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The Monk's Kettle
Taps: 24 / Bottles: 180
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Bar, Eatery ]
3141 16th St
phone: (415) 865-9523
(Place added by: NikStique on 12-07-2007)
Ratings & Reviews
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vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Stopped in for a few beers and a snack. Small lively place with a few tables and bar seating for 10 or so. It was President's Day at 3PM and it was packed. Had a seat at the bar and had Racer X on draft. Nice beer served correctly by someone who knew beers. Service was very friendly but not over the top. They give out a bound book which lists their selection which is medium sized and well thought out. Food was good, especially the pretzel roll and the burger. The location is good if you are in the Mission or can use BART, the 19th Street stop. Would stop here again.
03-01-2012 20:41:53 |
More by doho95fu
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$$$
Stopped here after my flight landed on January 29th. I had avoided this destination because of its price reputation before, but I mustered up the funds this time around. *Cough* Business trip *Cough*
First impression: Tiny. Certainly not a knock on the restaurant, but if you're planning a visit, know this isn't a spread your wings place with lots of empty tables. It's packed, which I very much enjoy in my beer destinations.
Tap list quality was quite good. As expected, there was a good local selection (Reality Czech is a must have every visit to SF, IMO), as well as some Belgian kegs which is rare enough. Prices are 2 or so dollars more than other places for locals, St. Bernardus was a whopping 10.75 for 8 oz. That's more than a 750mL bottle, if you're keeping score. So the selection score gets dinged a bit. It's not really a selection if you can't justify buying the beer for that price, is it? I argue not.
My server was very good. Knowledgeable and patient. Talked me through the menu and paired my meal up with the aforementioned St. B (Business trip, remember?).
Which leads me to why you should visit this place. The food is fantastic. Truly delicious. I chose the Braised Beef Short Ribs over seasonal vegetables and potato puree. Meat falling of the bone, potatoes laced with a light (and awesome gravy)...yes, this is the food of Belgian kings. And the Abt/quad really brought out another level in the meal. 5.0 here and highly deserving.
So, get out your checkbook, forget to the check the prices, and enjoy. Recommended.
02-08-2012 05:13:58 |
More by writerLJBerg
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
I had a few hours to kill in San Francisco before heading off to other places, so I chose The Monk's Kettle. I had been warned (fairly so) about the relatively higher prices, but chose it anyway because of its proximity to the BART station.
The beer selection was truly great with multiple styles well represented, along with the right dose of rarity. I got to drink Beatification Batch 3 that the bartender was kind enough to hold for me as I waited for my friend (it was their last bottle!). I also had a couple pints of Reality Czech. There were other well known beers on the huge list but one can only drink so much.
The beers were served in the right glassware and the glassware shelf was impressive. Food tasted of high quality, not necessarily equal to tasty, but then there are limited vegetarian options so I didn't have much choice.
Monk's is a crowded place, as one would expect for a top notch beer bar. I am sure it is struggling to keep up with the demand as are the brewers, so expect to wait for a table/spot at the bar; and expect average service in terms of speed. However, I am sure that the staff was doing its best so I can't blame anyone but the demand!
I highly recommend this place, especially for someone out of town like myself.
02-07-2012 19:36:56 |
More by tewaris
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Came here a bit early and just barely beat the dinner rush. Our hipster waitress seemed to have a chip on her shoulder at first but she turned out to be a sweetheart. Beer selection is top notch. We had a Marin seasonal and a De Dolle oerbier. Food was outstanding. We had mussels, frites, Brussels sprouts, winter lettuce salad, and their absolutely fantastic hamburger. The vibe and decor is perfect for what it is, though I do think this place is too small. I heartily recommend Monks Kettle but would advise going mid day to beat the crowds.
12-07-2011 15:59:14 |
More by adsomers
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$$
Excellent, if pricey spot for a beer in the Mission. Located only two blocks from BART, Monk's Kettle is very conveniently located, and worth visiting if you are in this part of the city.
Draught list is great, 20 or so beers on tap at all times, and always changing. I stop here from time to time and the selection is constantly rotating. I really like that about this place. The bottle list is very extensive but is honestly way too expensive! Stick to draught beer here, there will be plenty of great offerings.
Pricing is interesting, some beers are served in 8 oz. servings, others in 12, 16 or 20 oz. servings, priced accordingly. Some are priced reasonably well compared to other local spots and some are a bit expensive. Want to emphasize the the great draught selection though, one of the better places in the city for this because it constantly rotates.
Atmosphere is nice, but it's always crowded here, no matter what time of day. They have a small bar, and a few small tables. Also, a few spots to sit/stand to the left of the bar. Many times it can simply be too crowded because this place really is not too big. The owners are opening a new restaurant/bar a few blocks away very soon, so that may alleviate some of the space issues at Monk's Kettle, but we'll see about that.
If you're into beer and you're hanging out in the Mission, stopping by Monk's Kettle is a no-brainer. Check it out.
11-17-2011 07:25:52 |
More by colonelforbin
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$$
The Monk's Kettle offers a really nice environment to enjoy a beer from a wide and varied selection. The interior is really nicely appointed and welcoming while the staff make your time there enjoyable with their quality service and decent product knowledge. The selection of beers was high quality including a range of great local and imported beers. The locals included beers from breweries I didn't see anywhere else during my travels which was nice. I was also impressed by the service provided by staff when I left my bag behind. They found it promptly and had it ready for me when I walked in the door to pick it up. The only down side are the high prices (Pliny for double what it costs at Toronado).
11-03-2011 06:29:52 |
More by dgilks
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$$
Rainy weekday afternoon called for refuge at Monk's Kettle. Wasn't crowded, only about half full.
A beer-zealous and enthusiastic bartender was tending the bar, he was very knowledgeable and offered us samples, all the while chatting with a few different folks at the bar. He suggested a "tiny Pliny" 10 oz. pour when I asked about smaller draft sizes. Several interesting draft options, Moonlight Sour Mash Wheat, Pliny the Elder, RR Temptation (unfortunately just delivered, and it hadn't settled yet). Drafts covered a range of prices, from an affordable $5 to an unheard of $15 (ouch).
Atmosphere was clean and modern, tons of assorted glassware behind the bar, with an eclectic row of curious vessels along the top shelf. Lambic pitchers, a copper Utopias bottle, and other curiosities. A row of wooden booths to the left of the bar reserved for dining patrons. There was a group of 6-8 that came in and made a big show over not getting a table for drinks, and left. More seats for the rest of us... It's a tiny place, not really designed for pub crawls of that size.
There was a very spendy "cellar reserve" list with some cellared stuff, nothing worth blowing a wad of cash over though. Food and bottle menu prices were also a bit higher than elsewhere in town, but there was quality to be had. Overall a great beer-focused place that deserves it's esteemed reputation.
10-09-2011 00:42:36 |
More by emerge077
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
I came here this past weekend on a Friday night to a packed bar. The decor is nice, but it is a bit too upscale for my taste.
The service was great. The bartender was both knowledgeable and helpful. He made me feel very comfortable and offered suggestions. He even gave me a taste of a rare off menu beer that was absolutely delicious. Also, the host knew I was looking for a spot at the bar and came to get me when it came available. They go above and beyond and created a very enjoyable experience. It also helped that we spent plenty of money here. It's a bit expensive, but not unreasonably so.
The selection is impressive, but not amazing. I'd give it a 4.25 if I could. It had some very interesting tap and bottled beers, but the vintage list was a bit disappointing. If they expanded this list I could easily see them getting a 4.5. A more interesting tap offering would also help them out, though it was certainly good.
I highly recommend this place. It gets crowded, but has a great bottle list and a decent atmosphere. However, the service is truly exceptional.
06-28-2011 15:42:12 |
More by coreyfmcdonald
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$$
By far my favorite bar, mostly because it doesn't feel like a bar, it's more like a fantastic restaurant with a fantastic bar built in. Their food is delicious (and it's not merely good versions of pub food, though they certainly serve very good pub food), the selection fantastic, the staff knowledgeable and friendly. Service only gets knocked down from 5 because of the strange rules about tables (no seating while waiting for the rest of your party to arrive seems quite odd to me).
The only downside is the price, but it's worth it, at least every now and then.
06-10-2011 19:34:10 |
More by stupac2
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Went to the Monk's Kettle for part of my birthday tour of pubs last year in SF. This place to me is spectacular. Just an awesome selection of Belgian beers on tap. Great atmosphere - building is on a corner and you can see a lot of people/foot traffic outside. Its very much a European cafe style. The food was really traditional and also excellent. We had mussels and a charcuterie plate (or cured meat plate, cant quite remember). It was on the 100 SF Eats list for a pint of Belgian beer. And it should be. Cant wait to go back
05-05-2011 16:03:17 |
More by NorCalgrowler
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