The Dorian

4.3
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213 Reviews
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$30 and under
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American
A neighborhood supper club serving modern American fare and free-spirited cocktails.
 
The Dorian is an ode to a bygone era, a modern day parlor for the bohemians, libertines and free thinkers among us. A place where Oscar Wilde might have dropped in for a drink or Jerry Thomas would have tended bar. Offering fresh provisions and fine whiskey, The Dorian is the quintessential destination to enjoy good times for good times sake.
 
Our menu draws from San Francisco’s rich culinary history, taking the liberty to explore and re-invent nostalgic favorites and concoct new dishes alike. Our beverage program treads a bohemian path, borrowing from the past and dreaming up new ways to have fun through libations. We couple this with an extensive list of over 120 whiskeys from around the world. 

Please Note: We reserve 50% of our reservations for walk-in customers.

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4.3based on recent ratings
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4.3
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4.3
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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We love the decor of the Dorian, and the staff is always very friendly. However lately they have been becoming a party scene with loud music and a focus on the bar. We don’t always feel welcome as a family with two small children. The food quality has also declined in recent months. There are inaccuracies in the menu, which are critical for food allergies. For example, the chia seed parfait did not contain some ingredients listed. It also says it’s made with almond milk, but our server told us it’s actually coconut milk. As a family with food allergies (tree nuts) this is dangerous for us. We expect more from the Dorian. We have been going there for years.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, awesome service.

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voodoominx
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Remembering lost ones

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall1food2service2ambience1

Sauces repeated on us and were too sweet. Worst meals for all five of us.
Cocktails were good as a positive

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vipArunaM
Miami
25 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food3service3ambience5

Everyone had a great time and the place is lovely. The value is above average. They are right to advise alternatives to driving, parking is really really tough here. A night to remember!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience5

We made a reservation online and were seated in the lounge area. They told us they serve full menu there but it was very loud. We could hardly hear each other. We asked to be moved with no success. It was a Sat night, though. Quite busy. And it was very tight where we sat. Food was ok. My pork belly buns were good but the mushroom appetizer was nothing special - deep fried mushrooms with some sauce. Drinks were good, just don’t try the frozen rose - way to sweet. In terms of service, they brought is the food with no utensils or napkins for everyone. We had to ask.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Done about town with a group of friends

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RDBD
San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Great atmosphere if you like it on the noisy side (as expected in a sports bar). Great deal on the Happy Hour drinks and oysters, and they were extremely good to boot. Really good server, attentive but not overly so, knowledgeable about the food and drinks, rapid friendly service. Truffle fries and smoked trout truly yummy (and generous portions too).

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Really nice experience with great service

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RebeccaP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super cute vibe & aesthetic with delicious snacks & cocktails. This place is perfect for a ladies Brunch/Happy Hour!

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vipSinclair
Calgary
11 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly service, great food, amazing cocktails

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MeganC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING!!! From the atmosphere to the food, our experience was nothing short of amazing!!!! Allison was super sweet and she made us feel like we have been friends for months! Taryn and Justin are cocktail geniuses!!! I could go on and on but it's best you check it out for yourself!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good ambiance

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience2

We were pretty disappointed with our experience at the Dorian. We’ve been for Brunch but wanted to try dinner. The food was pretty terrible, the service was worse...there are a lot of better restaurants in the area I would chose.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect spot

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Server was amazing. Food mediocre. Loud and a bunch of really loaded people at the bar. Fun place but not for families imho.

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vipMsFoodie
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Nice quiet corner booth as requested. Friendly accommodating wait staff

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Dinning here it was a nice/ chic interior
Food are just ok, it was more like a bar type finger food. If you are looking for a bar and a great cocktails. This place is the place to come and hang. They have a good happy hour deal everyday.
The host is super nice and freindly but Our server was very unfreindly and unprofessional. Need an improvement on that. Reservation on an open table at 6:45pm on Thursday 14. Just wanted to give comments on your future reference.
It would have been a 4 stars but the server might have ruined it. When she spoke to me at first it was more like a commanding sentence not a questions. But later on she realize that she should not speak to a customer like that so she change her tone and try to act professional/nicer but first imppession always count.
We gave her 15% tips because at the end she was better in service.

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JJJJoyE
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience2

The food wasn’t as good as it use to be.

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ZacharyT
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Kat made our experience the best! She was super fun, and made sure that we were taken care of! Highly recommend the punch! Amazing!

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vipAnhO
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Lovely except scary part of town. Not sure I’ll return because of that.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall5food2service4ambience4

Bad raw tuna

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience5

I love this place. There food and drinks are awesome! However, they should really improve their service.

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Sj123
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Ambience was good for the most part but stars were lost when a homeless guy ran into the restaurant..twice.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience5

Despite having a reservation, had to wait 20+ min for table for four.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience3

It was nice, I think we were just tired

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vipjisforJoe
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Honestly a better option for drinks with the squad than trying to make The Dorian your dinner spot. Had a weird waiting situation to get seated for our reservation, but things were fine once we got underway.

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KyleR
Tampa
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I absolutely love this place. My preferred waitress is Kay. She’s wonderful. Only thing I’d change is to make the Frosè a little sweeter.

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AdreaC
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall1food3service3ambience1

I didn’t like the decor or the crowd. It seemed super contrived and it was way over price for basic food.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience1

Overall the place was extremely loud. If your going to be a bar that tries to be a restaurant, you should say that. A heads up that the noise level is so high that you can barely talk would have been nice.

The food was ok. The sliders were the best thing as well as the truffle fries. The mushroom appetizer was gross. I get the idea of trying to be trendy and deep frying maitake mushrooms but it just doesnt work. The sauce served with them was disgusting.

Our drinks were mediocre at best. The listing says it’s a whiskey bar which is why I made the reso. No one told us about whiskeys. There was 1 whiskey cocktail on the menu and everything else didn’t look appealing. The frosé was absolutely disgusting. I choked it down cause I ordered it. No sweetness at all and no flavor either. Topped off with nerds was just bizarre as well. The Manhattan my date ordered was basic and boring. Nothing special at all.

The service was as good as it could be with 1 server taking care of all the tables. Ppl were so close to us we could hear their conversation more than our own.

I definitely knew I made the wrong reso when someone ordered a punch bowl drink and the servers started screaming and shooting a blow torch in the air. This was a bar that served bar food. Not a restaurant. I would suggest playing lower music to begin and then at a certain time cranking up the music to be a more trendy place for just drinks.

The group next to us was sitting and more and more ppl were joining them at a long table. So many ppl came they were encroaching on our table. If I wanted to look at a wall of backs I could have just stared at a wall. The hostess should be controlling how many ppl are at a table and the bar.

Be ready for a very loud atmosphere!

Overall I was super disappointed!

JB
JustBrunch
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Just about everything was on point at The Dorian. Our waitress, Felicity was super delightful and I would be happy to be sat at one of her tables again. The food was beyond incredible and I cannot wait to return to try more of the items, brunch or other. The only disappointment was the fact that I had taken my friend here for her birthday. The hostess had mentioned a birthday celebration as I had initially put it in the reservation notes. After that, I was expecting an acknowledgement that never came. My friend had also overheard this mention and although she never said anything to me, may have been hoping for something as well. That said, we just will decide to choose another venue for any kind of life celebration as it certainly was not highlighted here.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome. Will keep coming back

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fantastic — great food, great service, really fun place!

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vipSFMajor
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Awful. I wont waste anymore of my time or words on this joke of an "eatery"

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vipAnniem926
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience2

The restaurant is really gorgeous and the menu fun and tasty. Unfortunately, my friend and I didn't expect there to be hip hop music blasting during brunch, so loud that we could barely have a conversation at our table without yelling, and the hostess had trouble hearing us. It's a fun place for sure, but don't go here for weekend brunch with someone you want to catch up with. Also the service was really spotty. Several large groups of girls dining and yelling, and our table was frequently neglected. We probably will not return even though the cocktails were delicious and food was delicious.

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vipCocktailLover
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best burgers in the city! We've been here a few times, and it is always a tremendous experience. Service is friendly and efficient. Fun, lively, and bustling atmosphere and a great looking crowd. On the weekends, the bar area gets very busy and is the place to be scene. Highly recommend the frose and the house-made cocktails, especially the fable of bees.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great vibe, great food, beautiful space, and really good service! DEFINITELY going back!

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MP123
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall1food4service1ambience4

Service on new years day was awful. Our waitress admitted she came directly from a party and didn't sleep after her 4 am shift. Requested a cup of coffee from two separate people and it took three asks to get it (after I received my food). Additionally, a guest in our party was vegetarian and requested a burrito with NO MEAT and they gave us a burrito with NO BEANS! On top of that, the management didn't comp the meal!

I'd stick to drinks only if you're ever considering brunch or a meal at the Dorian.

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vipjaniceog
Denver
63 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Kind of an odd place--funky decor. Service somewhat slow. Though the menu is limited, the food was excellent. Cocktails were expensive but interesting and good. No draft beer and very limited wine list. It is a fun place.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Love the venue!

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The Dorian does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats.

The Dorian is rated 4.3 stars by 213 OpenTable diners.

The Dorian does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://thedoriansf.giftcardsuite.com.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.