South Park Cafe
South Park Cafe

South Park Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.southparkcafe.com/
  • Phone: (415) 495-7275
  • 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
58 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (44)fit for foodies (36)romantic (32)special occasion (15)notable wine list (11)great for lunch (4)great for brunch (2)late-night find (2)scenic view (2)kid-friendly (1)hot spot (1)good for groups (1)Show More
  • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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.
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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
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  • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Snarly service
    PMH06VIP
    Dined on 8/27/2013
    Group was treated rudely and food was forgettable. A significant disappointment.
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  • must go for great food.
    fun2dine
    Dined on 8/24/2013
    Have gone to this resturant many times and will keep going. The food is always great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really good chicken and good
    HawaiianHoya
    Dined on 8/17/2013
    Really good chicken and good wine. Nice atmosphere. Feels like Europe when you are there.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Loved the fish and new farro
    LennyVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2013
    Loved the fish and new farro addition was fabulous.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Charming
    TeddVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Paris Bistro in San Francisco
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/10/2013
    Paris Bistro ambience with great food and a wine list filled with bargains. Great for dates and for couples.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I tasted all the dishes at
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/2/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Take a Trip to Paris
    conchsalad
    Dined on 7/24/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great french Bistro
    ErikaVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious & satisfying
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 6/27/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • South Park has been a go-to
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/22/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent food; very noisy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/19/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was very bland and unnoticeabl
    LindaVIP
    Dined on 5/18/2013
    Food was very bland and unnoticeable for the price
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • a mixed blessing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 5/18/2013
    we love this place for its intimacy and friendliness. unfortunately, the food is only average and the mixed drinks were really quite atrocious. new ideas and a new standard in the kitchen, and a new bartender, would be most welcome.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A low key, delightful French
    diner99VIP
    Dined on 5/10/2013
    A low key, delightful French themed restaurant with a very good prix fixe option ($39 for three courses) We will definitely return.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a perennial gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/13/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • From the moment you step into
    WG58VIP
    Dined on 4/13/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Like stepping into France
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/10/2013
    Like stepping into France and the owner is in the kitchen working--where he's been for 18 years.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A gem of a place, most of the time
    gastronomemira
    Dined on 4/6/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • In an unassuming neighborhood
    extremehumanoid
    Dined on 4/4/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Quintessential Local Bistro
    MichaelinsfVIP
    Dined on 4/2/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We always enjoy this restaurant.
    DinerVIP
    Dined on 3/22/2013
    We always enjoy this restaurant. It is consisten in the quailty of both the food and service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Among our Favorites
    SouthgalVIP
    Dined on 3/19/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • not cutting edge but comfortable
    Doro
    Dined on 3/16/2013
    not cutting edge but comfortable and warm. noted that it was definitely and older crowd. parking plentiful. enjoyable
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The food was very good without
    Crazynutter
    Dined on 3/16/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Same ol' gem
    Jerry
    Dined on 3/15/2013
    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.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This small restaurant could
    nikki
    Dined on 3/15/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very cordial and accommodating
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 3/13/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • South Park Cafe is one of
    EastBaycouple2
    Dined on 3/1/2013
    South Park Cafe is one of our favorites. The neighborhood is quiet and nicely off the beaten path, the food is amazing. We'll keep going back year after year.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our group enjoyed the food
    millievanillieVIP
    Dined on 2/26/2013
    Our group enjoyed the food and service. We numbered six and were able to carry on conversations. We tried each other's choices from the prix fixe dinner and found the appetizer favorite was smoked trout salad. My entree was the grouper which I enjoyed. Portions of food were generous. The desserts were outstanding; we tried several and the pear tart was the favorite. Service was good and the server answered our questions. I would return again to try other menu choices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Surly waiter.
    fredarepVIP
    Dined on 2/23/2013
    I recently moved back to this neighborhood & came here the 1st night. Love it. Then a couple of friends wanted to see our place, I made a rez for the next Sat. night. Thena couple who are close to us all flew in spur of the moment so I called to see if we could get a table for 6. Marty graciously fit us in 1/2 hour earlier. The problem is the waiter. He didn't want present anything, just get the order, look dismayed that only a few wanted a glass of wine & go about his business. We finally flagged him down for water. Seems a bit rushed. The rez was at 7pm & we were completely done with desserts at 8:15. We all put our c-cards down & signed. He came back & chastised my husband for leaving $2 less than 18% (Each couple was $120).Hmmmm-weird
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic