San Francisco has wonderful neighborhoods for dining and shopping. We always enjoy Hayes Valley as there are quite a few quality “Specialty” stores and some excellent restaurants. On a recent evening we bought Holiday gifts and beautiful Mexican Christmas Ornaments at Polanco then decided to try a new restaurant call Dobbs Ferry. It is located on Gough at Hayes and features East Coast Cuisine with California influences. They have a very experienced Executive Chef, Mike Yakura, who grew up in Southern California, was a “Rising Star” when he was the Executive Chef at Le Colonial and has appeared on TV on Top Chef, California Country and Feast or Famine. We ordered Specialty Cocktails and Badoit French Sparkling Water to start while we looked at the menu. The Cold & Foggy made with Stoli Vodka and local organic low level clouds, Ginger Beer and grapefruit bitters was fun and refreshing! We also had their Cosmo made with Grey Goose vodka and fresh lime juice which was perfect!

House Cured Salmon


Our favorite Starter was their House Cured Salmon served on perfect potato pancakes with chive cream, fried capers and dill. You can also order this on the Lunch Menu. The Cold Cut Plate with thinly sliced salami, creamy and flavorful chopped chicken liver and tasty duck confit salad with crostini was also delicious. The Cornmeal Crusted Sweetbreads, milk poached with mustard vinaigrette and bacon were very light and crispy. The Entrees that we ordered were both hearty portions and true comfort food! You also have the option of ordering a larger portion which is meant to be shared “family style” which is wonderful. The Chicken Scarpariello known as “Shoemaker Chicken” was a roasted half chicken with Italian sausage, sweet peppers and cottage fried potatoes served in a bowl with lovely juices. The larger portion is a whole Chicken. The Rosemary Veal Marsala was a delicious braised veal shank with oyster and crimini mushrooms and an excellent light Marsala wine sauce. You must have the Potato Gratin side dish which was a decadent layered potato cake smothered in cheddar cheese sauce.

Chicken Scarpariello


Dobbs Ferry has an International Wine List with many interesting “By the Glass” options. We enjoyed the light and lively 2009 Peju Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc with our starters. The 2010 Red Tail Ridge Seneca Lake, New York Sans Oak Chardonnay paired well with the chicken and the 2009 Latour Marsannay Burgundy paired perfectly with the Veal Marsala. The Dessert that we enjoyed was their Strauss Farms Soft Serve Ice Cream topped with Grand Mariner. It was so refreshing and light after the hearty dinner. An espresso was the perfect finish to our satisfying dinner.

Soft Serve Ice Cream topped with Grand Mariner

Dobbs Ferry Restaurant fits perfectly in the Hayes Valley neighborhood and is a destination restaurant easily accessible from anywhere in the Bay Area. There is a stylish inviting bar area with windows to the street, high top tables, elevated banquette and bar counter seating for cocktails or dining and two dining rooms with booths and tables. It is open 7 days a week serving lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. They also serve a late night light bar menu which includes pizzas and fries until midnight and the Bar is open until 1:30 AM. We really enjoyed our dinner and look forward to returning soon, as we often crave sophisticated contemporary comfort food.


By Carol & Joe Davis


Dobbs Ferry Restaurant

405-409 Gough Street

San Francisco, CA. 94102