199 Gough St, San Francisco, CA | Directions 9410237.774887 -122.422709
Tuesday To Thursday From 05:00 PM To 10:00 PM Friday To Saturday From 05:00 PM To 11:00 PM Sunday From 05:00 PM To 09:30 PM
Neighborhoods: Hayes Valley, Central North
Fireworks in our mouths! – I'm glad I finally popped into this little gem! My friend and I arrived at 8pm, and were impressed by the cool decor and the hip, jazzy beats playing. Though we didn't have the super animated waiter I'd heard was part of the "Paul K experience," ours was funny, and offerred us the guidance of a true pro who knows the food he's serving inside and out. After his recommendation on the bottle of Archery Summit Pinot Noir, and the Mezza Platter blew our minds with complex, unusual flavors, we simply set down the menus and allowed him to give us what he called "The Limo Ride," where we relaxed and he ordered everything he thought we'd love. He was right indeed. The Arctic Char, a fish I'd never had, was rich, complex, and delicious. The duck was moist, sweet, tangy, and savory! A wonderful experience all around!
Unfriendly service – We had a reservation for 9:00, waited 35 minutes to get seated at 9:35. The host did a good job of letting us know the status of our table so we didn't mind waiting. While we waited we sat at the bar and ordered 2 different glasses of red wine-both tasted old. But the bartender did offer to swap them for other wines and the next two we had were good. We then were seated and had a waitress who was impatient and rude. Clearly tried to rush us out. We only had small plates and the mezes which were all really good but our waitress was so short with us and rude that it kind of spoiled the whole dining experience. Overall, this is San Francisco and for a restaurant with good food and a decent wine list the service needs to be on par.
Stay Away From This Disaster – Note that the good reviews were all from last year. I think something must have happened.
The place was empty at 7:30pm and that should have set off alarm bells. Service was mediocre -- our waitress couldn't explain the wines and forgot to bring us water after we had to ask for it. The sea bass was a plate of bland beige. No flavor and boiled-to-death vegitables. The duck tasted like it was soaked in white wine vinegar -- it made our mouths pucker. We couldn't wait to get out of there. It was a huge dining mistake for us --- don't make the same one that we did.
Not so good! Please stay away!!!! – First of all, the ambience is quite nice..but the food was just horrible. It was a slow nightthere were about three table occupied. There were plenty of tables available, but the hostess seats us next to the restroom. Me and my boyfriend ordered the chicken and prime ribeye for prices ranging from $21-$26 each. For the price I've had WAY better food. The flavors were just "okay"...nothing special...they were a bit bland. Entree was too oily and vegs. were not cleansed very well because I could taste the grains of sand. We also paid $10 for appetizer for three pieces of shrimp with ? cup of greens. This restaurant is wanna be of an upscale restaurant. The plating for our entree didn't even look nice...the food was just slab onto our plate like at a cheap cafe. Save your money and go some where else.
User review by dragave – Great little find! Our table right at the front and at the edge of the maitre's podium, wa tight but we weren't crushed or fumbled over. The waitress-in-training visited (with her mentor ) was attentive, easy to understand and able to answer all questions without hesitaion. Her reccommendation of the Mezzo Platter was right-on. Its blend of Mediterranean flavors and textures demonstrated the restaurant's ablility to be creative and exceptional with standard middle-east standards. The lamb riblets were done to melt-in-your-mouth perfection. The lamb with pomegranite suace that was piquant and wonderfully contrary to standard heavy, sweet sauces the often smother the dish. My sumac crusted chick was absolutely one of the best chicken dishes I have ever had! The perfectly juicy, crispy skinned chicken breast made me want more. The entire experience was thoroughly enjoyable. Paul K will be my first choice in this genre of dining
Quite interesting food, if you choose wisely – We were a pretty large group of friends, made reservations at the last minute, but were seated more or less on time. The ambience is quite pleasant and lively, just a tad noisy. The food in general had some really nice touches, with wonderful aromas from all the spices. However, while most of us were very satisfied with their food (duck, fish, mezzes), some dishes badly disappointed (the eggplant was bland and poor-value). All in all, I recommend it for people with adventurous taste, as the more exotic the ingredients, the more satisfying the food seemed to be. The service could be improved, as our waitress was a bit distracted and slow.
horrible service – Extremely disappointed! Even though my party had reservations we had to wait 30 minutes before being seated. Usually that is not a problem since you can just head over to the bar for some cocktails. The bartender was inexperienced and it took him 15 minutes to make 4 drinks. He made 2 of our drinks then proceeded to make drinks for the people seated before finishing the rest of our order. A complaint about the long wait was made to the host, which was relayed to the manager, but no apology was every given. The night could've been salvaged if our food and waiter made up for it, but it didn't. The small plates were mediocre and I found the server blah. Unfortunately, VERY disappointed in this restaurant. The bartender and manager were very pretentious. I definitely DO NOT recommend it. Save yourself the trouble and skip this joint.
a place you can count on – I have been going to Paul K for acouple of years and love it for last minute dinning out and for special occasions. Even though the menu changes, I know I can count on the food to be great and creative. The atomsophere is caual and fun. The staff is great. I've been going for years and have seen the same staff which is nice because it give it a real feeling of a neighborhood restaurant. They are friendly and very knowledgeable about what they are serving and not at all uptight. The cocktails are fabulous and the wine list is very unique and not overpriced. This is a great place to discover creative California cuisine with a Mediterranean flare. Prepare to be wowed!
Overrated – Trying to mimic the NY hip scene, this restaurant fails miserably. The food portions are small and the menu microscopic. The wine and cocktail selection is passable however. If you are pretentious and want to be seen, this is the place but if you desire meditteranean food....you will be sadly disappointed. The service is OK at first but later on the waiters cannot handle a full restaurant and then you have to wait for an hour to get some pita.
Despite the Hype... – Very skeptical with all the advertisement and hype I had seen but was very pleasantly surprised. The food was excellent. As advertised, the scene is very hip and trendy. The wait staff service was sub-par. Several actually looked really bored. The food is definitely worth the visit. Delicious!
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