Tara Restaurant - San Francisco
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Tara Restaurant - San Francisco

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.tara-restaurant.com/
  • Phone: 4153489977
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Southeast Asian, Thai
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Delivery, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Please call for details.
  • Private Party Facilities: Please call for details.
  • Private Party Contact: Ed 4158675417

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Mission and Minna
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Tara Restaurant - San Francisco
Tara restaurant delicately selects and prepares dishes from Southeast Asia and Thailand. We are delighted to present you with the experience of savory food from these regions with joyfulness in a simply modern atmosphere. Located in the SOMA neighborhood of San Francisco, where the arts and modern living combine.
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Tara Restaurant - San Francisco reviews from OpenTable diners
  • Wonderful business dinner!
    Diane
    Dined on 2/27/2013
    Tara is one of my favorite spots in the SOMA district! I had a delightful business dinner, on this trip, and the food was a hit with my international guest. The service was very attentive, and the wine list is superb!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • There are much better Thai
    GeorgeVIP
    Dined on 1/17/2013
    There are much better Thai options in The City. I was very disappointed - it's a fast food joint. Not worth an encore!
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  • Great Thai food. The right
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 12/28/2012
    Great Thai food. The right spice and interesting menu choices. Quick, efficient service though they let us linger after dinner as long as we wanted. A great value.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Waitress was pushy. Did not
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/25/2012
    Waitress was pushy. Did not have flat rice noodle at a Thai restaurant. Microwaved appetizer. Poor presentation of food. Only good at serving bottled sake.
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  • Consistently Good Food & Service
    JBay
    Dined on 10/31/2012
    Great Southeast Asian food (I personally like the Thai selections) served quickly with good service. I like the Thai service standard and the fast service during my workday lunch hour.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • I went on a weekday for lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 9/27/2012
    I went on a weekday for lunch and had the Singapore noodles, which was not the best, but I love singapore noodles in almost any form. It was a bit too sticky and soft. The appitizer was delicous though. It was coconut shreds, tiny lemon wedges, and cold shrimp wrapped it butter lettuce. Very tastey!
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We found this place online
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/8/2012
    We found this place online and went there because our Mom's name is Tara. Food was just fabulous. Ambience and decor is excellent. And our service great - very courteous, pleasant and efficient. We went as a group of 8 and they managed everything extremely well. Highly recommend it!!
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    good for groups
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  • A great little lunch spot,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/7/2012
    A great little lunch spot, though if you are looking for authentic Thai or South Asian cuisine, there are better places to go for that. Service was quick and attentive. The food arrived very quickly after our orders. I had ordered the Hainan chicken, the chicken was a bit dry and rubbery. The rice was spot on and delicious. It also came with a chili sauce that differed from the traditional sauce you would get with Hainan chicken, it was more like a Thai chilli sauce than South Asian. There was also no soup.
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    kid-friendly, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Reception was warm, but food
    PickyDiner
    Dined on 8/30/2012
    Reception was warm, but food was "ok"; this is my second time there, and they don't know what "spicy" means, and as a result, the food was rather bland.
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  • good service, good food, very
    Alan
    Dined on 8/21/2012
    good service, good food, very loud impossible to hold a conversation
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Singapore noodles did not
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/11/2012
    Singapore noodles did not have very much flavor at all
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  • A great working lunch spot.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 3/30/2012
    A great working lunch spot. We needed a tasty lunch during a short lunch break, and they were quick and tasty.
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    great for lunch
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  • We enjoy Tara for drinks after
    janeyoVIP
    Dined on 2/25/2012
    We enjoy Tara for drinks after work, or dinner before an event at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Good Thai food and friendly staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • 1st Thai restaurant experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/8/2012
    1st Thai restaurant experience , ordered the basic Curry chicken dish and it was delicious. The service was excellent and very helpful. The restaurant was exceptionally clean and inviting. Great 1st experience. Would reccomend.
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  • I've been to this restaurant
    DisappointedVIP
    Dined on 1/11/2012
    I've been to this restaurant only a couple of times. Food is great and price is reasonable. It's quiet and quick service. The only thing is one of my friend ordered a mild dish and she got a hot one and coughed with her first taste so she got their attention. Since they can't make it any less hot, we suggested that they just add hot water. This one worked as well.
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • The food was very good and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/24/2011
    The food was very good and arrived extremely fast. The staff were very nice.
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  • The service was excellent.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/24/2011
    The service was excellent. The food was good but I prefer Osha.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • This is a great little lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 11/16/2011
    This is a great little lunch place. Feels like an oasis in the hectic business SOMA area at lunch. The food was good, the service unobtrusive, friendly. Prices very reasonable. Will definitely go back. Only drawback was they did not check me in for my Open Table reservation, and I got a No Show notice from Open Table. But I replied and Open Table cleared it up right away.
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    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    FrogNYCVIP
    Dined on 10/27/2011
    Not a great experience. It started with being offered a table beside the kitchen and serving station (even though I'd made a reservation days earlier). I ended up at a wobbly table near the bar. The serving staff seemed harried and not terribly friendly. My appetizer arrived almost 10 minutes after my main course. The red curry was tasty, but the potstickers consisted mostly of a minced unidentifiable vegetable instead of the shrimp and pork advertised.(Some might like that, but the menu didn't indicate how veggie-ful they would be. I wouldn't have ordered them if I'd known.)
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our group of 8 really enjoyed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/16/2011
    Our group of 8 really enjoyed your Happy Hour prices!!
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    neighborhood gem
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  • LOVE the coconut juice, served
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/26/2011
    LOVE the coconut juice, served in an actual coconut! nice conversation piece back at the office
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    great for lunch
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  • Meh...
    Belen
    Dined on 8/24/2011
    We ate there at 7ish on a Wednesday and were quite literally the only people there, which felt uncomfortable. The beef was perfectly cooked, but under-seasoned. The basil chicken had nice flavor, but was over cooked. The roti was delicious, but the curry sauce was just okay. Glad we tried a new restaurant but likely won't return or recommend
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  • The sauces and noodles we
    FoodRequired1VIP
    Dined on 8/15/2011
    The sauces and noodles we had were fine but the chicken, beef, and shrimp did not taste fresh and was overcooked, dry. Too bad I was really looking forward to enjoying the meal. The person with me had the same experience.
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  • Lovely place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/9/2011
    We had a group of six with a couple of us having poor hearing, so I requested a quieter location and they accommodated us with a table towards the rear and it was perfect. Charming staff, delicious food and a lovely birthday dessert and song as well. We'll be back!
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    good for groups, great for lunch
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  • Not the best and not the worst...ju
    GlobalTravelerNDinerVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2011
    Not the best and not the worst...just average quality.
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  • Pleasantly surprised
    BelldogVIP
    Dined on 8/4/2011
    We stopped in for dinner before the Giants game last week, and had never been here before. We were pleasantly surprised by the food and the service. They have a lot of menu choices and the salmon was outstanding. I would recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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  • made reservations here for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/1/2011
    made reservations here for lunch and got there early so we were the only ones tehre but it got busy by 1230. we ordered the spring rolls for appetizer but it was warm and not as i expected. wouldnt really recommend it. ordered the singapore noodles from their lunch menu for about $12.. it was preetty good. added the chili spices and was a ton better. it was a decent thai place for lunch.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, great for lunch
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  • service was great - love how
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/28/2011
    service was great - love how they actually listened to all special requests!! also, the coconut juice was a treat
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The island BBQ pork was the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/20/2011
    The island BBQ pork was the only dish worth writing about. It was absolutely marvelous.
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  • We had veggies rolls - which
    OpentableVIP
    Dined on 7/15/2011
    We had veggies rolls - which were a very weird consistency, absolutely drenched in peanut sauce, and pretty bland - and the worst Pad Thai I've had anywhere - gloppy, with a slightly ambiguous, "off" taste. The location and decor are great - hope the food improves....
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  • The food was amazing. The
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/13/2011
    The food was amazing. The service wasn't the best I have had but it wasn't horrible.
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Memorable Downtown Thai
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/15/2011
    Simple, elegant decor; extensive menu; tasty, imaginative food; generous portions; attentive and personable servers - can't wait to return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The service was amazing, but
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 6/4/2011
    The service was amazing, but might also be because we were only 1 of 2 tables at 7pm on a Saturday night. The food was mediocre-have had better pan-asian food in SF. Would not go back and would not recommend it to others.
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  • My partner and I had a very
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/2/2011
    My partner and I had a very nice time the service was attentive and the food was very good and the portions were nice. I would recommend Tara and I would dine there again.
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    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Two thumbs up
    runster
    Dined on 5/26/2011
    If you love flavorful freshly prepated Thai food, you will start considering Tara home away from home quickly....
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    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • Totally disappointed!!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/20/2011
    Totally disappointed!!!! I specially asked if they do anything special for a birthday celebration, there was no response from the restaurant. The waiters and waitresses look half asleep, there was NO ambiance at all. Will not recommendation this place to anyone!
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  • We went on a Monday night
    MlovelyVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2011
    We went on a Monday night to avoid the crowd, so it was pretty quiet. The food was okay but nothing really stood out.
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  • Delightful selection thai region
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/14/2011
    Excellent food with a surprisingly delightful and wider range of selections from different parts of the Indochinese peninsula than expected. We enjoyed the tea leaf salad, roti bread, beef and eggplant, and singapore noodles. Wonderful service, with some minor issues with language that were quickly resolved.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • Everything was perfect! We
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/13/2011
    Everything was perfect! We were treated like kings even our 10 year old son! We highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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  • Good, except for sticky rice!
    NakaVIP
    Dined on 5/6/2011
    Great food, except for the sticky rice. Sticky rice overcooked. I asked about the sticky rice, the waitress said that's how they make it(as if I did not know how to make sticky rice, I do. I have been making sticky rice since age 12). I told my friend that I would make it for her so she knows how it taste.
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