Tawla SF

4.3
75 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Mediterranean
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  • Good Vegetarian Options
Located in San Francisco's wonderful Mission District, Tawla serves Eastern Mediterranean food that stays true to its origin. Our menu, changing daily, is focused on the less known edibles of the region, traditionally prepared at home. Bringing forth the common cuisine of Turkey, Greece, the Levant and Iran, a commonality driven by regional proximity and a shared history. Our dishes are made with seasonal produce, and locally sourced, sustainibly raised and caught meats and seafood.

Please check our website for a sample menu.

For parties of 6 -9 ppl, we exclusively offer one of our set menus: Feast Menu at $39 pp and Sofra Menu at $49 pp. For parties of 10-15, we exclusively serve our $49 Sofra menu. Please call to inquire about private events of 16+

For all parties of 5+ we reserve the right to charge a cancellation fee of $30 per person for all cancellations within 48 hours or no-shows. This includes same day reservations.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Greek
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Hours of operation
Brunch
Sun 11:00 am–2:00 pm
Dinner
Daily 5:30 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(415) 814-2704
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Joseph Magidow
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Private party facilities
Our Cellar is an intimate and super charming space that's perfect for groups up to 20 people. Guests will feel like they've been transported to a place very far away: from Turkish carpets to Arabesque geometric design to warm lighting.
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Private party contact
General Manager Christina Sanger: (844) 408-1190
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Duboce Street
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Parking details
Street parking and garage parking at 14th St and Valencia and 16th St and Hoffman are available nearby. For help parking, use Luxe to valet your car.
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Public transit
BART: 16th and Mission, MUNI: Market St and Gough St
Additional
Banquet, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 75 People Are Saying
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4.3
food
4.2
service
4.3
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3.8
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4.0Dined 5 days ago

Good spot for tapas and light Mediterranean fare. We got the lamb which is super filling so if you do that go lighter on everything else. Kind of noisy but was okay. the decor is great. Good service.

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4.0Dined on August 10, 2018

Delicious mezes - Muhammara was a favorite. Interesting wines by the bottle. We really enjoyed our choices. Menu changes a lot, but cant go wrong with the featured proteins. Great service.

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5.0Dined on July 30, 2018

This place is a GEM! The food is amazing and so is the service. Put this place on your must-try list. Go for the tasting menu.

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Went for Sunday brunch. Food was fresh and delicious. Service was great too. Will go again for dinner.

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5.0Dined on July 26, 2018

This place is amazing. The food is unique and delicious. Very vegan and vegetarian-friendly even though I am not either. The tasting menu is the way to go. You get TONS of food and it is only 39 or 49 dollars (if you want the extra special option). It is an incredible deal. The service is amazing too. I love this place.

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5.0Dined on July 24, 2018

Tawla was delicious. We got their Feast, pre-fixe family style dinner, and it was such a fun adventure. I would definitely return, though I’m a little worried I would eat my weight in their homemade breads and dips.

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2.0Dined on July 23, 2018

I really wanted to like this restaurant, I love middle eastern food and grew up eating it. For starters the host was rude when I arrived, our server couldn’t pronounce properly half the items on the menu and when we ordered a “light” dinner he seemed to be upset and say that’s all? He also seemed not happy we didn’t order drinks. Was very pushy!

The food was okay, but I can make better labneh at home and my bread was burnt on the top and bottom.

Like I said I wanted to love this place but will not go back.

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2.0Dined on July 15, 2018

My first time at Tawla was fantastic! The food, service... everything. This was my second time and the food was not nearly as good as I had remembered, the dishes also seem to have gotten much smaller, the service was not as great, and it was very quiet in the restaurant for a Saturday evening. Sadly, it was not worth the amount we spent.

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

What a wonderful place for a birthday celebration! The food & combination of flavors were simply exquisite & Alfredo, our servir, was very attentive. So glad we dined on the early side for dinner because the place filled up & got louder as the night wore on. Love to go back again soon!

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3.0Dined on July 1, 2018

The food was good although too great for multiple plates/dishes. The only restaurant that charges for a dip of olive oil.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Our brunch at Tawla was very enjoyable. We dined on the Batata Harra, brunch salad and levantine pancake. I also had the white sangria, which was very floral and fresh tasting with mint. I will be happy to return.

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1.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Food as always was great and service, also as alway, atrocious. We’ve had the same server (larger, older, brunette) and every single time she is abrasive, rude, and one of the worst hospitality employees I’ve encountered. Amazing that she is still there when others are so much better

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4.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Food was very good, lots of small bites and string flavors and tastes that are unique to most SF menus. Some items were very good, some items did miss though. $$ bread but $ apps equaled out.

Wine List was good, but really top heavy on the pricing, although strong wine selections from around the world, Chateau Musar and more.

Service was a little slow to start, but made up for it with strong wine and food insights. Ambience is nice, and the Manager was very nice and friendly.

Overall, a great place to nosh and try unique food and flavors.

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2.0Dined on June 8, 2018

way overpriced and most things in the tasting menu weren’t very good

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

All was great except for it took a long time to put in our drink orders. Great dinner!

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4.0Dined on May 15, 2018

Adorable place, with fresh and sexy interiors, great service and an admirable wine list. Had some amazing flavors (we ordered basically all the varieties of skordalia and they were all amazing). Vegetarians will be super happy here, but there's plenty of protein too. I'd skip the meatballs (needs acid) but everything else was great and we will be back again soon.

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3.0Dined on May 12, 2018

The bread and spreads were great. If I come back I'll mostly be getting those. I wasn't wowed by the Fattoush salad or any of the meat medium/large plates, and the portion sizes on the mains were incredibly small compared to the price charged.

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2018

Excellent food and excellent service. This is my second time and I will be back for sure

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4.0Dined on May 5, 2018

My husband and I ate at the chefs table. We had a blast. My husband has some food allergies so we were a bit limited but the manager and host were amazing in accommodating and taking care of our needs. We felt very at home and welcome. Great food and especially the most amazing bread and dips!!!

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3.0Dined on May 2, 2018

Had heard good things about Tawla, but our experience was not actually that great. Ther service was attentive & the interiors nicely done, but the menu was confusing with few explanations, so the staff pushed the tasting menu, which seemed the simplest in order to avoid the high priced & small a la carte items. Some of the dishes were indeed delicious, but most were mediocre, with emphasis placed on plating rather than taste or portion size. The unfortunate part was if you are going to offer a tasting menu, give your patrons ample time to enjoy it. We felt a bit rushed out with servers loudly doing sidework & cleaning up at only 9:30, like they were anxious to get out. :( With as much as I take clients out, I will go elsewhere.

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3.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Meh.

This place was disappointing.

Being Turkish, when I saw Turkish words on the menu, I was excited to check this place out. My partner and I went for brunch. I ordered the red shakshuka with "sujuk," the Turkish sausage that was an add on. It came without sujuk, which was disappointing. I thought I'd get the sujuk as a side, but our server never came to our table to check on us to see how everything was/if we needed anything, so I had to go without it. When the server finally appeared (not to check on us, but to bring us another item we'd ordered), when I was nearly done with my meal, I asked that I not get charged for the sujuk. I was told she'd never put it in the system, so I wouldn't be charged. What I didn't hear in there was an apology. Food was decent, but service left a lot to be desired. I think I'll go back to making my own shakshuka with sucuk (how it's spelled in Turkish) at home. If the service had been friendlier and more attentive, we would have given Tawla another chance during dinner, but at the end of our meal, my partner and I both thought we were ok with not returning.

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2.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Since we had a 6 person reservation, we were forced to go with Prix Fix, but we felt the portions of the delicious dips and spreads were too scant and the service very slow. We were then shocked by the enormous serving of meat at the end, which was beyond what is fitting for our party, especially since we expressed that only half of the group eat meat. It was not as good as our previous experience where we were able to order a la carte. We felt like we spent way too much for the quality of the foo we accessed.

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4.0Dined on April 19, 2018

Enjoyable dinner with combination of flavors I never thought I would like.
Financial transaction was muddled in the restaurant's favor and never straightened out to my satisfaction. Service should be streamlined - too many servers are covering too many bases.

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3.0Dined on April 18, 2018

Had been previously but it didn’t have the same exceptional experience as last time.

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4.0Dined on April 10, 2018

We have dined at Tawla a good number of times. We always order more food than we can eat mostly because we enjoy the fresh baked bread. Some of the dishes are excellent others not so much.

The wine list is utterly stupid. Too many bottles at >$200 too many at >$100 and far too few at <$70. So, in a practical sense, the wine list is useless with little to choose from. There are so many excellent wines in the world for <$70 that Tawla should offer many more. If you have a palette that can discern the quality of a $250 bottle of wine, maybe this is the place for you...

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3.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Good food and restaurant. Thought that waiting staff try to over sell you on food and drink to juice up your bill

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3.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Greaaaat food. Staff sooooo rude:(

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

This was our first time here, and we were very pleasantly surprised. The food was really quite unique and tasted amazing. The portions looked small initially but the food just kept coming and we all left very full. The bread was especially good, freshly made and delicious.

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3.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Tawla is good. Food is good

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Family Easter brunch 🐣

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1.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Food not great.. very lackluster. Main dish too salty to eat. One of the worst meals I've had in the mission district in quite some time.

Other than that, the service and ambiance are great.

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Great addition to the SF dining scene. Have eaten here 3 times and always delicious. Great servers and really nice thst they receive good benefits from the owner (who is usually there).

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Great waitress. Yummy creative Mediterranean food.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

I honestly do not know where to start on this review, every single second we spend in Tawla was sublime. The food, the service, ambiance - everything was worthy of 5 stars.

I visited last Saturday night with 5 colleagues (all from London), we were running late for our reservation but that didn't stop the wonderful servers being absolutely perfect that evening.
We opted for the Tawla feast (so much divine bread!) on each course were were brought on a culinary journey like none we've had before, the wine list is fantastic, the restaurant itself is authentic and comfortable, suitable for pretty much any occasion.

If you are looking for delicious, comfort style food thats been elevated to a whole new level, servers that will make you feel welcome, an amazing wine list, wonderful ambience on your next meal out then look no further than Tawla - I urge you to check this place out!

Thank you to everyone who was involved in making our evening so wonderful, next time Im back in San Francisco Tawla will be the first place I visit xxx

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4.0Dined on February 23, 2018

Enjoyed our meal at Tawla, but over-ordered at the direction of our server. It became an expensive evening.

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2.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Overpriced mediocre food and generally kind but not very savvy servers. Fixed price course menu promoted as “all the bread you want.” Should not be selling point for $59/person meal. Worst dining experience in recent memory.

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4.0Dined on February 17, 2018

We ordered the feast and the food was all very good, and service attentive if not spectacular. However, for the prices charged ($69 each for feast + mandatory 20%), I would have expected something memorable, which Tawla was not.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Fantastic food and service. Very unusual dishes. It reminded us of our trip to Istanbul. I don’t know of any other place like this in the city.

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3.0Dined on February 8, 2018

Food was as good as when it opened. Waitress was super rude from the get go. It was really bad. Clearly she did not want to be here, and made sure this was clear to us.

So bad that I'm not sure I would repeat, even though the food was great.

Very different experience than when it opened. The owner/chef, who grew up in Palestine, was super nice.

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Great food and great service

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