Bar Tartine
Bar Tartine

Bar Tartine

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://bartartine.com/
  • Phone: 4154871600
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday: 6:00p - 10:00p; Friday & Saturday: 6:00p - 11:00p;

    Lunch: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 11a - 3p

    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11a - 2:30p
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, Eastern European, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Nick Balla
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Weekend Brunch, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: We offer buy outs for private events.
    Non-private options for parties of 8 to 40 guests.
    Please email mary@tartinesf.com for further information.
  • Private Party Contact: Mary Christie 4154871600
  • Special Events: http://www.bartartine.com/events.html

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 16th and 17th Streets
  • Public Transit: MUNI and BART both stop at Mission and 16th Streets
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Bar Tartine offers valet service during dinner for $12 per vehicle. Public parking is available at the Hoff Street garage which is between Valencia and Mission off of 16th Street.
A word from Bar Tartine
Known for dishes that evoke distant places and a cooking style that draws on slow, subtle, and labor-intensive techniques, Executive Chef Nicolaus Balla has a decidedly global culinary approach.

Balla employs his research into artisan techniques such as sausage preparation, cheese making, pickling and preserving to produce those authentic homemade flavors. His preference is for approachable and full-flavored dishes – what he calls “good social food.” The menu pairs naturally with Tartine’s bread by renown baker Chad Robertson, which serves both as inspiration and accompaniment for many of the dishes.


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Bar Tartine reviews from OpenTable diners
240 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (178)neighborhood gem (113)special occasion (84)hot spot (67)romantic (62)great for brunch (49)notable wine list (49)good for groups (48)great for lunch (13)vibrant bar scene (9)late-night find (8)kid-friendly (4)scenic view (3)Show More
  • Bar Tartine
    Naomi
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    We went there for my husband's birthday. I knew it was highly rated and was hoping it wouldn't be too trendy and snobby. The food was great, but the staff was so warm that it made this place truly special. Everyone helped (not just our waiter), and our waiter's kindness was what made the evening all the more special. The food was unique, well priced and yummy. Great night!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ok-ok
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Service - 2 stars -- I had to ask the waiter to come back and serve me coffee. The waiter did not come often to check on our food/drinks. We ordered coffee and the pound cake to start our brunch. The pound cake was really nothing, and it costed $9. I expected something better as I knew the dessert from the Tartine bakery was champ. That was really disappointing. We then ordered shared food (eggs and crackers with caviar). IT was OK-OK. Nothing breathtaking and overpriced. Kind of disappointing.
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  • Food was fantastic!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We choose the set menu and was happy with every course. I am going to recommend Bar Tartine to all my friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • CelaVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We arrived with high hopes which were not completely fulfilled. We started off with excellent appetizers (padron peppers and Jerusalem artichoke), followed by linguini with clams which unfortunately had a very(!) strong taste of garlic. For dessert we had cannelloni which was okey. The venue, however, was really nice and the waiters were polite. The cocktails were very tasty!
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  • Very disappointing
    BlueHerron
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    The bread and butter were inspired and had I stoped there I would have been happy, even at the $10 price. None of the six other dishes we had were interesting or well prepared.
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  • Another great meal!
    CHIPVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Bar Tartine rewards you with delicious, interesting food, excellent wine and beer options that are constantly changing, and truly perfect service. It's my go to spot to bring out if town guests and they have all been happy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing brunch!
    jamieoco
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The food here was exotic and fun, the chef definitely takes advantage of using different spices in unique ways! Beautiful decor too, and our waitress and very friendly and helpful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    I've been to Bar Tartine many many times and the food is truly outstanding! It's hard to get inventive any tasty done right at the same time but you guys do so consistently. This last time, however, I was very disappointed by the service. I had brought a friend with me who I was introducing to the restaurant and the wait staff was border-line rude. The person who sat us was impatient; my friend asked for a new plate as his was chipped and the waitress in a very irritated tone explained that's the style of the plates (because they're recycled) and walked away. The wait staff barely checked in on us and I had to flag down our waitress and ask for a change in plates.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Fabulous as always & can't wait to return. Food, drink and staff are always amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Interesting, eclectic menue. Excellent service; loved the whole ambiance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Interesting concept
    Kimo
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Very interesting and experimental menu. Waiting staff was very helpful as was kitchen which adjusted dishes for GF.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic.
    Nigelladelia
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    The food was amazing. We did the tasting menu and it was a great way to sample everything on the menu. It was not too much food. I would recommend this restaurant to any foodie. The bread was also incredible.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mid-east/japanese/and some french
    BigWayne
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    ---------- wine was quite expensive (especially for what one gets... ) . the owner's roots are hungarian (try the lard/onion/paprika - you have to buy the bread to put it on, though...) but the food was mostly variations on hummus . . .
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  • Amazing almost to the end
    alluvialfan
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The food is amazing. It's a foodie dream. The service was perfect. Our server gave us recommendations that we didn't take but she seemed to know what she was talking about. We asked about the source for the meats and she had all of the answers. The only thing... the dessert was not good. It wasn't even a little sweet and it wasn't intentionally savory. We each had a bite and then didn't have any interest...and if you know my sister and me, you would know that we never turn away dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Delicious!! AND fabulous service!!
    HappyDinerVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Our food, wine, and of course bread and butter were all terrific! And, the waitstaff and kitchen couldn't have been nicer and more accommodating for a food allergy! It was very appreciated! Very much recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One and done
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Our first visit was so poor we won't be back for the overpriced blah experimental dishes. We would usually give a restaurant a second chance if the service was at least friendly and attentive. Our server was speedy and anxious at the beginning, and then disappeared completely the second half of our meal, never checking in. Not to even check if our food was okay. We had to flag other servers to get order things and to ask about our starters after our dinners were served,etc,etc...
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Thanks for ruining my streak of not having a bad meal in SF. When I asked the server what happened to the burger he said they haven't had the burger in 6 mo since it was a staple of the old chef in a pretty snarky "omg how could you not know that" way. After dinner I told him maybe they should get the old chef back.
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  • Great menu for foodies
    KumiVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Loves all the twist and mix of interesting flavor! The service was good too.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An Excursion Into the Esoteric!
    PersuedbyCougars
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Of my many trips to Bar Tartine, I have to say this was one of the most interesting, adventurous and delicious yet.The subtle blends of flavors and essences in each of the dishes piqued curiosity and delight with every course. Visual presentations have hit a new high, and I don't know how they do it, but about half way through every meal I have at Bar Tartine, I can literally feel the vitality of the food in my skin. Do not miss the desserts, especially if you are not a dessert person! They do it in a whole different way here, and you'll be glad you broke the rules- just like they do!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lardable Aims at a Price
    HappyGimletVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Great food and really thought through menu, for a city with great food pretensions Tartine does deliver interesting and fresh food that is well presented and healthful in both combinations and portions. One minor gripe charging for bread and butter separately is taking the mickey. Eschew the butter and get the lard, amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Rushed
    Eyp708VIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    We arrived when the restaurant opened at 6pm and opted to order a few items to share as they recommended. The beef tartare on potato flatbread with green horseradish was so drowned in horseradish sauce we couldn't taste or barely see the beef tartare below. When we told our server about it, he spoke to the kitchen then told us that if people aren't read for the kick of horseradish, they can be taken aback. We clarified again that that wasn't our problem, it was that we couldn't taste anything underneath the over abundance of sauce. The remainder of the dishes were edible but nothing great. The meal felt very rushed as we were out of there having paid the bill before 7pm. I wouldn't go back.
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  • Great Food but Mechanical Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Food was very good and creative. Some over the top delicious, however the staff mostly put food on plate and walked through their "description" with as much enthusiasm as if they were reading a car mechanics "how-to". By the end, we just ignored them and referred to the menu. Also, wine paring did not quite synch up, so that was not good. Still would go back as food was terrific.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • EattravelVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Everything was good, just a few details missed. Tasting menu portions were way to large, half way through the tasting we were both very full and so didn't enjoy the last half. Desserts were extremely tart, almost no sweetness at all. Savory desserts in general are great, but, for example, you expect some sweetness from caramel. Wine pairings were good, served to groups of dishes. For the most part servers hardly mentioned the name when leaving them, let alone region, etc. A bit odd to have 2 wines served at the same time (red and white) that were very different and it wasn't mentioned which went with which dish.
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  • So good.
    Sterling
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Everything about my experience at this restaurant was amazing! From the service to the food, nothing could have been improved upon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Services, Delicious Food
    sfsea
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The service we received from our server were great. He provide some good suggestion on ordering. Chopped salad and beef tartar were highlights amount all the food we got. Of course, their bread and butter are must have. Overall, we had a good dinning experience from Bar Tartine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Excellent experience. Delicious Food. However, the tables are way to close to each other! Zero privacy.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • amazing brunch
    denverroman
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    I eat a lot of brunch around the country do to my work schedule and this was the best.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hmmmmm
    SashaNGray
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Well, we were in SF for just under a week and had this recommended to us. We had a $300 bill....we had 2 appies, 2 mains, 2 desserts and a couple drinks. All the food was served in bowls and was really soupy. Most of it was cold.....wasn't aware that it would be this way. Service was unremarkable and slow. This was at 10 pm. They were pretty busy, so I say don`t believe the hype. Disappointed.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding night
    1Market
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The food was out of this world. Fresh and small plates that can be shared between two people. Service was great and the bread was fantastic.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently excellent
    CHIPVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I had my 4th meal Friday night. Top notch service, interesting beer selection. I like that the chef has a unique voice, unlike many of the new hot spots in town which all seem to serve variations of the same meal. Service is definitely better than the average restaurant in the same category from the bar staff to the servers. Atmosphere is relaxed. Great place to have dinner any night of the week and come home happy and satisfied.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Non Eventful
    Places2dine
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Sourdough Bread that is an appetizer for $ and butter is extra $. Ludicrous. Cobb salad good organic California ingredients we shared and shared an entree w a few small cubes of roasted salmon and veggies. It was late we were hungry from out of town and knew no where else to leave this restaurant.
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  • Disappointing and Pretentious
    UNFSocProfVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    It is in vogue these days for restaurants to provide lists of ingredients on the menu, sans description of preparation or composition. Bar Tartine does this, and it is a pretentious and confusing mess. Without menu headers, the diner must decipher whether the item in question is a starter, a soup, an entrée, etc. Rather than "eggplant and feta with rye," it would be helpful to state that this is, for example, a dip where all items are incorporated. Don't count on the server to help. She is likely cooler than you, and cannot comprehend your confusion. Further, the kitchen knows better than you the order in which your food should be served, so don't try to orchestrate your own sequence of items. Plus: delicious roasted potatoes.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The usual
    boomboom
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    The usual triumph for BT. The plum soup was TDF. As well as the lentil croquettes and smoked potatoes. This place never fails in its original and fresh and overall FABALAS approach to quality dining.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    Beelzepub
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Two of us dined on a Sunday night in August. We both opted for a tasting menu with wine pairings. I'm not sure I've been met by a wait staff that was more bored (indifferent?) to be working. Food was delivered with zero enthusiasm -- or real discussion about what the dish was and why a particular wine was served. At one point, two glasses of wine were brought for a single dish with no reason given. I think it was because one was forgotten earlier when we received a dish and no wine. Overall, the food was good but not worth the price. Definitely avoid the wine pairings and select your own. None of the wines selected elevated the pairing. And if your staff is bored with the food, how do you expect your customers to be enthused?
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  • Hit & Miss
    Foodie
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Of the 4 dishes I tried, 2 were great and 2 were not. The flatbread with beef tartare was spectacular but the kale dish with sour yogurt was weird. The poached peach desert was terrific but I could not eat the stuffed date desert because the taste (over sweet dates with a sour sauce) was bizarre overall and not cohesive for me. Like most SF restaurants, I did not care for the fact that I was given a table stuck to a pillar because I was there by myself. Not sure why restaurants feel single people need to be confined to a corner! Good ambience, no crazy noise levels and prompt service. Overall a good place, as long as one is up for an experiment when it comes to the food.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cool place - great food
    virgiebxl
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Great dining experience. I loved the informal atmosphere and yet professional service paired with impeccable food and wine. This is not an easy balance to maintain. Playful playlist on top of that.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • Average food
    AAC2
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    I had heard about Bar Tartine from a few different people and was looking forward to eating there however the food was pretty average.
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  • Amazing food
    martindVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Bar Tartine is simply the number #1 SF restaurant in my heart :) The food is fantastic, I don't understand why they don't have a Michelin Star.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Neighborhood Favorite
    Caite11
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    My husband and I dined here on our anniversary. It's close to where we live and we had read of its excellence. Our first interaction with the hostess was less than warm--an unfortunate way to start, particularly when it's your special occasion. She proceeded to tell us how small the portions are and that we should order 3-4 per person. Upon hearing that, we upped # of items we ordered. Food comes quickly (usually great, unless you're trying to take your time)& is made to order. Must haves: Tartine sourdough& cultured butter, rainbow trout, lobster mushroom salad with cheese, kale with tahini & kiefer. We ordered more than was necessary (hostess's rec) and would omit beef tartar next time. Food outstanding. Portions definitely not skimpy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • PrivetskyVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Phenomenal food - creative, extremely flavorful and inventive but not snobby! Very accommodating and down to earth service . We were running late and called, they saved our table, accommodated a stroller and were totally low key about it! I also requested a dairy free dinner and they were remarkable with that as well. This is what a great SF restaurant should be like, in my opinion. Looking forward to going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic