Fog City Diner
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Member Reviews (6)
- Fog City DinerAmbassadorMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 9Nov 09, 2013
Nice little diner not too far from the Embarcadero. A friend and I were walking in the area and decided to stop when we glanced at the menu; we had planned to walk over to one of the Piers for food. The Dungeness crabcakes and truffled fries were amazing. The Manila Clam Chowder had bacon in it! I thought the food was a bit overpriced...
Sit outside on a nice day. Great diner in SF!
- Fog City DinerMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 3Jul 05, 2012
The sign on the door reads "No Crybabies Allowed".
When I first heard that we would celebrating one of our good friends birthdays at The Fog City Diner I have to admit I was a little more than slightly disappointed. I was thinking a nice night out in the City that has no shortage of fine eateries and places to find some delicious food. But we are going to a diner? And one that I was sure would be tourist-filled and probably still living off the hype from the old Visa commercial from many years back.
But within minutes of entering the front door and became pleasantly surprised. This was certainly helped by by savoring a refreshing Hendricks gimlet that sat before me. The hostess was very friendly and led us to some seats at the bar where could wait for our table. The full bar is fully stocked of quality fun beverages that would make any drinker happy.
After a few minutes we were sat at our booth and our super cool waitperson had menus in our hand and fresh drink orders on the way. The menu is filled with many comfort food classics which made choosing an entree a challenge. So do help kill some time our table of four shared two appetizers. First up was a generous order of truffle fries topped with a boatload of Parmesan cheese. Then came the jalapeno cornbread with red pepper jelly. The cornbread was the star appetizer and the dipping sauce also made a nice compliment to the fries. Please do not tell the Chef, but it really was.
For our first course my wife and shared the pear and farmstead blue cheese salad. It was lightly dressed and a healthy portion. Our dinner companions shared the Ceaser which came topped with an actual anchovy (Yuck!), but at least they loved it (I'm sure the anchovy wasn't too happy either).
For our mains, I was torn between the rib eye and the pork chop. I could not decide as both preparations sounded delicious, so what did I end up going with? The burger of course! Yes, that is what I do when I can't decide, I always go for the underdog which on this night was the burger. My requested toppings were white cheddar, grilled onions and bacon. The dish also came with fries, but since we already devoured a plate of fries earlier I asked for a side of bacon mac n cheese. My burger arrived perfectly cooked and rare as I requested. The mac n cheese was more than enough for our table of four and could not even finish it. And it was plenty cheesy!
My wife and our birthday friend each had the cioppino which to me looked like the most God awful thing ever. But I do not eat seafood so take that with a grain of salt. My wife loved it as did our friend and both described it as slightly spicy. Our other friend had the halibut which he en haled and again a very good sign.
One downside is the wine list and for a "diner" was very limited on moderately priced selections. The least expensive bottle of red that I saw was priced at $50 and from there it quickly jumped to the $70 (and above) range. I asked to take a peek at the regular menu which included wines by the glass and for some strange reason there were selections on there that were not included on the wine list. I found a Beringer Knights Valley Cabernet for around $12 which I thoroughly enjoyed.
All in all the Fog City Diner completely exceeded my expectations. Is this four star fine dining? Not even close, but if you are looking for a place for a casual evening out that includes excellent service, a full bar and pretty great food then look no further.
- Fog City DinerFirst to ReviewJul 04, 2012
forget it rice a roni because fog city diner is my san francisco treat!
for over 20 years fog city has been a favorite stop for darn good grub whenever i get out to the embarcadero. as far as diners there is sure so much more to this place than one might think from the street. sure it's a big touristy stop due to movies, tv and a famous visa commercial but regulars know that this is a great little gem in the heart of san fran.
with many great american classics and modern california cuisine there is something for everyone. lunch and dinner get very busy so don't be surprised if you always have to wait. if you have larger groups call ahead so if available you can be accommodated in the club car.
the entire menu is chocked full of my all time fog city favorites. sure the menu can seem a bit pricey for certain things but you'll find you definitely get your moneys worth. here's just a few of them but don't over order so you can save room for dessert.
Jalapeno Corn Bread with red pepper jelly
Macaroni and Gouda Cheese & Black Forest Ham and sweet peas
Mu Shu Pork Burritos
Dungeness Crab Salad
Grilled Buffalo Burger
Angus Beef Pot Roast
Rum Coconut Layer Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
Banana Chocolate Brioche Bread Pudding