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Red Tavern

84 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Authentic
We are located in the heart of
San Francisco Richmond district and are inviting you to the culinary adventure discovering how
Old World Eastern European cuisine meets contemporary American fare. Our menu offers an assortment of soups, salads, appetizers and main dishes ranging from familiar to exotic and will satisfy most discerning palate. We also serve family style banquet where friends share and enjoy variety of dishes.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Russian, Eastern European
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Hours of operation

Lunch: Daily: 1:00PM - 5:00PM

Dinner: Daily: 5:00PM - 10:00PM
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Phone number
(415) 750-9090
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Payment options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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We provide full service catering for any occasion serving all your needs - from elaborate weddings and corporate events to intimate parties gathering friends and family.

You can choose from the a la carte or banquet menu or our catering team is able to prepare a wide range of "off menu" items to satisfy your taste and cravings
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Cross street
24th Ave
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Parking details
We are located in the heart of San Francisco Richmond district at 2229 Clement Street between 23rd and 24th Avenues.
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Public transit
Muni #1 California and 22nd Avenue Stop
Muni # 29 Clement and 25th Avenue Stop
Muni # 38 Geary and 22nd Avenue Stop
Beer, BYO Wine, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 84 People Are Saying
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123CAB (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 24, 2018

Clean and well lite. Personable and good service and would go again to try something different.

MichaelB (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

Very good variety or the dishes and very tasty food. However service is not up to food level.
Overall very good dining experience.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on November 25, 2017

Love this restaurant! Great food and stuff. Good selection of beer and vine. Treat yourself and try some delicious Russian food :)

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on November 24, 2017

Very good!

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on November 15, 2017

Great Russian and 'stan area food. The appetizer samples were fresh and delicious as was the Uzbek rice which we had as a main. A decent sample of wines (including Georgian) and beer to go with the food. Unfortunately they don't have vodka to go with the herring so had to go with the beer. The waiter was very helpful in giving us recommendations and explaining the dishes. Don't miss the excellent Napoleon cake for desert which is a lot like the honey cake with multiple layers.

vipAlsh (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on November 10, 2017

The food and service were wonderful! We had some salmon caviar blinis, a delicious salad (a salad Olivier - what a potato salad always wished it could be,) Uzbeki lamb pilaf, and a wonderful dessert and wine. It was all outstanding.

vipSasha (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on November 2, 2017

The food and service here is amazing! We had potato zrazy, Julienne cocote, beef stroganoff, Chilean sea bass, then syrniki and Napoleon cake for dessert and everything was beyond delicious! Ochen' vkusno!!!! I'm recommending this place to everyone :-)

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on October 14, 2017

Quite a bustling active place. Crowd was mixed but a few parties fit the ethnic demographic. Food was hearty and seemed pretty authentic. I would have appreciated a little sound dampening though.

vipfoodie (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on October 10, 2017

Loved this restaurant. Service was great. Tried a variety of Foods-- stroganoff and cabbage rolls delicious. Lamb dishes well done. Recognize birthdays in a fun way. Will definitely return.

Sandyegg (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on September 26, 2017

Went there with friends and was impressed with the food. We ordered the cabbage rolls, the stroganoff, the gulash, and the chicken shashlyk and shared, family style. All were very good and there's no question that we'd go back again. The wait staff was attentive and very helpful in selecting our choices.

LynLang (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on August 30, 2017

We ate at Red Tavern for lunch and it was thoroughly enjoyable. Very authentic Russian food so you know the borscht was fabulous. We had the beef stroganoff and it was wonderful, too. The dark brown bread is a meal in itself. We visit San Francisco often from Santa Cruz and will definitely return to the Red Tavern. Our waiter was a very good looking, professional young man. I think he was Russian, too :-)

jraoul (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on August 20, 2017

I'm no expert, but it appears to be authentic Russian food served by authentic Russian people to authentic Russian (or maybe Bulgarian) customers -- there appeared to be two large parties going on at the same time. That made it a little noisy, but I would guess that's not always the case.

Meat is a main ingredient, to be found in all three soups (even the borscht, which was very good) and most of the appetizers, as well as nearly all of the mains. The stroganoff was terrific, served not over noodles as is traditional but in a bowl and topped with an inflated layer of bread dough -- the presentation looked sort of like French onion soup. The lamb chops had a funny spice that we couldn't identify, which made it slightly off-putting, but it came with a minced cabbage side that was great. The garlic potatoes were o.k.

The service was amiable, even though it was clear that the two large parties were stressing out the staff a little. We'll definitely go back, hopefully when they're a little less crowded.

Capagris (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on August 1, 2017

No es un mal restaurante ruso pero esperaba más y hay otros más baratos y deliciosos en la zona. No entiendo porque no hay blinis como plato principal. La sopa pasable, el arroz Ubek es un plato soso y aburrido. Las hojas de berza con carne están bien pero el Stroganoff es lo mejor del menú. El vino se deja tomar, y el Napoleón es un postre recomendable para aquellos que les gusten las cremas y el hojaldre.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on July 29, 2017

Why go to French restaurants when Russian is just as yummy, better flamboyant presentation, nicer wait staff, less pricey, and more friendly? GO RUSSIAN!

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on June 11, 2017

Delicious, authentic Russian cuisine! Excellent borscht and amazing cabbage rolls. A must-try if you're in the area!

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on June 10, 2017

Red Tavern is always my 1st choice whenever it comes to Russian cuisine. The restaurant is cozy and nice. Service and food are always good. Highly recommend to foodies and for special occasions.

DesM1 (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on May 31, 2017

Excellent service, nice ambience, great food! It is a neighborhood gem.

vipdinerD (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on April 2, 2017

I never knew I loved Russian food until coming to Res Tavern. Everything is delicious. Especially the pelmeny.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on March 1, 2017

Great authentic food with fresh ingredients for a low price.

Timothy (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2017

Absolutely wonderful place. Very genuine food that's very good and the atmosphere was just a great place to have a wholesome meal for a fair price. Service was great and very casual, felt like I was eating at my neighborhood restaurant, and any request we had he enthusiastically completed.

Highly recommend for a low key date spot