Monks Kettle

Mayor: marcus (1) | Taps: 24 | Bottles: 100+
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
t0rin0  (1512) Do Not Resuscitate, California | December 23, 2012
First visited during RBSG SF 2009. Revisited a handful of times since, most recently last night (12/22/12).

Nice, upscale-looking restaurant/bar but itís pretty small and often times hard to get a seat. Service is generally nice and helpful. Nice place to hang out.

Beer list is pretty eclectic but there is always something good on the list. Tap prices are manageable, bottle and food prices are pretty steep.

They occasionally do brewery events which can be fun. Theyíre also located pretty close to the 24th/Mission BART stop. Check it out.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 5/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
brokensail  (1228) San Leandro, California | December 25, 2012
Fairly small bar/reataurant with a generally good tap list. This place is pretty expensive, perhaps not by by San Francisco standards, but beers are generally in the $7+ range. Service is excellent, however. Tap list will include some gems/obscurities, but generally not much that isnít to be found elsewhere. Donít really need to go here again.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 15/20
nate2g  (1046) 上海 / Boomtown!, Australia | October 19, 2013
Had a fun time at Monkís. Admittedly, I was a little buzzed this time of night after doing the rounds of a handful of establishments. Solid taplist and plenty of bottles to chose from. Got chatting to friendly folk at the bar and shared good banter. Staff were great.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 10/10
  • VALUE 5/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
bytemesis  (635) Sunnyvale, California | November 23, 2012| Updated December 22, 2014
Hmmm. Sorry but I am not seeing it. The food is fabulous, actually; no denying that. but the service is mediocre at best. the place is a bit cramped, and prices are through the roof compared to other places in the city. They did have pints of Pliny for $4.50, which was awesome, but other tap prices were on the high side, and the bottle list was a case of pure sticker shock. Bottles I can get at Whole Foods down the block were selling for a 2.5X plus markup. Well, I donít know how many they were selling, actually. I would say come for the food, enjoy a nice tap beer while you are here, then head elsewhere to drink. Return visit in Dec-2014. Service much better, prices still high, food still great. Taplist pretty solid. Not a bad place.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty  (608) Kyoto, Japan | January 29, 2016
Slick place, a bit too hip for me, but Iiked it more than I thought I would. Great list of sours. It isnít cheap, though less expensive than Mikkeller.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
Scopey  (571) Croydon, England | March 6, 2012| Updated March 7, 2012
Small bar-restaurant located a short BART journey from the tourist centre of SF. Nice laid back atmosphere and friendly, knowledgeable staff. 23 taps of mostly CA breweries: Russian River, Moonlight, Alesmith, North Coast and the Bruery amongst others. Bottle list is quite extensive and includes some interesting beers, but it is a touch pricy. Food was really tasty - I opted for the scallops & mussels with a spicy ale broth. An all-round great venue for beer and food in SF.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb  (543) Woodland, California | July 21, 2008
Pretty much what Marcus said. Some uncommon beers were available. Lunch can be done on appetizers. Large serving of double fried fries, duck prosciutto, other tasty things. Not cheap, but two ate for $34 including two decent beers. Then the walk back to the Toronado!
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee  (529) Toronto, ON, Ontario | February 4, 2010
This place was only a few blocks from my friendís place and the first place in the city I stopped at. Quite an elegant looking spot with their glassware prominently displayed when you approach it from the side. I stuck to draught, so I didnít find the prices as oppressive as others here have mentioned. The food looked really good too, although I didnít partake. Seemed like a fairly upscale gastropub with a lot of top quality selection.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 5/10
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
jrallen34  (508) Chicago, Illinois | January 30, 2016
I caught Monks at the perfect a time, a couple days after a sour event and a Societe event. Needless to say, the taps were extremely strong. I would need to visit during a non sf beer week to see how it is. Either way, service was fast, friendly and knowledgable. Seating is a bit of challenge int the cramped lay out. I didnít eat but the food looked like generic pub fare. I had a blast and would be back, especially for their vintage bottle list.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
PRBeer  (424) Parsippany, New Jersey | March 12, 2013
Close second to my favorite SF craftbeer establishment...the Toronado. Of course if you want food too...this is the place to go hands down. The food is fantastic. In addition to the nice cozy atmosphere...and the great beer selections...the staff here is very knowledgeable and very personable. I highly recommend a visit here when anywhere near SF.

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