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1705 Buchanan Street (at Post)
San Francisco, CA 94115

Parking: Street (easy), street (difficult on weekends), validated paid lot (across the street at the Japantown Plaza)


Restaurant Owner: Young M. Chu
Executive Chef: Eul-Jae Lee

Type of Cuisine: Korean Fusion
Signature Dishes: Kan Poong Sae Woo (deep fried shrimp battered in a spicy garlic sweet and sour sauce), Jja Jang Myun (fresh flour noodles mixed with a black bean sauce), Dolsot Bibimbap (a combination of rice, vegetables and ground beef with a spicy chili paste, served in a stone pot)
Vegetarian Options: 3+ items
Alcohol Served: Full bar
Corkage Fee: $25
Bottle Limit: None

Restaurant Hours:
Monday: 5:00pm–12:00am
Tuesday: 5:00pm–12:00am
Wednesday: 5:00pm–12:00am
Thursday: 5:00pm–2:00am
Friday: 5:00pm–2:00am
Saturday: 5:00pm–2:00am
Sunday: 5:00pm–12:00am

Meals Served: Dinner, late night
Take-Out: Yes
Delivery: No
Average Dinner Price Range (per person, full meal, tax, 15% gratuity, w/o alcohol): $15-$25
Payment Options: Cash, Visa, MasterCard, American Express
Accept Reservations: Yes
Need Reservations: No, but reservations are highly recommended to reserve a private karaoke room on the weekends.
How far in advance should reservations to be made? At least one week.

Accommodations for Children: Kid-friendly for dinner, then only suitable for adults for late night.
Dining Style: Casual
Disabled Access: No
Restaurant Size: Medium (30-100 seats)
Accommodate Groups (10+): Yes
Private Dining Room: Yes
Tables with Scenic Views: No
Outdoor Dining: No
Entertainment: Yes, private karaoke rooms

Playground: Restaurant Info 26 July,2015Check, Please! Bay Area

  • libby

    the food was pretty good until we finished eating and saw a cockroach crawling on the wall behind us. it was disgusting. we told the server who apologized and brought our table of nine people two little ice creams to share, thinking that fixed things. our bill was not adjusted at all and they even added the 18% gratuity! i would not recommend this restraunt at all! unless you like cockroaches in your food.

  • Jordan

    Libby, if you’re in a major city and you’re at a restaurant, there are roaches. Get over it.

  • J.C.


    I’m sorry for the delay in my response. I hadn’t seen this till now. I want to formally apologize for your unpleasant experience at Playground last March. You must have came a little after the shop below us (the old Denny’s) had caught on fire and burned down. As a result, we also had to close business for a few days while the electricians tried to fix any internal problems that had also affected us upstairs. During that time, a terminator warned us that a vacated cockroach nest had been in the walls of the downstairs establishment and a couple of critters may have travelled to safe quarters to where we were on the second floor. Fortunately and UNfortunately for you, the bug you saw that evening was the one and only that was found since the inception of our business since 2006. I truly apologize you had to see that. We regret not having done more for your group. I wish you had expressed your dissatisfaction at the time, so we could surely turn the matter around. We also do add an automatic gratuity for parties of 5 or more, but should you have felt that our servers were not worthy of it, we would have surely taken it off the bill. However, I am delighted to hear that you enjoyed the food and was having a nice time prior to the incident.

    We would love to have you come back and give us another chance. Feel free to email me, and I would like to set something up for you!

    (p) 415.929.1471

  • Kris Chang

    We saw a re-run episode of Playground, and decided to host a friend’s birthday party in one of the rooms!  We had the best time of our lives!  We enjoyed the food very much, especially the dolsot bibimbap, fried chicken, japchae, and prawns!  We washed it down with plenty of their pitchers of Korean beer and soju!  We stayed for about 3 hours.  We would have liked to stay longer, but they were fully booked for the evening.  I strongly advise calling for reservations since space is very limited!  Seems like the place to be on a Friday or Saturday night!  Since then, we have been back many times and have another karaoke event coming up in May, where we plan to sing our hearts out to more Justin Bieber and Aerosmith!   

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