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The Monk's Kettle
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3141 16th St San Francisco, CA 94103
3141 16th StreetUSCaliforniaSan Francisco94103
$$Restaurant, Gastropub
Today 12PM–2AM
Tuesday 12PM–2AMWednesday 12PM–2AMThursday 12PM–2AMFriday 12PM–2AMSaturday 12PM–2AMSunday 12PM–2AMMonday 12PM–2AM
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Lively locale for traditional pub fare & a long list of beers, including lots of Belgian varieties.- Google
"Had the fried oysters with cucumber relish which I truly recommend."
"Really extensive beer menu and friendly staff."
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Jonn Spencer
2 months ago
Get the roast! This is one of my favorite places in SF. an excellent rotating beer menu with a staff knowledgeable about beer pairing. The food is excellent but their daily roast is always head and shoulders better than anything on the menu. For an appetizer, I recommend the pretzels with their homemade mustard. For dessert, you've got to try their beer float. They don't take reservations so try to go on an off day. It can be kind of loud inside, so I prefer the outside tables (there are heaters, so it doesn't really get cold).
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Matt Warren
2 months ago
Very good food and an excellent beer list. Go early or be prepared to wait. Waiting isn't even that big a deal, though, as they'll text or call you when your table is ready, so you can repose at Delirium across the street.
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Bruce Hammerstrom
2 months ago
I'm from North County San Diego, beer heaven and Monks was recommended to me and they didn't fail. Had Pliny and many other sought after beers along with a tasty hamburger and a mellow atmosphere. Great spot.
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Jay Goldberg
2 months ago
Perfect mussels. Booths for you and your friends to socialize. Not too loud. Food is expensive, but quality is good.
Audrey K
2 months ago
Food: 5 Everyone talks about the beer list (which, of course, is fantastic and even includes an informative glossary), but the food is good too. I got a fried chicken sandwich with fries, and everything was good. The fried chicken sandwich was definitely one of the better fried chicken sandwiches I've had, and that's saying a lot - I luuurv fried chicken. The beer, of course, is excellent. If you're overwhelmed or if you want a recommendation, ask for one and you'll probably find something great. If you haven't had Pliny the Elder yet and you like IPA's, this place usually has it on tap. Service: 5 My server was helpful and checked in unobtrusively (which can be a pet peeve of mine with servers - can't you see we're having a conversation here?) but made sure we were taken care of. She even got my boyfriend a taste of a second sour beer that he had been thinking of, because she probably saw that we were only going to get one. As we were leaving, she was putting away an umbrella for an older couple so it wouldn't get in their way in the small restaurant. Great service.
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Johnny Wang
3 months ago
*** In Short *** Extensive beer menu with great food, but terribly long waits to get a table. *** In Depth *** Alright, so, extensive is a bit of an understatement. The variety of beers here number well into the hundreds, which normally means that someone like myself who doesn't really drink beer would be screwed. Fortunately, I am blessed with friends that do, and do it a lot. And with hundreds of beers to pick from, it's not entirely surprisingly that they actually found one that I enjoyed: who said choice was necessarily a bad thing (when you have someone else choosing for you, anyway). Now, enjoyable as the beer was, the food was definitely the highlight. My friend proclaimed their burger to be the best she's had in the city, but, well, I wasn't so easily convinced about the worthiness of a $17 burger, so, instead, I went with their roasted mushroom risotto instead, which was absolutely fantastic: rich, flavorful, creamy, and very filling. My friend, kind soul that she is, offered me a bite of her burger, if not just to prove a point. That point being that, yes, their burger IS indeed incredibly good. Certainly among the best I've had in the city, but, having had Nostra's raviolo burger recently, best is debatable. My only qualms with the place? It's certainly a little on the pricier side, but worse is the fact that they don't take reservations, which, in our case, meant waiting for two hours before we had the opportunity to eat. But, if you don't mind drinking while you wait, and you show up before you're hungry, Monk's Kettle ain't a bad option. ***Accessibility Info*** Venue - While the place is accessible, maneuvering through the restaurant when it's busy (so, basically, all weekend) can prove to be a little challenging with the narrow walkways. The tables and counter seating in the very back don't pose any height difficulties though, that being said. Bathroom - In the very back, so, assuming you can make it back there, given the aforementioned, the bathroom itself is totally accessible.
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Michael McAfoos
2 months ago
We didn't eat here but the beer selection was outstanding, with a large draft list and bottle list as well. I had a Pliny the Elder and a 2013 bourbon country barleywine on tap. Some of the bottles are pricy, but given the rarity, it's expected.
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Alexandre Lalonde
6 months ago
Huge beer list. Nice atmosphere. Couple of tables outside! We had the fried oysters with a cucumber relish. Funky combination but worth a try. Pretzel bread was really good! Just expect hard choices when picking out a beer ;) But these guys will help you choose if you tell them what you like.


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