Monks Kettle

Mayor: marcus (8) | Taps: 24 | Bottles: 100+
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
WeeHeavySD  (111) Portland, Oregon | January 4, 2011
I went here yesterday with my cousin who lives in the neighborhood. I rated a new quad for me and had a really tasty turkey burger with blue cheese. Nice vibe and awesomely cool staff. A little small, but a nice vibe for an afternoon lunch.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
nbutler11  (356) Cambridge, England | December 2, 2010
Unsuspecting place with a very respectable tap list. Relaxed atmosphere and decor as well as a knowledgeable staff -- especially Sayer. Will definitely stop by again the next time Iím in the area.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
JCB  (269) Durham, North Carolina | August 15, 2010
Yet another unobtrusive and wonderful beer destination in SF, one of my top three visits from a recent trip. Beautiful old space with high ceilings, lustrous mahogany everywhere, and a wonderful tiled floor. Doors open, pleasant breezes, and a very convivial crowd made this a pleasant afternoonís hangout. Did not try the food but it looked terrific. Plentiful taps, local and elsewhere well represented. My bartender, Kathy, was so super cool. She was extremely knowledgeable about brews and gave me several ace pointers, generous samples, and general good conversation. I ended up enjoying some Moonlight products, which were delightful. Donít sleep on this place, a real winner.
82
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
Nate  (315) Indiana, Pennsylvania | March 24, 2010
Had lunch here. Decent food though a limited lunch menu. Great beer list, both tap and bottle selection. Prices are higher than some other drinking establishments, but not completely unreasonable. Up to date lists are impressive - got a new beer menu while I was half way through lunch. Decent service, proper glassware, and an eclectic selection.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
pennywhistle  (12) California | March 5, 2010
A little too tiny, but so so good. I love their selection, and the food is amazing. I wish they had pairing suggestions. Came here to celebrate the end of recent unemployment and found some delicious beers to try!
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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 6/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 14/20
italarican  (101) Winston-Salem, North Carolina | January 1, 2010
The quality and variety of craft beer is very impressive, with several top-notch beers from an expansive set of styles. The beer list changes daily, so itís hard to get bored. The prices are excessive, though. Most of the lambics were in the $40-$60 range on my last visit. There is very little bar room to speak of: about 8 barstools near a barshelf shoved in the corner next to the bathroom. If I had all the money in the world, it would be a great regular visit on an afternoon.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
dukefan  (66) Dallas, Texas | December 13, 2009
Great beer selection, Great service, solid food. Indeed the beer in the bottle price could be very high - BUT they had many rare, pricey selections that many places wouldnít bother to carry. Had a Weizenbock from Idaho after several free tastes to see what I would prefer. Has to be among the top places in San Fran.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 1/10
  • OVERALL 9/20
nickd717  (104) San Francisco, California | December 11, 2009| Updated July 24, 2010
Let me start by saying that if money is no object, this is an excellent place. The beer selection is great and the food is amazing. You can find great limited beers like The Bruery Papier and Russian River Supplication way after theyíre gone from all local stores. Unfortunately for most of us who arenít Bill Gates, the Google founders, a big-time professional athlete, or an evil, greedy investment banking executive, money is a thing. Well, that is, until we go to Monkís Kettle. After that, the thing in our wallets that was originally a bunch of money will have completely disappeared. This place is really, really, ridiculously expensive and marks up beer like most nice restaurants do with wine. I just think that 2.5x or higher wine mark-ups are insane and people are crazy to pay them, and I enjoy the fact that great beer can still be had with a great meal for a reasonable price. Not at Monkís Kettle. Youíre going to be paying (and I read directly from their beer list) $35 for an AleSmith Speedway Stout (usually $12), $11.25 for a Duvel (usually $3.50), and $28 for a Lost Abbey Judgment Day (usually $10). However, if you can take the wallet hit and want to impress someone with great food paired with world class beer, this is the place. I had some really excellent food there. There simply arenít many things better than great beer and great food. Last time I went, I had a charcuterie plate, a creamy bowl of tomato soup, and a pulled pork sandwich, along with a La Trappe IsidíOr, a Ballast Point Sculpin IPA, and an í05 North Coast Old Stock Ale (reasonably priced surprisingly!). All were incredible. Monkís Kettle can really wow you, but youíre going to have to hand over the majority of your paycheck for the pleasure. Oh yeah, and it gets crowded and they donít typically take reservations. Go before 6:30 for a weekend dinner unless you want to wait hours for a table. Now if youíll excuse me, Iím heading to Monkís Kettle to shell out $85 for a beer dinner. Díoh! *Final note: I should also add Jermaine Dupri and Jay-Z to the list of people who donít think money is a thing, since they had a song specifically called, "Money Ainít a Thing."
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
excalibur  (8) Louisville, Kentucky | October 25, 2009
Came here for a late lunch and a quality ale and were delighted with both. It was not crowded then so the staff were able and very willing to advise us on choices. Great beer selection of 20+ taps and many bottles. Cozy interior with old country charm. The lunch was very nice with great Belgium Fries. We would be delighted to return but it wasnít very convenient for us and I thought the area seemed a little rough to this sheltered Kentuckian.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
branspra  (17) Arlington, Virginia | July 10, 2009
Fantastic place that completely exceeded my expectations! Beer selection was strong although I would have preferred more IPAís; however, it was well-balanced and priced very reasonable considering San Francisco and the beers being poured. Food was also good so I highly recommend making a night of it. My only complaint is that the place is very small, but that actually adds to the ambiance and makes it feel like a really nice local establishment. Must visit this place if you are in the area!

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