TBD Restaurant
TBD Restaurant

TBD Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.tbdrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 4154311826x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday-Saturday 5:30pm-10:00pm
  • Payment Options: Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Californian, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Mark Liberman
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: We offer semi-private dining at our "Garcia" table seating 7-15 people with a set family-style menu.
  • Private Party Contact: Daphne 4154311826x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 7th St.
  • Public Transit: Civic Center BART Station
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Free parking is available on Mission St. after 6pm daily. There are also several paid parking lots in the surrounding blocks.
A word from TBD Restaurant
TBD {”to be determined”} is the philosphy behind our restaurant. Everything on the menu is determined by seasonal availability of local products. The result is a dynamic, frequently-changing menu cooked entirely by live fire in a custom Grillworks wood-burning hearth. Our beverage program complements the food with 18 beers on draft, 25 sherries by-the-glass, and "loophole" cocktails made from bitters, amaros and aperitifs. Reservations are recommended, though we gladly accept walk-ins for our bar & mezzanine.
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TBD Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
76 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
80% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (49)neighborhood gem (24)special occasion (18)notable wine list (12)hot spot (12)romantic (11)good for groups (6)vibrant bar scene (5)late-night find (3)kid-friendly (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Exciting Food
    TominSOMAVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I live in the neighborhood and we have loved TBD since it's inception. The meal this past week was delicious. Everything we had (we did a la carte and the prix fixe) was well prepared and extremely tasty. Their reinvention of a classic s'more, a staple since they first opened, continues to be a real favorite for us. Alas, on this last visit the server was simply disengaged. She completely forgot that one of us ordered the prix fixe menu until we were almost through. I ordered coffee and she forgot that too. They did bring us a complimentary small plate (the crispy fingerlings-yum) and some of the soft serve to apologize for the prix fixe oversight. We will still be back because this less than stellar service experience is an anomaly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Different experience than last time
    JandDGettingOut
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Last time we went to TBD, we were a last minute booking and got seated on the balcony (promanade?) on the rail. This time we had a standard table on the main floor. From the rail upstairs, the cooking took on more of a show and added to the experience. This time the view was more of a standard nice place and the food needed to be the experience. We enjoyed the BLT salad and the seaweed bread. Before ordering the rib-eye (it was amazing on our first visit) we debated medium or medium well. We went with medium. It was definitely delivered well-done so a bit disappointing on that front. But, the flavors were fabulous. The staff knew that we had a play to catch so paced everything so we could easily make the curtain. We will be back!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One Menu with Add Ons
    SactokarenVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The fixed price menu offered 3 courses. We added on roasted padron peppers, which came before our salad, and corn, which came with the trout entree. We were also able to substitute one of our rice pudding desserts for s'mores. The trout was so good, we thought it was salmon - who knew they are related? We also enjoyed wine cocktails that were quite delicious. Although we love AQ and consider it the best restaurant in San Francisco. TBD is a worthy complement to the original.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food, bad attitude
    sfamerican
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    The food was good, specially loved the gnocchi -- the wines paired with the dishes were very good too. We liked this place, but our friend dining with us did not like that all the dishes came out "family style" - family style usually means more than two, the dishes always came out for two people to share. I can overlook that issue, but the attitude from the people cooking did it for me. On our way out I thanked the kitchen staff for the food, and complemented them, they just had this "whatever" look on their faces and said nothing, looked at me with a sort of condescending look -- I thought that was rude, I rather go somewhere else, where "hipsters" cooking don't think they are making me a favor for preparing for a meal I just paid for.
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  • An Updated Experince
    AndrewVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Abandoning the all wood fired concept TDB has embraced a moderate approach, including a more traditional but highly abbreviated small plate menu format. While many dishes are still touched by fire many are not. The reconception largely works and is far more approachable. Unfortunately, the California-centric wine list is still too pricey. With only eight weeks into the new format (at the time of visit) some logistical problems remain -- serving hot food in small cold cast iron skillets may be cute and safe for diners but does little justice to a soon lukewarm dish. Overall, expect a good experience with quality service. Now at TDB, it’s like eating near a well tended campfirerather than being in the middle of a roaring inferno.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good but understand the menu
    SFJMN
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Be aware that this restaurant has a tasting menu. They publish the menu in advance online so we knew what to expect but this is something diners should be aware of in advance since the choices are limited if there are picky eaters in the group. We had gulf prawn ceviche, carrots with mole, pork pozole, and flan. The ceviche was the weakest dish but was still ok I just expected brighter flavors. Loved the carrots and mole and the pozole though I wish they had served the pozole with a bowl instead of a flat plate because I didn't get much of a chance to enjoy the broth with the pork, hominy, etc in the pozole. We also added the josey baker bread with avocado, great but HUGE portion. Too much for two people. Nice staff.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • disappointed
    DawnC
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I'd been to TBD before and really enjoyed it. However, this time the food was lacking. Not really worth it.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing Curated Experience
    zumazama
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Had such a great dining experience. Very friendly staff and amazing food. Also HIGHLY recommend doing the wine pairings. Came with my sister, but could see this being the best date night place ;)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    It is not exactly clear what the restaurant is trying to achieve. Tries to serve rustic food but with haute cuisine aspirations. Unfortunately, the result is rather forgettable. OK but not great food, service on the slow side, decor nothing special. I would not repeat.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Smoky
    SweatyVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    This restaurant has a large oak fired grill that is the signature of their food. It infuses most dishes with flavor in a positive way but the room needs a better ventilation and exhaust system. Despite the temperature outdoors at 9 PM being 65 F (it is San Francisco) the dining room was smoky and way too warm...and the front door was wide open. You walk out of the restaurant sweating and smelling like you just sat around a campfire. Why aren't smores on the menu? Its also a very loud room
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect food, Amazing service!
    LauraD
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Every dish was prepared with craft and utmost care, and all was stellar! Do not miss TBD! The wood burning stoves - which the chefs cook on in front of you, is wonderful to watch.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Inventive and delicious
    GandT
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    My husband and I celebrated our anniversary at TBD. We both loved the prix fixe menu - we didn't have to worry about choosing dishes, and everything was wonderful, with seasonal ingredients highlighted perfectly. Ingredients were used in ways we'd never experienced before. The beverage pairings were spot-on and clever. Servers were friendly, informative, and the pace of the courses was perfect. We loved everything about TBD, and will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • SusannaSVIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    It was a bit of a gamble taking my elderly mother-in-law to this neighborhood spot, but we had a fabulous evening. I knew the food would be well-conceived, innovative, and interesting, and it did not disappoint. What made the evening particularly special was the gentle, courteous service, the enthusiasm of the young wait-staff for the food and the outstanding sherry list, and their gracious accommodation of our need for a relatively quiet table (tricky to achieve here, but they pulled it off). This is one of the most generous-spirited restaurants I know, in every respect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Well Worth It!
    Fantastic6
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    A can't miss stop on any SF eating excursion. Terrific food complimented by immaculate service.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Innovative Menu
    anigram
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Great food. We thoroughly enjoyed all the dishes and would come back for the innovative menu. The grilled wild salmon with fig leaves was perfect. At first, I wasn't sure about the farm egg, but one bite had me wanting more. The brown butter almond cake with apricots and sea salt brittle was light and delicious. The service does not compliment the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • An off night?
    hmbay
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We had been looking forward to dinner here for months and were very disappointed. Difficult to decide between 1 & 2 stars because the food was really that poorly executed. We had the set menu with the beverage pairings. First, the beverage pairings after the first wine didn't work. Second, each course was disappointing except for the Bread and Avocado side dish. The appetizers were OK - apricot and fig starter featured 2 halves of a fig! The Fisherman's Stew was a very poor execution of something like Cioppino. The Grilled Pork Ribs were terrible - just barely cooked. The dessert - dry and unimaginative Tres Leches cake - served in 2 small jars for 4 people with a badly matched cocktail. The neighborhood is creepy vintage SOMA.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • thisVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    great place, not the best value, food is hit and miss
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • excellent food menu concept
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Not only was the food artistic, it was amazingly delicious! The wine pairing was fantastic. We left everything up to the chef & was absolutely satisfied with every dish!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great find in an unexpected place
    ChuckVIP
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Extremely attentive service and excellent dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful surprise
    CosmoGirl
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We were visiting San Fran and read about several new restaurants...one was TBD. It was wonderful! Our only surprise (and it was our fault for not doing a little more research) was that there really is only one prix fixe offering each night along with a few added ala carte options that are mostly sides and desserts. That said, we lucked out and the food did not disappoint..the service was wonderful and attentive. I would advise people who are considering a reservation to go online and check out the menu for the day just to be sure it is appealing. I'd love to go back...very different, unique combinations, prepared fresh and beautifully!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Still finding its legs
    Noam
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    We had the four course set meal to which we added the amazing corn with miso and josey bakers equally good bread with butter. The courses themselves were decent but other dishes needed significant work such as a dish of undercooked potatoes and a dessert with nearly uncooked tapioca pearls. The biggest problem though is the incompetent wine matching; wines and beer were simply not compatible with the food and that just doesn't fly in this town. Lots of potential in this place but some work needs to be done to fix these serious issues.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Camping Indoors is Amazing
    RyMcJVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Everything at TBD is absolutely amazing - the food, the drinks, the atmosphere, the philosophy. The tasting menu allows you to sample the menu with very healthy portions. The staff is very helpful in navigating the menu and drink selection. We plan to return many times! Note that if you're sitting upstairs, you'll probably leave smelling a bit like you've been at a campfire... But it's SOOOO worth it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • interest food/cloying service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    The food is very good at TBD; inventive combinations resulting in deep and creative flavors. Watching the line work the fire and prepare the food is quite entertaining. The space and scene are convivial, though service can be a bit cloying. . Wine prices are as ridiculous as most places in the city. Disappointed that I will likely not be going back much as they are moving to a fixed price menu; it's a casual place and the fixed price format does not seem appropriate.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • few vegetarian choices
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Good ambience, excellent service. Could use more vegetarian options. Not a single vegetarian entree on the day we were there - disappointing for an SF restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • all around good
    ironchefslayer
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Went to TBD on a whim and it was a good time out. The food was on point and service was fine. I wish they had a bit more of a dessert selection although we did not partake. The Lamb dish was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can't wait to go back!
    Kuishimbo
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    Looked for a place to eat before a show at the Warfield & TBD was a great find. Arrived 30 mins late due to traffic, but called ahead and they were so cool about it, got us seated and fed within 45 mins to make it to our show on time. Didn't feel rushed & was able to enjoy 8 dishes & drinks. Sat across from the grills. warm, but really fun watching the preparations. Expected heavy, smokey BBQ flavors, but pleasantly surprised with the subtle depth of flavors that came through in all of the dishes. Josey Baker's seaweed bread was an all time fave, but loved every dish - cauliflower, mussels, beef, greens w/pork belly & dehydrated onions, lamb and a salmon mousse w/radishes. If they served past 10, would have gone back post-show for dessert!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, horrible service
    humananimalVIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Food was amazing. If we had been served well, it would have been a 5-star review. Waitress screwed up our order twice, convincing us to order another bottle while we waited and then never put in the order. To top it off they messed up the dessert . No one bothered to take off the items or reduce the meal price at all. Pretty disappointing for what is supposed to be a top restaurant in SF
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Misleading open table price rating
    grawlix
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    It showed up on open table as "$$" for me. That's because it's essentially a tapas place (they say they're "family style") with $20 dishes. The waitress recommended my petite gf and I (I'm not a huge guy) get 5-6 dishes at least. We spent about $140 all in, including $10 8 oz. beers. The food itself was good. Overpriced but good. There is a huge wood burning oven. My athsma was acting up and my clothes still reek of smoke and it's been 24 hours. We both had to take a shower before bed to get the smoke out of our hair. Id be surprised if this place stays open another 6-12 months. So many other places in the city you could go for $140 for 2. Again though the biggest problem was the $$ rating, get your sh*t together open table!
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  • I've decided.
    Chandelle
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Cute, functional concept and the campfire thing worked. Food above average, not amazing. Only one dish (sea bass) was truly awful. Not worth detailing other dishes because the menu changes. Our waitress couldn't answer basic questions, and COMPLETELY oversold us. You get one chance to order -- you cannot order and then if it's not enough, order more. She told us we needed 3 more dishes. Worst advice. We should've trusted our instincts. Gluttonous mass of food, we couldn't finish. Ended up paying about $350 for 4, including 3 drinks. At the end of the meal, we were given a different waitress -- better, less shaky, but she asked us to contribute to a charity she supports. Dude! We should've just donated those 3 extra dishes to her charity.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wasn't what I'd hoped for
    YumyummVIP
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Was super excited to finally try tbd but am sad to report the food is simply not AQ quality. Good wine but overpriced (although this is obviously standard in the city, I never really get used to it). Service was impeccable and soft serve dessert was amazing.
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 46 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 21, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
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