Tawla SF

4.3
95 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Mediterranean
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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
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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Restaurant is closed open table did not let me know and it was only by accident that we discovered we did not have a reservation for dinner that night despite getting a reservation confirmation email the day before

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

Restaurant was out of many of the dishes. They said they were shutting down indefinitely the following day.

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Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best friend just moved to SF. Had to take her here. One of the best Mediterranean restaurants ever. A gem that should be celebrated.

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MP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

We were very underwhelmed with the food. It was a really cool vibe but the food ended up being a let down. The memes were good but the lamb meatballs, brussel sprouts and lamb sausage did not have good flavors

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C
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Outstanding Eastern Mediterranean food! Made me feel as if I were sitting in Israel eating. Place was friendly and unpretentious. Full of hospitality. Will definitely come back.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Meh. Did not live up to the hype.

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BF
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place never fails to deliver. Do the tasting menu it is absolutely worth it and makes for a wonderful experience. The food is always changing, creative, healthy, and super delicious. The staff is always friendly and knowledgeable.

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FL
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was excellent, but staff was clearly spread too thin for a busy Thursdah night. Took awhile to get our initial order and wine, but once the food started coming it arrived in decently rapid sequence.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food, exceptional wine

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San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Something different and special in an ocean of so many mediocre new restaurants in SF. Definitely memorable.

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FS
New England
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Good food. Inattentive and impersonal service. Poor ambiance and energy level at the restaurant.

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R
San Francisco
149 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

All of the food we had was delicious. The service was excellent too.

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M
London
7 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Premise that I have DAIRY , EGG, RED MEAT allergies.
I'm writing reviews after 2 visits just to check that the experience is consistent.
First time we were a table fo four, and yesterday a table of 3.
Ambience: great, chill, good choice of lounge music, as well as beautiful wall decor.
Food: everything is to share and prepared well. Few adjustments can be made but the menu is varied enough that give choices to vegetarians, vegans as well as pescatarian (squid, tuna and fish available). The small bites are tiny but provide a tie over while waiting for the Mezes. I would personally recommend the peppers as well as the chilled marinated cucumbers.
Service: attentive without being intrusive.

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AL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My boyfriend and I dined at Tawla this past Sunday, and had an awesome time. Our server explained the family-style dining option to us, and since we had never eaten there before, we agreed it would be a fun way to try a bunch of things we'd never had before. Also, unlimited bread. Sold. The food was coursed really well, never too much on the table and never too little. Ask to see the full wine list--the wines from Morocco caught our attention and the Cab Sav/Syrah blend was the perfect fit for our dinner. I love that the family-style menu isn't set in stone. We were able to request dishes that we absolutely had to have, and note which ones we didn't want. Really lovely ambiance (and playlist) topped everything off. Super fun spot for dinner. Thank you, Tawla team!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 3

We'd heard good things about Tawla and we're disappointed. Both food and wine were not good enough for the price. For example, the lamb shank was bland and tough. Staff and service were great though.

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Raleigh
25 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I didn't feel that our group received a good value in our meal.

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GN
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

The restaurant is loud the chairs on the floor mute our most other sounds. Service started out attentive but then seemed a little
Pushy and then was lax. Bathrooms are uncomfortably dark.

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S
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was great and the menu is all family style so it's a fun way to dine. The service is very slow and when asking if they were short staffed for the evening, the waitress confirmed the two waitresses to the entire restaurant is part of the "family style vibe" they're going for. Seems a bit silly. Food is great but expect slow service.

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J
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Loved the experience of this place - as there is definitely the intention of offering an experience rather than just a meal. Food was so good!

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BF
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service are always absolutely amazing. This place is getting more and more popular for a reason. It is a unique little gem.

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RB
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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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s
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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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BF
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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A
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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BF
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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QL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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T
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

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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J
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

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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P
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

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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ES
San Francisco
111 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 3

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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c
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 5

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

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

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

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s
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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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K
Yosemite
3 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

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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e
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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LR
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

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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JR
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

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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