Canela Bistro & Wine Bar
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Sun 3:30PM - 4:30PM
We had the tasting menu, and all dishes were delicious, as were the wines. The service was very good. The only small critique I have is that the wine service was not well coordinated with the food service -- if wines a specifically chosen to complement a dish, they should be served together. This is a very small point -- overall, we were very satisfied with our experience.
Food and wine were delicious. Waiter/sommelier outstanding. My guests were impressed with everything and had fantastic time. You made me look good! Thank you!
This is a great little restaurant in SF. Went here on a date and had an amazing time. The wine selection was great, not overly complicated and the food was stellar!
Thanks for a FANTASTIC experience Paul! He took care of us 5 ladies from the start. With his expertise and wine to making sure we had a good variety from the menu including dessert! (Shoutout to that oatmeal ice cream you added for us! 🙌🏼)
We will be back
Another terrific evening dining at Canela! Opted to sit at the bar and tried several new tapas and wines with Chris the bartender providing terrific suggestions. Much fun!
Everything about Canela Bistro is wonderful. The service staff is warm and welcoming. The restaurant is comfortable. They have an interesting wine list. And the food is excellent. We’ve been dining in this restaurant for 5-6 years and it just keeps getting better and better! We love dining here!
Delicious food, great service. Good portion sizes for the price.
Food was great, and the environment is relaxing and good for friends get-together.
Amazing menu and incredible space!
Always love coming here!
Great food, definitely have some loyal customers. Nice choices.
We did the tasting menu with wine pairing and everything was delicious. There was a slightly too long wait for one of the pairings, but they were apologetic in that regard. We also had one in our party with almond allergy and they were able to work around that nicely. Consistently good food/drink options and highly recommended.
A true Catalan tapas style restaurant with the option to go from there to a sophisticated wine pairing menu or a la Carte. Everything we tried was authentic and as good as anything I’ve had in Barcelona. The staff are knowledgeable and engaged and obviously proud of the quality of their menu and it shows. From the incredible jamon Iberico paired with a delicious Rioja Reserva to the olive oil chocolate cake it was all just marvelous. We will be back!
Delicious and original food!
Great service, is one of our favorites!
Took our friends from New Jersey here for dinner on Saturday night. Quite simply, the food is very good. We had a real mix of items (various tapas) and there wasn't a miss in any of it. The service, at times, seemed a bit frantic but it was super busy. Looking forward to heading back soon.
I cannot thank the Manager enough for accommodating an increasing number of diners to our table! We started off with 2 and ended up with 7! Seevice was exceptional. Food is delicious and of the highest quality.
Paul,Elizabeth ... Everyone ...
They were extremely welcoming made my birthday dinner very special.
I have a silly sense of humor and to have them play along was fun and very enjoyable.
The food was awesome.
I owned an Spanish/tapas restaurant years ago so to me to experience a different take and creative tapa style is fun.
Tapas were originally created to serve one purpose and I truly enjoy the evolution.
Pescado and lamb were delicious. The Gambas Al Ajillo were okay. Apps were great
It’s really excellent all the way around. Just ends up being expensive, like all tapas, because everything is so interesting you feel compelled to try a lot. But SO good.
Great food, wonderful wait people, super Spanish wines. Have eaten here a number of times. Went for a birthday and food better than ever.
Paul and the rest of the staff could not make the experience any better! Will keep going back again and again.
The food was great, but the service seemed a bit off. We were celebrating a birthday and didn't even get a candle on the dessert. Very noisy.
Everything about this meal was exceptional! From the food to the ambiance, and the staff! By far one of our best meals in all of San Francisco! The chorizo beet flatbread is something I will dream about! Delicious and fun!
Wonderful food and service as always!
Bring back the clams!
Dinner was great. Waiter recommended options which were on par with our expectations for the meal. We ordered the bacon wrapped dates (must have!), cheese plate and the croquetas. All three options were delicious. We also tried both the red and white sangria options and I must say, surprisingly, that the white sangria was far superior to the red option. The white sangria was an apricot/peach blend while the red sangria was a strawberry/cherry blend. The white sangria paired better with the salty food options we ordered. Also, don’t forget to save room for dessert! The churros are the best in the city— yes I said it. The most consistent balance of crunchy outside with a soft gooey inside. The melted chocolate dipping sauce was a nice surprise. We also opted to have the pineapple tres leches bread pudding; a lot going on there but tasty if you like a strong pineapple flavored dessert. All in all, not too shabby of a meal for my last night in SF! Thank you for a great meal/culinary experience.
Absolutely a perfect experience overall!
As always, great service, fantastic food and relaxed fun atmosphere.
I loved this restaurant's food, atmosphere and service. I will return with various groups of people, and imagine it becoming my new go to place. I'm eating vegetarian and the waiter was so helpful in suggesting complex dishes that would taste great if they removed the tuna. The two of us loved the flavors and were so satisfied. Vegetarian dishes are typically a side thought in most restaurants. I'm guessing their seafood, chicken and meat was also tasty. Had also had delicious wine and a chocolate dessert. I thought the price was reasonable compared to SF prices. Our waiter was extremely helpful and made great suggestions which we followed. I know the owner gives back to the community and I'm excited to support and revisit Canela Bistro.
Had a wonderful birthday celebration at Canela, thanks to the delicious food and amazing service Chris provided us, starting with the no-pressure search for a wine I liked and continuing through all the dishes with thoughtful check ins. Couldn’t have asked for a lovelier dinner. The braised octopus was my favorite, but the scallops are a very close second.
There were two of us. Food was brought for one diner and not the other. We had to ask twice for the rest of the food to be brought. The second time we asked, the waiter said, "it will get here when it's ready"
It arrived eventually, but by that time, one diner had completely finished eating their food.
Not at all professional, considering how expensive this restaurant is!
Hi Annabelle, Im Mat the chef and owner. I want to apologize that you didn't get your meals together! Normally, most of our guests share tapas style, so it seems there was a miscommunication. I certainly apologize about that. I am going to reach out to your privately. All the best, Mat and the team
Chris is awesome
Friendly and attentive service from the moment we walked in the door. The food was very tasty and enjoyable. Having said that, I would say the Cesare salad was less remarkable than the other dishes. Overall, we absolutely had fun and enjoyed ourselves and will surely return.
Great local restaurant with wonderful food and ambiance
Great food and service - my favorite place to have dinner with friends- very accommodating of dietary needs.
Small finger food portions that were delectable and nicely served. We loved it!
The hostess greeted us by saying we only had a certain amount of time to eat which started the experience on the the wrong foot. The restaurant was full of big parties and was so loud that it was hard to hear ourselves talk. That said, the food was excellent.
Hi Eric, I am Mat the chef and owner. I am not sure if you were the one that I talked to when I called earlier. Again, I would like to apologize that there was a miscommunication. You can rest assured that it has been addressed. We are very sorry to dampen your night. And yes it was boisterous tonight! We had a lot of Saturday night celebrations happening with our friends and neighbors. I will also send you a private note. Thank you for supporting our small, local business. Mat
Service was outstanding, very accommodating and friendly. We had reservations for 8 ppl on a Saturday night and the owner/chef emailed a menu a night before to order some appetizers to be ready before we arrived which was so awesome. The food was very yummy and amazing. We would definitely come to this restaurant again. Thanks for the great service and food.
Thank you for joining us Celicel! We are glad you had a good time at your visit! All the best, Mat and the team
I’ve been twice, and each time they’ve taken 15min or more to seat us (let alone acknowledge us) because no one is at the front. They have a hostess and free seats too—it’s literally just waiting for someone to come back to the hostess station. Once you get seated, the service and food are great.
Hi there, I'm Mat the chef/owner. I am sorry that it has taken some time for you to get seated when you have visited us. Since we are a small restaurant, many times our host is resetting tables to make sure folks get seated as soon as possible. Also, it may seems that there are free seats, but they are actually reserved for people who have not quite yet arrived or running late. Please know that we do appreciate you and appreciate your patronage as a small, local business here in San Francisco!
Service was disorganized and food poorly prepared.