Park Tavern

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2454 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
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Delicious food. Every dish was stellar, eggs, Benedict, hash. Was ridiculously loud. We had to yell at each other to be heard.

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ZH
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. Food is incredible, cocktails are great.

Get the deviled eggs no matter what. You can thank me later. :)

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s
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food & service in a historic & wonderful setting. Very inventive menu.

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j
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 3

Mackenzie is the best hostess ever! We called and knew we were going to be late. but 45 minutes! She held the reservation the staff hurried the orders and we made it to Beach Blanket Babylon with time to spare! I think the entire staff is spectacular! But kudos to MacKenzie! (She also saved another group that had made 5:30 reservations but arrived 45 minutes late! They love her too) We're coming back! thank you.

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CP
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

What a bummer! We used to love Park Tavern, but something is not quite right these days. The doors were locked when we arrived at seven. Our server's attention to detail was very poor, in taking and placing our orders, and once it was apparent that she had made many irreparable mistakes, her interest in us as diners was marginal. Some of the dishes were inconsistent, we ordered two of the same salads, that had different ingredients when they arrived at the table and the veggie sides were uninspired. Hopefully, this was a one off, but come on Park Tavern, up your game!

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s
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 4

my eggs came out 15 minutes after everyone and all 5 were done eating. It went downhill from there.

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EM
Sacramento
41 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Enjoyable dinner with very pleasant service, excellent food and a lively vibe. We shared the yummy fried Brussels sprout leaves, a salad, flavorful pork chop, and great burger. It was our anniversary and we were surprised with a slice of tasty carrot cake and two glasses of sparkling wine... Excellent!

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RG
Sacramento
40 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

We thought that our food was just a bit too oily. That is, cooked with an over abundance of pan oil. My trout and my husbands scallops were sopping in oil. When you order fish you are generally wishing for something in the realm of health. I got sick that night but I won’t go into the details. It was the oil and richness that I was trying to avoid. The sound situation is not intimate and much too loud to hear a conversation across the table.
However,our waitress was nice and our hostess dropped of complimentary Brussel chips which was very nice. I love the deviled eggs at Park Tavern, they are wonderful.

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LM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

From start to finish, the service was impeccable. However, we were a bit disappointed with the menu. My daughter's scallop dish was DELICIOUS. However, we feel the rest of the dishes (deviled eggs, jerky, fried lemon w/burrata, pork chop, and trout) were ok, but not for the price point. These main dishes could have been prepared differently to go with the season. The dishes had a heavy flavors, which is more suited for fall rather than for spring going into summer.

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EF
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

We went there for the Marlowe burger. It was nothing special and not worth the price. The service was pleasant.

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S
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of best dining experiences of my life. Delicious food and attentive service. The competition should visit to see how it’s done.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Restaurant valet decided on their own to park our car overnight. When we were ready to leave no car, no valet and no information. Took 20 min for manager to find where the car was and then 20 more before someone came to unlock the car. Manager had very little information and although pleasant was definitely not equipped to handle the episode we had. Didn’t even offer to comp coffee while it was being sorted out. Been there many times, probably a sign to move on now.

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SF
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Avocado smash, deviled eggs and the corned beef hash DELICIOUS

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was fine thanks

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LG
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really great service!! We brought my 3 and 4 year old grandchildren and they really took care of us. Didn't treat us like we had kids with us. While normally I would say don't bring kids, it worked for us. The food was outstanding.

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CR
London
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful atmosphere with great food. Thoroughly enjoyable experience.

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JG
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was referred to The Park Tavern by a coworker and it did not disappoint. The food here (for my brunch) was top notch. The Prawns and Grits were among the best I’ve ever eaten. We were also taken care of very well by our server. My wife and friends look forward to returning here very soon. I’m not sure how to rate the noise level. Does a higher scale marking indicate better or louder? At the very least the noise was generated by happy customers enjoying time with one another — not by loud music that’s impossible to talk over.

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WW
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always busy. Always efficient. Always good. I'm glad that it is in the neighborhood.

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TA
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 2

The grilled polenta cakes with poached eggs is why Park Tavern is a must for brunch, however the request to accommodate a stroller for our reservation was completely ignored and made for an uncomfortable dining experience. The restaurant was so loud that we were shouting across the table. The restaurant needs to make accommodations to absorb the sound ASAP.

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M
Tahoe
6 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the decor and ambiance right when we walked in, rustic chic. We were seated in a comfortable booth like table. Our waitress was friendly and attentive. The food was unique and delicious! We felt it was not over-priced and enjoyed ourselves from start to finish!

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BD
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Sunday 1/2 price wine is great! Food was good, but you can find comparable quality at lower cost. Enjoyed setting and ambiance

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g
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A lovely place for Mother's Day brunch. Been meaning to try it for a while. Found street parking--an SF miracle!
Service was good, food was very nice though a bit stingy. I was surprised no toast or anything came with the scramble. Nothing. Just eggs. Maybe they served smaller portions for Mom's Day? My sis had the burger and fries with an awesome horseradish aioli. My crab benedict was so good, but again, more crab would've been better. Valet parking available. Give it a try.

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ZG
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The dining room was tastefully decorated, and the dinner crowd generated a lively buzz. Everything we ordered, including the poulet noir (takes 30 mins to make), was delightful.

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TL
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience

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EJ
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Park Tavern never disappoints it was an exceptional meal. The hardest part of the evening was picking what to eat knowing the quality of everything was so good. Our server was great in timing everything as it came out to our table. Even the hostess was stealth in her handling of some parents of unruly kids running throughout the restaurant. I need to go back soon.

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h
New England
6 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

We were a group of 6 and no one had a meal that stood out. My expensive steak frites was ordinary. Service wasn’t terrible but not great either. Very loud!!

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n
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Food is a little overpriced. Great service. Good ambiance. Love the design of the place.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service as always!

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r
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Our coffee was horrible, the pancakes came drenched in syrup, and my benedict salty. Need I say more?

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MR
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Food used to be way better. Not worth it. There are better spots

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Poor service, no information on serving size, main arrived under cooked and non eatable

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AL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Booked a table for our 10th wedding anniversary, after checking with the restaurant in advance that they could accommodate our dietary requests (was assured they could).

The decor and location is great. Unfortunately the experience left a lot to be desired - we were in and out in 50 mins! Poor attention to detail (eg, drink with a twist came with an olive, salad with no cheese came with cheese, ordered a soup which never arrived....) and unfortunately there was almost nothing on the menu we could eat, despite all the effort to communicate ahead. Ended up having a variety of mismatched sides, some of which were far too salty or oily or smokey.

Looks like a great set up. I’m glad we have it a try, and we didn’t let the food dampen our celebration, but what a shame!

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SS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I LOVE Park Tavern! It is consistently good -- the food is always flavorful and hearty, and the wine list is excellent. We had a fantastic Easter dinner here. Both the full roast chicken and the pork were outstanding. Above all, our server was fantastic. Our dinner lasted for four hours and she didn't bat an eye. Pro-tip: Sundays are half-off any bottle of wine. Highly recommend!

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BC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The brunch menu had a good variety of dishes, and my party of four were all member of the Clean Plate Club. It was my mother's 91st birthday, and she loved her special piece of birthday cake. Considering it was Easter, the service was very good, and I really appreciated our server turning down the music (it was blasting so we had to shout) so we could have a nice visit.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Easter brunch. Excellent food, great service

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing, delicious Bloody Mary, and service was impeccable. Loved everything!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Appetizers are still great but the mains were disappointing. The new steak frites had a different cut of meat that tasted a bit cheap.

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SO
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

Unfortunately the server whiffed on everything except the free cake (to make up for getting dishes wrong, forgetting drinks, arguing about minor substitutions..) terribly overpriced. Scallops were bland w/ very little food on the plate. That sort of presentation only makes sense when the preparation is transcendent, otherwise it’s just a rip-off. Basically felt stressed the whole meal because the server was so weird.

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N
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 1

Me and my friends are too old for that kind of noise. But thanks!

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DG
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We came to celebrate my cousins birthday. There were 3 of us and we were completely overtaken by several large groups. I like a lively restaurant, here the noise was so that we could barely hear ourselves talk. It took more than 10 minutes for anyone to acknowledge that we had been seated and another 10 to get our waiter to take our drink order. To me it wasn’t the waiters fault. Why would you put us in the same station as one waiter responsible for us and two other large parties (one was more than 10 people). Needless to say the attention we received was poor, the food was good, I would have expected great. It would have been nice to have seen a dessert menu. At least we got a slice of cake to say Happy Birthday.

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