Park Tavern

4.6
2344 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
Located in the heart of San Francisco’s historic North Beach neighborhood, Park Tavern is Big Night Restaurant Group's 3-star American tavern serving high-end bistro fare. The restaurant's handsome décor features an eclectic mix of vintage fixtures and furnishings, an open kitchen and an airy sidewalk café that overlooks picturesque Washington Square Park. Park Tavern, which has been nominated for the James Beard Foundation's Best New Restaurant award and enjoyed long-standing inclusion on San Francisco Chronicle's Top 100 list since opening in 2012, is owned by restaurateurs Anna Weinberg and Chef Jennifer Puccio, who also operate Marlowe, Petit Marlowe, The Cavalier, and Leo's Oyster Bar, as well as Dave Stanton who owns TresTequila lounge.
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Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Chef Puccio created a menu. We're offering 3 courses, a sexy cocktail, bubbles and treats. The price is $85pp. Please check out our menu. Our cancellation fee is $40pp for 48 hours or less which is sent in the form of a gift card..because it’s Valentines Day-and we love you!

Thursday, February 14, 2019

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
7.6

A solid North Beach brunch option, which, get this: actually takes reservations. Don't sleep on Park Tavern.

Ratings 7.5-8.0:These are restaurants that are reliable, tasty, and particularly good for whatever we have deemed them “Perfect For.” Hit up a 7.7 for Date Night with confidence, as long as you don’t need the restaurant to be the most interesting thing that happens that night.
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San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Second time there. Food good as last time. Didn't realize we would be charged nearly 10$ for sparkling water, but I know some places do that. Service was prompt and attentive. Salad and shrimp app were the best part of the meal.

Wasn't too thrilled when they turned the lights down so low that we could barely see the food.

As a result I was unable to see to trim the fat off my porkchop.

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AE
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Play at the Golden Gate Theater. Good food. Good service. Noise level was a little loud. I will return.

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R
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Met 6 friends from LA for brunch. Food was fine but sever was very unaccommodating to help find something for my husband who can’t swallow due to his cancer treatments. We asked if they could make one of their smoothies without the bourbon and he said “no” because it was a pre-made mix. Then we asked for a simple smoothie (vanilla ice cream and milk) but he said they couldn’t do that either. So my husband had nothing and sat there watching all of us eat. That sucked.

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SO
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch!! The flavor explosions are out of this world. I’ve had dreams about the polenta cakes. It’s earthy and gooey and truffled all over. Pro tip: sit at the bar & order the Nothing Really to drink.

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LM
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Mussel dish was disappointing. Smallest mussels ever, way too much Farro and too spicy (and I like spicy food)
Burgers shrimp,, soup,and salad were good.
Shrimp appetizer came out w 3 shrimp, for $18! later the waiter saw the problem and fixed it, but why he didn’t notice when serving was lame.
Overall the space is great but I live near Marlowe and will tolerate noise there because they have excellent service.

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DL
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant was recommended by a local friend for a business dinner. Great lively atmosphere with an easy noise level for conversation (towards front windows). Service and server were excellent - food came out very quick. Enjoyed the brussel sprouts chips and PT fries starters, but the wagyu jerky was tougher in texture, a little subtle in taste. Excellent flavors on the trout entree, the halibut (or seabass?), and the rich ravioli entree. Don't miss the coffee creme brulee!

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D
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Bit was just ok. Over priced for the quality. Too noisy - couldn’t carry on a conversation. Would not go back.

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AS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and stupendous service, always! Heather was our friendly server who was warm and extremely knowledgable. The poulet noir was incredible and, my favorite of all, the "birthday cake" on their dessert menu was to die for. I am a local in the area and definitely will be back time and time again. Thank you for the wonderful hospitality and evening!

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h
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

the service was terrific. the food was delicious. my party of four was able to enjoy our meal and have a nice conversation. we walked out, commenting how pleasant our dinner was. we all would return and recommend the restaurant to others.

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r
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

way to dark~! this isnt a romance restaurant - service was slow then rapid - wife asked them to slow down - waiter was a nice guy - food overall seemed tired - music was too loud and I'm a rock guitarist but this didnt work - will likely come back - Saturday night can lose details

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Food was ok.

Steaks were cold and we sent them back. When they came back they were tough.

I will go back. It was a off night for them.

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YH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance and service. The food tasted good but under performing on the cooking. Got the seabass beans were undercooked and gave me lots of gas. In contrast greens were overcooked.
It gets kind of noisy but staff was friendly abd accommodated our quiet table requests

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P
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely top-notch, one of San Francisco’s best restaurants.

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MH
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was exceptional. Place was crowded, staff attentive food prepared exactly as requested, and very good. Quality of service and food will have us returning.

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Cleveland
6 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As usual, the Park Tavern didn’t disappoint. One of my go-to SF spots.

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SM
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience at this local SF Restaurant, very good food and exceptional service. Really a great experience. Outstanding food.

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T
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service were very good. Noise level was high.

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Charlotte
13 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice setting for initial informal meeting.

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OT
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the buttermilk pancakes

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AC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Love this place! It is always on my short list of potential brunch spots.

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MS
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All around a wonderful place for a meal. The staff are top notch!

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OT
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the buttermilk pancakes! Amazing!!!

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

La comida estaba buena pero el servicio muy malo y ademas nos trajeron la cuenta sin haber terminado el vino cuando seguíamos tomandonoslo tranquilamente.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 5

Had a bad experience with the host and Maitre d. They had us sit at the far end of the communal table when the restaurant was empty. My friend had a newborn and it was very uncomfortable. I made a quick reservation on opentable and they moved us to a table so clearly they had space.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New Year's Eve

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l
San Francisco
56 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Enjoyed Park Tavern for New Year's Eve. Set menu was $95/person, a little pricey. But included a decent champagne cocktail and desert. The room is very attractive and service was great. Very interesting wine list for other visits. The food was inventive and tasty. Perfect Special Occasion spot.

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Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This is my wife’s and my favorite restaurant in the City. This was our first time getting breakfast and it was terrific. Their cocktails are always terrific!!!

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OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Salad was drowning in dressing. Meat was very undercooked and had to be sent back. Very noisy. Been here several times but won’t go back.

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OT
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I celebrated my 80th birthday with my family and friends, and Park Tavern made the occasion special for us, service and attention wonderful! variety of dishes for my guests to choose from great menu selections! reasonably priced especially for brunch; all the staff stopped by to wish me happy birthday and the hostess did a great job of making sure our table was special and well taken care of.....everybody tried a different dish and every dish was just so tasty and perfectly served, all at one time to everyone.....drinks are fun and again reasonably priced so everyone had their choice, can't say enough about the wonderful bruch we had Dec. 29th. Thank you Park Tavern!

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BH
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful Sunday brunch. From savory to sweet items, explosions of flavor.

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KK
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was really good but it was so dark out couldn’t see your plate! What’s the point if that?

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ML
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We were in town visiting for a couple of days and booked a last minute reservation. Overal great solid food experience. PT fries, deviled eggs, sea bass, and hanger steak were awesome. Cocktails were tasty and server was super polite and helpful.

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LH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place to celebrate a special event, especially at the holidays. Wonderful ambiance that feels very cozy and traditional. Food is great but a smidge pricey for what you get, in my opinion. Great wine list.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 4

Everything was way too salty and inedible

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CN
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

We enjoyed our visit to Park Tavern the food was good the service was good, the ambience was good, however it was really loud in the restaurant. Which made it hard to converse unless you where sitting right next to the person.

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K
San Francisco
65 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We went to try Park Tavern for dinner because we had had a nice brunch some time ago in nice weather, sitting in the patio. Everything was wonderful for dinner EXCEPT the bomb level noise! That is why I gave it 4 stars instead of 5. What is it with RIDICULOUSLY LOUD restaurants? What is so HIP about craning your neck to hear the person across the table from you? The noise level was way above accepted decibel norms and the three of us had to literally almost shout at one another to have a conversation. The workers in this restaurants are surely loosing their hearing a little bit at a time every day/night they work inside the dining room. PLEASE find a way to mute the noise level so everyone can speak normally and not have their ear drums blasted through a meal. Everything else was WONDERFUL and SPOT ON about Park Tavern. But you won’t find me there again, especially in the evening, until the decibels are much lower. Really too bad.

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CC
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

Service was uneven. Evident there was an effort get my party out of the restaurant re the desert course.
Food was mediocre at best. one dinner had to be returned because it was undercooked. The meat was a poor cut and was riddled with gristle. The famous Marlowe burger was over charred and very salty.

I am a decent cook. I go out to dinner to enjoy a food experience that exceeds what I do in my kitchen. The PT was not one of those experiences. Not only disappointing, but the pricing exceeded the quality of the meal.

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RL
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 5

Food was good but our service was terrible. The reception staff was very polite and very accommodating.
The service was terrible because in essence, we were left to fend for ourselves. For example, we asked for a side of bread that came half way through the entree. There were no visits to see if we were doing okay.
This was a birthday brunch and I was irritated for most of the brunch. Nice vibe, excellent renovation and the food was okay though it could have been warmer. I was surprised that the waiter was so AWOL.
It will be a long time before I go there.

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D
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

The food and service were very good, but the clientele this place attracts are loudmouth annoying tech-bros and we had to endure plenty of shouting about "crushing it" and "killing it" during our meal. While the staff and food were exceptional, I won't go back simply due to my experience with other diners.

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SL
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Two of us had finished eating our meals before the third person in our party got her pancakes at brunch. The waiter kept coming to say that the pancakes were "almost done," but it almost felt like a cook in the back was trying to spite the waiter by not cooking the pancakes. The other dishes were eggs benedict, a burger and a side of bacon. How are those meals cooked, served and eaten before the pancakes hit the table? Pancakes are the easiest and fastest to cook of them all! They did not even offer to take the pancakes off of the bill. We had to ask the waiter to do so.

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