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About Permanently Closed - South Park Cafe

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".

108 South Park
San Francisco, CA 94107
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
French

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
2nd & 3rd, Brannan & Bryant

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 495-7275

Website:
http://www.southparkcafe.com/

Parking Details:
Street parking is generally easy.

Executive Chef:
Ward Little

Private Party Facilities:
Private parties require a "buy-out" of the restaurant.

Private Party Contact:
Marty Berg: (415) 495-7275

Additional:
Bar Dining, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access

South Park Cafe - Permanently Closed Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.7

ambience

4.6

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (4)
Cozy (4)
Fit for Foodies (3)
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Neighborhood Gem (3)
Business Meals (2)
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Worth the Drive (2)
Tasting Menu (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Good for a Date (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Scenic View (1)
Special Occasion (1)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 23, 2017

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

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Paleo Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 22, 2017

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

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 21, 2017

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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 (Sacramento)·Dined on September 17, 2017

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

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Wonderful food & service. Will return again & again.

Tags: Authentic, Paleo Friendly
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 9, 2017

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.

Tags: Cozy, Tasting Menu
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 (Portland)·Dined on September 3, 2017

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)·Dined on August 24, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 23, 2017

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

Tags: Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 20, 2017

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

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food3
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·Dined on August 18, 2017

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.

Tags: Authentic, Notable Wine List, Casual, Cozy, Worth the Drive
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food4
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 18, 2017

local community

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 11, 2017

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!

Tags: Cozy, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on August 6, 2017

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

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 6, 2017

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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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 4, 2017

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

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 27, 2017

Wonderful food. Need a full bar and cocktail menu.

Tags: Fun
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 26, 2017

I always have a wonderful dining experience at South Park.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 18, 2017

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

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 15, 2017

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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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 14, 2017

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!!

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Fun
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 14, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Casual, Romantic, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 8, 2017

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

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Casual, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 7, 2017

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!

Tags: Cozy
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 (San Joaquin)·Dined on July 7, 2017

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

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 30, 2017

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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 29, 2017

everybody nice, feeling home or your private dinning room

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Casual, Cozy, Organic, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 29, 2017

Pleasant neighbourhood restaurant serving well executed French classics.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 24, 2017

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

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options
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 (San Joaquin)·Dined on June 24, 2017

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

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Paleo Friendly, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on June 17, 2017

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 15, 2017

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

Tags: Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Disabled Access, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 10, 2017

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!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Romantic, Cozy, Gluten Free Options, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 8, 2017

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Casual, Business Meals
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 3, 2017

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

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on May 23, 2017

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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 13, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Healthy
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 12, 2017

Always reliably good

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 11, 2017

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

Tags: Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine
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 (Denver)·Dined on May 9, 2017

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.

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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