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Canela Bistro Bar
Canela Bistro Bar

Canela Bistro Bar Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.canelasf.com
  • Email: contact@canelasf.com
  • Phone: (415) 552-3000
  • Hours of Operation: Tuesday-Thursday 5:30PM-10PM
    Friday 5:30PM-11PM
    Saturday 5:30PM-11PM
    Sunday 11:00AM-10PM
    Monday Closed
  • Payment Options: Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates, Latin / Spanish
  • Executive Chef: Mat Schuster
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Menu, High Tea, 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, Wine Bar
  • Special Events & Promotions: For special events please contact Canela's General Manager at 415-552300

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Noe St.
  • Public Transit: One block from Castro or Church Muni stations (K, L, M, J, T) Also two blocks from Noe and Duboce station for N. Multiple buses (22, 24, 23) run within a block distance of Canela.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Public parking lot on the same block.
A word from Canela Bistro Bar
We invite everybody to enjoy our Spanish inspired cuisine, made with the best and most natural ingredients available. Mat Schuster, Canela’s executive chef, has dedicated his life to create sophisticated and unforgettable flavors using only top of the line products. Canela also offers unique wines from Spain and California. Whether you want to have a formal dinner, a "tapa" or small plate with a glass of wine or a delicious coffee with one of our signature desserts, come to Canela and be assured that you will find what you are looking for.

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Diner Reviews
  • "A lovely place to dine. The staff was very attentive, and the atmosphere was quite nice. It seems like the place to go, to have a fun time. The only thing that disappointed me was that the entrée, (I had the clams) was rather sparse of clams. Their was more juice, which was good, than clams. I'm sure I'll be back some time to give Canela another chance."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Invited out to dinner by close friends from the Peninsula, we were asked to pick a restaurant. Knowing that they had never been to Canela we suggested we go there. They loved it and plan to return. The food was great and the server was very patient and helpful. Our friends were impressed and we were pleased that Canela did not let us down once again. Thanks."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Can't say enough about the gracious service from Chris, the Bartender, and the Excellent Hostess. Very hospitable and welcoming. Last year I had a dinner reservation for six and family members were more than an hour late (which was pretty rude on their part); they kept the table for us and didn't bat an eye! Fabulous!"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "We have been here several times. They have continued to improve the quality and vary the wonderful selections. The wonderful Spanish wine selections really give you a chance to explore winds from around Spain's wine regions.Our waiter was fun and very knowledgeable for all the tapas selections and helped us pick the wines. The restaurant was very busy but the noise level was comfortable to have conversations .....very hard to find these days."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "We loved the flavors and understand the tapa scene but left hungry. Portions are a bit too small for the price but the distinct flavors were absolutely wonderful."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Although the rest of the menu looks interesting stick to the tapas. The variety and quality is first rate. Some of the servers are not that knowledgeable about the menu but don't let that stop you. Just go for it. Wines by the glass are the best choice also. The two Spanish selections I had were about $10 and the sherry flight is a treat for the first timer."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "These guys are not super busy for brunch and the food is delicious. The Boar hash is out of this world! I'm conning back just for that."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Have dined here multiple times - the food is fanastic and even though we waited a bit to be seated, it was worth the wait. Hard to make a wrong move on the menu - we didn't have a thing we didn't love. Had friends in town and our server helped us pick the right amount of food. Gorgeous restaurant, gorgeous food. It's a keeper!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "We've been back several times and can find no fault (not that we were looking for any) in the ambiance, the service or the food. Outstanding special occasion venue."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "We had dinner for four on Sunday night, and shared a pizza, seafood paella, salad and dessert. The food was great!"
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "From the kind and attentive host Jose to the Crema Catalana and cafe con leche,it was a delight to dine with my wife at Canela.The skilled combination of lettuces in the house salad,the earthy combination of Chorizo,Manchego and Jamon Iberico de Bellotas,to the broccoli with and infusion of anchovy and the Monk Fish with a deep fried rossette of kale and roasted Valencia orange the night was a feast.Much praise to the staff of this great San Francisco gem.Kudos amigos! Barbara and Oswaldo Lopez."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "When I booked the restaurant originally, I only booked for 2; my boyfriend and I, but quickly our number grew to 4 and then 6. Canela's was really accommodating. Obviously when 6 people are dining together, it is important to agree on tapas and order enough for everyone. Our server was extremely helpful with suggestions and making sure we had enough food but not too much. The food was delicious. We had a great time."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "If its lamb, duck, rabbit or chicken every dish arrives with a balance of deep flavors blended perfectly with seasonings and sauce. Attention to every detail really tilts the balance of flavors over the top. Even simple flatbreads are combinations that brighten the pallet and made easy for the table to share. Lamb cooked to perfection so you barely need a knife, fresh seasonal fish prepared tenderly and matched with a deep savory sauce. The owners are on site and come out into the dining room to make sure everything is perfect. The restaurant recently enhance the deco which makes it even more cozy and Spanish fun in look and feel. There is an energy in the room but you are never rushed just pampered so you can enjoy your evening."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Great atmosphere, amazing food, outstanding service! Loved it! I can't wait to come back!"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "excellent food prepared by a creative chef served by attentive waitpersons. wine lovers will like it."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "I thought the food was very good, tasty and the service was very good. Everyone was friendly and it was a nice place to have tapas or if you are very hungry you can make any of them into a meal. I would go back."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We went for Valentine's day and had a good time. Despite being a super busy day, the staff were very pleasant and helpful. They were doing a fixed menu for the day so the food we got was not exactly what I would have ordered but still fairly good. Often time romantic restaurants with 2 person tables tend to pack them too close together, this was not the case at Canela."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The small plates are good, but truly small. Just enough for two people to get a taste. About six or so makes a meal for two. Everything we tried was really good."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Great to have Canela in the neighborhood. Love the tapas. Coca is a must have!"
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Variety of small dishes to create a tasty meal paired with wine in pleasant atmosphere . Look forward to my next visit."
    Dined on 2/2/2014
  • "The selection was great, the food was mostly delightful and unique. I was surprised that none of the staff seemed to know where their meats were from or if they were grassfed/pasteur-raised. I very much appreciate a place whose staff are foodie-educated, most especially as it pertains to their own fare. Overall, was a great experience though."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "I loved everything about my experience: the food, the atmosphere and the service! Intimate size and perfectly lit for a relaxing and even a romantic dining experience. It's odd how the waiters are all young, attractive men with dark beards, but they provided great service nevertheless."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "My favorite is the spicy shrimp (gambas). It comes with the La Bread crusty white bread which I consider the best. The waiters always make one feel like an old friend."
    Dined on 2/2/2014
  • "Waiters are especially helpful with wine and tapas selections. Everything we tried, we really liked. Very comfortable elegant space. This will be a very popular restaurant for many years to come."
    Dined on 1/28/2014
  • "The tapas at Canela are creative, yet also traditional. It's a fun way to share dishes with friends and enjoy a variety of delicious food. The staff is friendly and efficient and the ambiance is warm and welcoming. Kudos to the chef!"
    Dined on 1/28/2014
  • "All of the tapas ordered were fantastic, large enough for two persons to enjoy a variety of them. Drinks, wine selection great, service awsome. Do not miss this restaurant when visiting the city."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "We ordered the right amount of food for a party of three. Each tapa dish was unique and tasty. The sauces were so delicious we had to sop it up with the bread! Couldn't waste those amazing flavors. We saved room for dessert and we were not disappointed with the churros, bread pudding and rice pudding. It was a perfect meal."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "Very authentic and delicious tapas and Spanish entrees. Nicely priced."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "What a gem! The service was very friendly and warm and the food was very good (the Croquettes are a masterpiece). Very calming interior with warm brown hues and the silent video of flamingo adds to the charm. We love small plates and must have ordered one too many as we had a hard time walking out! Do not miss the churros."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Food was excellent and since it was a quiet Tuesday night after New Year's, we had the back of the restaurant almost exclusively to ourselves. The staff was friendly and very eager to please. Everything was enjoyable! The spanish tortilla continues to be one of my favorites. The deserts are also quite nice, so save room. It was all very reasonable, about $50 a person which included 2 pitchers of Sangria (also delicious). The only thing I could pick on is that the service slowed down at the end when it came to bringing the check and then settling the bill. If that could be fixed, it would probably lean toward the outstanding rating."
    Dined on 1/7/2014
  • "A lovely restaurant with a wide range of tapas, some excellent some just good or okay, but combine the lovely atmorsphere, the very attentive service and the wide range of choices on the menu, and its just a great place to go."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "Been in here a few times, the owners are lovely and quite involved with the restaurant. The menu is updated often and all the tapas are delicious. The decor is fantastic and very lively. Great place to go with friends or family!"
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "My girlfriend and I came here to celebrate with a New Year's Eve dinner in one of our favorite neighborhoods. We had never tried Canela before, but the menu looked too good to miss. We arrived at the time of our reservation and were promptly seated on the "second floor." In all honesty, we were not expecting the prix fixe as our only option of the evening. However, once our server enthusiastically gave us our glasses of Cava, we were in. All eight courses (from the eel served on a potato pancake, to the stuffed piquilo pepper, to the dessert of olive oil cake and nougat ice cream) were perfectly portioned and promptly served with a smile. We will definitely be back to sample their regular menu. Don't you dare pass this place up!"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "We love this place and have been back several times in the last couple of months, taking different friends with us each time. We've never had a bad dish and most have been stellar. I could drink a glass of the sauce for the garlicky prawns and we always must have the croquettes. Very good and friendly service, lovely surroundings and nice wines. We think it's the best value in the neighborhood."
    Dined on 1/2/2014
  • "New Year's Eve. Pricey taste menu. Good food, but I prefer the regular menu with more choices and less cost."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Have eaten here a dozen times and it's always perfect. Very comfortable and cozy and great food. Well timed for Tapas too. They don't bring everything at once like some spots do. Love sitting at the counter where Chris, the bartender, provides outstanding service!"
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "Overall great place.... awesome service, geeat ambience and atmosphere. Friendly service. Overall amazing"
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "I love tapas and small plates, and Canela's were among the best I've had in the city. Each dish was spectacular, from the sausage stuffed piquillo peppers to the roasted cauliflower to the squid ink risotto. The restaurant has a lovely, warm interior that was just perfect for a late night supper after a theater performance. I am definitely coming back."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "The restaurant is well designed and pleasant. The food is consistent and delicious. We have been several times in the past 6 months and will be back often. However, it would be nice if the service were better. It is usually very slow. For instance, there should never be an excuse for a restaurant to have slow service on basics such as bread, or wine & beverages. Also, being a tapas restaurant it should be easy to get the staff's attention to order additional dishes, but it is not. In short, we find Canela Bistro to be a great neighborhood restaurant but with not so great service."
    Dined on 12/22/2013
  • "The hostess wasn't very accommodating on my seating request. Wasn't a good start considering this is my first to this restaurant. However, it turned out to be an enjoyable dining experience - the service was friendly and attentive; food was delicious; and ambience / décor was romantic and intimate. I am looking forward to returning with my preferential seating."
    Dined on 12/20/2013