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Philz Coffee

Philz Coffee

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Coffee Shop$$$$
Castro, San Francisco
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  • Rachel M.
    Rachel MercerJune 17, 2013
    The iced coffee here is amazeballs, but I think you'll be happy with anything given the special made cup every time. For out of town newbies: order line on the right, pay line on the left.
  • Danielle D.
    Danielle DavisMay 13, 2015
    The Sooo Good is true to its name and will wake you right up -- fresh mint on top is guaranteed to brighten any morning 🌞
  • katherine k. r.
    katherine k. robinsonAugust 12, 2013
    They now offer almond milk in addition to soy milk for dairy fee folks. Bring your own mug (I just use a mason jar) and get a large for the price of a small!
  • Amanda A.
    Amanda AppiariusOctober 17, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Don't remember her name, but one of the baristas here makes THE BEST ICED MOCHA TESORA EVER. She's awesome (as is a Philz mocha)
  • Kelly M.
    Kelly McCarthyFebruary 17, 2015
    everyone here is lovely and nice but order the wrong coffee and you'll be wishing the system weren't so complicated. if you aren't the primest of all the coffee snobs in the land, go across the street
  • Christie H.
    Christie HeikkinenMarch 3, 2013
    Their chai with mint is delicious! Get a drink and walk over to Dolores Park to enjoy (both the drink and the view).
  • Shaena
    ShaenaJuly 3, 2013
    Seriously amazing coffee with tons of options to choose from. On a sunny day, try the Mint Mojito Iced Coffee. So good.
  • Mazda
    MazdaNovember 17, 2010
    Phil Jaber and his son Jacob spent several months developing each blend. Phil's Tesora or "Treasure" blend took 7 years to find the perfect combination of beans.
  • David B.
    David BullAugust 25, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Everything is good! Dancing Water is a good starter but my favorite is New Manhattan.
  • Matt S.
    Matt SilvermanAugust 8, 2014
    Ask the barista to recommend something. One of the best cups of coffee I have ever had.
  • cami j.
    cami j.September 6, 2015
    Been here 50+ times
    love the mint mojito, the gingerbread iced coffee and the philtered soul philz way (medium cream medium sweet).
  • Dustyn W.
    Dustyn WinderFebruary 22, 2015
    I'm not an iced coffee kinda guy, but the iced Mint Mojito light light is pretty stellar.
  • Emmiliese C.
    Emmiliese ClemmOctober 5, 2015
    Hard to beat the mint monitor iced coffee. I recommend getting it medium sweet and creamy (or even less).
  • Bob
    BobAugust 26, 2014
    This space is tiny but at least you can grab an espresso on your way down to Dolores Park for the start of a sunny day.
  • Matthew M.
    Matthew MichiharaJuly 29, 2014
    The iced mint mojito coffee is my go to drink on hot San Francisco days.
  • Rohit
    RohitMarch 17, 2012
    Try the large philharmonic with light cream. Better than the Starbucks across the street for sure
  • christine l.
    christine lemkeMarch 21, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Mocha Tesora is smooth and tasty. If you're a lactard, make sure you ask upfront to sub soy for the cream.
  • Jim H.
    Jim HauckAugust 23, 2011
    A bit more expensive for coffee, but certainly special in that every cup is brewed one at a time. Worth a little extra for a get up and go morning.
  • Noah W.
    Noah WeissOctober 17, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The mint mojito is what iced coffee dreams are made of.
  • Andrew C.
    Andrew CerdaJanuary 6, 2012
    This is the sort of coffee you savor. Grab your cup of philz and go for a stroll in the Castro!
  • Jimmy H.
    Jimmy HookerAugust 12, 2014
    It's good, but they pride themselves on having extremely high caffeine content. If you get the jitters, be warned.
  • James T.
    James TAugust 7, 2014
    You can get any coffee iced (it just takes longer), and you can blend beans.
  • Mike F.
    Mike FowlerFebruary 21, 2013
    Almond milk available and vegan baked goods in the cupboard. Big time success.
  • Christopher T.
    Christopher TandyJune 30, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Get one of my special recipes: "the CT Scan", "Arabian wonderbar", or "new jack city". You won't regret it!
  • Joel C.
    Joel CorpusJanuary 6, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Favorite coffee in the Castro...Jacob Ladder or Tesora is the way to go!
  • Margaret I.
    Margaret IppolitoFebruary 11, 2013
    If you don't typically like your coffee black, try PhilteredSoul, it'll show you the light.
  • Melon L.
    Melon LJune 21, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    This Philz location makes the best, most consistent mint mojito iced coffee.
  • Kurtis S.
    Kurtis SaiyoAugust 18, 2011
    Philharmonic and Turkish are amazing. Try it with a "touch" of sugar and cream.
  • Ye Z.
    Ye ZhaoMarch 14, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    Their WiFi is powered by Facebook. You might accidentally check into here on Facebook when getting connected to the internet.
  • Trella R.
    Trella RathAugust 7, 2014
    Iced Mint Mojito. Just get it and thank me later.
  • John P.
    John PastorAugust 6, 2014
    Mint mojito iced coffee is the best thing ever. Perfect flavor balance.
  • Jeff A.
    Jeff AmlinJanuary 21, 2012
    They have a delicious soy milk they will add in at no charge
  • Amanda V.
    Amanda Van WestNovember 2, 2011
    Use me to brush up on your new music knowledge, and then show off your newfound coolness to the person you've been admiring from afar!
  • Anna
    AnnaMay 24, 2010
    I've tried every blend and the tesora's still my favorite. Light or dark, fresh, single cup coffee. Delicious.
  • Lily
    LilySeptember 14, 2014
    Get any of the fancy coffees. Their regular stuff is a little bland.
  • Ye Z.
    Ye ZhaoDecember 20, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    The bathroom key is attached to an elephant at the left side of the counter.
  • Anthony
    AnthonyAugust 20, 2014
    There isn't a day that goes by without me fantasizing about the iced mojito latte
  • Kevin S.
    Kevin SmoklerSeptember 6, 2015
    Been here 100+ times
    Barista's names are on Polaroids by front door. So you know whose starting your day off right.
  • Brett B.
    Brett BNovember 15, 2009
    Been here 50+ times
    For a real treat order off menu and request the Jamaica Blue, it's a bit spendy at $10 however worth it when you want to splurge
  • Zack W.
    Zack WurtzSeptember 26, 2010
    Amazing Iced coffee! Perfect with a mint leaf in it! Gave me a free coffee my first time here!
  • David S.
    David SchwartzFebruary 27, 2013
    Nothing beats Phil's. large ambrosia sweet and creamy
  • Micheal D.
    Micheal DanbomApril 4, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    My favorite place to get coffee. Ambrosia Philz way.
  • Denis S.
    Denis SosnovtsevDecember 1, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Philharmonic Phil's way is the way to go.
  • Jourdain D.
    Jourdain DegarmoFebruary 10, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the chamomile tea, prepared philz special way! It tastes like sunshine no joke.
  • Gabe N.
    Gabe NicholasSeptember 6, 2014
    The staff is all unbelievable and the WiFi is good
  • Edgar V.
    Edgar Van de PasJune 2, 2010
    Philz coffee is delicious! If you like strong dark black coffee take the Ether.
  • Radhika P.
    Radhika PatelDecember 20, 2014
    Just ask if you're confused; there are so many options!
  • Michael W.
    Michael WitbrockAugust 8, 2011
    If you don't like cardamon in coffee avoid Turkish and Philharmonic
  • Paul C.
    Paul CothenetJune 29, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Order anything. Can't go wrong.
  • Leonard L.
    Leonard LinMay 2, 2011
    Whoa, the iced mint mojito cup is damn tasty.
  • Bartek L.
    Bartek LachowskiJuly 28, 2014
    Ambrosia coffee of god - best coffee ever.
  • SF Weekly
    SF WeeklyMay 19, 2011
    SF Weekly's Best Of 2011 Winner - Reader's Poll - BEST COFFEEHOUSE
  • Adam K.
    Adam K.March 3, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Good for brewed coffee. They don't serve espresso. It's got a reputation but isn't anything spectacular.
  • Billy S.
    Billy SountornsornNovember 29, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Mint mojito iced coffee all the way
  • SF Weekly
    SF WeeklyFebruary 11, 2011
    SF Weekly's Best of Winner 2010 - Reader's Poll - BEST COFFEE
  • Grace S.
    Grace S.July 6, 2012
    Jacob's brew!
  • Patti C.
    Patti ChanJune 13, 2010
    Bring your cup back for a discount on your second. And try the Wonderbar.
  • Blake S.
    Blake SamicMay 4, 2013
    Get the Tantalizing Turkish coffee
  • Keenan P.
    Keenan PattersonSeptember 8, 2014
    The ginger snap is my guilty pleasure.
  • Nick C.
    Nick CrockerOctober 27, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Always the Ambrosia done Philz way.
  • Carlo S.
    Carlo SantiagoApril 6, 2014
    Jacob's sweet and creamy
  • Kevin S.
    Kevin SmoklerDecember 29, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Laundromat behind store has seats if Philz is crowded.
  • Douglas B.
    Douglas B.November 29, 2010
    Just superb. Worth the reputation.
  • Soundarya C.
    Soundarya ChandarFebruary 24, 2013
    Get the silken splendor. So good!!
  • Harold C.
    Harold ChaputMarch 22, 2014
    Holy cow, that cashier is cute!
  • Katya Y.
    Katya YudinMarch 7, 2014
    GET THE MINT MOJITO LATTE!!!!!!!
  • Sam H.
    Sam H.March 10, 2014
    A blade friendly coffee shop!
  • Geoff P.
    Geoff PorterJuly 22, 2013
    Strong does not correlate with good.
  • Alex S.
    Alex SongAugust 12, 2013
    Mint mojito iced coffee
  • Tantek Ç.
    Tantek ÇelikJanuary 17, 2014
    They share their restroom with another business which doesn't open until 8am.
  • Kinnell S.
    Kinnell ShahAugust 3, 2013
    Mint Mojito Ice Coffee
  • sri r.
    sri raghavanAugust 5, 2014
    Philtered Soul is great.
  • David B.
    David BullNovember 26, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Dancing Water is a good intro if this is your first time.
  • Nicole M.
    Nicole MaciasAugust 9, 2009
    Been here 25+ times
    get the chai with honey, cream and mint. iced on a hot day is also perfect!
  • Frank
    FrankDecember 9, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    It's the best coffee in the city and I'm Greek
  • Boon Y.
    Boon YapSeptember 10, 2011
    Every blend made individually - yum. :-)
  • Jaimie C.
    Jaimie ConleyFebruary 15, 2012
    Use full coffee names, not numbers associated with them.
  • Michael S.
    Michael SedlacekDecember 22, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    $10 holiday deal for one pound bag of Tesora! Cuuute! Perfect gift
  • Nick C.
    Nick CrockerDecember 9, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Ambrosia done Philz Way.
  • Kelly .
    Kelly 🍰December 27, 2012
    The dog outside isn't real!
  • Tim J.
    Tim JohnsenMarch 2, 2013
    Tiniest Philz evar
  • Vinnie L.
    Vinnie LauriaMarch 6, 2009
    Have a Philz coffee, made 1 cup at a time. I recommend the Turkish if your looking for something interesting.
  • Sebastiaan H.
    Sebastiaan HooftApril 19, 2013
    Need a boost? Go for Ether
  • Andrée B.
    Andrée BrazeauJanuary 18, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Best Coffee in town
  • Lee V.
    Lee VerberneFebruary 5, 2012
    Mint Mojito Iced Coffee. What a great idea.
  • Brian V.
    Brian VigilDecember 9, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Tesora is $10 for a pound all month of December!
  • Tea D.
    Tea DoughNovember 8, 2011
    Gingerbread latte or Mint Mojito!
  • Spencer S.
    Spencer SchoebenAugust 9, 2014
    get all the coffee
  • Quoc L.
    Quoc LeMarch 23, 2015
    Like it!!!!
  • Shirin O.
    Shirin OskooiJanuary 27, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Add cinnamon to any drink! I love it with the Iced Ecstatic.
  • Eric E.
    Eric EMay 4, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Ambrosia, medium sweet, is divine!
  • mayu-chan
    mayu-chanSeptember 15, 2011
    My stop on the go: powerful lattes.
  • Eric E.
    Eric EJune 17, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    The "So Good" really is. Mmmnnnph!
  • Eric G.
    Eric GoldbergJune 4, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the New Manhattan. Gorgeous.
  • Vivian W.
    Vivian WangApril 3, 2010
    grab coffee with a friend and pick up some flowers next door!
  • Trygve K.
    Trygve KatigbakAugust 16, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    ZOMG! I fucking love idiots that are fooled by this statuesque bulldog! Bwahahhahhahahaha. (X
  • Nic W.
    Nic WernerAugust 31, 2009
    Been here 50+ times
    Get a sprig of mint in your coffee, nice touch
  • Maxwell W.
    Maxwell WallaceJune 27, 2010
    More policemen. Less hot.
  • Maxwell W.
    Maxwell WallaceJune 27, 2010
    Hot policeman...
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