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The Dorian

4.6
292 Reviews
$30 and under
American
A neighborhood supper club serving modern pub 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. 

Due to SF Covid 19 mandate, we are open for outdoor dining, take-out, and delivery only. We encourage reservations, but also welcome walk-up diners.
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 292 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.6
service
4.5
ambience
4.3
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipBellaB
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Server Louis was great! Nice table on Chestnut under the heater. Hostess? She nearly spit at us when we checked in, as if we were creating an undue burden on her by asking for a table under a heater. Her eyeball rolling, exasperation, and “I have other customers” was worthy of never returning. But Louis was amazing and food decent. So worth another shot maybe.

LL
vipLiveLaughLoveNDance
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The Dorian is a great place for a social get together, enjoy their famous breakfast cocktails, and menu tends to be vibrant. This felt like an off day, even with us respecting masking guidelines order requests (e.g. how eggs were requested) being missed, lack of water/coffee refill options... With all that, we will absolutely be back because restaurants are absolutely juggling their best, the food is good and with a hat of patience vs. what we might have expected say Feb 2020, it is worth coming to. Here is to supporting places we like so they can stay in business so we can keep enjoying them.

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MariaS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dorian is our favorite! Best drinks, best service, and really tasty food. Their outdoor setup is probably the best I've seen in the city

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Rachele
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience2

Cold on their outdoor eating; no space with sun

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Dining in SF outdoors always gonna be a hit/miss experience with respect to temperature. Nice to be out, and love that they’ve found a way to accommodate so many people in a socially distanced way. But damn. That seat by the door was chilly in a typically mid-50s evening in SF. Find a seat by a heater, if you can.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great!

AK
AnnieK
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Valentines date here. We got a great table with the view of the Bay and a great server! The oysters were super fresh and yummy, and the truffle fries with the homemade sauces were to die for! Very fresh and fluffy. Also tried the ahi tacos which were okay and the flat bread with hummus was okay as well. Deviled eggs were good as well. I got to the espresso martini for the first time and i enjoyed it! Will def be back and thank u Dorian for such a great outing!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall3food1service3ambience4

The waiter was nice and you could tell he was working hard; however, it looked like he had too many tables to take care of for just himself and was overwhelmed. He would forget things, take a long time to come back, and charged us the wrong amount after we looked at the bill and gave out credit card.

The food quality was very disappointing. For the cost, it was definitely not worth it. The breakfast burrito was cold and the rice was undercooked. It’s called the “Billionaire’s Bacon Breakfast Burrito” and had only a few 1x1cm pieces of bacon throughout the whole burrito. The potatoes it came with were also bland and burned, not crispy, just burned. The crab cake Benedict came with only 1 crab cake and 1 egg, over 2 pieces of very stale, chewy toast. Beneath the Benedict was pieces of grape fruit and a random mix of raw herbs like mint, cilantro, basil, etc. The Benedict should of came with more for it’s cost. The overall flavor of the Benedict was good, but the quality and amount was poor.

I would not come back here for brunch again. Their drinks are good though.

DK
DanielK
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall2food4service3ambience3

We were seated at a far table away from everyone else by the mail box. It was as nice as where the other couples were being seated. The food was good though

OT
OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was great

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Not a fan of this place. The waiter seemed to forget about us and my table waited for 45 min before we got our food. I remember even asking where our food was when they “checked in” with us to see if we needed anything... no just our main entree would be great. My steak frites was a plate of fries with just a small piece of meat. Basically a dinner of fries. The deviled eggs was just one half of the egg for $2.50. Not even the other half of the egg! I don’t understand how this place is highly rated...

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vipZacW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food was OK, but for the price I expected more. The service was good and the vibe was good.

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dope neighborhood joint w GREAT drinks, including frośe for those warmer days.

ML
MalcolmL
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, drink and an awesome view down Filmore exposing the Bay.

TN
vipTylerN
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great brunch! Loved the crabcake Benedict. Honestly I only knew the Dorian for drinks so I was really impressed by the food too. I can’t believe I’d never eaten here before. Can’t wait to come back once dining reopens!

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vipjeffk
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance, excellent drinks. Wonderful food. Their parklets are amazing. Would dine again!

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Rachele
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very covid safe! Cute set up and delicious food 😊

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

The bathroom doesn't have any paper towels to open the door. Not cool during covid!! Please fix that. We requested a table with a heater and were moved. Tipped the host $10 for the accommodation :-)

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food & service !

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time to the Dorian and everything was amazing! We had seating outdoors so of course there’s the street noise but otherwise, it was great. Heaters were on and it was comfortable.

Food and drinks are amazing! I would like to return and hopefully be able to try everything on the menu.

SF
SFoodie
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

After booking on OT a week in advanced I even called the restaurant to confirm that my reservation was specifically for INDOOR dining and they replied yes. But lo and behold they played me and ended up sitting outdoors on the sidewalk. On top of that I asked for a medium cooked filet mignon and got rare 😡

OT
OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We made dinner reservations for Halloween night at The Dorian in San Francisco. The restaurant is located on the Marina's commercial strip on Chestnut Street. On this particular night all the restaurants in this area were hopping and busy! When I booked a time slot at Open Table it gave an option for their standard of only Outdoor Seating but they had limited capacity for indoor dining so we requested it and was accommodated immediately. We were given the only seats facing the huge bar so traffic was busy... it's okay, we didn't mind.

The menu for this particular Restaurant Week appealed to me. $40/ea for an appetizer, entree and a dessert. Hubby and I chose the following:

Appetizer: Dorian Caesar Salad (me), Beet Tartare
Entrée: Prime Rib each for the both of us
Dessert: Chocolate Decadence (me), Coconut Gelato with toppings

Our dinner was delicious and very filling... that prime rib was huge and cooked to perfection! Service was great. We were tended by two wait staff and between the two of them we were served nicely.

All Covid-19 safety precautions and guidelines were in place. Menus were scanned by a QR Code thru smart phones for a contactless experience. Masks must be worn and only taken off while eating/drinking. Social distancing maintained in common areas with extra spaces between tables.

Dress code is casual but on Halloween night many folks (mostly the younger crowd) were out in costumes and the scenery was active, live and full of people. Great music playing in the background. They served American pub fare and did I mention they had a huge bar!

Parking can be challenging around Chestnut and Lombard Streets but there is a paid garage at Pierce Street (between Chestnut and Lombard). Muni 30 bus line travels directly through Chestnut, but it can be extremely crowded and slow... I recommend taking an Uber or a taxi to make your arrival a little less hassle.

JN
JNkk
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

very short wine list. Food awful. Tables located dense.

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LysR
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience3

The flavors were great and the best part of the meal by far. Our prime rib steaks were cold twice so I think I won't be getting that again. The desserts were a little too rich also. Service wasn't great. When our steaks came out cold the first time, we didn't see our server for about 10 minutes. She also didn't know really anything about the wines she had. Could name varietals but nothing else. For the price, I wouldn't recommend this restaurant since there are many better ones in the area.

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience3

Outdoor dining area is a little cramped, but this is a cute date night spot. My fiancé had to send his burger back because it was extremely soggy, and they comped it for us. Service has always been stellar.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place with delicious drinks, food, and service.

JB
JoeyB
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The Dorian has a great setup outside - folks were pretty respectable, food was good as always. I would not eat inside if I were you.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent birthday brunch

PB
PriyaB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great place to dine, especially during covid. The staff was very attentive, accommodating, and got us seated right away. They have a lot of outdoor dining space for a restaurant in the city. The food was delicious and the ambience was even better. I can’t wait to come back when indoor dining is safe again!

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Chloe
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was really good but portions were very small for how expensive it was. Drinks were great and service was great as well.

RM
vipRMarina
San Francisco
56 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Outside tables on Fillmore Street were closed so we were sat at a rickety round metal table on curb. Server was nice and food was good but fish and chips portion was rather small, just three pieces of fish and an abundance of fries which were only half consumed.

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vipDeeanaO
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor space. Good food! Fun times.

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vipSarahmarah2
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Great food. Desert menu was limited and prices of wine were high when compared to specialty cocktails. Overall a decent place.

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Rajath
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great truffle fries and amazing bourbon drink. Service was amazing too. Will visit again.

SR
SeanRNob
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great place. Had great customer service, they practiced COVID rules, food was awesome. Had a decent beer recommendation since my personal choices weren’t available.
I will come back in the future.

CB
ColinB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A little expensive, but other than that, everything was fantastic. We sat outside under heat lamps and avoided the wind because of partitions. The atmosphere on the sidewalk in the marina was lovely. The food and cocktails were just phenomenal. Service was friendly and attentive.

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

The host had a little issue with setting us down at the available table. She first stated that there was a reservation for that table with the heater that we wanted to sit and she then set us down there regardless of what she said 2min ago. It made us a little uncomfortable.

KT
KathyT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Chris was fantastic — he managed the covid experience very well — was attentive & super personable, made us feel very welcome & we would recommend to others wanting a nice brunch with appropriate spacing & covid compliance.

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vipmissioneater
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The outdoor area we were seated at had not been cleaned and had some trash and used on masks on the floor.

m
vipmike
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Classic Chestnut St. scene......great food, service, and atmosphere.

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You can order delivery directly from The Dorian using the Order Online button. The Dorian also offers delivery in partnership with Caviar, Postmates and Uber Eats. The Dorian also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 814-2671.

The Dorian is rated 4.6 stars by 292 OpenTable diners.

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

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.