South Park Cafe
South Park Cafe

South Park Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.southparkcafe.com/
  • Phone: 4154957275x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Executive Chef: Ward Little
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Cafe, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access
  • Private Party Facilities: Private parties require a "buy-out" of the restaurant.
  • Private Party Contact: Marty Berg 4154957275x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 2nd & 3rd, Brannan & Bryant
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street parking is generally easy.
A word from South Park Cafe
South Park Cafe has been serving rustic French cuisine since 1985. Gourmet Magazine called South Park "One of the best little French restaurants in San Francisco". Michael Bauer says "Feels like a little slice of Paris and the food is as good as ever".
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South Park Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
67 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (52)fit for foodies (34)romantic (33)special occasion (23)notable wine list (12)great for lunch (6)good for groups (2)scenic view (1)kid-friendly (1)hot spot (1)great for brunch (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Not as good as it used to be...
    JaniceN
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    We have gone to South Park for years, but the last couple of times -- the food has been pretty disappointing. I started off with the field greens salad -- it was just that....lettuce lightly dressed w/a very bland dressing. Would have benefitted from at least a crouton for eight bucks. Next I had the Skirt Steak and fries -- it was VERY tough and gristly. The sauce was not tasty and had a bad aftertaste. The fries were not anything special. I followed that with the peach and coconut sorbet. The coconut was good, but the peach sorbet tasted like it was made w/canned peaches and had the color to match. We won't be back.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • food vs ambiance
    pegan5bVIP
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    Dined @ South Park for decades and sad to see it has not decided whether or not to focus on food, service or ambiance [read, noise level]. I believe it could be all three, but thus far the food is typically 4 star, service uneven and noise level ridiculous.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always delightful
    JesseVIP
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    Great food, with very personal service. The closest you can get to a Paris bistro in San Francisco. You will never be disappointed. Excellent duck. Fabulous pig salad. Lovely first courses. Best hanger steak-frites in town. Very nice selection of wines. It's very satisfying to come back again and again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, nice experience
    yarnlover
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    We enjoyed the experience. Good service. Food was very good, but not exceptional. Reasonable value for the money. We will go back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent dining
    henartsVIP
    Dined on 2/18/2014
    As a business traveller I eat alone mostly. I had a nice table, in this cosy little restaurant. The atmosphere is good, friendly. The food was excellent, this is a place where I will return if back in SF.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent...
    Bill
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Seated right away with reservation, service very friendly but not overbearing. Menu selection diverse, good wine selections and pairing advise. Food delivered promptly and hot, excellent flavors. Could use one or two non-dairy (for lactose intolerance) dessert choices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • In a location where modern
    Tommy
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    In a location where modern dining establishments rule the roost, South Park Cafe is refreshingly quaint and exudes neighborhood charm. The food is classic French bistro fare, and I very much enjoyed my pork belly appetizer, and the duck was also cooked perfectly. With a few minor upgrades to the interior (i.e. china, flatware, linens, and a fresh coat of paint), my "ambiance" rating would have been higher. With a menu that included more seasonal and local legumes, South Park Cafe could really go above and beyond a simple neighborhood dining establishment. I always ask myself if I'd return to a restaurant, again when I write a review. My answer is yes - it'll be exciting to see what developments might take place!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Do the prex fixe
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    This is a relatively quiet, not inexpensive but not expensive, neighborhood bistro. Great food, good wine list, and charming. The prex fixe is the best way to go. Wonderful meal, relaxing and delicious. Parking is a challenge.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still excellent
    Cucumber
    Dined on 2/6/2014
    I hadn't been to the South Park in years. I read the positive reviews and decided to give it a try. It stood up well to the reviews. The remoulade of celery root and beets was basically crudite, and was perfectly dressed and seasoned. Simple vegetables prepared such that they were exquisite. The Artic char was cooked perfectly and the accompanying vegetables went well with it and were also delicious. The service was prompt and attentive without being intrusive. It has an ambiance of a quiet neighborhood cafe, which I love in comparison to trendy, noisy, hyper kinetic venues.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • consistent winner
    kurtdismasVIP
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    have been dining at south park for well over twenty years. great food, comfortable surroundings, attentive wait staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Take you away
    PPis60VIP
    Dined on 1/28/2014
    The atmosphere of the neighborhood, the decor of the restaurant the small but perfect menu make this place just complete comfort and makes you feel like you've been taken away from the hustle bustle. Enjoyed the overall experience, and no complaints about the food which is above average, not the greatest I ever had however. The duck stood out though.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great spot. I go once a year
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 1/21/2014
    Great spot. I go once a year when I am in San Francisco on business. I have dined at South Park now for 25 years in a row.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • neighborhood gem - wonderful
    maryVIP
    Dined on 1/21/2014
    neighborhood gem - wonderful place to bring out of towners (which we did) - we loved the good food and the intimacy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great french bistro
    luv2dineVIP
    Dined on 1/15/2014
    excellent food, good service, great neighborhood find.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • always good
    zingeoffVIP
    Dined on 1/15/2014
    South Park is an old reliable...food and wine are always delightful, with fresh items served quickly, presented well, and always delicious....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing find!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    I saw this featured on check please, Bay Area, and wanted to try it... I was not disappointed! The duck leg confit was amazing, and my girlfriend got the steak and frites in this delicious bourguigone sauce... wow! Service was attentive and speedy --- also, great wines available by the glass or bottles. All in all an A+ experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food and service are always great!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Consistently great food and service. I have been here many times over the past dozen or more years and South Park Cafe never disappoints me.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect NYE dinner
    FatSoul
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Stopped in for New Year's Eve. I was looking for a small neighborhood spot. I looked on line and saw nothing but great things about this place. I won't go on to tell you the specifics about what we ate, but what I will say is that everything was amazing. No tourists, purely locals. This is why you dine in San Francisco.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Bistro
    Joseph
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    This quiet, tasteful restaurant serves a well-considered menu of French bistro dishes. The frites are unusually good. Great wine list.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The waitress was a little
    Robin
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    The waitress was a little rough. She over charged us by $45. When we told her and came back and over charged us by $15. Finally we got the bill straight and she was so sorry and we were embarrassed in font of our guests. What a way to celebrate the holidays.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a tasty meal
    Laurelle
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    South Park Cafe does not change their menu very much, which is just fine with us. We always enjoy our meal at this little hidden gem and look forward to returning again and again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Inventive Franco-Cal cuisine
    JeeKay
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    We've been coming here for about 20 years and have never been disappointed. The food is always newly imagined and well executed. (although once in a while I do long for dishes I've had in years past--the boudin noir comes to mind!) That said they always have a couple of traditional bistro dishes, and an amazingly well priced list of wines by the glass. It's a quick trip to Paris for the price of a meal. Definitely worth visiting for a special occasion or an evening out with friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Trying too hard maybe
    Neighbor
    Dined on 12/12/2013
    South Park is a great place and I was really hoping and hoping the café would be terrific. It is not a bad atmosphere, so I think they know what they were doing but the food was not so good. The chicken was smothered in a sauce they basically tried to hide the chicken (which was cooked nicely). Same with the duck. The wine list is short but very reasonable. So, I wouldn't write the place off, but they need some help. In short, I'd like to go back but I would need to hear that some changes were made before I did so--and I live close by, so I would.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food
    JackieB
    Dined on 11/26/2013
    I really like the relaxed environment of this restaurant. As long as the Giants aren't in town, parking is easy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • NICE DINNER
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dependable, consistently good
    Asyl
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    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?"
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Underwhelmed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    I found this place to be good, but not great. I had read good things about the pig salad, but it was a basic salad with some great hints of saltiness from the pig. I was expecting more meat. The steak was very good, Cooked perfectly and tasty. The peanut butter sundae was not good. Two of us ordered it and joked that they did everything in their power to ruin the very tasty ice cream. The brandied cherries and chocolate syrup somehow ruined the dessert. As someone who loves both of those things, I do not know how they did it.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • excellent neighborhood bistro
    JmsfoVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A little Bit of Paris in SF
    localdinerVIP
    Dined on 11/13/2013
    Excellent French bistro food in charmn location. Highly recommend this excellent restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Paris in SF
    PAGourmandVIP
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Food...
    JPeazy
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My wife and I have made it
    AbertonianVIP
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not great for vegetarians
    arthur
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    One choice and it was very spicy. Everything else was fine.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It is a neighborhood gem...
    EastBaycouple2
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • charming and delicious
    cisland
    Dined on 10/10/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of our favorite restaurants
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 10/9/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent, excellent restaurant!!!
    horseff
    Dined on 10/3/2013
    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!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A very charming little French
    diner99VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2013
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2000VIP
    Dined on 9/7/2013
    after not being here for some time I decided to give it another chance. arrived and table was waiting and placed orders. 1/2 of the appeti/zers came quickly and the other guests waited 10 minutes for theirs. service was poor and waiter did not seem to understand that guests enjoy eating together.. entrees arrived and duck with lentil and rutabaga was disappointing as cabbage had not flavor... chicken was superb. high prices for mediocre eats. not worth the trip back
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Our favorite bistro...South Park Ca
    muameans2havefunVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2013
    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...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate