The Dorian

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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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RD
San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

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).

OT
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Really nice experience with great service

RP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

S
Calgary
9 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly service, great food, amazing cocktails

MC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good ambiance

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 2

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.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect spot

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

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

MF
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Nice quiet corner booth as requested. Friendly accommodating wait staff

OT
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

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.

JJ
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

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

ZT
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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

AO
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 2service 4ambience 4

Bad raw tuna

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

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

S
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

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

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 5

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

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

It was nice, I think we were just tired

J
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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.

KR
Tampa
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

AC
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 3ambience 1

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

OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

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
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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.

OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome. Will keep coming back

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

SF
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

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

A
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

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.

CL
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

MP
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 4

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.

j
Denver
58 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

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.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Love the venue!

s
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Really mediocre brunch. Here’s the thing- you’re not my doctor. And to cook eggs with no seasoning- like none-and then have to beg for salt and pepper- well that just about sums the place up. Salmon Benedict? Oops no salmon today. Not sure how this place stays busy. Cos it’s not the food. Service was so much better than the food. So I will give them that.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Service was spectacular! Food was fine, drinks were great, had a blast.

D
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

I had a blast having a Sunday birthday brunch here, but it was more because of the company I had rather than the restaurant. First of all, we were seated in a lounge area with the seats being a couch and foot rest stools and the table being a chest/coffee table. That was really not ideal for eating, especially with a party of 6. The food portions were also ridiculously tiny. Never have I paid so much for hash and received so little food. Very disappointing. Tasted just okay, nothing special. I got a free birthday apple crumble which was a nice gesture, but everyone agreed that it did not taste good. The flavor wasn't there, and the apples were not cooked through. Because of this experience, I will not return for food, just late night drinks since it's a fun bar. Key takeaways: poor value, too expensive, tiny portions, mediocre food.

M
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

Food was cold when we received it and took way to long.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

The server and staff was very friendly and accommodating. The deviled eggs were delicious. The beignets were awesome. The fried chicken sliders left were over cooked and dry. The thing that was “bad” was the music. It was so loud the staff couldn’t hear us with our voices raised. It was early kid 2000’s rap which I love but it was so loud I couldn’t hear myself think. Like a club late in a Saturday night. Not at brunch on a Saturday.

I would not recommend

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 1

Way way way too loud. We couldn’t hear each other at all because they were bumping club music when we just wanted a nice dinner. We also had reservations but still had to wait 30 mins before being seated. We won’t be returning.

T
San Francisco
54 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

small food menu but the burger was delicious as was the seafood cioppino!

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