Souvla is a restaurant in San Francisco, CA that prides themselves on spit-roasted meats with a Greek flair. They opened in 2014 and now have 3 locations. I read about this restaurant in The San Francisco Chronicle article, 20 Bargain Restaurants in Our Top 100.
You have a number of seating arrangements after your order is taken. You can sit inside at the front or back of the restaurant, at the high tops outside or in their back garden area where your order is brought to you.
The menu is limited but more than adequate. There are 4 choices of either meat or vegetarian items that can be served as a salad or wrapped inside pita bread.
I started with the lamb leg served as a salad. It was exceptional and was a meal of greens, harissa-spiked yogurt, spit roasted lamb (about 1/2 lb.), cucumber, radish, pickled onion and feta cheese.
My dining companion ordered the pork shoulder wrap served with minted yogurt, tomato, cucumber, radish and feta cheese. It was incredible.
We also sampled the Avgolemono soup, which is a traditional Greek egg-lemon chicken soup. In the past, I have avoided this as the flavors were not here for me and I wasn’t really into it. The avgolemono soup at Souvla was excellent, the best I have ever had and I would run back there for more. The lemon flavors combined with the roast chicken were amazing.
Most of the items at Souvla were in the $11-14 range at Souvla, a bargain for the city and a delight to eat. They also had a excellent selection of Greek wines that they are more than happy to enlighten you with.
The food at Souvla is not to be missed and one could not ask for much more in a competitive market as San Francisco. This restaurant will be notable in the very near future, go here while you can while it still is what it is. I see a Chipotle thing happening here. If you don’t know the Story, it’s quite interesting.
*Πολύ νόστιμος* [polí nóstimos] (lit: very tasty)
That’s that for another post on Forks.
531 Divisadero St.
San Francisco, CA 94117
All major credit cards accepted; Open 11-10 PM daily.