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“Worth returning” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Rich Table

Rich Table
199 Gough Street, San Francisco, CA (Hayes Valley)
(415) 355-9085
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Ranked #202 of 5,014 Restaurants in San Francisco
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: Eclectic
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Hayes Valley
Cross street: Oak St
Description: Modern creativity and traditional technique combine seamlessly at Rich Table, a Northern Californian neighborhood restaurant. Chefs and Owners Evan and Sarah Rich and Co-Owner / Wine Director Maz Naba have created a dressed-down interpretation of a fine dining restaurant, based on their extensive backgrounds in San Francisco's best restaurants. At Rich Table, they deliver an expert approach in a casual setting. Rich Table's menu, wine list and cocktail program all showcase a seasonal San Francisco style. The team looks forward to having you join them at their table.
East Bay, CA
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103 reviews 103 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 44 cities Reviews in 44 cities
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
“Worth returning”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

Context. We went on a Saturday at 5;45 with a reservation for two. We arrived early, around 5:30 and were the first ones there. We were seated promptly. We were there until seven And the place was packed when we left.
Atmosphere: it's a small, cozy, casual place with wood tables and a wood seating banquet against one wall. Several tables are semi-communal, but they seemed to seat those last. There is a good sized bar to the right when you come in and a couple of tables near the door that looked like they would not be comfortable whenever someone comes in. I would describe the decor as barn casual. The kitchen is semi open with a lot of prep and cooking behind done right in front of diners. This is an efficient crew, cooking, plating and getting the food out quickly. There is one large table in the back but most tables sit tw or four. The banquet seating is wood so it is not soft. There are pillows for the back.
Service: service was excellent all around, generally reserved but our waiter was quite friendly and very informed about the dishes. Our coats were taken when we sat and a water bottle was immediately brought and water glasses were regularly filled. We asked lots of questions and the waiter was informed and patient with us.
Food: the menu features about five "bites", including dried porcini doughnuts, the already mentioned sardine chips. Radishes with browned butter, brandade. We tried both the doughnuts and chips. The doughnuts are fried dough balls with a light dusting of porcini powder. The flavor. Is mild but yummy and you get about ten doughnuts which is plenty for two. They are served with a warm goat cheese dipping sauce which would only be I proved wi some chopped mushrooms or truffle oil added. We also ordered the sardine chips because reviews indicated they were great. There are four potato chips, each with a whole sardine fried into the chip. They are served with a strong horseradish dip. They are very fishy.
There are three other sections to the menu, one with salads and small apps; another with four or five pastas; and a third with mains. From the apps, we had the dinginess crab Louis salad and the beef tartare. The salad was fantastic with chopped greens and too much Russian dressing. I asked for lightly dressed but if that was lightly then I'd hate to see heavy. Next time, I would ask for the dressing on the side. The dressing comes in clumps on the salad but it was still too much. It's a flavorful dressing so if you are into dressing you will want it. The salad is tipped with a wafer thin cracker that seems dot be a mixture of cornmeal and sugar and flour, very tasty. It's not a small salad.
The beef tartare comes with hummus, pickled daikon radish and pita bread. I is a small portion of tartare, but all you really need. There is a small spoon of hummus and then four pita slices. Tartare was very good.
For our mains, after much discussion and description from our friendly waiter, we decided on the rabbit lasagne and the sausage with stuffing and kale. Both dishes were very flavorful, incredibly rich and I'd eat them both again! The rabbit is shredded between light layers of a home are lasagne noodle with a coconut milk sauce. The piece is about the size of the average fist. The sausage was a large portion, so much we had to take some home. There are three pieces of sliced sausage, three smaller pieces of sliced stuffing and a purée of kale and pomegranate as well as some very tasty fried kale leaves. The stuffing is incredibly rich and I would guess there was some serious fat in it.
The dessert menu looked good with cheesecake, caramel panna cotta and ice creams. We were too full to take advantage
Drinks: we had two cocktails and a glass of wine for. The large, diverse menu. There are about six specialty cocktails which tend to emphasize more traditional type drinks, not those sweet, syrupy ones. Tere are two wines on tap, about ten beer choices, about ten white and red wine choices by the glass and maybe forty bottles or so. We tried a wonderful manhattan Like cocktail with rye, black walnut and orange, really lovely and balanced with a touch of bitters. And, a cocktail made with butternut squash liquid, a local gin and something else. Very unusual, not sweet, but balanced. The waiter recommended it and I was glad to try it. I told the waiter I wanted a glass of red with some nice fruit and he gave me a frappato that wasn't on the menu but was perfect with strawberry notes, light and a nice compliment to the rich rabbit.
Final comments: we had just been to aq and really liked it but we liked this place better. Service was more friendly and organized, portions were significantly larger and all the dishes were extremely well executed and flavored. We will be back.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Shanghai
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“off the beatin' path....”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2012

Wow....Yelpers don't like this place! We had a excellent meal here as the combinations are some of the most interesting in town. And wine list is diverse and well priced that I don't need to bring a bottle. App's and pastas more interesting than mains and standouts include squid salad, sardines, rigatoni, etc...chicken main was good but not Zuni zen-like. Would go back and see what's new as too many places afraid to push envelope!

  • Visited September 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Nome, Alaska
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“Truly awful”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012 via mobile

The drinks were tiny, virtually no alcohol. And tiny. The $4 bread was excellent. The rest of the food was abominable. .. Thankfully the portions were tiny. Tables 3 inches apart. Unbearable noise.

    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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San Francisco, California
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“Beautiful restaurant with great food - worth visiting! Must have the oysters!!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

Rich Table was the perfect blend of simple, non-pretentious surroundings with a great personal touch/flair from the creative minds that put this place together. The service was friendly and helpful if a bit slow (especially for a Monday night). One thing I believe all reviewers agree on is that the oysters are out of this world, they're extremely fresh, flavorful, shucked at their peak and manage to seduce every taste bud imaginable!

Starters, entree's and wine selection are all carefully crafted and mindfully created. Not sure if I share the same sentiments as Bauer ("quickly becoming the next Frances") but it's certainly up there with Chez Maman, Firefly or Starbelly. All of which consistently serve high quality extremely flavorful food in a fun and romantic atmosphere.

Some reviewers have noted the portions are on the smaller side so be prepared to order a few starters for the table along with your entree's....or just splurge on dessert!

  • Visited October 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Really great tasting food and cocktails without the pretense!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2012

My friend and I visited Rich Table on a Saturday night, relatively early, say 6:00pm. Delightfully it was not too crowded and we had cocktails and then asked for the fixed menu even though we didn't see it listed on the menu.

I had a cocktail made with St George gin, which is apparently distilled in Alameda, CA and my friend had the brandy with the sparking wine and verdana (I think) and they were both delicious.

The chief came by and said he could do the fixed menu and we ate practically everything on the menu. Here's what we had, as best I can recall. The steak, the squid with watermelon, the pasta with kale, tuna, squash and tomato, pork belly, etc, the list goes on and on. Dessert was a fabu arrangement of raspberries, blackberries and chocolate pudding, yum! All great, and not too filling.

What I like about the restaurant is that the food is so fresh and the chief as well as the staff are totally accommodating without the attitude. Modern on the inside, but not too. Probably could get loud as the evening goes on. We left around 8:45pm and things were heating up.

Price was very reasonable for the value of the food. Wine list is also well done and not too pricey.

This is one of the newest restaurants I would take friends and out- of- towners to, besides eating by myself.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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