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The Abbot's Cellar
San Francisco, CA 94110
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The Abbot's Cellar Details
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Su-Thurs 5:30pm-10:00pm
Dinner: F-Sa 5:30pm-11:00pm
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Contemporary American, Californian
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
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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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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
I booked this reservation for my
beau's birthday. As a beer lover and foodie, the special beer & food pairings were a perfect fit. Four courses of decent portions are paired with small beer tastings. He enjoyed dishes like roasted carrots and quinoa with hazelnuts, ricotta gnocchi with butternut squash, seared duck breast, and compressed brioche with blood orange caramel sauce. Some of the other dishes left something to be desired - not quite at the level of some other restaurants I have been to. That being said, the ambiance is casual and refined. Wonderful place to enjoy great food and beer."
Dined on 1/25/2014
Usually wine drinkers, we enjoyed
changing it up and had the tasting menu with accompanying beer pairings. The food was excellent, and the beer was great! Got to try things that I would have never found on their extensive beer menu."
Dined on 1/25/2014
Great food, atmosphere and
supremely friendly and knowledgeable staff! I would highly recommend it Beautifully done, architecturally"
Dined on 1/21/2014
Great food experience. The sole
was superb! Many wonderful journeys in flavor. Wait staff was fun, knowledgable and entertaining. Would come again. Final Thought: The bill was a pleasant surprise! Thanks Abbots Cellar"
Dined on 1/11/2014
The food was so delicious, the
service is above and beyond. Awesome place to have relaxed amazing meal -- highly recommend the abbot's cellar. Also even if you're not well versed in microbrews ect, the knowledgable waitstaff can direct you to something delicious!"
Dined on 1/11/2014
....Only the beer was good. Too
many mistake in service and food not to point out. Cask Beer = warmer beer (made to feel stupid for not knowing this) Service- A few mistakes and hard to track down at times to fix things Food- Apps- Herring and Terrine were bland and no salt Main Course- overly salted noodle that resembled a instant cup of noddles (pork sugo on top flavoring it was good) Dessert- didn't hit the mark. Chocolate Trio particularly dry. I know it is a beer place but we wanted a glass of red wine to finish our meal and was subsquently told they were sold out of every zin, syrah, and cab by the glass- "We'll have some next week". I am not a manager but take something you have by the bottle and sell it by the glass for now."
Dined on 1/8/2014
outstanding beer pairings to match
the outstanding food. our server Roy very knowledgeable about beers and showed a great sense of humor. look forward to my next visit there..."
Dined on 1/3/2014
Wonderful experience. Heat food,
great service. Special place to ring in the new year!"
Dined on 12/31/2013
This place has overtaken in my
opinion the epitome of beer bars. Service of beers from bottles will have to be a must for restaurants in the future."
Dined on 12/26/2013
We picked this place based on the
previous reviews and our dining experience with other restaurants in the area. We were celebrating our engagement and are so glad we came to Abbots cellar. The food was absolutely amazing, staff exceptional and overall experience one of the best we have had. Thank you for making our engagement dinner a unforgettable experience!!"
Dined on 12/23/2013
Even if you do not drink the food
is good enough for this place to be a restaurant you will want to visit."
Dined on 12/22/2013
The Abbot's Cellar's extensive
beer list would appeal to any beer aficionado. It's organized similar to a wine list, by style, and there is wine available as well but with limited options. We had the chicory salad, which was amazing, and the day boat scallops-equally as great. In fact, the apps were better than the main course, steelhead salmon and the sole. The fish was very tasty but a little overdone. They told us that they generally served salmon not cooked all the way through and seared so that's what we were expecting, but it was actually medium-well. That said, I will definitely return as I love the beer list and it's in my neighborhood."
Dined on 12/18/2013
Cool little restaurant. Minimalist
design. Not sure I would want to wash my hands at the communal sink on a busy night though. Food was very good but the menu is quite small. The fish and bison entrees were delicious but the salad was a bit precious for the price. The waitress was very helpful and brought several 'tastes' of draught beer after I asked for help pairing beer with the halibut (we're wine drinkers.) I was happy with my choice but my husband's small bottle to pair with the bison was $14...a little steep. I wish there was a gracious way the server could've let us know the price before we ordered. All in all a good meal. I'm sure beer geeks are in hoggie heaven!"
Dined on 11/8/2013
Great food, great beer selection,
great sevice! We will definitely want to come back and enjoy this experience again (the chef menu was amazing from all the points of vue). It's really close to the Symphonie, and that's another big plus!"
Dined on 12/7/2013
Grrrrr beer options. Terrible
vegetarian entrees. Was this in san Francisco??"
Dined on 12/6/2013
We loved everything about this
restaurant - the beautiful reclaimed wood decor, the genuinely personable staff, the music (vintage soul), the formidable beer and wine selection, the rustic ceramics, and the incredible food. We had a butternut squash soup with tarragon butter that was the most smooth and delicious I've ever had. Then we had a chicory salad that was perfectly balanced with candied hazelnuts, fuyu persimmons, and pomegranate arils. The ricotta gnocchi with roasted squash, chanterelles and greens were umami perfection, and the rib eye with smoked potatoes and romano beans was so perfect I almost cried. Satsuma cranberry clafouti with pecan streusel and Four Barrel decaf - perfection. We'll be back!"
Dined on 12/2/2013
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