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Nectar Wine Lounge

3.9
137 reviews
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$30 and under
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Californian
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  • Notable Wine List
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Romantic

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About

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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Cuisines
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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Entertainment
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.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.9based on all time ratings
3.7
food
3.9
service
3.8
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5.0Dined 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!!

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3.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined on April 12, 2014

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

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4.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on December 19, 2013

Decent prices for a good wine bar

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4.0Dined 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!

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4.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined 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!

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on May 22, 2013

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

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2012

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

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4.0Dined 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

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5.0Dined on September 5, 2012

The staff was so so nice and engaging. We decided to sit at the bar and were treated to many tastings and amazing apps. This may be my new favorite place!

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4.0Dined on July 14, 2012

A great alternative to other wine bars in the Marina - Nectar is subdued, chill, and a great value (especially if you hit it when they have drink specials - I think it's a regular happy hour thing). Service is always great - prompt, friendly, and knowledgeable about wine yet down to earth.

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4.0Dined on May 20, 2012

Unlike a trip to Napa or Sonoma, you get to taste and enjoy a variety of wines from Europe and the rest of the world!!! The Lounge is friendly, comfortable, and the music soothing. A surprise is the bar food, which was totally delicious!!! Sample taste is a generous 2.5 ounces (full glass = 5oz), and you can purchase full bottles of what you sample at RETAIL prices!!! Wonderful way to relax, chat, and have fun. Then take a bottle (or two) to continue at home. Parking is always iffy in the Marina. Pricey public lot a block away ($2 for 1/2hr).

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2012

My husband and I went here for my birthday, which happens to be Saint Patrick's Day. We were looking for something fun but more sophisticated than the typical St. Paddy's Day crazy bar scene. Nectar was perfect. The food was great and beautifully plated, but the portions were pretty small. The bartender and server offered great recommendations but were a bit slow with their service due to the place being too busy for two attendants. There is a fun, relaxing ambience. Even though it is primarily a wine bar, there was a family with two kids under 6 years old in the lounge. This was no problem. The comfy sofas and wide variety of food will please almost everyone.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2012

Always great. Large portions on some of the small plates especially the pizzetta. Leave room for butterscotch pudding even if you think you don't like butterscotch pudding. Really divine!!

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3.0Dined on March 3, 2012

The food selection was a little disappointing after a friend claimed it was great. The wine was good but service was very slow. Understaffed badly.

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4.0Dined on February 10, 2012

We were fortunate to be seated in the back as I prefer a "regular" table and chairs to the lower lounge chairs. The wine flights were awesome, the food was perfect, and the service was great.

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2012

Very attentive and friendly staff. Warm and lovely experience with delicious food and wine; and all at a reasonable cost.

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4.0Dined on January 12, 2012

We enjoyed a nice girls night out here. The seating very comfortable but It's definitely an intimate small party size environment, I wouldn't come here with more than a four top. Only one server present, he was rushed but did a good job. The food was tasty and well presented, but what had was pretty typical not that inventive, however I must point out it paired well with our wine. This was a fun place we will revisit. Recommend the Ahi tartare and the arugula salad.

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4.0Dined on January 7, 2012

This is our 2nd times coming here and it will not be our last. My girlfriend and I loved coming here and having our favorite dishes -- addicting black truffle popcorn, and the cheese plate, with our chill orgasmic moscato wine -- 2 bottles between the 2 of us. It is a nice place to relax and enjoy each other company. Robin, our server was friendly and I think he is also their sommelier. Definitely make reservation if you're coming here after 8:30pm during the end of the week and good luck with parking.

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3.0Dined on January 7, 2012

There is no food. Looking at the reviews it looks like there is. They have just appetizers. The wine list is great. It is a great wine bar.

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4.0Dined on January 7, 2012

What a great way to experience the Marina District!A warm intimate environement for enjoying great wine.The wine list is substantial. The service is inviting and informative; they know their wine. We will definitely return!

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5.0Dined on December 12, 2011

Really enjoyed our dining experience. Our server took pride in his work, and it showed. Food is tasty. Definitely order the bacon-wrapped dates!

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4.0Dined on December 7, 2011

We have often enjoyed Nectar for its quiet ambience, although on this visit it was crowded and noisy. Not a problem for us, other than the staff was a bit overworked so the service, top notch in terms of quality, was slower than I think even they would like. They could have used one more staff person to handle the crowd. Their food is always very good, their wine selection (and prices!) equally good, and the service generally outstanding. And on the upside, seeing them crowded fairly early on a Wednesday night was nice - we want them to do well and remain in business in our neighborhood.

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3.0Dined on December 6, 2011

Christopher (manager? owner?) is lovely! Unfortunately, on the night we went, two of his staff failed to show and Christopher was running the entire front of house on his own with only one person in the kitchen. Made for a V-E-R-Y L-O-N-G wait! The food arrived just as we had decided to leave, and OMG, it was worth the wait! My favorite was the tuna tartare! Would have loved to get more advice on which wines to pair with small plates - besides what was written in the menu, but he was WAY too busy for that. Will probably return, but if I see no front of house wait person next time, I would have to take my biz elsewhere cuz even this delicious food isn't worth waiting that long. Christopher did comp our wine flights, which was great!

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4.0Dined on November 18, 2011

A friend and I came here after dinner for the 1st time, and we discovered some great finds. The black truffle popcorn was addicting, the grapes salsa on the cheese plate was kicking and we found our NEW FAVORITE wine which we purchased a bottle for each of us to take home. This is a nice place to just hang, and I will definitely be coming back.

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5.0Dined on November 12, 2011

Who can complain after a great meal and two bottles of Champagne... Not me :)

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3.0Dined on November 10, 2011

Service was excellent. Wine list remarkable. Food was decent and better than many similar places. Biggest draw back were the tables and chairs-- chairs so low that to get to the table, one had to spread legs and eat between the knees. Not very ladylike. Bar stools tower above the tables and make one endlessly conscious of the wine glasses above. Still, a worthwhile place. Don't pretend to get a parking place-- take public transportation or be prepared to walk 20 blocks, or pay $13 bucks for an hour of parking at Wells Fargo.

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4.0Dined on August 22, 2011

a great place for a snack type of bite and a wine list as gorgeous as can be! bottles, glasses and now you can buy at retalil. always feel welcome here. a bottle of rose, some smoked salmon flatbread and thou...

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2.0Dined on August 17, 2011

Horrendously slow service. Wait staff would not make eye contact as they rushed by.
The food was not as advertized on website. Boring, slow, noisy.

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5.0Dined on August 15, 2011

Great wine selection, very smart wine tasting menus, great food to go with the wine (home made salumi are a must). You can purchase the wines you liked most at very reasonable retail prices.

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4.0Dined on July 6, 2011

a great spot to meet friends. the wine list goes on and on and their flights are fabulous. love the copy...so creative and informative. light bites are well prepared and fun. the salmon flatbread is my favorite. the staff will go out of their way to accommodate and inform.

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3.0Dined on July 5, 2011

Nectar was a little pricey for what you get. Food was good but some of the servings were TINY. Service was fantastic and atmosphere was nice. Good place for a date. Just make sure he pays ;)

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3.0Dined on July 1, 2011

Limited selection, but what we had was very good. Loved the wine options. Looking forward to our next visit.

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3.0Dined on June 25, 2011

The food was ok, but not super tasty bites. The wine flights were fine, but we did not have any discoveries from our tastings, although we did find a nice Pinot Noir off the menu by the glass menu. I was hoping for better food, which would have made the experience overall much better. It was just loud enough to make conversation a bit challenging with a group of people, but got quieter as the evening went on. Server did not seem super knowledgable about wine, but could have been that it was difficult to convey knowledge over ambient noise.

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