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The Abbot's Cellar
The Abbot's Cellar

The Abbot's Cellar Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.abbotscellar.com/
  • Email: info@abbotscellar.com
  • Phone: (415) 626-8700
  • Hours of Operation:

    Dinner: Su-Thurs 5:30pm-10:00pm

    Dinner: F-Sa 5:30pm-11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Californian
  • Executive Chef: Adam Dulye
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 18th Street
  • Parking: Valet
A word from The Abbot's Cellar
The Abbot's Cellar is dedicated to food and beverage pairings, with a focus on craft beer. Pristinely sourced, simply cooked cuisine, paired perfectly with craft beer and wine.
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Diner Reviews
  • "If you want to know about beer and how it pairs with food, this is the place."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Wonderful meal from start to finish. The beer list is fantastic. The grilled asparagus with poached egg was amazing as was the strip loin."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Great location with Mission Cheese right next door. Start off there for appz. Service was awesome. Great beer pairings with the food. My husband left there a little hungry. Portions not super generous. But still a great place to go!"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "This was my second visit in a couple of weeks. The food was delicious and the service impeccable. Great atmosphere without being too noisy. The menu is simple and straightforward with moderate pricing. On both occasions, our servers were extremely helpful with their knowledge of the beer/wine pairings and the best choice of food. This is a place to take friends or a date and not worry about how it's going to turn out. It's a sure thing."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Cool room on a hot strip of Valencia with awesome beer and top notch food. Tasting menu is the way to go and good value."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "I was expecting more. The service was fantastic. had some friends in from St Louis who love beer, had the tasting menu. The Amuse bouche, first and second course not only looked alike, but had very little differentiated taste. They even looked alike, all green and chopped to smitherines. Hard to do with the second course being risotto, which was bland (needed seasonings -- any would be nice), and the risotto was watery at the bottom of the dish - unappetizing. the beer pairings were fine, as was the server giving us the background and tasting notes. eh, nice but did not blow us away. The third course, the swordfish, was perfectly seasoned and done to perfection. I've never seen a smaller "slice" of swordfish, all of 3/8ths inch wide!"
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "My wife and I have been trying to visit Abbot's Cellar for a while. We are not your hard core beer drinkers and know just enough to get by when it comes to wine selections. Our image of Abbot's Cellar was such that we expected it to be catering more to the beer and wine connoisseurs and somewhat light on food items. Boy were we surprised. The food, along with plethora of drink choices, are impressive. Daily changing menu items, including desserts, cover all a person would like to see on any menu. Furthermore, the extremely fresh and organic ingredients executed with perfection at just the right portion sizes made Abbot's Cellar one of our top three favorites. We are highly recommending the place to all of our foodie friends."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Amazing beer selection and very helpful staff. The food was good, but there we're a few items including the duck that was on the daily online menu, but wasn't on the menu once we got to the restaurant and was one of the main reasons we chose the establishment."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "The duck was fantastic and nicely paired with a great beer from the Netherlands."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "pluses: really good relatively unusual food menu huge beer list tremendous service beer pairing menu valet parking minuses: not so good if you don't like beer!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Food was generally good but there was some room for improvement. My Dad's swordfish was cooked medium rare and he was never informed (by either the menu or the server) that the swordfish was cooked this way. He would have preferred it cooked slightly differently and to be notified of the way that it was cooked when making his order selection. A good restaurant will do this as was done for my husband's pork dish were my husband was asked his cooking preferences. In both my gnocchi and halibut dishes the salt was also quite heavy handed. Not to the point of being overpowering but less easily could have been more."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Great food with unique flavors. The Abbot's Cellar is a MUST for beer lovers. The friendly and highly knowledgeable servers will walk you through the extraordinary beer selection, and help you perfectly pair a beer with your appetizer, entree, AND dessert. Be adventurous, explore the beer menu, and let the experience take on a life of its own. The decor and setting is sleak and clean. The energy is moderate-to-high. Perfect spot for any occaision - dates, meetings, small groups, out of town visitors."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Only reservation about the otherwise excellent service -- Checking in on me when I was taking my 2nd bite of the salad was a bit much. Nice to know that the service was available at all times. My water glass never ran dry; the waiter was knowledgeable enough to guide me through some interesting beer selections. Halibut was nicely cooked, the salad had a flavorful, if indistinguishable dressing on it. Haven't really caught onto the "treat imported (e.g., Belgian) beer as if it's a fine wine" attitude yet, but will keep trying."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "First, the neighborhood. Valencia Street is such a fun place. Great shops and a fab French wine bar across the street for a before dinner cocktail. I had the pasta at The Abbot's Cellar, and it was rich and chewy - truly the best I think I have ever had. Porcini mushrooms with a touch of greens. Desert was chocolate cheese cake with seared coconut - and it was truly tasty. It is a beer restaurant, and I had fun tasting the different beers. Great place!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Been to Abbot's twice now over the past year and after the last visit decided this is one of my favorite restaurants and I need to come her more often. The duck breast was one of the best I've ever had."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "This is a great place for trying out new beers and great food-beer pairings. The waitstaff is friendly and knowledgeable."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "Nicest waiter ever. A little heavy on the beer thing but awesome food. I had the scallops appetizer which was big. And the swordfish main which was interesting. It had a great flavor to it. We sat around for a bit. It was a great evening."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Very cool space. Amazing beer selection. Great food and great service."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "My friends and I went to celebrate a birthday. Three of us had the swordfish and one had the halibut. All of us enjoyed our meals. Pairing beer with the meal was fun."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Abbott's cellar is beautiful inside and pretty quiet for a restaurant in the mission. The beer list is fantastic. All the pours we tried were top notch. The food was fine but not up to par with other comparable restaurants in the neighborhood. I had swordfish which was overcooked and fairly unremarkable. The greens that came with it were great. My husband had a pork chop that he liked better so maybe they just do meat better."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "Went here on our first night in San Francisco. The food is really top notch and the waiter was very accommodating. He brought my wife multiple beer samples to help her find one she would enjoy. My only complaint is there were times when service was absent for long periods of time. We sat for almost 10 minutes before we were talked to."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "Delicious and courteous. Thank you for a great evening."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "It's worth every penny to go with the tasting. Each course is appropriately portioned and the beers they pair with it give you a good sense for the breadth Abbot's Cellar has to offer."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "The Abbot's Cellar is renowned for its extensive beer list (accessed by a secret pull out menu tucked into the side of your table). They have beers from around the country and the globe, and servers can recommend one to fit your mood, preferences, and food pairings. The food is also far above average, with standouts being the brussels sprouts, scallops and pork loin. Service can feel a bit hipster-ish cool (this is Valencia St after all), but overall the service is pretty good."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Service was attentive and knowledgeable, food was good but overly salted and for some reason very slow. Others who came in way later than we did got served earlier. Not sure I would recommend it except it you wanted a really good selection of beers."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "Do the tasting menu with the beer pairing if you can. It changes regularly and it's always expertly crafted."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "Being a big fan of Monk's Kettle, I had been wanting to try Abbot's Cellar since they opened. One of the dishes that really sealed the deal for me at MK was a salmon pot pie made from brioche dough. How could you not like that? With two people, we decided on one prix fixe order supplemented by dishes from the a la carte menu. We decided not to take advantage of the beer pairing, but that is reason to go back. The magnet for the prix fixe was a starter of pork belly sausage - I have your attention now? The entree was a hearty sea bass, which we paired an equally substantial medium-rare pork executed so well, you'd be willing to change the way you cook a chop. The seared bay scallops rounded out the meal wonderfully."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "I went here with my wife for her birthday after seeing this place recommended in a number of guides. I am also a huge fan of craft / belgian beers so this seemed like a great spot. We both did the tasting menu with beer pairings ($75 pp). While there was nothing in particular wrong with the experience, it was more just what we got for the money. At $200 (w/tip), I was barely full. The tasting menu consisted for 4 courses (1 dessert) all of which were pretty small and light. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this, but again for the price I would have prefered larger portions or more courses. The food was good - but unimaginative. Additionally, the beer pairings were 6oz - so more volume or variety there would have been nice."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "Great selection of beer and wine that pairs well with the food. They offer great pairing choices and recommendations."
    Dined on 2/10/2014
  • "Our server was very well versed in her beer and knew which beers paired well with our food choice...will be back"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Haven't heard great things about the place from friends but still wanted to try. Ambiance is great and love the space. Had the cauliflower soup which was a good start. Had the strip loin which was overcooked and my friend got the swordwish which was just fine. Overall not impressed"
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "Second visit to AC. We first visited the week after they opened and both the service and food were inconsistent. This time our server was phenomenal. (I so wish I could remember her name!). She was a walking dictionary of beer knowledge and hugely successfully picked our beer pairings throughout our meal. Delicious! As for the food--first courses were quite good. 3 of us were unhappy with our mains, one had a main we all wished we had ordered. It's a fairly expensive restaurant, so one would really wish for seamless and quality eating. Would go back for the atmosphere and wonderful beer list; not so much for the food. Would be great if they had a bar menu/lighter appetizers."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "The most notable part of the restaurant is the impressive beer list, which is long, varied, and well documented. Our server was very knowledgeable about the beers and made excellent recommendations for beer pairings. The restaurant is also lovely, though noise level varied from moderate to quite loud depending on proximity to the bar. The food was very good overall - perhaps a little meat-heavy for those looking for veggie or pescatarian options (i.e., many of the fish dishes featured meat-based sauces), and with an occasional heavy hand on salt, but generally high quality with a few outstanding dishes, including the duck and the chocolate-cayenne pot de creme."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Pros: - Great service overall. The one downside was that our server was keen to recommend beers to pair with our courses - but didn't mention the prices. We ended up paying $13 for a small bottle; I wouldn't have chosen it if I'd known. - The space is lovely. Quiet enough (on a weekday night) to talk, gorgeous exposed brick and stone. - Overall, super nice people (rare for SF restaurants and a key reason we'd recommend this place) - The butternut squash soup was delicious and the chicken was fantastic. Cons: - See above for recommending $$$ beers but not mentioning the price. - The gnocchi was OK but not remarkable. To be fair, our server had warned us that this was a heavier dish. - It's a bit pricey with entrees starting at $24"
    Dined on 2/4/2014
  • "Surprisingly not busy around 6 on a Saturday night. Impressive beer list. Service was slow considering how empty the place was. The ling cod was completely awful. Not only was it lacking flavor, but was bony and undercooked. Tried my fiancé's pork, and was surprised it came out of the same kitchen as the fish, very flavorful. Dessert was by far the best part of the meal. Overall - Overrated. Good beer selection, get your food elsewhere, you will get much more for your money."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Tried the tasting menu and it was all delicious. Sunchoke salad, spicy sausage, duck breast, and an awesome dessert. Each course came with a great beer pairing that really helped develop the food's flavors. The staff was really friendly and knowledgeable about all the food and wine. A bit pricey, but totally worth it because everything was prepared so wonderfully."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "This was my second time at the restaurant- what a disappointment . Food was tasteless and totally overpriced!! The first time at the restaurant was an amazing experience , and thus I brought 2 foodies here. We were all disappointed. Will not go back, as there are many great restaurants in this price range in SF that are consistent in their quality of food."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Like always, great beer/great concept. This night, despite prompts, really slow service that detracted from the overall experience."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "This was a fun experience and really great for beer lovers who want to approach dinner with beer the way most people approach dinner with wine. The service was excellent and the beer selection is incredible. The food is good, especially the starters, but there is some room for improvement there."
    Dined on 1/28/2014
  • "The beer menu is fantastic and certainly an interesting experience - the food is typical SF good, nothing remarkable that would make you need to go back. But certainly an entertaining experience with the beer and good enough food."
    Dined on 10/22/2013