Red Dog

4.2
282 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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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.

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

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

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JR
1 review
Dined on January 26, 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.

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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

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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

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c
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on January 4, 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.

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G
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on November 7, 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

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DB
San Francisco
98 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.

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s
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 30, 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.

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

Amazing brunch menu
quick service
food quality is amazing

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L
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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k
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on October 18, 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.

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JH
San Francisco
19 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.

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

Solid spot

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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.

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OT
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on July 29, 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.

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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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CF
Dallas
18 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We waited quite a while at the front to be seated and no one ever came up. We checked ourselves in and then sat at the bar. Food was good and service at the bar was pretty good too. Looked like the staff were a bit overwhelmed.

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RN
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 4

The service was very slow, the food was tasty but served cold.

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OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Went for lunch, didn’t even see the wait staff for the first 20 minutes, which was okay since we were not in a hurry. Ordered the Marin Sun Farms burger...sounded fantastic but it was disappointing at best. The cheese was tasteless, the burger was dry and wildly over cooked. I know how great MSF beef is because I buy it and make burgers with it regularly, but what the kitchen staff did to this burger should not be encouraged.

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FI
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

The service was slow and felt very off.

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PS
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Stopped inafter a trip to a museum. Our waiter was training a newbie so was a bit distracted. First order of fries was burnt to a crisp,but they rectified it quickly and with a smile. Excellent new bourbon cocktails, would return must for those.

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t
San Francisco
57 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice place to enjoy the outside park. Good food, good service and of course good drinks.

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M
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place for our double date night! Good Happy Hour bites selection and a few cocktails to choose from. The service was excellent, nice and calm for a week night. They made our friends' birthday celebration extra special by bringing out a cake for them to share! Can't wait to go back, would def recommend!

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CS
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was fresh and yummy. Good for a casual business lunch but slightly pricey. Over $100+ for 3 diners (no alcohol) - 2 apps, 3 entree's. I really liked the the vegetable rice bowl. Very spicy but comforting.

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CG
New England
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

Good food. My only complaint is that their menu didn't match (at all) what we received when we arrived. I was dissapointed none of what I planned out to order was on the menu. This should be updated ASAP.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Terrible, fussy, upselling waitstaff wouldn’t provide soda water. One dude, I literally have no idea what combo of drugs he was on. Chicken in my salad was riddled with skin and cartilage. An embarrassment.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a toddler with us and the restaurant was so kind to us the whole time. Very happy with the service. They seemed quite happy to see the cute kid!

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AA
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Perfect spot to eat before a Giants game!

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OT
New England
16 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Awesome breakfast! Great menu options and flavors.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Overpriced for the food selection offered. More meat offering expected. Buffets usually include a drink so the $5 for that brought more disappointment.

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J
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

My friend and I really loved the outdoor patio seating with the fountains and lights surrounding us, quite a refuge from the city life around us. We also enjoyed our drinks (she got a custom one with more sweetness and I got a delicious IPA.

We decided to share some of the appetizers on the Happy Hour Menu -- what a great deal! We got the pork sliders & fried chicken sliders -- really perfectly crispy and juicy. We also enjoyed the asparagus and beer bread (they had to substitute Brussel sprouts with asparagus since they had run out, unfortunately).

Overall a great time and I'd happily come here again after work with friends.

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JR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Should apply some sound abatement. Too noisy.

Staff and food are excellent.

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AM
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service was on point. Welcoming environment.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

The service was the worst I’ve had in years. The waitress didn’t come to check on us or take our order for close to 20min after we were seated. Then after we placed our order for drinks and food it was another 20min before our waitress brought drinks, except it was 2 coffees for the next table (we ordered 2 bottles of sparkling water). After we told her it was almost 10more min before we got our water. Food arrived another 10min later. We were only a party of 2 and our orders weren’t complicated. Food was ok but not great but the overall experience was incredibly slow.

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C
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Was here for business gathering and was great location. Staff weren’t very attentive, only complaint.

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SP
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

We were able to conduct business over lunch but staff knew when to provide service !

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BR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service - very charming and helpful. Delicious lunch food, with comfort food and healthier options. Didn't have a drink, but the selections looked very good. Perhaps I'll return for dinner.

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C
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Met some friends for brunch. I didn't know the area so I went by the reviews others had left. I was not disappointed. Our waiter was wonderful, very friendly and helpful. One friend had some dietary restrictions, but it was not problem. Our server made suggestions for substitutions. We all loved our food - very flavorful and very well executed. It was not very crowded on a weekend. We were catching up and did not feel rushed at all. Very good experience. If I'm in the area, I will definitely go back.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Friendly staff, decent food.

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