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Thirsty Bear
Thirsty Bear

Thirsty Bear Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.thirstybear.com
  • Phone: (415) 974-0905
  • Hours of Operation: Restaurant-Kitchen Monday - Thursday 11:30am - 10:00pm Friday 11:30am - 11:00pm Saturday 12:00pm - 11:00pm Sunday 5:00pm - 10:30pm Bar until last call
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates, Brewery
  • Executive Chef: Jessica Gorin
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We have off-premise catering services, perfect for office lunches, meetings and less formal parties. Thirsty Bear Delivery or To Go can bring our flavorful cuisine to you. We will deliver within San Francisco, or you can pick up your order at a predetermined time, for a fantastic yet cost effective event. For an additional fee, Thirsty Bear offers service staff for set-up and maintenance of your event. Please contact our Banquet Department for more information.
  • Private Party Facilities: Whether you are planning a sit down dinner for 25 or a festive event for 500, ThirstyBear is the ideal venue to entertain your guests. We have a number of different seating possibilities for your group, both private and semi-private.
  • Private Party Contact: Nicole Held (888) 615-4876
  • Entertainment: Live Flamenco Performances every Sunday evening 7:30pm & 8:30pm -No Cover-Reservations Recommended! see website for details.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 3rd Street
  • Public Transit: New Montgomery Station MUNI & BART
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Moscone Parking Garage, enter on 3rd St. between Folsom & Howard. $2.50/hour
A word from Thirsty Bear
ThirstyBear is the first & only Certified Organic brewery in San Francisco!! Pairing Spanish cuisine of Tapas & Paellas with hand-crafted organic beer, sangria, Spanish & California wines, & full bar with premium spirits.

ThirstyBear serves only sustainable harvested seafood; all natural meats free of growth hormones & synthetic additives; and local organic seasonal produce.

ThirstyBear recycles all paper, glass, aluminum & plastic. We compost all organic matter; we recycle our cooking oil into biodiesel. Our menu paper is post consumer recycled; our to-go containers are recyclable or compostable. We use energy efficient lighting, heating, cooling & conserve water in the brewery & restaurant.

Feel Great about what you eat & drink here!! We're an establishment that cares about your health & our environment!!

Support your local Organic Brewery!!
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Diner Reviews
  • "The two paellas were wonderful. Patatas bravas were excellent. Sangria as usual was addictive. Great place to bring fussy friends --there's something for everyone"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "In a town filled with good eats, it doesn't take long to fall "just" under the line. Though we were in at 9pm, with closing time at 10, on a Wednesday night...it took quite a while for a server to appear. We got a flight of beers, some lovely appetizers and then an assortment of tapas for our meal. The flavors were good (if not a little mild for Spanish food) but each dish was just a bit off. It didn't help that we got the first tapas plate and the server left us with food but no napkins or utensils...it was a good 4-5 minutes before someone reappeared with the rest of our food and we had to ask for napkins, etc. It's not a bad place, it just could be so much better..."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Good beer selections, good food and good service. Location was also good and there's plenty of nearby parking. Didn't stay long enough to see the flamenco dancer but I will next time."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Stepped out of the convention center with a group for lunch. Quick service. Yummy tapas and lunch specials. Especially enjoyed the kale salad."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Food needs improvement. For an $18 burger and $24 paella, the taste has a lot of room for improvement. I would only go back because I love flamenco but if it wasn't for that, I would not recommend nor go back."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "The paella is really good here. One of the best I've tried."
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "Excellent food and drink but portion sizes have decreased since I was last there while prices stayed the same. Not encouraging. And it is way noisy. Even with a table in the very rear it was hard to hear my companion. I'll think twice before I go again."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "my date and I loved it. the atmosphere, and the music. I would love to attend another event here. "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "At Walnut Creek BART at 5:45p I knew I'd be late to Thirsty Bear for my 6:30p reservation. Waiting for the train I left a message for TB at 6pm that I'd likely be late, 6:45-6:50 for my reservation and to please call me if this would be a problem. After BART at 6:45p, with no phone calls/texts to my smart phone (it's 2014 people..) I walked briskly to TB. 6:48p at TB, the rude 25ish tattooed imp told me that "we've given your table away". I get that I was over 15 minutes late, that TB is popular these days, but - no call back = no customer service. There are plenty of other places in SOMA/SF today that care more about customer service. I will not return to TB anytime soon - they do not deserve it. "
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "Good beer and fine service but the food is below average. We tried 6+ tapas items from the menu for our group and all of them were just okay. Nothing stood out or was particularly good. The restaurant needs to work on better quality food. "
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "Got there early and Thirsty Bear greeter says they don't have my reservation. Although I rec'd everything via email that I had a reservation and my guest rec'd my invite. Does that mean I don't get dinner points?"
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Thisty Bear continues to be strong after all these years. The food, which does change, is always outstanding...a nice mix of Spain and California, and the beer does not disappoint. Great ambiance good service always a pleasure."
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "The tapas and service were great. Topped with a live flamenco show (every Sunday evening) it made for a fantastic evening."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Was here two years ago and food was very good-simple tapas. Now unrecognizable with numerous virtually inedible renditions of classic dishes. One or two exceptions but overwhelmed by the colicky abdominal pain stimulated by earlier efforts. Service on the other hand was great. Never going back."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "We went to see the Warriors Basketball playoffs. Had a great seat and an understanding wait person. We ate slowly as to see the whole game. The food was delicious. The beer excellent. We sat and ate small plates for 2+ hours. We would have been happier if the warriors won."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Organic beer, with lots of selection. Tons of unique tapas or some tasty paella. I want to go back again!"
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "I love, TB- Thirsty Bear that is...not so much on the tuberculosis. Talking about disease may be poor reviewer form, but hey, I learned it from watching you, @Eat24. TB offers great burgers and tapas, delicious weekday lunch specials, amazing rotating craft beers, Sunday flamenco performances, an outstanding dining atmosphere, and pool and foos ball in a great entertaining space upstairs. Thirsty Bear is perfect for a date or absolutely any occasion personal or professional. "Do it," in my best but still awful New York accent."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Great bar scene and delicious assortment of reasonably priced tapas. Too loud to have a conversation, barely better in the back restaurant section."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "We were a group of 5 early diners after the ballgame. The service was very good as was the food. We sat at the window and enjoyed the beer flight with an explanatory commentary from the brew master and thoroughly enjoyed the early evening."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We met friends we hadn't seen in two years for dinner. I was so happy when they lead us away from the bar into the back area where we got tucked around the corner. The crowd at the bar was deafening. Our table was quieter, so we could carry on a conversation. There is a great selection of bears. I had a Panda Bear, which I enjoyed. I ordered the vegetarian paella, while the other three shared plate after plate of tapas. Their favorites were the flatbread with some kind of Italian ham and the French onion soup. My paella could have served two, was decent but kind of bland. It could have used more color and flavor. Our server was polite and mostly timely. But we picked the restaurant mostly because of its location near our hotel..."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "What a find! Very cool, but comfortable, with friendly service. It's an organic brewery, great selection of beers. They offer flights so you can taste 12 different if you want. I had a stout, a red ale, a pilsner. All the beers are named after bears, i.e. panda, polar, etc. Clever. The tapas were delicious, the poblano peppers stuffed with manchego cheese were our favorite and homemade pickles were yummy too. My son devoured the Thirsty Bear burger and he's usually hard to please so it must've been good...our waitress was so attentive and helpful with the beer selections. I loved the space, how the tables were set up and the floor plan. Oh and the prices were reasonable too. I would definitely return to this place and recommend it highly."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "I was in San Francisco for a conference and we ate at Thirsty Bear our first night. The beer flight was delicious and the food was AMAZING! Everything from the brussel sprouts to the piquillo peppers were fabulous. And who can forget the awesome sea salt and caramel gelato- to die for! I'm so happy we came here!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Small plate tapas, sangria, beer & sports games on tv is a great combination for hanging out with friends. The food was fun and service was good. It's casual but a good local spot."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Met here with friends and really got into the tapas experience! Really easy to do as the menu has something for everyone...can you a 100% grass fed certified organic burger patty?! Next let's get to the beer, nothing short of amazing. I went straight to their seasonal, 'Wild Stave' and their newest 'Oro en Paz'...both sorus and both wonderfully crafted. The IPA is great too, and I don't even like IPA's. The off beer is definitely the 'Panda' with it's notes of chocolate, good none the less. The host was really smiley, actually, all the staff were smiling and our server Tori was amazing as well. It's a brewery. Who goes to a brewery and has a bad time? I suppose people who don't know how to have a good time in the first place."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Definitely a great find. I was looking for Paella and this was well worth it. Plus the beer is great. I'll be heading back when they let their sour age a year because I'm sure it'll be great."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Hostess was a complete pill - remembered this spot as being really fun and great for a group - we were all sadly disapointed - won't return again. Very bad experience!"
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "2nd time and loved it as much as the first. Definitely becoming one of my favorite casual stupors in SF."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "For light fare, tapas & paella, Thirsty Bear is great! The olives were warm & tasty. The paella was a little bland, but still was fresh. The brussels sprouts were fantastic! And, the deviled eggs were tasty! Plus, the pilsner I had complemented all of the dishes & tasted great! A great spot for groups! Service was a little spotty. Our assigned server didn't come around until we already had ordered from another server - and the assigned server's service was not great. But, the 1st server from whom we ordered gave us fabulous service - wish we could've kept her as our server!!"
    Dined on 2/25/2013
  • "Food is pretty poor. Service Great. Wine list very good. Too many kids running around/annoying. Ambiance lacking."
    Dined on 2/23/2013
  • "Tapas food was well prepared and promptly delivered. Fun menu of their brewery beers. Nice atmosphere and extensive bar scene."
    Dined on 2/14/2013
  • "interesting beers, great selection of drinks and food. let down by erratic waiter service."
    Dined on 2/15/2013
  • "The food is served on small plates to share. They are delicious, and nicely presented. The beer is also good. I'll be going back."
    Dined on 2/15/2013
  • "There are so many good restaurants in the city don't waste your time at this one. The food was not good! We had 3 tapas (chicken thigh, lamb skewer and fried potatoes. All average at best. We also got a few of the mussel skewers - worst part of the meal. They were overly smokey and chewier than usual. The beer was decent but nothing exceptional. The good points were that our service was pretty good and the cheese/beer pairing was nice."
    Dined on 2/16/2013
  • "Went Sunday to check out flamenco performers... Talented musicians and dancers! The beer is average and the food is over priced in relation to portions. The paella was a bland rice concoction with fresh ingredients, but no carmelization. Would recommend the establishment for entertainment, but not for food."
    Dined on 2/10/2013
  • "I work for a Japanese company and find the Thirsty Bear a great restaurant and brewery to entertain my Japanese guests. In Japan, Tapas, or in Japanese - Izakaya, is a favorite place for the Japanese to dine out with groups. With Thirsty Bear's own selection of beer and delecious Spanish Tapas, its a "hit" for my Japanese guests."
    Dined on 2/5/2013
  • "Go for Flemenco on Sunday nights, it's a great date! We sat right next to the stage, and having lived in Spain we can say that the Flemenco is good quality and very authentic. The food is slightly updated spanish, but all the basics are there and compare favorably to a good tapas bar in Barcelona: Gambas, Tortilla, Bravas, Butifara... all that was missing was some good jamon!"
    Dined on 1/27/2013
  • "I always enjoy Thirsty Bear. It is my stop en rout home on a warm day and a go to lunch meeting place with clients. The table servers are attentive. Often I find when the crowd is thin, the bar tenders tend to ignore the customers with empty glasses and new arrivals. It is not always but I have seen and experienced it a few times. All and all a good place 90% of the time."
    Dined on 1/10/2013
  • "We had a meeting with a client there during the busiest day of the Fancy Food Show. I thought it would be a madhouse in there, but surprisingly, it was not. It was nice to get away to somewhere other than the show and be able to discuss business. The only thing I wish we'd had was a place to put our papers and such while eating. We were at a taller round table so there wasn't a lot of place for overflow - it wasn't that big of a deal though. It was much quieter than I thought it would be, so that was a very pleasant surprise."
    Dined on 1/21/2013
  • "Always a fun experience -- good food, beer, friends and Flamenco. Can't be beat!"
    Dined on 1/13/2013
  • "35 years ago we spent our honeymoon in Spain. We wanted to recreate some of the aspects of our honeymooon;Iberia in Menlo Park recommended this place. We enjoyed Thirsty Bear for the flamenco show they provided. They had reserved a table close to the stage for us and we had a perfect view of the show. We had good tapas (Brussel sprouts with chorizo and onions, empanadas, flatbread with spicy eggplant, brandada of cod). Our main dish was a paella Valenciana we shared.The paella was average. My husband said I make a better paella and it was nothing like the paella we had eaten at the Tabierna del Puerto in Gandia, Spain, 35 years ago. The desserts were delicious and Thirsty Bear gave them to us as an anniversary gift (nice!). We will be back."
    Dined on 12/30/2012