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Nectar Wine Lounge

137 reviews
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$30 and under
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Located in the heart of San Francisco's Marina District, Nectar Wine Lounge brings together the very nectar which feeds the soul. Our 50 frequently metamorphosing wine selections by the glass span the vastness of the globe and of the palate, and our 900 selection bottle list offers something for even the most adventurous of spirit. Wines are also available for retail purchase. Executive Chef Gavin Schmidt crafts exquisite and mouth-watering dishes, utilizing a New Californian approach with International fusion. Our small plates tantalize the tongue and bring fullness and life to each wine-pairing. The Decor is a stunningly beautiful marriage of Chic, New York style with a distinctly San Francisco aesthetic that is at once both warm and cool.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Californian, Global, International
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(415) 345-1377
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Gavin Schmidt
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Private party facilities
Thank you for considering holding your event with us at nectar wine lounge. We are excited to create a memorable wine-graced occasion for you, your friends & family. Whatever your needs, be it a small wine-pairing dinner for 2 or a themed-private party for 80 of your closest friends & companions, we would be delighted to have you here with us at Nectar. Our deep, mosaic wine-cellar piloted by a quartet of sommeliers, and our superlative kitchen with chef Gavin Schmidt at the helm stand ready to cater to your every desire. nectar possesses accommodations to seat 43 seated patrons in a variety of formats, from sleek, contemporary bar seats, to soft, over-stuffed chic armchairs to more traditional seating in our banquette area. Our lounge can hold up to 80 guests for larger, more casual events.
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Private party contact
Christopher Potter: (415) 345-1377
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Cross street
Lombard / Chestnut
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Parking details
There are several public parking structures with in a three block radius of Nectar.
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Public transit
There is a muni stop on Chestnut Street 1/2 block away from Nectar.
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Offer frequently changing wine tasting events (different themes).
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Special events & promotions
Offer wine tasting events every other Tuesday from 6pm-9pm. Tastings typically feature 5 wines for $25, e.g. Pinot Noirs from Around the World, Germany Uncovered or winery tastings, featuring top wineries such as Melville or Etude.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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vipmydesilu2 (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on June 22, 2014

We had a great experience... At first i was a little concerned because the place was packed and they only had one guy working the entire restaurant and bar!! But, this guy handled everyone like a PRO!! He never made us feel like we had to wait and was very attentive the entire time! He was also very knowledgable on the wine list!! Will be back again soon!! Not really sure if the TV screen on the wall fits the mood of the place, but I wasn't really paying attention anything other than the great food and wine!!

vipRezziechick (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on June 4, 2014

Nectar has good food and wine but always has the TV or a movie projected on the wall which does not remotely go with the ambiance for a wine bar. Also, the music playing every time I go is totally random and doesn't work with the space or vibe I think they are trying to create. My advice is to turn off the TV and play better music if they want better patronage. The people I was with felt the same way.

vipKF1679 (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on April 12, 2014

Enjoyed the wine flights and service was good. Food we ordered was ok, not excellent (roasted root vegetables, butternut squash pizzetta, and macaroni and cheese with wild mushrooms). Not too crowded on a Saturday at 8:30 p.m.

vipMiCa (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on April 12, 2014

Great bites and a wonderful wine list. The wine flights are fun!

sargos (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on April 12, 2014

My boyfriend and I came to Nectar for our 3-year anniversary, and they pulled out all the stops!

The hosts and servers recognized us as soon as we came in, they listened to the comments I'd left in the reservation and tailored service specifically to us, planning a special wine and cheese flight followed by delicious entrees and dessert.

We were so impressed by the wines and the servers' in-depth knowledge on each.

We had an amazing time, and would definitely recommend Nectar for your next special occasion!

chris (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on March 15, 2014

We went there on a Saturday night for a birthday celebration this place was very cute a the server were great. Right as you sit down the bring you water and tell you about different wines.

RegularDiner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 11, 2014

I discovered this place over a year ago and have now been there 4-5 times. I most recently took my cousin and we had a very enjoyable meal along with our creative wine flights. It was a Tuesday night so it was not particularly busy, probably about a dozen people in the place. Service was very good and the wine and food came quickly once ordered. We were busy talking so time passed but we were appropriately checked in on several times.

This is a great place to take a date, hang with friends or just go by yourself for some good food and wine.

Tots5 (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on December 19, 2013

Decent prices for a good wine bar

vipNotHappyWithServer (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on November 15, 2013

Great ambiance. Service staff were friendly and welcoming! We enjoyed wine, cheese and salami, perfect place for it. Will definitely be back and hope we can get the comfy couches!

vipWiningaboutMarin (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on October 5, 2013

This little wine bar in the Marina neighborhood deserves some attention. We had found other reviews online that raved about the food and they were right. We had trouble making choices from a short but very interesting menu. We finally started with the burratta and an arugula salad. The Burratta was accompanied by a simple salad and prosciutto - simple but excellent. The arugula salad included pears, sour cherries, and feta and was dressed perfectly. But the star of our meal was the grilled cheese with guacamole, bacon, and gouda. We loved it.

As it happened we started comparing notes with the guests as the next table - they loved the cured salmon.

Be aware this is a wine bar with food so the seating is very casual - loungy.

PinkFoodieLady (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on August 17, 2013

Was here w/ a bachelorette party on Sat. night around 8:30pm & the place was packed to the seams & VERY loud. Luckily, towards the back of the restaurant, there are some tables where our group was seated. A tad more quiet, at least enough so we could talk w/ each other. The wine list was AWESOME! We did the bubble flight & tried a few others, unfortunately I've forgotten the names at the moment, but all very nice. We shared a few items from the dinner menu, flat breads, truffle mac n' cheese, grilled avocado & prosciutto sandwich & the arugula salad. All were very tasty- especially the grilled avocado & prosciutto sandwich. Recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a vibrant place to enjoy a nice glass & tasty food w/ friends!

luv2dine (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on July 24, 2013

We really enjoyed our evening at NECTAR. Seated just at the end of 'happy hour' which is quite a bargin for the excellent wine and starters. Totally satisfied with the entire menu choices esp. the melt-in-your-mouth gnocchi. Will return soon to work through other items on the menu we missed.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on May 22, 2013

Loved the Happy Hour at Nectar! The appetizers were great and so was the wine selection.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2012

Excelent wines and light meals. Very nice ambience for wine-lovers. Super-friendly staff. Absolutely loved it.

Luv2dine (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on December 27, 2012

This wine bar is nearby the Cow Hollow Hotel and is located off of Chestnut St. in the Marina area. I had a trio of bubbly and it was good. I made reservations at 8 pm. This tiny establishment was full but they did reserve a table for us in the back. Had I not had a voucher from Bllomspot we would have arrived at happy hour but we had to go after happy hour which ends at 7pm. The two entres we split (Mac n Cheese and pizza) was plenty of food for all of us to enjoy. The prices are a tad steep but if you are just a couple it should not be too bad. With the food, my bubbly and one non-alcoholic drink I ended up paying an extra twenty dollars over my voucher (worth forty dollars). They did include 20 percent for the tip on the checThos