South Park Cafe

One of my favorite squares in San Francisco is South Park. It’s very European in size and scale, in large part because British immigrant George Gordon, who longed for the elegant and stylish squares or crescent of London, designed it.


And what better way to enjoy its quiet ambience than dinning at the South Park Café, which is nestled overlooking the square. What I love about this bistro is that it’s warm and unfussy. I don’t know about you, but I’m getting a tad grouchy with all these trendy restaurants popping up all around town, which require a battle plan in order to get a reservation.

The low down on South Park is that it’s simple, affordable and serves authentic French cuisine in a low-key atmosphere. This old classic neighborhood gem has the distinction of having had the now defunct Gourmet Magazine, the bible of all foodies, rate it as “one of the best little French restaurants in San Francisco”.

Monsieur Eric and I enjoyed thoroughly enjoyed the Salmon gravlaks and celery root remoulade and Ahi tuna tartare, with sherry vinegar, olive oil and garlic toast as appetizers. Both went remarkably well with our Grilled hanger steak with bordelaise sauce and pommes frites and a Roast rack of lamb, with gratin potatoes and basil.


There was no better way to top off the meal than to share a Poached pear in red wine sauce, accompanied with a heavy dollop of vanilla ice cream. Oh, la la! C’etait fabuleux!



108 South Park, San Francisco, CA 94107  415-495-7275




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  • martha
    March 29, 2016 at 11:56 pm

    jennifer – very nice review of south park cafe! —
    the plan battle plan is an apt description of manoevering necessary
    w/the other genre you were referring to! m

  • Suki
    March 30, 2016 at 12:32 am

    Reminds me of an Eartha Kit song….Whatever’s Old is New Again.This looks great. As the days are longer we can explore the neighborhood. I’m making a reservation now.

  • Sheila
    March 30, 2016 at 2:42 am

    Thank you for highlighting this fun area Jennifer! I used to take the N Judah street car there in med school! Can’t wait to visit the Cafe!

  • Jennifer
    March 30, 2016 at 3:22 pm

    Great to hear from you Martha. Next time you’re in San Francisco,, we’ll have to go for dinner.

  • Jennifer
    March 30, 2016 at 3:24 pm

    Great to hear from you! What a fun memory of taking the N Judah street car to the restaurant.

  • Franco
    March 31, 2016 at 5:30 pm

    I’m always a fan of cafes with great ambiance.

  • The Practical Saver
    March 31, 2016 at 6:18 pm

    Love the ambiance or the cafe. Great reviews and nice looking good. Would love to try this food when I get to travel there.

  • Davif
    March 31, 2016 at 6:48 pm

    I want so badly to travel to San Francisco, amazing city. If I go one day definitely going to check this place, it looks good. Thank you for posting 🙂

  • Fatima
    April 1, 2016 at 1:02 am

    The food looks delicious. I would love to try it when I am in the area.

  • alison
    April 1, 2016 at 5:52 am

    The food looks amazing! That hanger steak is something I know I would love. Though the poached pear is a close 2nd place!

    April 1, 2016 at 7:44 am

    Nice setting and ambience. I will probably never eat here being half a world away but that does not stop me from appreciating what looks like delicious food!

  • Denisa
    April 1, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    What a beautiful and cozy place ! That food looks delicious , poached pear is my favorite dessert yumm

  • maryam
    April 1, 2016 at 2:41 pm

    I love small cafe like that. specially under the rain. I hope I can visit this place sometimes

  • Jennifer
    April 1, 2016 at 4:40 pm

    Poached pear is one of my favorite desserts too. I have a good recipe for it that I should post soon.

  • Jennifer
    April 1, 2016 at 4:41 pm

    I hope that you can visit the restaurant soon….and it does rain a lot in San Francisco!

  • Jennifer
    April 1, 2016 at 4:42 pm

    Thanks for following by posts from half a world away!

  • Jennifer
    April 1, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    I have an easy and delicious recipe for poached pear that I received from my mother, which I should post soon.
    Thanks, Jennifer

  • Jennifer
    April 1, 2016 at 4:45 pm

    Hope you make it out here soon. Thanks,

  • Jennifer
    April 1, 2016 at 4:46 pm

    When you come to San Francisco, I would love to give you my favorite list of restaurants. Thanks for following!

  • Jennifer
    April 1, 2016 at 4:48 pm

    Hope you make it to San Francisco soon. Thanks for your nice comment!

  • Jennifer
    April 1, 2016 at 4:48 pm

    So am I! Thanks for your nice comment.

  • Ana De- Jesus
    April 1, 2016 at 10:57 pm

    I like the sound of south park cafe but sadly I don’t live near enough what a shame!

  • Bella B (xoxoBella)
    April 2, 2016 at 5:46 am

    That salmon looks very good! I always love trying new salmon dishes.

  • Gecca
    April 9, 2016 at 8:41 am

    I love the ambiance! The food looks delicious as well!