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Active Beers: 46
Beer Ratings: 455
Beer Avg: 3.77
Taps: 10 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Eatery ]
1398 Haight Street
phone: (415) 864-PINT
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
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vibe: 1 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 3 | food: 2 | $$$
Atmosphere - This place is a loud tiny box seriously they pack everyone into a maybe 20x20ft room. The bar are has a nice woody look to it and thats about the only nice thing going on. I was there at 3pm on a Sunday for a late lunch but the place is so small and packed it wasn't very enjoyable with random peoples asses sliding along the edge of my table from them trying to move around the place.
Quality/Selection - They had a good number of house beers on tap and another three on cask. I was only able to drink two of their beers on cask one was pretty good the other was pretty boring.
Service - I'll give some props to the bartender who got me a beer after fighting through the crowd to be seen by him. My waitress and the food runners on the other hand are a bunch of rocks. While waiting for my table I saw the food runners bring the wrong order to tables and wander around guessing until they got it right. After the wife and I ordered our meal one of the food runners drop off an appetizer at my table then runs off before I even had a chance to tell her we didn't order it. My waitress didn't use a notepad to take orders and ended up messing up my order twice. I ordered the grillied chicken panini with a salad. When the food comes out my wife gets her food but no condiments for it and I get chicken sausage. So we have to wait forever for the waitress to come by and retell her what I ordered and also order another beer. After another long wait I'm brought a the grilled chicken panini with fries and then I have to remind her about my beer order wtf.
Food - After finally getting food it really wasn't worth the price. Since my meal was still messed up all I ate was the sandwich since I didn't want fries. My wife had their burger and didn't finish it because it just wasn't all that good.
Overall when I go back to San Francisco for a weekend again this place isn't going to be on my list of places to visit. Too crowded and loud with horrible service.
03-01-2011 04:34:12 |
More by armock
United Kingdom (England)
vibe: 5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
I came here to try some US cask ale and I have to say that I wasn't particularly impressed. I first tried the mild (3.9%) and it was absolutely appalling. The head was non existant, but I forgave that because there is a school of thought that says cask ales should be seved without head. The next was a 6% IPA that was decent but just not well rounded and lacked the quality I expect from a cask beer, but it was an enjoyable drink. My final cask beer was the 7% IPA and this was okay, but it wasn't packing the kind of punch I expeect from such a strong brew. After this I went to the draught Cole Porter- great name, awful beer. Like so many american porters it was completely devoid of body and the only flavour was coffee. Having said all this I was very happy to be drinking cask, even though they wouldn't really cut the mustard back in britain.
On to the positives, the atmosphere in here was electric: the place was packed and the decor was really good. There were oysters on and they were both delicious and well priced. For my main course I had the fish and chips and they were excellent. The service was good and the waitress was easy on the eye.
I had a superb night here and I will certainly be going back. Better to go early though because there is very little space just for drinkers.
02-17-2011 02:38:00 |
More by hophopandaway
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Third stop of SF brewpub tour. Located on Haight in the middle of the Haight Asbury neighborhood. Walking in you get hit smacked in the face with pub warmness of the wood and booths and the bar.
When we were their that had about 20 beers on tap. We tried two 6 beer samplers-which included three IPAs, three bitters, a porter, a brown, two pale ales and a gruit. Enjoyed all the beers, even the gruit, but were blow away by the Proving Grounds IPA. We were impressed by the ability of the brewer to play within the parameters of Pale Ales, IPAs, and Bitters-this ability shows how there can be distinct beers within a style. More breweries should do this.
$20 dollars for 12 samples-noce. Service was excellent. A must stop in the city.
01-30-2011 18:31:47 |
More by bradybeer
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
This is a bit of a strange spot, but what isn't on Haight? The place is pretty small with about as many tables and seats as they could possibly cram into it.
The tables and booths were all full and we weren't particularly hungry so we managed to find some seats at the small bar just across from the "real bar".
The woman behind the bar was helpful and prompt with her service and was nice as well. Can't really ask for much more than that.
I will say the prices are a bit high here, especially since a lot of the beers aren't all that good, but I guess for the City, it's not too terrible.
They've got a LOT of beers on-tap which is a cool thing. They had 6 or so "regular" beers as well as just about as many special Belgian style beers for this particular round of seasonals. Also have a few beers on cask.
A cool enough spot, especially if you're tired of being abused down the street a bit at Toronado, but not necessarily a destination.
11-27-2010 07:39:11 |
More by womencantsail
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
This was the place I was most excited to visit in San Francisco on a trip to the West Coast this past spring, and it is was the first place I went after a hellish day in airports. What a long, strange trip, indeed. But, o! how the cask bitter soothed my ills, and how lovely it was complimented by a duck apricot sausage.
Maybe it was the long trip, the fact that it was a chilly Tuesday night and the streets were empty, or the long quiet walk up a hill under trees to this beautiful spot, but this place was magical. The space is small, cozy, warmly but dimly lit, and feels old and lived in though it may or may not be. Entering through the corner door, there is a long, high communal table--something I really like to see in bars--and a few booths to the left, and more booths and tables to the right. The bar is in the back, where a solid lineup of excellent beers brewed in the basement are dispensed. There were a handful of casks, which I especially enjoyed, as well as a couple great pale ale and IPAs, and nice kolsch for something lighter.
Overall, San Francisco was my least favorite stop on our West Coast tour that brought us to Portland and Seattle afterward, but I'd go back just for Magnolia.
10-06-2010 21:20:11 |
More by FrankLloydMike
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$
Great little resto brewprub with an eclectic setting. We came for the beer, a lot of ales on the menu but the cask beers were a welcome addition. I had the Proving Ground IPA on draught and from the cask. The draught was a little better but if Cask ales are your thing you won't be disappointed with that either.
As for the food all three in our dining party went with the burger and really enjoyed it. The fries are cooked Belgian style and were really tasty. Maybe my only complaint about the food is that I asked for my Burger Well done and it was charred on the ouside. Live and learn... Anyway this is a great little brew pub, would def come here again.
08-31-2010 13:56:13 |
More by tdawgydog
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Summary: Excellent food, above average beer quality and selection, in a historic SF location.
Went there on a Monday night about 6 or 6:30. The place was full. Didn't have to wait for a four top, but would have if I got there any later. The interior is what I'd expect from modern Haight/Ashbury, lots of dark wood, big glass front windows, tile floors, but on the spartan side. Think early 20th century cafe that was left in disrepair then fixed up, like many of the places in the area.
The menu is fairly extensive, a lot to pick from. I was happy sticking with the appetizers and second course choices. Service was decent, but not great. Would have like it if the waitperson knew a bit more about what was brewed. Four beers on cask plus another six to eight. No guest taps. The food was the highlight. Not all dishes were a hit, the sweetbreads were boring and didn't need to be breaded and fried, but were well prepared and inventive in general.
What would bring me back. I was able to have a good sampling of both beer and food. With so many other places in SF, it's hard to want to come back to the same place twice. If there was substantial rotation of food and beer, perhaps Magnolia would be worth a second visit. The beer was good, but not good enough to bring me back again. That said, the place is worth a visit if you've never been.
08-31-2010 13:22:33 |
More by LittleDon
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 2 | $$$
Not at all impressed with this spot. I was definitely looking forward to coming here but was let down for sure. The atmosphere and service were very solid. Patrons all enjoying themselves and the ambiance allows for a very social experience. The wait staff was prompt and eager to help and provide. The beers were very mediocre--had a bitter and IPA, both on cask. Definitely had a bunch of brews, and I will likely come back to give their beer another shot. The food, however, was not good at all. Came in with my gf for their lunch offerings. She ordered the fish sandwich and I had the grilled pork sandwich. Both were far too dry. Enjoyed the bread for each, but the proteins on each were well overcooked and neither had much going on. Fries were admittedly solid. But the lack of quality really made me question how much the ownership really cares about their food. Moreover, I have no idea how Magnolia's can serve these sub-par sandwiches at $13 each during the lunch hour! May return for beers; definitely will not try the food again.
08-12-2010 00:39:50 |
More by WOTO97
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$$
Been here on a couple of occasions...once for brunch and once for lunch.
A - Very relaxed atomosphere...fairly small in size with a mixture of booths, private 2-4 person tables and some shared "community" seating as well as space at the bar. Booths have high sides and backs so you feel somewhat secluded from others around you. Can be on the loud side when busy. Interesting bathroom sink location...outside of the bathrooms - can be confusing a bit at first especially since the sinks are old style trough-like industrial/restaurant kitchen style - makes you wonder if these are the sinks for the kitchen staff. If you are here during a brewing session, the smells here can be heavenly...
Q - Always been happy with the quality of the food and beer I've had here. Lots of locally grown and sourced foods. Smallish menu filled with many out of the ordinary dishes. Something for everyone.
S - Usually pretty good, but can be a touch slow when things get busy. Wait staff has been knowledgable about the food and beer menus and can generally answer any questions. Overall no complaints - and probably better than most smaller establishments.
S - Had about 10-12 beers on tap my last time there with 3 or 4 cask offerings and a couple of guest taps. Specialize in English style beers so had several varieties of bitter, ipa, brown ales and also a Belgian wit and a wheat beer. I tried the IPA and a bitter (both on cask) and found them quite enjoyable.
F - Large selection of unique and sometimes unusual foods with many sourced locally - excellent charcuterie selections and cheeses, house made sausages, excellent salads and sandwiches from the lunch menu. Some really great stuff on this menu - difficult to choose which to try on a single visit.
V - A bit pricey. For 2 people, we had 4 beers, a couple cheese plates (3-4 varieties) and a salad, which came out to ~$60 with tip. A bit much for lunch, but I do have to say that everything was excellent.
07-27-2010 13:06:09 |
More by portia99
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
I went there for brunch on a Sunday morning while my brother & my dad were in CA to see me. The food is delicious, the prices are on the lower end of what you would pay for your average San Francisco meal, and the beer is delicious.
I had the whole wheat pancakes with huckleberry compote and a cole porter(awesome), my brother had the hang town fry with a moonlight reality czech, and my dad had the steak & eggs with a magnolia mimosa(the only overpriced drink, $9). It was all excellent and by far one of my favorite places that we visited.
It's in a really cool part of town, the feel is relaxed, and the food & drink are excellent. Try it if you have the chance.
07-07-2010 02:26:08 |
More by Duttonic
Magnolia Pub & Brewery in San Francisco, CA
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