DEAR FRIENDS OF TADICH GRILL,

Our family has been taken aback by the recent outpouring of concern for Tadich Grill (the business) but more so for Tadich Grill (the family).  Over the past 171 years, Tadich’s loyal customers have witnessed its survival of relocations, wars, disease, market crashes, fires, earthquakes and more. Over this same 171 years, the staff at Tadich Grill has been able to serve and be a part of countless celebrations in the lives of our valued customers. We thank you for continuing to choose Tadich Grill, and for the privilege to serve you.

We sadly had to close the doors a week ago, as Mayor London Breed instructed us to do so.  The restaurant was meticulously cleaned and all employees (the Tadich Grill Family) were instructed to stay home and stay healthy.  Bills are being paid – including Employee Group Medical and Dental Insurance – without the register being rung up.  Employees are forced to live off of what they might have saved until such time that we may safely and confidently re-open the doors for business.

Our goal is to NOT LOSE ONE EMPLOYEE during this time, and to re-open when appropriate – with vigor, enabling our dedicated staff to pick back up where they left off and serve YOU, our loyal customers, for many years to come.

We have established a GoFundMe account in response to your desire to help. Mike Buich is personally matching the first $25,000 in donations to the fund.  These funds will be used strictly for the group benefits and wages for all of our Tadich Grill Family until we re-open for business. As a regular, you are aware that Tadich Grill has never added a “SF MANDATE” surcharge to your meal; perhaps this will help you further justify a donation.  In addition, keep your receipt and present it at the bar within 60 days of our re-opening, and we will buy your first beer or glass of wine as an additional “Thank You” from the Tadich Grill Family.

Wishing you and your families health and safety as we beat this pandemic together!

Warmly,

The Buich Family
Mike, Yvette, Melissa, Jen and Melanie

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SORRY, WE ARE TEMPORARILY CLOSED.

We are saddened to say that until the City Of San Francisco lifts it’s mandate and allows restaurants to re-open we are temporarily closed. We will see you soon!

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WELCOME TO TADICH GRILL

Located in the heart of San Francisco’s Financial District, Tadich Grill is the oldest, continuously run restaurant in California, and third oldest in the United States.  We prefer to keep it simple.  Avoid the “six months out” reservation game, and just walk in.  We will seat you immediately; or put your name on our First Come – First Served list. If there is a wait, enjoy a beverage or appetizer at the bustling bar – always fun!

We are easily accessible via BART, Cable Car, Ferry Boat, and Bus, but if you must drive, valet service after 5pm or nearby parking lots are available.

Casual to dressy casual is the norm for dress, however often times business attire is worn.

Looking for a place to host a private party?  We reserve Sundays for your occasion – just call!

No matter what religion you are, you are not truly baptized until you have lunch or dinner at Tadich Grill.

Emeril Lagasse

I like this place! This is wonderful, I am ashamed we don't have something like this in New York.

Anthony Bourdain

The menu of seafood, creamy casseroles and hearty stews may be the draw for many, but continuity and nostalgia is what brings most back day after day, week after week, year after year.

San Francisco Chronicle

Tadich Grill One of the World’s 10 Great Classic Restaurants Well Worth Visiting.

Forbes Magazine

Few restaurants last 50 years, let alone 162... In a city known for cutting-edge restaurants, Tadich’s is old-fashioned, a nostalgic shrine to local piscine tradition.

The New York Times

There’s really no place cooler than the Tadich Grill...everything’s good.

our history

In 1849, Nikola Budrovich, Frano Kosta, and Antonio Gasparich, three immigrants from Croatia, set up a tent on Long Wharf and posted a sign on it that read Coffee Stand. Long Wharf was a pier that reached half a mile into the Bay. Hundreds of sailing ships were tied up there, and the pier was lined with hastily built shops, saloons, markets, and gambling dens. Coffee Stand served fresh fish grilled over charcoal to the merchants, sailors, and argonauts who frequented the pier. At one point, a ship carrying a load of iron tied up at the pier, and the crew immediately deserted the ship to go off in search of gold. Shortly thereafter, the Coffee Stand tent was replaced by a shanty made of corrugated iron. At the time, the shore of San Francisco Bay lapped at the edge of Montgomery Street. But bay fill was expanding the city eastward, and Long Wharf was turning into an extension of Commercial Street. In this reclamation process, Coffee Stand was obliged to relocate to the New World Market, the city’s central produce market, at Commercial and Leidesdorff streets and was renamed New World Coffee Stand. Before long, success required larger quarters, and the Croatians moved their place to Commercial and Kearny and promoted it from Stand to Saloon.

In 1871, sixteen-year-old John Tadich arrived in San Francisco, after a long voyage from his home in Dalmatia on the Adriatic coast of Croatia. After a few years working in various saloons, he was hired as a bartender at the New World Coffee Saloon. When it moved again to 221 Leidesdorff, he went along, and, in 1887, he bought the establishment.

In 1882, due to a remark made by Alexander Badlam, Jr., San Francisco’s tax assessor, the New World Coffee Saloon acquired a new name. Badlam, running for reelection, bragged that it would be “a cold day” when he’d be defeated. He was soundly defeated, and the newspapers had a field day over his remark. Since Badlam was a regular at the New World, everyone began to call it the Cold Day Restaurant; the restaurant’s name when Tadich bought it. The 1906 earthquake and fire destroyed the place and, along with it, another nearby Croatian restaurant, the Adriatic, owned by John Sutich. Tadich and Sutich joined forces and opened a new Cold Day at 417, and later at 411 Pine Street and of course called it Tadich Grill, the Original Cold Day Restaurant. In 1912, Tadich dissolved the partnership and opened a new place at 545 Clay Street and called it, of course, Tadich Grill.

In 1913 Mr. Tadich hired a countryman, Tom Buich, as a pantryman. Five years later Tadich fired Buich for constantly trying to tell him how to run the establishment. But Tadich was a forgiving man and hired Tom back in 1923 as a waiter. By 1934, Tom and his brothers, Mitch and Louie, were the sole owners, and they revived the Coffee Stand’s practice of grilling fish over charcoal, using mesquite exclusively.

Once again, redevelopment forced the restaurant to move; this time, in 1967, to its present location at 240 California Street.

Tradition is as much a part of Tadich as is the kitchen. The Buich family still owns it and runs it. Employees serve loyal customers for generations. John “Duke” Dukich worked there as a waiter from 1924 to 1966, forty-two years. John Skorlich started waiting tables in 1939 and kept at it until he retired twenty-seven years later. John Markovich also served for twenty-seven years, 1943 to 1970. The restaurant has survived rough spots over the years: prohibition, the food shortages during World War II, and the 1989 earthquake. The evening of Loma Prieta, the restaurant shut as gas was turned off downtown.  The next day we served cold crab, shrimp and prawn louies and seafood cocktails, and free Blood Marys to our many loyal customers who arrived on foot to make sure we were still standing. In August of 2009 thirteen fire trucks pulled up to combat a blaze that had started in the kitchen. The next day business resumed as usual.

TADICH PEOPLE

Tadich Grill ownership and management pride themselves on a staff reflective of the rich heritage and tradition of the restaurant.  Our waiters know your name and our bartenders remember how you like your martini.  Our Chef procures the freshest ingredients daily and prepares your order with the same care delivered over the past century and a half.  Our guests deserve the best and that is what Tadich Grill consistently delivers.

Our Servers average 33 years in the industry and over 16 years with Tadich Grill.  Our service is European Bistro Style.  While you dine on white linen, the atmosphere is meant to be FUN – not stuffy.  Service is swift once seated, in order to accommodate all of our guests; with our business clientele usually appreciating the pace.

The average Tadich Grill bartender has been a professional bartender for over 30 years and with Tadich Grill for over 17 years.  Pouring drinks at this establishment is all about tradition and consistency.  Tadich Grill is known for classic handmade cocktails such as Martinis, Manhattans, Negronis, Old Fashioneds, and Side Cars.  Making these classics consistently is easy because of the number prepared day in and day out.  

The average Tadich Grill cook has been working in the foodservice industry all their professional lives and for Tadich Grill for over 17 years.

Since the 1920’s, there have been only 10 Head Chefs at Tadich Grill. Mitch Buich became Head Chef in 1924. His brother Louie shared chef duties with Mitch until 1953. Mitch retired in 1961 and was followed by Dominic Ivelich, who began working for John Tadich in 1912. Dominic retired on January 21, 1966, and was succeeded by David “Garo” Sokitch, who remained until the same date in 1982. “Garo” Sokitch’s successor was John Canepa. When John retired in 1996, Fritz Braker took the position as Head Chef until 2003. Rajko Marin, after working as Sous Chef since 1981 for Chef’s Sokitch, Canepa, and Braker, took over the Head Chef position from 2003-2013 until his return to Croatia. Since 2013 we have had the talents of Joseph Canlas and Barney Brown as head chefs.

The counter at Tadich Grill is primarily dedicated to serving parties of one or two during both lunch and dinner. The action is fast and the stools turn quickly; these are the best seats in the house. 

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Open Sundays for private parties only – call now to plan your event.

Monday-Friday 11am-2pm, 5pm-9pm
Saturday 5pm-9pm
Sunday – Closed

SAN FRANCISCO

240 California Street
San Francisco, CA 94111
415-391-1849

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