Canela Bistro & Wine Bar

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$31 to $50
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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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F
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our 16 wedding anniversary

WP
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Creative, wonderful tapas and solid service every time - Canela is a hidden gem and our go-to for a last minute date night. This time I tried their sangria, which was delicious and not overly sweet. Recommend any of the seafood plates and lamb skewers.

K
San Francisco
290 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Such a nice place for tapas ! comfortable and very good . The host was terrific and welcoe.

EW
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic, delicious, excellent service, options for meat lovers and vegetarians.

MJ
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If I could give this restaurant 6 stars for service I would! The food is also out of this world. My favorite spot in all of SF.

Canela Bistro & Wine Bar
Responded on February 5, 2020

Hi Meaghan J, We're so glad to hear you had a great experience with us and we have no doubt we'll see you again! Thank you for giving us a visit and always bringing in someone new- it means a lot to a small neighborhood restaurant like us. -Sophie & the team

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LS
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for restaurant week and it was awesome! Every dish was delicious, including dessert. They don’t serve cocktails, only beer and wine/sangria. The wait staff was so nice. It was a little loud, but that means great energy! A restaurant has to be really good for us to go back since we have so many options in SF. This one was. We will be back soon and often!

c
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Of our 8 tapas, we loved 7 of them. Prices are on the high end and the portions were quite small. The service was good but not the best.

Canela Bistro & Wine Bar
Responded on February 4, 2020

Hi there ChrisK, Thank you so much for coming in during Restaurant Week! We're glad you were able to enjoy the curated menu we made just for this week. We hope you'll give us another chance to enjoy our full menu offerings. Thanks again for supporting our small, neighborhood restaurant. -Sophie & the team

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience5

Unfortunately the Restaurant Week ‘tapas’ served during our $66ea meal were quite subpar compared with the typical offerings here. Very disappointed.

Canela Bistro & Wine Bar
Responded on January 31, 2020

Hi, this is Mat the chef and owner. I am so sorry to hear that we didn't give you a good experience during restaurant week! Canela is an extension of our home and if you are not happy, then we are not happy. I am going to send you a private message. Best, Mat

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KD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was phenomenal - and very vegetarian friendly. We went during SF restaurant week and were treated to the best 5 course tasting menu + wine pairing. The server was super knowledgeable about all of the dishes and we even got a history of each wine. Highly recommend!

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Canela is one of our favorite tapas places. Food is always delicious and service is terrific We like to eat at the bar where Chris provides the most knowledgeable and gracious service

OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We went to Canela for restaurant week. We had a good selection of plates and a hard time deciding what to get. Our waitress was very patient and gave good recommendations for both food and wine. The bacon wrapped figs and chorizo flat bread were crowd favorites. Overall a great experience. We will be going back again to try the rest of the menu and for some paella.

SM
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal. Love the owners personal attention.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great device, good food!!

OT
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! Looking forward to returning!

ME
San Francisco
76 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fantastic! The entire team including Chris at the bar are a dream!

KS
San Francisco
74 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful meal at Canela. Excellent tapas and great recommendations and service from the staff. I’m looking forward to going back !

KK
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an unexpected great surprise. I have never been to this restaurant and thought the food was unique. I would recommend it!! The wait staff was also very friendly.

SG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A bit fancy for what is essentially a wine bar for Tapas... but delicious.

RB
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Adorable little restaurant space used to be a great Italian place, and now it's a Spanish tapas restaurant with some excellent cover champagne and a Spanish wine list! YUM 😋 Scallops & Patatas Bravas on the top of my list

SK
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love taking locals and out-of-town guests to Canela, because the food is consistently fresh and delicious, and the knowledgeable servers always strike the balance between being friendly and attentive while not overbearing. Canela has an intimate setting, perfect for a date or an evening with friends.

ES
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The most delicious tapas in SF!

f
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I love this place - my friends and I have celebrated birthdays before but it has been a couple of years since we were here. I was glad to see that the quality maintained and it didn’t disappoint. The food was fabulous, as always. We git many of our favorite dishes, chicken croquets, roasted potatoes, Brussel sprouts, among others. The staff is very attentive and friendly and it really feels like you’re celebrating somewhere special. There were 9 of us but the they managed to take care of us and the food kept coming out very well paced. I look forward to returning.

K
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It was NYE and the staff made it a fun night.

MP
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

It was amazing.😊😊😊

EC
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was beyond perfect; the Christmas Eve menu exceeded our expectations, and it was a really nice touch to have the SPCA donations. The service was friendly and professional, as always.

OT
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had christmas dinner here 2nd time. boquerones croqueta clam and tortilla. with sangria. boquerone and clam was so good. i think place is best recommended in san francisco area.

L
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Patata bravas can be crispier

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DM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The service was excellent. We were very impressed with the knowledge of the menu and the attention that was paid to our table.
They were also very gracious and let our party stay very late.

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place

KW
Naples
3 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A cozy atmosphere. Fantastic servers. Delicious food. Make a reservation because it’s quite small. I can’t wait to visit again.

p
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Table ready , fabulous server who helped us with allergies and vegi menu. For sure would go again !!

Canela Bistro & Wine Bar
Responded on December 11, 2019

Hi there PattyC- We know how tricky it can be to dine out when having food allergies or dietary needs and we take pride in ensuring you have a seamless and yummy meal. We can't wait for you to join us once again! Thank you again for supporting our neighborhood restaurant. -Sophie & the team

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SF
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

This was our 4th time here, but we only go about once a year. We love the food here. The hand carved Jamon Iberico came with manchego cheese and sliced chorizo - it was a mouth-watering way to start our meal. We had the scallops, which were melt in your mouth good! The brussels sprouts are sooooo tasty. We had wines by the glass and are not too familiar with Spanish wines, but with their help, we loved the Cab and the Cab blend. The service was prompt and very friendly and helpful. At the end of the meal, it was a tad slow getting our check, but we'll be back, as usual.

Canela Bistro & Wine Bar
Responded on December 11, 2019

Hello there SherryFromSF- We're so glad you've joined us once again, and with so many mouth-watering descriptions on your meal! Yum! We're also thrilled you were able to find a glass of wine you enjoyed - now you have a little something up your sleeves when it comes to Spanish wines! We look forward to seeing you again! -Sophie & the team

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L
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great local restaurant-friendly staff, beautiful ambiance, great food and reasonably priced.

Canela Bistro & Wine Bar
Responded on December 11, 2019

Hello SusanL- Thank you for joining us! We're elated that we were able to hit all the marks for you! We cannot wait for you to join us again. Thank you again for supporting our small, neighborhood restaurant. -Sophie & the team

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SF
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the paella and it was wonderfully delicious.

Canela Bistro & Wine Bar
Responded on December 11, 2019

Hi SFCitizen- So glad you enjoyed our Paella- we love Paella Sundays too! Thank you for your support toward our small, neighborhood restaurant. -Sophie & the team

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NB
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful staff, excellent food, and thoughtful, generous service

Canela Bistro & Wine Bar
Responded on December 11, 2019

Hello NateB- Thank you for such kind words about the service you received. Words like thoughtful and generous are very refreshing and nice to hear about our team. Thank you from all of us and thank you for supporting us. -Sophie & the team

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EL
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We enjoyed our second visit to Canela Bistro and our friends, who had not been here before, also enjoyed it. Our waitress, Elizabeth, was attentive, friendly and helpful in guiding us on how much to order for our party of four. As expected, food quality and taste were very good. Particularly noteworthy were the bacon covered dates and the scallops. We look forward to our next visit.

Canela Bistro & Wine Bar
Responded on December 1, 2019

Hi Eat2Live, We're so glad you were able to join us again! We always appreciate it when our guests bring new faces to the restaurant. Happy you enjoyed some fun bites like the bacon wrapped dates and the scallops - yum! Again, thank you for supporting our small neighborhood restaurant. -Sophie & the team

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C
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are SF residents and are regulars.

Staff is always amazing.

Food is good and consistently so.

Ambience is great.

Highly recommend.

d
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

My friend was in town from Texas and we made a reservation for the bar. The bar is very tight. You can’t sit without getting brushed or bumped by a server every time they walk by. The wine we chose with the help of our excellent bartender was very good. Salad was good-the dressing was tangy and delicious. The brussels sprouts were really good—the pomegranate seeds were a nice touch. The bone marrow wasn’t my favorite but the scallops were nice. They forgot our shrimp dish but made up for it with a glass of good wine and a bubbles. Service was lovely. I will try more of the seafood selections next time.

Canela Bistro & Wine Bar
Responded on November 24, 2019

Hi Dgoo, Thank you for taking the time to join us at Canela Bistro. Since we are a small neighborhood restaurant, sometimes it can be a bit cozy. We certainly apologize if our staff accidentally bumped into you. We're glad that you liked some of the dishes and we regret that there were some misses. I am going to reach out to you in a private email. Thank you for supporting our small, local business. -Sophie and The Team

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OT
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful restaurant, with very friendly staff that all seem to take care of their customers with excellent professionalism. Delicious food and nice ambiance. Highly recommend a visit!

Canela Bistro & Wine Bar
Responded on November 25, 2019

Hi there, We're so glad you enjoyed your time with us the other night. As a small, neighborhood restaurant your comments mean a lot to us and we'll be sure to keep up the service, food and ambiance on our end! We can't wait to have you join us again! Thanks again! -Sophie & the team

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LT
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

They have extensive collection of Spanish wines which we love. The tapas were delicious but on the more expensive side. The pulpo and shrimp were great. Neo and Elizebeth were our service people and they did a great job! The only thing is that the tables around us are very close to ours so everyone could hear our talking... Or we felt the environment was quite noisy. It was a lovely evening to have great food and wines.

Canela Bistro & Wine Bar
Responded on November 26, 2019

Hi LoveToEat, Thank you so much for joining us on a fun Saturday night - we know our small restaurant can get lively at times but we're glad it didn't affect your overall experience. Elizabeth and Neo are the best! We're thrilled you got to dine with them. Again, thank you for supporting our neighborhood restaurant and we hope to see you soon! -Sophie and the team

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