Iluna Basque

(415) 402-0011 | View Website

701 Union St, San Francisco, CA | Directions   94133

37.800261 -122.410875

Open Hours

Sun-Thu 5:30pm-10:30pm

Fri-Sat 5:30pm-11:30pm

 
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Cuisine: Spanish

Price: $$$

Neighborhoods: North Beach, Northeast

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Iluna Basque

Reviews for Iluna Basque

Doesn't Recommend
2.0
over a year ago

it sucks – what else to say... except just this really aint the place to stay!!!

update But that's a crude, highly-inexact approach considering the illiquid and generally esoteric nature of the sovereign CDS market.

Credit Suisse has come up with its own list of the riskiest countries using such measures as credit rating, CDS spreads, potential for GDP growth, government debt, private sector credit, and the budget balance.

Those factors are all compiled into a single score and then ranked.

And unlike with the previous list yes, the US is on it.

But that's a crude, highly-inexact approach considering the illiquid and generally esoteric nature of the sovereign CDS market.

Credit Suisse has come up with its own list of the riskiest countries using such measures as credit rating, CDS spreads, potential for GDP growth, government debt, private sector credit, and the budget balance.

Those factors are all compiled into a single score and then ranked.

And unlike with the previous list yes, the US is on it.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

horrible experience – I read some reviews before going to this restaurant, but ignored the bad ones about horrible service. Don't make the same mistake... I went on Friday August 15th with my friends for a surprise bday party. My main complaint is about the service, the food was good. The server seemed pushy right from the start. We all arrived at different times and it seemed like every time another person showed up, the server got more and more impatient. I guess they wanted us to get through it already, i don't know... Well everyone ordered just fine, but when it came to me and my boyfriend, we only ordered one plate to share (we were there for the drinks mainly). Apparently he didn't like the idea too much so he's response was "one for both?!" and rolled his eyes sideways going "oooooookay...." Seriously... what kind of server does that?!? especially at this kind of restaurant... we didn't even order any more drinks, and I should've canceled our only plate too... ON TOP OF THAT... after the 18% gratuity that he did not deserve, he actually charged an extra $15 on my friend's card without permission for extra gratuity... who does that?!? SO BOTTOM LINE IS... don't bother coming here... they lack honesty and professionalism

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Avoid ever going – Rating: 0 out of 5 stars

This restaurant is not worth worth any stars for service. If you want tapas go to the one on Haight called "Cha Cha Cha "

The waiter was very impatient. He should know that it would take up some time for everyone to order, especially a group of 12 people. What restaurant pushes underage girls to drink? We had people that were the age of 21 and up and people that were 19-20. Yet, they still wanted them to purchase their expensive drinks. They also try to push and make us order more food because they felt as though it wasn't expensive enough?! That wasn't the worst part, the worst part was CAKE FEE!! What restaurant charges costumers for CAKE FEE?!! We didn't purchase a cake from them, we brought the cake our selves and they charged us $51.00!!!! To cut the cake?The cake was only $20 for crying out loud. They didn't tell us that there was a cake fee, they didn't have it written in the menu, nor did they tell us when they took the cake in to cut it. If they told us and had it written in the menu, we'll be more than happy to pay for it. But not when they didn't even breathe a word about it, would we want to pay. After arguing with the waiter and the manager, they couldn't even speak English so it was hard to understand. They raised their voices, and instead of just dropping it, they still had to charge us $20! What type of restaurant is this? They were so disrespectful, they said that every restaurant charges CAKE FEE and they looked down at us like we've never been to a good restaurant. Come on! We've been to plenty of nice restaurant, and they would help us cut the cake as a gratitude to say thanks for coming. We would simply just leave more tips. But this restaurant was just over the top RUDE & does not know how to manage their way of running the restaurant. Maybe they're just hating because of our race.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Great place to eat before seeing Beach Blanket Babylon – What do want from a restaurant? Friendly, helpful service? Excellent food? Great location? Good prices? Fun menu choices?

This is the place to experience all of that.

They have a very good menu of small plates and petite entrees. My wife and had a wide variety of excellent food and a bottle of wine for under $70!

Doesn't Recommend
2.0
over a year ago

Audience Choice, SERIOUSLY??? – Did the owners of the place get all their friends together to nominate this place as the best N. Beach restaurant??? It's alright, but nothing special. Been three separate times, twice for dinner, once only for dessert. The dessert is the reason I gave it two stars instead of one. Last time I went the waitress that didn't really ever pay attention to us got our dessert order wrong. We ended up with three desserts instead of two because of her f up. So it was one of those rare occasions where I actually tipped more because of waitstaff incompetence (typically it's because I feel bad for the clumsy, shy waiters that seem like they need a rest).

With all the options within 5 or six blocks, I could easily name 20 N. Beach restaurants that I'd rather go to than this place.

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

This is a pretty good place for some unique tapas choices. I would suggest just doing the tapas rather than ordering a main course as I think all the small plates are better. They have some tasty salads and wines too. the atmosphere is nice and service is good. Nice place to start an evening in northbeach with a group of friends but overall nothing too special.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

The Seared Tuna is Awesome!!! – I visited Iluna Basque last Thursday and was sat immediately, which was great since I was really hungry. The menu is small so I was hoping that they were all really good. The favorite was the seared tuna and the roasted pepper. The food was wonderful but the service was lacking. We only saw the serve once at the beginning of the night. She didn't offered any suggestion and she rushed us to place the order. The food was out quick and hot. The mussels were not very good, they tasted and looked like they had been frozen for to long.

Overall, I would visit again and would highly recommend this restaurant. Hopefully next time the service will be better.

Recommends
3.0
over a year ago

Not my favorite tapas place.... – Tasty, unusual tapas but way too expensive for what you're getting. Service was slow both times I ate here and I didn't feel the food warranted the long wait for a table. Add to that to the parking situation in North Beach. Not fun. There are a lot of other tapas places that have better quality and value.

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

Better-than-average, but not stellar – I arrived relatively early, about an hour after it had opened, but the moment I walked through the doors, I swear I felt hipper than ever. A richly colored and moody place, Iluna Basque specializes in Basque (French/Spanish) tapas. Young, baby-faced chef Mattin Noblia had stepped in as host for the evening, and he showed me to my table with a smile. (Apparently he's done modeling, according to his profile) The flip-top menu read simply, but my mouth watered. Flash-fried shaved potatoes weren't pommes frites, but rather thin, crisp little fries, infused with the flavor of fresh basil, which, to my surprise, were also delicious deep-fried. Served with a tiny ramekin of red pepper aioli, and they put me in artery-clogged heaven. Smooth butter lettuce was tossed with sweet fresh pears and given a refreshing splash of flavor from segmented grapefruit. A Basque chicken and chorizo saute was hearty, warming, and full of soul, giving me the impression that this was something akin to what Mattin's mother may have prepared for him. Chanterelles make me swoon any way, and in a beef stew with scrumptious red wine sauce, they prove to remain one of my favorite edible fungi. Don't miss dessert; the simple pineapple "carpaccio" with raspberry and vanilla bean sauces or strawberry mousse are delights. The service ranges from exuberant to gruff, and this is a place to linger, so tell your server if you're in a rush.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Great Basque Bistro – "I am going back to this place! Not only is the food delicious, but the service is so friendly. I went last night with a friend and we had a great time eating and chatting up a storm. We were happy that the service was easy paced so we could catch up eachother's lives.

The waiter was SO ADORABLE! Always made sure we were satisfied with the food and we were enjoying ourselves. The Spanish tortilla and the prawns were my favorite very tasty and tasted just like when I was in Spain. MAKE SURE YOU GO CHECK IT OUT SOON! ^_^"

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