Canela Bistro & Wine Bar

4.7
848 reviews
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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.

Specials

Cinco de Mayo - Special Menus & Offers

We will be offering a special fusion Spanish and Mexican menu offered by our sous chef Soledad. This has become a customer favorite over the years!

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Come celebrate mama at Canela. Mother's love us, they like to pinch our cheeks. We will be open for both brunch and dinner.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Father's Day Special Menus & Reservations

Dad is king at Canela. Come celebrate him with a nice brunch or dinner.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

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What 848 People Are Saying
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ME
San Francisco
70 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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San Diego
1 review
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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RW
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
17 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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l
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was looking for a spot for brunch that I could organize a bunch of my adult friends to meet my mom who was in town. Being from a more rural area, $26 omelette-menus make her a little uneasy, so I shot for a more reasonable experience. We made reservations which was good, because the restaurant filled up not long after we sat.
I was happy to have Sangria instead of mimosas for once, and they were gorgeous and delicious. We ordered for the table and could. not. believe. what a great value the food was, from what I was expecting. It was timed nicely coming out of the kitchen, and it just kept coming! We ordered way too much food, but were all completely satisfied without being broke!
The staff, especially our server, were all lovely, attentive, but not hovering. He gave great suggestions, and we were left wanting nothing. I almost hate to write this review because I would love to keep Canela my little secret, but its too good not to share!

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OT
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Between 4-5 stars for me. I go here a lot and it’s always great, for brunch or dinner. Friendly staff, interesting menu that changes often. Food is consistently good to great. One of my go to’s in the neighborhood

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

The food, e.g. bone marrow with toast, was novel and delicious. I've had tapas in Spain, Scotland and England, and this restaurant is the best tapas I've ever had: I'll definitely be going back!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 3

The service was great, very friendly. The food was tasteless and unappetizing. It was lacking flavor, presentation and quality. Left the restaurant very unsatisfied.

Canela Bistro & Wine Bar
Responded on February 26, 2019

Hi, I am Mat the chef and owner. I am sorry to hear that you didn't have a good experience. I am going to send you a private message. Best, Mat

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As every time it never disappoints. It is great to see several items on the menu but every time with a different twist !
Keep it up guys ! I continue to live you place !

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P
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent! Beginning for being greeted by the hostess, to Neo our amazing waiter and finally the excellent tapas!

Since I was unsure of the type of wine to order, Neo selected three types for me and brought over a tasting of each! That is SERVICE.

As locals in S.F. we will be making a return visit

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MS
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Matt and staff never disappoint!!
Thank y’all!!

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JB
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, spectacular food—creative and changes seasonally. Requested a quiet table and the staff spent time to make sure our table was quiet. One if my favorites.

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ML
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food!

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KS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Paul and Matt are the best hosts with the intimate atmosphere, customer service and delicious food we want!
Canela is a favorite!

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JD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, seamless service, intimate environment... An overall wonderful dining experience.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

We waited 20 mins for our table, after having a reservation
They got 2 of the 5 items we ordered, wrong.
They were out of the dessert we wanted
And they did not acknowledge our anniversary that we were celebrating!

Canela Bistro & Wine Bar
Responded on February 18, 2019

Hi I am Mat the Chef and Owner of Canela. I am so sorry that you had a less then excellent time with us. I am going go contact you via private message. All the best, Mat and the Team

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T
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

I would not plan to visit Canela again. I was really disappointed with how they handled Valentines day.

Canela Bistro & Wine Bar
Responded on February 19, 2019

Hi I am Mat the Chef and Owner. I am so sorry that you did not have a good time with us on Valentine's Day! As a small, local business your support and feedback is very important. If you are willing to share specifics, please email me at contact@canelasf so I can better understand what happened as well as try and make it up to you. Thank you for your support and we wish you the best. Mat and the Team

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MB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Well done. Nailed the flavors, great wine knowledge and selection. Outstanding staff.

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TT
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good tapas bistro and a great neighborhood destination. Always a pleasure to dine at this restaurant.

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San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

We got things that were not hot or looked like just thrown together. Space is great- chef did come out to offer something else and genuinely apologized. He was very sweet. However, server barely checked in- seemed far far away and frankly I think forgot abt our orders half the time.

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Indiana
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fantastic and our server was attentive and knowledgeable. A great experience.

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c
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service, delicious options - everything we ordered was good. Server was helpful with how much we should order. Reataurant was a bit loud but that’s ok for Saturday night :)

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V
New England
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The only item I would say could be better was the bone marrow. Otherwise, I adored every bite. Service was also phenomenal.

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C
Tahoe
22 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went not knowing it was restaurant week. We were celebrating my daughter's birthday. The service was great even though it was very busy. Food was amazing! Every small plate we ordered was delicious. We will go back soon.

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Central Coast
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was fantastic! Wine pairing was great for restaurant week, food was delicious and well executed.

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p
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful assortment of tapas and Spanish entree's. Very fresh and nice use of seasonal products. Many thanks to our wonderful waiter Paul.

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ZS
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first time at Canela and I was really impressed. I expected just ordinary tapas but the tapas style menu items at Canela are super extraordinary and... not too salty (I need to watch my sodium intake). Perfect service, perfect ambiance, not too noisy. Great experience.

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1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my girlfriend here for a date during SF restaurant week and we had a fantastic time. Food was great, wine pairings were fantastic minus the dessert pairing. The only suggestion we could make is better food presentation, sometimes it looked thrown together or as if it was shaken or shifted on the way to the table. Definitely would recommend and plan on coming back.

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j
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great service - warm ambiance. Loved the scallops, patatas and lamb skewers. Flatbread was okay and cheeses were a great value so will probably pass next time. Wine list was a little difficult to navigate (all Spanish wines I was unfamiliar with) but our server brought us a few samples and was so helpful. Desserts were delicious - churros and cinnamon ice cream are must orders. We will be back!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Glad we got to try all the tapas

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sf restaurant week

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