Cana SF
Cana SF

Cana SF

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://canasanfrancisco.com/
  • Phone: (415) 580-7888
  • Hours of Operation:


    Lunch: Th-Fri 12:00am-3:00pm

    Brunch: Sun 11:00am-3:00pm

    Sunday Funday: 4:00pm-9:00pm

    Dinner: T-Th 5:00pm-9:00pm

    Dinner: F-Sa 4:00pm-10:00pm

  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Caribbean, Cuban, Latin / Spanish
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Like us to cater an event? Call us in advance and we will set up the perfect Cuban menu for you and your guests. We are equipped for delivery and provide all your catering needs.
  • Private Party Contact: Daniel Munoz 4155807888x
  • Entertainment: We offer a wide variety of Live music. Club/Live-Music/DJ components available. Friday nights we offer live music during dinner. Music starts at 6:30pm

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Mariposa
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Cana SF
Caña San Francisco is an upscale, full-service Cuban restaurant in the Potrero Hill/ Mission District.

Our concept is derived from classic Cuban-inspired delicacies in conjunction with locally grown and sourced products to bring you both authentic and modern Cuban cuisine. We view food as a vital part of our Cuban heritage and as with all expressions of our culture, innovation, creativity, and invention serve as an engine to move forward...

In this way, we are authoring a modern Cuban cuisine.

Our mixology involves the use of real “Caña,” that is, crushing our own sugar cane to produce syrups, glazes and tinctures in order to provide you with the best cocktails this side of the Caribbean.

We place special emphasis on creating a novel cocktailing environment in the Great Cuban Tradition of Rum-based bartending, along with a menu that is sure to take you to the heart of La Habana and beyond.
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Cana SF reviews from OpenTable diners
53 reviews since July 28, 2014
Overall Rating3.6
  • Food3.8
    Service3.4
  • Ambiance3.4
    Noise LevelEnergetic
58% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (21)good for groups (19)fit for foodies (18)special occasion (11)romantic (10)great for brunch (9)vibrant bar scene (7)great for lunch (3)late-night find (3)hot spot (3)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Great find! Intimate setting,
    Chels1852
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Great find! Intimate setting, fun date night spot! Had a live band and a great ambiance!! We loved the food too
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fine
    Descriva
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The food was overall just fine. Service was nice, very accommodating. However, incredibly over priced and live band added to the noisy atmosphere as did the two large televisions we were not expecting.
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  • so so
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    I recommend the caña in Oakland instead. Better food, better ambiance, more intimate and lower prices.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun & Unique!
    Sandy94901VIP
    Dined on 1/12/2014
    We enjoyed a wonderful brunch at Cana SF last Sunday. It is the second time we have been there and do plan to return. Some people have commented that the food is bland. It is not, it is Cuban so the flavors are different and perhaps a bit subtle...but delicious. The only negative was the service. We got off to a very slow start...took about 20 minutes just to get our drinks. They seemed to fall into step after that but one thing is clear....don't go if you are in a hurry. However, on the positive side, the servers were friendly and gracious. Again, we look forward to returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We only had time for a quick
    foodieVIP
    Dined on 1/7/2014
    We only had time for a quick snack, but everything was great from the service, to the food to the feel of the place. Not to mention an excellent rum cocktail and fabulous chicken/olive empananda.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • NO DINNER ON SUNDAY NIGHTS!
    DianeVIP
    Dined on 1/5/2014
    I thought I had made a DINNER reservation only to arrive at the restaurant which had been turned into a DANCE CLUB for the evening. The doorman told me that this is the case EVERY Sunday night. I was very unhappy that I had to scramble to find another open restaurant in the area (I had theater tickets). The restaurant should indicate on OpenTable that there is no dinner on Sundays.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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  • Great food
    CathyVIP
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    My husband and I just went back to Cana for a second visit. We ordered two of the three flat bread options to start. The flavor of each was great and the crust thin and appropriately crispy. Our entrees, vegetarian stew for one of us and slow cooked pork over mashed potatoes for the other, were wonderful, too. About halfway through our early dinner, a Cuban band set up and started to play top notch music. They deserved a bigger crowd than had arrived so far. A note about the flat bread: the menu lists flatbread as a side for $3. When our check arrived, we were charged $10 for one and $11 for the other, a price much more in keeping with the worth of the dish, so we weren't upset. Just be aware.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service. Food was very
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 12/4/2013
    Great service. Food was very good. Was a cold night in SF and the place was freezing though. Need to add some heaters to the restaurant on those cold nights.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overall good food, good LOUD music
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/30/2013
    There were 6 of us, and those of us who had the pork dish were extremely happy. My beet salad was wonderful. The live music was excellent but not appropriate volume for dining. You could not talk unless they were on break. Even the server had to ask "what?" a frustrating amount of times. They play from 7-9. plan your meal accordingly. If you want to dance, many people do, and the crowd was very friendly.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tiny Portions
    sf94110
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    Our 4 person drink and dinner tab was around $250 andI left hungry. Don't serve $16-22 vegetarian entrees that are child portions. Plus our server was missing in action most of the time.
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  • Unimpressed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    Visited Cana for the first time this past Saturday 11/23 to celebrate my birthday. The hostest was nice but that's about it. The drinks and food took a really long time, the live music was super loud, the food was edible -- but not the best. We left hungry. At the end, we got our check dropped on the table without asking if we would like anything else. We paid our bill, left and went somewhere else.
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  • Cuban: variety is the spice
    SFOSteveVIP
    Dined on 11/22/2013
    Great menu, very good food, lots of choices. Service was OK - waiter appeared inexperienced but attentive. Veggie main was tasty if sparse. Festive atmosphere. Worth checking out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the Few Good Cubans
    bugzieVIP
    Dined on 11/22/2013
    as in restaurants. Went with a small group for a birthday lunch, and one of the guys is Puerto Rican and highly critical of the paucity of good Cuban restaurants in the area. We had a great time. The service was totally solicitous, warm and friendly; he was impressed w/their rum selection; and all the food was delicious, including the vegetarian option. A large group was there for what appeared to be a wedding shower, and the big room was perfect. Will return for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food at this restaurant
    micah
    Dined on 11/10/2013
    The food at this restaurant is well made. excellent!.... Yet only two persons serving the tables, not enough. Therefore, there can be a bit of a wait. Music was TOO LOUD!...We could hardly carry a conversation. What it counts the food, I would go back the day there is no music playing. Cana is a little Gem. Salud!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Finally good cuban food!
    scb10VIP
    Dined on 11/10/2013
    Pro's: I'm from South Florida & hadn't found a good cuban place until now. Their mojitos are fantastic, a stellar selection of rum, & the food is super tasty, too! I've eaten here 3x in the past month and plan to return again. Daniel, the manager, was very helpful & their loft is fun for private events. Con's: The service tries hard, but they're only so-so. Long wait for the food. Also, they have a tendency to close their kitchen earlier than their stated hours. When they have a dj/band the noise is ridiculously loud. However, when they don't have the band/dj the sound level is fine. Overall, definitely worth supporting. They also partner with the Royce Gallery down the street- so if you see a show there you can get 1/2 price flatbread!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Comida Criolla in SF
    sharpes95
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    Carefully crafted mojitos and excellent live music are only part of argument for making Caña a priority destination: the ropa vieja (shreeded beef with black beans and rice mashed up) garnished with tostones (fried plantain chips), yucca fries and delicious black bean soup round out this caribbean experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great small plates & cocktails
    idhfoodVIP
    Dined on 10/31/2013
    We went here prior to a seeing a theatre show at Z-space, and had a great experience. Specialty cocktails were great, and the small plate selection was wonderful. Try the chorizo flatbread and coconut mojito.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • too new - still a little uneven
    SteveSFVIP
    Dined on 10/27/2013
    We arrived on a Sunday night. They were playing music and there was dancing going on, so we were seated upstairs. It was *really* loud. The server was great and explained they were new and hadn't worked out the operations really well. Food came before the drinks....but our server nicely comped us a couple of shots of rum until the cocktails arrived. Food is quite good, and drinks are good but overpriced. I'll go back in a few months, once they've figure out their operations.
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  • Amateurs?
    Industryinsider
    Dined on 10/25/2013
    I expected a lot--I've heard great things about this restaurant group, however, service was slow and inattentive--especially considering there was hardly anyone in there on a Friday night. Food was relatively good, but entrees were somewhat one note and on the sweet side. Cooks behaved like amateurs, sending out entrees one at a time instead of timing everything to come out at once. Unlikely to return...
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  • Dance Club not restaurant
    loves2eatVIP
    Dined on 10/20/2013
    went on a Sunday evening at 6 pm for my niece's birthday. Did not realize that this is a dance club, with music at decibel levels unheard of (and I loved Ramones concerts). The waitress could not communicate with us so we tried pointing. Got the wrong things because there was no communication. During our occasional 30 second breaks between songs we would smile and say hi - and then eat. As quickly as we could. Have no idea if the food was good, our goal was to get out. We would have left before ordering except that it was a Sunday night, we were in multiple cars and the area didn't seem to have other places to eat. Waitress knew not to ask if we wanted dessert - we paid quickly and ate cupcakes standing outside in the cold.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food. Live band and
    Codysf
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    Great food. Live band and DJ music was very loud. I sat upstairs which cut down on the noise level but it was right over the ovens and so was pretty warm. But great food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The ambiance was fairly nice
    MiamiVIceVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    The ambiance was fairly nice with live music, although at 7:00 on a Saturday night it was quite empty. The food was dissappointing. Being a native of Miami, I know good Cuban food and this was off the mark. It tasted a bit "dumbed down" to a non-Latin palette. If there are real Cuban's running this place, they need to boldly embrace their roots and give us real Cuban spice!! Having said that, they did make a good mojito.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • very nice but loud for brunch
    spally
    Dined on 10/6/2013
    Loved the food, drinks were good, very accommodating to a large party for a last minute brunch reservation but was very loud. Live music was nice but difficult to talk and even when the musicians took a break, the piped in music was still a bit deafening. Probably way more enjoyable during the evening when everyone is dancing and drinking.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Disappointing
    CharVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2013
    My appetizers were delicious and well presented. My husband's bean soup was fair - edible but nothing special.. The entrees were poorly presented and uninteresting. The pork dish Cuba is noted for had none of the crisp skin. The skirt steak was just stewed meat. The rice dessert was good but nothing special. The service was horrible. Asked twice for water, twice for salt, and couldn't get the dessert and bill. We got up twice and walked over to the waiter requesting both. (We were going to the theater and had to leave.) We spent almost two hours there. We will not return.
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  • Amateur hour
    kosinski
    Dined on 10/3/2013
    Restaurant caters to the pre-theatre crowd but doesn't know how to get diners out before curtain time. Servers try to look professional but don't know how to juggle multiple tables. Food is bland with an emphasis on sweet. All looks and no substance. No reason to return.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • meh.
    chefnjd
    Dined on 9/29/2013
    This place feels like it just needs time to get its act together. The flavors are good but the execution of The food feels a bit amature. My steak was under done and lacked texture And seasoning. The breakfast potatoes were okay but if they were not Frozen the may as well have been. The seemed to be deep fried, dumped on Plate and that's it. A small dollop of caramelized onions on top was all. I want this place to get a chef to go with the level of service I received.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food at Cana
    Foodie3
    Dined on 9/27/2013
    We had a great meal at Cana! It was their first night trying a prix fix menu, so there were a few snags, but the great Cuban food and friendly service made up for the occasional wait for the next course.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was just ok. The
    zarefans
    Dined on 9/24/2013
    The food was just ok. The beet salad was the one excellent item. Our chocolate dessert was also excellent.the other two appetizers were mediocre and our entrees were just ok. The very BEST part of dinner was our server. She was a great part of our meal! She is Cuban and was great at explaining our dishes!she is a grwat asset to the restaurant!
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Live Music Fun
    Superbrunch
    Dined on 9/21/2013
    Great food with a live band playing! Music and food was festive and fun. The Yelp check-in offer allowed each of us to get a free glass of wine!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply Superb!
    Lissabean
    Dined on 9/17/2013
    This restaurant is definitely a diamond in the rough! Cana SF is PERFECT for a lunchtime getaway as I celebrated my bosses birthday here the other day... The service was excellent - very knowledgeable about the food and attentive but not annoying! Tamika Jones, one of the chefs, is AMAZING! And the mojito menu will knock your socks off! Actually, the ENTIRE menu of food and cocktails will make every dopamine receptor in your brain dance with delight! Wonderful ambiance, service, food & location!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cana made my Cuban feel at home.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/15/2013
    My GF is Cuban. She felt like her abuela (spelling?) was in the kitchen when she tasted the food. Servers were excellent. I only wish it had been fuller. Clearly this place is still a secret from the locals. It shouldn't be.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had dinner before going to
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/6/2013
    Had dinner before going to a play at Z Below. Food was good, particularly the beet salad. Service was very good. They got us in and out with plenty of time for the play.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • Very nice experience
    OntheroadVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2013
    Lovely vibe, fun place, well prepared and tasty food
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I lowered the rating for overall
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/1/2013
    I lowered the rating for overall and ambience because it was too loud. There was a band (very good,just loud) and then when they weren't performing, the music was still turned up. If I can't hear my dining companions - too noisy. I like the food, the service was very good, I love the space - but I would think twice about going because it is too noisy.
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  • This place seemed like it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2013
    This place seemed like it could be very popular, but it was completely empty. The food was very good and creative. The desserts were really interesting. All four of us ordered different desserts and were very pleased with them.
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  • Food we ordered was good but
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/29/2013
    Food we ordered was good but not outstanding. The décor is interesting and it is enjoyable place to eat. I would go back. Easy parking.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food & service
    Luigi
    Dined on 8/24/2013
    Delicious Cuban food, excellent service and beatiful live Latin music !!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place, great food!
    Cubanborn
    Dined on 8/24/2013
    We went to celebrate both of my sons birthdays and it was most enjoyable. The food was delicious, great flavors. The style of the food is more Cuban fusion, not traditional Cuban. We went early on a Saturday evening because we had my 16 month grandson with us and it wasn't very busy, but by the time we left it was getting quite packed. The live music was great! We ordered Cuban coffee and after waiting about 15 minutes, the host finally came to inform us their espresso machine was not working. The menu is a la carte which is ok, except even the Cuban bread had to be ordered as a side! But otherwise a great place and I will definitely be back without the little one to enjoy a great night out!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy Hour
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/23/2013
    Great happy hour menu and nice service at the bar.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Food good, service poor
    JWSsfVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2013
    Could be a neighborhood gem, especially with Z Space so close, if they could get around to waiting on folks. We were seated for 20 minutes before anyone came by. And the restaurant was not full. When the food did finally arrive, it was quite tasty and well presented. If you're going, allow plenty of time!
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