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Monk’s Kettle

Monk’s Kettle

Gastropub and Beer Bar$$$$
Mission Dolores, San Francisco
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    Has a stamp of approval from Eater and Serious Eats
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  • Tips
    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)
Tips and Reviews icon314 Tips and reviews
  • beer
  • pliny
  • pretzels
  • trendy
  • casual
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  • Alejandro V.heart icon on user image
    Alejandro VizioMay 5, 2014
    This place has the best variety of beers, if you tip the waiter maybe they can take you to the biggest beer fridge ever!
  • Eric W.heart icon on user image
    Eric WuebbenDecember 12, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Drink beer hear. Then ask the dudes to bring you food, any food they recommend. Pickle jar, brick chicken and bread pudding will delight.
  • Jeremy J.heart icon on user image
    Jeremy JacobowitzAugust 8, 2014
    Crazy long beer list! Had the burger, pickled veggies and the pretzel. All were really delicious!
  • Caro S.heart icon on user image
    Caro SchieferApril 24, 2017
    Great bar and enormous beer selection. Just pass by and enjoy the great atmosphere!
  • Mazda
    MazdaNovember 19, 2010
    “Best Beer List – The Monk’s Kettle…. this is the place for the uninitiated to get a crash course and the connoisseur to talk shop with other beer freaks. - San Francisco Chronicle
  • Denis S.heart icon on user image
    Denis SosnovtsevSeptember 18, 2015
    A great burger and large beer list. Get the Dieu du Ciel Aphrodite if its available.
  • Amy R.heart icon on user image
    Amy RobinsonAugust 29, 2014
    Massive selection of beers, American and International alike. Quite small but worth a little wait for a seat.
  • Sean S.heart icon on user image
    Sean SmithNovember 17, 2014
    Amazing selection of beer in bottles and on tap. Great bar to go to in the mission district.
  • Bommyheart icon on user image
    BommyApril 23, 2015
    Awesome beer selection and delicious chickpea burger. Go early to avoid a long wait.
  • Jacqueline L.heart icon on user image
    Jacqueline L.February 17, 2014
    Keep a tally of how many people come in asking for Pliny. Try something new, ya knobs. I promise that other good brews exist in this world.
  • John S.heart icon on user image
    John SteidleNovember 12, 2016
    Pliny on tap plus a ton of California and local SF beers. Insane tap and bottle list.
  • Kate L.
    Kate LordMarch 13, 2015
    Go with your gut - get a beer, any beer + the pretzel and a burger. It's a perfect combo.
  • Kevin G.
    Kevin GrantSeptember 27, 2018
    Awesome beer selection, close to Dolores park. Come here maybe after hanging out in the park for a bit.
  • janice b.
    janice bailonJanuary 26, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    1 of my fav places in sf if you dont mind $ the pork chops r the best comfort u can imagine otherwise i favor the lamb burger+blue or salmon sandwich describe your mood &color &they find a beer to fit Read more
  • Timbo D.
    Timbo DraysonOctober 8, 2010
    How has no one mentioned the queue? 3hrs no exaggeration. If 4 or more: come early, put your name down, go home, watch a film, freshen up, then your table will be ready. Food & beer is awesome though.
  • Kris V.
    Kris Vera-PhillipsMarch 2, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the Whipped Bone Marrow - #kvpinmybelly : Whip it! Per @SuzannePhan, tastes like "meaty butter." I could eat this all day!
  • Al S.heart icon on user image
    Al SSeptember 24, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    A must-visit spot for the discerning beer geek in San Francisco. Just a short walk from the 16th St. Mission BART station, so no need for a designated driver. Cheers.
  • Foodspotting
    FoodspottingDecember 2, 2010
    Try the Estancia Beef Flat Iron Steak marinated in pale ale & grilled to order, served w/brandy & green peppercorn sauce, organic mixed greens salad & fries
  • Bradley M.
    Bradley MoggachMay 18, 2013
    Amazing beer selection! If want a small snack, definitely order the pretzel - so delicious!
  • Q L.heart icon on user image
    Q LamDecember 1, 2015
    Amazing craft beer selection. Great west coast and sour selection.
  • Rob L.
    Rob LongertJune 20, 2013
    Burger = mind blown. Do it. And listen to Blake's tip on the bread pudding. But don't burn yourself. No touchie.
  • Andres N.
    Andres NovoaDecember 12, 2015
    The Duck Confit comes with a generously sized kale salad. Delicious!
  • Kevskiheart icon on user image
    KevskiAugust 29, 2016
    Huge selection of beers! Very expensive though, at least $10 for a drink.
  • Loren T.
    Loren TorresolaFebruary 12, 2014
    This place is really cool. Great Beer selection and the Hands down BEST burger I have ever eaten.
  • Lisa H.heart icon on user image
    Lisa Harper CarterFebruary 17, 2016
    A bit pricey, but the food is elevated gastropub and the beer selection is always on point.
  • Phil C.heart icon on user image
    Phil ChackoAugust 8, 2014
    The food is easily overlooked by the amazing beer selection, but it's incredible too!
  • Lauren S.
    Lauren SnyderOctober 13, 2013
    The pretzel with cheese fondue is to die for. Try Sweetgrass pale ale and Heavenly Hef.
  • Dimitri N.
    Dimitri NikulinSeptember 28, 2015
    From Kale Salad to Beef Burger — you can now enjoy your lunch at The Monk's Kettle served on your time. Use Allset on iPhone and Android. Read more
  • Foodspotting
    FoodspottingNovember 21, 2010
    Try the Coleman Natural Hampshire beer-braised Pulled Pork w/house made Porter BBQ sauce served on a Metropolis kaiser bun w/jicima slaw & fries
  • Thom B.
    Thom ButlerNovember 23, 2013
    The fried oysters are the best Ive ever had... and Ive had a lot of really good fried oysters (including my own)
  • Kris V.
    Kris Vera-PhillipsMarch 1, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp And Polenta - #kvpinmybelly : Yummy lunch w/ @SuzannePhan. Great combo of salty bacon and shrimp.
  • Shaun M.
    Shaun MurakamiOctober 13, 2013
    Good food. Good beer. Small lot. Not good for parties bigger than 6 (4 or less more practical)
  • ClandestineDrinker
    ClandestineDrinkerAugust 14, 2019
    Way too pricey,the food isn’t bad+the beer selection is well put together. I have to ask myself,do I want to pay a lot to put up with vapid asshats? No,not when there are more chill places in SF.
  • Andrei Z.
    Andrei ZmievskiApril 15, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Very good selection of beer on draft and amazing bottle menu, but be prepared to pay through the nose.
  • William P.heart icon on user image
    William PilchakOctober 8, 2018
    burger is excellent.
  • Peter F.
    Peter FridayDecember 5, 2012
    Great beer collection and have a food menu that is paired with a suggested beer.
  • Gwendolina
    GwendolinaAugust 17, 2013
    Try the dark chocolate stout bread pudding - So rich & goes well with my Belgian Dark!
  • Rob A.heart icon on user image
    Rob AtkinsonJuly 13, 2016
    Friendly bartenders will help you navigate the extensive beer selection
  • Zachary R.heart icon on user image
    Zachary Reiss-DavisJanuary 16, 2013
    Don't hesitate to take advantage of the depth of knowledge the servers have about the beer they sell.
  • Jess L.heart icon on user image
    Jess LMarch 11, 2016
    Great beers of course and the soft pretzel is delicious.
  • Kait G.
    Kait GaissMay 13, 2016
    Have always wanted to come here, have just never prioritized it. Upscale beer + food pairing spot.
  • Manik R.heart icon on user image
    Manik RatheeDecember 4, 2012
    Great beer and incredible food. The place is tiny and crowded so be prepared for a tight fit.
  • Stephen R.heart icon on user image
    Stephen R.January 15, 2013
    They won't seat you unless you order dinner. So prepare to stand around drinking excellent beer if that's what you're there for.
  • SFGate M.
    SFGate ManagerJuly 16, 2012
    With the overwhelming choices at this bar, the suggested beer pairings and tasting flights are an excellent way to educate your palate.
  • Abhishek K.heart icon on user image
    Abhishek KonaAugust 10, 2014
    The steak is awesome. The place is a bit pricey spend around 30 usd per person
  • Mike P.heart icon on user image
    Mike PinkowishFebruary 11, 2015
    Crowded in the evenings, but a great place to grab lunch during the week.
  • Umi H.heart icon on user image
    Umi HuiNovember 13, 2014
    Food here is impressive, wide selection of beer, on tap and in bottle!
  • Alexis A.heart icon on user image
    Alexis AndersonJune 11, 2015
    Anything and everything is amazing. Great vibe. Great staff.
  • Monica H.
    Monica HigginsAugust 10, 2014
    DO NOT GO HERE FOR DINNER unless everyone on your party plans on getting one of their 4 main options for 30 a piece. They kicked us out of our seats because we didn't all want one of the main dishes.
  • Stephanie L.heart icon on user image
    Stephanie LivingstonAugust 2, 2015
    Nice beer selections. Decent prices. Comfortable if you get there before it's full.
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