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Monk’s Kettle

Monk’s Kettle

Gastropub and Beer Bar$$$$
Mission Dolores, San Francisco
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    The experts at Eater and Serious Eats recommend this place
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    Pavan K.
    "Great beer list try the smoked marzen beer and duval Belgian ale."(76 Tips)
    Molli K.
    "Pliny on tap...all you need to know."(8 Tips)
    "new Belgian beers Luxuria and Gula"(6 Tips)
    "Try the Pretzel Knot - Fresh, with great cheese and mustard dips!"(5 Tips)
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  • pliny
  • pretzels
  • trendy
  • casual
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  • Luke B.heart icon on user image
    Luke BornheimerAugust 29, 2016
    Great place to discover new beers—the food is pricey, but solid. Known for its extensive, upscale beer list and rare brews on tap, Monk's doesn't take reservations—get there around 5 to avoid lines.
  • Kirk H.heart icon on user image
    Kirk HerlitzMay 17, 2015
    There's no place better to discover new beers! The food is all great! They don't take reservations, so get there around 5 to get a table quickly for dinner. They don't have tables larger than a 4-top.
  • Conor B.heart icon on user image
    Conor BJanuary 11, 2018
    A tad spendy, but that's normal on Mission. Awesome veggie burger. Giant beer menu with lot's of esoteric stuff I'd never heard of before. Great place to cozy up for a brew and some comfort food.
  • Ben W.heart icon on user image
    Ben WardApril 4, 2018
    Been here 25+ times
    The kale salad with chicken might be the best I’ve ever had.
  • Ryan L.heart icon on user image
    Ryan LeggettJuly 8, 2018
    Been here 5+ times
    Good food (try the burger with brussels!), friendly service, and an extensive beer list. Don’t be afraid to ask for a recommendation. They know their stuff!
  • Eater
    EaterSeptember 26, 2014
    Sample some fresh German lagers this weekend in honor of Oktoberfest. The new sidewalk perch on 16th Street is going to become very sought-after for the remainder of Indian summer. Read more
  • Danielle
    DanielleSeptember 5, 2013
    Amazing beer list, friendly & helpful staff, and awesome food. It's small, so be prepared to wait (waited about an hour on a Wends night)... But it's worth it. Save room for the ice cream beer float!
  • WhiskeyAvenger
    WhiskeyAvengerJune 13, 2018
    Been here 5+ times
    Fantastic beer selection and food but a pot expensive in comparison to other similar places. Sycamore is more down to earth option with an equally great beer list and delicious food.
  • Bohdan H.heart icon on user image
    Bohdan HnatkovskyyJune 9, 2015
    By the way, #1 ranked gastropub in SF. Here you could find the whole book with a lot of beer served here. My choice- beef burger and smoked beer.
  • Bre L.
    Bre LambertApril 1, 2014
    Haven if you're a beer connoisseur, intimidating menu if you're not. Thankfully, staff is friendly & ready to talk through options. The burger is delectable, & the mushrooms on toast, if you're veg.
  • Lauren
    LaurenNovember 11, 2013
    The burger, the burger, the burger. Bleu cheese, grilled onions, applesmoked bacon, juicy meat, and crispy french fries. Plus a HUGE selection of beers. One of my favorite spots in SF!
  • Brian B.
    Brian BAugust 18, 2017
    Great craft beer bar with excellent bar food. Friendly and helpful staff. You might have to wait for a table or spot at the bar but it's worth it.
  • Ashley R.heart icon on user image
    Ashley RoseMarch 18, 2017
    Loud gastropub with good beer selection and food. Fried Chicken sandwich was enormous - split it with a friend
  • Bommyheart icon on user image
    BommyJanuary 16, 2016
    Great vegetarian chickpea + tzaziki sauce burger with delicious fries. But $6 for a tiny pretzel knot makes me sad.
  • Ernie G.
    Ernie GranilloJuly 24, 2012
    Higher end place - great place to bring a date when you still want to grab a beer and be classy. Excellent, friendly service too, which can be rare at a place like this in the Mission.
  • Ronan F.heart icon on user image
    Ronan Flynn-CurranFebruary 3, 2016
    Amazing beer list. Lovely food, great staff. Not a lot of seats, but you can get a spot for a few friends if you wait a small bit.
  • Nathan J.heart icon on user image
    Nathan JSeptember 20, 2019
    This place never disappoints. Great burger and pub food. Beer selection is impressive. Good atmosphere for dates or just kicking back a pint with friends.
  • Danielle L.heart icon on user image
    Danielle L.August 1, 2016
    Great selection of craft beer with knowledgeable staff. The olives and pretzels were also great little snacks!
  • Adelia C.heart icon on user image
    Adelia Curtis duarteFebruary 3, 2019
    If you miss euro-style brown bars, this place is a great go-to. Solid beer list, lovely bartenders & vegetarian friendly. Pretzel knot was stellar.
  • Alice M.heart icon on user image
    Alice MFebruary 29, 2016
    Taking me right back to Belgium with their beer list, mussels and fries. The leek and sweet potato risotto blew my mind.
  • Anna
    AnnaSeptember 30, 2015
    Butternut squash soup is so delicious! Useful tip – during lunchtime you can get your table and food ready when you arrive if you order with Allset.
  • Kent Z.heart icon on user image
    Kent ZinnAugust 19, 2018
    Great place in the Mission. Extensive beer list and high quality food. What else could you want?
  • Kevin B.heart icon on user image
    Kevin BeachAugust 12, 2015
    Great date spot, however there may be a line. Great choices of beer and I've heard they have terrific diverse "bar" food. Reminds me of a Belgium pub.
  • Sam M.heart icon on user image
    Sam McCrimsonJanuary 5, 2016
    Go for their beer on tap that isn't on the menu. Last time they had a oatmeal stout with Szechuan peppercorn and vanilla. It was unreaaaal. Also, deliiiiicious food.
  • The Culinary Institute of America
    Co-owner and CIA Alumnus Adam Dulye serves up barrels of flavor with his intricate beer pairings. Our grads work with food & spirits all over the world. Check out what other CIA alumni are up to: Read more
  • Kathy 👩🏻‍💻 L.heart icon on user image
    Kathy 👩🏻‍💻 LinJanuary 11, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Pliny the Elder on draft, but since I'm not a beer snob I still don't get what the hype is about. Excellent burger and pretzels.
  • Aaron D.
    Aaron DraczynskiDecember 2, 2012
    A beer lovers' paradise. The selection of craft beer is overwhelming! Try the beer flight and sample several different brews, or ask the helpful bartenders for a recommendation.
  • Florian K.heart icon on user image
    Florian KoenigsbergerOctober 29, 2014
    The chicken sandwich is great and the craft beer selection is solid. Make sure you have your ID, very strict if you look a day under 30
  • Gabriel P.
    Gabriel PrestonApril 1, 2014
    Amazing food and beer selection here. A must visit for a beer aficionado. Can't really go wrong here, just deal with the wait to get a seat.
  • Michael A.heart icon on user image
    Michael AldereteMay 27, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    The weekend brunch is new, and it's served late. So if you're...a little slow getting out of the house but still want brunch, good choice.
  • Joey C.heart icon on user image
    Joey CombsMarch 11, 2016
    Really great selection of draft beers, but their bottled selection is what takes the cake. They have stuff I've only heard about in books.
  • Tim H.
    Tim HainesJune 1, 2019
    Been here 10+ times
    Been coming since 2013, how the mighty have fallen. Great beer selection, can’t recommend any of the food, burger included.
  • Joseph S.heart icon on user image
    Joseph SchmittAugust 24, 2014
    Burger is amazing, and definitely get the pretzel bites with cheese as a starter.
  • Marta T.heart icon on user image
    Marta TapperoMarch 19, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Monks never disappoints me to make the best burger in town. They're nice, god beers overall. Its a shame is not bigger though or cheaper.
  • Pavan K.heart icon on user image
    Pavan KulkarniJune 12, 2016
    Loved the ambience . Great beer list try the smoked marzen beer and duval Belgian ale. Try the pretzel too.
  • Michael C.
    Michael CoxJune 13, 2016
    The pretzel and poutine are off a hook. #tdf Come here if you love draught beers!
  • Crystal E.
    Crystal EnglishMarch 6, 2011
    Come early..Their Belgians and IPA draft selections are fantastic..If you're not a beer connoisseur..ask for recommendations, Sayor and the Monk's staff are fantastic!!! Pretzel is nom nom:)
  • yuki m.heart icon on user image
    yuki minamiMay 13, 2017
    Excellent hamburger (the one that the simple the better) and the largest beer menu I've ever seen.
  • James W.
    James WhittakerJuly 29, 2013
    The food is so good here. The burger is great, ask for bacon and match the beer. Choc bread pudding is great to finish.
  • Sergio M.heart icon on user image
    Sergio MedinaJanuary 23, 2015
    Great selection of draft beer. The burger is a must, tasty and juicy!
  • Kevin W.heart icon on user image
    Kevin WeiseNovember 28, 2019
    Burger was killer, shared that and the fried chicken sandwich, also great, with my partner and loved our experience
  • Spring Inés
    Spring InésDecember 7, 2018
    Pretzel is done well. I’d get the lamb burger again, but I’d skip the Brussels.
  • Brian S.heart icon on user image
    Brian StraussSeptember 6, 2018
    Hella beers with irreverent names and cloudy complexions, not to mention a delicious cheese burger. Kinda sounds like I'm describing my first girlfriend.
  • Tyler B.heart icon on user image
    Tyler BrockMarch 19, 2015
    The food is excellent. Try the burger (comes w/ fries) although the main attraction is obviously the beers.
  • Christine N.
    Christine NguyenSeptember 28, 2013
    I recommend the chicken sandwich and the burger for food. For drinks... ask the bartender or waiter because the list is just so extensive!
  • Chinarut R.heart icon on user image
    Chinarut RuangchotvitAugust 18, 2017
    pretzels are fresh! twice-cooked fries are amazing
  • David ☕️ K.heart icon on user image
    David ☕️ KleinNovember 29, 2014
    Awesome beer list. If you want to be somewhat healthy, get the kale salad instead of French fries with your burger.
  • Erin O.heart icon on user image
    Erin OldenburgJuly 6, 2013
    Best little place in the mission. Service is beautiful and food is great. Extensive beer list too, with some rarities.
  • Zia S.
    Zia SchwartzApril 18, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Every Tuesday.... Never fail. This is our spot! Love monks kettle for EVERY REASON. Food, beer, service, vibe, location. :-)
  • Untappd
    UntappdDecember 29, 2012
    Great selection of rare beers for your drinking pleasure. Always leave satisfied!
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