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“Not as good as the hype”
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Rich Table
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Ranked #81 of 5,885 Restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $50
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Hayes Valley
Cross street: Oak St
Description: RICH TABLE is the culinary vision of Chefs Evan and Sarah Rich. With over three decades of combined experience in San Francisco and New York high-end restaurants, the team brings with them a wealth of talent, knowledge of quality foods and wine, and connections with the best farms and purveyors. RICH TABLE is a place with no dress code, where the food speaks for itself. Evan and Sarah believe that eating out should be relaxed, fun and exciting. It should remind you of the good times you share with family while introducing you to new tastes in the company of friends. The staff at RICH TABLE will use their years of experience to provide food that is expertly prepared and served, while set in a surrounding that is modern, convivial, and comfortable. We can't wait to cook for you and have you at our table! Evan and Sarah Rich
Reviewed February 4, 2014

wanted to love it, but the hype exceeded the meals my group was served. Pickled herring was overwhelmed by a too-rich sauce that smothered the acid simplicity of the fish. The famed chicken liver mouse lacked seasoning. To eat delicious chicken livers done right, with beautifully caramelized onions, go to the Spotted Pig in Manhattan. The strip steak was overcooked (not medium rare as ordered), under seasoned, and plastered with moist, shredded brussels sprouts that obliterated any hard-won grilling crust on the steak. Who would do that? A crab pasta was gummy, had no discernible pieces of crab at all in the sauce, and was a flat out FAIL. Desserts fared worst of all. Lime curd tart had a lovely bright taste, but rubbery jello-like texture that made me think of school lunches. Chocolate flour less cake paves were over-salted (for once, seasoning...but why in the dessert of all places) and unappealingly cold/hockey puck-like texture. Service was always welcoming and pleasant, and the wine list had a number of great options but was on the high side of pricing. I liked the ability to order glasses, carafes or full bottles for some wines. Again, I really want to love it, as the vibe is great, the room attractive, and the service solid. But, this place needs to show more simple love of food, and less focus on clever presentation, to justify its reputation.

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Reviewed January 27, 2014

This is a rustic look and feel restaurant that serves some unusual preparations; some hit the mark others not so much but they try hard with friendly, helpful service and information to our many questions.

We were intrigued by the herring, sardine chips and beet salad appetizers as well as their bread (more like a brick, dense and flavorful).
The sardine chip is still a conversation piece thru the next day; whoever thought of placing a small sardine on a sliced potato and deep frying is certainly creative; the strong flavor may not appeal to all however. Herring, beets, sardines all somewhat eclectic but they work if you have some adventure to your palate.
All enjoyed various pasta dishes from crab and clam to braised chicken and fennel. All full flavored keeping with the appetizer choices. A varied wine list reasonably priced with may smaller known varietals worked well.

Overall not a home run for all but those who enjoy a different strong flavored menu will really enjoy.

Thank fcarr
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Reviewed January 17, 2014

Rich Table was recommended to me by a friend who lives in the area, and I am so glad I took his advice! The food was outstanding. We had the little onion beignets for a starter with racketeering, which we're such a departure from what I had come to expect from a classic beignet...amazing! Next was octopus salad in some sort of oily, truffled sauce..also very savory and outstanding. The real winner, however, was the New York with a persimmon-bone marrow purée, which was absolutely outstanding!
Besides the food, the service stood out as well. I believe the manager waited on us officially, but everyone seemed to really help each other to give us the best experience possible.
The restaurant itself is rustic and quite small, but it worked with their style of food and overall vibe, it was cozy.
I can't wait to eat here again next time I'm in the area, thank you!

Thank Amanda H
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Reviewed January 5, 2014

The food was a bit different from the usual (eg) sardine chips. I am not a vegetarian but the non- meat dishes sounded good and were really tasty. There were dishes to share or mains to have all to yourself. We would defintiely go back. Even the black tea we finished with was fantastic.

Thank lehill
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Reviewed January 3, 2014

Happening with the best olives I've ever eaten. At times the service was slow but the food made up for it.

Thank napagal79
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