Located in the heart of the Haight, Magnolia is a trendy hipster hideout for people who mostly looked like tourists. It was a good place to stop for a bite on my first visit to the area. I enjoyed my meal and the beer, but there is likely better food, atmosphere and certainly beer elsewhere. Why not skip out on Proving Ground IPA and pick up a pint of Pliny at Toronado down the street?
Good beers in a touristy part of town. The space is very uncomfortable, and itís really hard to sit down and enjoy their great brews. I prefer to drink Magnolia beers at Toronado or Monkís Kettle. The food is okay and expensive.
Visited there in February, but Iím just getting around to rating it. Wow. An awesome place. Great to visit at the same time as Toronado as they are in walking distance of each other. Good food. Friendly patrons and staff.
Right in the thick of the Haight, not quite what Iíd expect (except for the hippie, grateful dead theme)the food was more upscale than Iíd expected: we had a really good wild mushroom sandwich and a beet and goat cheese sandwich, both on some fabulous sourdough. The beers, though, were mediocre. A very traditional array on tap and all were very safe styles, nothing very big or bold (and the tap lines are maybe a little dirty?). Iím glad we went but I donít feel a need to go back.
...interesting place right in the middle of haight. Massive selection of beers, and the availability to take a growler home, that shit is amazing. We never got to go back, but one day I will. Nice knowledgeable staff, and overall a great place to catch a few good brews.
April 2008 - Smack dab in the middle of the best people watching territory in the country, Magnolia holds a formidable corner in Haight-Ashbury area. With a sunny, open-air feel, the pub is cozy and welcoming. We visited with our friends from thebeergeek.com as well as some beer-novice friends and everyone was happy. The menu is good, if a bit in the to-be-expected hippie vein. We all cleaned our plates and emptied our glasses, doing some damage to their great 6-beer cask lineup. Definitely a great start to our day in SF. (Brewery #461, 4/11/2008)
Cool place in the Haight. Grateful dead hippie vibe going on. Service was good. Beer selection was fairly large mostly british style beers without as big of flavor as iím used to. Food looked to veggie/hippie to interest me so I didínt eat. Interesting stop but a bit overpriced.
Cool ambiance, typical Haight street. Good tap selection, however nothing overly exotic. However, big plus for having cask conditioned ales. A good place to go after a day of classes. Bathroom was grim but luckily service was very fast.
Walked here from 21st Amendment via Toranado. They had about six house brews on tap. The two I had were good. Death and Taxes was better than good, it was good-er. Nice comfy place in the middle of Lower Haight. There is a cool mural running along the wall below the ceiling. I enjoyed thumbing through Michael Jackson books at the bar. I wasnít too hungry so I figured a sandwich would be the call. Then I saw the sandwich sitting at the kitchen window. Holy cow. Is that mountain of food the sandwich? Yep, wow. Huge and tasty. If I was really hungry this meal would max me out including the delicious potato salad and I tip the scales at 230lbs.