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About Canela Bistro & Wine Bar
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.
San Francisco, CA 94114
Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates, Latin / Spanish
Hours of Operation:
$31 to $50
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We are available to come cater your party with Spanish food and wine. Call for details.
Public parking lot on the same block.
One block from Castro or Church Muni stations (K, L, M, J, T) Also two blocks from Noe and Duboce station for N. Multiple buses (22, 24, 23) run within a block distance of Canela.
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
For special events please contact Canela's General Manager at 415-552-3000.
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We offer a few different options for private dining experiences. Customers can choose either our semi-private front or back areas of the restaurant or the full restaurant. Guests can choose to have a seated, coursed menu or a seated, family style share menu which is a little more casual.
Canela Bistro & Wine Bar Ratings and Reviews
We held a birthday brunch this past Sunday at Canela for 14 people and the food and staff were amazing. We ordered tapas to share as a group and the server helped in making selections. All were superb. Staff was attentive and personable. The Chef even came out to say hello. Great place. We will definitely be back.
Canela is wonderful. I would go there every day if I lived in San Francisco! I make sure to go there every time I visit the city. I can't recommend it highly enough. The food manages to be authentically traditionally Spanish and modern at the same time. The wine list is outstanding, as are the wine pairings.
Canela Bistro & Wine Bar is our favorite place for dinner/weekend lunch in the Castro. We decided to try it for Christmas Eve and we were NOT disappointed. It was fantastic. I highly recommend this restaurant for all occasions, special, and just a week night out.
Yesterday I had one of the best meals I have had in San Francisco in a long, long time. We have been going here since they opened and back then-it was definitely good. Now-It's GREAT. Few restaurants can boast of ever increasing quality and service-but Canela can, indeed. Also the Spanish wines selection is terrific. I was simply blown away by great food and a wonderful evening.
While the food is outstanding, our enjoyment was lessened by the noise level. There was a group of 12 next to us, and they got so noisy, we could not hear ourselves talk. And, it seemed to carry throughout the restaurant. There doesn't appear to be any sound absorbing ceiling or much else to alleviate the noise. We will most likely dine there again, as we certainly enjoyed the menu, even though it is a little pricey.
Canela was a warm place to be on a cold December night. The service was quick & the server was very knowledgable. I described the kind of wine I wanted & what he brought was spot-on. The food was excellent, great seafood & vegetarian options. I would definitely go back.
We always enjoy Canela because of the ambiance, the food, the service. After being there many times we decided to order the paella, and it was a very nice surprise. Delicious and generous!
Took the leftovers home and couldn't wait for the lunch hour the following day.
Great place! Great tapas! Cozy yet lively. Diverse crowd. Thoroughly enjoyed everything we ordered. Especially liked the batatas bravas, brussel sprouts, lamb skewers, trout, shrimp and flatbreads. All the servers were very nice, food came out quickly. The only thing I would mention is that the staff seems harried and the restaurant might consider one more hand on deck. Otherwise, perfect.
I highly recommend this restaurant. The ambiance is wonderful. While prices for Tapas are a bit higher than you might find elsewhere, the portions are more generous and the quality is superb. This is not a place where they grill piece of sausage or octopus, plate it and call it a Tapas, Instead, the quality of ingredients and creative preparation of food is far superior to most every tapas restaurant you'll experience. This is not off- the-wall fusion, rather each dish is a thoughtful composition of complimentary ingredients, tastes and textures. I was most impressed! The chef is clearly talented. Although a Tapas was recommended for 1 person, it’s clearly enough for 2 for sharing. 5-6 Tapas is a filling meal for two.
The wine list is a broad offering of Spanish wines (not easy to find in CA) and well priced. The Sommelier is well informed. The craft "cocktails" made from infused wines are most creative. The Sangria is sublime. HIGHLY RECOMMEND! Can't wait to go back!
Went by our server's recommendation and got the beet salad, croquetas, gambas, and the grilled skirt steak. Each one very delicious. We ended the meal with the banana, pecan, tres leche bread pudding - You must order that coz it comes in a really cute pumpkin container.
Our server noted that we were celebrating a birthday and lit a birthday candle for us.
From the moment we walked in the door we were made to feel welcome. Service was attentive, pacing was generally spot-on, and the Chef/Owner came to our table at the end of the meal to ask if he could have done anything better or differently. Really, really great crew that only enhanced our overall dining experience. The Lamb Skewers were standouts. The "Trio of Olive Oils" was kind of a dud...but we probably should have asked a few questions before ordering that dish so shame on us. We will absolutely be back again.
I don't typically write reviews but I had to because I truly enjoyed my experience here! This is the second time we've been to Canela after maybe 5-7 years!?? And it's still a lovely place to dine! First time here was for one of our birthdays/wedding anniversaries and now ~5 years later, we celebrated my birthday!
Deeelicious tapas! My favorite was the tempura beans with blueberry sauce. Another goodie was the albacore tuna--cooked perfectly--with kale topped with a yummy sauce. All of the tapas we had were so, so, so, so goood! We also enjoyed a half carafe of red sangria with strawberries and apples. The server was super friendly. We felt very comfortable talking to him. We were all Libras, including the women sitting at the table next to us!
I'm not sure why it took us so many years to come back but we will be back sooner than later, for sure!
The Tortilla de Patatas was very good. Also the croquetas de jamón were good, prepared correctly. I didn't like the cauliflower or the clams or the cheese options. Too bland. I didn't try the flatbread but the people in my group liked it. The Sangria was good but not anything special. Overall just okay.
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