About Urban Tavern
If you are looking for one of the best places to eat in San Francisco, look no further than Urban Tavern. Conveniently located in the Union Square area, guests are within walking distance from fabulous shopping centers, the theater district, the famous Cable Cars, Chinatown, and more. It's easy to see why Urban Tavern is the San Francisco gastropub of choice!
333 O'Farrell St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
American, Comfort Food
Hours of Operation:
HAPPY HOUR 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
DINNER 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
BAR 4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Seven Days A Week
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Hilton San Francisco Union Square parking. Entrance on Ellis at Mason with applicable fees.
Muni: 38 Geary
Private Party Facilities:
Urban Tavern offers a private dining room ideal for 50-100 guests.
Contact Portia Amofa directly for details and booking.
Private Party Contact:
Portia Amofa / Catering Manager, Specialty Venues: (415) 403-6697
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Urban Tavern Ratings and Reviews
This place has amazing food! I had the octopus appetizer and it was wonderful. They have local beers on tap which is nice and the environment was casual, trendy and very encouraging to shared tables. Excellent and I highly recommend to stop by. This is a hidden gem.
Enjoyed dinner, but they've got some very strange thing they call Barbeque Sauce! Had burgers and fries with a friend and asked for Barbeque Sauce - it was kinda nasty tasting so I just didn't use it. Other than that, the burger was good, shoestring potato fries good and service was excellent.
Interesting menu! The small plate options were excellent (grilled octopus was delicious)- overall, nice list of options (but not too many)- definitely high end culinary delights, especially for a gastro-pub. Beer options were terrific, and the service was top-notch!
My wife and I used to have dinner at Urban Tavern almost any time we had an errand to run, or a movie or a play to catch, near Union Square. They used to validate parking at the Hilton for up to 5 hours for *free*--just enough time for dinner and any of those other activities. They also used to have no corkage fee one night a week, and half-price bottles another night. The restaurant closed for a couple of years ago or so, and re-opened recently. We found that, while the food and service were exceptional, they got rid of a lot of the perks, and honestly, the remodeling feels like it was unnecessary. (In the booths, the table is an odd distance from the seats, you kind of have to lean forward while you're eating.) So, the menu items are noticeably more expensive than we recall them being in the past; the entrées average about $35, and most glasses of wine are over $15—So, two entrées and two glasses of wine have already set you back about $100 (and that's before appetizers, desserts, taxes, and tips.) Before we went, I called to ask if they still validated parking at the hotel, and they said they did. When I was leaving the garage, the teller told me it was $10; I mentioned the restaurant had validated the ticket, and he said, "Yes, they did; the validation is $10 for the first 4 hours." (It would be $22 if we parked for 5 hours.) It's sad because the food was really fantastic (the labeling of gluten-free items on the menuwas greatly appreciated, too), and everyone at the restaurant was super professional, but at these prices, with no free 5-hour parking, and without the other promotions (e.g., corkage waivering), it seems unlikely we'll be able to go back often.
We dined at the Urban Tavern before attending a play. The ambiance is nice and the drinks, food, and service were all excellent. I think the menu was pretty much what is on their web site. The restaurant was reasonably quiet but I have to note that we were there between 5-6:45 PM so it might be noisier later.
Even though traffic made us 15 minutes late for our reservation they graciously seated us. The space is very tasteful and surprisingly well done with acoustics so you can still hear yourselves converse despite the high ceilings and concrete feel. My companion tends to be overly chatty with wait staff and despite the fact that he was extremely busy and obviously did not have time for this, he was gracious and polite and handled it well. The menu was diverse and had something for everyone and it made it very difficult to decide what to order. We ordered four things and they were all absolutely fabulous - hamburger, crispy pork rilletes, octopus in Spanish spices, and shaved brussell sprout salad. The wine choices were excellent. This is fairly pricey but I felt it was worth it.
Excellent food, I give it 5 star for presentation, 5 stars for design, 5 star for quality of ingredients and the list go on. Highly recommend it and I am quite the restaurant snob (:
P.S The Roasted Kabocha Squash Soup is beyond amazing. I never tasted something like that in my life!
Too forever to get service once seated. Waiter did not gonovwr menu or specials. Steak was sent back 3 times for improper cook temp. Then the waiter stopped serving us after the manager came over to attempt to correct situation. Do not recommend this place when there are so many other great options.
We had the skirt steak and the New York strip. Both were Ok if not a little cool when they got to the table. Clearly the chef is trying to be inventive but not quite there yet. Service was very good. However, there was a lot of noise from drinkers at the bar and in the rather sterile, modern style of decoration (a tavern does not come to mind with the way the place is decorated) it echoes around. Given the options in SF, can't find a compelling reason to return.
Went there before a performance at the Golden Gate Theater - selected for convenient location. Not expecting too much knowing it was part of the SF Hilton. However, the four of us were very pleasantly surprised.
Things I would definitely get again -- octopus, parsnip soup, potato crisps, and the brisket burger (which was exceptional).
Pasta Bolognese and Sole were good, but wouldn't necessarily get again. Spicy cauliflower florets was a miss.
Price was reasonable. Service a little slow, but friendly and professional.
We enjoyed a lovely Thanksgiving dinner at Urban Tavern. There were just a couple of touches that might have made it better, though. First, for a holiday dinner, a white table cloth (vs. bare wood table) makes all the difference with respect to the atmosphere. Secondly, a basket of biscuits-- at minimum cost to the restaurant-- would round out the meal, and make us feel more like guests welcome to linger, versus the sense that we should order, eat, pay and run. That said, we did enjoy the meal and the service.
I usually don't order chicken dishes, but was persuaded by a colleague who ate at the Urban Tavern the precious evening to order the wine bottle free-range chicken. Glad I did. It was extremely good. Service is impeccable - just right amount of attention. Good place to talk - no blaring music, noise.
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