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Canela Bistro & Wine Bar

4.7
1141 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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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)

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 1141 people are saying
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SamM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a winner! Interesting, approachable, and affordable selection of Spanish wines, and remarkable execution of a deep and diverse menu. Plus 7 choices for desserts. What else could you want?

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vipELGourmand
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time and a lovely first time it was. Such a warm, friendly engaged and engaing team from our first Hello to our godbyes. Food is pretty good to great. A few items were a bit clunky and could have used some editing but overall it was colorful, playful, exciting, layered, and surprisingly delcious all around.
We didn't know about the plan ahead notice required for paelle but we do now and will absolutely do that onour next visit, which will be soon!

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vipMarciaB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of our FAVORITE go to places. The food is wonderful and the team is warm and welcoming. We were so happy to see you.

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HarryV
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible restaurant, food and amazing service! Michaela was the best, making our culinary experience memorable!!! Strongly recommended!!!

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vipSchnikis
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

By recommendation of a friend and all the great reviews I decided to dine at Canela and I am so happy I did.

From the moment I walked in the door I was amazed by the ambience and was greeted by a warm and friendly staff.

Our table was cozy and private and the whole experience was extraordinary.

Service was fast, efficient and, most of all, extremely knowledgeable and informative. I asked for and was given amazing food recommendations and I put myself in my server’s hands to pair wines with our meal. They are happy to open any bottle and serve by the glass or by the half bottle. We opted for two half bottles to pair with our food as the meal progressed.

I was honestly stunned by every dish. The simplest vegetable was divine and the gazpacho was so creamy that I had to recheck the menu to confirm that there was indeed no cream added at all. We stuck with vegetarian items for dietary reasons, though I am sure their seafood and meat dishes would be equally superb.

We finished off with churros and chocolate which was paired with a dessert wine that was so perfect it defied logic.

If you are considering Canela for any occasion, I could not recommend it enough. The tapas are as good as any you will find in Spain, let alone San Francisco.

Buen Provecho!

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vipjuanita
San Francisco
47 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food, good service, pleasant ambience...worth another visit.

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Rose
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing as always. This restaurant is my favorite one in SF :)

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FernandoD
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Sat next to screaming boys and girls in their 20s.

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JohnC
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful service. Extremely friendly. The tapas were really good. Thank you so much!

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JamieL
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the moment we walked in, the staff was on point. Kind, helpful, friendly. Paul was the best! The food was killer! My partner and I are vegetarian and there was quite a few options for us. The sangria should not be missed! Loved all the retail items for sale. We will DEFINITELY be returning!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The staff is absolutely fabulous at Canela!

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vipDenizD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Amazing food and great service!

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MichaelM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my great friend out for a birthday celebration dinner. Canela is my go to place for all of my special occasion celebrations and treats to myself. I’ve never been to a more consistently excellent place to dine. Don’t take my word for it, I recommend you find out for yourself.

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MelD
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Came here at 6pm on a Friday with a friend. We had a reservation indoors and was seated promptly. The restaurant wasn’t too busy until 7ish. Service was attentive and friendly the entire time. Food was pretty good, though I wouldn’t say top notch when compared to a few other tapas restaurants in SF, so probably more a 3.5 or 4 out of 5 rating for the food itself. Loved the option to order a half bottle of wine though. We were at the restaurant for 2+ hours and the staff was kind enough to not kick us out, probably because no other customers were waiting. (The indoors tables were all full but we didn’t see anyone waiting; there were also a handful of tables open at the park let’s.) All in all a good experience at Canela.

Canela Bistro & Wine Bar
Responded on July 23, 2021

Hi Mel D., I am Mat the chef and owner. I am so sorry that you didn't have a good experience with us on your visit with our tapas! I am going to send you a private message. We appreciate your support. All the best, Mat and the team

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vipJimH
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful selection of tapas beautifully prepare. Excellent wines. They do not rush you

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Lise
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to this restaurant to celebrate a birthday. It turned out to be a perfect place to do so! We shared multiple plates and each subsequent one became our favorite! In the end, we really found the green beans, pulpo and gambas al pimenton the best of the night. Complement the meal with Tempranillo and you have a magical night. The staff was fantastic: knowledgeable, friendly, efficient. Would definitely go again when in SF.

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vipLooHoo
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great social dining for shared plates. If you want paella, you need to order ahead in your reservation or call ahead. Patatas bravado, croquettes and pulpo were stand out dishes.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely perfect

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vipshedines
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food:fabulous! Tasty, mouthwatering delicious tapas and paella. Service excellent: friendly attentive and helpful. Definitely will return.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good times. Great food. Casual service. Fun.

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IreneK
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an amazing time beginning to end, wonderful service and wonderful food.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this restaurant. My husband and I usually come here for special occasions by ourselves, but this year we took our kids for a Father’s Day celebration. The service was helpful, accommodating and welcoming. It was a wonderful dinner and our kids are eager to go again! Oh

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Canela has both spectacular service and delicious food. I love this restaurant!

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vipLNinSF
San Francisco
52 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great neighborhood spot. Fantastic wine selection. Staff always pleasant and cheery.
Reservations recommended.

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vipbethm
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Spanish food in SF!!! We love it here! The staff is awesome and friendly; Chef/owner Mat is the best! We missed coming here in 2020, but now we are back and it was great to see a busy Sunday night! Seriously, everything we ordered was very well executed and tasty!!!

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vipDiner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had fantastic dinner at Canela as usual. Food was fantastic and service was impeccable. There are nothing to complaint about that restaurant. Great tapas and variety of wine. We can't wait to go back. :) Highly recommended. One of the BEST TAPAS in the city.

Reminder : When you make a reservation, don't forget to reserve Paella too.

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vipJonathan
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always one of my favorite restaurants in the Castro - as well as in SF!

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Classicdimsum
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and atmosphere. Service was beyond great. Made a great birthday celebration even better

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the paella experience and it was entirely amazing! Be prepared to eat a LOT though. The setas tapa was incredible!

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Bobv
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

great selection, everything we ordered was yummy! order the white bean/chorizo soup

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NancyR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous staff so welcoming and the food is delicious!

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Shahos
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

awsome place
food is the best you can have in San Francisco...will go again

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JannR
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So nice to eat indoors at a favorite restaurant-Canela. The tables were strategically arranged to provide plenty of social distance between parties. The food was outstanding...just like it was pre-pandemic! Delicious! Lucky for us we were able to order the paella along with a variety of tapas, each one soooo good. We’ll be back!

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Abigail
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a few friends in town and what’s more fun than tapas! Such a great experience! The staff is extremely knowledgeable and helpful with ordering for a moderate sized group. The food was absolutely amazing. I felt like I was back in Spain. I can’t wait to come back! Great place for a group or a date night.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall it was great.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best service in SF!wonderful staff.

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vipRegular4biz
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal.

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vipRebeccaG
New Mexico
4 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a gem! Canela takes us back to our trip to Spain before COVID. Such a fun restaurant with amazing tapas!

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OpenTable Diner
3 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Overall service and food excellent. One thing worth mentioning, I know restaurants are trying to make ends meet and Canela is being creative by selling housewares etc in the front of the house. But the one table inside in the front felt like we were sitting in the middle of a flea market. I asked to change to outside and they were very accommodating. No harm, just thought you would like to know. Great food.

Canela Bistro & Wine Bar
Responded on May 10, 2021

Thank you for your visit & feedback. We are glad you had a good dining experience with us & appreciate your support. Until we are allowed full capacity, we need to explore other revenue streams. As the city is constantly changing safety guidelines, we have to change our floor plan to accommodate. We promise things are going to settle down once it is possible. Thank you for being patient with us as well as other restaurants right now as we learn how to navigate our changing environment. Best, Mat

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vipBabsy2Dines
Las Vegas
12 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We celebrated our anniversary here on a Thursday night. The entire experience was pretty perfect! Started with a beautiful rose champagne and then their sangria, which was outstanding and beautifully presented. We shared 4 tapas, gambas al ajillo and pimenton , pulpo, with the stuffed piquillo being our favorite. Our main course was the vegan paella. It was very tasty! For dessert we had the pineapple and rum bread pudding and the chocolate olive oil almond cake and I mean they were fantastic! We were not rushed and the dishes came out at a nice relaxed pace. We live in Texas, but next time we visit San Francisco, we will be back. Thank you, Canela, for a beautiful anniversary celebration!

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 1141 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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