Park Tavern

4.5
2470 reviews
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American
Located in the heart of San Francisco’s historic North Beach neighborhood, Park Tavern is Big Night Restaurant Group's American tavern serving high-end bistro fare. The restaurant's handsome décor features an eclectic mix of vintage fixtures and furnishings, an open kitchen and an airy sidewalk café that overlooks picturesque Washington Square Park. Park Tavern, which has been nominated for the James Beard Foundation's Best New Restaurant award and enjoyed long-standing inclusion on San Francisco Chronicle's Top 100 list since opening in 2012, is owned by restaurateurs Anna Weinberg and Chef Jennifer Puccio, who also operate Marlowe, Petit Marlowe, The Cavalier, Leo's Oyster Bar, Cow Marlowe, as well as Dave Stanton who owns TresTequila lounge.

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The Infatuation
7.6

A solid North Beach brunch option, which, get this: actually takes reservations. Don't sleep on Park Tavern.

Ratings 7.5-8.0:These are restaurants that are reliable, tasty, and particularly good for whatever we have deemed them “Perfect For.” Hit up a 7.7 for Date Night with confidence, as long as you don’t need the restaurant to be the most interesting thing that happens that night.
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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner for a friend, casual mid week.
Lovely dinner at an outside table - service was excellent, cake and sparkling wine on the house at the end of the meal.
Park Tavern is a neighborhood gem!
Never disappoints.

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T
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Our appetizers were rushed, the drinks came about 5 min apart- the pork was undercooked and they forgot about our side...
overall it was ok, they redid the steak and refunded for the carrots... just not the best experience

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

The server was less than adequate. He was rude and not friendly at all.

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AC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Food was great. Server was rude and unaccommodating, frustratingly slow, he seemed annoyed to be doing his job. I will point out that we are nice enough people who make sure to say please and thank you and look people in the eye. We also have a well-behaved toddler. None of the server's behavior could be explained by us being rude and entitled toward him. Made me not want to go back.

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LF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best dates I’ve had in SF due to Park Tavern’s excellent service. The server surprised us with some special accommodations—really set the mood for us. Will definitely be back again!

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TW
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

This was our first visit to the Park Tavern. Great location and great ambience with a lively bar scene. Service was attentive but the food was extremely slow to come out. One person in our party ordered a chicken dish that was supposed to take 30 minutes but we had to wait an hour for main entrées.

Food was OK, not great. Cocktails were outstanding. This is an expensive restaurant and I don’t mind paying when the service and food are great. Unfortunately, neither was.

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n
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

MacKenzie, our gracious host, remains a highlight in my choosing Park Tavern (and its sister café, Leo’s). She is a real pro—warm, gracious, and attentive. Our brunch was matched by fine food & service. Thank you!

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Cleveland
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really gorgeous place with lovely menu, top-tier efficient service.

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JR
Tahoe
53 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great cocktails and food! The music was a tad loud making it hard for us to hear each other when talking.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service all the way around. Waitstaff and servers were very attentive. I did not feel rushed to turn the table.

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PM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

I have been to Park Tavern three times. The first was excellent but the second was just OK. I took two friends out to dinner last night and I wanted to try Park Tavern again. I wish I hadn’t. The brussel sprouts were excellent. The green goddess salad was good but the warm goat cheese salad was so lemony that I am still puckering today. We ordered the fish and 2 burgers. The burgers were quite good but my fries were so salty I lost my appetite. The fish looked good but the accompaniment looked over cooked and not appealing. The chocolate dessert with cherries was unappealing in the presentation and didn’t taste any better. The sorbet was good. The carrot cake was listed as “birthday cake”. It was served with a lite candle that I extinguished before the waiter could place it on the table. The candle gimmick was silly. When my salad was brought to the table the server placed at the vacant seat next to me and walked away. All in all a disappointing evening. I won’t go back even though they did not charge us for the desserts.

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JH
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Brunch is the way to go. Unfortunately, the food during dinner service is very disappointing. I'm 0 for 3 on my most recent dinners yet really pleased when I have brunch.

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SI
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

nice for drinks and bar food, but the dinner was a little disappointing.

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I
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Wow. We’ve loved the place in the past. We are locals and enjoy the bar fairly often, but haven’t had dinner for some time.

We started with deviled eggs, which were amazing. From there it went down hill. My entree was halibut, over cooked even for me. My companion had scallops; they were ok but the accompaniments were weak. The twice baked potatoes were bland and gummy. The smoked beet salad was watery and missing flavor. What a disappointment.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

This was not my first time at Park Tavern. I returned as I have fond memories of prior visits. Overall the restaurant was quite loud. Surprisingly I found the prices to be higher than on prior visits. The food was adequate, but the chicken was extremely salty and the steak as just average. Overall I did not find it to be an amazing dining experience.

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J
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service. Definitely a place to visit.

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OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Delicious food. Every dish was stellar, eggs, Benedict, hash. Was ridiculously loud. We had to yell at each other to be heard.

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ZH
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. Food is incredible, cocktails are great.

Get the deviled eggs no matter what. You can thank me later. :)

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s
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food & service in a historic & wonderful setting. Very inventive menu.

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j
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 3

Mackenzie is the best hostess ever! We called and knew we were going to be late. but 45 minutes! She held the reservation the staff hurried the orders and we made it to Beach Blanket Babylon with time to spare! I think the entire staff is spectacular! But kudos to MacKenzie! (She also saved another group that had made 5:30 reservations but arrived 45 minutes late! They love her too) We're coming back! thank you.

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CP
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

What a bummer! We used to love Park Tavern, but something is not quite right these days. The doors were locked when we arrived at seven. Our server's attention to detail was very poor, in taking and placing our orders, and once it was apparent that she had made many irreparable mistakes, her interest in us as diners was marginal. Some of the dishes were inconsistent, we ordered two of the same salads, that had different ingredients when they arrived at the table and the veggie sides were uninspired. Hopefully, this was a one off, but come on Park Tavern, up your game!

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s
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 4

my eggs came out 15 minutes after everyone and all 5 were done eating. It went downhill from there.

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EM
Sacramento
41 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Enjoyable dinner with very pleasant service, excellent food and a lively vibe. We shared the yummy fried Brussels sprout leaves, a salad, flavorful pork chop, and great burger. It was our anniversary and we were surprised with a slice of tasty carrot cake and two glasses of sparkling wine... Excellent!

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RG
Sacramento
42 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

We thought that our food was just a bit too oily. That is, cooked with an over abundance of pan oil. My trout and my husbands scallops were sopping in oil. When you order fish you are generally wishing for something in the realm of health. I got sick that night but I won’t go into the details. It was the oil and richness that I was trying to avoid. The sound situation is not intimate and much too loud to hear a conversation across the table.
However,our waitress was nice and our hostess dropped of complimentary Brussel chips which was very nice. I love the deviled eggs at Park Tavern, they are wonderful.

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LM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

From start to finish, the service was impeccable. However, we were a bit disappointed with the menu. My daughter's scallop dish was DELICIOUS. However, we feel the rest of the dishes (deviled eggs, jerky, fried lemon w/burrata, pork chop, and trout) were ok, but not for the price point. These main dishes could have been prepared differently to go with the season. The dishes had a heavy flavors, which is more suited for fall rather than for spring going into summer.

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EF
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

We went there for the Marlowe burger. It was nothing special and not worth the price. The service was pleasant.

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S
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of best dining experiences of my life. Delicious food and attentive service. The competition should visit to see how it’s done.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Restaurant valet decided on their own to park our car overnight. When we were ready to leave no car, no valet and no information. Took 20 min for manager to find where the car was and then 20 more before someone came to unlock the car. Manager had very little information and although pleasant was definitely not equipped to handle the episode we had. Didn’t even offer to comp coffee while it was being sorted out. Been there many times, probably a sign to move on now.

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SF
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Avocado smash, deviled eggs and the corned beef hash DELICIOUS

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was fine thanks

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LG
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really great service!! We brought my 3 and 4 year old grandchildren and they really took care of us. Didn't treat us like we had kids with us. While normally I would say don't bring kids, it worked for us. The food was outstanding.

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CR
London
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful atmosphere with great food. Thoroughly enjoyable experience.

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JG
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was referred to The Park Tavern by a coworker and it did not disappoint. The food here (for my brunch) was top notch. The Prawns and Grits were among the best I’ve ever eaten. We were also taken care of very well by our server. My wife and friends look forward to returning here very soon. I’m not sure how to rate the noise level. Does a higher scale marking indicate better or louder? At the very least the noise was generated by happy customers enjoying time with one another — not by loud music that’s impossible to talk over.

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WW
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always busy. Always efficient. Always good. I'm glad that it is in the neighborhood.

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TA
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 2

The grilled polenta cakes with poached eggs is why Park Tavern is a must for brunch, however the request to accommodate a stroller for our reservation was completely ignored and made for an uncomfortable dining experience. The restaurant was so loud that we were shouting across the table. The restaurant needs to make accommodations to absorb the sound ASAP.

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M
Tahoe
6 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the decor and ambiance right when we walked in, rustic chic. We were seated in a comfortable booth like table. Our waitress was friendly and attentive. The food was unique and delicious! We felt it was not over-priced and enjoyed ourselves from start to finish!

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BD
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Sunday 1/2 price wine is great! Food was good, but you can find comparable quality at lower cost. Enjoyed setting and ambiance

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g
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A lovely place for Mother's Day brunch. Been meaning to try it for a while. Found street parking--an SF miracle!
Service was good, food was very nice though a bit stingy. I was surprised no toast or anything came with the scramble. Nothing. Just eggs. Maybe they served smaller portions for Mom's Day? My sis had the burger and fries with an awesome horseradish aioli. My crab benedict was so good, but again, more crab would've been better. Valet parking available. Give it a try.

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ZG
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The dining room was tastefully decorated, and the dinner crowd generated a lively buzz. Everything we ordered, including the poulet noir (takes 30 mins to make), was delightful.

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TL
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience

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