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Pause Wine Bar

1666 Market St. (Gough St.) Send to Phone
Choose the small plates at this Euro-style wine café.

Dinner Tues.-Sat.

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Pause Wine Bar, San Francisco, CA

Pause Wine Bar Restaurant Review

: Capitalizing on the success of Yield in San Francisco's Dogpatch neighborhood, owner Chris Tavelli launched this sister wine bar near Hayes Valley. Dark and long, with one wall covered in corks and downtempo and drum-and-bass music playing in the background, Pause exudes a cosmopolitan Euro vibe. The tight list is a mix of West Coast, European and South American wines. Small plates populate most of the short menu, including cheeses with good accompaniments---for example, a rich, mellow manchego set against a sweet, spiced-pear compote---as well as oysters and appetizers such as gnocchi with hedgehog mushrooms and creamy black garlic. The menu offers a few entrées as well: on our visit, the crab potpie was unremarkable, while the tasty components of a vegan entrée---crunchy quinoa cakes, spicy black beans, avocado, grilled oyster mushrooms and lime cashew sauce---became muddled when combined. The house-made toasted coconut ice cream, on the other hand, is very good.
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