701 Union St, San Francisco, CA | Directions 9413337.800261 -122.410875
Neighborhoods: North Beach, Northeast
Average place would not recommend it. – The tapas were very average and the service wasn't great too.The servers gave a feeling of being disconnected.And the desert was a even bigger diappointment. It was one of those meals when after you are done you have absolutely no satisfaction at all and you think that coming here was a completely wrong decision.
Great food, hole-in-the wall feel – I tried this place on a whim, craving tapas and finding myself rather lost in North Beach. It was perfect. We were seated right away, and the friendly server recommended the perfect dishes to try. Their red sangria is to die for, the perfect balance of wine and fruit. Try the cheese platter for dessert- traditional and unique cheeses alike are a perfect conclusion to a great meal. We split 5 dishes between 2 of us and were stuffed. A great place for a date, quiet, dark, and romantic.
Very good food and sangria – We went here on a week night and had a great time. Very great ambience and the food is definitely good. The service was a little lackluster and kinda disappointing but all in all the restaurant is great. We also had their red sangria and for someone who doesnt like it normally it was excellent
better tapas elsewhere – for the price, the tapas was not worth it. our server was lovely and the ambience was great, but the food was not memborable and was far too expensive.
Is this fine dining? – Granted, the ambience is great. The tapas concept also is nice, but the quality is just decent although some are pretty tasty (cheese plate).
However for this price range I expected much better from the food and ESPECIALLY from the waitstaff... I've had better service in low-end diners!
So if you like to sit down in a nice place, go for it... otherwise there's plenty of good restaurants in North Beach!
Gem - with a few flaws – Great food. Open Late. Few items were hit or miss but overall a great dining experience.
Horrendous Experience – My friends and I made a reservation for a relatively large party, and confirmed same by phone that very morning. We arrive (on time and hungry) to find that there is simply no table for us, despite our confirmed reservations. Rather than apologize profusely, comp us a glass of wine, or even give us a ROUGHLY estimated wait time, the hostess (who really could not be bothered) shrugged and said, well, people are eating and talking and that when a table was available, they'd call us. No thanks.
Lovely place to relax and lounge – Made it just 5 minutes before the end of Happy Hour and were graciously obliged to take full advantage of the promo - Buy a drink, get 1 tapa free! With two drinks in hand my boyfriend and I tried the Crabmeat Croquettes and Paquillos Peppers w/ Salt Cod. Both were delicious, esp. the salt cod, which I was kind of nervous to try, but delighted in the end. Ordered the Roasted Mussels, Ribeye Steak, Seared Tuna and the Crisp Potatoes. Definitely want to try the Seared Tuna for the deliciously creamy Bleu des Basque sauce. What a nice complement to the tuna ~ not overwhelming in flavor, but just right. Service was excellent! Must request for Emily ~ French jewel in this Spanish restaurant. NEED TO KNOW ~ small servings (meant to sample and share), relaxing ambiance, best in groups, and view of Coit at tables near windows.
Sleek decor and bold Basque flavors heat up a dark corner of North Beach. – The Scene
Several European dialects waft through the brushed-steel and lipstick-red dining room, which has banks of tall windows with views of Washington Square. The staff has off nights, whether it's not bringing a dish or bringing leftovers too soon. Otherwise, diners experience attentive service.
Helmed by rising young chef Mattin Noblia, this tapas joint zeroes in on regional flavors of Basque country. Traditional dishes do justice to the esteemed culinary tradition, especially piperade, served in a small cast-iron pan filled with roasted red peppers, crispy Serrano ham and a soft-cooked egg; and brandade, a pot of thick and creamy salt cod with wafer-thin crostini. Crab croquettes are delightfully crispy outside yet meltingly creamy within, and steamed mussels loaded with garlic and fines-herbs, are sweet and succulent. The Spanish tortilla is a perfect balance between salty chorizo and earthy potatoes, while less traditional seared tuna with blue-cheese sauce confounds the palate.
something was missing – The food was super. however, the restaurant promotes, or tries to promote late dining. We were the only table after 9:30 pm. At that point everything was fine until the busboy changed into his street clothes to re set the room while the chef sat at the bar drinking some concotion that our server ( who we were trying to flag down) was shaking for him. Service at best was tolerable. Until.... my date went to the restroom and they began to discuss her physical features. I guess they thought I was either a complete idiot or that I couldn't hear them although we were the only table in the restaurant. Must haves are the roasted bellpepper and tuna. Can afford to miss the crass and abonoxious staff
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