The Dorian

4.6
273 reviews
$30 and under
American
A neighborhood supper club serving modern pub 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. 

We are open for outdoor dining only. We reserve 50% of our tables outdoors for reservations. All parties of 8 or more require a minimum spend.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 273 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.4
Food
4.5
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.2
Value
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83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipAnhO
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall5Food2Service4Ambience4

Bad raw tuna

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall3Food5Service3Ambience5

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

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Sj123
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience2

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

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience3

It was nice, I think we were just tired

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vipjisforJoe
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

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.

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KyleR
Tampa
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

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AdreaC
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall1Food3Service3Ambience1

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

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience1

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!

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JustBrunch
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome. Will keep coming back

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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vipSFMajor
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience3

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

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vipAnniem926
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience2

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.

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vipCocktailsnFood
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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vipMP123
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2019
Overall1Food4Service1Ambience4

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.

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vipjaniceog
Denver
63 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

Love the venue!

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vipscotia626
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience3

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

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

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Danielle
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience4

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.

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Mack
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall2Food1Service3Ambience2

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

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience2

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall2Food3Service4Ambience1

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.

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vipTrsn
San Francisco
54 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience4

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

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vipHhoek
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2018
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Tuesday Night Rocks and Rose was super fun! The special is 1/2 off Rose and Oysters. We shared that and split a Burger and Truffle Fries. YUM!

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vipstetsoninc
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Fun environment and great service from our waitress Sydney.

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vipCocktailsnFood
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We came here for dinner on Wednesday night, and the food and drinks were delicious. The Dorian burger is one of the best I've had in the city (and I eat out A LOT). Excellent selection of wine, cocktails, and the frozen frose drink is off the charts. Service was attentive, and the place was bumping with good energy crowd and music. Highly recommend it for a night out with friends or a date!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2018
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

Def will be back!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

21st Birthday

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JacquieZ
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My gal pals and I kicked off a bachelorette celebration at The Dorian for brunch! Our waitress treated us to some mini frose drinks and a dessert! The sweet gesture (pun intended) combined with the ambiance and atmosphere really helped set the tone for a special day celebrating the bride-to-be! <3

I can't wait to go back with more friends!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2018
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience1

I have been to The Dorian many times and have shared with friends a recommendation. This time, I am sad to say I will not come back. The food quality dropped, the service level dropped, the drinks quality dropped, the price level stayed the same. Sad to say I will not be back again.

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NinaD
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

We went on a Saturday night - The service was extremely friendly and the music was great. They played throwback hip-hop music that night. Great cocktails and very fun environment. Food was good, but pretty expensive. I'm all about fine dining, if the food and atmosphere is worth it. Atmosphere is worth it, but food was a little overpriced, just for American food.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall2Food5Service1Ambience3

Outstanding food, freshly prepared, however very noisy. Perfect for a night out but less suitable for a having dinner.

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vipKavs
London
19 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2018
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience3

Cool vibe if you're looking for a brunch party. I had the breakfast sandwich and it was ok, nothing special so maybe I just didn't order the best item.

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vipGuiltyPleasure
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2018
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

This was my third time at Dorian in about 4 weeks. Two times were for brunch and the last time was pleasant. This most recent brunch visit was just OK. Despite having reservations, I had to wait forever to be seated, and the place was not at full capacity. I’m going to strike this up as an anomaly because I’ve had good service here in the past. The food was good, just do something about the music. It was playing at a club level and I couldn’t have a conversation with my dining mate. We had to ask to have the music turned down. I mean, if there is no dance floor, why should there be blaring music in a restaurant?

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jchwa
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2018
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

I went to the Dorian with a group of 5 friends for brunch. With a reservation, we were seated at a small booth near the bar. It was much louder than expected -- both from the music that was playing (2000s music) and the guests. I enjoy 2000s music as much as any other, but it didn't seem appropriate for brunch. Food was good -- average price of San Francisco brunch. However, getting the attention of our server was difficult. When leaving, I saw that there was another room (brighter and likely quieter) and wondered why we couldn't have been seated there.

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vipjennyG
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2018
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience4

service very poor and food average

FAQs

The Dorian does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar, Postmates and Uber Eats. The Dorian also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 814-2671.

The Dorian is rated 4.6 stars by 273 OpenTable diners.

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

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.