Permanently Closed - South Park Cafe

4.3
875 reviews
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$31 to $50
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French

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About

This restaurant is permanently closed. South Park Cafe has been serving rustic French cuisine since 1985. Gourmet Magazine called South Park "One of the best little French restaurants in San Francisco". Michael Bauer says "Feels like a little slice of Paris and the food is as good as ever".
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(415) 495-7275
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Ward Little
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Private party facilities
Private parties require a "buy-out" of the restaurant.
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Private party contact
Marty Berg: (415) 495-7275
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
2nd & 3rd, Brannan & Bryant
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Parking details
Street parking is generally easy.
Additional
Bar Dining, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
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4.3based on all time ratings
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4.2
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San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

great place for a nice and cozy french bistro - type dinner. consistently good.

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SF
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

after 30 years the chef owner is retiring. It was a good run. Thank you chef.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

This was a special anniversary dinner for my girlfriend Kaleigh and I.
Great food and wine, unfortunately the place is closing so this was our last dinner there.
Really busy and loud that night ...
We'll miss it.

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OT
Sacramento
7 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous! Wish I could go back. Unfortunately, South Park Cafe is closing for good Sept 22 17

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RT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food & service. Will return again & again.

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always amazing food and a great time. My daughter and husband ordered the lamb, again, they love it. This is a place where you will find local residents. When the cook goes on vacation, the place closes. I usually order fish, so far so good..well very good! It is a great hide-away. The service has always been exceptional, and the waitress is very friendly.

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L
Portland
15 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

I felt so bad for the wait staff and patrons, the restaurant was really stuffy and hot due to the weather.

The food was very good but it was so hot in there that it was hard to eat more than a few bites.

The table next to us were so excited when the wine bottle was taken away and they could submerse their hands in the icey cold water that was left in the wine cooler. We wished we'd ordered a bottle of wine too! Lol

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San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We met old friends for an early weekday dinner after a Giants' day game. We hadn't eaten there in at least ten years, but the food and service was just as good if not better than we remembered. The menu had interesting choices, good sized portions and seasonal ingredients that were well prepared. The service was attentive, but our server left us alone so that we could interact without being interrupted. The noise level was quiet enough for 4 old friends to actually have a conversation. A welcome change from most casual dining experiences in SF these days.

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GT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just Excellent. Would suggest this restaurant to anyone looking to enjoy a delicious meal with a wonderful ambiance.

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HI
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Food was mixed, some quite good, some just ok. Extraordinary berry dessert in zaballione cream, though.

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JA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

My rack of lamb had a salty pesto-like sauce beneath which was an interesting, inventive touch. Lovely dinner with my mom. This place is the definition of neighborhood gem.

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K
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

local community

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D
San Francisco
68 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have enjoyed South Park Cafe for decades...our latest meal reminded us why this is our absolute favorite French Bistro in SF. The prix fixe is always the way to go, we started with the Cod Cakes and Beef Tongue both being delightful. We followed with the Lamb and Sea Char which were superb. Our desserts were the Profiteroles and the house Sorbet, Melon. Every meal at South Park is well thought out, perfectly prepared and with the friendly wait staff serving so we are always feeling well cared for. Merci South Park!

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OT
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner. Great bistro style restaurant. Chatting host/owner

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We arrived an hour late because I misread reservation time. They sat us anyway and we had a wonderful meal. This is one of those neighborhood places you'd go back to because of the good food, great cocktails and wine, great relaxed atmosphere.

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DG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our favorite neighborhood restaurant. Always excellent food and wonderful staff.

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a
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Wonderful food. Need a full bar and cocktail menu.

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V
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I always have a wonderful dining experience at South Park.

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very pleasant dining experience for our group. Pleasant server and good food choices.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

I never leave bad reviews, but the sea bass was overcooked and bland, the server came across as passive aggressive and steered us wrong, and it was too noisy to have a good conversation. The pig salad was excellent though.

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TA
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful return to South Park Cafe after several years of absence. Wonderful ambiance, great French comfort food and impeccable not-in-your-face and very knowledgeable service. We enjoyed a leisurely delicious meal on a Friday evening that was a kick-off to a fabulous weekend! Glad to know good, affordable French food is still around in SF!!

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s
San Francisco
46 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've never had anything less than a wonderful meal at this restaurant. The service is friendly without being overbearing. The au gratin potatoes are without peer. The fish is perfectly prepared. Take your choice of first courses and you can't go wrong. It feels like a bistro in France. South Park is a refuge in the developing South of Market area, and will charm the pants off of anyone. The value of the food is spectacular. Two people can dine exquisitely with wine or drinks for well under $150 including tip. The wait staff earns its tips with seamless, superb service. This is one of the gems of the City. i highly recommend it.

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OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonder food. Complex ingredient in sauces. Overall a great experience. Will definitely return.

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j
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was offered a gift certificate and hadn't been to SPC for many, many years. Invited a friend to celebrate his birthday and we both very much enjoyed the experience. Perfect service, delicious food. Would definitely recommend. This is the kind of neighborhood restaurant that makes SF what it is (and hopefully) remains!

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K
San Joaquin
2 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

All food ordered exceeded expectations in terms of flavor, taste. Worth the $ spent. Will definitely go again!

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N
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I returned here after having been away for several years and found its food better than ever. A consistently interesting French bistro menu, quiet space, and attentive service. I will definitely be back often.

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K
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

everybody nice, feeling home or your private dinning room

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w
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Pleasant neighbourhood restaurant serving well executed French classics.

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JT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. This is my second time here and I chose to go on my anniversary and my birthday!!

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OT
San Joaquin
3 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I dine at South Park Cafe at least twice a year. I can't say I've tried everything because my favorite Pork Salad and Rack of Lamb almost always end up on my plate. But my companions say bisteak frites and beef en daube are great and fish consumed here is also top shelf. Service is professional but not obsequious and cocktails are good. I like the wine list and love that I can order Calvados here. A true French Bistro with fair prices and class A food and service. Enjoy

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JT
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I have been here twice, and I'm sure it will get added to the "rotation" of our favorite SF restaurants. It is small and quiet and the food and service are both very good. I ordered the same thing both times. The "Pig" Salad and a steak. The Pig Salad is a frisee with apples, a seriously mustardy dressing, and crispy pork confit. Oh, yes, it is delicious. Healthy? Probably not. But I will agree to Cottage Cheese and Rice Cakes on Tuesday if I can have a Pig Salad today. There are healthy options on the menu, too. Or so I am told. The prices are also very reasonable.

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l
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently good menu and food. Friendly, helpful staff in a comfortable setting. One of the most reliable restaurants in the city

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EC
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our "go-to" restaurant for any get together with friends in SF. Not only is the location perfect for connecting with visitors who are staying in the union square/Moscone area since it's an easy BART connect for us and a casual walk for them, but also we're guaranteed a chance to converse in normal conversational levels--nearly unheard of inSF restaurants. We love the food, the service, the accommodations (hearing loss and food allergies), the nice selection of French and local wines, the optional fixed price menu, the yummy desserts and the delightful South Park neighborhood, where parking can be found! There was a nice variety of vegetarian appetizers, but the only downside is vegetarians may be disappointed in the entre selection. My friend's dinner (only one choice) was neither colorful nor creative, I thought. She didn't complain, so I suspect the flavors were pleasing. As a final note, I managed to screw up my reservation time and they graciously accommodated my mistake. We'll be back!

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PG
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service, Prix option is a great value. Food quality was great. We were early (530pm) for a business meal so the crowds had not picked up yet. Will definitely be back.

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OT
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been to south park a few times and will continue to have dinner after the theater here.

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OB
Denver
20 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meal was superb! The pork belly was the best we've had in years. It was flavorful yet very lean, no visible fat. The pan seared halibut was cooked to perfection with a wonderful medley of asparagus, peas and fava beans.
The only downside was the sound volume. It was so loud, it was hard to converse.

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MV
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant, great food and great, long-serving staff. We don't go out often, but South Park is always a sure bet for a wonderful evening with friends.

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L
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Always reliably good

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite restaurant for many years. A short walk from SFMOMA and Yerba Buena.

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BC
Denver
28 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to South Park for my birthday. I love French food and this restaurant didn't disappoint. It was excellent: the food, the service, the ambience. Loved the pre fixe menu. Everything was very enjoyable.

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