Urban Tavern
Urban Tavern
  • Address:
    Hilton San Francisco
    333 O'Farrell St.
    San Francisco, CA 94102
    Neighborhood:
    Downtown / Union Square
  • Cuisine:
    Gastro Pub
    Price: $30 and under

Urban Tavern

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.urbantavernsf.com/
  • Phone: 4159234400
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast 6:00AM-11:00AM

    Lunch 11:30AM-2:30PM

    Bar Snacks 11:30AM - 11:30pm

    Dinner 5:30PM-10:30PM

    Lounge 11:30am - until late

    Seven Days A Week
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Gastro Pub
  • Executive Chef: Sergio Shantoja
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We host Private dining Events from 20ppl - 160. Please call for more information.
  • Special Events: 1/2 Priced Bottles of Wine on Sunday Nights.
    Free Corkage on Monday Nights.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Mason St.
  • Public Transit: Muni: 38 Geary
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: 5 Hours Complimentary Parking. Entrance on Ellis at Mason with the Hilton San Francisco Union Square.
A word from Urban Tavern
Urban Tavern is a fun exciting Gastropub in Downtown's Union Square. Our philosophy is to provide comforting & fun, tavern-style food, using only the most pristine, local, and whenever possible organic and sustainable ingredients. Most of these items are made in house or sourced from within 200 miles of the restaurant. Urban Tavern takes advantage of our local bounty not only for our cuisine but also in our bar, from our exclusive domestic wine list to our highly acclaimed beer selection. Fusing modern and classic technique with California sensibilities in a playfully fun manner, Urban Tavern has become the restaurant for Eating-Meeting-Drinking.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Urban Tavern reviews from OpenTable diners
98 reviews since May 2, 2014
Overall Rating3.6
  • Food3.5
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance3.5
    Noise LevelModerate
68% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (27)fit for foodies (27)good for groups (24)vibrant bar scene (24)neighborhood gem (21)hot spot (17)great for brunch (16)special occasion (16)late-night find (13)notable wine list (12)romantic (7)kid-friendly (7)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Starters ok but mains not good quality nor good temperature. Standard "hotel food". Bar is very good.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Suzanne007VIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    I've been here before and it was miserable. I was in the hotel for work, and I was pleased to see it so improved. I would not hesitate to schedule lunch there again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice place before a show
    JDawg
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We went to a show at Feinstein's and this was a great place to eat beforehand, especially since they give validated parking for 5 hours if you eat here. The food was served very quickly and we had plenty of time to relax and enjoy our dining experience. And they make very tasty cocktails and with my crowd that's a huge bonus! I wish I asked our waiter's name as he was outstanding. I had fish and chips and they were good - not sure you can make fish and chips amazing.... Two friends had the onion soup and they both liked it very much. My other friend had the pretzel and sausage app and she loved it. Unfortunately the show was horrible, but at least we weren't hungry!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointing
    OrchestraLover
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    A group of us thought that this place would be a good choice for a quick lunch after our meeting in the Hilton Union Square Hotel before heading to the airport. We were so wrong. Service took forever. It was at least 45 minutes from the time that we ordered to the arrival of our food. They got two of the five orders wrong and so they had to go back. The food was OK. The waiter never asked about refilling drinks. It was a big deal to our waiter to get separate checks. This was the worst dining experience that I had while in San Francisco.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Busy place
    Food4thought
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We tried here as we were staying in the hotel. We were surprised by the quality of the food and service. It was a busy Fri night and lots of convention attendees were here too. Place didn't miss a beat. Crab mac n cheese was to die for!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food and Drinks
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Great food and drinks. Served by Alice - very friendly and nice!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • RedwineVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The food has gone down hill. My salad was over dressed to the point I thought it was soup. My husband had a panini sandwich and the bread burnt. Stop in for a drink but do not eat. It is also extremely loud.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great location and service!
    Foodie1VIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    The food was excellent and we loved the pre-fixed menu (which included wine) and selection. Overall Excellent! We also appreciated the prompt service that allowed us to make our evening show on time. Thank you for a wonderful dining experience! We will definitely return to your restaurant when we're back in San Francisco
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just ok
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Urban Tavern was just ok. It's looks are a bit deceiving, as the decor is beautiful and modern. The food doesn't match--it's ordinary and not well-seasoned. Fish and chips need salt. Sauces and starches need salt. The wines we sampled were not very good, although that's what we get for trying new ones, I suppose. All in all, the food was too expensive for the quality. We are not at all averse to spending $20-30 on an entree--we do it frequently--but the quality and flavor need to be higher to justify the price.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Girls night out
    Foodie4LifeVIP
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    We had a large group in the back of the restaurant. We didn't feel like we were disrupting anyone (which was nice since we haven't seen each other in awhile. Food was good, but slightly overpriced. Can't beat free corkage on Monday night!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Fun!
    Shamar
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    This was my third visit to Urban Tavern. Again, the food and service were excellent. The Mission Margaritas are fabulous. It is a very energetic atmosphere with quieter seating available. Very attentive service without being intrusive. Delicious food. I will definitely be visiting again and highly recommend it to friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Somewhat disappointing
    PMPF
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    The dessert of 4 pastries was great. The lamb shop entre was disappointing, I ordered it a year or more ago and it was great. This time the chops were thin and over cooked, and the soft polenta was greatly over spiced.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lunch near Curran
    Mindy
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    I happened to find the Urban Tavern while looking for a place to have lunch prior to a matinee at the Curran. The Urban Tavern is very attractive and very convenient to the theatre district. Menu selections were imaginative. Food was good. Service was great.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pre-Theater Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Smoky tomato bisque - a bold tasting tomato soup with a little spice. Fish Tacos -the two tacos were tasty and the fish was dressed with avocado. For the price, wished it was more substantial. Terres major - the steak was cooked perfectly medium-rare. Ho-ho and Coconut custard snowball - the ho-ho was a chocolate mousse with a chocolate shell. The coconut snowball was a cake with a custard filling. Food came out quickly so we had no worries making our show-time. Manager, Bahdi or B, came by and asked us about our dining experience. A nice dining experience from the food to great personable service from Elton. Ask to be seated in Elton's section. You also get 5 hours of validated parking in the Hilton hotel garage for dining here.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great before Theatre
    WanderlustVIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    We usually have dinner at Urban Tavern before a play. The food has also been consistent and good and our server (Tong) was fantastic!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • B-day Lunch
    mrnoitawl
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    I have eaten here several times & keep returning because of the consistency of the food quality (the French Onion soup is superb & entree portion are very generous). Plus their cucumber martini are perfect. Service is attentive, but not intrusive.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had a small meal
    MaryfromCO
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Onion soup was very good. Not the best I have had but very good. Eggplant Sliders were interesting. Would have preferred more eggplant and sauce compared to the size of the roll. But they were tasty and different. I say in a booth in the back 1/2 of the resturant. The seat cushion was very soft and not overly comfortable. If I wasn't 5'10" I may not have been able to reach the tabletop.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific spot
    hmmmVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    I love Urban Tavern. The atmosphere is hip and the service so good that we find ourselves wanting to back over and over. We feel lucky when Elton waits on us because he is charming and sharp and anticipates whatever we need. They even offered to validate our parking! Class act! Thank you.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great service good food
    tebiii
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Food was good. One of us had something off the menu fetched up by Tong, our waiter - not just a server, but a genuine waiter who knows how to take care if his tables, makes creative suggestions , etc.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food, too noisy...!
    OpenTable Diner Since 1999VIP
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    good food, but way too noisy. service was spotty. there are many restaurants in the area that offer food as good or better with more consistent service and without the decibel level...
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Convenient Restaurant in Hilton
    AndiO
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    This restaurant is convenient when staying at the Hilton Hotel. We arrived for our reservation and they were still in the process of turning over for lunch, so we waited a few minutes. No big deal. The fish & chips were some of the best, the tartar sauce was amazing, and the panini I had was good but not excellent. They used fresh sliced turkey, which was nice, but the roll was very large. Unfortunately, the meal (panini) gave me heartburn. Our third person didn't not care for her panini. However, the ambiance was good for a lunch conversation. Our server was a bit flighty, but he was still nice. I have been here in the evening on another occasion four years ago and the bar scene was great.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic First Experience
    RoddyVIP
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    Food was excellent! I had the rib eye steak that just melted in my mouth. My companion had the herbed chicken which was a very generous and tasty portion. The ambiance was great and the service was perfect. I would recommend to others and definitely come back again!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Long wait to pay!
    sharonbVIP
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    The waiter was very intrusive. I'm used to waiters recommending something early on, but to tell us we should order something else after we've already decided is really rude! The waiter grabbed my bread knife off the bread plate. He said he was giving me a new knife for my entree, but I still wanted the knife for my bread. We had ordered a second glass of wine. Again, without asking, he grabbed the first wine glass and poured it into the new glass. I could not believe that a waiter would grab things off your plate and table without asking first. Then, I must have waited 15 minutes for someone to take my credit card for the bill, finally having to chase someone down. The waiter was nowhere in sight - nothing left to grab, I guess.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The food was only average. The shrimp on my salad had obviously been recently thawed and was on the verge of going bad. With so many options to chose from I wouldn't go back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lucky Find
    Shamar
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    I discovered this restaurant/bar while attending an event across the street and wandered into this terrific find. The food was very good, although the fish and chips could have been crispier. Friends raved about the mac & cheese and the veggie lasagna. The Mission Margaritas were fabulous! This restaurant will definitely be part of my go-to places when entertaining friends.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent dining experience
    Allie51
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    The food and service was excellent. I've eaten here many times previously because of it's convenient location close to the theater and free parking validation for 5 hours. The food is consistently good but now the menu includes many vegetarian and vegan options that are healthy choices. I would definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lousy, very over-priced food
    MartinVIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    It's hard to imagine this restaurant can survive in San Francisco -- no doubt unsuspecting Hilton hotel guests fill many of the seat or others like us - searching for a meal before theatre. The quality of ingredients and cooking are seriously sub-standard. Simple entrees like fish and chips and Mac and Cheese are $20+. I cannot recall a worse dining experience EVER in our fair city.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Convenient and Simple
    Hopk7791
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Grabbed a wick bite to eat before seeing a show. Simple, quality and left the establishment feeling great about our experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent
    TylerHofingaVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    This is a wonderful restaurant inside the san francisco hilton downtown.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    The seats were too low and soft to allow a good level to eat. Further when a customer is asked if he wants dessert, and replies no, and then the server tells me they have to give me the menu because their manager needs to see it? Wow...that's a lot of trust management has in their employees ....
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • BrunchPleaseVIP
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    Great, friendly service and fantastic cocktails! A place I would go back for some drinks after dinner.
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  • Absolutely amazing
    Lovedeverysecond
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    This place was spectacular. We were there during our honeymoon and we loved every second of it. Our server Elron was great, very personable. The pork shoulder and accompanying sauce my husband had was out of this world, so much so that he asked for the recipe and the manager gave it to us the next day!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decent others are worth your time
    TimLfromTx
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    It may have been the night I went here (very busy week in SF) but the place was overly crowded and very loud so it was hard to have conversations. Overall the food was good but a little pricey to be honest. I was disappointed in the waiter we had since he really was not helpful. Also, I was surprised when we asked about wine pairing that we were told that the wine list was setup about 5 menus ago. Overall the place was nice but there are so many good or better restaurants around that I would only recommend this place if you have tried others and are looking for something new...
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  • Mothers day lunch early
    Mexi
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    The fish and chips are really good. Price is high the services is great. The rest of the food was ok.
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  • Love it!
    hmmmVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    I just wish they would update or change the menu. I love the atmosphere and service.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just okay
    busyb
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    Convenient for lunch or dinner. Service is slow. Concrete floors make it very loud for groups.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 62 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.5
    • Food3.5
    • Ambiance3.3
    • Service3.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 989 reviews are from the Urban Tavern reviews archive.
  • A great dinner
    JanetVIP
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    We had an exceptional dinner before going to the theater the other night. Food was simply delicious and we chose a good array of different dishes - the services was great and the atmosphere was abuzz but we could easily hear each other talk. Can't recommend highly enough!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good service and food
    EdwardVIP
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    Second time at Urban Tavern in 3 days. Still good service and good food. I had the grilled cheese sandwich with a fried egg. Very good. The service remains outstanding. Very good for a hotel bar and restaurant.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Hotel Restaurant
    EdwardVIP
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Great service and ok food for this hotel bar / restaurant. The server made great recommendations, including suggesting tailoring some items based on my taste preference, that really worked. I had the Panini and the red velvet roll. Both were really good. Great place to stop in and grab a bite. The menu is limited but a good sampling of soup, salads and sandwiches. A little pricey, but the service is great and they are efficient if you are in a hurry.
    Special Features:
    Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great standard continues
    robertinauburn
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    This is my third time here and the food and service continued to impress and delight.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.