Beso
Beso

Beso

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.besosf.com/
  • Phone: 4158015392
  • Hours of Operation:

    Dinner: Daily 3:00pm-11:00pm
    Brunch: Sa-Su 3:00pm-11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Nick Ronan
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Located only a few steps from the Harvey Milk Plaza/Castro Muni Station and the aboveground F Muni Line, Bisou is centrally located in the Castro merchant district. Muni Lines : F/K/L/M/S/T Bus Lines : 24/35/33
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Public metered street parking is available. Parking on 18th Street.
A word from Beso
Beso Bistronomia offers high quality Spanish (Catalan Tapas) cuisine in a friendly, local bistro environment. Our food is served in small plates meant to be shared with friends and family. Beso has its own exclusive farm. Napa Kitchen Gardens is the exclusive grower for the Bisou Group, providing locally grown, super fresh organic, baby specialty produces and herbs. Chef Nick Ronan and his chefs design seasonal menus with the Farm Manager in order to facilitate a unique grow to order connection that supports ever changing seasonal menus.
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Beso reviews from OpenTable diners
96 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelEnergetic
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (65)fit for foodies (62)hot spot (47)good for groups (24)notable wine list (23)special occasion (19)romantic (15)late-night find (8)vibrant bar scene (7)great for lunch (2)great for brunch (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Awesome! Great food and service! It's my new favorite place to eat in the Castro
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Spot
    apnand22
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Had a get together with a group of 6 gals. Great place to catch up and enjoy great food and wine. Will definitely be back here again!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun & great spanish tapas spot
    MatadorDvino
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Great selection of spanish tapas with creativity. The staff very fun and with great customer service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spanish taste in SF
    Laulo
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The paella was exquisite! And the deserts too!Great service! I definitely recommend it
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A welcomed addition to the Castro!
    AllegrovVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Beso's staff made us feel very welcomed from the moment we walked through the door and their friendly service was superb right until we left. All dishes we tried were very tasty: chorizo con tinto and pulpo a la plancha were outstanding! We will certainly return for more and try other tapas.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tapas in the Castro
    Foodie3
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Excellent food, well prepared and interesting presentations. We enjoyed ourselves a lot , though it can get a too loud to actually talk. A great addition to the neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noisy
    LeaoTurpin
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Terribly noisy impossible to keep a conversatation with your table partner without screaming. By the way, the tables are so close to each other. That for the guy on our side pass between them, he pratically had to seat on our plates. The food is good but not enoug the make your time pleasureable.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Tapas and Wonderful Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The food and the service were both outstanding! The decor was great, but the music was so loud it was hard to hear your table. Overall, great food, yummy wine and a great find:)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Besos for Beso
    TerboyVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Found this wonderful tapas restaurant on Open Table and chose it mostly for location and the good reviews. Our son and his girlfriend live in the neighborhood, so we met up and got a great table by the door. It was a hot day, so the street energy was high. Our waiter couldn't have been nicer, explaining the various dishes and making recommendations. Excellent charcuterie and a young Mahon cheese that was delicious. Our salad was stuffed squash blossoms, and we had tonnata on crisp bits of bread. Also fantastic was the paella on dirty rice. I had the citron dessert that was perfection, as were the delicate churros and the richly wonderful chocolate cake. Will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noise Nightmare
    JeffVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Fabulous food, but noise level hurt our ears. Seriously and literally. Numb eardrums for an hour after we left. Not party-like and fun and "woohoo we're in Spain". It was painful. Dudes, put something soft on the walls or ceilings. We won't go back unless it comes down a notch. :-)
    • Food
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  • New addition to the neighborhood
    Elsewhere1010VIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Beso is a new and very welcome addition to the Castro and provides some delicious options for dinner. Two of us tried a total of five dishes (plus one dessert, shared) and came away very satisfied. Service is friendly and knowledgeable, and the staff are good at guiding you through the menu items. The mostly-Spanish wine list has some lovely wines on it and I look forward to trying a few more! The highlight for me was the Panceta, a pork belly braised in a slow oven for 12 hours, the perfect size for two to share. I though it indulgent and delicious. The noise level is on the high side and most tables for two are close together, but if you score one of the deuces along the back wall you'll have a bit more privacy. Welcome to the hood!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great great great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Great service. Great selection of sherries!!! Great food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Beso
    PLMK
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Beso is a fairly new place in the Castro district. The menu is very inventive with a wide variety of choices. The cheeses and ham and other sausages are especially delicious. The tuna tapas is probably the best item on the menu and we tried many! Spanish octopus great as well and a good size portion. Service was spotty, place was crowded. Noise level very high. Not a place to have dinner and carry on a conversation. Because of this we would probably not dine here again. But if you are ok with that, food was really good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, great fun
    ChocolatChodeVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Hostess was very kind in accommodating a last min add to our party of 3 when their reservation book was full. Server Wilfredo gave us excellent recommendations on the food and wine, the wine he selected for us was perfect. We ordered almost every dish - the standouts were the patatas bravas, panceta and gambas al ajillo. A very lively spot which manages to also maintain the feel of a cozy neighborhood favorite, it reminds me of the cervezerias in Barcelona, with much better paellas.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Welcome neighborhood addition
    Homerpc
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    This instantly became one of our favorite restaurants in the Castro, along with places like Starbelly and Frances. Everything we tried -- cured pork products, paella, grilled octopus, and more -- was well-prepared and tasty. The wine list is interesting but modestly priced, with lots of wine and a number of sherries by the glass. Although it bills itself as a tapas restaurant, half the menu is larger dishes. The only slight drawback is that they have efficiently laced tables into this relatively small space. While we didn't feel overcrowded, the noise level was a little on the high side for comfortable conversation.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful tapas!
    cftylerVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Every plate was distinguished by clean, distinct flavors. Wonderful, welcoming service. Our group was seated promptly and service was at just the right pace. Outstanding!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Needs to Work Out Kinks
    vgsanfranVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    For the most part we had a great meal. The food was good. The Octopus dish was a joke given the price. They were super stingy with the portion size given they charge $18 for it. It's just marinated octopus and potatoes so there is no reason to be stingy with the portion size. Lower the price if you plan to keep this dish as is. Paella took over an hour and the waiter had nothing but sarcastic things to say about the kitchen yet never offered to comp anything. Pathetic! This place certainly has potential as the flavors are great and the menu selection is spot on. We went hear after returning from Madrid and we were pleased but not wowed. Esperpento is still our go to place for tapas in SF. Can't beat their pricing and quality.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good, but pricey.
    lezInCastro
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Great service and ambiance. Too noisy and a little bit expensive for the food quality and portions. BTW I'm from Spain.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great addition to the neighborhood
    sfjoshVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Try the everything, it's delicious. From the cheese and charcuterie options through to the main dish, seafood paella, everything I tried hits the mark on flavor, seasoning, and service. I'm happy to welcome Beso to the neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Spanish Tapas
    ybrob24VIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Great new tapas restaurant in the Castro. Food was solid across the board and we had great, attentive waitstaff. Wine paired perfectly. Will definitely be back. Oh, and get the paella.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Almost Ready for Prime Time
    sfgoguyVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Broke my own rule about not eating in a new restaurant until at least 1 month after opening. Ate here about 2 weeks after opening. Very nice atmosphere and good Castro location. Relatively quiet. Spanish tapas menu was thorough, but not too extensive - just right for me. And the wine list was short but good Spanish offerings. Had a white Rioja for the first time. Yumm. Predict this will be a big competitor for Canela (a few blocks away) and a big hit with Castro locals and tourists. Definitely will repeat and hope to add another star then.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Great food but waited over a half an hour past our reservation time. Once we sat, we could tell why they were having trouble turning tables, service was amazing in bursts but then 20 minutes would go by with nothing….
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent new find
    PatrickVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Beso rocks the Spanish tapas cuisine. Outstanding combination of flavors Highly recommend this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Beso me mucho!
    FirstDater
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    There seems to be a surge of quality restaurants in the Castro/Upper Market area and I couldn't be more thrilled for such. Beso is the newest of the bunch and and definitely holds its own (but more importantly is quite unique). I enjoyed a fabulous assortment of plates to share. Their wine list is dominated by quality Spanish wines which so many of us know little about -- worry not -- their staff is well versed and prepared to help you select the perfect bottle for your meal. I cannot wait to return and to introduce others to this quaint and stylish neighborhood gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dishes need to be consistent.
    moregoodfoodplease
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    First time writing review but a veteran in SF food. This place needs consistency with dishes. Ordered the calamity dish 3 times and it was very different each time--too much sauce, not enough calamari, too many vegetables
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Needs improvement
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The place is very cute, but the noise sucks! The service is good, but could be a little faster. The food is what needs attention the most. It is just below the average and not unique at all. I can find better food for a more reasonable price with less noise sets away. I don't think I would go back there.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Yay
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Warm hosts and staff, great room, yummy food. What's not to love?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • abel75
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Great food, missing some spanish tapas from the menu like bacalao, but other than that great. Paella: thumbs up!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A kiss for Beso
    CaroljeanVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I had dinner for the first time at this lovely, new dining establishment in the Castro district. I went early and sat at the bar that surrounds the kitchen. The wine, food, service and atmosphere were all excellent. I highly recommend it and will be sure to tell all my friends and co-workers to check it it. Looking forward to trying more things on the menu.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Okay, but needs improvement...
    foodtourdeforce
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    I was really excited about checking this place out, but I won't be going back until they have time to work out some of the kinks. Food-wise, we had 6 dishes plus the paella. The paella was excellent, but some of the other dishes left something to be desired. The charcuterie plates were good, but the octopus plate and several others from the meat and fish section were embarrassingly small for the prices asked. I would say the portion needs to be increased by 40% for it to be worth the money, given the quality and preparation of the food. Service-wise, there were odd gaps in between our dishes being served, but I chalk that up to being newly open. I think the place has good bones, but needs some polishing before its ready for primetime.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great new spot in the Castro!
    PacHeightsNewbie
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    I came here on a Tuesday night with 3 girlfriends for dinner. We had reservations and the place was bustling. The servers were incredibly attentive and were obviously trying hard to impress given that Beso is a new restaurant. Our waiter even let me try 3 white wines to make sure I really liked what I ordered. He was super nice. As this is a tapas place we shared a bunch of dishes. Some of our favourites were the mushrooms, pork belly, squid and the 2 desserts were AMAZING - one was the churros but my absolutely favourite was the dark chocolate torte (very good dessert portion sizes for both). I would certainly recommend this restaurant for foodies and groups of friends. I would love to come back anytime.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Potentially Great!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Enjoyed my first visit...restaurant has only been open 4 days so they are still finding their rhythym...beer and wine only, very limited selection of non alcoholic drinks. Nice space and seating. It's basically a converted basement so NO CELL SERVICE! Cheeses were good, the potato dish rocked! The paella was a disappointment..$$$, small portion, salty! Attentive service! Parking can be tricky. Will definitely try again. Open 3pm to 11pm daily.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Just delicious
    BigEaterVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I'm excited to have a new restaurant in my neighborhood. Beso was absolutely delicious. And despite only having been open 4 days, the food and service were excellent and rock solid. We had the 2-person Seafood Paella which was amazingly delicious. The rice was perfectly caramelized on the bottom. The steak dish was also tasty, as was the squid. The cheese selections are great. And I loved the 3-cake dessert trio. I will definitely be dining here again and introducing more friends to this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Magnifico!
    DicksonVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    So glad to see this open up, specially in the castro. The food was outstanding as was the service!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing food and great service
    ParastooVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The food was out of this world. I loved every dish we ordered. The paella was soooooo good. We actually ended up ordering everything twice b/c it was so good that it was gone very fast. I can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ver y authentic spanish menu
    EspanolaVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We really enjoyed our meal and were really impressed with the authentity of the food. I am from Spain and I truly appreciate our cuisine. And I can say that everything we eat was truly delicious. The dessert was incredibly delicious. We will go back
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Opening week
    Jin94121VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Some opening week bugs, so service was slow and disjointed, but, food was tasty. Noise level was extremely high so be prepared.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Authentic style Spanish Food
    RichardG
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We've been going to Bisou for years and we have always loved Chef's wonderful French creations and now we get to enjoy his Spanish creations, just delightful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another Sweet Kiss in the Castro!
    BmoreSFVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Beso is a culinary gem and a vibrant hangout. Expect a delicious meal of carefully crafted tapas. Diners are truly having fun in this special, intimate place. The albacore, the baby carrots, the chorizo...every dish I tasted was flavorful, fresh and beautifully presented. A hearty, affordable bottle of Tempranillo complimented my food well. I will return to Beso many times as there is much more to experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but too expensive for tapas.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The food was really tasty. Prices were too high. Wine pours for a $9 glass of wine was not impressive.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 56 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
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