Muka - Desserts, Small Bites & Cocktail Lounge
Muka - Desserts, Small Bites & Cocktail Lounge
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  • Address:
    370 Grove Sttreet
    San Francisco, CA 94102
    Neighborhood:
    Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
  • Cuisine:
    Dessert
    Price: $30 and under

Muka - Desserts, Small Bites & Cocktail Lounge

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://mukasf.com/
  • Phone: 4157019888x
  • Hours of Operation:


    Dinner: M, F-Sa 5:00pm-2:00am

    Dinner: T-Th 5:00pm-12:00am
  • Payment Options: MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Dessert, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Sanae Shikayama
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: We can accommodate a private event with more than 30 guests in our dining area or rent out the entire place for a night with more than 60 guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Jean-luc 4157019888x
  • Entertainment: We feature the work of local artists on our exposed brick walls and invite you listen to live music from our home-grown musicians.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Gough Street
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: There is a large public parking lot right next to Muka.
A word from Muka - Desserts, Small Bites & Cocktail Lounge
Step away from the grit of Civic Center, and enter Muka - Desserts, Small Bites & Cocktail Lounge : a charming slice of Europe right in the heart of San Francisco's Hayes Valley. Named after owner Jean-luc Kayigire's mother, Muka is an intimate spot for petit plats, craft cocktails, and merriment. We offer delicious cuisine and warm hospitality in a lively and contemporary setting, with an open ceiling, large picture windows, and rich, hand-crafted wood tables. We are also proud to feature the work of local artists on our exposed brick walls and invite you listen to live music from our home-grown musicians. Easily your new favorite neighborhood mainstay, Muka is at once romantic and accessible. We open until late in the evening to serve your après-opera cravings. An added convenience is the nearby parking garage, and numerous bus routes that drop you off right at our door.
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Muka - Desserts, Small Bites & Cocktail Lounge reviews from OpenTable diners
  • Quick bites and vino
    SFcaGlutenFree
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    The small plates were great, but the music was loud, thankfully the wait staff turned it down, but it was still very loud overall in the room. Food and drinks good, agree with other reviews it's a bar spot with good food options. Although very little gluten free options in the menu.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A nice surprise
    whiteweinVIP
    Dined on 2/19/2014
    We eat in the neighborhood often prior to musical performances. We discovered Muka on Open Table and decided to give it a try. We love small plates and everything we ordered was delicious. Our waiter was extraordinary in his knowledge of the food and wine and his gracious service. All in all a nice surprise. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Moragamom
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I made a reservation here based on Open Table's 4 out of five star rating. I was sorely disappointed. In my opinion the music they played was in poor choice and VERY loud. The food was only so so at best and my husband and I made three selections off the wine list trying to find something decent and they were all pretty horrible. I have never written a review for a restaurant before - good or bad- but I wanted to make sure no one fell into the same trap of making a reservation here based on the "good" Open Table rating. Too bad because this neighborhood could use some other choices besides Jardiniere before the Symphony but look elsewhere!!!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Tapas and Cocktails
    teaorcocktails
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Muka has a delightful array of tapas and superb cocktails. They have featured cocktails but also a "bartender's special" - just tell them what base liquor you like and what else you like (sweet, sour, strong, fruity, light, whatever) and they will surprise you. I was not the least disappointed with what they came up with and am definitely looking forward to returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Almost there, still a solid choice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    Very warm welcome from the maitre d, who proved knowledgable about good wine (and provided a generous pour). Pacing of food a bit uneven, as was the quality -- Brussel sprouts salad was great, the poached pear more than a bit bland. I'd also have preferred more low key music in keeping with the restaurant's understated atmosphere -- but this may be a remnant of its transition from bar to restaurant. This place has potential and is, even now, a solid choice for a light bite and a nice glass of wine before or after a show.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A good first visit!
    bitesize
    Dined on 2/12/2014
    Our first visit to Muka left us wanting to repeat the experience. Everything we ordered was delicious, and though advertised as "small plates" the salads were large enough to split--especially the Brussels Sprouts salad, as are several of the entrees, such as Braised Pork.. The Pancetta-Apple salad is to-die-for, as are the Polenta Poppers. The menu is not extensive, but adequate, with only 3 desserts to choose from. It's about the savories and wines, not the sweets. Reasonably priced.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Convenient for pre ballet
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 2/12/2014
    Close to ballet - good for a drink / snack. Service can be slow - waiters tend to disappear - so helps to be a bit proactive when ordering & ask for the check early.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Light bites, give it a try
    DinerSFVIP
    Dined on 2/12/2014
    Based on the online menu & reviews, I had more expectation than delivery. However, the food was nice. My initial impression left me questioning staying as they really have no idea how to handle reservations. We arrived early for our reservation to an entirely empty restaurant & they actually attempted bar table seating! Upon pushing a bit we were shown a lounge area that is not conducive to a meal so were finally given a tall table. They could have just as easily pushed 2 of the tables together for us & sat a party of 2 at the tall table. After the rough start, our food was nicely done (albeit long spacing) & our server was terrific. Overall a nice evening & once they work out seating the room & food spacing, they will be fine. I'll go back
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it
    Layton
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    My wife and I dropped in on a Friday night because we wanted small plates and weren't super hungry. The food and drink were fantastic, and the service was great. Favorite thing may have been the French accents all the employees had :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A fun time!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    All the patrons were having a good time. And the food was quite tasty, with great service. We ate there for the first time, and we'll return to taste other items on their menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre Ballet Gem for Dinner
    frannieb
    Dined on 1/29/2014
    The background music set the tone for a relaxing, well paced pre-ballet dinner. The pork was tender and full of flavor. The pear with goat cheese was a gem and overall the consensus was we would return to try other offerings on the menu. Well priced and great quality with a delightful, helpful staff!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Convenient to Opera House
    diner33
    Dined on 1/28/2014
    I would recommend eating in the bar area before a performance at the Opera House or Symphony Hall, because I think the service was probably better there. Those of us off in the dining room rarely saw the wait staff. One patron got up to find someone in order to get his check. The staff was nice, just preoccupied by the busier bar area.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We'll be back
    AredubVIP
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    I'm not sure whether Muka is trying to be a bar with food or a restaurant with a full bar. I lean towards the former, but either way, the food and drinks were tasty. The menu is mostly small dishes, with only 4 entrees. We tried two of them and they were both hits, as were the starters, cocktails, and wines. The service was spotty but recovered. We skipped dessert but they sounded great.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pre-symphony dining site
    Extexan
    Dined on 1/22/2014
    This new restaurant is a quick walk to Davies Symphony Hall. We enjoyed the pear salad, the barbecue chicken plate, the brussel sprouts, and the fried polenta, among other selections. Service was friendly, as well. Inexplicably, an old Shirley Temple movie was projected (no sound) on a screen in the corner. While it didn't seem to fit in with the rest of the decor (mostly black/white photo enlargements), it did prompt dinner table conversation of child stars who did/did not survive Hollywood.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good location but that's it
    Sfeat2
    Dined on 1/16/2014
    It was one of the worst dining experiences I have had in years . The waiter didn't know which wine was which, same with the cheese. Salad was ok as was the room but I would not go back
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Getting better
    Luke
    Dined on 1/12/2014
    I come here before the balle. For quicke food love the place.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Inventive drinks, great small
    reggieVIP
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    Inventive drinks, great small plates, pear salad outstanding and also the sliders
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Lille gem!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/9/2014
    A great little neighborhood find! Good food and great ambiance. Went with a friend and the noise level was perfect; quiet enough for conversation but loud enough for the conversation to remain private! The service was fantastic too! Will be back!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • not quite there
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 1/8/2014
    Worth revisiting in a few months. Great location for pre- symphony; ballet. opera
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Tapas place!
    tjt1
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    A nice place to drop in for a drink, glass of wine and some very tasty small plate dining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent tappas.
    Dolphinr
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    We chose Muka for a light meal before a musical. We chose an excellent (reasonable) French wine and three small plates to share.We were pleasantly surprised. The food was excellent and the service was attentive but not intrusive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great little place
    outtodinner
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    We went here for small plates and a glass of wine before the Nutcracker. Everything was great, the food was all wonderful and the service was exceptional. We tried the polenta, the cheese selection, brussel sprouts and fried olives. Would definitely go there again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Place to Eat Near Civic Center
    TonyVIP
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    Muka is a real gem. The kitchen delivers on the menu with clever takes on classical dishes. While not extensive, the menu is well balanced and sure to please a wide variety of tastes. The team has done a great job creating an inviting spot in a not so obvious location for fine dining. Unlike some of the other reviewers, we didn't have any problem with service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Uncomfortably cold
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    Uncomfortably cold in the restaurant. Disorganized service.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Limited menu, but a pleasant
    billVIP
    Dined on 12/11/2013
    Limited menu, but a pleasant place before the show. Food was interesting and well prepared.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Didn't leave a morsel
    Yohdaddy
    Dined on 12/4/2013
    While it was clear there were still working out the kinks as they just started, the server was very polite and it was nice to find a restaurant that wasn't swarmed by the theater crowd. The menu offers a lot of diversity and it was basically elegant bar food and beers for our date night. Would definitely go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • You need more wait staff!
    OperaLoverVIP
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    I decided to try this place for dinner on a Saturday before the Opera. Despite its location in a parking garage, the restaurant itself has pretty good ambiance. The food was actually decent although nothing extraordinary. The real problem with this place is the service. There seemed to be only one waiter covering the whole restaurant and bar. The place isn't huge, but even so when your waiter doesn't come by the table for 30 minutes at a time and you have tell him twice to bring the check and have to wait 20 minutes for it, there's a problem. In an area with plenty of good restaurants I recommend choosing another.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great small plates!
    David
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    We were looking for a place to eat before the opera last Saturday and found Muka. Chose it because it had availability and due to good reviews on Yelp. The place exceeded our expectations. The thing here is the many small plates, like Tapas, but not Spanish. The blue cheese potato gratin was great, and the cheese from their cheese plate (in particular a triple-cream brie) was amazing. But best of all was the parsnips with toasted pecans and bourbon brown butter. I'm sure that particular item is seasonal, so get it while it lasts because it was amazing. The waiter (Jean-Luc) was attentive but not intrusive. He told us this was a new location for them, but also a departure from the format at their previous location. We'll definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great spot for before/after event
    Gourmande
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    We went before our Opera event and enjoyed a nice glass of wine with small plates. Very interesting "deep fried olives" filled with anchovies. All food we tried was very good and it was served in a timely manner.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This is a relatively new restaurant
    nlk1VIP
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    This is a relatively new restaurant in the Civic Center area - good for concerts, ballet, etc. Service is very pleasant if a little haphazard. There was on glitch in our meal, and they immediately dealt with it. Small plates. Excellent calamari and polenta poppers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Suitable for a light bite
    brockvond
    Dined on 11/14/2013
    Suitable for a light bite before the opera (or symphony, or jazz, etc.) and they are aware that many of their patrons will be there for that purpose.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dining and servers in the dark
    SFLadyVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2013
    First, this place is so dark one needs the small candles on the table to read the menu. As for the latter, then one would search on all sides of it to answer the question, "Is this all there is?" Very weird menu. I'm all for small plates, but the offerings were very limited. The service was terrible, with either too few or too clueless servers. The woman who sat down next to us ordered a glass of wine that didn't arrive for ten minutes, and the place was hardly busy on a Thursday night, despite the fact that there were symphony, opera and City Arts & Lectures. We were going to the latter, and it took 20 minutes to get check after requesting it. This location never a winner, and Muka doesn't qualify either.
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  • Will return
    JimBVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2013
    We live in S.F. And eat out a lot. After a movie at Opera Plaza we walked to Muka and loved it. 1. Excellent tapas type servings. 2. We could hear one another talking. 3. Efficient "just-right" service. 4. Very affordable.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Understaffed
    beders
    Dined on 10/30/2013
    We came to the restaurant with over 1.5 hours time to spare before heading to the symphony. The staff and kitchen wasn't able to serve us a few small plates and dessert in that timeframe. We had to leave most of the dessert on the table and run for the symphony. This happened even though we told the staff that we needed to leave on time. The food on the other hand was excellent. The olives, beet salad and the honey chicken bbq is great!
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Stop before the opera & symphony
    BeulkahVIP
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    Lovely little plates (the kale Cesar, the honeyed chicken, marinated beets) that satisfy both your appetite and soul. Friendly servers, good wine list and oh so convenient the the musical wonders of San Francisco (opera, jazz & the symphony).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Performance goers boon
    Liketheopera
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    This used to be a seedy little bar. It is clean updated n contemporary. Food was good, wine pairings were fun. Menu is small but gun. So easy to park n walk to opera house.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 2nd time
    Luke
    Dined on 10/15/2013
    I leave 1 block from Muka. It was my 2nd time there. super chill and the owners and staff are friendly and funny.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best New Restaurant in Hayes Valley
    AMomentOfBlackExcellence
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    I love this place! Great food! The dining room was candle lit and romantic. It wasn't very crowded, but I understand they get very busy on show nights, since the opera and the symphony hall are down the street. The servers were friendly and attentive, and gave us plenty of information on the ingredients in each dish. We learned that all of the beef and pork is from Niman Ranch and that they get all of their produce local at the farmer's market. You could certainly taste the high quality of ingredients and the love put onto each plate. For dessert, we had earl grey panna cotta and brioche bread pudding. Both were delicious. They also have a full bar with really good wine and cocktails! This is definitely my new place in Hayes Valley.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but needs some refinement
    jl55VIP
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    I loved the old location that Muka was in, so I was excited to see it had moved to a larger spot. Maybe because it's still relatively new in the Hayes Valley location, but the service was a bit disjointed and ambience was a bit off (e.g. large windows in the restaurant/bar are nice, but needed cleaning...the back dining room had a random table in the back that was draped in something that looked like a old curtain). High points were that the food was great - everything we ordered tasted delicious. However, we found the food prices a bit high for the portion sizes...we eat all over town and felt that for the portions we got, the prices should have been $2-3 lower per dish. But otherwise a nice experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food. Not speedy.
    Dhin
    Dined on 10/11/2013
    As other reviewers have noted, the food is very good, it is not crowded at the pre-performance time (6pm reservation) and it is only 1.5 blocks to the opera. The problem here is the speed of service. Even arriving at 6 on the dot we were worried we weren't going to make it to the 8 pm Falstaff showing on time. While everyone means well and is very nice, the service simply isn't speedy.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.