The Fountain

4.3
117 reviews
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$30 and under
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The Fountain Restaurant is the perfect place to start your day, offering locally sourced, seasonally-inspired Californian fare in a relaxing, casual atmosphere. Join us for breakfast to enjoy an extensive à la carte menu along with a buffet of breakfast favorites, or visit the Fountain for lunch to savor our signature sandwiches, soups and salads. On the weekends, the Fountain offers a lavish brunch buffet complete with classic dishes, local seafood and a delightful assortment of desserts, plus a full à la carte menu and the option to indulge in bottomless mimosas, Bloody Marys and rosé.
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RM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Paul was amazing he took very good care of us excellent service! We choose to have breakfast here before our play wicked at performing arts . We had a delicious Brunch with unlimited mimosa believe me Paul made sure are glasses stayed full excellent service made us feel so special for my birthday. Great location too for breakfast or any special event with friends. The chef even came out to ask us how everything was that’s never happened to me before I can’t wait to go back

LW
Sacramento
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food and service was very good, but pricey. $45 for the brunch buffet seems overboard. Regular menu items were in the $15 range which seems more reasonable, albeit on the higher side, for breakfast. They were attentive to my note about a member of our party with a soy allergy, which was nice to see.

OW
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kim the hostess is the best and deserves a raise!

Otis Watson

VI
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Special thanks to Gabriela and Alberto! Thank you so much for taking such good care of us and making my birthday so special!

OT
E. Tennessee
6 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Just get the buffet! Order your omelette or eggs however you like 'em and eat from the buffet as much as you like. They encourage you to do so!

w
Palm Springs
12 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a very pleasant breakfast at the Fountain. Good quality and quantity of food--the Eggs Benedict were tasty and the bowl of fresh berries was outstanding. Our server, Sergio, was wonderful--pleasant and very efficient.

SC
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was good and not too expensive. Lots for good choices. Service was excellent!

KI
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful experience for my birthday brunch. The food was fresh and wonderfully prepared. I especially loved the eggs Benedict as they were made to perfection! The prime rib roast was also another favorite. There was a great variety of options and the staff were incredibly helpful and on-point with excellent service. I look forward to returning for a future meal.

m
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

While the restaurant was good. A lot of people were sleepy, in their gym clothes with luggage. Felt like I was at the airport instead of a good breakfast place.
Service was very good. Everyone was friendly and nice.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Shocked to see gratuity added automatically to 3 ppl when usually it’s for a bigger group.

C
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

The food was good, and the space was bright and happy, but the server was officious, and kept hovering around as if listening to our conversation. His facial expression was also quite hardened and unhappy, like we owed him something. The table wasn't clean, and he didn't bring us enough syrup, juice refills, water, or even the basics. The price was also way too high, and the receipt wasn't itemized. Not good value, and the server was a jerk.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

All good. AC / Heating did not work. Would have been 5 stars otherwise.

The Fountain
Responded on June 18, 2019

Thank you very much for your review. I am sorry that the Ac/ Heating put a damper on a great experience. We will be sure to follow up with our team and make sure all aspects are 5 stars moving forward! -Arun Malik

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AT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Great location, wonderful service, okay food, a bit noisy for a breakfast meeting. Still ... a successful meeting gives it a glow. The hosts and servers are super-accommodating, so thank you!

PM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

Went here to try a different spot. The food was just alright, nothing spectacular. Opted not to have the buffet and had eggs Benedict. My son got eggs ranchero and looked good. He ate the whole thing. They have bottomless mimosa and body mary’s for $25.

CP
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The Fountain bunch was great. The only concern I have is that I did not get a confirmation on my reservation.

Regards,

Cathy Pike

K
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

We were the only customers in the restaurant and had very poor service; couldn't seem to get attention. Then the server couldn't answer our questions, which seemed odd. Food took a long time; drinks took a long time. There appeared to be a nice selection on the menu, and they were able to accommodate gluten free, which is a positive, but the food was not exceptional.

l
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Brunch choices not great. Small space around table. Bathroom dirty, service bad.

e
Sacramento
28 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

delightful birthday celebration at Sunday brunch. Great food and service, including accommodations for a toddler and small child.

SG
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great weekend brunch here. The nigiri sushi was delicious, as were many of the main entrees. The desserts were pretty and tasty. The bottomless mimosas were delicious.

VE
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 4

THE FOOD WASN'T VERY GOOD FOR THE MONEY. IT WAS TERRIBLY EXPENSIVE.

AC
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Best place for business meal in SJ Downtown! Good ambience, attentive staff and good food as well...

JW
Phoenix
29 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service! Quite so the ideal place to have a business breakfast or lunch.

M
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

They seemed to be quite understaffed when we were there so we had to wait a really long time for service. Once we did order beverages, it took a long time for them to come, and then it was another long time for them to take our food order. I had the brunch buffet. The food was very good, but they weren't keeping up on restocking the hot items. My husband's scramble was very bland. Overall, we were disappointed, especially for the price.

LS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and great food. A lovely experience.

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

This was our second time at The Fountain on New Year’s Day after staying at the Fairmont on New Year’s Eve. The special holiday buffet was great - plenty of tasty choices from fresh fruits to imported cheeses to sushi to country potatoes to swordfish! We were very happy with what we ate, however we found the wait for the omelettes and prime rib to be too long so we ended up missing out on that. The restaurant was also on the chilly side (this was at 10:30am), which made it a bit difficult to sit and relax even briefly after eating. Although we will likely return to the Fairmont again, I’m not sure whether we’ll return to the Fountain.

SS
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

My family had a wonderful holiday celebration/gift exchange /Sunday brunch at the Fountain.

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a lovely family Christmas gathering with a nice table by the window. We truly enjoyed our brunch at The Fountain.

t
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Food was mediocre and place was a bit noisy even though it wasn't super busy. Not terrible, just not great.

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

Service was extremely slow.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Wonderful brunch. I would have liked more offers to fill drinks; water, juice, coffee creamer. Otherwise good service overall.

AM
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The Sunday brunch was pretty good overall. The dessert and hot food was not as good as on some previous visits. Especially the desserts seemed to be significantly reduced from before. The fresh seafood and sushi/rolls was very good and fresh.

MC
Portland
16 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Fountain worked out great for our brunch with friends. The food was excellent as was the service. We felt very comfortable and relaxed and were pleased to be able to take our time visiting with friends.

CW
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Saturday Brunch - service was terrific, good variety of food at the buffet, dishes were delicious. The brunch and bottomless mimosa prices were high.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love celebrating my birthday here. Their huevos rancheros are the best I’ve had by far.

RA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

We originally picked the Fountain based on its Sunday Buffet. The buffet was looking "old" and half empty at 10 am. We opted for items off the menu, but the menu itself was relatively limited.

The waitress handed waters and juices across the table over people instead of walking to each seating. She broke a glass at a nearby table. The waiter himself was extremely impatient.

Overall horrible experience. I will never go back or recommend to a friend or family.

B
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The place is very beautiful and service is amazing. The Sunday Brunch was great with lots of choices and value.

AA
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

I had a chicken caesar salad that was one of the worst I have ever experienced. The lettuce was cut in wedges that were difficult to cut. There was almost no dressing on the lettuce and the worst feature was the chicken. The chicken included a drumstick attached (on a caesar salad?) and was so dry it was inedible. I took one bite and left the rest. A thoroughly disappointing lunch.

BS
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

My family was sick on Mother's Day, so we came here for a belated Mother's Day Brunch on Memorial Day. I was happy to find somewhere that had a buffet 7 days a week! The buffet options were good and tasty (omelet station, waffles, eggs, bacon, fruit, oatmeal, yogurt). Some extras they had were smoked salmon and cheeses. The price for food was okay, but a bottomless mimosa was $25! That is by far the most expensive I have ever seen a bottomless mimosa. My main issue is on ths day the fire alarm kept going off for about 1/3 of our meal. When I mentioned it to the manager, he apologized and blamed the kids there for a conference downtown. I was surprised they did not offer to comp something. It was really loud and we almost left because of it. Overall, a nice place if you want a buffet, but I would drink elsewhere!

TH
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed an early Mother’s Day luncheon with family. Our waiter Sergio was very attentive to our group of 6. The eggs Benedict were excellent. The decaf coffee was fresh and our “ appetizer” waffle with fruit and maple syrup was delicious. Overall, it was a lovely dining experience.

LZ
Austin
21 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We went for Saturday for brunch. There are two choices: buffer or menu. Because no many choice, so we ordered from breakfast menus. My husband ordered Omelet with top : avocado, bacon and mushroom. $17. Tast was good. I asked that was bakery basket and the waiter said he don’t know what have today. I ordered The bakery basket , which were croissant and muffin. $7. Coffee was $5 a cup, can refill.

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