Red Dog

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305 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Chef Lauren Kiino brings her distinctive style of approachable, inventive farm-to-table California cuisine to SOMA. Taking advantage of the Bay Area's outstanding quality and variety of meats and produce, she incorporates local ingredients into dishes inspired by flavors from Italy and across the U.S. In perfect counterpoint, the 20 seat bar offers craft beer, a well curated wine program, and on-point modern and classic cocktails.

Expect a decidedly diner-friendly environment: comfortable and welcoming, with complementary modern and rustic touches.
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4.0
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3.9
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MS
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Love the brunch

A
San Francisco
82 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I think the wait staff in the kitchen were stretched a little thin. Waited to order and to get our food. . But otherwise everything was really good. I’d return.

c
Atlanta
97 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a wonderful brunch sitting outside in the cool summer morning in San Francisco.

GR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Our table was not ready upon arrival. We waited nearly 10 minutes once seated for a waiter and only received one once I asked. After the food arrived the waiter did not return to check on us. The music was blasting over our heads, but they did turn it town when I asked. Overall the food was good, but they need to either add service staff or improve on attending patrons.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food and quick

HB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

I have previously dined at Red Dog and had a disappointing service experience. But, the food was OK so I chalked it up to an off-day.

I recently came back for a business lunch. Our server was slow to greet us and take drink orders, but eventually came and we put our orders in. The food also took a long time to arrive.

Two of my colleagues ordered salads topped with fried chicken. Which, is printed on the menu. Our server said 'OK' and took their orders down. When the meals arrived, their salads were topped with what looked like boiled chicken with no seasoning. One of them asked if they could have fried chicken instead on the side. The server responded, "that's no longer on the menu". Weird, because it was plainly printed on the menu AND is on the menu that is on their website right now. And, she said nothing when they both ordered salads with a fried chicken add-on.

Another of my colleagues ordered a sandwich with chips and got fries. Not a huge deal. But yet another ordered the salmon dish cooked medium well. The fish was still raw in the middle. I had a pasta bowl of the day. It was fusilli with a mushroom bolognese sauce. It was fine, but not good or great, and at the very least not offensive as my fellow diners dishes were. Had our server been back to our table to refill waters or check in or expressed any interest in how our meals were, we might have complained. But, we figured it was better to just get out.

After one unimpressive experience and one that was plainly bad, we will not be back. There are too many very good lunch options in SoMA to spend my money on 1) food that's not good or accurate, 2) service that doesn't care.

AJ
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

Literally ONE entree on the menu was available on a Wednesday night at 6 PM. And maybe half the appetisers. Had the distinct feeling the restaurant was not stocking the kitchen (or the bar... barely any bottles on the shelves) in advance of a closing. Besides the extremely disappointing dining experience overall the food was nothing special. The wait staff was congenial but I felt badly for them as they were the ones on the front lines letting folks know the kitchen had nothing to serve.

L
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

They argued about our order at the server station long enough for most of it to be very cold when it arrived. Sad place, not very well run, serving decent airport bar style food.

GA
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Comfy booth and great combination of drinks/dinner for a work meal

CR
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place, very accommodating despite our extremely large party.

h
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Not mad at this place, but the service was slow. Tempeh BLT was just above average.

S
Raleigh
14 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Came on rainy day lunch during conference. Empty when arrived but as soon as other people showed up waiter was not very attentive. Place was never very busy but waiter Forgot part of order. Food was fine but given number of great places in SF no need to go back to place.

MS
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Love this place. It’s a neighborhood staple

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Most delicious burger I’ve had in a long while! And the chicken sandwich and bowl were enjoyed by others in our party. Would definitely have lunch here again.

OT
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food and easy to make a reservation. Not crazy crowded like most weekend brunch spots.

BW
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We showed up for our 8:45 reservation to be told they had already closed. They didn't appear to know we had a reservation, and seemed surprised when we told them we had one. While they did offer us a glass of wine while we figured out other options, we declined. We live just around the corner and will likely not return to a restaurant that honors neither it's hours nor reservations.

RJ
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Had a good late brunch and drinks before a Sunday game. Everything was delicious and the service was great.

C
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We will go again. Convenient location and very good menu.

JE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was good food. I liked the burger. five stars

FT
New England
42 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

A limited menu but I was able to find a very healthy Salmon entree . I sat at the bar and the two bartenders were attentive. It can get noisy , especially during happy hour.

OT
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

My partner and I went for Sunday brunch. I made reservations for 10:30. When we arrived there was only 2 tables occupied. I was surprised as the restaurant we dined at the day before had an hour wait. The waitress was very kind. Our meals arrived promptly, my partner and I were leery about the food due to the lack of customers, however to our delight it was very good.

TL
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I like the ambiance at Red Dog -- clean lines, casual and not too loud. In the past, the service has been very slow, but was pretty good yesterday. Sadly, the food -- pea soup (mine) and market veggie bowl (my friend's) were so mediocre. Boo. The beer bread with sweet butter was delicious!

ML
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Loved the vegetarian chili!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, friendly staff and an overall great vibe! Red Dog is a must.

CS
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I love the farm vegetable rice bowl. Perfect lunch option.

JR
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

You took my reservation and when I arrived. You were closed for a private party. No notice, no warning. Not coming back. I gave you notice.

ET
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Our server was amazing and on point. She brought everything we needed xactly when we needed it. Our water and coffee were always refilled . I had the chicken with gravy and biscuit and it was delicious! I will definitely go back

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Service is super slow, took 20 minutes just to have somebody come and take our order

c
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice option for dinner and a beer before Giants game or event at Att Park. 15 minutes from BART.

G
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

I had dined here with my daughter for dinner. The menu selection is limited and the food quality was just ok. The service was poor especially given the fact that it wasn't busy at all since it was a Tuesday evening. The chicken wing appetizer I ordered had to be returned because it was undercooked. My daughter had the pork belly lettuce cup and it was good but not special. I am sure that I won't be returning to this place for dinner. I might try it for lunch though

DB
San Francisco
103 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I've been to Red Dog many times and have never been disappointed by anything there. This visit was by far the best service I've had. Our server's name was Johnny and usually works at their sister restaurant but was covering a shift. He was great. Our food was served quickly and arrived hot. He was also very accommodating about one addition we wanted to make.

I'll be back to Red Dog again soon and will also visit Local Kitchen and Wine Merchant, the sister restaurant.

s
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Late happy hour ending at 7pm plus good service and convenient location between BART and CalTrain makes RedDog the perfect location to meet with friends on a weeknight.

L
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing brunch menu
quick service
food quality is amazing

L
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was amazing service quick and attentive. mimosas were amazing and French toast as well

k
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

the food was well composed and delicious. great salad and pasta although the menus was a bit limited. we stood waiting an unusually long time to get seated and then another 10 minutes before a server arrived for even water. the staff was pleasant but service was below expectations. there is a large bar area and then seating across the front of the restaurant. the atmosphere is more tavern/bar than restaurant. maybe it would have been better on a different night, we were there on a Wednesday.

JH
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and excellent food for brunch. Hadn't been there before but was meeting someone staying in a nearby hotel....so glad I found it. Very enjoyable and have already recommended to friends.

WG
New England
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Solid spot

T
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

I was less-than pleased with our experience here. We came in for a 45 minute business lunch and waited the entire length of time to receive our food. It was so delayed that we weren't able to eat there and had to take it to-go, which means we spent 45 minutes waiting for a takeout box. Once we got upstairs to the office and opened the lunches, they were very poorly done. I ordered a greek salad, which actually ended up being bitter romaine, a single kalamata olive, some fat-attached chicken and red onion - not the quality expected from a $19 salad.
This really isn't the place to be unless you're looking for a cheap drink after work.

OT
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Everything was fine with our dinner there. The chicken I had and the soup were flavorful and good. Service was good, but the restaurant was pretty quiet when we were in there. I would return again if I was in the area.

FR
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

I have eaten here many times and generally been pleased with the experience. Every place has off days. The food arrived cold, which is really problematical when fries are involved. That said, the server was very nice, and when my friend mentioned it was my birthday, they comped us a lovely dessert. So I'll be back, I just hope next time to catch them on a better day.

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