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Canela Bistro & Wine Bar

4.8
1063 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

  • Paella & Tapas Experience

    $65.00 per person

    Multiple dates available

    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

    Multiple dates available

    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.

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
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1063 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.9
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4.5
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4.4
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service5ambience3

No heating

Canela Bistro & Wine Bar
Responded 4 days ago

Hi and thank you for your visit to Canela! So sorry you didn't get a heater when you came to dine with us. We do have a few, but they are first come, etc. I will send you a private message. Thank you for your support, Mat

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ZackZ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great place. The food are service are top notch!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

I will definitely be back to this place because it’s a decent, well priced spot two blocks from my house. It seems everyone who has ever been to Spain deems themselves experts on Spanish food. I’ve been here before and loved it so I came back, and it did not disappoint. Service was delightful and when the bottle of wine served was flawed the server replaced it without hesitation. Loved the service, (I’m not a smoker) but I looooove salt and acid and feel every dish like the gambas al ajilo and croquetas de jamon needed it. I would have loved some membrillo with the quesos. Seafood paella was tasty but needed more salt and lemon, maybe it’s just me. But, will I be back??? Absolutely.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great meal with excellent service, as always.

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juliej
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience2

We booked a table for 7:15 but got it only at 8. We had been told there would be heaters but there was only 3 very small ones. We were freezing. We ended up taking the dishes as take away, leaving full glasses of wine behind. The waiters were friendly and the food delicious but this restaurant is very badly organized.

Canela Bistro & Wine Bar
Responded on February 14, 2021

Hi thanks for the feedback. First of all, I want to apologize that you didn't have a good experience with us! This last year has definitely had a lot of challenges and setting up/breaking down our dining room outside everyday has definitely been one of them. Good ventilation for staying Covid compliant has a price, and I am sorry that you suffered that. I am going to send you a private message. All the best, mat and the team

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Good food !!

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AdamB
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Considering the extremely dire current circumstances, this was an amazing experience for us. We can’t wait to try it indoors when a sense of normalcy returns.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely people!

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FahmidK
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service. They really do tapas right

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CharisS
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Went here on Sat 5th, the last night before SIP shutdown took effect. No parklet (*yet*), but used the sidewalk for cute standalone tent booths that block the wind & tables against the building with individual space heaters. We were seated at the table farthest from the door, and worried that we'd be forgotten since we were so far away. We were, at first - then the owner Matt took over service for our table, and was perfectly attentive! Food was yummy, wine list & recommendations were AMAZING. Food favs were Gambos al Ajillo & Grilled Bavette Steak. I've had their paella before, too - very, very good. Great value - we ended up having a really great evening.

*They're taking advantage of this shutdown to build their parklet. They do takeout for pickup & delivery, and also sell rare FANTATIC Spanish wine retail at a super-solid price. Highly recommend!

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vipYoungIron
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food. Staff is very friendly and knowledgeable about the food they serve. Paella was outstanding, tapas were great and the wine list had everything one would look for. Exemplary experience.

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Jayson
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service. Definitely a favorite in the city. I highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the wine here and tapas are delicious! They label each Gluten Free and Vegan item which made it super easy for me to order and they have a GF/DF chocolate olive oil cake with coconut creme! It was FANTASTIC and so unexpected!

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Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We enjoyed the service and it was fun being out on Market St, right by Castro. Very lively and entertaining.

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Nikki
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The best service we’ve had in Covid times, our waiter was highly attentive to our needs and knew the answer to any and every question you had regarding the wine list. We loved it here and would go back

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vipMarkESackett
San Francisco
82 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always spectacular! The food, staff and service are always impeccable

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viplovetoeat
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We had a fantastic brunch here! Cannot recommend this place enough.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I love Canela, it's one of my favorite restaurants in SF! They are slightly more on the expensive side, but great service and amazing food! They also have fun specials for different holidays that you should try out!

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michelleR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience2

Wonderful service. Street side dining on busy Market street; not ideal but would recommend for the food and local vibe. It was fun overhearing neighborhood regulars interacting with staff and owner. I would love to have Canela's as my local go to.

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vipBrian
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Paul and team took great care of us. All of the dishes we tried were excellent, although the lamb chops, gambas al ajillo, and little gem salad all stood out. We also really enjoyed the churros. Highly recommended

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vipSFFoodie
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant week. A great way to try a new restaurant. So glad we did.

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PaulB
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a fantastic meal! After being cooped up due to Covid, we decided to have a really nice meal out. We were both so glad we did! Although lots of outdoor tables were available (with a reservation), we opted for indoors for our anniversary dinner. And we felt completely safe (wearing masks when not eating). The inside was relaxed and quiet, with just a couple of tables. (The only positive thing about Covid, for diners at least -- is the quiet!) And that quiet made the meal feel even more luxurious because it was even more relaxing and easy to talk. And did we talk... mostly about the food. Really wonderful!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
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 on October 22, 2020

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 on October 23, 2020

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 on October 22, 2020

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
15 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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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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

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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
San Francisco
6 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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You can order delivery directly from Canela Bistro & Wine Bar using the Order Online button. Canela Bistro & Wine Bar also offers delivery in partnership with Caviar and Uber Eats. Canela Bistro & Wine Bar also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 552-3000.

Canela Bistro & Wine Bar is rated 4.8 stars by 1063 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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