561 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA | Directions 9411037.764001 -122.421669
Tue-Thu, Sun 6pm -10pm
Fri-Sat 6 pm-11pm
Neighborhoods: Mission Dolores, Central, Mission Dolores (Hub, Mid-Market)
Modern & upbeat Eastern European food with the best bread I have eaten in a long time: thanks chef Balla for such well orchestrated food. Try the roasted kale with rye, seeds & yogurt & you'll be licking the plate like I did.
I don't think I could possibly love this restaurant any more than I already do. Fabulously flavor-forward cuisine by Nick Balla with Eastern European influences, and the occasional hint of Japan. Don't miss the langos appetizer, and come for lunch: excellent sandwiches (like the katsu).
One of my favorites in the City – This place has made it's way to become one of my top restaurant picks. I've been there more than once and have yet to be disappointed. Where do I begin? The bread is wonderful (How could it be less than that given that it's related to the bakery?)! It was chewy on the inside yet crunchy on the outside. The cheese plate was delicious and went well with the bread as a spread if you chose to eat it that way. Rather than get the entrees, my group orders many appetizers so it's tapas-style dining. Of all the ones we've tried, the ones that stand out are the sardine bruschetta, fried green tomatoes, manila clams, and chicken pate. Others are also very good but I can't remember their names. Remember to save room for dessert as that's the best part (for me at least). The neapolitan is light and crunchy with a wonderful coffee-flavored ice cream; the Bergen tart is divine (It's chocolate so how can you go wrong?); and the Bergen bon bon with strawberries and sorbet is unbelievably good. The service staff is pleasant and attentive.
Great ambience, delicious food, fun wine list – Delicious & not as expensive as you might expect if you are a fan of Tartine the bakery. More urban sophistication than you find at your average SF spot.
Fantastic Food, Ambiance, Service – Look for the "Curtis Hotel" sign because there isn't an obvious sign from the street. We had the Lamb Stew, Summer Squash Salad and were licking the plates clean.
The assortment of cheeses is also to be recommended....served with Tartine walnut bread, honeycomb, and fresh cherries.
I Love Bar Tartine! Never had a bad time there. – I read a review here about Bar Tartine recently which contradicts all the experiences I've had there. This place has great food, wine, and ambiance, friendly/attentive staff, decent prices, great location--what else do you want? I love going there.
Showing up at a restaurant 5 minutes before closing with a large group of friends might not always work out, anywhere you go. And sometimes corks are hard to remove, through no fault of the staff.
This is a top notch neighborhood place, and I'd hate to see its rep harmed by one disgruntled diner. (And the bread is dreamy.)
Never going back – This place is ridiculous. Each time I have visited this establishment I have received snotty. The staff seems to be troubled by their patrons; I walked in for desert and champagne with a group of 6 friends. The host informed me that they were closed. When I pointed out that it was 5 till 11pm she rolled her eyes at me and had to consult a staff member. The entire time we sat at the bar the waitress gave us attitude and awful service. She couldnt even properly open a bottle of champagne. Upon leaving, we noticed that half the restaurant was still full and people were still finishing their dinner. I dont know how this place stays in business. You think that the management would do something about the repeated complaints regarding their unfriendly staff.
one of the tops in dinning – This place is where one with class, culure, and food/wine knowledge wants to eat. One of the huge problems with restaurants popping up in the city is they don't have style. Ambiance is the key ingredient first and foremost to enable the customer to be put in a place of comfort. This place: savvy hip art, clean decor, then comes the food which is incredible. Be sure to order plenty of first and second course dishes because those are where its at. Desserts will kill you over, of course ( just like tartine). Our waiter was very kind and on point with his job. well well done.
Nice spot! – From the hustle and bustle of Valencia street at 17th, the Bar Tartine is a little oasis of tasty european food in a casual setting. The bread from the affiliated cafe is to die for. Baked hours ago. We dined on marrow with a fava bean salad. Good except that they could learn from La Suite how to serve the marrow with the accompanying salt. (crostini overpowered the marrow and was too hard to eat too). The Gem lettuce salad with creme fraiche was incredible. Short ribs melted in your mouth with a savory and creamy polenta. I've had better quail. All in all, a nice restaurant with some outstanding dishes in an informal setting. Another great addition to the neighborhood.
Enjoyed it all thoroughly – When I read some of these reviews, I was concerned re: portions, service & price. I've only been there once, but those critics are wrong. Our service was perfect and served in a fine time manner. I don't want to be fed 10 minutes after arrival. If I want that, I'll go to the taqueria. I want to linger, chat and enjoy it all. The portions were fine. The food was excellent, and yes I could have had more and therefore stuffed myself and overeaten, but I prefer to not eat that way. I'd rather have a delicious meal to savor than some massive plate of crap. We had the short ribs & risotto and enjoyed both thoroughly/. My only complaint is that the middle of the bread was too soft for me. Nice crust on it though. We didn't have time or space for dessert, so no comment there.
Love Bar Tartine – I've been to Bar Tartine for dinner twice and each time had an excellent meal and experience. The host was accomodating even though we did not have reservations on both nights (Sat's). If you're friendly and realize walking into a new restaurant at 7:30pm on a weekend is not the smartest, then be ready to wait, wherever you go. We only waited about 15 mins. Great bar for eating dinner and super helpful bartender/server with wine paring. Ambiance is cozy and warm. Reminds me of a NYC neighborhood bistro.
over priced – Though the food was good, it was way to expensive. Nothing exceptional, but not a bad meal. I think there are many other alternatives I would recommend over this place for cheaper.
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