The Abbot's Cellar
The Abbot's Cellar

The Abbot's Cellar

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.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: 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
The Abbot's Cellar reviews from OpenTable diners
131 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (94)neighborhood gem (56)good for groups (37)special occasion (36)hot spot (28)vibrant bar scene (22)romantic (18)notable wine list (11)late-night find (3)great for lunch (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • A cellar full of surprises!
    Chel
    Dined on 11/25/2014
    Attentive service, warm ambiance, and excellent food exquisitely presented and paired with delightfully delicious craft beers - a fabulous dining experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Beer List & Food Pairings
    Chumly
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    This is one of our favorite spots in the city. One of the best beer lists you'll find and fantastic food to pair. The service is exceptional and the staff very knowledgeable about both beer and food. We always have a great experience here. It's a bit pricey, so not an every day dinner stop for us, but well worth it for the occasional "date night".
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Date Night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Food was excellent, but the menu was very limited. Would have appeciated ice in the water. Beer selection was very good and the couple brews we had were good. Prices were high. Tables were tight which made it noisy and not good for intimate conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful dinner for a date
    Katieb
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    Made the reservation for 9pm about a week in advance. For a Thursday night, the restaurant wasn't crowded at all. The waiter we had recommended great starters and meals. He also paired each meal with absolutely delicious craft beer. The food and the ambiance were perfect. Very memorable and very good! I would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Romantic but Expensive
    Neesh
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Took my boyfriend here for his birthday. They definitely have a great beer selection and the servers can help you pair a drink for any food you get. The food was delicious. However, we only split one entree and one app and shared one beer and the bill came to over $100 so it's quite expensive but definitely a nice treat. Great ambiance! Friendly Staff!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food but overpriced
    Rumbera
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    The venue is extremely nice and the waiters were all very nice. However, the food is overpriced
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Rad time with burgers and beers
    GoodCompany
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    Amazing selection of brews and eats just like its sister restaurant, Monk's Kettle.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Abbots Cellar - Amazing Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    My colleagues and I visited Abbot's Cellar on 11/12/14 for a business dinner. We had reservations and upon arriving we were immediately seated at a nice table. Our waitress was amazing, she had an excellent knowledge of the menu, and was able to recommend beer to our entire table including several beer snobs. If you're looking for excellent food, a massive selection of high quality brews and superb service, put this place on your list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The best yet -a fabulous find
    Creativetastes
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    We were visiting SF looked at the 100 best and found it by the review. Being true beer lovers the thought that a restaurant did beer pairings was exciting, but then the food was amazing. We started with the boar appetizer, then scallops each melted in your mouth. We had the duck and pork entrees which hit it out of the park. Choices of Beers were amazing.The interior design with just as wonderful and inviting. We have not stopped talking about the evening, the food the beer. THANK YO
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Too Precious
    Sipp
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    This place was too precious. I love beer and wine, but beer should not be treated as wine. The beer portions were small (and seemed about 20% smaller than the listing on the beer menu). The beer was served in wine glasses. The reverence shown the beer struck a bad note with my dining companion and me. The concept just did not work for me.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Really great but too expensive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    I really enjoyed my meal and experience at Abbotts cellar. Food beverages server and host were all excellent. How ever even with all that I felt that it was a bit overpriced We had two apps, two entrees, two beers and one glass of wine. With a $7.50 employee benefit charge and 20% tip it was $175. Ouch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SashaVIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    extensive beer list, and some good wine choices too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great beers, delicious food
    richo
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Menu changes often so not much point in recommendations, however the Salt and Pepper Squid was amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great tasting menu
    chivus78
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    We ordered the tasting menu with beer pairings and it was delicious. It was surprisingly filling too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner
    FoodieMD
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    The restaurant was surprisingly not full for the great ambiance and food. Nice beer and wine selection. Tasty desserts too. There is "secret" parking across the street, which we only found out about after driving around in vain for over 20 minutes on a Tuesday night before calling them.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    FromHoustonVIP
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Great concept. Great execution. We had the 5 course tasting menu with the beer pairings. The theme of the beer was beer associated with wine. So the beers were either aged in wine barrels or fermented with grape must, etc. While these types of beers are usually not my thing, these were outstanding and went well with the paired dishes. The pairing were well explained by the staff. I will definitely return my next trip to San Fran.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place
    SportsFan
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    We really enjoyed our experience here. The place is nicely decorated and laid out. Loved the beer & wine list pullout from the table - very creative and handy. The beer selection was great - I tried 3 different IPA drafts, none of which I had ever seen before. I had the sole, which was very nicely cooked to a moist inside with a crispy crust (but not fried!). My wife had duck which she really enjoyed. The chocolate bread pudding was deep and rich, and went perfectly with the desert zin we ordered. Service was good, not great, but no real complaints other than the waitress disappearing a couple of times when we needed water refills, or wanted to order another beer. If we get back to SanFran for a visit, we will return.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great space. So-so food.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Lots of 3-star reviews cover the good and bad of this place. Definitely confused about what it wants to be. The gnocchi way too tough. Avoid at all costs.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Loves it!
    Cupcake1
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Came here on our first night in San Francisco. What a night! We had the tasting menu with beer pairings. The food and the beers were excellent, and the service could not be better! We were surprise that even if the place was packed, we could have a descent conversation without shouting. We had a great time!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, festive environment
    Looper521
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    We enjoyed our dinner at The Abbot's Cellar. They have a decent beer and wine menu, and well-made dishes. Recommendable.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Abbot and Costello
    MinSF01VIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Then staff was extremely friendly, food was amazing and decor very impressive. We loved all the glasses displayed on back wall. Disappointment came with the service. Our server said he would pair our food with wine but when our food arrived we had to wait 15 minutes for the wine. Could never find our server and I had to track the server down to pay. We went on a Sunday night which was very quiet so I'm not sure why we had such delays. Maybe going another night would be better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great beer
    Bibsy
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    I came here to try the tasting menu with beer pairing and can totally recommend it. It helped in the decision about what to drink too. The menu is quite daunting, but I noticed (sat at the bar) that the staff were great for recommendations based on what you like. Don't be afraid to ask. The food was good to superb and all the beer was great. Cute knowledgeable staff. A great atmosphere. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Excellent food, including dessert, and service. Incredible beer list with excellent advice on food pairings and descriptions of the beers on the menu. No disappointments with the delicious and beautiful food. An evening's success. Thank you, Abbott's Cellar!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ML21
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Love Abbot's Cellar. Great beer selection, good food, good service. Pairing beers with a prix fixe menu - what a awesome idea!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bad steak
    justbeinghonest
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Got the steak. It was cold and very chewy. It took some effort to cut thru it with my knife. Otherwise it was a decent meal. Not sure if this was one-off or they just don't know that steak should be served warm.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Abbott
    WookieVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Very good food. I liked the interior design of the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • CalouVIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Wonderful, interesting menu. Seasonal ingredients and fresh flavors.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BK321
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Great food, amazing beer list. Wine list was adequate and quite nice, but if you come here, go for the beers. All of the food was plated beautifully and was extremely fresh. We'll be back! The diver scallop and squash dish was to die for.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic evening
    gordandshazVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    As a lover of beer I should love this place.. A huge menu of interesting and unusual beers paired with very interesting food. And it didn't disappoint. The food was beautifully prepared with creative touches, I'd never eaten scollops cooked with chilli peppers before, it really works. Service from Yuri was great, her advice on the beer front was spot on. We are only in San Francisco for a week but are thinking of returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great experience.
    VikasVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Second time here and it was even better than the first. Great service. Great ambiance. Great food. I did the pre-fix meal paired with bear and my server was very knowledgeable and helpful. Add this to the list of my regular spots in the city!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food and unpretentious
    Luv2eatgoodfood
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The decor set the stage for relaxed and casual dining. Our halibut and pork loin dishes had fresh ingredients and lots of flavor. Our server was attentive and friendly. Overall it was a very nice dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Beer Pairings
    davidtherock
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
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    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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 2002VIP
    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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic