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Canela Bistro & Wine Bar

4.8
1040 Reviews
$31 to $50
Spanish
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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Experiences

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Explore unique dining experiences for every mood—from prix-fixe menus to can't-miss promotions.

Special menus

  • Paella & Tapas Experience

     $65.00 per person
    Starting Oct 15, 2020
    Enjoy our Paella & Tapas Experience on our patio! The prix fixe dinner includes, your choice of Paella (Seafood, Chicken, Vegan), 2 tapas to choose from, and dessert! The only way to get paella right now, is by selecting this option. Please let us know if the notes which type of paella you would like. (Note: One type of paella per table)
  • Traditional Tapas Menu: Shared Plates

    Starting Oct 15, 2020
    This menu features traditional tapas served family style to share for the table. Guest are encouraged to choose as many tapas they would like. This menu does not offer Paella.
  • SFRW: $40 Tapas Menu

     $40.00 per person
    Oct 23 - Nov 1, 2020
    Choose 4 unique tapas per person from some of our fan favorites! Each menu is designed for one person, please no splitting menus. To view the full menu offerings, you may look at the SF Restaurant Week offerings on our online store, Canelasf.Square.Site - there are also take out bundles available!
  • SFRW: $65 Paella Menu

     $65.00 per person
    Oct 23 - Nov 1, 2020
    Minimum 2 people for this menu, one paella type per table. Menu includes a welcome tapa from the kitchen, one portion of paella, 2 tapas and 1 dessert per person! Each menu is designed for one person, please no splitting menus. To view the full menu offerings, you may look at the SF Restaurant Week offerings on our online store, Canelasf.Square.Site - there are also take out bundles available!
  • SFRW: $65 Halloween Menu

     $65.00 per person
    Oct 29 - Oct 31, 2020
    Who's ready to get spooky?? We're featuring our signature Halloween Dinner this year, all weekend long. Min. 2 people required for this menu. Please no splitting menus as they are designed per person. Please no substitutions. Menu is only available by reservation. 4 Course Menu: GO FOR THE JUGULAR GAZPACHO, tomato, shallot, Spanish olive oil BLACK SEAFOOD PAELLA, squid ink BEEF TENDERLOIN VOLOVAN MUMMY w/ fried veins TRICK OR TREAT BREAD PUDDING
  • SFRW $40 Brunch Menu

     $40.00 per person
    Nov 1, 2020 only
    Join us for Sunday Brunch! We're offering a 3 course brunch which includes a drink like a mimosa or coffee, a seasonal salad or gazpacho, our signature Spanish brunch dishes, and a dessert! Please no splitting menus as they are designed per person. To view the full menu offerings, you may look at the SF Restaurant Week offerings on our online store, Canelasf.Square.Site - there are also take out bundles available!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 1040 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.8
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

They are a doing a great job with Covid restrictions. Took some time to get someone to come seat us, even with a reservation. It seemed like either they were a little confused on how to seat people or maybe the host disappeared and know one else knew how to help out with that part. The food and service beyond that was great. We did sit outside and it was very chilly out- plan ahead for a cold SF night if you can’t get a table inside as it will make dining a little uncomfortable during the coursed out food service that you have with a tapas menu. When I go back, I’ll make sure to get a table inside!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family visiting from TX

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Gpru
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

- Outdoor "patio" area is just the sidewalk.
- Food was subpar and very overpriced - $65/person for paella?
- Service was scattered.

Canela Bistro & Wine Bar
Responded 6 days ago

Hi Gpru, thanks for taking the time to follow up with me on the phone. Again, I apologize for disappointing you on your visit to Canela. I am going to follow up as well with a private email so you have a way to get in touch with me. All the best, Mat and the team

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Kristin
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The tapas was good and original. The Jamon iberico was underwhelming and not great quality. The paella was a bit too soggy in my opinion. The service was good but it was difficult to get drinks refilled which was important considering the saltiness of the food. I overall was expecting a lot more from the experience and left wishing we had gone to another restaurant.

Canela Bistro & Wine Bar
Responded 5 days ago

Hi Kristin, I am Mat the chef and owner. I am sorry that we did give you the best experience when you came to dine with us! I am going to send you a private message. Either way, thank you for your support during COVID. All the best, Mat and the team

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This place was great and the food was delicious. I also appreciated the wait staff and their attentiveness. I can’t wait for their indoor space to open again and I would definitely go back.

Canela Bistro & Wine Bar
Responded 6 days ago

Hi and thank you for the visit! We appreciate the support and are thrilled you had a good time with us! All the best, Mat and the team

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a terrific time! Especially loved the unique wine selection, service and the ambiance

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Gusy
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Awesome food, friendly staff 😋 tasty Sangria, highly recommend,

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PeterL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friends and I have been going to Canela for a few years it is always been wonderful. The service is Always friendly and attentive. The food is that going to Spain. I highly recommend this restaurant. I am so glad it survived Covid.

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vipTracy
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a wonderful birthday dinner and enjoyed the lovely and helpful staff. FANTASTIC FOOD!!

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kimz
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful food and people. A great secret in the Castro. Felt like I was in Madrid.

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DavidM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent and our waiter Ioen was so delightful. He was a great server as well as all other waiter. We will definitely be back.

Thansk,

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was great!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Excellent Service. Escargot tasted like a dish from Mexico and not France - steak and wine were delicious

RK
vipRosalindK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Review for outdoor dining. Amazing Rosh Hashana menu. Duck consumee with challah, frisee salad, halibut and honey cake of perfection.

Canela Bistro & Wine Bar
Responded on September 22, 2020

Thank you for joining us for Rosh Hashanah! All the best in the New Year!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious tapas + amazing service! Will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service and incredible food

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service was superb

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Get heat lamps

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vipbees
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was incredibly welcoming and the service was some of the best I have had in San Francisco. The food was all delicious and the prices were reasonable

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Food ! Our waiter made the whole experience great ! Definitely recommend to try. Make sure to dress for outdoor seating it is san francisco ! But Definitely did not take away from the great food and wine.

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MichaelH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Understanding the challenges working around the COVID environment, will only rate the food and service. This is our third time there and likely our last. The food has declined and not worthy of the cost. The service was great, informative and friendly. A big turn off was that on the electronic payment pad, the suggested tip starts at 20% to 23% to 25%. Of course there is the option of creating a unique tip but inconvenient with the waiter standing over the table waiting. Maybe it is just me but seems a bit presumptuous.

Canela Bistro & Wine Bar
Responded on August 31, 2020

Michael, thanks for your support and your visit. I'm sorry we let you down and will send you a private message. YES, COVID is very challenging for restaurants with increased cleaning schedules, required staff COVID testing, setting up/breaking down our dining room outside, daily with a smaller staff. iPads are cleanable vs. pen/paper. Unfortunately, we aren't able to leave our iPads on the tables unattended outside. We are just trying to stay in the game. I truly wish you all the best, Mat

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor atmosphere.

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vipDiarraA
13 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a cute place and the food is good the portions are just a bit small. It’s tapas style so make sure to get plenty!

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YenaO
New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

What a lovely time :) service was friendly , food was delicious, and can never complain about wine~

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been to Canela many times and each time we have been delighted with the food. Their Octopus, Steak and Lamb are our favorites. The service is always great and very helpful. We just went and ate outside. It was even better than inside.

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Tonytravels
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service. Sat outside as expected so there was some activity on the street but it was a nice, quiet night. The staff was very attentive and helpful. Food is excellent. I will return and recommend

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, extremely impressed, every dish was stellar and unique. Service was very kind and friendly. Love the outdoor seating, made me feel safe. Highly recommend!!

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Sienna
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Outdoor dining exposes diners to street persons roaming on market street.

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Alex
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came for an early dinner and had a great time. Everything we ordered was super delicious and the service was attentive and. friendly. Definitely going back!

MM
vipMelissaM
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, Chris and Paul were friendly, fun, and accommodating. We enjoyed meeting Owen for the first tine. We’re so grateful they’ve stayed open during the pandemic, giving many of us a place to go to hold onto the sense of community that makes the neighborhood special. Delicious food and wine; exceptional; and a beautiful throw that will now be my dining out throw for chillier nights — what more could you ask for?!

ME
vipMarkESackett
San Francisco
82 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience1

First dinner out since the start of the Pandemic! A perfect socially distanced and safe meal with fantastic Paella and the best team in the business! It’s the reason Canela SF is in my San Francisco top 10! 🙏❤️🙏

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vipTimS
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Great Sunday lunch treat, albeit sitting on Market Street with the cast of characters wandering by. Service was awesome, wines were great, food was tasty.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was one of the best restaurants I’ve been to in a long time. The food was absolutely amazing and the recommendations from Paul, our waiter, were amazing! I highly suggest coming to this place! And the service from all of the staff was very pleasant and everyone was super helpful and just the nicest people to talk to!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food were amazing!

MK
vipMahtaK
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We tried this restaurant 2 weeks in a row and we had a fabulous experience. Amazing crew, great food and drinks. If you have not tried this restaurant yet, please do so, you won’t be regret.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always delivers. Great food and staff

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I reserved a table for three for 9pm when I got there they were already closing up. Before I could get there I had called them earlier that my reservation was at 9pm sharp, the young man I spoke to was very aware and polite and said I was all set. I was very upset that I arrived the staff had told me that they were closing soon and that I only had little time about 30min to order food due to the whole virus. They should’ve called me at least that they were closing so I wouldn’t have to waste my time going there. The young man apologized and gave me and my friends about an hour or so for dinner and free dessert which was very nice of him. We told him he didn’t have to but he felt bad and offered to. We stayed and I have to say their food was amazing! And their wine and dessert as well. The service was good and our waitress was very polite so we all gave him a big tip to end the night. I would definitely come back here just would love it if they’d call you for any delays, etc.

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EricG
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a wonderful time enjoying one of our favorite SF restaurants. Dining outside was not as bad as you might think. The heaters kept us comfortable and the attentive wait staff kept us fed well. The food was excellent (shrimp, steak with lollipop kale and curry cauliflower, melon with ham and peppers, and potatoes). Our dessert of churros with chocolate was also delicious. So glad that they have been able to make this work during the current times. Highly recommend Canela for a leisurely evening of good food!

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Kocmos
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super nice and chill place with greats customer service. Wine selection as great as food selection!

FAQs

Canela Bistro & Wine Bar does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar and Uber Eats.

Canela Bistro & Wine Bar is rated 4.8 stars by 1040 OpenTable diners.

Canela Bistro & Wine Bar does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://squareup.com/gift/8G0QXQDDRE1H8/order.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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