288 Connecticut St, San Francisco, CA | Directions 9410737.762620 -122.397639
Neighborhoods: Potrero, Central East
Great Neighorhood Resaurant – This is a great local restaurant. I love the owners and staff - and food! It has a limited menu, but what can you expect in a small restaurant. Each dish is carefully prepared and once you find your favorite, you will come back over and over just for the one dish. Mine is the seared ahi.
Go here! – I?ve been here before and each time, I have had a very pleasant dining experience. On top of that, did you know this restaurant is teaming up with StreetSmart4kids? It?s actually really cool what they?re doing. I just heard about how SS4K is a nonprofit organization that helps underprivileged teens stay healthy. They are running their ?Dine Out and Donate? campaign here (as well as approx. 70 other restaurants in SF) during October and early November. After having a fabulous dining experience, just fill out the donation form when paying the check (minimum donation $3). This is perfect for people like me, who love to eat out all the time and also like to give back to the community. Check it out for yourself on the StreetSmart4Kids website!
A seasonally changing, Cal-Mediterranean menu of small plates and cuisine served in a plush, romantic setting atop Potero Hill. – A little French, a little Mediterranean, a little local, the menu at this cozy-meets-posh Potrero Hill restaurant (owned by Potrero Hill local Michelle Hughes) attracts locals, regulars, and daters who want romantic but not over-the-top. Deep red wine-colored walls blending seamlessly with cushions of the same color--feels a bit like the red velvet inside of a heart-shaped box--with bistro-size two- and four-tops, plus a pressed copper bar and a large booth in the back. Rich small plates like bone marrow w/ pickled chanterelles, watercress and Cabernet reduction, or slow roasted pork belly w/ trotters, De Puy lentils, and Anchor Steam Porter foam are almost meals unto themselves, while light/fresh entress such as halibut with arugula and cherry tomatoes are simple seasonal cooking at it's best.
Disappointing new menu – We used to love coming here for the lamb tagine and friendly service. Both are gone now from this restaurant. The new menu is trying too hard, and fails to be anything other than mediocre. The new lamb dish is not nearly as good as the tagine was. The chicken is greasy, bland, and served with a sauce that tastes like Campbell's canned cream soup. The polenta has some nice flavors, but is soupy and has some strange white foam that is maybe trying to be fancy, but really is just kind of gross.
Not Recommended – Very small portions. The food looks good but taste flavorless.
We had lamb, two glasses of wine and desert; total bill $102.00.
I was still hungry. I felt that this was excessively overpriced.
There are better places to spend your money! – It was our choice to wait at the bar instead of being at our ready table because the table that was available for us was right next to the blustery entryway and the hostess gave us the option of another warmer spot that was soon to be vacated, so we waited. Here are the series of mistakes. While at the bar we wanted to have a drink and the bartender was completely distracted and absent. So we are waiting patiently and courteously not complaining. The manager I guess comes over mind you not to apologise but to say you know we had a table for you but you wanted the warmer table so deal with it. I was confused and just loooked at him and said OK can we please get some wine. Anyway table vacates and we order. Wine list is ripped off Safeway but to our rescue comes our very nice waiter who offers a great suggestion. Food arrives, for starters we ordered the goat cheese crusted with pistachio, bone marrow and dates with prosciutto. For the main we shared the Skate. Overall, food is good but just a couple of steps from being wonderful! Too sweet or too salty. Before I forget here are the 2 faux pax, hummus with focaccia and mojito with orange wine!? I want to encourage the creativity but the type of food and presentation, reflected someone trying too hard. Keep it simple and non-pretentious as it is not in keeping with the ethos of "Baraka." Will still visit because I think the entrees have potential.
Expanded Wine List – New ownership recently took over and have kept the same food and atmosphere, but the wine list is dramatically improved. Great selection of Calfornia wines in addition to the Spanish and French wines they carried before.
Needs to get its act together – We just returned from attending my niece's wedding in SF. For our final meal we made a reservation at Baraka on advice from Chez Papa for a family group of 8, including my two brothers. The food was excellent, when it finally arrived, though the order was delivered in a slovenly fashion, one order was forgotten, couscous arrived late, small plates should be called tiny plates, etc. In the restaurant's defense, a new servitor was being trained, and our very charming server apologized for what he termed "sh-tty" service, comping my brother's meal. However, our evening, while not ruined, was compromised, the celebratory mood spoiled. Service as beyond slow. The kitchen was disorganized. The restaurant has no sense, or policy, for recovering from mistakes. The comp was nice, but everyone at the table was affected by the glacial pace and lack of attention. When the dessert menus arrived, and we continued to wait, and wait, naturally everyone passed. We just wanted to get it over with. Here are some suggestions. Get bread on the table quickly and put more than a couple of teaspoons of the very good hummus in the tiny cups. There wasn't enough there to wet a portion of the bread (good bread that it was). Explain what constitutes a small plate so that we can order better. Failing to do that, make sure that the items in the plate are evenly divisible. Three meatballs split between 8 people doesn't work. 4 meatballs won't bankrupt. If the meal is delivered poorly, offer complimentary coffees, or teas, and get a couple of desserts out to the table, also comped. Don't add injury upon injury. Get your kitchen straightened out. It is too easily overwhelmed. Would I come back? Yes, because everyone has an off day. But you need to know how to recover a fumble, not perpetrate it. My girlfriend, who had made the reservation, was thoroughly embarrassed by the experience. Great food, but not a restaurant in the classic sense of a place to come to be restored.
The Ultimate – Ok, this has to be my favorite restaurant in the city. Staff is fantastic, food is even better. I have never had poor service or bad food. I go to this place at least once a month for the past two years. I take anyone that mentions they have never been there. It always pleases my guests.
Delicious, unique tastes; Wonderful service; Small tapas to share – Delicious, innovative food with attention to the blends of tastes and spices - abosolutely fabulous. The meal begins with warm bread and hummus - and after one taste of the hummus we knew we had made and excellent choice. f you are a couple, share everything and order in courses from the small plates. Shrimp ceviche, crispy chorizo stuffed dates, pistacio-crusted goat cheese, pesto linguine with fava & peas, roasted beet salad with frisee. We also shared a bowl of the soup of the day - which was vegan. The soup was pureed asparagus, fennel and lentil. It was so smooth and creamy we thought there was cream in it. The service was so attentive, but not annoying. The hostess, also acted as the order taker - recommending serveral delicious dishes, all of which we tried. The desserts were also fabulous - we had the chocolate fondant and the creme brulee. Not crowded at all for a Sunday evening - a MUST go. We will be back.
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