Located in the Inner Sunset neighborhood, Lavash is a family-owned Persian-Iranian restaurant found within walking distance to Golden Gate Park. Not only does the eatery offer a romantic setting with flower-laden, candle-lit tables, but the food also stays in line with the preferences of health-conscious diners. With a reputation for paying attention to seasoning details, using fresh herbs, and serving high-quality meat and vegetables, it’s no wonder that Lavash is no longer San Francisco’s best kept secret.
Address: 511 Irving St
(between 7th Ave & 6th Ave)
Phone: (415) 664-5555
Lavash’s menu offers a range of Appetizers (like Tadig – saffron flavored crispy golden rice), Soup & Salad (including a hearty lentil soup), Khoresh (stews served with Basmati rice), Jeweled Rice (which may include raisins, lentils, sautéed onions, spiced chicken, barberries, orange peel, and cinnamon), and Sides, such as rice or a skewer of prawns. Sip on a cup of Turkish coffee or aromatic Persian black tea made with cardamom when choosing a beverage to complement your meal.
Other menu highlights include:
• Kabobs made from high-quality organic beef, chicken, or wild-caught salmon offer tantalizing flavors, and the restaurant also offers combos that include customer favorites, such as Shishlik, Joojeh, Koobideh, and fresh grilled vegetables. Kabobs are served on Lavash bread and come with Basmati rice, grilled tomato and sumac.
• A Dessert Menu that includes options, such as Tiramisu, Persian gelato (flavored with rose water, saffron and pistachios), or a dark chocolate truffle served with port.
A complimentary appetizer of lavash, herbs, veggies and cheese is served to patrons who are awaiting their delicious meal.
In addition to browsing the wine list or trying out yogurt soda for the first time, past customers often praise the following items served at Lavash:
• The Joojeh Kabob (chicken kabob served with veggies and rice) is known for its juicy, flavorful taste, which many say doesn’t require any ‘other extra salt or spices,’ but some say squeezing lemon on the meal did enhance the experience.
• Koobideh is a ground beef/lamb skewer that has been described as ‘succulent juicy and perfectly seasoned,’ and also goes well with the yogurt and tenderly sweet, roasted tomatoes that accompanies the meal.
• A main course that receives glowing reviews in the Lavash Special, which offers a mixed platter of their meat and vegetable kabobs with Lavash, and has been described as ‘perfectly cooked, soft and moist.’
Closest Golden Gate Park Attractions
The closest attraction in Golden Gate Park to Lavash is the Baseball Field.
Hours: Tue-Fri – from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Tue-Fri – from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Sat – from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sun – from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.