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Bar Tartine

Map & Directions 561 Valencia
San Francisco, CA 94110
  • California, Dessert, Hungarian
  • Sun, Sat 10:30am-2pm, Sun-Thu 6pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 6pm-11pm
  • All Major Credit Cards
  • Business Dining, Coat Check
  • Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner
  • Full bar
  • Online Reservations Available, Accepted
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SF Weekly's Description

Over the years, Bar Tartine has zigged back and forth between classic California cuisine and more experimental fare, and under Nick Balla it has tacked back into exciting waters. Balla is exploring his Hungarian roots, incorporating California vegetables and Japanese flavors (he was last chef of Nombe Izakaya), and his menu is rife with sauerkraut, paprika, and, above all, sour cream. But this is no Mitteleuropean pork fest. While the fried potato bread known as langos and the chocolate-hazelnut dobos torte are easy hits, Balla's dramatic, complex palate shows through in cool cherry soups flavored with fennel and black pepper, buckwheat-inflected bread tiled over with thick slices of housemade bottarga, and blood sausage with duck-stuffed cabbage roll.

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  • Bravo on 01/27/10

    Refined California-French in a casual setting. Menus are always intuitive based on what's available. -Laurine Wickett, Top Chef

  • Eater on 01/28/13

    Thanks to Nick Balla's ahead-of-the-curve Eastern European menus, this rustic neighborhood staple continues to be one of the hottest reservations in town. [Eater 38 Member]

  • SF Weekly on 02/11/11

    SF Weekly's Best of Winner 2010 - Editorial Pick - BEST MEAT SALAD, MARROW BONES & HERB SALAD

  • Brian on 01/23/12

    7x7's Big Eat 2012 says the langos is delicious. Yum!

  • Volary on 07/21/12

    They take reservations

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