Took out of country family and friends to Taverna for a tast of San Fran local flare and it was a hit! We sat outside and enjoyed the semi casual surrounding. The ambulance was perfect, staff friendly and great. They recommended various drinks, appetizers and assisted with main course selection. The host was extra helpful and courteous. Our guests loved Taverna and we made out as "hipsters" for taking them to there :)
I was celebrating my birthday with 8 friends. They were so welcoming and attentive. Our waiter was great. The food was delicious. We had the upstairs room to ourselves so we were able to enjoy speaking with everyone at the table. We never felt rushed or ignored. I highly recommend Belden Taverna's upstairs dining room for a big group or private party. Especially on a Saturday night.
Friendly staff: they were knowledgable and helpful while giving you space to enjoy your food. The food was well prepared and options for everyone.
Love the uniqueness of the dining experience in what is by day and ordinary ally way, but by night is a string-lighted romantic dining alcove. Belsen Tavera offered Itailian choices on their menu allowing for a lighter meal for that evening.
Solid standby for less formal business lunches. I like that there's ample outdoor seating as it allows us office workers to come out and enjoy the sun for a little bit. The menu is a little complicated but the food is good and mostly easy to eat without getting sauce on your clothes.
They do a decent job but prices have gone up. eg. grilled chicken sandwich was around $12 and now $14.50.
But still ok though for a little more other restaurant offers better value.
Owener works the house but not enough. He is usually behind the bar or in the kitchen.
Great food and ambiance. Eat outside is a must! Great place to dine and people watch.
I took a party of 8 there on the last night of some visitors from New Hampshire specifically to sit outside and get the Belden alley experience. Although they didn't have a table ready for us for our 8 pm reservation when we arrived, they did accommodate us quickly. Food was good (my crab pasta was great) service was good but the slanted sidewalk felt like we were eating on a ski slope. Opentable has this restaurant rated at $ but when my bill came at $650, I was quite surprised. At second glance on the bill, I noticed that the steaks were all $30-$38 range and when you add up the apps and drinks, you end up at $80/head and we didn't even have any desert or after dinner drinks. I will check the prices in the restaurant menus online from now on just be sure that the ratings on opentable are accurately reflective of the actual prices.
Great setting in a Paris like alley--The Happy Hr menu and wine pricing are REALLY amazing, considering the quality of wines and food---Really enjoyed the crab cakes, on a corn herbed reduction=== and the braised risotto, with short rib ragu---great service.J.
I've brought large groups (10-15) of colleagues here several times. Belden Taverna always does a great job, which is not easy with groups this size.
Outdoor dinning is a option. Although not for large groups.
It's one of my go-to restaurant in this part of San Francisco. Not super fancy or expensive. Food and service very good every time.
Service was good. Venue is a little old and tired.
Always good food and warm ambiance inside. Nice to sit outside too and have a feeling of dinning at a French sidewalk cafe in Paris, watching the groups stroll by. A favorite is a grilled chicken sandwich on a soft roll with a touch of bacon.
The owner is very attentive and works hard.
I loved the flavors at Belden Taverna, and the service was very good, however, there were a few bumps in the road, getting the correct food out. They did everything possible to correct the situations, and was much appreciated. A great martini, nice truffle parm fries, and though the fish taco included an unlisted dredge of flour on the fish, it was tasty. A tip: if you ask, they can grill the fish instead of dredging and deep frying. Still a great flavor. Due to allergies, could not finish the taco, but because the flavors were so good, I'd go back to try another couple dishes with some friends. Give them a try. The outdoor patio looks warm and comfy in the coolest of temps, and great on a warm day at happy hour!
A group of 12 of us made a reservation for Belden Taverna 3 weeks ago to celebrate the promotion of a colleague. When we arrived at the restaurant we waded through the diners and were immediately taken upstairs to a very nice separate dining area. Within 15 minutes of our arrival we ordered appetizers for the table; Fried Calamari and Burrata Bruschetta and our entrees. We waited a conservative 45 minutes before the appetizers arrived at the table. Our entree's arrived at least another 45 minutes behind that. The service at this restaurant was so slow that 1 colleague went down to the kitchen and had them give him is food to go and one colleague arrived mid-appetizer and sat talking with us for about 30 minutes and we still hadn't gotten he entrees. What we expected to be a great lunch hour turned into 2+ hours. We were late getting back to work and angry by the time we left. When we finally left the restaurant there was only 1 person left in the restaurant! They chose to serve everyone else that came in the restaurant in a timely manner except our group. Often our Sr. Bankers ask for suggestions to take business clients to lunch, this will not be the place.
Now, to Taverna's credit, they did take 50% off of the bill to try and compensate us for the poor service, but sometimes money isn't everything.
Oh, the food -- it was good, we think, but it took so long to get it we were too hungry and in too much of a hurry to taste it!
Never will we go there for a lunch hour!
We had a nice outdoor table and a great start to our meal. However food was delivered slowly, and at staggered times so it was either be polite or have cold food. Diverse and interesting menu, but sadly the erratic service left us with a sour taste.
We dined at Belden Taverna on a rare warm San Francisco evening when the sidewalk tables and the bar were bustling with energy. Our extended family group of 10 was immediately escorted to a quiet upper dining room where we experienced knowledgeable, accommodating service in a setting more amenable to family conversation. We were pleased with their menu items including a couple of excellent fish dishes and a venison burger. Overall, quite a nice experience, well recommended.
I had one memorable red wine blend an d some delicious lobster chowder.
The food was really good that we had, but it took a really long time for us to get our food. We didn't order anything too exquisite, but it just took extremely long for us to be served, upwards of an hour. Eventually we had the owner come up and serve us our food, because it seemed like the wait staff didn't have an interest in serving us our food. This might possibly be why I wouldn't consider returning, at least not when I'm starving!
Our meal was tasty, but service was uneven at times. In the restaurant's defense, it was Saturday night on Valentine's Day, and they seemed understaffed.
I had a large group and the wait staff & service was absolutely exceptional.
We ordered the arancini and wedge salad for starters. Both were very tasty. For our main course we had the King Salmon and the Shirt ribs. Very delicious!!! Even though we were comfortably full, we managed to squeeze in some dessert. Staff was friendly and cheerful. We would definitely go back again and already recommended it to others. The only criticism we have to offer was that we made a reservation for a cozy table outdoors but when we arrived the hostes sat us at a rondom table indoors without checking to see what we had requested. Other than that, it was a great experience overall
We were participating in SF Restaurant Week and tried somewhere we had not previously dined, Belden Taverna. The set menu for the event, as well as their full menu, had a great selection of wonderful sounding dishes. My issue was the wine list. While I am used to restaurants adding a significant mark-up on wines, Belden Taverna's wine list seemed ridiculous. The bottles of Zinfandel we got were over 2.5 times the cost in a local wine shop. The rest of the selections were similarly marked up. The set menu for the event was $40 per person for appetizer, main course, and dessert. However, add in a couple glasses of sparkling wine before eating and 2 bottles of wine during the course of dinner, and our total including tip was almost $350 for 2 people. We did really enjoy our food, but felt robbed by the wine list. The atmosphere was charming and the staff was very friendly and engaging. The wine is just too overpriced.
They have a nice outside dining area. We got there and happy hour was just ending and apparently attracted quite a loud, obnoxious crowd. We sat for 10 minutes-no exaggeration- until someone came over and he was surprised we wanted to eat since apparently it's a happy hour hotspot. Service overall lacking in attention and had to seek out more water and service constantly. The food was just okay. Felt ripped off with Restuarant Week menu for $45 (advertised for $40) with so-so food and portions. And as expected, bill was incorrect reflecting incorrect price for drink and he had to re-do the bill. I think this place is okay for happy hour (although not that inexpensive with $8 cocktails) and ambiance for short period of time, but inattentive service and so-so food for dinner.
I have rarely had anything that I didn't enjoy here. The lobster escargot is quite excellent and the steaks and burgers are top-notch. Prices are average for downtown S.F.
I follow the suggestions from the site to select a good restaurant where have a dinner with customers but it was really out from my expectation and my wish: we sat outside, the tablet are really too close one to other and we could share the dishes and the conversation with others.
The food was poor, we had beef steaks cooked badly and not as requested, my rib eye was too fatty, the New yotk strip was well done instead medium: the cauliflowers was unacceptable and cold.
Just the bill was fair compared to the level of the food and ambience
Not a good experience
My boyfriend and I selected Belden Taverna for our New Year's Eve meal while visiting San Fran from Florida. The Belden alley way was cute and quaint, filled with several adorable restaurants (including this one). I had requested a table outside--instead we were seated upstairs, inside. The service and meal started out great, then went downhill from there. We had the deviled eggs app--great taste!! Then thjngs went downhill. My salad (poached pear creation) was bitter, bizaree and not tasty. Our meals (my tortellini and mh boyfriends ravioli both arrived COLD. Our server never checked back--had to track down a bus boy to request that our meals be heated. Even heated--my tortellini was bland and not good. So disappointed. Even two free drinks from our sever didn't repair a bad meal. Needs improvement.
Nice quiet little place. Food was very good and the drinks were great. The service was also very nice.
Even though it was cold out, we were quite comfortable outside under one of the heaters. The food was really good and the server, William, and hostess, Anna, we're very friendly. It was a very pleasant evening.
It's a lot of money to spend on food that's just ok.
I have definitely spent that amount of money on much better meals. The food was not worth the price. Particularly the steak. They shouldn't call themselves an Italian steakhouse. I can make a much better steak that won't cost $54. We asked for medium rare and it was overcooked. First rule of thumb if you're a "steakhouse" - know how to cook at the proper temperature. The salmon was eh. Again, I could probably make it better at home. The ragu risotto balls were pretty good so we probably should have ordered the short ribs as it's the same meat. I don't think we will be back.
I have been to this restaurant numerous times throughout the years and it never disappoints. You always know what to expect and the help is very courteous and accommodating. I would highly recommend Belden Taverna as a great spot for any occasion
We were visiting from Scotland and looking for a family-friendly menu around the Financial District. our concierge directed us towards Belden Place which was good advice. Lots of nice restaurants with seating inside & out. Belden Taverna menu was reasonable. Food and service very good. We went back again the next evening and the head waiter recognized us which was a nice touch.
Anniversary dinner, just two of us, 6pm. Belden Place alley in the Financial District...has quite a few choices to pick from, we picked this after seeing the menu included steaks at a somewhat reasonable price. We sat outside, heaters provided some warmth for comfort. We started with the calamari appetizer, a little over done with not a lot of notable taste. Husband's Rib eye steak with sautéed spinach was good, my sea bass was a good size, a bit dry, lobster sauce was good, came with sautéed spinach. Waiter was not very attentive, then seemed a bit overwhelmed as more people filled the restaurant. All in all, it was a nice dinner, but probably wouldn't return again.
The food here is always good, just small portions. I'm not sure if they changed staff or if we just got lucky this time, but the service was much faster and more attentive than most of the time my office visits (I can't recall ever having bad service here, let me point out, just never great service). They can easily accommodate large groups on usually a day's notice which is great for spur of the moment office gatherings.
Great attentive service. Nice wine list and tasty bites and entrees.
My colleagues raved about the food at Beleden Taverna. Although the pasta dishes all looked delicious the meals ordered were fish and steak. No one left unsatisfied. The staff were top notch. A great neighborhood gem!
I always get asked to set up birthdays and other events for friends and always choose this restaurant. I love this place and the owner is awesome and really tries to get to know his customers!
We split the roasted beet salad with arugala, bleu cheese, roasted almonds with balsamic dressing; very tasty. The bread was ver good, too. I had the half order of spaghetti with dungeness crab, grilled corn, asparagus, garlic and sliced jalapeno. It was quite tasty. There were a couple of other pasta dishes to have as a half order. Husband had beef, three ways - which was a grilled filet, marrow with toasted seasoned bread crumbs and another preparation of beef, served with mashed potatoes, grilled asparagus and a wine enhanced gravy. He had the chocolate mousse for dinner. Creamy, not overly sweet with a huge dollop of whipped cream. We sat upstairs, as outdoors was packed. Deep red walls with warm lighting. Service was great.
I was tasked with finding a place for our monthly Team Lunch. I saw that it was just a short walk from our office, and we had dined at a restaurant right next door, so we knew it would be easy to find. The menu made it very difficult to figure out what to order, because everything looked delicious! I ordered the crab spaghetti, and it did not disappoint. I felt like the noodles and the crab melted in my mouth. We are definitely going to return for our next lunch!
We really enjoyed our meal at this restaurant. We shared 4 appetizers as our meal between 2 people and this was plenty of food and each of the dishes was absolutely delicious. The service was very nice and the restaurants is very beautiful. Overall, this was one of the best meals we had on our trip to San Francisco/Sonoma/Napa.