We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

“Best in Show”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Bar Tartine

Bar Tartine
Ranked #569 of 5,645 Restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $40
Cuisines: American, International
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Brunch, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Mission District
Cross street: 16th and 17th Streets
Transit: MUNI and BART both stop at Mission and 16th Streets
Omaha, Nebraska
Level Contributor
618 reviews
534 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 154 helpful votes
“Best in Show”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 1, 2013 via mobile

Wow, just wow. Now for something completely different. The food here is not gimmicky, just good, and intense. Started with pickled beets, turnips, and daikon--wonderfully tart and flavorful. Then roasted kale with rye, seeds and yogurt, another flavor explosion. The baked goat cheese with greens and sea laver ( my wife says healthy, I say tasty) was also wonderful. Then cabbage rolls with black trumpet mushrooms. Incredible. The wine selection was great, and the young servers knowledgable and friendly. I wish they had a full bar, but in a place of this caliber, that is a small nit.

Helpful?
Thank Jays911
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

209 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    93
    78
    19
    13
    6
Rating summary
    Food
    Service
    Value
    Atmosphere
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
San Francisco, California, United States
Level Contributor
9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Tasty dishes w/ Sub-par service”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 20, 2013

Bar Tartine never ceases to fuel our desire for a tasty meal. The dishes are creative and tasty and in the $$-$$$ range, so definately affordable. With 2-4 dishes and a corkage fee, we usually end up spending somewhere in the ballpark of $70-90.

We have visted Bar Tartine on 5 separate occassions with the service sub-par EVERY single time. The meet & greet @ the door by the host/hoestess is usually a pleasant experience, but it takes FOREVER for a server to make their way over to your table and acknowledge your presence. Once the order is taken, the food typcially comes in a timely manner, but the "how is everything tasting?" or random table checks are far and few between. We usually bring our own bottle of wine, where there is an $18 corckage fee - not bad. However, they do have a nice variety of beers and wines available.

The atmosphere is a bit on the darker side with candle lit tables. It's not a complaint, but rather a compliment to the ambiance of the over-all space. It's a great date night spot or a perfect place the celebrate that special occassion. We usually end up next door at Locanda for a specialty cocktail or two.

  • Visited January 2013
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Helpful?
Thank Pollito F
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Chico
Level Contributor
12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Nothing exciting”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 30, 2013

I really wanted to like this place. The food they serve is interesting. We had 5 plates. The escabeche, flat bread, dumplings , blood sausage, and one escapes me. See how memorable :)
just not enough flavor, its just kinda of bland. The blood sausage was good, but the lardo toasts on the plate were soggy from the sauce, and just were boring.
The service was great.

Visited January 2013
Helpful?
Thank Elencastle
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
San Francisco, California
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Great place, delicious food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 19, 2013

We had a wonderful night. The food is excellent and very innovative! The Hungarian inspiration is quite unique so it adds a lot. Wine list great too, lots of different choices. The service is rapid, precise, attentionate to details and discreet, not too in your face, ie perfect. And the ambiance builds up along the evening around the bar for a fun night out. Will go back many times!

  • Visited November 2012
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Helpful?
Thank Will P
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Washington, DC
Level Contributor
8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“A dependable restaurant worth the trip”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 17, 2012

This is a nice restaurant in the gentrifying neighborhood of Mission Dolores. The menus is usually based on catch of the day or local famers produce of the day. I enjoyed rustic bread with butter and the flatbread with creamy goat cheese was filling and delightful. Fisherman's stew was very good, although I found it a bit salty for my taste. Overall, this is a nice place to enjoy an evening meal.

  • Visited November 2012
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Helpful?
Thank alec7
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Bar Tartine also viewed

San Francisco, CA
 
San Francisco, CA
San Francisco, CA
 
San Francisco, CA
 

Been to Bar Tartine? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing