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The Dorian

2001 Chestnut St. (Fillmore St.) Send to Phone
Notable cocktails and simple American dishes with a heavy dose of masculine Victorian charm.

Dinner Tues.-Sun., Brunch Sat.-Sun.
Open late Thurs.-Sat.
  • Dress code: Casual dressy
  • Full bar
  • Reservations suggested

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The Dorian, San Francisco, CA

The Dorian Restaurant Review

: The central bar is the focal point at this Victorian-themed project from the team behind Palm House and Bergerac. A deep palette of dark woods and brass is dressed with assorted textiles of green and teal in an angular space that feels more stateroom than parlor. Dimly lit portraits and weathered novels crowd the walls, and tropical plants line the brass bar. A well-executed cocktail program, courtesy of Anthony Parks (Fifty Fifty Cocktail Co.) leans to whiskey and gin, and is supported by a sensible lineup of wine and bottled beer. From chef Chris Ricketts' (Palm House, The Tipsy Pig) simple menu of classic American fare, we recommend the lighter dishes: the fall salad deftly pairs slightly bitter greens with sweet pear and pomegranate, and a creamy butterbean hummus is served alongside spongy grilled flatbread. The shrimp- and crab-cake sliders employ a light crust and smack of vinegar. A $40 crab and black truffle burger presents a unique gamble. Dollar oysters and half-off bottles of rosé at happy hour, and a Thursday "night owl" series of specials until 2 a.m. mean good value for those in the know.
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