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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.
San Francisco, CA 94114
Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Daily 3:00pm-11:00pm
Brunch: Sa-Su 3:00pm-11:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Public metered street parking is available. Parking on 18th Street.
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
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Beso Spanish Tapas and Wine Bar Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
We were in the neighborhood and wanted to try something a little different. Besos had something that worked for everyone, including the vegetarian and pescatarian in our group. Everything we ordered was delicious--salad, mushrooms, seasonal salad and beef skewers, among other dishes. The sangria was also amazing and was plentiful for three.
The meat paella was a hit, and was worth the wait (the dish takes a while to make).
Contrarily, the Fried Chicken Benedict was comprised of tough, dry, and chewy meat. The eggs and sauce were quite enjoyable; they would have been better alongside tender, juicy fried chicken.
Service-wise, we were well attended to.
Overall, the takeaway is that we will be going back.
The staff at Beso was amazing. They were able to fit a last minute request of 8 people on a Thursday night. Most of the food was amazing but there were a few disappointments. The biggest disappointment was the paellas. The portion size for the cost is ridiculous and then to top it off, it was over cooked. The gambas were way too salty. I didn't bring it up to the server about the food because we were there for a birthday party and I didn't want to ruin the great vibe of our party. Once we left, it turns out the entire party felt the same way about the dishes.
The rest of the food was good.
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