Bar Tartine is a lush, edgy Eden, cozily nestled within Valencia Street’s new-urban topography. Deer antler clusters strung with lights and fashioned into makeshift chandeliers, and contemporary art bric-a-brac comprise the backdrop to this award-winning restaurant’s gorgeous ambiance.
Their multi-course menu—printed in typescript on sheets of recycled paper—changes daily, and the staff exude a uniquely San Franciscan quality that’s at once wholesome and untouchable. They serve up perfectly plated delectables, such as seasonal Brussels sprouts chips or Tartine’s signature country-style sourdough levains, as starters. Order entrées selectively: unlike similarly swank joints, Tartine doesn’t serve small plates. Without even trying, you will walk away from the table more-than-sated, especially once you’ve sampled their after-dinner local cheese plate paired with a biodynamic port.