Very cordial and accommodating
Very cordial and accommodating for our group of 7. The prix fixe is a good value with a fine selection. It is a nice walk to a new neighborhood from downtown hotels.
3/12/2013 5:00:00 PM
This small restaurant could
This small restaurant could be on a tucked-away Parisian street. We met the chef... the food was wonderful: salad, fresh asparagus, steaks, mussels, trout, the fish of the day, the pear tart, the ice cream sundae... each dish the best version of that dish we had ever had. The staff was terrific, the atmosphere welcoming. Be sure to reserve a table, as it is a small and cozy space.
3/14/2013 5:00:00 PM
Same ol' gem
Always great, this joint has never wavered from its early days' success. I still look for my old favorites, and add new ones to the list. The amazing bargain of a $39 prix fixe with all menu items available to choose from is irresistible. Don't miss the duck breast cooked to perfection on a bed of red cabbage and turnips all around. No pretentious-sounding stuff you've never heard of (like at Bar Tartine), but good dependable cooking like your granny might have served if you were lucky enough to have a French granny! All in a swet room with very easy parking right out front on the circle of South Park.
3/14/2013 5:00:00 PM
The food was very good without
The food was very good without being pretentious . The mussels were delicious. The wine list is appropriate, eclectic and fairly priced. We will definitely go back.
3/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
Among our Favorites
Southpark is always a pleasure. We go here often. There is always something new on the menu to try along with our old favorites. The service is friendly and knowledgeable, the wines excellent. Nestled in a storefront on the park, the ambience allows for conversation.
3/18/2013 5:00:00 PM
We always enjoy this restaurant.
We always enjoy this restaurant. It is consisten in the quailty of both the food and service
3/21/2013 5:00:00 PM
Quintessential Local Bistro
It's hard to go wrong with South Park Cafe. Always good, always dependable. While people always say this about bistros, this one does feel like a little bit of Paris. All the favorites are here and they are always tasty. I especially like the wine list, which has a nice selection of moderately priced wines. Service is solid. We live in the neighborhood and keep going back.
4/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
In an unassuming neighborhood
In an unassuming neighborhood in an unassuming building sits this charming gem of a "cafe", really a gourmet restaurant serving simple but creative fare with a flair. We were able to park easily and felt quite safe, even at night as we left. The full bar is always welcome, but there's something for everyone on the mean to drink and eat. We were not rushed, although the restaurant was not crowded this particular Thursday night. The prices were fair, and I left feeling not only satisfied as a would-be gourmand but also as a member of the middle class. We will go back soon.
4/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
A gem of a place, most of the time
South Park Cafe is a favorite of mine because the food is excellent and one can generally hold a civilized conversation, without unbearable ambient noise. Unfortunately that experience was not to be last Saturday April 6th, due to a neighboring table with 3 young women in a group of 5-6 who were so loud and so totally oblivious that their loud mouths and laughter were disrupting the enjoyment of their fellow diners. A couple at a table between ours and theirs left in frustration after a single course.This is a plea to all the SF diners that in a respectable restaurant such as this, the well-being of fellow diners needs to be considered/respected. This is not a joint or a bar where such behavior is predictable/tolerated.
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Like stepping into France
Like stepping into France and the owner is in the kitchen working--where he's been for 18 years.
4/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
a perennial gem
My wife and I have been dining at South Park Cafe intermitantly for over 20 years and we have never been served a bad meal. The food and atmosphere is genuinely that of a romantic French bistro. We will always come back.
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
From the moment you step into
From the moment you step into South Park Café, you feel like you are in a Parisian neighborhood bistro. Their price fixe dinner can't be beat - the only problem is which one starter, entrée and dessert to order. Recommend coming with friends who like to share tastes - that way you can have it all. Right now, the asparagus starter is outstanding as is their pork salad. Hangar steak and frites were delicious also.
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
A low key, delightful French
A low key, delightful French themed restaurant with a very good prix fixe option ($39 for three courses) We will definitely return.
5/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
excellent food; very noisy
we arrived at 6:30, the place was about 25% full . The food was excellent. At first the noise level waspleasantly low, but as the placefilled up, it became loud enough to amke conversation difficult. So we had two thirds of the time to talk, then the lastthird not.
Open Table needs a louder category than "energetic" something like Don't bother talking.
6/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
South Park has been a go-to
South Park has been a go-to favorite of ours for years. We went this time with another couple who'd never been before. They loved it as much as we do.
Parking can be a problem if there's a Giants game but we lucked out as the game had ended about 20 minutes before we arrived.
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delicious & satisfying
If I lived in the South Park neighborhood, I'd go here every night.
They were able to accommodate my allergic companion (wheat, dairy, AND soy. Poor thing) directly from the menu. Amazingly simple but delightful food.
6/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great french Bistro
The signature pork salad was very good, Duck is great, salmon was OK> desserts were all good. Service was good. I do not know how much discount we got by ordering 3 course meal($39) but certainly reasonable.
We will go back again when we are in that area.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Take a Trip to Paris
Nestled in the quaint South Park enclave a visit here is a real treat. It feels like entering a European square. The ambience in the restaurant is unpretentious and soothing, the staff warm and professional. And the food, never a disappointment. Creative takes on California/European cuisine, delightful flavors, and perfectly prepared. Add a great wine list. Overall a delight!
7/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
I tasted all the dishes at
I tasted all the dishes at the table. The Duck was excellent the Salmon was okay! I had the vegetarian polenta it was good but not exciting. The crispy pork belly appetizer was delicious. The octopus salad didn't have much octopus.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
The charm of this lovely cafe on South Park is always worth my trip from the east bay. The food is of excellent quality, perfectly prepared and the service is very attentive. The experience will make any evening there special.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Paris Bistro in San Francisco
Paris Bistro ambience with great food and a wine list filled with bargains. Great for dates and for couples.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Really good chicken and good
Really good chicken and good wine. Nice atmosphere. Feels like Europe when you are there.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Loved the fish and new farro
Loved the fish and new farro addition was fabulous.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
must go for great food.
Have gone to this resturant many times and will keep going. The food is always great.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our favorite bistro...South Park Ca
Once again we were delighted by a recent visit to South Park Cafe. We have turned to our favorite bistro in SF for consistent and flavor dishes. We were not disappointed...we ordered and enjoyed the Octopus salad, Grouper, and Clams as well as a wonderful dessert of Profiteroles.
Service was pleasant and professional, we always enjoy the interior and feel we are back in Paris at a neighborhood bistro, and the food is very consistent.
We will return soon...
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
A very charming little French
A very charming little French place on a nice little park. Food is not fancy, just very well done with a good selection. The prix fixe is a bargain at $39 for three courses. We liked it a lot.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent, excellent restaurant!!!
I have been eating at South Park for close to 20 years and always love it. I have a timeshare in San Francisco and try to eat here whenever I am in the city, but don't always make it because sometimes my only free evening is on Monday, when they are closed!!!
10/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of our favorite restaurants
South Park is a very nice, comfortable neighborhood restaurant. It has been one of our favorite places to dine in SF for many years. The food is always good, wine list matches up well with the menu & the servers are always pleasant & helpful. We'll be back.
10/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
charming and delicious
our family, which includes a 14 year old who is not always easy to please, enjoyed a wonderful birthday celebration here last week.
in a city filled with meticulously decorated restaurants and menus that take themselves a bit too seriously, south park cafe is a refreshing departure. comfortably decorated and romantically lit, it feels like a neighborhood bistro in paris. the french fare is straight forward and delicious. we loved the trout salad, baked goat cheese, steak frites, cous cous and the mahi mahi. all were delicious and the service was attentive and helpful. looking forward to returning soon.
10/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
It is a neighborhood gem...
We should branch out more when we eat in the city but keep coming back to South Park Cafe. It's like being in Paris!
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Not great for vegetarians
One choice and it was very spicy. Everything else was fine.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was amazing. The pig salad was definitely one of the best salads I've ever eaten and the braised rabbit was very tasty. I ended up going back and having the grilled hanger steak, which was cooked perfectly.
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
My wife and I have made it
My wife and I have made it an informal project of ours to try every French restaurant in the city of San Francisco in recent years, and South Park Cafe jumps immediately towards the top of our leaderboard. The chef here really knows how to bring out the very best in food with several interesting dishes that are beautifully seasoned. We had the lentil & bacon soup and the pig salad for appetizers, both of which were outstanding. Our entrees (duck and chicken) were also excellent. And the profiteroles and thr Fuji apple crepes that we had dessert were among the best we've ever had in a French restaurant. If you're a little tired of a dessert menu that always offers creme brulee and apple tart, you'll enjoy the alternative offerings here.
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Paris in SF
South Park Cafe has been a beacon of French light for many years and it continues to please. Everything is delicious, prices are reasonable, the wine list is great (a beautiful Sancerre for $10 a glass), and service was perfect. Beaucoup de plaisir.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
A little Bit of Paris in SF
Excellent French bistro food in charmn location. Highly recommend this excellent restaurant.
11/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
excellent neighborhood bistro
if you haven't been to South Park, it is a lovely neighborhood. They saved us a table by the window, possibly because it was my friend's birthday. They remembered a candle in the dessert. Prix Fixe menu a very good value.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Dependable, consistently good
I have always liked the cuisine and ambience of the restaurant. My friends and I would go more often if the host projected less of an arch attitude. A smile and warm greeting ("Good evening") would work a lot better than a quizzical, pursed-lip, nose-in-the-air attitude, like, "Can I help you with something?"
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very nice dinner. Both had the bass dish. Very tasty. Waiter was somewhat subdued, and I think his English was not good, but the meal and wine were fine.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
I really like the relaxed environment of this restaurant. As long as the Giants aren't in town, parking is easy.
11/25/2013 4:00:00 PM