The food here is amazing! Who woulda thunk? Spanish food and beer - but it works so fricken well. Yeah, its a trendy SF place, but the keyword here is San Franciscan. That means its pretty low key and casual. Kids don’t do so well here, but any other situation works.
Not sure why this place gets such low reviews. I visited on a Saturday afternoon, it was doing a good business but not crowded. Took a seat at the bar and ordered a sampler tray for $15. The bartender knew his beer (not only Thirsty Bear, but the whole city scene), and was happy to talk. Food was quite good and prompt. Beers ranged from pretty meh to quite good. All in all a place I would gladly return to.
A lively restaurant and brewpub. Hardly any tables available but lots of seating at the long bar for a lone beer drinker. Attentive and efficient service and nice mixed rock music (Dire Straits, AC/DC, Buzzcocks...) All beers available in a flight: 9 x 3oz for $15. A good deal! Informative beer menu as well. I had a nice conversation with the man next to me. He noticed that I made notes and he was an avid Untappd user. (Visited June 29th 2016)
Stopped by twice on my honeymoon in September 2005. Once on a Sunday night and the place was packed - there was local flamenco singer...not great - but it drew a crowd. Second time was for dessert and a night cap on a Friday night. Spanish tapas style cuisine was excellent. Attentive waiters, good beer selection - most were excelelnt - one or two missed the mark - but overall an excellent downtown brewpub - a must visit if in the downtown San Francisco area.
Quite a surprising delight. Pleasant, clean, slightly posh place with a nice view of the brewing equipment. Lots of beers to choose from (about 6-8 year-rounds and 2 seasonals when we were there). Ales were solid, lagers even better. Some of the best food I’ve ever had in a brewpub (which are typically terrible-to-ok)...inventive and assertive spicing that really works. Service wasn’t terribly attentive, but then again we were seated at small tables in the bar area, not at a real dining table. I wish I had a brewpub this good in Boulder (Mountain Sun is the closest thing wrt to beer selection and food enjoyment).
Went on a Wednesday night and we got seated right away. The place was very contempory/modern looking. Very "hip" looking, I suppose. And the main thing is that in my opinion, this is a tapas restaurant first and a brewpub second. The beer comes second to the atmosphere. The service was okay, although they wouldn’t let my wife and I each order a sampler, as they said they didn’t have enough glasses. So we just ordered another one when the first was finished. The food was good, not great. The tapas-style portions were bigger than we expected, so we didn’t finish all we ordered. They had a 9-beer sampler, and the beers were okay as a whole. They had a vanilla bean lager that wasn’t good at all, but their nitrogen ESB was pretty solid. After the sampler, I had a glass of their cask stout which was pretty good, and maybe the hoppiest stout I’ve ever had. The prices were steep, but considering the location and the atmosphere, it wasn’t unexpected. I wouldn’t make this a destination brewpub, but you won’t be disappointed if you go there.
Stopped by for a drink and a snack in the lounge area off to the side of the bar on a Saturday night. Dark, elegant yet funky lighting. Service was ok but not very knowledgeable and pretty fake friendly (she did remember as we were about to leave they had an unlisted barleywine, I promptly sat back down. She also screwed up our food order...). Selection was good, there were approx 8 house brews on including the fabulous aforementioned barleywine. The interesting food menu served up a couple of good treats. A very stylish place that you would not guess is a brewpub, we left before the party got started, so the noise level was fine.
Wine bar ambiance, with a very clean trendy look. Not something I usually want in my brewpub, but it worked. Very good, but expensive, Spanish food. Good beer selection of house brews, with maybe 12 on tap at time of visit.