Fog City Restaurant Review, San Francisco

Reviewer: Foodnut.com

Fog City

1300 Battery St

San Francisco, CA 94111

(415) 982-2000

Fog City Website

By Arnold Chan

Fog City San Francisco exterior decor

Why did we dine here? – Fog City, formerly known as Fog City Dinner, reopened with fresh new decor and food in 2013. The predecessor
opened in 1985 and was famously featured in Visa commercials. The revisted restaurant serves modern American cuisine with wood-fired meats, fresh seafood and desserts that include house-made custard and French crullers.

Bruce Hill is the Chef/Owner with Bix, Picco, Pizzeria Picco and Zero Zero also under his empire.

Insider Tip – Sit at the bar and order the best dishes

Cuisine – New American
Location – Fisherman’s Warf
Opened – 2013

Fog City San Francisco interior decor

Service – Fog City had resonable service on par with places of this level. Knowledgeable server who helped us navigate the menu and no worries about water and the like.
Verdict – Fog City is a great update of the classic. Lots of good dishes and a beautiful environment.

Fog City Signature Dishes – Roast Chicken, Burger, Lamb Skewers, Custard

Fog City’s Menu is pretty wide ranging with small snacks, salads, Seafood, and meat dishes.

Website Fog City Menu

Fog City Food Picks:

Fog City San Francisco Deviled Eggs

Deviled Eggs Crispy Quinoa Bacon ($7) snack – Beautiful and a must get. These tasty treats give Park Tavern a run for its money.

Fog City San Francisco fries

Hand-cut Furikake Fries Garlic Aioli ($7) snack – Hot, freshly friend, rich and decadent. Can’t ask for more.

Fog City San Francisco grilled kale salad

Grilled Kale Salad ($12) Fuyu persimmon, Watermelon radish, duchilly hazelnuts, goat cheese dressing, chervil brings this trendy green into a modern salad that had much more pure kale flavor than most.

Fog City San Francisco Oven Roasted Shelling Beans

Oven Roasted Shelling Beans ($12) with Smoky Tomato Butter and Marjoram, Garlic Breadcrumbs is a must order. Very tender beans smothered with a really tangy sauce.

Fog City San Francisco King Oyster Mushrooms

King Oyster Mushrooms ($16) Red Heart Pimento-Paprika Stew Dill Scented Greek Yogurt – A vegetarian’s delight with meathy shrooms in a tomato sauce. Could have used more mushrooms.

Fog City San Francisco hamburger

FOG CITY Burger ($14) House-made Bun, Smoked Tomato Aioli F.C. American Cheese, Tomato, Onion Bread & Butter Pickles is destined to place most people. A cheap way to have dinner here. Top notch ingredients, meat cooked to a medium rare, and pre-sliced for us.

Fog City San Francisco Grilled lamb skewers

Grilled Spiced Lamb Skewers ($21) Tomato, Red Onion, Lemon, Vadouvan Yogurt, and Butter Lettuce Cups was a fun roll your own dish. Better than expected, the long skewers held really flavorful ground lamb. A dish you expect at a Mediterranean place.

Wood grilled local Swordfish ($25) Shell beans, hatch chilies, marioram chili broth, and roasted cherry tomatoes was slightly over cooked. Not exactly big, but juicy and possessing good flavor. I didn’t think swordfish could be local to San Francisco..

Fog City San Francisco Wood Oven Whole Chicken_

Wood Oven Whole Chicken ($29) Charred Brentwood Corn, Crispy Potatoes, and Spiced Maldon Salt is their signature dish. Not as good as Zuni but still huge and cooked just right.

Fog City San Francisco Berkshire Pork Cheeks

Berkshire Pork Cheeks ($25) Bacon Braised Romano Beans Hatch Chilies, Forest Mushrooms and Soft Polenta were very good. The Polenta really stood out. This dish looks like an island of tender pork.

Fog City San Francisco Grilled Brandt Beef Ribeye_

Grilled Brandt Beef Ribeye ($38) Butter Poached Radishes, Arugula Green Onion Yorkshire Pudding Herb Salad was a huge steak cooked to medium rare. Excellent Yorkshire pudding, rivaling House of Prime rib.

Fog City San Francisco panorama bakery bread

Panorama Bread ($3) with Straus EVOO Butter was stellar. Wish they could make it complimentary or serve it in larger portions.. We had to order several of these. Great when used to sponge up all the juices in the steak dish!

Fog City San Francisco Affogato Fog city frozen custard

FOG CITY Frozen Custard – Straus Dairy and Vanilla Bean ($5) is a signature dish. We’d suggest getting the next dessert which includes it.

Fog City San Francisco Green Chili Apple Pie

Green Chili Apple Pie ($7) Hatch Chiles, Pippin Apples, Crispy Topping, Frozen Custard was stellar. Zesty spices added a zing to this top notch pie with a thin crust and nice crumble.

Panna Cotta Pudding Cake ($8) Dark Chocolate, Milk Chocolate, Caramel, Candied Peanuts was the weaker of the desserts we had. A chocoholic’s delight with a balance of sweetness and smooth jello like texture.

Affogato ($7) Black Coffee Granita, Vanilla Frozen Custard. Forget about the coffee, just order this dessert. It also includes their famous custard.

OK: (Order if you like this dish)
Chilled Dill Cucumber Pickles F.C. Ranch ($6) snack – Smoothered modern pickles in a lite ranch sauce. Interesting interpretation.

Brussels Sprouts ($7) snack – were a bit salty and burnt. Fair.

Pans: (We would not reorder these dishes)
None

Do you agree with our review? Have you found other similar restaurants that are better?

Fog City Overall Rating: (Very Good 2.5)

Come Back?

Food Rating: (Very Good)
Service Rating: (Very Good)
Atmosphere Rating: (Excellent)
Value Rating: (Good)

Guide: 0 = poor, 1 = Below/Average, 2 = Good, 2.5 = Very Good, 3 = Excellent , 4 = Extraordinary

Alcohol:Beer, Wine
Attire:Casual
Parking:Street
Reservations:Yes

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