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“Low salt and low sugar diet?”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Urban Tavern

Urban Tavern
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Ranked #834 of 5,642 Restaurants in San Francisco
Price range: US$20 - US$60
Cuisines: American, Gastropub
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar Scene
Dining options: Drinks, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighbourhood: Union Square
Cross street: Mason St.
Transit: Muni: 38 Geary
Kent, WA
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76 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Low salt and low sugar diet?”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2014

After a long day at a conference my wife was too tired to walk or go anywhere for dinner, so we just decided to try the Hilton's hotel restaurant downstairs called the Urban Tavern. We didn't have reservations, but we were seated right away. The decor struck me as kind of odd, with seat coverings that had lots of holes in it, and artwork that was kind of weird, at least to me, fully realizing that beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. The full wall mirror at one end of the restaurant was kind of cool however, because it was tilted towards the room. After our orders were taken, bread was brought out. The crust was crispy, but the bread seemed tasteless, like it had very little or no salt in the dough. I had the Crab & Greens salad ($17) with chicory, watermelon radish (nice, unique appearance!), little gem fennel, and Dungeness crab with a yuzu vinaigrette dressing. The crab had little flavor and no salt, and the dressing had very little flavor as well. My wife had the Fish & Chips ($24) made with Pacific cod and Anchor Steam beer batter, cucumber-fennel slaw and fried potato slices (chips). Her order came with 4 pieces of cod that had a crisp batter (very nice!), but the fish didn't seem to have much flavor or salt. The cucumber-fennel slaw also had very little flavor, salt or sugar. The food was all presented attractively, but maybe the cook was on a low salt, low sugar kick? If you like your food that way, then you'll like the food here, but otherwise, you might be disappointed. Service was decent, but could be friendlier. Prices seemed high for what we ordered, but that is to be expected for a downtown SF hotel restaurant. Like others have written, there are other very good restaurants in the downtown SF area that would be more enjoyable than the Urban Tavern. The disappointing food was offset by convenience if you're staying at the hotel, so I give this restaurant an average rating.

  • Visited June 2014
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Leesburg, Virginia
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“Disappointed at Urban Tavern”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2014

My sandwich, a grilled cheese with avocado, arugula and fried egg, tasted ok but was way too greasy. You expect a little oil or butter with a sandwich like that but there do not seem to have been an effort to minimize the grease. The craft beer selection was ok but the service was very slow even though they were not busy when I was in there on a Friday about 1:30 PM.

  • Visited June 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Not a bad meal”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2014

I had the terres major steak with fries. It was acceptable but for $27 I expected more. The string french fries were v. good.

  • Visited June 2014
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Austin, Texas
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“Don't get the wings”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 2014 via mobile

I've had the breakfast buffet which was good. I've eaten dinner here which was also good. Came in for lunch and no wings on the lunch menu but they are on the dinner menu. The waiter was gracious enough to let me order them.

When they came, I got 4 whole wings. Ok. Not a bad thing. Especially since it was off menu.

My issue was with the sauce. Not a bit of spice to it. Even mild buffalo sauce has a baby kick. This was basically marinara sauce.
The waiter I think knew it wouldn't have spice and asked if I wanted tabasco sauce. It helped a little.

The fries were good. How can you mess up fries?

Great service made up for the taste but I've learned that I won't be ordering the wings here again.

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Thank Abel L
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San Diego, California
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“Good wine and beer selection; interesting food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2014

Urban Tavern is the bar/restaurant for the Hilton Union Square but is easily accessed by outsiders. Breakfast is good and there is a buffet option though the hotel is huge and the restaurant too small and thus the lines are always long.

It has a nice menu in the evening focusing on small plates. A nice selection of wines by the glass and craft beers. Not huge, but well chosen.

  • Visited June 2014
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