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.
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.
Great food, awesome service.
Remembering lost ones
Sauces repeated on us and were too sweet. Worst meals for all five of us.
Cocktails were good as a positive
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!
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.
Done about town with a group of friends
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).
Really nice experience with great service
Super cute vibe & aesthetic with delicious snacks & cocktails. This place is perfect for a ladies Brunch/Happy Hour!
Friendly service, great food, amazing cocktails
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!
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.
Server was amazing. Food mediocre. Loud and a bunch of really loaded people at the bar. Fun place but not for families imho.
Nice quiet corner booth as requested. Friendly accommodating wait staff
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.
The food wasn’t as good as it use to be.
Kat made our experience the best! She was super fun, and made sure that we were taken care of! Highly recommend the punch! Amazing!
Lovely except scary part of town. Not sure I’ll return because of that.
Bad raw tuna
I love this place. There food and drinks are awesome! However, they should really improve their service.
Ambience was good for the most part but stars were lost when a homeless guy ran into the restaurant..twice.
Despite having a reservation, had to wait 20+ min for table for four.
It was nice, I think we were just tired
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.
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.
I didn’t like the decor or the crowd. It seemed super contrived and it was way over price for basic food.
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!
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.
Awesome. Will keep coming back
Everything was fantastic — great food, great service, really fun place!
Awful. I wont waste anymore of my time or words on this joke of an "eatery"
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.
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.
Great vibe, great food, beautiful space, and really good service! DEFINITELY going back!
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.
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.
Love the venue!
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.