Restaurant Review: Park Tavern
Last September, a new upscale American tavern opened in Washington Square Park in North Beach called Park Tavern. Opened by Anna Weinberg and Jennifer Puccio, the team that brought us Marlowe restaurant in SOMA (one of my favorite spots), Park Tavern is a great cozy neighborhood spot (located where the old Moose’s used to be) where you can have drinks at the bar, hang out at the communal bar table, and dine in either their indoor/outdoor cafe or their dining room.
I heard good things about it and had to try it so I went for dinner back in December. It’s a beautful space, warm and inviting, and buzzing. There were plenty of people who came from the FiDi for drinks at the bar and other locals and tourists who dined in the restaurant. It was packed.
Here’s a brief rundown of what my boyfriend and I had and what we thought:
I had a great glass of Cabernet Franc (Chateau du Hureau, “Tuffe”, Saumur-Champigny, France 2009) from their pretty extensive wine list. Jason had a cocktail called the McKinley (Old Overholt Rye Whiskey, Douglass fir eau de vie, apple-rosemary, Anchor Steam) and loved it. I believe he went on to have two or three of them.
- Smoked: Deviled eggs, bacon, pickled jalepeño & chives
(I love eggs and deviled eggs. These were delish and the bacon on top was a nice touch.)
- Raw: Kampachi, kaffir, grapefruit & finger lime
(The fish was fresh and the preparation with the kaffir and grapefruit was good but I prefer Bar Crudo for my raw fish.)
- Fried: Brussels sprout chips
(These are a MUST TRY! They take the leaves off the brussel sprouts and fry them like potato chips…so good.)
- Caramelized sea scallops, roasted cauliflower, braised baby fennel & grapefruit
(This dish was tasty. The scallops were very fresh and prepared nicely however the vegetables were overcooked.)
- Hawaiian tombo tuna, crispy sunchokes, white anchovies, baby artichokes & salsa rustica
(I preferred this dish to my scallops. Fish was fresh and it was delicious. Not to heavy and we finished every last bite.)
- Petit “Poulet Rouge” Bloomsdale spinach & Peewee potatoes
(Ok, we didn’t order this but nearly every table around us did. The chicken came out sitting upright on a can. It looked very interesting and quite delicious. Everyone who ordered it polished off that chicken so I guess it was good. Roasted chicken is usually dull and this was probably the most unique preparation and presentation I’ve seen in this city.)
- Apple & red wine-caramel crisp with whole lemon ice cream
(The apple crisp was yummy and at first I wasn’t sure about the lemon ice cream paired with it but after a few bites, I like how the sour balanced out the sweetness of the apple crisp. Well done.)
All in all, I thought the service and food at Park Tavern was good and the restaurant itself is beautiful. I do have to say that I prefer the food at Marlowe but I love the space at Park Tavern. Also for me, the portions at Park Tavern were a bit small for the price.
Park Tavern is a great addition to North Beach and I think it’s the great place for business dinners, dates, and a nice spot to bring people from out of town as well.
1652 Stockton Street (@ Filbert)
San Francisco, CA 94133