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“Potpourri of Flavors will Dance on your Tongue”

State Bird Provisions
Ranked #43 of 5,693 Restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Los Angeles, California
Level Contributor
697 reviews
410 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 194 helpful votes
“Potpourri of Flavors will Dance on your Tongue”
Reviewed July 28, 2013 via mobile

Oh My... The eclectic dishes, combos of ingredients reminded me of what I see on some of various cooking shows on TV. The restaurant is very comfortable...no need to dress up. Casual is completely fine. Service wonderful and staff very welcoming. We were a party of four. We ordered a few things off the menu and several small plates being offered as staff walked them by. My favorite dish was a tuna/avocado on seaweed crackers. The quinoa dish was crazy good. Actually the state bird (quail) was one of my least favorites. Enjoyed fried green tomatoes. Loved the fruit/coconut tapioca dessert. Nice wine selection. The food was so inventful...a party on the tongue. The only downside is the restaurant is quite loud...making conversation a bit difficult. I guess the noise helps create "excitement", but speaking loudly to be heard is sometimes tough. Highly recommended.

Visited July 2013
Thank Nancy D
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Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Korean first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
New York City, New York
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73 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“high quality: food and service”
Reviewed July 25, 2013

So, you need to reserve way ahead or they save 1/3 of their tables for walk ins..so get there by 4:30 to be successful walk-in..well worth the wait either way..
who needs a menu? trays of wonderful diverse and delicious food come around--most were fabulous and unusual...with only a couple of disappointments...oh, and you can order from a menu too..
the service was truly terrific...warm and very competent...
a wonderful and unique experience.

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank Randye F
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London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
25 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed July 22, 2013

After having read the reviews on TA, we decided to visit this restaurant on our visit to SF. We did not have a reservation so decided to go there at 17:30 to try and get a table early. Unfortunately we were not alone and the que was very long. In the end we got a reservation for later in the evening in the standing bar, which we thought was ok as we were very keen to try this restaurant. The food did not disappoint, really great and innovative. Great service by the staff as well! Will definitively visit this place again, but next time we will really try and make reservation in advance....

Visited July 2013
1 Thank mans_joha
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Marco Island, Florida
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25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Fun and Delicious”
Reviewed July 21, 2013

We had read the reviews but didn't really understand the concept until we got there. There are a few items on a menu that you can order but the rest of the meal is selected from trays and carts delivered by the wait staff as the kitchen prepares them. Our server explained to us that while there are some standards, the list changes daily and by season. It's really a lot of fun and you must pace yourself. Let a couple pass by - they'll be back again so you can get a feel of what you want. There were three of us and we tried almost everything that they served. If you are adventurous and not set on the same old steak/chicken/fish menu, you will love this restaurant. You must make a reservation as there are only a few tables. They have a counter but people line up early in the afternoon just to get on that list!

Visited July 2013
1 Thank mi4us
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Boulder, Colorado
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83 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“Wonderful Interesting Food”
Reviewed July 16, 2013 via mobile

State Bird met all expectations based on the reviews. Great concept and very creative food. However incredibly noisy and just a tad too crazy for me. I would definitely go back, but have to get in right mind-set first. A tip on securing a reservation, the website opens up around 4am, PDT and accepts reservations 60 days out. Getting up at 5am 60 days ago was worth it! Loved the ice cream sandwich dessert.

Visited July 2013
1 Thank honestmiguel
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