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South Park Cafe
South Park Cafe

South Park Cafe Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.southparkcafe.com
  • Email: southparkcafe@sbcglobal.net
  • 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 (415) 495-7275

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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "It makes for a good dinner experience when the staff and kitchen are accommodating. I asked for something that was not on the menu and they delivered with a smile."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "We appreciated that South Park Cafe accommodated our large party of 7. Our server was patient and funny and it was a great evening! Like being in a neighborhood in the 6th or 7th in Paris. Great food."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "I had lived many years in the City, but was now out of touch with the restaurants. What a wonderful surprise! South Park was a charming little neighbor hood, and the Cafe was so comfortable there. The decor was minimalist but very tasteful and warm. Our meal was a a terrific hit. My friend and I ordered the 'pig salad' to share as it seemed to be a favorite in the reviews. The crispy pig morsels were amazing, especially when combined with the apples, frisee, and mustard vinaigrette. My hanger steak arrived perfectly cooked in a wine reduction sauce to die for. My friend ordered the halibut on a bed of spinach and she was totally delighted. Our service was perfect without being intrusive and the wine list was just right."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Breakfast, lunch, dinner - my most favorite place in San Francisco for more than 20 years! Never changes - a menu update or addition from time to time, but always charming, great food and great service."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Had dinner with two old friends. We could actually have a conversation and hear each other. The food and wine were great (steak/frites!!), as was the service. Our waiter was really patient—we were so busy talking it took a while to get around to ordering. Very warm ambience. Charming, European atmosphere. Great location...out of that Valencia Street and downtown chaos. I would definitely go back."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "We enjoyed the experience. Good service. Food was very good, but not exceptional. Reasonable value for the money. We will go back."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "have been dining at south park for well over twenty years. great food, comfortable surroundings, attentive wait staff."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/28/2014
  • "neighborhood gem - wonderful place to bring out of towners (which we did) - we loved the good food and the intimacy."
    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."
    Dined on 1/21/2014
  • "South Park is an old reliable...food and wine are always delightful, with fresh items served quickly, presented well, and always delicious...."
    Dined on 1/15/2014
  • "excellent food, good service, great neighborhood find."
    Dined on 1/15/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "This quiet, tasteful restaurant serves a well-considered menu of French bistro dishes. The frites are unusually good. Great wine list."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 12/12/2013
  • "I really like the relaxed environment of this restaurant. As long as the Giants aren't in town, parking is easy."
    Dined on 11/26/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 11/15/2013
  • "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?""
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 11/15/2013
  • "Excellent French bistro food in charmn location. Highly recommend this excellent restaurant."
    Dined on 11/13/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 10/9/2013
  • "One choice and it was very spicy. Everything else was fine."
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "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!"
    Dined on 10/12/2013