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Luna Park San Francisco

Restaurant Review

SFTravel's Top Restaurant for 2003

Luna Park is the Mission District's top restaurant by combining excellent quality food, innovative recipes, an exciting ambience... with reasonable prices. Unlike many similar restaurants serving this type of American comfort food, Luna Park prices their menu for real people. Luna Park is a great choice for the Mission District and convenient to many drinking establishments after your meal, or try the Luna Park busy bar. Our total tab for a full dinner with drinks, salad, and dessert with tip was a total of ~$90.

For our meal, we stuck with fish. Sea Bass and Mahi Mahi were both seasoned uniquely and with delicious vegetables. We tried a watercress salad and potato (vegan) soup to begin the meal. For dessert, we sampled a chocolate fondue with marshmallows (toasted of course) for their "s'mores" dessert. The drink menu is extensive with many cute drinks that include little plastic animals.

Ambience is very dark, and candle-lit for that romantic feel. Parking is not recommended-- cabs are highly recommended to this area. Parking is both difficult to find and not particularly safe for your vehicle.

The only negative we found of Luna Park was the service. It was efficient and prompt... but rather unfriendly. Our server was distant and seemed disinterested or even annoyed in us. But with great food - excellent ambience - a hopping location - and amazing prices, we recommend Luna Park highly.

Menu Sample:

Warm Goat Cheese Fondue with Grilled Bread and Sliced Apples $7.50
Marinated Hawaiian Tuna "Poke" with Fried Wonton Chips 8.95
Moules Frites, French for Mussels and Fries 9.25
Curry Pork Satay with Mint-Cucumber Slaw 6.50
Grilled Artichoke with Lemon Aioli 7.50
Soups & Small Salads  
Soup $6.25
Green Salads:
  • Caesar made with Hearts of Romaine
  • Arugula, Fennel and Parmesan, Light Lemon Dressing
  • Chopped Romaine, Radicchio, Radishes, Blue Cheese Vinaigrette
  • Spinach, Currants, Walnuts and Feta, Lemon Shallot Vinaigrette
  • Watercress, Pears, Hazelnuts and Cambozola
Big Salads  
Nicoise Salad: Seared Tuna, Mixed Greens, Potato, Green Beans, Tomato, Olive 10.50
Cobb Salad: Grilled Chicken, Mixed Greens, Tomato, Egg, Bacon, Blue Cheese, Avocado 10.25
Pasta and Rice  
Fontina Stuffed Ravioli with Mushrooms, Spinach and Truffle Oil $11.75
Winter Vegetable Risotto with Parsnips, Rutabaga, Butternut Squash, Black Kale and Cambozola Cheese 10.50
Rigatoni with Spicy Sausage Ragout 9.95
Grilled Half Chicken with Roasted Butternut Squash, Brussels Sprouts and Hazelnut Honey $13.25
Breaded Pork Cutlet Stuffed with Mushrooms and Gruyere Cheese with Mashed Potatoes, String Beans and Apple-Cranberry Sauce 15.75
Grilled Flat Iron Steak with French Fries and Salsa Verde 14.25
Braised Lamb Shank with Cranberry Beans and Brown Butter Polenta 14.50
"Pot on Fire:" Slowly Simmered Beef Brisket, Carrots, Turnips, Leeks and Potatoes in Broth 14.50
Hunter's Pie with Venison, Beef, Pork, Spinach and Mashed Potatoes 13.75
Oven Roasted Sea Bass with Garlic, Potatoes, Broccoli Rabe and Chile 15.50
Grilled Mahi Mahi - Sicilian Style with Tomatoes, Capers, Olives and Mashed Potatoes 14.75
"Tasty Burger" with French Fries and Cheese? 9.50
String Beans with Shallots, Lemon and Olive Oil $4.95
Mashed Potatoes 4.95
French Fries 4.95
Roasted Butternut Squash and Brussels Sprouts 4.95
Broccoli Rabe with Chile & Garlic 4.95


Lunch: Monday–Friday, 11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday Brunch 11:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Dinner and Desserts: Monday–Thursday 5:30–10:30 p.m.; Friday-Saturday 5:30–11:30 p.m.; Sunday 5:30–10:00p.m.

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Getting There:

694 Valencia Street (at 18th), San Francisco
Tel: 415.553.8584, Fax: 415.553.8660

MUNI Bus Routes:

14/47/49: Get off on Mission at 16th. Walk west 1 block to Valencia, south 2 blocks to 18th.
22: Get off on 16th at Valencia. Walk south 2 blocks to 18th.
26: Get off on Valencia & 18th.
33: Get off on 18th and Valencia.
J Church: Get off on Church at 18th. Walk east 3 blocks toValencia.

BART Routes: Exit 16th Street stop.
Proceed west 1 block on 16th to Valencia.
Proceed south 2 blocks to 18th Street.


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