Canela Bistro & Wine Bar

4.7
863 reviews
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We invite you to enjoy our Spanish inspired cuisine, made with the best and most natural ingredients available from both Spain and California. Mat Schuster, Canela’s executive chef, has dedicated his life to creating sophisticated and unforgettable flavors using the bounty of Spain & California. We offer over 75 bottles of unique wine from Spain, some that you will only find here. Whether you want to have a formal dinner, casual tapas, small plates, paella, glass of wine, homemade dessert or a delicious Sunday brunch, come to Canela and be assured that you will find what you are looking for.

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What 863 People Are Saying
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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Canela! Truly one of my favorite restaurants in the city. Last night when I was there my favorites on the menu were the jamon croquetas; deviled eggs; chorizo and the seared halibut! The amazing food, lovely wines, personable service and fantastic atmosphere make coming to Canela such an exceptional and memorable experience. Can’t wait until next time!

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Orange County
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great, and red wine recommendation by host was wonderful as well.

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M
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great food and nice service. I wish they’d tell you if there’s aioli on things like the tortilla de patatas - my husband finds all mayo products disgusting and couldn’t eat it. They brought us a free replacement though. So nice. Overall, an excellent place. We’ll be back!

Canela Bistro & Wine Bar
Responded 3 days ago

Hi Mike! Thanks for coming in and glad that you had an overall good experience with us! It is stated on the menu that the sauce on the tortilla is a paprika sour cream. Thank you for your feedback however and maybe we can see how to make that ingredient stand out a bit more to our valued guests as yourself! We appreciate you supporting our small, local business. All the best, Mat and the team

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P
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great place excellent food .. Interesting wines ..love this place

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JH
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Extremely small portions. We ended up going out to dinner again the same night! Food was good but not worth the price.

Canela Bistro & Wine Bar
Responded 3 days ago

Hi Jessica, Im sorry that you didn't have the best experience with us! Normally our servers are very good about explaining how many dishes to order per person since we are a tapas (small plates) restaurant. I will email you directly now. All the best, Mat

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SS
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good ambiance good food good selections on the menu. The portions are quite small for the price. Overall a great experience

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BM
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Great small plate restaurant in SF...feels like Barcelona!

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JE
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good ambiance and food!

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GC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I celebrated Mother's Day here and it was good as advertised. The ambience and server were delightful. Most importantly everything we ordered was absolutely delicious. It was nice to spoil Mom and have her enjoy all the appetizers and main dish. I would come again.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

The food and drinks were very good and the restaurant itself was very well decorated. It was a fun place to eat but the service was not the best. The staff was not very welcoming or friendly especially for it being our first time and on Mother’s Day. However I would go back just for the exciting menu and beautiful atmosphere.

Canela Bistro & Wine Bar
Responded on May 14, 2019

Thank you for your visit Angela! We appreciate you coming in to join us. Mothers day was a bit kookoo so thank you for being patient with us. Normally we have one of the most welcoming staff in the city and I am sorry that didn't come though. I will send you a private message. Mat Schuster chef/owner

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J
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful friendly staff and delicious engaging menu We will be back

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LS
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my favorite restaurant in the Castro!

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NG
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my friend here for her bday and it was great! Good food, fun menu, and GREAT staff, super friendly and they made it a lovely experience. Definitely going back.

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N
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our experience with a group of 5 girls was nothing less than fantastic. We will be back for sure! The food, the ambiance, and the staff (Paul took great care of us) were top notch.

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D
London
30 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 1

I've been coming to Canela for years. That's why I picked it for an important business/personal dinner with friends who I know are hard of hearing. I'd specifically asked for a quiet table.

But we were seated next to a profoundly loud work party of +15 people who were banging on the table and CHANTING as part of drinking games the entire evening. It was horrific. Our table couldn't carry on a conversation. We broke into 2 & 2, but I still had lost my voice by the end of the evening.

The staff clearly knew it was a problem but didn't offer to move us and didn't ask the other party to quiet down. I was shocked. We should have left to go somewhere else.

My guests were horrified, since I'd told them in advance that I'd chosen a quiet restaurant so we could talk.

I'm not sure I'll be back.

Canela Bistro & Wine Bar
Responded on May 2, 2019

We are sorry that you had a bad time during your dinner with us! Unfortunately, there was no where else to put you that night since we were completely full. Canela is a small restaurant and we feel badly when someone has a bad experience with other tables being too noisy. We are going to try contacting you over the phone as well. Again, I am sorry that you didn't have a good experience with the noise level of the party next to you. All the best, Mat and the Team

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ME
San Francisco
70 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chris at the Bar is one of the best in the business!

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Passover dinner. Fantastic and delicious. Will go back for their regular menu.

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San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

My first time here and I was impressed. The food was delicious. I’ll go back for sure.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great atmosphere to catch up with friends and it is Reasonable priced

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RW
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely gem nestled in the Castro with good food, good ambiance and attentive staff.

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MT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing food. Service was a little slow. Over all nice experience and delicious food!

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JG
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Spain without the cost of getting there. Dishes were very tasty, good tapas size, and a nice atmosphere. I would recommend spacing the timing of delivery of dishes better given that the tables are small. The Jamon Iberico was particularly flavorful, as were so many of the dishes. And owner took time to visit our table and ask about our experience. Now that’s hands on management!

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D
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Excellent food. Rather odd interactions with waiting staff. Drinks were very slow arriving. Some of the ordered food and drinks were wrong

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R
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and amazing service!! Get the Nestal Mencia and bone marrow and you will not be disappointed

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K
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food and service both great. We will be back.

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AF
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and the service staff was friendly

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RS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceeded expectations. Wonderful paella, service and staff.

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PB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chris was our bartender/waiter and provided exceptionally great service and made a great experience even better. Already looking forward to going back (the brussel sprouts alone are worth making the trip for).

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l
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was looking for a spot for brunch that I could organize a bunch of my adult friends to meet my mom who was in town. Being from a more rural area, $26 omelette-menus make her a little uneasy, so I shot for a more reasonable experience. We made reservations which was good, because the restaurant filled up not long after we sat.
I was happy to have Sangria instead of mimosas for once, and they were gorgeous and delicious. We ordered for the table and could. not. believe. what a great value the food was, from what I was expecting. It was timed nicely coming out of the kitchen, and it just kept coming! We ordered way too much food, but were all completely satisfied without being broke!
The staff, especially our server, were all lovely, attentive, but not hovering. He gave great suggestions, and we were left wanting nothing. I almost hate to write this review because I would love to keep Canela my little secret, but its too good not to share!

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San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Between 4-5 stars for me. I go here a lot and it’s always great, for brunch or dinner. Friendly staff, interesting menu that changes often. Food is consistently good to great. One of my go to’s in the neighborhood

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JJ
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, e.g. bone marrow with toast, was novel and delicious. I've had tapas in Spain, Scotland and England, and this restaurant is the best tapas I've ever had: I'll definitely be going back!

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 3

The service was great, very friendly. The food was tasteless and unappetizing. It was lacking flavor, presentation and quality. Left the restaurant very unsatisfied.

Canela Bistro & Wine Bar
Responded on February 26, 2019

Hi, I am Mat the chef and owner. I am sorry to hear that you didn't have a good experience. I am going to send you a private message. Best, Mat

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As every time it never disappoints. It is great to see several items on the menu but every time with a different twist !
Keep it up guys ! I continue to live you place !

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P
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent! Beginning for being greeted by the hostess, to Neo our amazing waiter and finally the excellent tapas!

Since I was unsure of the type of wine to order, Neo selected three types for me and brought over a tasting of each! That is SERVICE.

As locals in S.F. we will be making a return visit

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MS
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Matt and staff never disappoint!!
Thank y’all!!

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JB
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, spectacular food—creative and changes seasonally. Requested a quiet table and the staff spent time to make sure our table was quiet. One if my favorites.

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ML
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food!

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KS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Paul and Matt are the best hosts with the intimate atmosphere, customer service and delicious food we want!
Canela is a favorite!

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JD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, seamless service, intimate environment... An overall wonderful dining experience.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

We waited 20 mins for our table, after having a reservation
They got 2 of the 5 items we ordered, wrong.
They were out of the dessert we wanted
And they did not acknowledge our anniversary that we were celebrating!

Canela Bistro & Wine Bar
Responded on February 18, 2019

Hi I am Mat the Chef and Owner of Canela. I am so sorry that you had a less then excellent time with us. I am going go contact you via private message. All the best, Mat and the Team

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