Co-owners Teague Moriarty and Matt McNamara have recently opened The Square restaurant near North Beach’s Washington Square Park. Their vision is to create an accessible New American style restaurant with a simple but affordable menu catering to both local residents and the wandering tourists. We recently visited this establishment to rate the execution of this vision. Below is a summary of our findings.
Service and Ambiance
Toasted Fennel Infused Bread
Muddled Old Fashioned (Bourbon, Fruit, Bitters, And Sugar) – $10
Veal Sweetbreads, Delta Asparagus, Quail Egg – $12
Pork Chop, Arrow Cabbage, And Green Peppercorns – $26
Whole Pan-Seared Trout, Haricot Verts, And Fine Herbs – $26
Rhubarb And Pistachio Galette And Whole Milk Ice Cream – $9
When compared to similarly priced restaurants, our dishes suffered from an inadequate amount of effort, passion, and care spent on meal preparation. A glitter of enthusiasm was shown in the flavorful veal and fresh Rhubarb dessert but overall the experience was disappointing. The San Francisco restaurant scene is a highly competitive market with similarly priced restaurants offering far more compelling food choices. Due to its North Beach location, the restaurant might survive on the tourist crowd spilling over from Fisherman’s Wharf. However, the city’s picky residents will probably shy away from this establishment as they can spend their money on far better options.