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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LR
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service from the moment we got there till we left. They even labeled the boxes for the leftovers so you knew what was inside without opening. The food was delicious. I’d highly recommend the gambas al ajillo, paella and the flatbread with chorizo. We were there for Father’s Day. My husband had a wonderful experience.

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Q
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We only recently discovered what a gem this restaurant is. My partner & I just love Canela. I'm lucky to live a few blocks away. The restaurant has a lively vibe, warm and cozy ambiance and friendly helpful experienced well-trained staff. The food is so delicious. Their 4 courses Chef's Tasting Menu with wine pairings included, is really a bargain. We haven't ordered it yet, because we can't eat that much. If one has allergies or dietary restrictions, they do their best to accommodate. The wine list is reasonably priced with VERY interesting, uncommon wineries and varietals. Hope my review doesn't ruin it for me so that I can't easily get a reservation.

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CJ
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Canela never disappoints! It was my friends' first visit and they could not have been happier. The food was amazing, especially the Gazpacho and the apricot torte! The Spanish wine selection is always wonderful, but my guests did not want alcohol on this hot evening and were very happy with the non alcoholic options. Plus the wait staff was attentive as always, despite a busy evening. Again, a most satisfying evening at one of my favorite spots.

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l
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed a wonderful birthday brunch on their outdoor seating section. It was beautiful with attentive staff and amazing plates to share. The scallop was by far my favorite, along with the carafes of white sangria on the warm day!

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love, love, love Canela!!! Can’t get enough of The amazing food from Chef Matt!

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C
Orange County
29 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great find! Amazing service and ambience....terrific tasty tapas and extensive wine list...

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K
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our new go-to place when we want to have a special meal without blowing out the bank account. The food was so very well thought-out and delicious. Our server was lovely: friendly, kind--he made us feel like regulars. Our favorite dish was probably the cauliflower, of all things! We will definitely be back.

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c
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing each and every time ! A great place to take friends or a date ! You’ll leave feeling appreciated and well looked after .

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OT
Atlanta
68 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic evening. Visiting SFO on vacation and found this place on the web. Super food, service, and ambiance. My favorite place that we dined on the trip.

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M
Milwaukee
13 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a party of 8 and the waiter was very knowledgeable and explained the different dishes and recommended amounts of each. We had a person with a nut and legume allergy and he thoroughly explained what she could and could not eat. We also had a birthday and he brought out a very fun book that told what traits we had if we were born on a certain day. All in all a very enjoyable evening - we will be back.Thanks Canela.

Canela Bistro & Wine Bar
Responded on June 1, 2019

Thank you Mary! We are so glad that you had a good time with us! Thank you for supporting our small, local business. Glad you liked the birthday book! Best, Mat and the team.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Canela! Truly one of my favorite restaurants in the city. Last night when I was there my favorites on the menu were the jamon croquetas; deviled eggs; chorizo and the seared halibut! The amazing food, lovely wines, personable service and fantastic atmosphere make coming to Canela such an exceptional and memorable experience. Can’t wait until next time!

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Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great, and red wine recommendation by host was wonderful as well.

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M
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great food and nice service. I wish they’d tell you if there’s aioli on things like the tortilla de patatas - my husband finds all mayo products disgusting and couldn’t eat it. They brought us a free replacement though. So nice. Overall, an excellent place. We’ll be back!

Canela Bistro & Wine Bar
Responded on May 21, 2019

Hi Mike! Thanks for coming in and glad that you had an overall good experience with us! It is stated on the menu that the sauce on the tortilla is a paprika sour cream. Thank you for your feedback however and maybe we can see how to make that ingredient stand out a bit more to our valued guests as yourself! We appreciate you supporting our small, local business. All the best, Mat and the team

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P
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great place excellent food .. Interesting wines ..love this place

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JH
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Extremely small portions. We ended up going out to dinner again the same night! Food was good but not worth the price.

Canela Bistro & Wine Bar
Responded on May 21, 2019

Hi Jessica, Im sorry that you didn't have the best experience with us! Normally our servers are very good about explaining how many dishes to order per person since we are a tapas (small plates) restaurant. I will email you directly now. All the best, Mat

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SS
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good ambiance good food good selections on the menu. The portions are quite small for the price. Overall a great experience

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BM
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Great small plate restaurant in SF...feels like Barcelona!

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JE
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good ambiance and food!

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GC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I celebrated Mother's Day here and it was good as advertised. The ambience and server were delightful. Most importantly everything we ordered was absolutely delicious. It was nice to spoil Mom and have her enjoy all the appetizers and main dish. I would come again.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

The food and drinks were very good and the restaurant itself was very well decorated. It was a fun place to eat but the service was not the best. The staff was not very welcoming or friendly especially for it being our first time and on Mother’s Day. However I would go back just for the exciting menu and beautiful atmosphere.

Canela Bistro & Wine Bar
Responded on May 14, 2019

Thank you for your visit Angela! We appreciate you coming in to join us. Mothers day was a bit kookoo so thank you for being patient with us. Normally we have one of the most welcoming staff in the city and I am sorry that didn't come though. I will send you a private message. Mat Schuster chef/owner

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J
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful friendly staff and delicious engaging menu We will be back

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LS
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my favorite restaurant in the Castro!

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NG
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my friend here for her bday and it was great! Good food, fun menu, and GREAT staff, super friendly and they made it a lovely experience. Definitely going back.

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N
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our experience with a group of 5 girls was nothing less than fantastic. We will be back for sure! The food, the ambiance, and the staff (Paul took great care of us) were top notch.

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CJ
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my client to Canela for the very first time and she loved everything, the ambience, the food and wine selection and attentive service. I always feel welcome and happy to bring anyone to Canela and leave happy!

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D
London
30 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 1

I've been coming to Canela for years. That's why I picked it for an important business/personal dinner with friends who I know are hard of hearing. I'd specifically asked for a quiet table.

But we were seated next to a profoundly loud work party of +15 people who were banging on the table and CHANTING as part of drinking games the entire evening. It was horrific. Our table couldn't carry on a conversation. We broke into 2 & 2, but I still had lost my voice by the end of the evening.

The staff clearly knew it was a problem but didn't offer to move us and didn't ask the other party to quiet down. I was shocked. We should have left to go somewhere else.

My guests were horrified, since I'd told them in advance that I'd chosen a quiet restaurant so we could talk.

I'm not sure I'll be back.

Canela Bistro & Wine Bar
Responded on May 2, 2019

We are sorry that you had a bad time during your dinner with us! Unfortunately, there was no where else to put you that night since we were completely full. Canela is a small restaurant and we feel badly when someone has a bad experience with other tables being too noisy. We are going to try contacting you over the phone as well. Again, I am sorry that you didn't have a good experience with the noise level of the party next to you. All the best, Mat and the Team

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ME
San Francisco
70 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chris at the Bar is one of the best in the business!

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Passover dinner. Fantastic and delicious. Will go back for their regular menu.

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OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

My first time here and I was impressed. The food was delicious. I’ll go back for sure.

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s
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great atmosphere to catch up with friends and it is Reasonable priced

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CJ
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My clients loved everything about our evening at Canela. Their first time, they were impressed by the warm and inviting interior, the attentive service and most of all the food and wine. Each selection was a big hit! Bravo!

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RW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely gem nestled in the Castro with good food, good ambiance and attentive staff.

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MT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing food. Service was a little slow. Over all nice experience and delicious food!

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JG
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Spain without the cost of getting there. Dishes were very tasty, good tapas size, and a nice atmosphere. I would recommend spacing the timing of delivery of dishes better given that the tables are small. The Jamon Iberico was particularly flavorful, as were so many of the dishes. And owner took time to visit our table and ask about our experience. Now that’s hands on management!

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D
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Excellent food. Rather odd interactions with waiting staff. Drinks were very slow arriving. Some of the ordered food and drinks were wrong

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R
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and amazing service!! Get the Nestal Mencia and bone marrow and you will not be disappointed

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K
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food and service both great. We will be back.

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AF
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and the service staff was friendly

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RS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceeded expectations. Wonderful paella, service and staff.

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PB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chris was our bartender/waiter and provided exceptionally great service and made a great experience even better. Already looking forward to going back (the brussel sprouts alone are worth making the trip for).

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