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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.

206 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94103-2318
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Greek

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Nightly: 5:30pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Duboce Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 814-2704

Website:
http://www.tawlasf.com/

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.

Public Transit:
BART: 16th and Mission, MUNI: Market St and Gough St

Executive Chef:
Joseph Magidow

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Enjoy a complimentary glass of sparkling wine with purchase of entree!
Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Specials

Enjoy a complimentary glass of sparkling wine with purchase of entree!
Details

Join us for dinner, and enjoy a complimentary round of sparkling wine with your meal!

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 20 diners. Excludes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 20 People

Starts: November 20, 2017

Ends: March 31, 2018

Availability: Sun-Thu 5:30PM-7:00PM

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Details

$69 - Valentin's Day Feast - We'll be serving a special menu to celebrate the day of love and romance with a feast for the senses that promises abundance, opulence and warmth. A menu celebrating the season from our bread program, to vegetable, seafood and meat mezes, and large format dishes.

Private Dining

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

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.1

service

3.9

ambience

4.1

value

3.6

Noise

Moderate

63% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Fit for Foodies (5)
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Good for a Date (5)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Tapas (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Cozy (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Authentic (2)
Bar Seating (2)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Business Meals (2)
Fun (2)
Healthy (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Romantic (2)
Special Occasion (2)
Vegan (2)
Casual (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Seasonal (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 5, 2018

The food was very bad. Greasy, salty, all dishes were “off”. The wine list is decent but very expensive and the service was accommodating and professional. They removed food charges because we didn’t eat the dishes.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 3, 2018

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Well done decor for a casual restaurant and the food was absolutely delicious. However, the service was below average and the pricing seemed to be erratic. There are better Mediterranean restaurants at a similar price point in the area.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (London)·Dined on December 28, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 20, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Terrible service. 20% gratuity added on your bill automatically. Mediocre food. Would not recommend.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 17, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Groups
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Unfortunately the entire experience was not nearly as good as our first visit. Most likely won't return.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 11, 2017

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.
Total joke.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 7, 2017

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.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2017

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!)

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 18, 2017

It was an awesome culinary experience and loved it all. We stuffed ourselves silly. The wine recommendation was excellent as well.

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·Dined on November 15, 2017

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.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Please bring back original
Samakeh Harrah! The new one does not compare to the original. The original was incredibly good!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

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...

Tags: Tasting Menu, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Tapas
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2017

quality food, but very flat/non-distinct flavoring. very over-priced though...food wasn't satisfying in flavor for the cost

Tags: Romantic, Tapas, Notable Wine List, Seasonal
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Great service, unusual food, very small portions. Some food was excellent, others too "cute" for my taste. We went early so it was quiet. Later in the evening is quite noisy.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 1, 2017

It took nearly an hour for any food to arrive at our table, which was a bit frustrating. But once it arrived it was outstanding.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Nice place with a bit of intimacy and ambiance complimented by a delightful menu of unexpected Mediterranean fare. Good wine list, casual and friendly service that doesn't rush you out the door.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Healthy
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·Dined on September 4, 2017

It was my wife's birthday and we had a great time. The service, the food, the unique environment were all very enjoyable.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Kid-friendly, Cozy, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on August 30, 2017

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Great spot for a inner with friends. Delicious food. Loved the tasting menu.

Tags: Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Good for Groups
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·Dined on August 23, 2017

Meeting of bffs

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Have only had various small plates on 2 visits and all have been great. Just ask them to slow things down.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 13, 2017

I loved it here so much. Simple but elegant dishes. Wish they had more cocktails but the wine collection is very thoughtful. Can't wait to go back!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Interesting dishes, but portions were not as desired. Some rich dishes were large and some lighter ones were too small. Service was nice.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 8, 2017

the food was fantastic. service was excellent. we will be back

Tags: Fun, Tasting Menu
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Beautiful food, eclectic and well paired wines, service like you're family. Love this place.

Tags: Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 27, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 23, 2017

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.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Romantic, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 23, 2017

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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 23, 2017

The flavor of the food could be improved - to make it bolder - otherwise the flavors of the spices and herbs were pretty muted. But overall, the food was well prepared, servers were responsive.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Excellent cuisine and knowledgeable staff. Portions were fairly hearty. "Jameed" corn and lentils were outstanding.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Had a price fixed Teta meal. Delicious but served a bit too fast. Also, no dessert offered.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Authentic, Good for Groups
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