I was looking for a place for dinner for myself and my father very close to Nourse Auditorium at Hayes and Franklin.
My dad doesn't like "fancy" (no Absinthe) or seafood (no Hayes Street Grill), or noisy, and although he likes spicy food, he can't handle it well anymore (no Lers Ros).
So I ended up with Dobbs Ferry, which was off my radar and had only a couple of passing mentions here.
I would say that it was a perfect choice for my requirements. The main dining room was nice but unpretentious and pleasantly quiet. The food was solid Italian-leaning New American and the service was excellent. Prices were a little on the high side (entrees in the $25 range, although there were several pastas under $20), maybe, but given the location, not out of line. The real bargain was the Zeppoli with dulce de leche sauce for dessert, which was big enough to share (6 zeppoli) for $7.
An appetizer, an entree, a main-dish pasta, dessert, an Anchor Steam and a glass of Syrah was $79, including tax and SF surcharge but before tip. Nothing exciting, but I wouldn't hesitate to go back for a similar occasion.
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