Red Tavern

4.7
170 reviews
$30 and under
Russian
We are located in the heart of
San Francisco Richmond district and are inviting you to the culinary adventure discovering how
Old World Eastern European cuisine meets contemporary American fare. Our menu offers an assortment of soups, salads, appetizers and main dishes ranging from familiar to exotic and will satisfy most discerning palate. We also serve family style banquet where friends share and enjoy variety of dishes.
What 170 People Are Saying
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Food
4.7
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.3
Value
Noise · Quiet
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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great spot! Great Russian cuisine!

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What a great night. Highly recommend the blintzes (6yo’s fave), sour cherry vareniki, and chicken shashlyk. Easy atmosphere, friendly service, great food.

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MishIra
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

So good they are back to business! One of the most coziest place with the excellent cousin

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amaazzzing food! The rack of lamb and beef stroganoff were both phenomenal as were the pelmeni. This place is a hidden gem, please go and keep them in business!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience4

The service wasn’t bad but the food was very bland.

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GeoffreyM
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Very excellent service and food! Hope to come when more options are available and when this lockdown is over. Street eating is not too bad but I would love to experience the inside atmosphere. Thank you!

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vipMariyaF
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food! Great services, very pleasant staff.

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vipRAS59
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Authentic Russian food prepared with love. I've been here several times and it's always reliably good! A few things could've been warmer when they were served, and 2 of our 4 apps came out 20 minutes later than the rest but, overall, always a great Russian dinner!

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

They refused to take us despite being on time and having a reservation. We asked them for an explanation for accepting reservations when they are not ready to take customers. No response was given.

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TetyanaB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very happy Red Tavern is open, excellent food, excellent service.

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Margo
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Sitting outside is not the best use of this restaurant, but they did their best to make it worthwhile

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing all around. Don’t miss out on the Georgian wine it’s extra special!
And just get everything on the menu because you won’t go wrong.
If you absolutely need to a recommendation my favorite entree was the Beef Stroganoff!!! And def don’t miss out on the Pelmeni for an appie.

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GalinaG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience1

Service was VERY VERY rude. I had a blonde girl as my waitress and she was beyond rude. After sitting down no one came over to us for 20 minutes to even ask for drinks and once they did we were told we have to order right now because kitchen is closing so I couldn’t even get dessert. The tea had a bitter after taste and the Pelmeni taste way too watery. There’s other Russian restaurants in the bay area... go to those...

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eatout2
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Forth time back and so very delicious Russian and Eastern European food. Try the prunes with nuts topped by creamy yogurt for desert. Looking forward to the next time.

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vipMarsha
San Francisco
53 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Once again, my group loved every dish - so delicious and beautifully served: Beef Stroganoff, Bulgarian Salad, borscht, pelmeni, rack of lamb. Many dishes here you can't find other places among the starter courses.

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AlinaF
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This restaurant was amazing. The service was 5 star quality. They seated us early for our 6:30pm reservation.

The waiter recommended drinks to us and brought them quickly. The food portions were large, tasty, and presented beautifully.

The Napeolean cake was flaky and moist. It was a large portion. Beautiful presentation.

The prices were reasonable. I had a great dinner, and it wasn't too crowded on a Valentines Day.

Thank you for your amazing service

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vipLuvmylife75
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Food was delicious! Our first time there and we will definitely return!

LM
vipLauraM
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and service. We will definitely be back!

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PacificIslanderSurfer
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

My Russian friend recommended the Red Tavern borscht...tastey and authentic!

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vipFS0211
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Food is always fantastic as is the authentic restaurant environment. The pricing of the menu is a bit high, even for San Francisco. And the service can be kind of hit and miss. Overall though I highly recommend this restaurant, delicious!

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vipMarsha
San Francisco
53 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

I always love everything about this restaurant. I brought a friend here for the first time and she loved the beef stroganoff, both in taste and presentation and I introduced her to the delicious pelmini and the meat-stuffed potato pancakes. The napoleon dessert was excellent. Such good choices on the menu and very pretty ambiance.

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vipFRESSER
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Restaurant was fine. Parking was difficult

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Lindsjean
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious and surprising food at reasonable prices. The Georgian wine we tried was fabulous, so if you go there definitely branch out and try one of their bottles!

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LORENA
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Very good authentic Russian food. I would like to go back for a banquet some time.

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vipNNGsays
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience2

I was excited to try Red Tavern but have to say, was disappointed. The food was tasty, but portions of SOME items were small for the price (goulash) and my dish was unexceptional. I liked the blini and our dessert -- and others enjoyed their fish and paprikash. But nobody was raving and, frankly, I thought that the prices were too high for the somewhat ordinary dining experience. No atmosphere either -- but I would have been ok with that, had the food been great. Too many choices in SF and too many inexpensive choices in the Richmond district to return to Red Tavern.

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vipHonestJoe
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

An excellent dining experience. Delicious food, beautiful decor, and friendly service. Try the stroganoff and definitely the Napoleon cake for dessert.

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vipJussi
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience2

Evening started oddly. We were completely ignored when we arrived. The maitre d'?? was talking to other diners and continued talking although he could see we were waiting. We almost seated ourselves. Service was grudging and we had to ask for everything. The food was OK but no-one was delighted with their meal. Wouldn't go back.

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eatout2
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience5

Good food but a communication problem with our server. I asked for a particular red wine and she opened the white from the same vineyard. Still good but not what I was looking for. Introduced my kids for an authentic Russian meal and it was very good.

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vipjhporter
San Francisco
53 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Dining at Red Tavern is always a great pleasure. Service is ALWAYS impeccable and super friendly without going overboard. I always bring out of town friends to Red Tavern and they love the atmosphere and the food. Frankly, Red Tavern is wonderful.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful food, great friendly service, and splendid Georgian wine. Altogether an awesome dining experience!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I love this place, but the kitchen closes at 9, not 10.

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vipHeneK
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

It was our 51st anniversary. We had just seen Hamilton, and I thought that was the high point of our celebration. However, the Red Tavern continued the celebration. The food was wonderful. The Siberian
Pelmeni was the best I ever tasted. The cucumber salad with sour cream and dill
Was perfect. We chose different entrees, and all were excellent!

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RGgg
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

great food! service and serving needs some attention......also, dismantling tables in prep for closing, with customers still dining is not a good feel....

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall5Food5Service1Ambience4

Food was great but i cannot say same thing for service.

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vipMarsha
San Francisco
53 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Five of us had an exceptional experience on a Sunday afternoon. We were treating one couple and wanted it to be a memorable experience. The place is so quaint and warmly decorated. The food is delicious, with many dishes very specially prepared. The beef stroganoff served in little casseroles with a puffed crust on top is amazing. The pelmini little dumplings are so tasty and our table shared one order. My mother loves the borscht and that's the main reason she likes coming here. We even love the Russian rye bread and the china tea pot they bring and leave on the table with your tea. The Bulgarian salad is enough to share and loaded with cucumbers and red peppers with grated feta cheese on top. We definitely will return again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent Russian food

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JohnS
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Fantastic stuffed cabbage! Great beer on tap. Friendly service.

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MelF
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

All of the food ordered was delicious! Service and food was well timed. Restaurant was clean and felt warm and welcoming. We arrived late and they still accommodated our party—sorry and thank you! Highly recommend and would visit again.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

We wanted Russian food, having seen the epic War and Peace recently.

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JonaH
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Restaurant was great, but OpenTable sends too many emails about a single reservation. This reservation was 3 days ago and I’m still getting emails about it!

FAQs

Red Tavern offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 750-9090.

Red Tavern is rated 4.7 stars by 170 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.