Park Tavern

4.5
2491 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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.

What Insiders Are Saying

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.
What 2491 People Are Saying
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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Servers/staff were very friendly and helpful. Food was mediocre and overpriced. At least it was away from the tourists.

M
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

The last time I went to Park Tavern was 2 years ago. Since then things seem to have really taken a turn for the worse.

The food service was slow to the point that we had to ask about each individual item ordered because it was averaging about 20 to 30 minutes just to get individual plates on the table.

When the food would arrive, it was either heavily salted, underdone, or cool to the point that it's obvious the plate had been sitting out waiting for someone to bring it to our table.

The manager did acknowledge our poor experience and comp us for two desserts and an entree. But unfortunately, based on our overall dinner, I have no plans to ever go back to Park Tavern again.

PB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Our waitress and other staff were very attentive. We enjoyed our dinner. It was a very warm evening and there is no air conditioning. The noise level was very high, making it difficult to have a conversation and communicate with staff.

KS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

The bartender was delightful. Server was fine until he took our order and disappeared. Food took way to long to reach our table. The steak was chewy, pork chop dry, and salmon over-cooked. First time I have been back in 2 years and won't return. So disappointed.

HM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for San Francisco a walk far from the fishermans warf

D
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time eating at Park Tavern and all I can say is WOW! The quality of the food, the service and the cool surroundings made for a great Sunday brunch. I will definitely be back!

E
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

Risotto was pretty bad. Not sure how you can screw up risotto. The other food was fine but nothing to write home about. Server didn’t care enough to swap out a drink that I didn’t like. Hard to find someone to get a water refill. Valet is rude and over charged us for “making him wait” and he “has a life.”

L
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and wonderful service from hostess, server, food runner, and even the busboys were super sweet!

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We ordered the scallops and steak. The scallops were undercooked and not great and the steak was grisly and fatty and we paid $42!
The salmon and Park Tavern salad and they were good.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Definitely an off night for a place that I usually think is close to perfect. The chicken was flavorless and my husband’s risotto undercooked - and not the al dente the waitress was trying to pass it off as. Extra disappointing as it was my birthday dinner.

L
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is so easy to enjoy. The attitude is friendly in a clean and welcoming environment where the food is always good. Their fried calamari is still one of the best around and does not disappoint and they’re deep-fried asparagus were amazing. One of my favorites when I’m looking for a light lunch or supper is the Caesar salad with chicken which is not overdressed with Caesar salad dressing but even the small one is a meal in itself. Steaks are perfectly done and just about everything else on the menu that I ever experience with friends has left us walking out of this restaurant happy and satisfied.

OT
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came for brunch and it was absolutely delicious! A beautiful atmosphere and perfectly crafted plates. We had smoked salmon toast, pancakes, French toast and the bacon and leek scramble. All were perfect! The mimosas were awesome as were the other brunch cocktails. Highly recommend!

ED
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

I’ve always loved this restaurant but this experience was substandard. The food was good but the entree came almost 30 minutes after we finished the appetizer. We dealt with so many wait staff that it wasn’t clear who are waiter or waitress was. They spent much more time filling our water glasses than giving us the speed and service we needed. It was a disappointment as I was entertaining old friend from out of town and I raved about the place.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Service was super slow. Took over 20 min to get our burgers and they weren’t even that good for an $18 burger :(

RL
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

WE had a wonderful dinner! The salmon was outstanding and papardelle were excellent. The appetizier with shrimp wrapped in bacon was worth coming back for!

LS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Beautiful bar and restaurant with friendly, efficient service and always outstanding food. Happy hour prices are exceptional for both appetizers and wine.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Such a delightful experience for my husband’s birthday. Arriving early, we were seated immediately. Then the wonderful Sara (bar manager) appeared with two glasses of bubbles. Never feeling rushed, we were able to peruse the menus and consult with Sara about some wines. We started with both the Brussels SproutsChips and the Demons on Horseback. Both were cooked perfectly, tho the chips were a tad too salty. The scallops were divine and one can never go wrong with the poulet noir. We’re already looking forward to a return visit.

DN
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The service was excellent - attentive, timely, courteous and knowledgeable. The vibe as that if a private club, warm and a bit frenetic. Our food was tasty, but we were a little disappointed with the portions (the scallops felt more like an appetizer portion than an entree size). The mixed drinks were good but not great. And the desert was mediocre. Overall, we enjoyed it but hoped for a bit more at this price point. We’d go back but would ask a few more questions about the portions and would skip desert.

ST
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Love Park Tavern. Enjoyed the food. Menu is a bit limited for brunch, wish they had a lunch menu. Staff cranked up the music making discussion less enjoyable so that was real bummer. Still, would go back.

S
Sacramento
27 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our second visit and all four of us loved everything but the noise level.
We had fantastic salmon and an amazing beet salad. The wine list has some very good wines at reasonable prices. We'll go again when we get to San Francisco.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
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.

SF
San Francisco
53 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very fun place to celebrate something special. The restaurant goes all out to join in the fun. Food is prepared beautifully, and served with professionalism.

T
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
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

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

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

AC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
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.

LF
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
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. Hands down, some of the best service I’ve had in SF over the last 9 years, period. Will definitely be back again!

TW
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
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.

n
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
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!

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

Great food and service. Definitely a place to visit.

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.

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. :)

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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