Urban Tavern
Urban Tavern

Urban Tavern

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.urbantavernsf.com/
  • Phone: (415) 923-4400
  • 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
82 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food3.5
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (32)fit for foodies (26)vibrant bar scene (25)great for lunch (21)neighborhood gem (18)hot spot (16)notable wine list (11)special occasion (8)late-night find (8)kid-friendly (5)romantic (5)great for brunch (4)great for outdoor dining (2)Show More
  • caro
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Ambiance a bit skimpy for a Friday night. food was too salty overall and specialty drinks overly sweet. Service was okay, overpriced meal. Steak was tough, wilty veggies and super salty polenta. Mash and tuna appetizer were the only items worth noting. Wouldn't try it again.
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  • Good food and good location
    CaliKaren
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    If you happen to be near Union Square and looking for an elevated dining experience, this is a safe bet. The beer and wine list offered some nice options and the entrees were very good, though pricier than comparable food elsewhere. The free parking at the hotel is an added bonus!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • birthday lunch
    SweetieVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Took two of my interns for lunch for birthday of one of them. Very nice lunch. Before we left, our waiter appeared with the biggest piece of chocolate cake I have ever seen on a plate with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and three plates for birthday girl to share. Hurrah! Great treatment! Many thanks.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It seemed like they didn't care
    stagekat
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    It was obvious to us that our server would have rather been anywhere else. From the quality of the food, it seemed like the kitchen staff felt the same. To be fair, it was the night of the last world series game, but that was no excuse for the inedible soup (way too salty) and the botched drink order. Though the location is very convenient for going to the theater, we won't be back.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Part of a hotel
    allezmikeVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    We had been by the Urban Tavern several times, so we (two of us) decided to stop for lunch. The service was terrific. Beer selection was fine, even though one we wanted was not available. Food was a bit on the expensive side for what we had. Atmosphere was described - Urban , with one more word added - Modern. So, it's an OK place, but after one beer each, a salad and a sandwich - with tip, $60 - not a good value. Probably won't come back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Corporate mediocrity
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Food was pedestrian, but the prices were high. Service was attentive. Not going back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pre Race Dinner
    mommyonrun
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We were here for the Nike SF half marathon...city was busy yet they could accommodate on short notice and downstairs from hotel. Great menu. Good basic food with gourmet twist.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great last minute find!
    luv2boys
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Had to make last minute reservations for team dinner during the Dreamforce conference. They had an opening and seated us at a great table. The menu had something for everyone. I had the veggie lasagna. Highly recommend if you are vegetarian and gluten free. Unfortunately it was cold in the middle, but the server had a new one made. While it took some time it was perfect. And the desert and drinks were excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    siouxi31
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    French Onion Soup, Greens with Watermelon Radish, Crusty Bread with creamy butter, Prosciutto and Roasted Grape Flatbread followed by Apple & Pear Streusel topped with vanilla bean ice cream covered with spiced cream sauce. Absolutely delicious!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • food and service - superb!
    Anonymous
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We each had a salad, my companion the one with crab and I had the quinoa and beet. They were both outstanding, as was the creamy polenta we shared. I got caught in traffic (Obama was in town) and the staff couldn't have been more understanding and helpful. AND we got to the theater in time, thanks to the staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    This was the first time we have eaten here, and unfortunately, we were a little pressed for time. However, the host and server were very friendly and accommodating, and did everything they could to make sure we were out on time. Food was delicious, with a good seasonal selection and ample portions. The night we went, it was very vibrant/loud inside, but we were right by the bar/front door, and there were three of us at a table that was easily designed for at least six people - perhaps further back in the restaurant it is a little more conducive to hear/talk. Looking forward to returning, when we have more time to relax and enjoy the meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love, love, love
    dajmVIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    My friends, family and I love everything about the urban tavern.....food, service, etc.,
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointed
    Shannon
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Went there with visiting friends based on web site menu and photos. Service was excellent, but everything else was mediocre. The food was equivalent to a high class Denny's. Booths are reminiscent of a broken down roadside restaurant. If this is going to remain in the Ilton then some serious renovations need to take place. Won't be back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • nonicknameVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Great variety on the menu. The pork and beef panini was flavorful and filling. The quinoa beet salad was tasty. House wine was delicious. Great downtown location.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • good food and excellent service
    tstar
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Despite loud Oracle event attendees everywhere, the host and wait person were very helpful and attentive...
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mediocre at best
    MuggyDooVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    As others have noted, Urban Tavern is basically a hotel restaurant. The upholstered benches look and feel very shabby and I sank down so far on it that I felt like I should ask for a telephone book to sit on so I could join the height of the rest of the table. The food is extremely basic. The hamburger was overdone and the fries were cold. The pork shoulder with vegetable hash was fine but was really just a couple slices of pork roast with some sauteed vegetables. There was nothing special about it at all and it was pretty expensive for such a mediocre dish. Service was fine and they made sure we got out in time for the theater but that's the best thing I can say about it. I won't be returning.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Convention Crowd Pleaser
    Spike03
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    This was great for our group dinner during a convention. There was no waiting - we got right in. Wait staff was very good, food was also good - they had something for all tastes. The veggie pot pie was a real hit. Decent wine and beer. The tab was reasonable as well. Overall pleasantly surprising experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find
    inconnueVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Had a 5:45pm reservation so we could make the 8pm show at the Gold Gate Theater. Service was excellent. Elton the waiter asked if we were going to see a show, and was very prompt with our orders. Had a bottle of Roth cab with vegetarian flatbread appetizer (yum), lamb chops and terre major entrees (excellent), and the dessert sampler that included ho-hos, pumpkin spice moon pie, black forrest to end the meal. We had a leisurely meal, and was out of the restaurant by 7:30pm with time to spare to walk to the theater a couple of blocks away. The restaurant is in the Hilton which makes the ambiance safe. Be careful when walking outside especially in the evenings.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It's in a hotel but not bad!
    BigMeatNoWhammyVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    It's a typical hotel bar. You go because you are at the hotel not as a destination. Food is decent. Service a tad slow. But I stay at the Hilton often so I'll be forced to go back.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • helpful staff
    LJ94070
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    My friend was going to be a bit late and the staff let me take our table and wait. Helpful waitstaff suggested drinks and food that were great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great pre theater stop
    TimmgVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    I've been here a couple times now, the food and service is always good. If you want a quiet dinner ask to be seated in the back. We will be back for sure. It is a great spot to hit before going to downtown theaters.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great atmosphere; okay food
    loveagoodmeal
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I found this restaurant through restaurant.com and wanted to go here because it was near my next destination. I made a same-day reservation and was immediately seated upon arrival. I ordered hot tea - which is ridiculously priced at $5, crab hush puppies and the lamb chops with polenta and broccolini. The food was not very memorable. What was memorable, however, was my server. He was quite busy, but was very attentive and was quick to bring me whatever I needed. Overall, I enjoyed my dining experience, but probably won't return as the food isn't really worth what's charged.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Jpheatt
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Nice! Good waiter , good food, good drink, free parking!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Urban Tavern
    HappyDiningOut
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We went to the Urban Tavern before a theater show and had a wonderful meal. Food was great, service was excellent. The noise level was low so we could talk. The decor is very urban as the name implies, very modern. I nothing be good things to say.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Service
    kara1046
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The food was very good - not outstanding but the service was excellent. We had a flatbread appetizer that was delicious. The steak entrees were good but not great. The wine was good and reasonable in price. All in all it was good experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not As Good As It Looked
    RubyVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I met a friend here for lunch. Never heard of the place. Atmosphere was nice. Wait staff were great. The food was disappointing. I had the burger. Asked for it we'll and it came medium rare but so rare that I couldn't eat it after eating half. The meat had no flavor and it was mostly bread. The fries were good. Overall I was disappointed. The rest of the dishes served at our table. No one raved their meal.
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  • A Hotel Restaurant
    LocalEaterman
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    I went in expecting something completely different. Just looking at the decorum and the menu is not a good enough; it's basically a hotel restaurant that seems to serve food made in bulk or frozen and then reheated. Once the food arrived to the table, an overwhelming sadness consumed me. Service was just OK. Nothing to comment on there. They did remove the order of tasteless chicken wings from the tab with no objection. However, it is a big place, so, it's good for groups.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What an Experience!
    CamifromSD
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I found Urban Tavern as a surprise on my Passport Dining Card. We were in town from San Diego for a long weekend to tour USF and Urban Tavern was on the list and a short walk from out hotel. The food was amazing! The Roast chicken dinner was crisp and moist. My girls had the Mac & Cheese with Crab and it was to die for! The French Onion soup was very tasty and bubbling hot! The atmosphere was very nice. Actually a great place to meet friends after work for happy hour or dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nothing Special
    Tony123VIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    This was ok for dinner before a show, but the food was nothing exceptional and overpriced. It reminded me of hotel banquet food. Staff was very friendly and made it a nice experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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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  • 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.
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  • 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!
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    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
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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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 45 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.8
    • Food3.6
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 1017 reviews are from the Urban Tavern reviews archive.
  • 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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  • 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
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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
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic