I love Bar Tartine, but when I called after making reservations they told me it'd be the regular price - I was charged $90/person and did not have a choice since it was New Years Eve
We went for NYE dinner and while the dishes were extremely creative and imaginative, I ended up with a pretty aggressive stomach ache afterwards, perhaps it was the richness of the food or seafood dominance, but I generally have no issues eating any food mixtures. Ambience was really nice esp for a romantic occasion. Overall not a bad experience, but a bit tough confronting a $300 bill for a meal that gave me a tummy ache.
Great place for wknd brunch and dinner. The atmosphere is warm and inviting. The menu is a melange of well placed flavors that gets your mouth wanting more. I highly recommend this place for both the risk taking and the venerable eater. It has been difficult to find another place in SF comparable to their bold culinary ensembles.
Sad that SF is losing this iconic restaurant, but glad to know that the chefs are moving on & up to new and exciting projects!
Innovative cuisine of an interesting blend of ingredients and flavors.
Having had an amazing meal here in late 2014,
we expected the same, but were perplexed at the result.
Service was lovely and attentive, presentation was artful.
But the food? It was very strange and did not taste good.
We are adventurous, somewhat flexible diners with a few food allergies that were generously met here, but this food was just not edible. It was if if we had found ourselves on another planet or in an alternate universe- odd flavors that didn't combine well, uncooked meat and overly sauced stews, cabbage and pickled vegetables abounded. No alternatives to the prixe fixe menu and not much even there to choose from.
Lamb and tartare the only options for entrees, cheese that was overly strong and orange and soft like velveeta, bread that was flat, appetizers served as entire plates, and on and on.
Please bring back chicken and real potatoes that don't taste like fermented forest mushrooms and gamey meats.
Interesting ingredients and preparations, but not especially pleasing in flavor or texture. Reminded me a bit of the first natural foods restaurants, very principled and earnest, at the expense of pleasure. Only in this case, I don't know what the principles are.
Very disappointing. Strange combinations, none great. No real options on the menu, except that dishes can be converted to vegetarian/vegan. The chef accomodated a gluten free request. The only main course was a lamb stew. One out of four of us found this palatable (barely), so the rest of us went veggie for the night. I wanted to check out this restaurant before they close down since the chef is so highly regarded and they are opening a new restaurant next year. We were not impressed. Doubtful that we will try the new restaurant as a result of this experience.
Bar Tartine - The emperor has no clothes
We went here for desserts and drinks - and we left deeply disappointed. First of all, the place looked lovely, with a pleasant, bustling ambiance. The service was friendly, no issues on that front.
The drink I had was absolutely subpar. I'm a pretty adventurous drinker and eater, but the kefir-sherry concoction I had had almost no redeeming qualities. The bartender responsible for this seems to have suspended all their knowledge of flavor combinations...
The desserts were absolutely unacceptable as well. The friendly waiter described them as 'savory', which was an understatement for a collection of sugarless weirdness. Very unappealing, to put it politely. Interesting techniques, high-quality local and regional ingredients, for sure. And I like restraint in using refined sugar. But it just, how do I put it best, was not delicious at all. Really - not even agave syrup? Honey? Maple syrup? Not sure what the waiters, chefs, proprietors and regulars tell each other about how avant-garde their approach is, but everyone with an open mind and functioning tastebuds has to admit this was a fail.
I didn't realize when I booked it that they were having a price-fixed menu. We played along because it was a rare date night for us and close to the holidays, but we weren't wowed by the food. It was good and we ate everything, it just didn't leave a lasting impression. I did like the ambience though, wood grains and candlelight. The wine was very good as well.