About Red Dog
Chef Lauren Kiino brings her distinctive style of approachable, inventive farm-to-table California cuisine to SOMA. Taking advantage of the Bay Area's outstanding quality and variety of meats and produce, she incorporates local ingredients into dishes inspired by flavors from Italy and across the U.S. In perfect counterpoint, the 20 seat bar offers craft beer, a well curated wine program, and on-point modern and classic cocktails.
Expect a decidedly diner-friendly environment: comfortable and welcoming, with complementary modern and rustic touches.
San Francisco, CA 94107
Contemporary American, Californian
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday: 11:30am-9pm
Week Days: 5:00pm-close
Between Folsom and Harrison
$30 and under
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In close proximity to AT&T park, Red Dog welcomes Bay Area sports enthusiasts to enjoy local and nationwide games in HD at our 20-seat bar.
Red Dog offers catering customized to your needs, from small business lunch delivery to full service formal events. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Parking is available in our building (303 2nd Street); the entrance is located on Folsom between 1st St. and 2nd St. Street parking is plentiful on evenings and weekends.
Montgomery Station at 2nd St. and Market serves all BART and MUNI trains.
Cal Train stops at 4th St. and Townsend.
Muni lines 10 & 12 run along 2nd St.
Muni lines 14 & 14L stop at 2nd St. & Mission.
Muni lines 8AX & 8BX, 30, & 45 run along 3rd St.
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Red Dog is available for private & semi-private events. We will customize menus and events for our business and private clients.
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Red Dog Ratings and Reviews
It was so loud we could not hear each other. It would have be excellent all across the board but the noise level was ridiculous. By 30 minutes in, I had to take a break and go outside. Other than the noise level it was great especially our server. He was excellent. It was recommended but the music was new.
I went for restaurant week, and the food was amazing! However, the service was quite slow. I was expecting the service to be much faster, especially given that there was a prix fixe menu. That being said, the food was delicious enough that I would go again.
What should have been a simple lunch turned into a 2 plus hour exercise in patience. The kitchen was so slow in getting food out to the table that people in my party had to leave before their meals arrived. The server apologized for the delay but did nothing to accommodate the problem. If you are going to take over an hour to bring food to the table then toss a little bread their way to tide them over while they wait.
Let me first off begin by saying that I am very impressed at how quick and swiftly I was able to make my reservation for the restaurant. Upon arriving (10 minutes early) I was promptly seated.
After being seated I was put under the impression that our waitress was under training; so during a couple instances where her service slightly fell short, I was more than willing to look past it. Even if she wasn't being trained, I still looked past it. My reason for this was everyone else involved in the service, who clearly outshone her.
My friends and I decided to do three separate orders of the prix fixe four course menu because of restaurant week, all trying different things.
The Indian date with yogurt and chutney instantly opened my palette.
The deviled Scotch egg was done very well, perfectly balanced with the greens. It wasn't too salty at all.
The prime rib was cooked perfectly medium rare, without me having to make a specific request. I often have to do this. Even someone else on the staff particularly asked if the prime rib appeared and tasted as I would like it to.
The apple crisp dessert had a nice homemade flair to it, where the oats made a presence but the cinnamon gelato was still able to bring the dessert together.
I remarked on the presentation of the kitchen, in which is looked absolutely stunning. It was when I saw how impeccable the kitchen looked that I believed I was going to enjoy my meal. I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone. I'm really glad they participated in Restaurant Week.
We came in at noon on a Sunday for table for 2. Although the service was a little slow, everything else was pleasant about the experience. We started with the spinach salad: it was quite heavily dressed, and I would recommend requesting a lighter dressing. However, it was still quite tasty. We also got scramble and the pork trotter sandwich, both of which we enjoyed. The fries were particularly good.
we arrived a few minutes before our reservation time and were seated immediately. the restaurant did not appear very busy - about 8 tables sat, not even 30 total customers including those seated at the bar. we waited over 10 minutes until someone even brought us water and to check if we have been greeted yet. the food was overly salted. the scotch egg had way too much outside crusting for the tiny egg on the inside and it was overly spicy. the apple crisp dessert was even too sweet and sugary and supposedly came with cinnamon gelato which was really just vanilla gelato with a sprinkle of cinnamon on top. the live jazz band was way too loud. the only positive was they substituted broccoli for brussel sprouts in my entree. definitely not returning or recommending to anyone.
When I dine here, it's usually for lunch, since I work in the office complex it shares. The food is quite good - they have a "core" menu of regular items that are all excellent; their specials are also very good. The service can be a bit harried, since, at lunchtime, they can get busy. Because of this, they've been known to make errors: this has happened to me on several occasions.
Excellent lunch. Table placements were not intrusive and limited noise. Service was abysmal. The waiters were fine, polite and well mannered, but it took over 40 minutes for the main course to come out after the first course. A 3 course meal for lunch took 80 minutes to be served.
We live in the neighborhood and continue to pull for this restaurant. Love, love, love the menu, the chef, the food. Constantly evolving and adapting to what's fresh and local, and always vegan and veggie options.
However, since the change in ownership the service has clearly been cut way back and the few waitstaff are always running and behind. Also much less expertise on the food itself since the cut backs.
We will continue to go here, but with low expectations for service and anticipation for the food.
It was extremely loud. They turned the music down (a bit) but it was still loud. As the place filled, it got louder - it's a big boomy space with bright surfaces. The food really is quite excellent (though the fries were cold). Our server was gracious and attentive. The options in that neighborhood are few, but this one is really pretty tasty.
Were there on a weeknight. The place was clearly understaffed due to the private event going on - the one waiter and one bus person were doing the best they could but still had huge gaps in service.
Always very happy with the food/chef, just has seemed perpetually understaffed since the new owners took over leading to very uneven experiences.
Brought my family to Red Dog for Sunday brunch on a friend's recommendation. It was great! We went for fairly straightforward entrees, breakfast sandwich, pancakes, pastries -- they were all great and the prices were reasonable. Nice atmosphere and great service too. I had the breakfast sandwich myself and loved it, struck me as the perfect hangover medicine ;)
My second visit here & the experience is completely different compared to my first. The food was served quickly, unlike my first experience where I waited over 40 minutes for some brunch food (eggs & sausages!!!). The waiter is attentive this time, compared to the other guy that worked weekend brunch.
Overall, a much more enjoyable experience my second time around. The downside is the expensive pricing for such small lunch portions. Either give us more food, or lower the price by $4-5?
Found Red Dog while looking for a date spot in SoMa. The place was hosting a Giant's post-game happy hour that took over the whole bar area, which added a lot of noise and energy to the night. The hostess was delightful and much more present than the waiter, who was never around. Aside from her, the service wasn't great. Our waiter was never around, and multiple times we would flag him down and he would come over to say "be right back" and then go service tables across the room and even next to us without coming back. Quite frustrating.
Food was great.
Service was pretty slow - we waited about an hour for our lunch to come. They told us they sold out of burger, but then we noticed tables who were seated after us receiving burgers. One meal was missing from our table and then came out with fried chicken instead of grilled. Meat and Cheese board (which would have kept up satiated until the food arrived) did not come out until after entrees started arriving. Definitely don't go here if you need to get back to work anytime soon - but food was good once it arrived.
Unfortunately, we were there on a Friday evening during "Happy Hour". The noise level was deafening (not energetic). But the food was scrumptious and the service terrific. We are long time fans of the chef from her days at Cane Rosso at the Ferry Building where we used to eat at least once a week. Since its closure, we have been in mourning. Finding her food again is lovely but we will try and pick another time of day to go.
Excellent food sourced from Bay Area sources when possible.
A lively bar scene with great cocktails reasonably priced.
Interesting menu choices for appetizers and mains.
Cheese course a nice touch, only two desert choices.
Would recommend to friends and will be back.
Very noisy, and understaffed for a Friday night. While the staff was very friendly and service minded, we had to wait a while for our orders to arrive. They kept forgetting who had ordered what, and apologised and offered a round of drinks on the house as an apology for the late arrival of our orders... the free drinks came about the same time as the tab.
Much too noisy to have any kind of conversation, and not very vibe-y. Probably better for brunch than dinner. Lesson learned!
my first visit to the Red Dog. My boss and I hosted a customer to lunch. We completed our business right at the table over lunch. Was a perfect setting just 2 blocks from the customer's offices. on Harrison Street. The staff all smiled with every interaction and made us feel welcome, along with helpful information about the menu. I loved the "fried green tomato" sandwich! Very creative menu. Thank you Red Dog staff for contributing to the success of our business lunch!
We were there on Sunday 9/4/16 for brunch at around 1:40. There were 2 other small tables (a party of 2 and a party of 3(?)). It was not busy at all, and our food took FOREVER to come out. For two eggs sunny side up and some sausages? Wow, I'm a very slow cook myself but it would not take me over 45 minutes to cook eggs and sausages.
Went for a meeting with a bride of mine, wish I chose somewhere a little quieter but you live and you learn. This place was great, I requested A quiet corner and got placed at a table right under the speaker that was playing loud music. I asked the hostess if there was a more private To sit in and they were able to place us in a booth which was really appreciated. We were able to spread out our things and really discuss while chowing down on delicious food. Presentation and portions were great we kept ordering more and more. Will definitely be back for a more casual occasion but really like the energy in this place. Make sure to make a reservation as it gets full fast
I had high hopes since it go great reviews on Yelp. It started out fine with the server greeting us and taking our drink orders, but it took kinda a long time to get a mimosa even though the restaurant was not busy at all, maybe just two other tables. After we ordered food, it took maybe 20 or 30 minutes for us to get our food -- on top of that my order was wrong so I had to wait a bit longer. The server never really checked back with us after that and we just wanted more water. Then my friend just went up and grabbed a pitcher of water for himself.
What got me was that it wasn't very busy at all, maybe 4-5 tables at the most with two servers, a bartender and what looked like one manager on the floor. Don't get me wrong, everyone was very friendly, and the food was good, but just slow service.
Quality food, healthy options. Salads are green bases you can add protein or avocado to; you only pay for what you want. Booth seating is very tight/narrow, suitable for small body frames; 4 men wouldn't fit. Good for business lunch: service was excellent (attentive and prompt), ambiance is quiet enough to speak at a normal volume but not so quiet that others hear your conversation.
I am SO THRILLED that this place reopened and under the careful eye of Jeff Handy (Local Kitchen, Oola). The flavors are as lively as ever and the atmosphere is so warm and welcoming. I love the small bites (like the daily flatbread) with drinks as well as the inventive entrees. Please don't leave us again!
I'm not from the area, so I chose this bar to meet friends for brunch primarily because they took reservations. This area definitely reminds me of a place that is probably more popular during the weekday for happy hours, and not so much on a weekend. It was really quiet. Our waiter was very nice, but the drinks and service took forever. Food was great, and they ended up comping our drinks because the wait was so long. Overall not a bad experience, but I don't have any reason to come back.
Good location and like the ambiance. Food and service usually very good it this time a few glitches- first just as I was about to order was told that sandwich/salad combo could only include veggie sandwich of which there was only one sandwich type. Waiter said that was a decision just made. Then our salads didn' t have nectarines and it took quite a while to get someone's attention and then to get the nectarines. I'll still probably go back since it's a good location for me and hope that the service improves.
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