Canela Bistro & Wine Bar

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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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OT
Houston
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
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!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chris (bartender) made our experience top notch. We will be back soon because of his excellent service.

SF
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dining experience. The food was delicious and the staff was attentive.

SI
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it. Fantastic place with fantastic food and service!

CB
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner (once again!) at Canela. Tried some of the new menu items and a gorgeous Tempranillo. Paul was his usual gracious self and spoiled us completely. Also great to see Chris behind the bar and Neo as well. Lovely people, beautifully appointed restaurant with multiple areas for couples to enjoy an intimate dinner along with larger groups enjoying a celebration. Highly recommend folks in the neighborhood consider Canela for holiday get-togethers - and book early!

T
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An amazing restaurant with a great staff. Great wine list with an ever changing and delicious menu.

s
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was amazing and the food was delicious. We had everything from meat lovers to vegans and all were pleased.

SC
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had such a nice dinner, we're going back for their Halloween prix fixe!

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was very personable! Food was excellent!!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The catered to our larger party on multiple occasions, whether it was changing the table to accommodate the number of guests or making sure everyone got a delicious bacon wrapped date. They really knew how to make a irradiated girl feel special. Highly recommend, really great tapas and ambiance

LS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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.

IY
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

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!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

CB
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

S
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

MT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great service. Good portion sizes for the price.

JK
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great, and the environment is relaxing and good for friends get-together.

RD
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing menu and incredible space!
Always love coming here!

t
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food, definitely have some loyal customers. Nice choices.

JK
San Francisco
152 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

C
San Francisco
52 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and original food!
Great service, is one of our favorites!

HK
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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.

AS
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

KB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

TT
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Pescado and lamb were delicious. The Gambas Al Ajillo were okay. Apps were great

D
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

RA
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

G
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

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.

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

KG
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful space
Great lighting
Terrific food
Excellent service

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service as always!
Bring back the clams!

OT
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

C
Birmingham
20 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely a perfect experience overall!

AB
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, great service, fantastic food and relaxed fun atmosphere.

MC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

AC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience4

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!

Canela Bistro & Wine Bar
Responded on July 30, 2019

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

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ME
San Francisco
74 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chris is awesome

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