About Urban Tavern
If you are looking for one of the best places to eat in San Francisco, look no further than Urban Tavern. Conveniently located in the Union Square area, guests are within walking distance from fabulous shopping centers, the theater district, the famous Cable Cars, Chinatown, and more. It's easy to see why Urban Tavern is the San Francisco gastropub of choice!
Gastro Pub, American
Hours of Operation:
BREAKFAST BUFFET 6:00 AM - 11:00 AM
DINNER A LA CARTE 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
GASTRO PUB 5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Seven Days A Week
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
5 Hours Complimentary Parking. Entrance on Ellis at Mason with the Hilton San Francisco Union Square.
Muni: 38 Geary
Private Party Facilities:
Urban Tavern offers a private dining room / The Cheval Room is ideal for 50-100 guests.
Private Party Contact:
Gerald Miller / General Manager / Urban Tavern: 4159234400x
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Unfortunate Food and Cityscape is Closing!
Apparently when we arrived 12/7 there was a private party on the 46th floor and we were sent a few floors down to a lounge for an unfortunately over priced ($233 for 2 adults and 2 kids) and a lacking flavor buffet! We had been to cityscape years ago and it was amazing, that is why returned this time with our kids. As we ate our bland meal we were told that the Hilton was letting go of most of their staff in all food service; all restaurants and they won't have room service at all after 12/7. We felt bad for staff and future guests and felt that we needed to write to inform others. We made our reservation via opentable and opentable should have been told they were closing and that the venue had changed to accommodate a private party? The wine was great and our kids enjoyed the view. But fyi... It is closing per staff and it was not tasty and definitely not worth the price we paid? We should have gone somewhere else, I wish we were told that it was closing!
bad service, not great food
My husband and I made a reservation for Saturday night that was not needed the place was nearly empty but we still stood at the front waiting to be seated for 15 min with no line. The disinterested waitress also took her time getting to us, I counted 3 tables she was responsible for at the time and she was still nowhere to be seen most of our meal, we even had to go to the bar for a second drink. It is a buffet right now but the selection is low all of 3 of any course can be found at a barley warm tempature with a spoon so caked in food it looked like it hadent been washed all week. So then we had to pay and we had a gift certificate that was purchased 3 months ago but they wouldent take it because they stopped accepting them 5 months ago just another annoyance to add to a miderocre meal. The only good thing was the view right now in there temporary location on the top floor the view of the city is amazing but you could go to top of the mark for better food and drinks at the same price maybe even get a server that has even a small interest in being in the building. I wouldent go back here if the meal were free with so many amazing places to eat in this city bad food does not need to be tolerated.
Not being a buffet fan, this was not a g ...
Not being a buffet fan, this was not a good choice for me, but the Urban Tavern we usually go to downstairs was closed for renovation and we appreciate having our parking in the hotel validated when we go to one of the nearby theatres. I might take an out of town guest here to enjoy the panoramic view of the City.
All you can eat buffet. Food was better ...
All you can eat buffet. Food was better than ok but not great. The dessert was actually delicious but that made it dangerous as you can get all you can eat. You go here for the view. Amazing. Can be beat. Also, our servers were very attentive and sweet. I would go here for the next full moon or romantic date...who likes to eat. Definitely will go back for that view.
The food really was not worth the price, ...
The food really was not worth the price, we got the buffet. Decent wine selection. More of a place to get drinks. But the service was great. The woman who served us was so nice!! She even had them keep the buffet open a bit longer for us.
Urban Tabern is not open due to remodeling
So we're told to their 46th floor City Scape restaurant. No a la carte menu but a $37 buffet with limited selection. On top of that, they don't accept Urban Tavern's certificate from restaurant.com, and I think they need to mention that before you're seated, not until the bill came and you're told sorry we don't accept it. Bad business practice.
Restaurant is okay, not a true brewpub/gastropub
Do not choose this place if you are looking for a brewpubs/gastropubs, are a foodie, or craft beer fan. I was not aware it was part of the Hilton hotel when I booked my reservation.
The food was okay. Nothing was bad about it, but it lacked anything interesting beyond basic flavors. Our group of 4 had the fish and chips, pretzel/sausage, chicken, and heirloom tomato salad. Everyone finished their plates, but no one felt we would recommend anything to a friend.
Beer list has a decent selection of beers from the major breweries.
Ambiance, this place did not feel like a brewpub/gastropub. It felt like a hotel restaurant serving brew pub type food.
I was really excited with the Chicken Sa ...
I was really excited with the Chicken Salad as described on the menu however when it arrived the meat was very dry and the greens were so saturated with salad dressing there was a puddle on the plate below the greens. The upper floor of the restaurant was crowded with a large group. That could have explained the length of time it took to get the meal to the table and to get the attention of our server who was otherwise pleasant and eager to assist.
Convenient to ACT
First time at the Urban Tavern. Pliney Elder beer with single burger. The burger was kind of dry. Recommend getting the double. Came with fries. The companion order was the club salad which was very good and fresh. The toppings of egg, bacon, bleu cheese and tomatoes were finely chopped on top of fresh lettuce and the tomatoes fresh and flavorful. No dressing came on top or on the side, not sure if server forgot, but fine w/o dressing. Accompanied with a glass of Prosecco. Coffee after was good. We had enough time before the performance and we weren't rushed. It was a bit pricey, but suppose that's expected for hotel (Hilton) prices in SF. Service for the most part around us was very friendly, although our server appeared he'd rather be somewhere else - somewhat forced-friendly. Maybe would try again if we're in the area for a show, but not a destination in itself.
Wonderful and eclectic menu
We found this restaurant while browsing through Open Table on our recent trip to San Francisco. The menu is diverse and eclectic --our orders included French onion soup, fish and chips, a pretzel and sausage--with something to appeal to diverse tastes. Even better, each of the dishes were what one would want and expect from it. The decor is cool and trendy and lends a relaxed air to the place. As far as service is concerned, Urban Tavern does not disappoint. The staff is friendly and attentive. So, dependable food, a fun atmosphere and great service is what we found at Urban Tavern. We'll be back the next time we are in San Fran.
A small menu done well
We thought the choices were somewhat limited, but we had the lamb shank, Teres Major (flank steak) and special garlic noodles with shredded pork. Each one was done very well and tasty. Not much garlic on the noodles, but I guess that's a good thing. Combined with free 5 hour validated parking and a restaurant.com voucher, it was an excellent deal all around
Great spot for pre-theatre lunch or dinner.
We had just fifty minutes to order, eat, pay and run, as two of the four of us have matinee tix at ACT. The staff was very helpful at guiding us to the items that would be the quickest out of the kitchen. The grilled cheese sandwich with bacon was awesome - a nice blend of cheeses, sliced almonds for a distinctive crunch and just a touch of honey to round out the flavors. Our guests reported that the leek potato soup was superb, as was the Zin they poured that afternoon.
Good pre-theater option
Urban Tavern is part of the Hilton hotel, quite close to most of the theaters in the area and especially close to Feinstein's (if you don't fancy eating at Anzu - in Hotel Nikko - all the time). Our reservation was quite early and we were given a nice booth, a big plus. Their wine list isn't the best but my companion enjoyed his Back to Black 21st Amendment IPA. We ordered the veggie lasagna and fish and chips. Good food although the lasagna could have been hotter and there was too much batter on the fish. Also had the peanut butter cup for dessert - very nice. In and out in plenty of time. Our waiter was attentive and friendly and even let me taste the wine before I ordered a glass. If it wasn't for the intermittently screaming child at the back, I would recommend this place 100%, but it is a hotel restaurant and they always cater to families. Probably would return for another theater outing.
nice quiet lunch
We went here before going to see Book of Mormon. It was surprisingly quiet and empty at noon, although the lobby of the Hilton was packed. Our server was very attentive, and it was a good atmosphere for visiting with our friends. There were four of us, and even without any alcohol, the bill came to $90! I was astounded, but I guess that is normal for SF! Even so, the location was great, and we'd probably go again. (and maybe not order $6.00 fries....)
Early dinner before theater
We went there for an early dinner before theater on a Wednesday night. The server was friendly and efficient. The onion soup is rich and hearty. The rib eye and pork shoulder dishes were very good.
Please note that Hilton is offering five hours of free parking when you have dinner here. We parked our car in the Hilton garage and had dinner. We walked to the theater and picked up the car at Hilton after the show. This worked out very well for us.
food great, service poor
I ordered two appetizers for dinner: soup & flat bread. Said I'd like to start with soup (but I did say the flat bread first). Flat bread came out first, mentioned to guy delivering food - he brought over waiter who argued with me that because I had said the flat bread first, that's what I wanted. (who has soup second?!). He angrily said he would bring me soup now if I really wanted, even though (he assured me) that I had asked for it second and bring me the flat bread back later. (presumably the same one?). As I didn't want angry server bringing me cold pizza later, I kept the flat bread and had soup for course 2.... at which time I was too full from the flatbread.
Great Fish and Chips, at a high price.
OK, good fish and chips are hard to come by, but they were the most expensive thing on the menu at $24, which seems quite high for what should be a casual dish.
Even on an expensed trip (which I was not, as I am local) this just seems too high. Even $16 seems a bit on the rich side, but I would not have felt taken advantage of.
The food was decent and portions were good sized. I wished they would specify when there are nuts in a dish since this food allergy is so common. I ordered the crab cakes which don't usually have nuts in it but they did here. It was a bummer to have to waste $17 to not eat it. But overall, this was a decent dining experience.
Hilton Hotel Surprise!
Seated immediately AWAY from the noisier bar area. Attentive wait staff, with good suggestions. Did not rush us at all. Good hot & tasty and not salty! We were able to BART in and walk to the venue to meet with clients. I'd gladly go back to meet a gal pal for lunch even! Will recommend for anyone attending Feinstein's too! Glad we went, thanks to Restaurant.com deal as well!
Fabulous pre-theatre dining
Went before theatre and had great food and concise service. I wasn't very hungry so ordered the crispy chicken tacos that came with mini sides of salsa and guac on smallish corn tortillas that were very good. The dish was well composed and tasty. I also had the polenta side which was fine but unremarkable. My friends had the swordfish entree and the beef shank which they thoroughly enjoyed. We had the plate of cookies for dessert which were a nice light finish. I rate the experience close to 4 stars. The only kink in the dinner was that our server was just a little odd but I can't put a finger on exactly what I thought was off - maybe just a bit too familiar or casual for a more formal dining experience.
Free corkage on Monday
They have free corkage on Mondays, so bring your own bottle. Unfortunately, it is for wine only, not beer. Not sure why 750ml of beer is different from 750ml of wine.
The portions are large by SF standards. The food is very good, but it could use some improvements. My braised lamb shank was tough in portions where is all should be falling off the bone.
Service was friendly. Did take a while for our bottle to get opened though. Server was very attentive otherwise, stopping by numerous times to see if all was going fine.
I've been here three or four times and it is reliably good.
Hotel hospitality YES, date night NO
Walked in for our first time, after reading great reviews, and was shocked at the sterile and cold VIBE. The host was gracious, seated us , and then we waited a very lonng time before our server arrived. We ordered cocktails, she brought wrong drinks. We asked about daily specials, she told us about the "old ones" that were replaced by new ones. WHO CARES? She could not adequately describe new ones. The food we ordered was good, but not great. (Hey conventioneers, we are in SF!!) As said, it's hotel convention food. The server warmed up a little, and was polite, but clearly would have preferred to be home. When we stood u to leave there was a big tear in the seat cushion fabric ( Ngahide??) , which I think, was co- incidental to the "shabby torn T-shirt" seat back coves. Would I go back? Nothing there draws me back . Need i say more?
The restaurant interior looks nice but this place is let down by the food. Two of us were dining and our appetizers consisted of onion soup which was good (highlight of the meal), clam chowder cakes (special for the day) were bland, overcooked and way overpriced at $17. For our mains we both had the lamb chops, I requested mine came with a red wine jus but both unfortunately came with some pomegranate citrus sauce which was as per the menu. The sauce completely overpowered the lamb and yet there was a strange flavor to the lamb even where no sauce seemed to be present. We sent them back and requested no sauce, in fairness this was done with very good grace by the serving staff. Second time around, this time without the sauce, and the lamb still had a very odd flavor, we actually believe that the meat was 'off'. The lamb was actually inedible. There really are some excellent places to dine out in SF but this isn't one of them.
We bought a restaurant.com coupon for Urban Tavern. Not very good value here even with the coupon. The restaurant space is ok, but people kept walking through to go to other parts of the hotel we think or private rooms or something. Service was outstanding from KJ, she was great. Drinks, wine, food all overpriced and a limited menu. Veggie pot pie for about $25 was ok, but pretty small and even if it was big it was overpriced. All menu entree items are in the $24 to $27 area without sides. The best part of the meal was the broccolini with chile sauce side - really good and tangy. The Peanut Butter cup desert was worth ordering, but didn't taste much like peanut butter, but the ice cream with it did.
Not your average "hotel" restaurant
Attached to the HIlton in Union Square, this restaurant is not just one you should visit because you're staying at the hotel and don't want to go anywhere. This is a destination restaurant. The food was prepared to perfection. The swordfish was delectable and the sides paired perfectly. I've eaten here regularly for the past five years and have never been disappointed. Great cocktails and wine list as well. The service is incredible, making sure you are being taken care of throughout your dinner. The desserts were also fabulous. We shared a chocolate ho-ho type dessert and another dessert that I can't remember how to say but was the perfect after dinner light palate cleanser (yogurt meets flan meets creme brulee was the texture and a rasberry topping - delectable!)
It's really a Hilton - don't expect more
Meh, it's a Hilton restaurant. Tarted up a bit for San Francisco market, but still, it's a Hilton. Food is ok, not stellar. Decent for pre-theatre - ok price and fast service, but the food is so-so. Not bad, but you can do better if you look - which I'd recommend you do.
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