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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

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

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Prix Fixe Menu and Regular Menu available

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

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Prix Fixe Menu and Regular Menu available

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

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Prix Fixe Menu and Regular Menu available

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Beso Spanish Tapas and Wine Bar Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.3

ambience

4.2

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

85% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for Groups (5)
Cozy (5)
Comfort Food (4)
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Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
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Good for Anniversaries (2)
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Bar Seating (2)
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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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Great food, excellent service and ambiance!

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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Food rushed
Poor value - six shrimp in white wine vinegar and garlic $18
Service terrible - waiters never paced food, never asked if ok
No return...

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 27, 2017

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.

Tags: Cozy, Tapas, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Healthy, Romantic, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Fun, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on July 26, 2017

The food was great, but overpriced for what you got for your money. Additionally, the service was pretty poor - we were ignored for 40 minutes before we even got a drink.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Very good tapas, wine and good service. We had the paella, which I have high standards for because I've spent a bunch of time in Spain. This measured up well!

Tags: Tapas, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Great Happy hour from 5pm to 6:30 pm. We had five dishes all of which were very tasty for about $50.00. The Patatas Bravas and the Gambas al Ajillo are not to be missed.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (Denver)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Our sons graduation dinner

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 15, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 12, 2017

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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 11, 2017

The octopus was so very good, I will do that again. But, skip the calamari. Happy hour wine is very nice.

Tags: Authentic, Fun, Happy Hour
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