2012

Park Tavern Restaurant Review, San Francisco

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Reviewer: Foodnut.com

Park Tavern

1652 Stockton Street (Between Filbert & Union)

San Francisco, CA 94133

415.989.7300

Park Tavern Website

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Park Tavern San Francisco Exterior Decor

Park Tavern SF is a new American Restaurant from the team at Marlowe. It replaced old school favorite Mooses, right on Washington Square in San Francisco’s North Beach district.
The place was packed early on and is already a hot spot. Our last visit was in August 2012.

Why did we here? – Michael Bauer gave it a glowing review plus we liked Marlowe.

Summary – Park Tavern serves up excellent, classic American food in a beautiful location that will surely be a hit for years to come. Two page wine list with glasses from $7, bottles from $31.
Insider Tip – Make reservations weeks in advance or show up before 6pm for the communal table.

Cuisine – American
Chef – Jennifer Puccio (Marlowe)
Location – San Francisco, North Beach
Opened – October, 2011

Park Tavern San Francisco Interior Decor

Decor, Vibe – Park Tavern has a dark black color scheme with large exposed wood beams, rustic lights, and massive arches. Jazz was playing, but the place was so loud, that it was hard to talk. Several tables are located on the sidewalk for warmer nights.

Menu

Park Tavern’s Menu features many starter and small plate options with a selection of 6 Entrees at dinner time.

Signature Dishes – Petit “Poulet Rouge”, Marlowe Hamburger, Pork Chop

Website Park Tavern Menu

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Picks:
Mojito ($12) – was strong and perfectly balanced, they know how to make drinks here.

Excellent, complimentary warm Acme epi bread.

Park Tavern San Francisco Brussels Chips

Brussels Sprout Chips ($6) are a classic dish moved over from Marlowe, light, greasy, perfect.

PT fries, shaved summer truffle & parmesan, truffle aïoli, soft boiled egg & Osetra caviar ($17) a nice dish with lots of truffle flavors. As fancy as french fries can get.

Park Tavern San Francisco Burrata

Lemon & basil leaf, burrata ($12) featured homemade mozzarella cheese that was slightly runny along with deep fried lemon wheels that made an interesting but workable combination.

Park Tavern San Francisco Clam Chowder

Manila clam chowder, shaved bottarga & chives ($12) was creamy and full of flavor, all in all very good.

English Pea soup ($14) was very thin and light. It was a accompanied by a crostini topped off with cheese and prosciutto.

Watermelon and fetta cheese salad ($12) was a interesting play on sweet and savory. Bitter olives also added to the twist.

Heirloom tomato salad ($16) contained some very fresh tomatoes along with savory prosciutto and some velvety burrata.

Park Tavern San Francisco Deviled Egg

Deviled Eggs, bacon, pickled jalepeño & chives ($1.50 ea) are a must order. We were not fans of deviled eggs, but with one bite we were believers.

Park Tavern San Francisco Poulet Rouge Chicken

Petit “Poulet Rouge” Bloomsdale spinach & Peewee potatoes ($24) was a Cornish game hen presented at the table facing upright with a tableside sauce pour. This chicken was very tender and juicy and a must order. The Bloomsdale spinach and kiwi potatoes were also excellent. This dish gives Zuni Cafe a run for their money.

Park Tavern San Francisco Pork Chop

Grilled pork chop, Italian butter bean piston, dinosaur kale, toasted garlic & chili flakes ($25) was cut in two and perfectly cooked to a juicy medium rare. A must get for pork fans like us. On our last visit the accompanying mash potatoes were a bit salty.

Park Tavern San Francisco New York Steak

Creekstone NY Steak, red wine jus, Mangalitsa butter & french fries ($29) featured two triangles of medium (slightly pink in the middle) tender meat with angular charcoal grilling embedded on the surface. Excellent french fries and a very robust sauce.

Twice-baked potato, crème fraiche, cheddar & scallions ($8) looked like Mac and Cheese but proved to be a very rich potato side dish.

Dessert:

Park Tavern San Francisco Apple Crisp

Fig & apple crisp ($7) Whole lemon gelato took about 15 minutes to arrive, hot out of the oven, but worth the wait due to the very fresh fruit and tasty crumble. The gelato was first class.

Park Tavern San Francisco Carrot Cake

Birthday Cake – November ($8) Casey’s carrot cake was the cake of the month and a great version of the classic. Better than most people expect. In August, the birthday cake was a black forest cake with nice layers of cherry.

Pans:
Mendocino uni, butter lettuce, chili & avocado oil ($11) – Simply did not work. They need to perform some surgery on this dish.

Roasted brussels sprout hearts, parmesan, sage & chili ($8) were over cooked and far too lemony.

Service – Park Tavern had very good service, no need to ask for refills even in such a busy establishment. Clearly they have attracted top tier servers.

Value – Prices are in line with restaurants of this caliber. If you are on a budget, have a beer and a burger.

Alternatives – Nearby is Tony’s Napoletana Pizza. Other North Beach standouts include The House and Ideale Restaurant.

Verdict – Park Tavern serves up very good food and deserves a visit from foodies and main stream diners.

Park Tavern on Urbanspoon

Park Tavern Overall Rating: (Excellent 3)

Come Back?

Food Rating: (Very Good)
Service Rating: (Very Good)
Atmosphere Rating: (Very Good)
Value Rating: (Good)

Guide: 0 = poor, 1 = Below/Average, 2 = Good, 2.5 = Very Good, 3 = Excellent , 4 = Extraordinary

Alcohol:Full Bar
Attire:Dressy
Hours:Sunday & Tuesday 5:30 - 10:00, Wednesday - Saturday 5:30 - 11:00, Closed Monday
Parking:Paid Valet
Reservations:Yes
Prices:$13 - $29
Posted on January 2nd, 2012
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3 Responses to “Park Tavern Restaurant Review, San Francisco”

  1. Marlowe, San Francisco - SF | Foodnut.com Says:

    […] Marlowe is a market driven neighbourhood bistro near SF’s ATT park, just across the street from the Caltrain station. Chef du Cuisine: Jennifer Puccio was formerly of Cortez. The focus here is on American comfort food. We decided to try this place because Michael Bauer raved about its burger. Our last visit was in December 2010. These folks also run Park Tavern SF. […]

  2. Lynn Says:

    You’ll pay for more than your meal if you use the restaurant’s valet service!!!

    The valet service parked my car and returned it to me with a $130 ticket for parking in a sidewalk. The valet said he would pay the ticket (after all he parked the car). Months later, the City of San Francisco sent me a bill for the valet’s $130 ticket.

    How dishonest!

  3. Michael Bauer's 2012 Top 100 Bay Area Restaurants | Foodnut.com Says:

    […] Park Tavern […]

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