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About Tawla SF
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, sustainably raised and caught meats and seafood.
Please check our website for our menu which changes daily.
For parties of 5-6, we exclusively offer one of our set menus: Selection at $51 pp and Feast at $71 pp. For parties of 7-9, we exclusively serve our Feast menu. We charge a cancellation fee for parties 5+ within 48 hours of cancellation at $30 per person.
San Francisco, CA 94103-2318
Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Greek
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Nightly: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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.
BART: 16th and Mission, MUNI: Market St and Gough St
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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.
Tawla SF Ratings and Reviews
I am a huge fan of Tawla and look forward to each visit here. The food is truly unique relative to that of other high end Mediterranean/Middle Eastern restaurants and strikes the right balance of blending tradition and innovation. While many places pay lip service to seasonality, Tawla's kitchen clearly puts a great deal of thought and effort into making creative and delicious seasonal changes to its menu (while keeping many of its craveable staple dishes in its lineup). Having eaten here more than any other restaurant in San Francisco, I can't really think of a dish that I didn't enjoy. I'd also add that the tasting menus are a real value in comparison to those of other high quality restaurants in the Bay Area.
Like the food, the wine list is fantastic and evolves relatively frequently. The pairings are fun, and I also appreciate the restaurant's flexible corkage policy.
In terms of service, the staff is refreshingly attentive, friendly, and knowledgeable. Whether I've come alone or in a large group, they've always been very accommodating with respect to special requests/dietary restrictions.
Overall, it is impossible to go wrong here - this place is the real deal.
We really did not enjoy eating here. We ordered the Teta tasting menu which included many interesting dishes that just failed to offer much taste or balance. At one point, we had 3-4 dishes on the table that all tasted overly sour. Even the labneh was more sour than at other restaurants. Seemed overpriced for the quality of the food and service. The waitress didn’t even cordially greet us, just rudely asked what we wanted. I will not eat here again.
My second time at Tawla. The food was excellent, and I look forward to returning. However, our service was some of the worst I've ever had anywhere in San Francisco - it was truly awful.
Our server came over for our order after about 30 seconds of us arriving and since we were clearly not ready to order (had barely taken our coats off), he left and did not return for about 20 minutes, despite the restaurant being slow that night and us trying to flag him down several times. While we were ordering, he interrupted us more than once. We asked about the sparkling wine promotion from OpenTable, and he snubbed us and told us we would each have to order an entree, which he then told us were each enough for three people....he didn't seem to understand the promotion and was quite rude about it.
The same experience happened again during dessert. We waited over 15 minutes to order dessert, and once we were clearly finished with our dish, we waited another 20 minutes just to ask for the bill. We had to get up from our table and ask another server to bring us the bill.
The food is excellent, but the server completely ruined our experience.
The food was excellent but the service was an issue. Specifically, our primary server was creepy and awkward. Every interaction with him was challenging as he either wouldn't engage or would simply walk away before we could ask for anything. He also reached across my wife several times rather than reaching for things from behind. This person either needs more training or needs to find a job outside of the restaurant industry.
Food was generally delicious but the service was shockingly bad.
Our waiter was totally unhelpful when we were ordering wine. It's fine for him not to know every wine by heart, but rather than asking a colleague for advice for us we ended up having to look up the wine characteristics online. He just said "I don't know" and looked at us when we asked for advice.
He also forgot to put through our two main dishes, which meant we were sat waiting for food for ages after the bread and dips, and he actually had the nerve to come over and ask if we wanted anything else! When we pointed out we were missing two large parts of the meal he said "Oh yeah they are just coming" and disappeared. 25 min later and the chicken STILL hadn't arrived (we'd been in the restaurant for an hour by that point), so we ended up telling him to just cancel the order and bring the bill (20% service charge included by the way, which is insulting).
He also was totally slow at filling wine glasses from the bottles we had chilling... We were literally sat with no food and empty glasses for 20 mins at the end of the meal, with wine still sitting in our bottle in the fridge.
We had 5 people so we had to do the fixed menu. The plates came in family style which was fine but they came in with odd numbers for 5 people to share. For example: one dish was a meatball and it came on a plate of 4... so one person had to share the meatball with someone else....? There were other dishes came with off numbers as well. I wouldn’t go back with a big party.
OMG! Thank you Tawla. What a great dining experience my best friend and I had. This was Friday night after thanksgiving (so they were not busy). Sat the two of us on the back patio at a table for 6, under beautiful hanging lights. We had the ‘Teta’s Table’ tasting menu. For $49 per person, what a deal! You get to try almost everything on the menu and it was ALL delicious, and we couldn’t finish it all. My favorites were the delicata squash, the fattoush salad, and this baked crab and feta dish. I was so impressed, go to Tawla asap. (And I don’t give reviews like this often!)
One of the worst dining experiences I’ve had
Squid was spicy; only jalapeños were tasted and burnt everything else. Mushrooms too citric and one dimensional, feta cheese was extremely salty. Meatballs were good but drowned in lemon juice and slices. Not worth the time or money.
Tawla has great food and a diverse and creative menu. The service is very hit or miss - some servers are knowledgeable and friendly, but many can't properly explain the dishes and are impatient and not friendly. Unfortunate negative side-effect of including 20% service automatically on the bill...
Exceptional food featuring a fusion of Lebanese, Turkish, and Moroccan flavors - this restaurant gets the closest I've ever seen to nailing the flavors of some of my favorite Lebanese dishes as a child growing up in Beirut. But all of its modernized with fresh, local ingredients. The restaurant is also just beautiful and inviting.
We had an absolutely delicious meal at Tawla, and I would highly recommend it. We did have to change tables at the beginning because the music, kitchen noise, and loud guests made it hard to hear. The dishes were each very special and the service was excellent. We shared each dish and were too stuffed at the end for dessert. I highly recommend the Tomato Fanta, the Mujadara, the Musaka, and the Stuffed Squash Blossoms. The menu changes on a regular basis. We would have ordered more if we could have eaten more. We'll be back.
Delicious Lebanese inspired food! We had the tasting menu, which was tasty, modern twists on classic middle eastern flavors. The wine pairings were also delicious and thoughtfully presented. Ambiance is upscale but still casual and there was a small, cozy looking outdoor area in the back. Service was good but not great -- the one area that could use improvement is timing. We were also surprised not to be offered some small dessert or sweet at the end of the meal, especially given that we ordered the tasting menu and had a birthday. But, overall a really good experience and we'd go back.
The food is decently good. However, the evening was totally ruin by the service. When told our server that it is our first time to dine at their restaurant. She did not tell us it is a family style. We ordered an appetizer to share and two entrees. We also ordered a bottle of wine. The server did not hear well so I pointed it out to her. The food arrived but no wine so we could not get the attention from or server. Eventually, we got another server. She brought us a glass of wine until I corrected that we ordered one bottle instead. Then, she brought us a wrong bottle of wine. Fortunately, I stopped her before she opened the wine. Then, I got my entree but my friend was not in sight. We waited for a while but our server did not come to ask us how was everything. We eventually got her attention and explained the situation. She just causally said she did not place the order for my friend's entree and made up an excuse. I knew she was lying because she repeated back the order during ordering. The restaurant automatically added 20% tip in the bill. I felt it was rip off since we did not get the proper service. I support the fair wage but the auto tips policy sometimes does not do well for the service oriented business when there is no service existed.
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