Since 1969, restaurant, hotel, travel & other witty reviews by a handpicked, worldwide team of discerning professionals—and your views, too.


349 Clement St. (4th Ave.) Send to Phone
The giant fireplace, wood bar and formal chandelier make a dramatic setting for casual Persian dishes.

Lunch Fri.-Sat., Dinner Mon.-Sat.
  • Dress code: Casual
  • Reservations suggested

* Click here for rating key

THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Kasara Restaurant Review

: The historical building, a grand salon in a former incarnation, boasts a giant fireplace, wood bar, large street-facing windows and a formal brass chandelier. All this makes for a dramatic setting where locals gobble down delightful, but casual, Persian delicacies. Hummus and baba ghanouj warm up the palate for more intriguing starters. Kashk mixes sautéed eggplant with a touch of sour cream, walnuts, fried onions and mint. Freshly rolled and steamed dolmeh put store-bought siblings to shame. Kabobs are the big draw for dinner, from juicy chicken to tender lamb dripping with marinades of olive oil, lemon juice and spices. Still regional dishes like fesenjun (chicken in a silky walnut and pomegranate sauce) and moussaka (a layered casserole of eggplant and ground beef topped with creamy béchamel sauce) are some of the best in the city. Syrupy and strong Turkish coffee is a perfect ending. Live music from Russian folk bands infuses the atmosphere on the weekends and belly dancing can be seen on most nights.
Discover new San Francisco restaurants
New & Hip Restaurants in San Francisco

Find all the new San Francisco restaurants that have opened recently with GAYOT's round-up.


GAYOT's Annual Restaurant Awards honor America's best chefs, as well as promising newcomers and a top restaurateur.