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Spoon Restaurant - 26 Reviews - 2209 Polk St, San Francisco, CA - Restaurants Reviews - Phone (415) 268-0140

Spoon Restaurant

2209 Polk St
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 268-0140
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Tablespoon is a great place if you like great food, ambiance and service! We heard about this place through SF's Dine About Town and confirmed its quality through online ratings....


My family and I were very disappointed with Tablespoon. We didnt receive our appetizers until nearly 40 minutes after we ordered them, and it took 1 hour and 15 minutes to get our...

Casual dining for locals at a casual price. 1/22/2007

I just went there last weekend with a group of friends for Dine About Town. Parking within 3 blocks was non-existent unless you went for the pricey pay lot across from Rouge like me or traipsed down to Polk and Pacific. The interior was as expected for a bistro, cramped or cozy depending on your style. The decor was neat and well-presented, great for a casual date. Since my party numbered 13, we were seated at an end-booth by the kitchen with a large square table, which was something I've rarely seen. It was a nice idea for a larger party as everyone could share their juicy stories with the whole table. So, if you do reserve early enough, Tablespoon is ok for at least one large party on any given night. \r \r The service was attentive if not especially brisk. Our waitress was quite charming and easy on the eyes, which was a nice distraction delicately enhanced by the strategically placed accent mirrors encircling the bistro. Most of the party opted for the prix fixe menu which offered a pedestrian squash soup, a nugget of broiled short-ribs, and a sliver of chocolate cake for $32. While the price seemed right, the offerings didn't pique my interest so I ordered a steak with a side of oysters a la carte. The $23 steak came unnecessarily pre-sliced with the juices running helplessly over the scalloped potatoes and the blanched chard. Unfortunately, it was harshy handled like a skirt steak and oddly, one half was very well done and the other was rare. \r \r My seat offered a unique view into the kitchen and I couldn't figure out how the sous chef could allow the lone student assistant chef to push something like that out the door. We paired our meat courses with an all-purpose pinot noir as we were not interested in the predominantly syrah wine list. We could have shelled out $400-700 for a decent bordeaux, but given the environment, we didn't bother. From our 6:30 reservation, we finally finished around 10. For $50 a pop, it was a nice average meal. Pros: Solid food at a decent price, Nice desserts Cons: No parking, Slow service more

Brilliant twist on Californian food! 1/4/2007

Tablespoon is a great place if you like great food, ambiance and service! We heard about this place through SF's Dine About Town and confirmed its quality through online ratings. After last night, I'm ready to sing its' praises. I had the pork appetizer, oven roasted pork entree and the espresso dessert. The food is pretty, (seemingly) healthy and unique. Bravo! Pros: Warm brown tones and low lighting made for a relaxing after-work dining experience. Cons: Parking. more

A lovely restaurant for your Friday night 9/13/2006

Checked this placed out on a whim and was very impressed. It was a bit on the expensive side, but not too over the top. I loved the mix of comfort foods and fusion. From mac and cheese to ahi tuna every single dish was great. Also, the lemon flavored cheesecake at the end of the night was to die for. Pros: Great food and ambience Cons: I felt rushed by the waitstaff more

Good New Age American Food 8/9/2006

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We recently went to try Tablespoon in SF and it was excellent. The place felt a bit small, though not cramped, so it was not really a problem. Deco... more

Cheap french food 7/27/2006

Visited Tablespoon for my birthday on a thursday evening, reservation was for 7 pm but we arrived 30 minutes early. The place was fairly quite so we were seated immediately. At first from the look of the waiter I thought he was going to have an aloof attitude but he was both attentitive and accomodating. Did not feel rushed and he offered helpful hints and suggestions about the menu.\r The wine list has something for all tastes and budgets, however thats all they serve, its either wine or water at Tablespoon ( Jesus would have loved the place!).\r For the average price of $20 an entree you get alot. At most French restaurants you would pay the equivalent of $30 for a comparative plate. The oven roasted pork tenderloins is delicious and highly recommended. The desserts are huge, I would recommend sharing one dessert between two people.\r I felt the service was brisk and attentive, then again it was a Thursday evening. The ambiance is a bit misplaced for their food though. The restaurant feels bare and open, a good place to eat with colleagues and friends but maybe not the most romantic place for a date.\r Food is first rate though. Check it out if you want some nice French inspired cuisine but not the snobbery of some more expensive restaurants.\r Pros: Relatively cheap French cuisine Cons: Low on ambiance more

Tablespoon is a Treasure 2/20/2006

The food, atmosphere and service are all terrific at Tablespoon. We've been there several times over the last few years and are always very pleased with the total dining experience. The chef and his kitchen staff are first rate. Whenever we visit SF, we always go there for at least one dinner. Wish we had a restaurant like Tablespoon in our home town. Pros: great food, attentive service, warm atmosphere Cons: can't think of any more

Poor, poor service 1/28/2006

The servers are incredibly overextended and it definitely shows. It took several minutes of waiting (and then occurred only after I asked a fellow customer) to be greeted by the staff. We were seated at the bar to wait for our table even though we had a reservation. We finally elected to dine at the bar. When ordering, we were steered towards one dish, a dessert. It later turned out that they were out of almost every other dessert on the menu. We had to ask multiple times for glasses to be refilled. Before we asked that it be packed up, the dessert had already taken fifteen minutes. As far as I could tell, four people were serving the entire restaurant (including bartending, washing/drying glasses, taking orders, and delivering food). Good food, but not worth the poor service. Pros: good food Cons: compromised service more

Amazing food, OK service 1/20/2006

We recently dined at Tablespoon with friends and were very impressed with the food. The mac-n-cheese as an appetizer or entree is simply fanastic - a must try! Our group also sampled the lamb (amazing - and interestingly hidden under a pillow of pasta), steak (also incredible) and the sea bass (delicious, if a bit salty). Apparently one of the chefs trained at the famous El Bulli . . wherever he/she trained, the food was phenomenal. The service, however, was spotty at best: our server disappeared for a long period of time and our wine (first and second glasses) took a very long time to arrive. Overall, we felt that we had to spend too much time during the evening trying to get our server's attention. We'd definitely return but can't say that it's in our Top 5 until the service improves. Pros: Food!, Ambiance Cons: Service, Parking more

Polk Street's best 9/1/2005

Great mac and cheese with bacon! The staff is super freindly and knowledgable and the wine list rocks! They treat everyone like a local. Pros: cool ambiance Cons: parking in Polk more

Wonderful restaurant 8/11/2005

Ever since I moved to this neighborhood, I've been coming here. It's a wonderful little restaurant with a fabulous wine selection, yummy food, and really great people. I always feel welcome whether I'm visiting solo or with a group. You absolutely have to try the cookies for dessert. They are baked to order and served with vanilla bean ice cream (extra creamy). Also, their meatloaf (served only on Mondays) is excellent. Whenever my friends visit from out of town, I take them here. Every person I brought here has enjoyed it. The service here is top notch. When people ask me where to go in San Francisco, I always mention this place. Pros: Service, Wine Selection, Cookies! more

Terrible Service Sours Good Food 7/14/2005

My family and I were very disappointed with Tablespoon. We didnt receive our appetizers until nearly 40 minutes after we ordered them, and it took 1 hour and 15 minutes to get our entrees. Although we registered our dissatisfaction with the waitress and manager more than once, no one did anything to make us feel better. They never offered to comp our appetizers or bring us dessert on the house. We looked forward to dessert, but when we received dessert menus 2 hours after arriving, we had to leave before the parking garage closed. When one member of our party complained to the manager on our way out, he responded with silence and a patronizing smirk. Although food was very good, especially macaroni and cheese, mushroom appetizer, and halibut, we left with a distinctly bad taste in our mouths as a result of being treated so disrespectfully by the staff. Pros: food Cons: LONG wait for food, awful service more

No more late-night dining 4/4/2005

Tablespoon used to be one of the few good restaurants in San Francisco that opened late on weekdays. I arrived there tonight just after 11pm to take advantage of their BYOB first Monday of the month to find they had stopped serving at 10:30pm. A sign in the window says it's 10:30pm Monday to Thursday, but midnight Friday and Saturday. Am I the only one in this city awake after midnight?! more

Beware of that 1st Monday of the month! 3/7/2005

Second time here - wanted to take advantage of the generous corkage waiver (1st Monday every month!). Sadly, an extremely large, oblivious group ""took advantage of the situation"" (to quote our server), and brought a winery's worth between them, only to sit and loiter for hours, backing up the entire evening. We waited an hour past our 8:00 reservation, starving. Fortunately, the manager was polite enough to offer a complimentary appetizer at the bar while we waited, making up for the clueless patrons having overstayed their welcome. That aside: THE FOOD HERE IS FABULOUS. The Mac 'n Cheese is to die for, and everything else is exquisite. Highly recommended! Pros: delicous food!, courteous service, did I mention the foo Cons: 1st Monday mayhem more

Great Evening at Tablespoon 2/1/2005

Just made another visit to Tablespoon last week. I have been going here since way back when they were Spoon. They consistently always do a great job here, food is always excellent, service is always fast and very personalized, feels very warm, and the room is one of my favorite in the city, very cozy sexy place. What else can I say, one of my favorites places in the city. Pros: Sexy Dining Room, Great Food, Great Service Cons: Parking more

Lousy service 1/14/2005

Good service means listening to what the customer wants. We had a reservation for 8:30 and didn't sit down until 9. Our request to share our appetizers was ignored (we wanted the salad split up and 2 small plates) and then our food took an hour to get to the table. As we watched the couple next to us chow on their food we realized they sat down 15 mins after us. When we were finally served at 10pm, the steak, ordered ""medium"" was still moo-ing it was so rare, and the pork tenderloin was dry. Did anyone care that we were there? We didn't think so. Tablespoon isn't worth the money and we will not return. Pros: In the neighborhood, atmosphere Cons: , food not worth the $, disorganized more

Cool and sumptuous 10/22/2004

Love this place. Great for a glass of wine and dinner at the bar with a date. Also, a great place for a weeknight dinner with friends. This restaurant brings some class to the neighborhood restaurant scene. The staff is responsive and loves the restaurant as much as I do. Count on them to describe the dishes well - and count on the food to be as good or better than they describe it. (Finally - truth in advertising). This is a GOTO place. more

Good spot with good food 9/12/2004

We had a reservation for 8:30 pm on a Friday night and didn't get seated until at least 30 minutes later. The host pulled a little bit of attitude, but then made up for it by bringing us a smoked trout pizza (which was divine) on the house as soon as we sat down. The service was very good. And the house mac and cheese is as good as everyone says. Would also recommend the cookie plate for dessert. Pleases different desires for a group tasting, and how do you beat cookies right out of the oven? more

Don't count on a happy birthday here! 9/12/2004

This ISN'T the French Laundry! If so, I would welcome an $80+ per head tab. We were there for a friend's birthday. He lives close and goes there a lot. He asked them to put together a group menu. They ordered way too much food, totally overdid it and charged us for each individual thing. We brought 3 bottles of wine. We ordered two bottles from their wine list (usually it is customary not to charge corkage if you buy bottles there). NOT here. We were charged $15 per bottle. We asked the manager- he RUDELY told us that he'd never heard of that policy and ""he had worked in many restaurants"". Give me a break -they do it at Michael Mina! They didn't even buy our friend's birthday dessert. I am amazed that with their list of investors, this place still needs to learn what customer service is. more

A little like The French Laundry... 8/21/2004

Really! I used to be a chef, worked in the biz, and the food that comes out is amazing. Especially the seared tuna, and the raviloi. We have been several times now and love it. The layers of complexity in the food is great - slow down, take your time and enjoy! This is as close to French Laundry cooking I have come to in a long time. Pros: warm atmosphere, tight service, good value more

One Tablespoon per Day... 7/18/2004

This little spot in Russian Hill is worth the trip! Started off with the mac and cheese, a delicious, gooey and satisfying appetizer. My main course was a smoked sturgeon pizza with pesto, onion puree (delicious!) and a braised rib canneloni. All the food was very fresh and creative. Service was impeccable and friendly, decor was understated but appealing. Staff is very knowledgable about their wines. Overall, a very satisfying trip to a well run restaurant! Pros: Comfort Food, Friendly Service more
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