The ambience of Urban Tavern is perfect for a cozy dinner. The staff was friendly and attentive, and the food was delicious!
We thought that an "Urban Tavern" would have bar food or maybe hamburgers. What a pleasant surprise when we tasted the creative, unique, and delicious food brought to our table!
And if you have your theater tickets for that date, they give a 20% discount!
Food would have been five stars except for the porchetta which was tough. It was served beautifully (under a glass dome filled with smoke) but just wish it had been tender. The burger, on the other hand, was really, really good. So maybe choose the cheaper burger over the more expensive, fancy entree.
Incredible food and great service!!
The last thing you want when coming to a restaurant (that is also not exactly cheap) is to be schooled loudly and in front of other patrons by a server about how wrong your preferences in food are. All I asked was to serve a particular ingredient on a side, which by the way is how that ingredient should be served. He refused. Refused. Left a bitter taste in my mouth. Won’t come back.
The quality, presentation and service was outstanding.
This restaurant is connected to the SF Hilton but is treated as its separate. The food and atmosphere is ok, but terribly specially. The staff, though, are exceptionally friendly and that’s a plus.
Restaurant was noisy and cold. Food was average. Waiter recommended mussels and there were very few in the dish and some were closed.
An exceptional experience! To top off an excellent dinner, our server Allen took it upon himself to create for us a beautiful cheese board (off the menu) upon finding out that was what we wanted for dessert. Kudos, Allen! Thank you!
Six of us came to San Francisco for dinner and a play and a chance to catch up. We had an early (5:15) reservation and were seated quickly at a round table which seemed perfect for conversation. The menu was eclectic, but we all found choices of small and regular plates to suit our tastes. The server attended to us promptly and was very helpful in explaining unfamiliar items on the menu. At first there were few other patrons, but shortly after our food was served an unruly crowd from a corporate meeting began to appear and occupied several tables near us, speaking in loud voices and shouting to the point that we could not hear each other, nor the server when he appeared to check on us. We asked if the crowd could be moved elsewhere since we were in the middle of our meal, but were told that was not possible as the bar was close to them also. Later the manager came and said that we could move to the other end of the restaurant, but we were nearly finished our meals by then - and felt that the move would do little to lessen the uproar. We finished our meals without being able to converse.
My octopus was cooked perfectly; tender and well seasoned as was the accompanying salad. One companion enjoyed her pasta Bolognase and another the pork belly which she said was well presented and tasty. One woman did not enjoy her steak entree, feeling that the accompanying potato and cauliflower tasted terrible and the steak was a bit tough. The server offered to treat us to dessert, but we did not take him up on that as it was unpleasantly noisy. Would I return? Yes, but only if I could be sure not to encounter such a noisy, inconsiderate group acting as if they were at a soccer match. The server told us that this was an unusual event. The unruly crowd began to depart just as we did so were apparently bar hopping just after their meeting. If you go there go after 6:30pm and perhaps you will both be able to hear your companions and enjoy the innovative cuisine.
Great food, great service did the $40 menu special. Close to Golden Gate Theatre. Nice place to go and then see a show
Super hostess, great chx meal, super!
But too noisy
This had to be the worst salad I've ever been served. I ordered the wild arugula salad with chicken and I think the chicken was actually boiled chicken and literally thrown on the side of the salad. Totally could not eat it! Was charged $22 and couldn't eat most of it.
Good meal after the theater. Everything we had was good.
A restaurant at which you can make a reservation near The Curran Theater.
Good gluten free and vegetarian/vegan offering. Tasty cocktails, Smash fries were delish!
Lugar sencillo agradable y acogedor
La comida muy buena presentación y degustación
Increíble su gallina con arroz y cebollas a la cazuela
El Atún con caviar increíble
Perfect location for seeing the theatre afterward (2 minute walk tithe Curran Theatre and multiple parking options on the same block). Food was delicious and the waiter was attentive and friendly. I will definitely return the next time I’m in the city.
We haven’t been to this restaurant for years but we’re always looking for good pre-theatre dining and decided to give it a try. All the staff we encountered were lovely and service was excellent. I had a delicious bullet bourbon cocktail from the happy hour menu- I would come back just for that. My husband and I fared better in food selection than did our friends. I had the cauliflower soup which was good, but could have been more flavorful. My octopus app which I had as my entree was terrific and my husband’s bi-bim-bop was very good. Can’t recall our friends’ dishes except the stuffed fries, but all was deemed meh. We will try again and further explore the menu.
First the good: our desserts were phenomenal. Creative, fun to eat, and tasty! Pastry chef is on his game. Now the bad: our server was incredibly rude. One in our party has a severe allergy to dairy and asked for plain pasta. Instead of just saying sure, our waitress rolled her eyes and said “well, they’re not going to charge you less, you may as well get the sauce on the side.” She snickered when our 11 year old asked for a children’s menu and stared her down and asked if she was really under 12. The food was mediocre. One dish came out ice cold and undercooked. Two more were overlooked and over salted. There were some very loud, over-indulged patrons. Lots of loud prodanity, a spilled drink and broken glass all near us. If you are looking for a nice post-show dessert with adults only, come here. Otherwise, skip it.
We like to dine here before we see a show at the Curran, the food is tasty and the ambiance is fun. The 20% off with your ticket stub is a huge plus because it can get costly with the appetizers, entrees, sides and dessert.
Great flavors & very a tentative service!!
It was nice. Server was great, food choices were unique and tasty. Great for our family.
Fusion Asian dishes were quite tasty, a bit pricey but we were pleasantly surprised by the taste.
A great Curran Theater recommendation. Service was friendly and attentive. Reservations a must for pre-show meal.
Would love to do a dinner and show there again and try new selections from menu.
Super yummy cocktail to start, a perfectly done burger and $10 validated parking because we were attending a show - perfect evening in SF.
Our waitress KJ was awesome. Such a lovely dinner. We would definitely have dinner here again. It was quiet. The food is great
Great place that is partnered with the Curran Theater for discounted meal, discounted parking, and fast service. The price was pretty high, $29 for spaghetti bolognese main entree.
Our party of three all agreed that Urban Tavern had innovative and excellent food, well presented. Waiter messed up one entree as two had been discussed by one guest, then one chosen—the waiter admitted being uncertain which of the two had finally been selected and “guessed” which was the correct one but should have checked back. The wrong entree was kept and was delicious. Desserts were unusual combinations and plated in a lovely manner plus were delicious.
The menu was fairly limited, and the prices were on the high side for the type of food on offer. We had cauliflower/bean soup, which was bland and mealy. Whole sage leaves were included and they were overpowering. The corn cakes were ok...the smashed potatoes weren’t bad but they came swimming in a tasteless white sauce. We also got the shushiti peppers, which were much hotter than the ones I’ve had at other places, with no sauce or aioli to cool them down. Overall, not impressive.
Really enjoyed our meal at Urban Tavern. Drinks were perfect. I had Jamiesons and ginger - just the right proportion of both. Wait service was friendly, fun and attentive.. The Maitre d' really took care of us. Food was very good. I am Celiac so I have to have Gluten Free meals. They have a good selection of GF menu choices. We started with Octopus appetizer and for my main I had the ling cod over ratatouille. Very tasty. I finished with dessert and cappuccino. The location is very convenient to the Curran Theater. I highly recommend eating here.
Food & drinks were very good, service was excellent and attentive. Location was very convenient to Union Square, which was necessary since we wanted to avoid driving to dinner. Would recommend the Peking chicken with a wonderful black bean sauce, and milk bread starter (ask them to double the honey butter).
Not a bad choice if you’re looking for a pre-theater meal. Be prepared to spend a little time there as everybody else is trying to get an 8 o’clock show. If you’re seeing something at the current, show your ticket and get 20% off the bill. That brings the prices in to reasonable range. I recommend the bimenbap (sp?) bowl If you want something with some vegetables in it. Lots of good flavors in it.
The menu was interesting. I think it takes a foodie. While what we ordered was delicious, there was nothing else on the menu I would have wanted to try. Service was excellent. It was a bit noisy due to the bar. We will not be back but did enjoy our dinner the one time.
Nothing special. Food looked great but was really lacking in flavour.
We came here for Thanksgiving and ordered the special Thanksgiving menu. We were not told that the dessert we would be getting was nothing like what was on the menu. Instead of the panna cotta that was listed on the menu, we were given gritty sugar cubes and a tiny cheesecake ball. When I asked why we were not given the proper dessert the waitress said it had spoiled. That would have been important to know before ordering the more expensive tasting menu so we could have decided whether or not we wanted to order it. Why she was not upfront about that is confusing and why she did not offer us a dessert from the actual menu is even more bizarre. She made no apology, no offer to make it right. Our waitress seemed off the whole night, so maybe she just did not want to work on a holiday? I always have friends come into town for Thanksgiving and we always dine out. Urban Tavern will not be a place we return to.
Andrea reached out to me and we were able to dine at Urban Tavern on Christmas. Our experience was much better this time around and I truly appreciated Andrea's diligence and concern for her customers experiences.
We came here because our kitchen was out of commission for Thanksgiving. They offered a $56 prefix turkey meal so we decided to give them a shot. In a nutshell: IT WAS NOT WORTH IT!
The salad was lame: cold cooked endive was slimy, dried craisins were an attempt at adding cranberry to something, arugula was tasteless with the smearing of fromage blanc.
Main course came out cold, with undressed Brussels sprouts, mashed parsnips that tasted like uncooked flour, and a stuffing that had the texture and sweetness of a vanilla pound cake. Edible, but not in the least bit ‘delicious’.
Dessert was crap. When I complained, the manager spoke with the chef and reported back to me. They said my complaint of ‘an over set panna cotta’ was correct and they would be discontinuing the dessert of the prefix for the rest of the night. They offered me a different dessert, I declined, and they brought me some selection of sweets anyway. I did not want anything else from this place, which I stated on several occasions. I told them I appreciated that they were open for Thanksgiving, but I was very disappointed by the crap coming out of their kitchen. They didn’t offer to comp a single thing from my check.
Please think twice about giving your business to this talentless kitchen. There are far more worthy restaurants within walking distance.