Thirsty Bear
Thirsty Bear

Thirsty Bear

  • 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, Brewery, Tapas / Small Plates
  • 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 8886154876
  • 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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Thirsty Bear reviews from OpenTable diners
59 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.6
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelEnergetic
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (35)vibrant bar scene (30)fit for foodies (22)neighborhood gem (17)hot spot (11)great for lunch (10)late-night find (10)special occasion (9)romantic (5)kid-friendly (3)notable wine list (3)great for brunch (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Great for sharing
    Tasty
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    So many tapas to choose from - all really good. And great beers too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No complaints.
    ABayAreaFamily
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    Fine overall. Modest dinner, drinks and tip averaged $29 per person. We liked the beer sampler. Some tapas were not so good for a group, and we didn't get great advice from our server. Food was good, but we wished we had ordered differently on a few things. Noise level was moderate, and conversation across the table was sometimes a little challenged.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thirsty bear fall menu
    Michael
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Love this place, however the fall menu lacks the greatness of what was.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Tapas Spog
    Jraft
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Came in with a large group and had a good experience. Food was tasty, service was good. A little too bright, but I would recommend it!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Beers and good menu
    playgoer
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Their organic beers are quite good!! The menu is varied and interesting. But you can choose other things besides the tapas. An interesting place with Sunday flamenco. Upstairs they have darts and pool. Would be a good place for a group. And you can just sit at the bar if you want. Very attractive too. Food is served nice and hot.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • tasty tapas
    5thoff
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We brought out-of-town guests and they were very impressed. Most appreciated was the food, followed closely by the local beer. Our service was a little slow, but like the absurdly loud party we were seated near, it wasn't bad enough to complain about.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Little plates great beer better
    BearVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Our table of 3 liked everything we ordered from the charcuterie to the tapas to the flatbread and finally artsan cheese pairing. I loved the beer offerings. And the organic beer was fantastic, particularly the sour offering. My only gripe is the size -- I still cannot believe my 16 oz. cask conditioned ESB was a full pint. Other than almost always feeling like my glass was nearly empty, everything was great. Ordering tapas and small plates can be a challenge to put together a complete meal for our table, but we succeeded. The server helped with suggestions. Great find in San Fran.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not Good.
    krod80
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Celebrated my boyfriend's birthday here as soon as we got there the hostess was very friendly and that was all that was friendly about it. Our server was absent for the most part and didn't really tell us the paella would only serve two people when we were five. We had to get another order and wait longer for the food to arrive not to mention she forgot to add some appetizers we had ordered. The sangria did not taste good at all. Just a un-happy over all experience not what I expected. She didn't even try to sell us on tasting the beer even when its a brewery.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    JoeI
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Went on night when the Giants were playing at home. Place was packed. Place was loud because people were watching the game. Despite the challenges, food was great, service was excellent, and the vibe was very positive and happy. Staff worked as a team. Everyone was very nice. Menu suggestions were helpful. I don't travel to San Fran very often, but it always seems that I end up here for at least one meal when I am in downtown. Their small plates are actually "medium" with plenty to share. Happy dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My go-to lunch place in SF
    Lunchguy
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Great choice of beers on tap. Always good food and service. Hope they bring back the lamb burger.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun
    DGTravels
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Live entertainment was fun. Load, but fun. Food was very good as well....great bar hangout but much much better food!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Flamenco on Sunday!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    I love the Flamenco Sunday nights at Thirsty Bear! Always an awesome show and normally you can get a great seat if you arrive around 7ish. Their tapas are decent and the life music/dancing is worth the trip downtown! Try it out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite SF Brew Pub
    FromNJ
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Excellent selection of ales (all organic). An assortment of food items (also organic), mostly tapas and small plates as well as cheese & beer pairings. It can get noisy depending on where you are seated. There's a bar, bar tables and restaurant seating further back
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner and a show!
    Jennifer
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    A Sunday evening spectacular: Flamenco music and dancing with great nibbles of food and sangria! Sitting by the stage will appropriately slow service down, but it's well worth it for the performance. Wish I didn't have to keep asking for my water to be filled (just provide a pitcher!) and they were out of the brandy we wanted, but overall, a fantastic night of food and entertainment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's All Good
    MizzbeVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    This is one of my favorite south-of-Market restaurants. It's close to MOMA (now closed) and Yerba Buena Center. Beer is the beverage of choice here, with many options available. The food is a delicious combination of Spanish and California cuisines. Among the excellent choices of tapas are the meatballs, ribs (which come sliced, more like pork loin), beans with chorizo. Actually, I've worked my way through this menu and have never been disappointed. Prices are reasonable, though on my last visit, it seemed they were sneaking upward -- but then, that's true of most places. It's still in the affordable range. Service is invariably friendly and efficient.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great beers--excellent appetizer
    134beer
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We came in from out of town staying near Union Square. Found this on the web and very happy we did. Great service. Excellent beers and unique and very tasty appetizers. Will definitely stop again our next time in town.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Flamenco Show!
    sanrey
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    My girlfriend and I went for the first time for the flamenco show. It was great to find that it also specialized in Spanish cuisine, perfectly complementing the music and show. Great way to finish a good weekend.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great beer, good food, fun times
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We came with a group of 6 friends and had an excellent time, trying all kinds of different beers and several dishes to share. The Panda Bear Golden Ale was my favorite. The broccolini and kale cesar were outstanding, the service was great, and we'll certainly come back to the Thirsty Bear the next time we're in San Francisco.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The show was amazing.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The Flamenco music provided by Roberto Aquilar and company was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good beer
    SFDiner
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Had Rye Brasseur Farm House Ale and Roggen Bier German style hefe. Both good , I like the farm house better. The croquetas were lacking flavor. Ham & IPA pairing was good. Empanadas were good and spicy, undercooked, since they were dough-y inside. Brocolini also undercooked on the stems, I like to eat the whole length; my b/f only ate the floret. The lamb was not game-y, but lacked flavor; so I covered it in the garlic oil that came on the side. With a Fri 8 pm Res they sat us as a couple in the back of the empty restaurant. I suppose this was our mistake making a brewery our date night. The dim bar could have been romantic, but the back felt like the bright stroller section in a food court. Next time put me up front with the adults, thx!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Decaying
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    This place is getting worse with time. I think the only thing that brings me here at this point is the show. The server was totally unintelligent or inefficient to the point of giving ridiculous feedback to my friend's request. Also he looked totally spaced out (stoned?). I had to laugh because the last thing I want is to be rude or negative. After all, I am up for having a good time no matter what. As I said, I'd recommend the show experience at this restaurant, but that's about it.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great music, service, food!
    Jennifer
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Decided to try Thirsty Bear after a long day of conference meetings at the Moscone Center. We were absolutely delighted with the amazing service, the great music, and the satisfying food. The sangria and delicious tapas were exactly what I needed! We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good dining experience
    audas007
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Was here this week, with a group of 10 people, (including 3 kids). Enjoyed some nice time trying a variety of tapas, with some chilled beer. A good place to go to, for drinks and munchies.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday night flamenco
    DiningDaily
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Great show with live music on Sunday nights - unexpected! great dancers and musicians.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food, poor service
    FoodJunkee
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Service was poor. Our waiter never introduced himself to us so we never knew his name and he lacked a name tag. Ambience was great. Food was awesome. Portions are extremely small but taste is on point. Great for groups or first date nights. Drinks were strong....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 34 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.7
    • Food3.5
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 519 reviews are from the Thirsty Bear reviews archive.
  • Dinner with friends from Boston
    Kathy
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    It was a goid place to experience some good tapas in a fun atmosphere. We were able to catch up and enjoy the small plate options
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place!
    mgsfrancisco
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Thirsty Bear it is a great place to gather with friends and co-workers for great food and beers. The atmosphere and service are great too.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service Improvements
    QualServes
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    My recent visit to Thirsty Bear was less than I expected. For some reason the server appeared to be in a hurry. When my friend asked what was the specials the server pointed to the menu to indicate "read it". My other friend had to flag him down to order a drink. The service just wasn't acceptable. The food was good but the service was a bit to be desired.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Food left a lot to be desired...the paella was too mushy and came out in 15 minutes 20 at the most...it should take st least 30- 45 minutes for a good paella...the calamari was horrible and came out immediately...wasn't fresh at all...the croquetas were terrible too...just deep fried mush... The sangria was good and 1/2 beers were good...Howard st IPA WAS AWESOME...I'd go back but only for beer
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fancy bear brewing?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    My friend was visiting Sf and loves breweries so we thought we'd give this one a try. I will say our group all enjoyed our beers and they were reasonably priced. The food however was mediocre at best and priced as if it were gourmet. The burger was a decent size, but for 18 dollars after adding a single strip of bacon for $2 and another $1 for "bravas" patatas was way too much. The potatoes came out cold and rather than being tossed in the garlic sauce it seemed as though it was just dabbed in the middle lazily so some were covered in it while others were plain. We also got some deviled eggs (delicious) and some tapas (overcooked but tender steak and broccoli that was average at best). Overall would join for beer but not for food.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not as great as advertised
    seedub
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    The food isnt very good and isn't presented in a appetizing way. The service is mediocre, our table was large so maybe there's a reason for it. Wouldnt recommend
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Decent
    Dave
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    We went for dinner and wine on a Friday. The wine was pretty good, but the food wasn't good for Tapas. That said, I'm from Miami and I'm used to good Tapas. They had an awesome beer selection. I'd say it's ok, but not great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • MferVIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sooooooo close
    smkarizonaVIP
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    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...
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  • Mari21
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great lunch near Moscone
    KelB
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Stepped out of the convention center with a group for lunch. Quick service. Yummy tapas and lunch specials. Especially enjoyed the kale salad.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great entertainment on Sundays
    FlamencoLover
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • WC2014
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    The paella is really good here. One of the best I've tried.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not what it was...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    my date and I loved it. the atmosphere, and the music. I would love to attend another event here.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.