The Dorian

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223 reviews
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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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What 223 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.2
Food
4.4
Service
4.3
Ambience
4.1
Value
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipElknight66
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2018
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience2

Food good! Noise / music bordering on unbearable.

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BettyA
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2018
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience1

TOO NOISY!!! It was very difficult to carry on a conversation. Our wait staff was wonderful though. The drinks were good, the food okay.

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was amazing, and the service was just as wonderful. We will definitely be coming back here! Make sure to get the Frose!

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DanB
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love love love this place. New favorite for 2018
Service was prompt and attentive. Food was delicious. We went for the cocktail list, which did not disappoint.

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vipHeidiK
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2018
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Place was packed but the service was outstanding. Our waiter was really top notch and really friendly. The food was also really delicious. The only complaint was th insane amount of music playing. I asked them to turn it down which they did but the music was just too much. Maybe the bass was just too intense for the time we went.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2018
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Love the frosé and truffle fries !

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2018
Overall1Food2Service5Ambience5

Went for their Tuesday special for oysters. Got there right when they opened only to tell us they didn’t have oysters for the day. Only had over priced drinks

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vipMike
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on 29 April 2018
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience3

Terrible service. Were given an attitude by the hostess when our table wasn’t ready as scheduled, and we were completely ignored for 20+ minutes before anyone took our order. Drinks were delivered after our meals, and no side items accompanied the meal. Total miss

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vipjane
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2018
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Very noisy and food just average but our server was great. Gave us free tastes of the Froze when I mentioned it which was very thoughtful. Also gave good recommendations.

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vipConorS
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2018
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience1

We came here for lunch a couple of weeks ago and had an unfortunate experience. Given that I had been here to enjoy their delicious brunch previously, I thought for sure we'd have the same awesome experience for a late lunch/early dinner - we were quickly proven wrong.

1.) Music was BLARING ; we were in a tight booth with 5 of us screaming face to face.
2.) 5 of us were squeezed into a booth that could barely hold 4 - incredibly uncomfortable.
3.) The server was CLUELESS. She forgot to bring one of our appetizers and finally did after reminding her several times.
4.) Food and drinks were OK, but the overall experience really soiled this part for us.

I understand this is more of a bar-type environment than a restaurants, but come ON!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 14 April 2018
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience5

Food was well priced and very good. I ordered the chicken sliders which were crispy and perfect. The truffle fries were excellent as well. We had a large party of 6, the music was fun but it was very difficult to have a conversation. The service was not great.. waited a long time to get drinks and the place wasn’t busy. Also some of the crowd was completely wasted so it’s an interesting vibe.

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ThuyT
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2018
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Really great service and ambiance. The food was so good! LOVED the pretzel :)

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 24 March 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and drink were awesome and great service! Love the Frose.

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Sidney
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2018
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Absolutely loved this place! Had the fried chicken; chicken was very moist and tasty, while the biscuit went well with the pairing! The mimosa experience was cute and fun for a Sunday brunch with the girls. We're definitely going back again, this time to try the dinner menu!

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vipLisaL
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2018
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

It was a bit loud but food was alright, also didn’t have the highest expectations. Loved the Brussel Sprouts though.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2018
Overall2Food3Service3Ambience3

Food was cold and not seasoned properly. Waiter made us seem like he was doing us a favor by waiting on us.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on 3 March 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great small plates

JM
vipJimM
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2018
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great brunch place on Chestnut

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Very positive

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The design and decor is very creative and exciting- a cool homage to the Victorian Dorian Gray fused with modern street. The ambience is laid back and enjoyable. It was my wife’s and my anniversary and we couldn’t have had a better treat. The staff was fantastic and the food exceeded my most profuse superlatives. It was- in consensus with my wife- the best meal we’ve ever had from start to finish. We had a soup, meat and cheese plate with peppers, honey, jam and bread, burrata salad (my wife’s favorite), salmon plate and short rib for entrees and blood orange chocolate cake. It was delectable to the last morsel. Also the cocktails were excellent too. I can’t gush enough about this place. 10 out of 5 stars! Seriously!

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vipDanielleA
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2018
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience2

Mediocre food, hostess had a bad attitude, server was unfriendly , and the noise level was too loud. Fine for a drink, but that’s it .

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2018
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience5

Some great dishes: duck wings, the burger, & pork belly buns.

Unfortunately the decent food was overshadowed by slow service and a mishap with payment.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on 27 January 2018
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

all in all, a good dining experience that delivered on tasty food, solid service and eye-appealing decor. pretty loud, but a nice spot that balances a tempting menu with bar scene and drinks.

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vipLovestoeat66
San Francisco
44 reviews
Dined on 27 January 2018
Overall1Food2Service2Ambience1

I would never go back here. It was so noisy we had to yell across the table to be heard. The waiter couldn't describe one of the items on the menu. And because our dishes were ready at different times, my friend's dish which was ready first came to the table cold. And cold eggs benedict is not very good.

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StephanieP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 23 January 2018
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Going away party

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 21 January 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great brunch. Everything was to die for, including cocktails. Service was super speedy. Loved it!

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BHat
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 20 January 2018
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

We had the long table up front for 8 people and it was a good space for us. It's very loud in there so don't expect to hear someone at the other end, while still yelling at the person right next to you but we got by. Good people watching from that spot. The food and drinks are great, cocktails especially, they kept surprising us. We had to wait a while for food but they had two large private parties also going on so we gave them a break. All-in-all I would recommend it for a good spot for a group.

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vipSauceress
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 20 January 2018
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

We had to wait for a table even with a reservation but the hostess was lovely about the wait and checked in with us frequently and brought us some fries to stave off the hunger. Food was great. Overall would definitely come back again but make a reservation!

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vipAhi4me
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2017
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The service was attentive and the food was just right!

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vipMillValleyFoodie
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2017
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

The Dorian was a perfect spot for a holiday celebration with girlfriends. The only complaint would be the extreme noise level since we were seated in the bar area. The excellent food items we had were: deviled eggs, truffle fries, Brussels sprouts, crab cakes and desserts. Our waiter was very sweet and on top of things. Would recommend this spot for a fun group dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2017
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

The food was great, but it was way way too loud. We couldn't hear each other and ended up rushing through the delicious meal.

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KateB
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2017
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

I mostly didn't like this place due to the clientèle and location. If you like the Marina crowd and those who like to drink bottomless Mimosa's, then this would be a good place for you. The food was okay. I had the Farmer's Scramble. The vegetables were good. I couldn't taste any dressing on the salad. The bathroom was so dark. Really, that was ridiculous. Ever woman that entered commented about it. I gave myself extra time to park but it wasn't nearly enough and ended up at the parking garage. Unfortunately, they were cash only at the time. Overall, a very unpleasant experience.

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vipCocktailsnFood
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2017
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful, delightful and fun brunch at Dorian! We've been here before for dinner, but haven't recently for brunch. By far the best brunch menu in the Marina, and the new cocktail menu was also a gem. Service was outstanding. This place was bumping as early as 11:30am, so suggest to make reservations! Also highly recommend this as an evening cocktail spot with friends as the atmosphere/crowd type is very fun!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2017
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fun music, good food, great service, nice ambiance

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Selina
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2017
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

5 stars for Hector (but also the entire place)! I had brunch here for my birthday and it was AMAZING!! Hector who was my server gave awesome food recommendations. He even stuck a candle to the glass of the mimosa, which was super sweet. Wouldn't have spent my birthday any other way!

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vipMarieHelene
San Francisco
77 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2017
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Everybody in the party enjoyed their dish. The service is outstanding. Very good quality/price value. Nice seating for big parties.

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EllieM
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2017
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

Food was great! Service was slow, but the food made up for it...as well as good company! FROZE was AMAZING! 100% have to try it out and get the chicken sliders or chicken and biscuits for breakfast....maybe even ask if they can make them into sliders...if you are lucky! AMAZING!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2017
Overall1Food1Service3Ambience1

Was very surprised by the poor experience, as the restaurant has good reviews. Made a reservation a month in advance and restaurant failed to tell us the dining room would be closed for a private event. We were sat at a booth by the bar, which was overcrowded and rowdy. Nearly slipped walking to the table as there were split drinks around the bar. Could not hear the person across the 4 top table. Frose machine was broken and food was not good. Honestly would say the food was the worst I have had in SF over the past 2 years.

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2017
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience4

We had reservation for over a week. We were placed next to a table who had a young child watching an ipad on the loudest volume possible. I requested to be moved to another 2 top which was across the room. The hostess said it would require "a lot of moving around" on her computer screen and would effect other reservations. She was incredibly dismissive, unwilling to help, and just downright rude. We ate our entire meal, paid the bill, and walked out the door before anyone else took a seat at that table we requested to move to. Unacceptable!

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2017
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Started at the bar for a drink, then moved to a booth for dinner. Attentive service and great food. Had a glass of red, the Napa cab which was great also.

FAQs

The Dorian does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. The Dorian also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 814-2696.

The Dorian is rated 4.4 stars by 223 OpenTable diners.

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

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.