Park Tavern

4.5
2397 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
Located in the heart of San Francisco’s historic North Beach neighborhood, Park Tavern is Big Night Restaurant Group's American tavern serving high-end bistro fare. The restaurant's handsome décor features an eclectic mix of vintage fixtures and furnishings, an open kitchen and an airy sidewalk café that overlooks picturesque Washington Square Park. Park Tavern, which has been nominated for the James Beard Foundation's Best New Restaurant award and enjoyed long-standing inclusion on San Francisco Chronicle's Top 100 list since opening in 2012, is owned by restaurateurs Anna Weinberg and Chef Jennifer Puccio, who also operate Marlowe, Petit Marlowe, The Cavalier, Leo's Oyster Bar, Cow Marlowe, as well as Dave Stanton who owns TresTequila lounge.

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The Infatuation
7.6

A solid North Beach brunch option, which, get this: actually takes reservations. Don't sleep on Park Tavern.

Ratings 7.5-8.0:These are restaurants that are reliable, tasty, and particularly good for whatever we have deemed them “Perfect For.” Hit up a 7.7 for Date Night with confidence, as long as you don’t need the restaurant to be the most interesting thing that happens that night.
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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Haven’t been in a while. Food used to be amazing but several of our dishes were disappointing. They seemed to be in love with lemon. The tartar, and the cauliflower were so sour they were difficult to eat. The famed poultry was tiny and try. Marlowe burger was still quite good.

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MP
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We hadn't been in a while and were extremely pleasantly surprised! We had forgotten how delicious the food is (who knew that a salad with Green Goddess dressing could be so good). Also the Marlowe Burger is always amazing. They also have beautiful artisan cocktails and a great wine list. Lastly the Service was wonderful and the venue is lovely and warm! Keep up the good work and we look forward to visiting again soon.

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J
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Park Tavern had a wonderful atmosphere and as well as food and beverage selection.

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AP
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lively but refined atmosphere. Menu is limited but offers all the needed brunch faves (pastry, pancakes, egg dishes, fruit eyc). Fresh fruit with shaved coconut was delicious as were salmon toasts. Great freshly squeezed oj ( of course). Good coffee, friendly efficient wait staff. All around great brunch!

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JS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Staff is fantastic and location and ambiance make it extra sweet.

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CJ
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

The food was great! My girlfriend and I went on a Wednesday night before a comedy show, and we got:

Deviled Eggs - fantastic

PT Fries with soft boiled egg and caviar - very good, but confusing presentation. Egg and caviar are served on the side and it's not obvious if they are meant to be eaten with the fries, or separately. Still delicious.

Marlowe Burger - A classic, delicious and perfectly cooked

Spinach Mushroom Papardelle - This was phenomenal! The pasta was delicate, the sauce was tangy and rich at the same time, and the mushrooms were cooked perfectly.

All of that said, the service was really poor. Our server was a rude, short with us, and snarky. We have quite a bit of finer dining experience, and are very nice and courteous patrons, and were not doing anything to deserve the terse tone and the frustrated facial expressions we got. He was also slow to take our order, rude when delivering the food, and when we finished, he took our plates and then let us sit for nearly 15 minutes with empty drink glasses and no food in front of us before he even offered us the option of a desert menu or check. We were nearly late to our show, and had to ask a different server for our check, because ours kept walking by our empty table without stopping to address us.

Given how excellent the rest of the experience was and could have been, it was really a shame the service was so poor. I imagine he was just having a bad day, or we got the least friendly server on the staff, but still a bit disappointing.

Would recommend, but with the caveat that you shouldn't go here on a super special occasion or when you are in a rush. Great place for after work food and drinks but maybe not for a special date.

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AG
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff, food and drinks were outstanding! Thank you for being so wonderful to us and for your flexibility.

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PM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

For the price points, I’ve had better. $19 for waygyu steak tartare (wayfare is better), $38 for the poulet noir which was just a smalll roast chicken or Cornish hen. I thought it was overbrined and the stuffing was just cut up bread (they could have done a lot more here). The $32 pork chop was good, came out medium rare even though I asked for medium - but the flavors were good.

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BT
Nashville
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great atmosphere and super fun. The food was on point. Good times!

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OT
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our third time dining here. 2 dinners and once for brunch. All visits were outstanding. They truly have a gem of a restaurant.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came out of the rain Wednesday night and were greeted by a beautiful smile which set the tone for a wonderful dinning experience at Park Tavern.

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G
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We like the atmosphere and we like to sit at the bar for a cocktail and meal - the staff is professional and the service is good. It is a good restaurant to enjoy at any time of day - but especially after a full day walking around North Beach

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L
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

I put Anniversary in and no one said or did anything
It was very hard to understand our waiter

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BS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

I enjoyed the social aspect of my dining experience; however, i thought the portions could have been bigger for the $$ value. Thank you for listening.

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TH
Denver
18 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent traditional setting,food is great and plentiful, service was outstanding

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LO
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 5

This place is an institution in SF, but it's seen better days. The burger patty was tiny and well done. The chocolate tarte was extremely dry. The waitstaff didn't get our orders right. I would recommend skipping Park Tavern and going to Marlowe (their newer restaurant) instead.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Brunch was absolutely delicious. The toasts are amazing!! Waiter was friendly but food took a really long time to come out. It was Sunday at brunch time though so it’s understandable.

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SC
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our appetizers came quite quickly and were amazing. We thoroughly enjoyed every last bit of our entrees. It would have been nice to have more Virgin Cocktails available. The dessert was definitely not enticing. Would go back but NOT for dessert.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My birthday

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The food was so over salted it took two days to detox.

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JJ
Central Coast
14 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The hamburgers were good not great. It seems $160 three burgers 1 glass wine 2 cocktails seems overpriced. The ice cream sandwich was not great. The ice cream forgettable the cookies equally ordinary. Brunch is significantly better than dinner.

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GL
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great for a date. Solid service. Don’t have to worry about what you’re ordering. High quality food. Recommend the Steak Frites. Would I go back? Yes, indeed I would!

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DP
Montreal
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Park Tavern is my go to restaurant when i travel to San Francisco! Each time i bring customers, friends or family and it is always a success. Food is extremely good, service impeccable. I would recommend it 100%...

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C
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

We are repeat customers . Last night we had hosted the dinner for7 friends. While I’m fine with music playing in the background in the bar (makes for fun energy) however last night it was much louder than usual and at tables hard to have conversations. Waitress was polite but service was markedly underwhelming. We had two hours and food came out cool and two orders incorrect to our requested preparation. So the service miss coupled with difficulty to hear took away from what we have historically experienced. Usually fabulous, but the food held its own and for that we were grateful. We needed to ask for our check and our coffee order came 5 minutes after the check! So service really impacted our guests experience which was unfortunate. Hope to see improvement next time in the service, because that is key to an elevated dining experience.

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OT
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Service was an absolute disaster.

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PC
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was my first time visiting the Park Tavern and the food and the service were wonderful. I can't wait to visit again and bring tons of friend with me.

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OT
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Great food always, but service and integration of bar and table service lacking

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c
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service and ambiance. We loved the appetizer - sliced, fried lemons with burrata. It was so unusual and soooo tasty. Great for brunch too.

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W
San Francisco
57 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Only downside was the noise level made it hard to have a normal conversation...

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EO
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 5

Ambience is great. Food is pedestrian. Nothing else to add.

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AA
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

Best part of the meal was scalloped potatoes. Had 2 bites of everything else, left most on plates and nobody ever asked if everything was fine. Tables so close together we made friends at both sides of the table, terrible ambiance for spending $300 without wine for a romantic Valentine's. Learn by mistakes so we will not return.

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c
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Classic, approachable upscale ambiance and menu. Food is familiar, but elevated just enough to be notable. Always quite a scene inside. Service was mostly attentive and checked in frequently.

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AR
New England
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Been to Park Tavern a few times for brunch and really liked it. Had booked a reservation on Valentine's Day about 2 months in advance and somehow was placed right next to the front door. Was a little distracting with traffic and servers coming behind our table regularly in a tight space. Food was pretty good. Bar experience was great before dinner.

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R
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The food here is always great. The service is always very meh. Come for the food- not the service experience!

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OT
St. Louis
13 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was wonderful. Poulett & Pork Chop divine. Service perfection. Highly recommended

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great spot for lunch OR dinner, food is always good. I use to live in the neighborhood and it was our go-to spot!

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B
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience! The food was delicious and the service outstanding. The setting is lovely--dark wood, low light, beautiful tile, warm and comfortable atmosphere. Highly recommend!

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AC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always fantastic.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food - great vibe. Went for brunch - limited menu. but everything we had was amazing. Best over easy eggs I’ve ever had - yolk for days!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ian and our service was amazing!

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