Lived up to the buzzI'd read about Bar Tartine for a while, but not found myself in the Mission for dinner until ACT staged "Black Watch" in the Armory. The food included a number of tricky preparations, such as a cucumber sauce with a cold salmon appetizer and smoked potatoes with raps aioli. For our mains, we had "cheese dumplings" and spaetzle served with an egg-based sauce. Everything was excellent and satisfying. Dessert of pound cake with fresh berries topped with a tangy creme was honestly the best strawberry shortcake I've ever had. Our server was careful to make sure that we got out of the restaurant in time for the 8pm curtain. I'm looking forward to dining at Bar Tartine again, perhaps for lunch of a sandwich on their delicious bread.5/21/2013 12:00:00 AMPerfect experience!Loved this restaurant, amazing exciting food - very good service and wonderful atmosphere! Can't wait to return!5/17/2013 12:00:00 AMUniqueThe food was good, but perhaps they went a bit far in that direction. Beer selection is good, wines seem overpriced.5/17/2013 12:00:00 AMInteresting and tasty foodBar Tartine is a gem. The food is not the usual California Cuisine. It borrows from central European flavors and styles. The roasted potatoes were fabulous, as was the Fisherman's Stew. We liked the Kale, but wondered if it was our favorite way to eat Kale - so many options. And don't forget the bread - in a city with many choices, the best in my opinion. Service was very friendly. Can't wait to go back.5/15/2013 12:00:00 AMInnovative and NourishingLove the mason jar presentation of pickled vegetables - curried cauliflower was our favorite. Enjoyed the horseradish with asparagus, especially b/c the horseradish didn't destroy our tastebuds. Moved on to share the amazing roasted kale w/innovative dehydrated yogurt (!) crumbs and other goodies - I need to figure out how to make this at home. Salmon presentation was beautiful and the spaeztle was hearty without being overfilling, all delicious. Was expecting more of a Tartine Bakery dessert so ended up skipping that. Great friendly service.5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful meal - truly specialThe menu is varied and a refreshing view on "vegetarian-friendly" (they happily opt out of injecting dishes with pseudo-meats), with dishes that celebrate kale, tahini, and cheeses. The service was spectacular and honest (when the desert menu came and we nervously whispered to one another that we'd prefer just popping over to Bi-Rite Creamery, our waitress - unable to help overhearing - supported our decision and noted that she would do the same) and the ambiance was lively without being deafening.5/7/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent food! The ChineseExcellent food! The Chinese chicken salad sandwich is a must...4/28/2013 12:00:00 AMAmazing food, needs affordable wineBar Tartine is one of my favorite restaurants in the city. The menu is mostly made up of small plates that are very interesting and delicious and remarkably reasonably priced for the quality and ambiance. I particularly love the potato flatbread and smoked potatoes. The one disappointment is the wine list is really overpriced compared to the menu. The least expensive bottle of red is about $50 and is not very good. If the wine list had a couple of bottles in the $30 range, I would eagerly return to Bar Tartine many more times. Otherwise, it's a drag to feel like I cannot get wine I can enjoy for a price that fits the bill.4/26/2013 12:00:00 AMLovely!My husband and I visited Bar Tartine while in San Fran on our honeymoon. We thoroughly enjoyed our experience. The food was incredible. Delicate flavors, well balanced, beautifully presented. We were so full after dinner that we could not order dessert. However, the waiter brought us two complementary glasses of sparking wine to celebrate our marriage. Friendly, delicious, and pleasing to every sense. If this restaurant is on your list, we highly recommend you try it.4/24/2013 12:00:00 AMI was eating dinner with aI was eating dinner with a friend from out of town and my sister, so I wanted a restaurant that was cozy and intimate. Luckily I was able to snag a reservation!
The descriptions on the menu never do justice for the food that comes out of the kitchen at Bar Tartine. Just delicious.4/23/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent brunch spotExcellent food, fresh ingredients and innovative preparation.
Highly recommend for brunch.4/21/2013 12:00:00 AMI absolutely LOVE this place!I absolutely LOVE this place! The food was amazing, the service outstanding, the best beer I've ever tasted, even the valet parking person was a joy to deal with. My entire experience at Bar Tartine was exceptional. I would definitely be back. I highly recommend this place!4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMWow!!! Amazing!!!This place is awesome! I went for brunch and I was not blown away at all of the options on the menu but I quickly changed my tune! Even if you don't like whats on this menu you will love this place. I had the strawberry flatbread and the potato flatbread with the fried egg on top!! AMAZING!!!! We also had the reuben.....fantastic! Everything that came out of the kitchen looked amazing. Service was great too!! Go to this place you will not be disappointed!!!4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMAs always, Tartine did notAs always, Tartine did not fail to perform for this evening's feast, a seven course extravaganza that left us breathless! It was my first time for the marrow/asparagus half sandwich, which was truly outstanding. The tripe dish that I had for the main was one of the best things I've ever tasted. Tartine scores very high on all esoteric scales, and for me once I experienced the quality of what goes on here at every level, other places in SF seem very shallow and low quality.
Thanks for another great evening!4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat service and atmosphere.Great service and atmosphere. Some food items were delicious but entrees were strange and few to choose from. Probably will not return.4/16/2013 12:00:00 AMFoodies dreamWe ate at Bar tartine as part of a west coast food finding expedition. The food was unlike any we have eaten in a long time (we are in the business-have two restaurants on the east coast.) The menu at a glance seemed simple enough, the execution blew us away. Cannot say enough about the food ~the server was informed, unpretentious and truly excited about what Tartine had to offer. A highlight of our trip which began in Portland Oregon.4/16/2013 12:00:00 AMLifestyle BloggerBest restaurant I've tried in San Francisco. The menu is simple but the flavors are complex and unexpected. Staff was very knowledgeable and contributed to the atmosphere and overall dining experience.4/15/2013 12:00:00 AMHelen our server made someHelen our server made some excellent recommendations. The food was delicious.4/14/2013 12:00:00 AMthankfully beyond the flatthankfully beyond the flat suburbian americana that most farm-to-table, well-sourced restaurants have become. we both have int'l backgrounds and very much appreciated the draw of ingredients and compositions beyond europe. we just wish we tried some of the fermented drinks (guava? + whey soda).4/14/2013 12:00:00 AMUnforgettably deliciousFor brunch, two of us ordered the Reuben sandwich and two ordered the potato flat bread with fried egg, garlic and cheese. The Reuben was surprisingly spicy and good, but the potato flat bread was sublime. The lucky two who ordered this tasty treat moaned in gastronomic delight while simultaneously fighting off the forks of the two who didn't. We will be going back soon to order four potato flat breads with fried egg, garlic and cheese.4/14/2013 12:00:00 AMSadly, too noisySadly for us, too noisy for conversation. We will visit at dinner to judge whether it is any better then before we make a reservation. We are fans of Nick Bella's cuisine but maybe we will have to settle for take out.4/14/2013 12:00:00 AMVery good meal held a fewVery good meal held a few nice and different surprises.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMGood sandwichesI came here for a fast sandwich as I was nearby. The service was very nice and fast and the food was great. They have an iced tea with ginger that is really good.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMI was a little skeptical aboutI was a little skeptical about the eastern European cuisine, but was delighted by the various dishes we tried. Everything was incredibly flavorful and fresh.
Portion sizes are modest (even the entree portions). Between the two of us we split 2 small plates and 2 entrees and that was the perfect amount of food (for those with smaller appetites probably 2 + 1 would be fine). I wish they had more CA wines in their selection, as the Croatian wines were just so-so and it made it difficult to chose a wine to accompany the meal.4/11/2013 12:00:00 AMBar Tartine is such a phenomenalBar Tartine is such a phenomenal place to eat. The dishes are made with so much creativity. The food looks and tastes amazing!4/9/2013 12:00:00 AMMy mom was in town and I tookMy mom was in town and I took her here for lunch for her birthday. It was great! We shared the little gems salad, dill pickled carrots & turnips and the goat cheese sandwich...all highly recommended. It was a wonderful atmosphere and the wait staff was extremely friendly. Overall an awesome experience!4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMThis is an excellent restaurant.This is an excellent restaurant. Great service, menu fit for foodies. Really interesting food combinations. And just a really welcoming vibe. Awesome bread served too4/5/2013 12:00:00 AMGood times, good foodI've recently been exploring SF restaurants and this is my favorite so far. Its interior is warm and yet spacious, the servers are casual yet attentive, the food is flat out amazing. We were all impressed with the blend of flavors -- we enjoyed every bite. The only criticism I can come up with was the wine list was short and way too expensive. We stuck with beer. I would come back to this restaurant, which is not something I say lightly because I know the many I haven't tried still are waiting to be tried! The Mission District has come alive for the evening, so stroll down Valencia further & catch an after-dinner drink at a local bar. It's happenin'!4/5/2013 12:00:00 AMService and food were exceptional.Service and food were exceptional. While I wouldn't say the restaurant was kid friendly, everyone was incredibly accommodating with regard to our sleeping baby in carseat.4/5/2013 12:00:00 AMIf you're looking for greatIf you're looking for great Eastern European fare to be shared with the whole table for a very intimate food sharing experience - family style... this is the spot!! Very simple place with no photos but definitely adds to the ambience. The details are in the food & ingredients.3/31/2013 12:00:00 AMThis modern interpretationThis modern interpretation of Central European food never fails. Super-delicious dishes like chicken paprikas and - yum! - spatzle. The best spatzle ever - even better than my mom's. Unusual wines served by knowledgeable servers. It's not cozy, but it's great.3/31/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat place. Great food.Great place. Great food. Great people. Definitely worth the time and cost.3/27/2013 12:00:00 AMExceptional Quality, AlwaysThe food is exceptional at Bar Tartine, starting with their phenomenal bread and ending with their innovative deserts. You must try their homemade pickles -- the beets with buttermilk dressing were delicious. If the carob mousse is on the menu---don't pass it up. What shines thru in all the dishes here is the purity of the ingredients and the attention to detail.3/25/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful food and service!Wonderful food and service! The bread - from Tartine Bakery - is delightful. The lamb meatballs were divine. The roasted kale with yogurt was the highlight of the evening. Enjoy!3/24/2013 12:00:00 AMA Roaring SuccessReally a lovely experience from top to bottom. The service was excellent, The food was delicious, creative and of the highest quality, AND, importantly, the price is extremely reasonable given the previous and as compared to comparable spots. Go and enjoy!3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMBuy a ticket, take the ride!For a rather unpretentious appearing restaurant, the brunch food was extraordinarily good, the prices reasonable, the ambiance and service very pleasant, all in all a really exceptional meal. The bakery's breads anchor the flavors in many of the brunch dishes, the Danish rye being especially delicious. Highly recommended.3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMFirst Visit, not the LastThis was a first visit - another couple and I were intrigued by the description of the menu being Eastern European. They had lived in Hungary for several years and were eager to try it. Finding the restaurant was challenging as parking is difficult (as you know), and there was NO sign in front. The atmosphere is warm and friendly, not pretentious - liked the walnut tables! My first reaction in looking at the menu was that nothing looked familiar, ingredients were strange, and I even suggested we might want to go somewhere else. Our waiter was more than helpful, though, and explained the order things were listed in, how dishes were served, and that plates were shared with all at the table. We took a chance and were so glad we did. Delicious!3/17/2013 12:00:00 AMThe trio of open faced sandwichesThe trio of open faced sandwiches at Sunday brunch was so good I groaned!3/17/2013 12:00:00 AMSublimeWhat a wonderful, wonderful dinner we had. We shared a lot of dishes so we were able to to try a lot of different items. The beet dish, the salad and the goat bread/cheese dish were incredibly good, but the smoked potatoes were one of the best things I've ever eaten. The layers of flavors were so, so good. I would go back for that dish alone. The service was excellent. I am now a huge fan of Bar Tartine. What a great experience.3/16/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food is quite deliciousThe food is quite delicious and they take their beer list as seriously as most places take the wine list. I love it that the wait staff is so knowledgable about this very foo list of beers.3/15/2013 12:00:00 AMI will recommend Bar TartineI will recommend Bar Tartine to anyone who will listen to me. The entire meal was fantastic - from outstanding service to every delicious dish - and left me and my fellow diners stunned at how amazing it all was. I want to give a special shout out to the blood sausage. I lived in Germany for 6 months and had a lot of sausage, but Bar Tartine's blood sausage is the best sausage I've ever had. I cannot wait to go back here and try everything on the menu. Amazing place!3/12/2013 12:00:00 AMrestaurant was great withrestaurant was great with a different
type of menu--tripe. really didn't expect that there, but it was very good3/10/2013 12:00:00 AMTasty surprisesI love to be surprised by a chef, to be served food I wouldn't cook at home. My husband and I enjoyed being able to order a variety of small plates to share. We particularly loved the roasted kale (and my husband usually detests kale), the creamed herring and the fisherman's stew. Our waitress was very helpful and was able to pair each course with small tastes of wine, a truly thoughtful gesture. The "little bites" for dessert were wonderful and I really enjoyed the ginger buckwheat tea. Bar Tartine made us feel welcome even though we seemed to be the oldest diners in the restaurant. Next time we're in San Francisco, I hope to go back.3/9/2013 12:00:00 AMOur New San Francisco FavoriteWow, just wow. Now for something completely different. The food here is not gimmicky, just good, and intense. Started with pickled beets, turnips, and daikon--wonderfully tart and flavorful. Then roasted kale with rye, seeds and yogurt, another flavor explosion. The baked goat cheese with greens and sea laver ( my wife says healthy, I say tasty) was also wonderful. Then cabbage rolls with black trumpet mushrooms. Incredible. The wine selection was great, and the young servers knowledgable and friendly. I wish they had a full bar, but in a place of this caliber, that is a small nit.2/21/2013 12:00:00 AMOne of my faves. potato breadOne of my faves. potato bread a little greasy this time and chicken dish had large chunk of half raw red onion; not pleasant. but otherwise everything great; even the chicken dish. have great selection of local beers, other nice restaurants could learn from the beer list. and very smart wine selections. great for groups as family style eating encouraged and most things quite rich so can try much more w larger group. service has drasticly improved over my visits during reign of current chef, which is more helpful here than most other places as unusual ingredients and techniques. never had a bad dish. if grilled tripe is on menu its a must get. great bread utilized in several dishes and great table bread from tartine bakery2/13/2013 12:00:00 AMdelicious Mission gemYummy yummy! Creative menu, I actually tried vegan options for a change and loved it. Hummus plate is really good, they even substituted carrots and celery instead of pita. Go with a small group and share. Yummy yummy!2/2/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat and very interestingGreat and very interesting food. The pickle are always unsual and delicious! I am always impressed with how well the servers know their beers. I have nev been disappointed with any recommendation!1/22/2013 12:00:00 AMhouse cured herring with househouse cured herring with house pickled, creamed onions on house sprouted flatbread - yummy. beef tartare with 6 minute duck egg - sublime.1/1/0001 4:00:00 PM