So windy it blew menus off the table and blew out our candles. After a few times of re-lighting they were just left not burning. And then when we get the bill, due to the size of our party the tip was pre-populated. Perhaps that's why the service was so bad...
Would not recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Difficult to find a reasonable parking close by, service and food are ok

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pleasantly surprised with the varied selections of appetizers and entrees. Seafood Risotto and Marguerite pizza were delicious. We’d like to come back again when we have more room for dessert.

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vipCAfoodie
Sacramento
23 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went there for business brunch. Our table was small but quiet. Service was great and food was excellent.

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vipKimG
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun atmosphere

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vipColette
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Very average experience

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viplillyme
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Small selection of delicious plates! Would recommend to share, portions are big enough for two. Service was wonderful - knowledgeable and prompt. Went here before catching a play at SF Playhouse.

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suzanng
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yes, the food was great...but the service was what made it an experience. Daniel and Adam are AMAZING! I enjoyed everything they put in front of me - ranging from poke to beans to burgers to dessert and more! Innovative takes on food....special, personalized service. EVERYONE SHOULD GO HERE!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Delicious dinner and the cocktails were top notch. Try the Ramble On! Our waiter was attentive and the ambiance downstairs was nice. One small complaint - the music was uneven. Mostly classics at a nice volume, but then the volume would occasionally surge unexpectedly to an uncomfortable volume to hear one another.

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vipKarlO
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great low key environment and friendly wait staff. Loved the food.

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vipBillO
San Francisco
59 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service and a comfortable evening of talking with good food. It isn't a foodie place but somewhere to go with friends and enjoy a dinner and an evening of conversation.

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vipseamikeygo
Seattle
15 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Food sounded better on the menu. Had the fried chicken Benedict. Came to the table at room temp, eggs were overcooked, chicken overcooked, and barely and sauce. Wouldn’t go back.

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MarkT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Enjoyable, reasonable for SF, just amused when they seated us and the rest of the older, uncool folks downstairs. It's much more hip and sophisticated upstairs. Probably louder too, so perhaps they were just doing us a favor.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location for a meal before a show! Nice variety in the menu! Great bar!

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Food was good. We felt a bit forgotten by our waiter / which made our overall impression not worth the money.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
85 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food in brick warehouse style building....wonderful

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vipRJMP
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience3

The food was good but the service not. We made 2 requests: that we had to leave by 7 which was more than an hour from then) and that we wanted the salmon medium-well. Neither one was accommodated. We at the cooked parts of the salmon and left the rest. We had to ask for the check twice and finally got out of there at 7:05. We won't be back.

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Tagg5
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Fun place. Lively and loud. Food was good. Service was on the slow side. We would have ordered dessert but didn't have time due to lack of attention from waiter. We had to finally flag down someone to bring us the check after sitting and waiting for a bit after finishing our meal.

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MelissaM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Food and service here were excellent. I thought $17 for a glass of white wine was pretty excessive, however. My biggest complaint was the deafening noise level - mostly due to the pounding trance music. Folks next to us had to shout to hear each other so the noise level was quite high. I had a pounding headache by the time we left.

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vipBaG1
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Food was very expensive.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience4

The ambiance and service were great. Unfortunately the food was only okay (I found my pizza bordering inedible), especially compared to the price. Drinks were better than the food, but you can find better food and drinks at a similar price point in a lot of restaurants in the area (and throughout sf).

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NikkiV
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Great food. Great ambiance. We were celebrating a birthday and each of us ordered something different, everything was great. Our server was fantastic- she went out of her way for our entire meal to ensure we had the best possible experience. Would recommend to anyone.

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MaxD
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So good! A little pricey for the portion sizes, but delicious and aesthetically pleasing!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Good food, good vibe. Tuna tar tar was delicious as was the chorizo pizza.

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BadService
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience1

We came in for my birthday yesterday and the waiter made the evening as lackluster as possible -- had no greeting, no "have you been here before?" or "are we celebrating" even though the reservation specified it was a birthday. Just "do you know what you want?" followed by long gaps in service and waiting 20 min for drink orders. As others have mentioned, the tables right by the front door are freezing cold with every burst of wind that comes from patrons entering and exiting. For a $95/person dinner, I like to think that servers have built up to this price point by working on their customer service; Instead, I actually felt like I was ruining his night just by checking in on us. Food was good but the service (and outdated interiors) made the night a let down.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Went for Brunch , seated downstairs , fine for a hotel breakfast , but we were looking for more of an experience. Our waitress was nice but beyond clueless.

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bdeque
London
9 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service and very cool ambience. Food was also very good and the wines were excelent.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My two friends and I came here for a girls night out dinner before a show. We were looking for a place to eat a nice meal and The Rambler did not disappoint. All our meals were delicious. And our server was so helpful and friendly. Five stars. Recommend and would definitely return!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was tasty. The service was nice. I would go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Guadalajara
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Cena de navidad con familia

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vipCoastalDiner
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Location was good for our annual trip to Union Square. Food was just ok. Comments from others included: Steel cut oatmeal was very good , Chicken-and waffles was ok. Something in the dish was very Spicey and it was not a balanced taste. Fries- below average, sausage and omelet were tasteless. Employees were nice and the atmosphere was cozy .

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came here between the 2 Harry Potter plays. Service was excellent and the food was really tasty as well. We ate downstairs and it is a chic little gem in the hotel.

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vipYumYum
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience1

I had made a reservation at least a week before our desired date. When we arrived, the restaurant was almost empty, but the hostess seated us at a four-top right by the front door which was freezing. I asked her for another table. She said we would have to wait 15 minutes. I explained to her that I was very upset because we had a reservation, and obviously there was room in the restaurant. She just turned away and left the table. About 10 minutes later she came back and moved us to a better table with no apology and no comment. The waiter was inattentive and, though there were only 4 to 6 other diners in the restaurant and maybe another 4 to 5 people at the bar, it took us 15 minutes to get our drinks. The food was mediocre at best. Almost every dish had garlic powder added to it. This is not fine dining! The chef Was lounging around and appeared to have learned these recipes by rote. There were no substitutions or changes allowed. There was no “cheffing” at all. This was such a disappointment on a special occasion. We will never go back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Theatre show

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vipdemb
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

We went for brunch. Neither the coffee or the food was hot enough.

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vipKirkL
Milwaukee
29 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding, all the way around!

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vipGwynnV
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's so great to see the old Postrio location redone as Rambler which delivered great service, drinks, appetizers, & mains!