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
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.
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
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Mojito ($12) – was strong and perfectly balanced, they know how to make drinks here.
Excellent, complimentary warm Acme epi bread.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Verdict – Park Tavern serves up very good food and deserves a visit from foodies and main stream diners.