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Canela Bistro & Wine Bar, San Francisco, CA
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Canela Bistro & Wine Bar

4.7
4.7
1358 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, and homemade dessert, come to Canela and be assured that you will find what you are looking for.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 23 times today
Experiences are available.

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates, Latin / Spanish

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–8:15 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (415) 552-3000

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Owned/operated by

    LGBTQ+

  • Executive chef

    Mat Schuster

  • Catering

    We are available to come cater your party with Spanish food and wine. Call for details.

  • Private party facilities

    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.

  • Private party contact

    Mat Schuster: (855) 341-2697

  • Neighborhood

    The Castro

  • Cross street

    Noe St.

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    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.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Hanukkah @ Canela Bistro

    $69.00 per person

    Dec 18 - Dec 23, 2022
    Hanukkah Prix Fixe Menu $69 (+tax/grat) - per person Mixed Veggie Latkes with Potato, Chard, Zucchini and Butternut Squash with Apple Compote and Labneh (Veg, Gluten Free, Dairy Free Possible) Chopped Salad with Chickpeas, Frisee, Manchego Cheese, Roasted Piquillo Peppers, Olives, Challah Croutons, Sesame Seeds, Toasted Almonds, Peptias and Pomegranate-Shallot Vinaigrette (Veg, Gluten Free Possible, Dairy Free Possible) Poached Sea Bass Filet, Braised Cabbage, Saffron Fumet, Dill Aioli Almond and Olive Oil Cake with Meyer Lemon Syrup Optional 5th Course: Roasted Natural, Half Duck with Lemon, Olive Oil, Tomatoes, Onion and Potatoes $45
  • Paella & Tapas Experience

    $85.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Enjoy our Paella & Tapas Experience! The prix fixe dinner includes, your choice of Paella (Seafood, Chicken, Seasonal Mushroom), 2 tapas to choose from (per person), and dessert (per person)! 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). Please note; we are a small, neighborhood restaurant and we have a small kitchen which is why our paella availability is limited. We cannot guarentee the paella experience if you change your original reservation time.
  • Christmas Eve Spanish Seafood Dinner

    $89.00 per person

    Dec 24, 2022 only
    Christmas Eve Seafood Dinner $89 (+tax/grat)per person, Menu is designed per person (full table participation, maximum party size 5, limited modifications) 6 coures: Spanish Anchovies with Roasted Red Peppers and EVO, Toast Choice of: Salad of Butter Lettuce, Grilled and Chilled Shrimp, Crudites and Creamy Piquillo Vinaigrette OR Shrimp Bisque Pintxo Skewer of Pulpo (Octopus) with Preserved Lemon Aioli, Salsa Verde Almejas (Clams), with Chorizo and Cava Volovan of Sea Bass Fillet wrapped in Puff Pastry with Spinach, Mushroom Cream Sauce Choice of Dessert We will also have some Christmas Eve Specials and a limited tapas menu.

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What 1,358 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • San Francisco Bay Area

    Spanish

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  1. KC

    KarenC

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    My friends and I had a wonderful evening at Canela. The food and service were wonderful. We especially loved the pulpo and even ordered a second plate :-) The waiter was extremely knowledgeable about the menu and wines, and even brought desert with a candle to celebrate my birthday. The only minor issue was that the weather was very cold and the interior of the restaurant was a bit drafty and cool. We wore our jackets throughout the meal, but my fault that I did not inform the restaurant. I would definitely go back - great time!!!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had dinner at the bar. Best seat in the place! Chris, the bartender, was fantastic! Food was amazing. Highly recommend.
  3. N

    Neni15

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service & Delicious food Me encanto 😋
  4. SM

    StephenM

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Great spot for tapas. Very comfortable environment, cozy. My partner and I went here on a date while visiting SFO for the weekend. The spot has a neighborhood-y feel, which is very welcoming. Server was a great person and very helpful, but the service is a bit slow when they are busy. The place can get loud at times, but it's festive. I do recommend this place for a night out with a group of friends. The menu is varied and has something for everyone, but none of the dishes are overly creative -- just simple and good.
  5. CL

    CarlL

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    We tried 6 different dishes. The food was all outstanding. The portions were very small realtive to the prices, which I thought were high. A plate of Iberian ham, which consisted of 4 or 5 very small slices and 6 slices of a tasty sausage was $28. It looked like it should have been $12 at most. The service was good; the place is quite small, making it difficult to get much ambience.
  6. SM

    SMY3

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Da bomb! There’s nowhere else that brings true joy in food ambience and service as Canela in San Francisco. It’s an exceptional experience each time to dine here with a date, family, friends or even by yourself.
  7. RM

    RachelleM

    Austin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely anniversary dinner with Authentic Spanish Tapas.

    Canela Bistro & Wine BarResponded on November 6, 2022We're honored you chose to celebrate with us! Happy Anniversary! We look forward to celebrating many more with you all!

  8. CS

    CandaceS

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food and the staff was amazing! Great atmosphere!

    Canela Bistro & Wine BarResponded on November 5, 2022Thank you so much for visiting us! We look forward to seeing you all again! -Sophie & the team

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience4
    Do not recommend this restaurant. Waiter was not pleasant. The wait staff didn’t know what their prix fixe menu included / excluded and we had to repeatedly tell them “No we are supposed to get paella” and “doesn’t this include dessert?”. Tapas dishes were mediocre at best. Paella had zero flavor. It wasn’t even yellow. Wonder if they’ve stopped using saffron to save on costs? I would not recommend ever going here.

    Canela Bistro & Wine BarResponded on November 5, 2022Hi, this is Mat the chef and owner. I am so sorry that we let you down on your visit! I am going to investigate and then send you a private message. All the best and more to come soon! Sincerely, Mat

  10. M

    Michael

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and drinks are amazing! Hidden gem of the Castro. A must go if you are visiting or a local.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Everyone was dressed up in Halloween costumes. We got there at 5:30 so it was not that crowded, but by the time we left after 7:00 it was packed, even the table out in the park let were full. We were seated right away, and the service was great! We ordered the restaurant week menu, which was 9 tapas for each person for $65 to give you a broad taste of what they offered. Everything from the anchovies to the patatas bravas was great. We ended up taking home 4 tapas because we couldn’t finish them. We also had dessert included, and just paid extra for the wine we ordered. We would go back again and pick maybe 5 tapas for the two of us.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Did the restaurant week coursed meal for $65 and loved everything! It was all delicious
  13. b

    bluedogj

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great, friendly service and fantastic food. A lovely evening. Highly recommend.
  14. MK

    MeganK

    Atlanta

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible staff and service, delicious food, and great ambience. Would highly recommend!
  15. DV

    DavidV

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The wait staff were extraordinary in their attention to detail and demeanor. Loved them.
  16. S

    Stathis

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Food was decent, some dishes were better than others. For example Gambas/Pulpo were good, advertised flatbreads not so much. Good portions
  17. MW

    MarkW

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good service from informed staff. Food was good, but not special or memorable. Wine list is very short and not very good examples of Spanish wines.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience2
    Even with the$75 pp SF restaurant week option, we barely have enough to eat. The restaurant mentioned 5 maximum per table and I called ahead to see if they can accommodate 7 and of course each are paying the additional 75. We are not big eaters and the food portion is so skimpy we ended up having to add some foods - 2 more dishes. With 1 bottle of wine, the total cost for the evening is almost $1,000. Definitely not worth the cost. Very disappointed and we felt like the restaurant gave us foods for 5 people but willing to take the additional costs of two more guests and made no adjustments to the food portions.

    Canela Bistro & Wine BarResponded on October 25, 2022Hi, I am Mat the chef and owner. I am so sorry that we disappointed on your visit to us! Normally, the menus are a very good amount of food. I am going to look into this and see what happened. I am also going to send you a private message. Again, sorry we let you down! All the best, Mat and the team

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful graze on tasty tapas!
  20. S

    Sarath

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience2
    Disappointed is the word. We came to celebrate my wife's birthday. Called before booking an outside table to check if they have heaters, and they said yes. There were two working heaters for more than 5 tables outside. I asked the person who took us to our table if the waiting staff could bring my wife's favorite cake to the table to surprise her, she said yes and told me to tell this to the waiter as well just in case. I did the same, and waited for a good while. I went inside again to remind them of the same. Then we finished our courses and the cake didn't show up. Finally my wife asked me "hey maybe we should get the cake?". And I had to ask the waiter can you please bring this cake in front of her. All this while we along with our friends, who were visiting us, were seated in the cold without working heaters. Wouldn't recommend this place to anyone.

    Canela Bistro & Wine BarResponded on October 23, 2022Hi Sarath, I am Mat the chef and owner. I am so sorry that we disappointed you on your visit! I am going to do some investigation and get back with you. But how embarrassing for us! I will send you a private message now. Again, so sorry we let you down on your evening with us! Sincerely, Mat and the team

  21. JL

    JeannieL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was great. The staff was attentive, knowledgeable and nice. I definitely recommend it!
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great evening of food and wine. The prie fixe menu was good but I would recommend they drop the bone marrow item: just too rich!! I could feel my arteries clogging up! That aside, the rest of the dinner was very good and their house wines were surprisingly good. Service was excellent.
  23. CB

    CanadianBacon

    San Francisco

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food and excellent staff. Both the tapa tasting menu for two and the paella experience are exceptional. One of our favourite local spots and the staff are truly exceptional.
  24. AH

    AliciaH

    Denver

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hands down best meal of my life. There is a good reason that even with a reservation tables don't move and you will still have to wait. Take the time and go enjoy this experience. It is worth the extra time - no question. We had the chef pick our experience as we were overwhelmed at the possibilities. He paired it with a beautiful Vina Sastre 2017 Reserva as well. The cheese platter, stuffed dates with cheese and a pepper (! want it this way every time now) mushroom (the best I have ever had), the puff pastry (which reminded me of what Willy Wonka's 3 Course Meal tasted like - sweet and savory at the same time), lamb (again the most flavorful and cooked in a way I have never experienced before), steak with a mash & greens that had you wanting to lick the plate. I didn't, but I did think it. And top that off with dessert, chocolate in a little skillet bubbling with a sweet topping on coconut. Also, the gluten free bread they had (and everything was gluten free for me) my boyfriend even tasted better than the 'normal' bread. I love food, my boyfriend loves food and experiencing this was a highlight of my SF trip for sure.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent tapas in our neighborhood restaurant. Sangria is wonderful and the service too.
  26. SM

    SeanM

    Washington DC

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is amazing! I would recommend three tapas dishes per person. The croquetas, pork empanada, and pulpo were amazing!
  27. C

    Coco

    San Francisco

    147 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    147 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The staff was attentive, friendly and personal. The waitress accommodated our paella order which was very tasty. The octopus, meatballs and flatbread chorizo were scrumptious. We had a pleasant dinner experience!!
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was excellent but what made our experience was Paul. He was exceptionally wonderful as he described the menu, you could feel his enthusiasm. The servers were excellent and it's one of the rare times in SF where we felt impressed by the service. The tapas brought me back to Spain and many of the dishes were quite authentic or had a fun twist. I don't have a favorite dish because it was all so good. Can't wait to come back!
  29. LH

    LaurieH

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is my favorite restaurant!! The food and service are always excellent
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We met good friends at Canela on 9/27 specifically for Chef Mat’s Rosh Hashanah dinner. Canela is primarily a Spanish tapas bistro, but Mat goes back to his roots to create Jewish-themed menus for Passover, Rosh Hashanah and Hanukkah every year. We always enjoy his unique twists on our traditional heritage dishes.
  31. NB

    NBarrett

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great experience!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and food and kid friendly!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Good tapas, an extensive wine menu, and very friendly servers. Overall good find!
  34. j

    joblow

    Los Angeles

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great date spot
  35. EC

    EiriniC

    San Francisco

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Canela is one of the restaurants that can be perfect for any occasion, from meeting up with friends for a quick dinner, to holiday celebrations and date nights. I have been coming here for years and have never been disappointed with the service and the food quality, always amazing.
  36. KT

    KimbirT

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a special place to spend my birthday. The staff is amazing, and the food is wonderful, especially the gambas and scallops and the papas!
  37. JK

    JoeK

    San Francisco

    187 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    187 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Did tapas tasting and it was very good. Service excellent. Consistently good neighborhood gem.
  38. LW

    LanceW

    East Texas

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing dinner at Canela! The tapas menu was perfect for our party of 6. Our server Paul was the star of the show. His knowledge and passion of wine paired perfectly with our dishes.
  39. O

    Otter

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great experience. Amazing food and the best service.
  40. j

    joey

    Seattle

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Tasty food with causal atmosphere. Spanish tapas are fun food. Little pricey but worth it…

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

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 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 4.7 stars by 1358 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 23 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
  • Logo image for Uber Eats
Google Map for Canela Bistro & Wine Bar

2272 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94114

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Noe St.

  • Neighborhood

    The Castro

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–8:15 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates, Latin / Spanish

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    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.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    LGBTQ+

  • Executive chef

    Mat Schuster

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (415) 552-3000

  • Catering

    We are available to come cater your party with Spanish food and wine. Call for details.

  • Private party facilities

    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.

  • Private party contact

    Mat Schuster: (855) 341-2697

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