Bar Tartine
Bar Tartine

Bar Tartine

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://bartartine.com/
  • Phone: (415) 487-1600
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner:
    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday: 5:30p - 10:00p; Friday & Saturday: 5:30p - 10:30p

    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11a - 2p
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Pay with OpenTable,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, 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 4154871600x
  • 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Bar Tartine reviews from OpenTable diners
212 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (161)neighborhood gem (104)special occasion (63)hot spot (59)great for brunch (50)romantic (47)good for groups (40)notable wine list (32)great for lunch (16)vibrant bar scene (14)late-night find (4)scenic view (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • excellent, outstanding,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    very unique and delicious menu, outstanding service, wonderful ambience.
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    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meh brunch menu. Wasn't impressed.
    TamiVIP
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    My first time at Bar Tartine. I dined with four others for a ladies brunch -- several of us had been there to dinner before but no one for brunch. Overall, the menu didn't appeal to us all that much and 4/5 of us ordered an egg scrambled/avocado flatbread. It had a weird cheese on it and was in general just not that good. I'd be up for going there again to try dinner but I won't go back for brunch.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing!
    Aubepine
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    I'd read about Bar Tartine on numerous foodie blogs and wasn't disappointed. My server was friendly and helpful. She helped me choose two dishes that paired well together, as well as the perfect glass of wine. I had the Sweet potato, avocado and green walnut salad with feta (wonderful combination of textures) and the Pork Meatballs with brocolli rabé, olives and chickpeas. The meal really explored the bitter and sour aspects of the palate in an amazing way-- these are not the flavors we encounter in most restaurants and that's a shame. One of the best meals I've had (and I've eaten in a lot of great restaurants). And don't forget to order the bread!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Varied delicious food
    BusylizzieVIP
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    We met friends here that we hadn't seen in a long time so it was important that we had somewhere to talk with good unobtrusive service. The service was excellent, and the food was both varied and delicious. We were able to sample lots of the items on the menu and each one was a hit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food anad sevice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    The food at Bar Tartine never disappoints, and this time our server went out of his way to make our experience great. He overheard my friend mentioning she didn't like cilantro, and reappeared 15 minutes later with the dish cooked fresh without cilantro in it. Amazing! Especially for the rest of us who got to try the dish twice :-)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding dinner.
    MMFox
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    We visited with my family and had the best time. Our waiter, whose name I sadly do not remember, was friendly, engaging, not at all snobby, and knowledgeable about the menu. He was just the right amount of attentive. The food here was the main star. I left dinner very happy with the things I had tasted and very full. We highly recommend the flatbread, the pickles, the smoked potatoes, the sweet potato salad. The only thing we didn't love was the egg noodles, but possibly because we were already stuffed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
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  • Chilled out lunch
    Euros
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Excellent. A really varied menu. The smoked potatoes with black garlic was truly amazing. Great real ale (I'm from Wales, so that's what we call craft beer over here) selection. Even though we ordered the bread with melon jam, it didn't reach the table, so I was just a tad disappointed that we didn't get to experience their famous baking. But it definitely did not take away from what was to me a fabulous meal. For any UK based foodie, I'd describe the cooking here as akin to London's Yotam Ottolenghi.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Tartar is excellent
    Felicia
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    The tartar is what stood out the most, though we ordered the bread with lard and the stuffed mushrooms tol
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful and charming
    MissDottie
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    Oh man, what a special dinner with amazing service and wonderful food choices. I so appreciate all of the care and warmth that went into making the amazing and special dinner we had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Uschi Joshua
    uschi54
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    It was very drafty where we were sitting due to the air conditioning blasting cold air at me. This heavily impacted my comfort and ambiance during dinner overall. I did not like my choice "Flatbread with mushrooms and spinach: It tasted like a bad pizza. My friend's food was much better: Salad with goat cheese. I found the table to be too close together. I knocked over a char of water when squeezing myself onto my seat on the bench. SO, overall, a questionable experience from my side.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hokkaido and Budapest in One Dish
    fatcat
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Not to be mistaken as Fusion, please. Definitely not Frankenstein of ethnic flavors. Unexpected menagerie of flavor components wonderfully integrated into each dish. Fresh as it can be. Subtle as one feels very at home and adventurous at the same time. How could this be possible? Nothing at this place is screaming for identity. It does not have to. It's that good and so unique. I would re-visit this place at every chance I get.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not what I wanted
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    I guess I should have chosen another restaurant. Nothing on the menu looked too appealing and when it arrived, it was OK, but not sublime. I've been here for lunch, but never dinner. I also may have ordered wrong, but the stuffed mushrooms were not that memorable. The highly recommended potatoes were not very interesting. The waiter was nice and attentive, but the food itself would not draw me back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good if a bit precious
    mainemal
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    This place is getting lots of buzz, but perhaps not worth a special trek to this part of SF. Our party of 3 tried different dishes, flavors were generally good, but the entree piece of fish in collard sauce (interesting) was barely discernible: about 3 medium bites for $27: definitely overpriced. Smaller veggie dishes similar: tasty, but too many $$$ for a small plate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't miss this one
    Sarah4sci
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    We had 2 fresh, delicious salads, perfect sourdough and stuffed dates. Innovative use of local ingredients and perfect service- knowledgeable and just the right level of friendliness.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We ate too much!
    mauifolks
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    We really enjoyed Bar Tartine. We basically ordered everything that looked interesting on the menu to the four of us and managed to eat it all (barely)! Now we know what to order the next time we come, and there WILL be a next time! We enjoyed our experience very much. Bar menu was also an adventure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sublime
    bdun
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Brunch here is sublime and a borderline religious experience. Best brunch in town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • excellent experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    very nice scandinavian inspired food in quiant space
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Excellent dinning experience in a long time. And, I know what it takes to serve a great food and finding great people to work with!!! Great cooking technics.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Flavor ride.
    foodieroadshow
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    The chef uses the most imaginative and creative melding of flavors. Excellent service and the menu is very unusual. Eating here is like going on a culinary adventure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Marina
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Good for poeple who like to combine conventional dishes made in unconventional,way. as expected great food. potatoes with garlic, salad with cheese were great. Flatbread i wasnt too crazy about - a little heavy. wish i would try pork shoulder. combination of brussel sprouts and sauce were a bit overseasoned. Hungarian desert with homemade cheese was unconventional and balanced, refreshing and light - would i order again - no. smoked blood orange tea - again different - would i order again again - no.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Underwhelming
    Occi
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    We picked Bar Tartine on a recommendation. It was a girls night for 3 to celebrate a birthday. The wines by the glass were not very interesting - I couldn't find a white that I liked and ended up with a rose which wouldn't have been my choice as an evening wine. It also took about 15 mins for the wine to arrive, longer than I've waited at any other restaurant, ever. We picked 4-5 interesting sounding dishes but one friend pointed out that they all seemed to have similar ingredients and kind of tasted the same. I'd requested a candle on the dessert to celebrate the birthday but it was a no show. Ultimately and sadly quite a disappointing experience.
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  • Best Ever
    CollinCasey
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Bar Tartine is insanely good. It's one of the best in the City. Ever.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Absolutely fantastic meal at Bar Tartine. Blown away by flavours and creativity. Cultured butternut squash and sunchoke oil was unreal. Will be back next time I am in town and will be recommending to everyone. Thank you for such a great night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • katska
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Always a delight- knowledgeable staff, and you'll want to savor each bite! Portions are great for sharing as well. Best place in town to taste fresh flavors and combinations from the alderwood smoked red potatoes with black garlic and mushroom vinegar sauce to pickled vegetables. The bread is the gold standard for how all bread should taste in my opinion.. The scrambled eggs are like nothing I've ever had-a texture that is difficult to reproduce I assure you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • For the love of bread
    LariatVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    The bread was wonderful. For bread-to-go, do some research to store & reheat the bread to bring back the potato-chip crispness of the crust and the softness of the bread. Other brunch items were magnificent & unique: Nettle broth. Texture & taste perfectly combined. Smoked trout as soft as lox. Potato firm & airy & full flavor. The portions were perfect to share and easily satisfying.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious and unique
    Donnie
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The flavor profiles are extremely unique, but still really awesome. Everything (sour creams, yogurts, kefirs, etc) is made in-house, too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Exceptional!
    PerplexedVIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    For taste, originality, and pleasant service this restaurant is hard to beat. It is well worth leaving the city centre and the tourist hot spots on the waterfront if the objective is gastronomic excitement and enjoyment. Sadly my wife and I live thousands of miles away and an early return is unlikely. If we lived nearby we would dine here often.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique food, thoughtful service
    lilyg
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Bar Tartine is a special restaurant with unique food and great service. From unparalleled bread, to in-house fermentation, unmatchable flavors and unique combinations. Knowledgeable staff makes the slightly esoteric food approachable. Most individuals will enjoy this food and find something to appreciate, though it may be a bit far-reaching for a child or someone with a limited palate.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing
    Akit
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    The quality of the food was amazing We will go back again
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Campfire potatoes!
    diningoutVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Bar Tartine is always good but I was blown away this time. All familiar ingredients but taken to a place that made them all new again. The potatoes infused with smokiness, the salmon roe on bread with butter, the best salad I've ever had. And the service was flawless -- everything was brought in the exact right order -- and everyone was friendly and professional - they really knew the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Overpriced dishes, terrible service
    createdbyjoanna
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Our server barely acknowledged us, took our plates before we were finished, and the dishes were ridiculously priced. Very disappointing.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
  • My New Favorite Place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    I loved everything we ate at Bar Tartine, and we tried a few things: the avocado toast with scrambled eggs were the best eggs I've ever tasted; smoked trout was delicious as was the smoked salmon. And the bread was divine. Loved eating here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ok-ok
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    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.