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The Monk's Kettle
Taps: 24 / Bottles: 180
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Bar, Eatery ]
3141 16th St
phone: (415) 865-9523
(Place added by: NikStique on 12-07-2007)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 63 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
In San Fran on business for the week and thanks to BAs, this was on my agenda.
For some reason, not sure why, I did not at all have high expectations for this place. Well, I was wrong. I was very very wrong.
This is one of those surprise hole in the wall gems that tug at your heartstrings. Reminded me of when I stumbled on the Linkery in San Diego. There is really a hard time finding a bad thing to say about the place- maybe the prices of the beers but thats it.
The atmosphere around the place is bizarre, just bizarre. Not familiar with the neighborhood but you walk in and it is great. Small bar, some seating, and people that just seem happy to be there. Friendly people at the bar, friendly staff, good start.
The quality of the selection was through the roof. The list was cared for, updated, and plentiful. They had pairing suggestion for everything on the menu, nice concise descriptions and plenty from domestic and imported. Well laid out as well. The seasonals were abundant and covered all the necessary bases.
Service was spectacular. Not sure the waitress name but she was great. Asked a simple question on some local beers and before I knew it, samples were right next to me to try. Honest suggestions on beers and food and she batted 1.000. Ordered Oaked Arrogant Bastard to start from tap and that alone will sell me on any establishment. Followed that with the bottle list with HOTD Adam and Fred. Thats a lineup my friends.
Food was knocked out of the park. Waitress/tender gave honest feedback on the food and suggested turkey burger over others and fantastic. The salad with blue cheese was also tremendous. Monk's Kettle is nothing short of a beer bar that cares about its beer, its food, its patrons and loves doing it. Doesnt try too hard but also not too big for its britches.
This is a must stop for any of my trips to San Fran. This and City Beer store will have me eager to come back to this fine city.
12-07-2008 20:03:30 |
More by marcpal
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I caught up with friends here while on vacation and found it to be a nice cozy spot to have a few great beers. I shared a Temptation from Russian River Brewing Co. based on the glowing recommendation of one of my friends and barmates. I then ordered a Moonlight Brewing Company Reality Czeck pils on tap, it was very clean and good. The selection was quite astonishing, 5 full pages representing an array of fine choices. Anyone should be able to find more than a few beers to their liking. The bartenders were very attentive and although I didn't need help with my choices I am willing to bet they would make a suggestion if need be. The location isn't far from public transportation, but it felt off the beaten path and refreshingly different from the majority of the bars I have been to in the San Francisco area. Obviously I am not reviewing from a local's standpoint, but as a traveler I would highly recommend stopping in here.
10-15-2008 00:44:01 |
More by hotglassmama
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Located in the Mission, conveniently by the 24th st BART terminal.
First of all, this place is small. I think the max capacity is like 50. A couple small tables by the bar, and a few equally small tables in the dining area. Long bar with 12+ seats.
The beer selection is what brought me here. 24 taps of well thought out styles. Many hard to find brews. On my visit they had Avery Ale To The Chief, Dogfish Punkin, Moonlight Reality Czeck, Lagunitas Imperial Red,Sonoma Farmhouse Hop Stoopid, Allagash Curieux, & lots more. Impressive bottle list as well.
The food was fantastic as well. House made pretzels, local produce & meats, house made sauces, aoilis, etc & daily pot pie specials, and more. Everything I've had here has been great. No standard brewpub/pub menu here. The menu also suggests beer pairings for each item. AWESOME.
Service has been fine on my visits. Not overly welcoming, but fine.
If you love beer, and quality food made with quality ingredients. This is your place. If you love just beer, this is your place.
A fine addition to the SF beer scene.
10-02-2008 01:46:18 |
More by bbothen
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$$
Compared to other cities, San Francisco has a massive shortage of excellent beer bars. Thankfully, Monk's Kettle and City Beer Store popped up in the past couple years.
The atmosphere inside is pretty cool. They definitely spent a lot of money re-doing the space that was formerly occupied by Kelly's Burgers (a dingy burger joint to hit up late night after lots of drinks across the street at Kilowatt). Now there is a nice wooden bar with lots of taps, and the booths are pretty cool as well. Unfortunately, this space is often not large enough for the kind of business Monk's Kettle is running - a restaurant where folks can hang out after eating and just keep drinking. This results in a major clogging at the door. Every time I go, I seem to have to wait for at least an hour to get a table. As a result, I don't go here often.
The selection is very good. I didn't count them, but it looks like they've got around 25-30 beers on tap. I had a Dogfish Punkin, Allagash Curieaux, and Oaked Arrogant Bastard the other night. Very good variety.
Service: The people working here have always been very friendly each time I'm here. As noted above, my only ding is that you have to wait for ages before getting a table. Thankfully you can just order a drink and a soft pretzel from the bar while you wait.
I am not here often enough to explore the menu, so I always order their burger, which is quite good, even if not cooked the way you requested. And their fries are awesome.
Prices: very high. Perhaps to make up for what I imagine is pretty high overhead for such a small space. Overall, I'm fine with that because I understand SF is an expensive city to do business, and I'm glad to have a nice addition to the beer offerings here.
09-20-2008 14:58:16 |
More by waltonc
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$$
I rarely will rate places being in the Industry but this is out of my market so i will give it a go. Man, what great food, ambience and selection. I drank 2 russian river sours (Temptation & Supplication) and had a really delicious pork chop cooked in a demi glace of figs. The menu was written concisely but completely in a beer geek effort to educate the masses on styles. They ran the whole gammit of styles from Belgian Whites and Bocks to American Wild Ales. If you are in the area definitely check this one out. You won't regret it.
09-09-2008 22:45:36 |
More by ChrisDotson
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Went there with a group of four people this past weekend for a late lunch.
Was very impressed with their beer selections (go to their website to check them out). Our group tried the Petrus Old Bruin, Ellie's Brown Ale by Avery and Stone 12th Anniversary Ale. All were on tap. Their bottled selections were also superb.
This is definitely more of a lunch/small dinner atmosphere than a bar setting, but they did have a small bar as well. They had beer pairings with each menu item as well which was quite handy. The server seemed to be busy, but was very attentive and responsive. Service the entire time was very fast.
Food was actually really tasty. I had the skirt steak which was very flavorful and tender. My buddy had the chicken pot pie which was one of the best I've tried. Price was reasonable.
Highly recommended if you are in the Mission District of San Francisco!
08-12-2008 23:34:54 |
More by ibbjamin
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
First ill start off on the location of this place. Itis in a ghetto freakin part of San Fran and when i got off at the bart station, there were drug deals, prostitution, and people talking to themselves all in front of me. Never seen so much gow down all at once.
Any way despite all that it is actually kind of a nice place. Its wierd how in this area there are like nice places mixed in with the getto. there was a nice whine bar down the street as well. It seems like alot of "hipsters", as people on here like to call them on here, were eating there and that area has alot in general.
The service was good, our bartender was cool and giving us tasters of stuff and talking to us. He did talk about how he smokes weed all the time though and he also looked like a hipster.
Their food was pretty good, all of it being hipster organic food and what not but all in all this place seemed to cater towards the people that live in that area.
Cool place but not really somewhere to go out of the way for.
05-30-2008 20:27:56 |
More by PeprSprYoFace
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
I think a terrific people vibe. Shiny, not a dingey old bar, more upscale. Small, but I managed a seat at the bar.
Nice selection of beers. Any time I find Piraat on tap I'll take it. Tasted clean and fresh.
As noted by others the prices are high. Knowing La Trappe is near or heading over the bridge to Trappist ... I'd probably do either of those before the Monks Kettle. I do like a darker older looking bar, but it's more the prices that will keep me going to others. Some of our pours also seemed light. They may need to put fill lines on their wine glass they use when a proper glass isn't available.
Service was great. People seemed great. Again a terrific place with an above average selection, proper glasses and a beery crowd.
Enjoy the Monks Kettle.
04-07-2008 05:25:18 |
More by dougnboston
vibe: 2 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$$$
Monk's Kettle is a mixed bag. Aesthetically it's pretty nice, lots of dark wood and marble, somewhat Euro looking. It's very small, and also quite popular, which makes things like sitting or even comfortably standing pretty much impossible.
The bar has about 25 taps, which are nicely split between local beers and imports. I see quite a bit of Moonlight and Russian River here, which is hard to complain about. What I can complain about are the prices, which are completely absurd. Expect to pay anywhere from $8 to $12 or more for beers that you can find at other local bars for literally half the price. They do have the occasional value beer, but it's rarely anything special.
The bottle list is pretty decent, and they've got a solid selection of vintage beers, but again, the prices are laughably high. I feel bad for anyone gullible enough to pay their prices.
Food is pretty good - trendy, expensive pub fare, largely organic and local. Nothing amazing, but always good. They also get a nod from me for keeping the kitchens open until 1 AM.
This spot seemed promising when they first opened, but I'm afraid it's been downhill since then. Best avoided, check out The Trappist in Oakland for a similar selection at better prices.
03-18-2008 00:15:55 |
More by largadeer
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$$
This place is good. A nice small bar area and few tables with some nice pics on the bay area up on the wall. Quality of the beer s I tried was pretty good and I did not get a chance to try the food. Still, this place was pretty cool. About 16 drafts and quite a few bottles as well. Nothing I have not had before, but that is kinda bar for the course these days. They did have $21 1 oz samples of utopias which is kinda cool even though the markup is hardcore on the drafts and bottles. Seriously for 16th and mission the prices here are HIGH. The service was decent but kinda slow, but than again this place is brand new, so I will give them the benefit of the doubt, and give them some time.
02-09-2008 05:40:17 |
More by francisweizen
The Monk's Kettle in San Francisco, CA
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