The Abbot's Cellar
The Abbot's Cellar

The Abbot's Cellar

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.abbotscellar.com/
  • Phone: 4156268700x
  • Hours of Operation:


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

    Dinner: F-Sa 5:30pm-11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, Contemporary American
  • 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.
And proudly a Bay Area Top 100 restaurant for 2013 and 2014.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
The Abbot's Cellar reviews from OpenTable diners
137 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (99)neighborhood gem (57)special occasion (43)good for groups (41)vibrant bar scene (36)hot spot (32)romantic (28)notable wine list (10)late-night find (6)great for lunch (2)scenic view (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Excellent Beer Pairings
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I think the gem of this restaurant would be the beer pairings and the tasting menu, which I did not get, though I wish I had. The food was well-prepared though perhaps not outstanding separate from the paired beers. The beer selection was phenomenal and my waiter was extremely well informed and helpful when it came to suggesting pairings to go with my meal choices. If you aren't going for the beer though, go for dessert, the Chocolate Cake was very very well done.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Small, expensive, WORTH IT servings
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Everything we tasted here was deelish, and the four of us decided it was all about the salt. Our server confirmed our suspicion, and upon delivering our check, she included a custom salt packet which she had generously stapled for us. The scallop appetizer and gnocchi main were heavenly palate pleasers. They are known for their beer selections, but their wine list was good too. We sat across from an artful bar of illuminated bottles. Loved it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent dining in theMission
    mtf419VIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    I always bring non-locals to The Abbot's Cellar to get a flavor for SF trends in cuisine and culture. The impressively extensive beer menu has something for every taste, and if not, there's always wine or cocktails. The food is consistently well prepared, with my personal favorites being any combination of pasta (risotto, gnocci, etc) with fresh vegetables. The pork chop is a carnivore favorite and the starters should not be missed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • awesome
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    if you like good beer and amazing food this is the spot. it's pricey for sure but worth it in my opinion
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another Mission destination
    kld123VIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We enjoyed our early Sunday supper here recently. Easy to get to from the South Bay instead of hitting all the downtown traffic. Eating early was wise for easy parking but they have a valet after 6. Unique beer pairings and descriptions are their list, the waiter was helpful with selections tho there are a fair number of wine by the glass. The duck was expertly prepared tho medium rare. appetizers were creative and all the desserts were fantastic. the final tab added up quickly including 20% automatic tip for party greater than 6. I prefer Foreign Cinema and Range but a nice alternative for the future and particularly brew lovers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nothing memorable
    NoComment
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The place have great decor, the bar area is wide and inviting. They have a good selection of beers. We each end up getting foreign imported beer by bottle, but none meet our personal preference. Unfortunately, good ambiance was where it ended. Food was ok, salad was overly salty, the heirloom tomatoes was blend, and gnocchi was too chewy. Service was a bit slow, our server didn't came back to take drink & food order until over 15 mins after we were seated. My spouse says none of his dish were great, just ok as well. For close to a hundred dollars a person, I was expecting much better quality & service. Overall it was just ok, although nothing was bad, nothing memorable either.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good option for beer lovers
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We really enjoyed Abbot's Cellar. Had Risotto with crab. Tasty but a bit gummy. Tomato salad was excellent as was the artisan salad. Duck was delicious. Steak was very good but the total plate did not hang together well. Gnocchi was also very good. Do not salt/season your food. Everything already well seasoned.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing
    Veronique
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    It was an amazing experience. The tasting menu is great. There is not a lot of restaurants that showcases beer like that.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go for the beer!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Tasty food, great beer parings. Cleverly designed restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Overpriced and over salty
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Really cool ambiance with wood paneling and decor. It's a romantic place and good date spot. However, the food was not great (way too salty salmon). They also warned it would be rare but it was not just pink - more like a piece of sushi! The prices were high ($30 entre and $14 wine glasses) for a mediocre experience.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Extraordinary!
    foodlover
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Food, beer and wine was simply an extraordinary experience. No liquor, but the breadth of beer and wine choices makes up for it.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    This is a place I will definitely come back to. From the moment the hostess meet you through the end of the meal, you felt welcomed. I did the tasting menu paired with beer. The information on the beer and the pairing was knowledgeable and informative. The waiter was very well versed in the beer and the food and was friendly answering my questions. The food and the beer were excellent. The rest of the party ordered from the menu and they also enjoyed their meals. I just don't think you can go wrong here.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique, beautiful
    rhaazz
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Supposed to be about the beer pairings (and the beers are a revelation) but the ambience, service, and especially the food blew our minds. This place is a standalone reason to visit the Mission. It's a joy. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it!
    LovegoodfoodandwineVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Had a perfect dinner experience! From the hostess greeting to leaving the restaurant. Food was excellent and their beer list is out of this world. If you don't like beer you have a small wine selection as well, BUT it is more fun with beer. We had our server, who was such a professional and friendly guy, to do the beer pairing for our courses and it was spot on. Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Service
    AmyLiz1283
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We all know the food and beer here are amazing, but I really want to praise the service. Our waiter was friendly, eager to make beer recommendations, and checked in often (but not too much!). Additionally, the beer sommelier was not only enthusiastic about serving us the beer, but engaged my amateur-brewer husband in conversation. The people at Abbot's Cellar made it the great experience it was.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beer
    Marc
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Great place to experience beers from all over the world.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and Beer Pairings
    NNGsays
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We visited with our kids and to celebrate our son's 24th birthday. Dinner/beer choices were great; we shared interesting first courses and all enjoyed our entrees. Would recommend ice cream/dessert elsewhere.(What WAS that biscuit on our bread pudding -- no taste.) I would definitely go back for the beef, duck, apps. The person who called to confirm reservation said there was valet parking. The attendant said to make sure to validate the ticket inside. I had no idea "validate" meant paying $15 (plus tip). Why not tell me that by phone, or at the curb?? When you pay $350 for dinner for 4, make the valet free or cheap -- or at least tell us. We could have easily cabbed it, but they made such a deal about valet.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bella2you
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Our server was over the top knowledgable about beers! She held her own with the beer snobs in our party. We will be back in the future...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Try the scotch duck egg
    toucan
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    This was one of the best meals I've had in SF. The beer list is extensive, and the waitstaff was very helpful in helping me navigate the list to find a beer I thoroughly enjoyed, even though I hadn't tried it before. But, for us, the food was really the star of the meal. I particularly enjoyed the scotch duck egg, the classic fried sausage and egg concoction fancied up just enough to not feel out of place, without losing its bar-food soul. I'll definitely be coming back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • disappointing
    eeeeeee0
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    While we have been to Abbot's cellar before, this trip was pretty disappointing. Table wasn't ready even though we put in a reservation, service was slow, and food came out with parts missing (got the halibut/crab) and despite the server saying "oh that's my favorite!" she didn't notice that there was no crab on it. Then she just threw some cold crab on the hot fish and called it a day. Sad to say, I'll probably never be back since my first time a few months ago was so good.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great service, great food
    Tina
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    My husband & I both did the seasonal tasting menu, he chose the beer pairing & they graciously did a wine pairing for me. Food & service were great. Nice decor, casual dress. Just the spot when you want upscale food without having to get overly dressed up.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice beer selection but a bit pricy
    Mdale
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    I think the title said it all. There was nice ambiance and presentation, but trying to be a bit more then it was.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Stephan Smith
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Excellent food, you won't be disappointed! if you love beer, you'll be impressed too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Beautiful Restaurant, Awesome Food
    FoodieChick
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    We were only in SFO for one night and AC was a recommendation from my brother. we had an incredible dinner and the service was top notch!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Great service, really good food - and oh the beer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ventured Out
    Crazydana
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We visit SF 3 - 4x per year. This is the first time we have ventured into the Mission District for dinner. We have been missing out. The entire staff was well informed helpful and energetic. We will return to Abbot's and the Mission District on our next trip to the city.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Abbots cellar
    Kara
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    First time and loved it! Great service, fantastic food. We will be returning!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stellar beer list
    mtf419VIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    The Abbot's Cellar is a must-dine location in the heart of the Valencia Corridor. I like to try a different beer on each visit, as the list (hidden in a side drawer of your table) is extensive and global. Service is friendly, if somewhat slowish during busy times. My dining partner had the razorneck clams and strip loin, both of which he enjoyed. My little gem salad was overdressed, but the vegetarian-friendly cavatelli was close to perfect. Prices are high, which is to be expected for the area, so really not worth complaining over (especially since you can check online before dining).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • jfoodie
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Great beer list, fantastic service, and the food would have been 5 stars except that both our entrees were undercooked. I ordered pheasant, which was definitely pink in the middle (a bit scary), and my fiance had the pork loin, which was supposed to come "medium-rare" but came raw in some places. We were there for our anniversary, and he didn't want to cause a stir by sending his food back, but the pork made him really uncomfortable and he could not eat all of it. Scotch egg and crab risotto apps were very good, and our waitress was extremely knowledgeable and attentive. Just too bad about the meat, because $150 + tip is a lot of $$ for undercooked food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Beer Lover & Foodie's Dream
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The Abbot's Cellar was such a wonderful place for dinner. The food was inventive and fresh. The staff was extremely knowledgable about the beer and food pairings. And the restaurant itself was just plain cool. We will return for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beer haven
    mshapdr
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    So many wonderful craft brews, with or without pairings of heavenly foods. Everything scrumptious! Many local, seasonal, sustainable food choices prepared with artistry. Service outstanding with knowledgeable, cool fun waitstaff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • cool space, great food
    yohoyoaHobbitslifeformeVIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    We are more wine people, but wanted to be open to the beer pairing concept. Our waiter recommended pairings and, when I appeared skeptical, brought me a sample. He had chosen a beer I liked that went well with my dinner. In other words, they know what they're talking about at The Abbot's Cellar. Trust them. I had halibut, cooked perfectly and simply, with crab risotto. Divine. My husband had a very tender strip steak with broccoli tempura. Delish. And we loved the lofty, rustic feeling of the place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love everything about it!
    RahRahGoTeamGo
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    We chose Abbot's Cellar to celebrate our anniversary because of curiosity about "beer pairings". Husband got the sampler/pairing menu and was stuffed and so happy! I chose a la carte dishes paired with a glass of wine. Literally every bite off every plate was ridiculously good! I know I've found a great chef when I rave to friends about vegetables (meat, yes, pasta, of course! But rarely vegetables!) In addition to the fantastic food, our service was just the right amount of attentive and very friendly. And I love the ambiance here: with the old wood and brick and wafting music the likes of Madeleine Peyroux and Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah", I could almost feel the ghosts of abbots happily at work behind the scenes in their holy cellar.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Come for the beers, not for dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    The beer list was extensive, and my sour porter was tasty (not as sour as I imagined it would be). However, I don't think the dinner entrees were worth $30. My halibut was good, but I probably would have paid $20 for it at most. Come for the beer scene and not for dinner.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding.
    AUTraveller
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    My first degustation matched with international craft beers... It was a superb experience and the service was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sophisticated Food in warm setting
    LocalVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    The Abbot's Cellar was such a nice surprise! Based on the SF Chronicle's review, we took a chance and booked a table. The charm of the setting-exposed brick walls, high ceilings, "modern" materials--all made a good first impression. But the food was the star. What I particularly liked was each main course came with 1-2 sides that were specifically paired with them. The Halibut was outstanding, as was the pheasant (check out the menu online). Also, the Beer offerings were fantastic and done sophisticatedly in a bound leather book listed by type/region vs. a big chalkboard posted on the wall with a lively 1/2 drunk crowd. They are very knowledgeable on Beer pairings with food and also have a decent wine list. We will go back asap!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Incredible
    osoberry
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    This restaurant is amazing. From the delightful hostess, to the amazing very knowledgable waitperson Keri ( I hope I am spelling her name right ) to the incredible beer selection and fantastic food, it was the best dinner experience I have had in along time. I will be coming back soon and have already told many people about this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beer amazing, food "just" very good
    tylrtrmbl
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    The beer pairings with the tasting menu were 100% spot-on. Especially for the desert course, the pairing left everyone awestruck. My tablemates loved the food to pieces. I thought the food was "just" very good, meaning that while there was nothing wrong with it, and it's in the top 20% of food I've had, nothing will really be remembered about it a year from now. You must have to pay more for that in SF. Ambiance was great, but there wasn't a lot of interesting happenings around the place. Really, a place that is priced to convince your friends to step up their food game, and will leave people you come with very happy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great night out!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Our family of 4 enjoyed a fun and delicious night at The Abbot's Cellar. The food was incredible and highlighted what was fresh and in season. The beer pairing dinner was a great way to try different beers otherwise missed. The staff absolutely knew what they were talking about and were generous, unpretentious, attentive and informative. The Abbot's Cellar is a great place and should not be missed, especially if you like, or would like to try many types of beer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • LOVED IT
    Diane
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    We had a wonderful time. Great food, loved the beer parings. Our waiter was outstanding. Loved the space. I highly recommend the tasting menu and pairing you'll be pleasantly surprised.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate