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About Beso Spanish Tapas and Wine Bar

Beso Bistronomia offers high quality Spanish (Catalan Tapas) cuisine in a friendly, local bistro environment. Our food is served in small plates meant to be shared with friends and family. Beso has its own exclusive farm. Napa Kitchen Gardens is the exclusive grower for the Bisou Group, providing locally grown, super fresh organic, baby specialty produces and herbs. Chef Nick Ronan and his chefs design seasonal menus with the Farm Manager in order to facilitate a unique grow to order connection that supports ever changing seasonal menus.

4058A 18th Street
San Francisco, CA 94114
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates

Hours of Operation:

Dinner: Daily 3:00pm-11:00pm
Brunch: Sa-Su 3:00pm-11:00pm

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 801-5392

Website:
http://www.besosf.com/

Parking Details:
Public metered street parking is available. Parking on 18th Street.

Public Transit:
Located only a few steps from the Harvey Milk Plaza/Castro Muni Station and the aboveground F Muni Line, Bisou is centrally located in the Castro merchant district. Muni Lines : F/K/L/M/S/T Bus Lines : 24/35/33

Executive Chef:
Nick Ronan

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Details

We will be open with a special prix fixe menu

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Beso Spanish Tapas and Wine Bar Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.2

ambience

4.2

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

83% would recommend it to a friend

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Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Happy Hour (5)
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Paleo Friendly (3)
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Romantic (2)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
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Notable Wine List (2)
People Watching (2)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 10, 2018

We stopped by for Happy Hour on our way to the theatre. The place was relatively empty, but that did not last long. The food was delicious, creative, and nicely plated. We ordered 3 tapas items off of the Happy Hour menu, the House Wine (Malbec), and a salad (roasted cumin baby carrots with yogurt —> yummy !!) off of the main menu. We would reorder ALL of them, including the wine !!! But then we had desert, and I think Beso created a new food good group —> “Torija” Camarlized Spanish Toast with vanilla Ice Cream = Fabulous !!!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

The food was delicious, the service was fantastic. I personally love when you go for dinner and the servers don’t bother you 100 times asking you “is everything ok” The made sure everything was perfect and our glass never went dry. They really had the perfect balance. Will definitely be back

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·Dined on December 26, 2017

Had Christmas dinner here. Host was very accommodating, made folks feel welcome. Warm atmosphere, good food. We were visiting from out of town, so prices seemed high to us, but perhaps not unusual for San Francisco. Thank you for a pleasant evening.

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 26, 2017

We've been to this restaurant 3 times. This review is based on dinner on Christmas Day...so the place was slammed with people.

Our host greeted us immediately and was spectacularly charming. But we were marked as a "No show" by OpenTable despite me
saying we had an opentable reservation.

Not one, but two appetizers were presented before our glasses of wine arrived, despite the wine
being our first order. When the 2nd appetizer appeared, I insisted that we be finally served our wine. Our server was apologetic about the mishap and on point for the remainder of our meal.

We felt rushed by the waitstaff throughout our meal so that the restaurant could accommodate the 2nd seating. The staff kept trying to take our plates away when we weren't finished with our food. We finished our entire meal in 65 minutes, starting from when we entered the restaurant to the bill payment. Next time, please back off and let us savor the food.

The scallop crudo is both beautiful to the eyes and to the palate. Just enough olive oil so one can truly taste the scallop. The endive salad on the other hand was abysmally skimpy and lacking flavor. Just bland. A few leaves of chopped endives with a sprinkle of olive oil, a few specks of cheese and nuts...and only one anchovy on top! So not worth the price. Just avoid it.

However, please, please, please, order the seafood paella! Every mussel, clam, shrimp was perfectly cooked...so soft and tender, flavorful. The arborio rice was heavy with olive oil and salt, perhaps too much, but it was welcomed after the blandness of the endive salad. The quantity serves 2 abundantly so only one appetizer would have been better.

Do go when it's not so busy, and if you happen to be in the neighborhood. It's a wonderful neighborhood gem. Don't go on a holiday when it's a full house. Prepare to pay a big dinner tab; might be better for happy hour.

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Tapas, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 26, 2017

I feel terrible because I can't remember my server's name or the host's name... but they were amazing. Super welcoming and informative, really warm dispositions. I went on Christmas night with my boyfriend who's from out of town... and I always get a little nervous to go out on a holiday. I've worked in the industry before and I know it can really, really suck. We felt so welcome and not like a burden at all.
The food was freaking great- I was a little nervous because of a few not so great reviews on Yelp, but I'm glad we went anyway. Seriously- whoever posted those negative reviews must have just been having a bad day because Beso is superb. Not super pricey, yet the food was impeccable and the service was top notch. I'll definitely be coming back.

Tags: Authentic, Hot Spot, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Tapas, Fun, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Special Occasion, Paleo Friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Healthy, Spicy, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on December 26, 2017

Decent, not great neighborhood tapas place. It can get LOUD.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Tapas, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Tapas and prime rib tasted good. Small portions.
Service was so so.
Noisy.
Not very clean. You have to be comfortable with a non-hygenic looking open kitchen. I am not, and felt very uncomfortable.

Tags: Tapas
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

We were so grateful to the concierge for allowing us to sit almost an hour prior to our reservation. He was very accommodating and hospitable.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Delicious food and excellent service. The caramel choc soufflé was the bomb!

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

The food was mediocre, waiter brought us cold stale bread to start. The beet salad was under seasoned, just tasted like steamed beets with a litttle frisee. Mushroom Croquettes were tasty though. Grilled octopus was salty and tough. If you want a great Spanish tapas place go to Picaro on 15th, this place was disappointing. Music was way too loud.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

It was a great experience with freindly waiters and the food was amazing.

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·Dined on November 18, 2017

It was our first time here and I would definitely go again. We sat in the back. Maybe next time we'll be lucky to get a table up front.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Great food, excellent service and ambiance!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We shared tapas, paella and sangria. The food was excellent. Nick's chef is always outstanding with his choice of produce. We love to go to Bisou, his French restaurant and love Beso even more for a friends get-together . The paella con pescado was delicious. For the tapas, we had patatas bravas, spinach with pine nuts, mushroom croquetas, garlic shrimps, some specials of the day, chorizo - everything was very tasty.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

That food was really good. Glad I finally was able to get in there for once...now, if only my company I attended the restaurant with that night wasn’t such a bummer, otherwise the whole experience would’ve been perfect

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 (San Antonio)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The shrimp and chicken were overcooked. The beets in the salad did not seem like they were roasted. Very much like canned beets.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Not as good as expected.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Second time there - great to go at Happy Hour - the house red is delicious, let alone the tapas of course. All there loved the meal and the atmosphere. Especially helped because it was before the place probably got crowded and hearing would be an issue.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Consistently great food at a good price with super friendly people. Highly recommend!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

All the tapas dishes were good. Great rendition of Spanish classics.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quick Bite, Tapas, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 4, 2017

This is a gem. Of all the places I have been on this planet, it is a perfect mix of ambience (German Gemütlichkeit), professionalism (American), cheerfulness (Brazilian), and a great wine selection (highly graded on the Vivino app).
We LOVED it ❤

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Sangria was terrible. There was 2-3 very small pieces (1.2”) of fruit in the whole thing.No ice! Red wine had no sweetness at all. Bad.
The 2 tapas choices were expensive and portions small. Had a seafood paella. Looked like the seafood was placed on top after the rice was cooked in the paella pan.
Totall for this was 114.00 plus tip. Overrated and overcharged. Typical in gay located restaurants in the Castro district. Never again.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Good overall, just a bit pricey for the quality and portion sizes.

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

This was amazing! The food and service were awesome, and the music was great as well! I couldn't recommend Beso more highly.

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Fun place for a weekend night. A little loud but ok.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Spicy, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Bar Seating
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Good food but too expensive for the quality. There needs to be more mid-price options.

Tags: Authentic, Paleo Friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 17, 2017

It was great

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 11, 2017

When I look at the Beso menu, I usually react that the prices are pretty good. But then realize that most of these are small plates and you need to order a lot. Food was very good. I wish they would bring the paella at the middle of dinner instead of the end. For 4 people, we ended up spending quite a bit, but had a fun time.

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 1, 2017

The food was fantastic... very creative and well-prepared. I loved the cozy, yet lively neighborhood atmosphere. The door was open so we could people-watch while we ate (Sat night in the Castro is the best entertainment!). Given that it was a busy Saturday night, I think the servers were stretched a little thin. There were very polite and accommodating, just a bit distracted. I would definitely go back.

Tags: Good for a Date, Organic, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Tapas, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Authentic
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 (London)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Walked in early on a Wednesday night for a 9:30PM reservation. Because I was told the kitchen would be closing a little before their close time of 10:00PM, I went ahead and ordered before my friend arrived. Before 10:00PM, our bill was dropped on the table. We were later told they'd be closing soon--odd, given they accept reservations for 9:30PM. We got a further two reminders before someone offered to box up our food and all but ushered us out at 10:25PM.

15-20 minutes after the last dish from the kitchen goes out you lock your doors? I don't think so.

Rudeness abound but aside, the croquettes were hard as a rock (microwaved), the octopus was undercooked, and the mountains of dry tuna on crostinis were absurdly inedible.

The next time I'm in the area and want Spanish food I'll just stop wanting Spanish food.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 16, 2017

A fantastic neighborhood gem. Food is always fresh and delicious. Try a variety of dishes and simply enjoy. The house bubbly is quite good too!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 12, 2017

Place. Was not very busy. Food was. Nice.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 10, 2017

When we arrived me for our reservation for 6 ppl the host apologized that the previous table was still finishing up and asked us to wait by the bar. Not even 5 minutes later he came back with a glass of sparkling rose for each of us on the house! We waited maybe 15 minutes total after our reservation time...what amazing service!

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·Dined on September 3, 2017

This is a perfect date spot. Sexy, cozy and delicious!

Tags: Late-night Find
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 29, 2017

the front desk or front greeter needs to have basic greeting behavior. when we showed up for our dinner reservation , he didn't bother to smile, or even say hi. he had a blunt , flat and uncheerful attitude. he took us to our seat without any eye contact or anything else nice to say. other than that the other waiters were attentive and nice. food was awesome!

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on August 22, 2017

Quaint little tapas restaurant. We made it in time for happy hour ordered a pitcher of sangria and several tapas. All the food was served quickly. All the staff worked as a team to provide excellent service. My favorite was the beef kabobs.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Had a great meal. Lots of choices on the menu. Nothing disappointed us. The garlic oil in the gambas dish was amazing! Good wine prices.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Delicious small plates, perfect for sharing.

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·Dined on August 12, 2017

Came here for my birthday dinner & could not be more pleased. We were promptly seated at our reservation time and service after that point was on par but not overbearing. Every dish was hot and delicious including many vegetarian options. Prices tend to be on the higher side but worth every penny. Fantastic wine list as well!

Tags: Vegan, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Absolutely delicious!! Carne La Plancha dish was absolutely fantastic. I'll definitely be back here!

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