Canela Bistro & Wine Bar
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The hostess greeted us by saying we only had a certain amount of time to eat which started the experience on the the wrong foot. The restaurant was full of big parties and was so loud that it was hard to hear ourselves talk. That said, the food was excellent.
Hi Eric, I am Mat the chef and owner. I am not sure if you were the one that I talked to when I called earlier. Again, I would like to apologize that there was a miscommunication. You can rest assured that it has been addressed. We are very sorry to dampen your night. And yes it was boisterous tonight! We had a lot of Saturday night celebrations happening with our friends and neighbors. I will also send you a private note. Thank you for supporting our small, local business. Mat
Service was outstanding, very accommodating and friendly. We had reservations for 8 ppl on a Saturday night and the owner/chef emailed a menu a night before to order some appetizers to be ready before we arrived which was so awesome. The food was very yummy and amazing. We would definitely come to this restaurant again. Thanks for the great service and food.
I’ve been twice, and each time they’ve taken 15min or more to seat us (let alone acknowledge us) because no one is at the front. They have a hostess and free seats too—it’s literally just waiting for someone to come back to the hostess station. Once you get seated, the service and food are great.
Hi there, I'm Mat the chef/owner. I am sorry that it has taken some time for you to get seated when you have visited us. Since we are a small restaurant, many times our host is resetting tables to make sure folks get seated as soon as possible. Also, it may seems that there are free seats, but they are actually reserved for people who have not quite yet arrived or running late. Please know that we do appreciate you and appreciate your patronage as a small, local business here in San Francisco!
Service was disorganized and food poorly prepared.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Love, love, love Canela!!! Can’t get enough of The amazing food from Chef Matt!
What a great find! Amazing service and ambience....terrific tasty tapas and extensive wine list...
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.
Amazing each and every time ! A great place to take friends or a date ! You’ll leave feeling appreciated and well looked after .
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.
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.
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.
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!
Food was great, and red wine recommendation by host was wonderful as well.
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!
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
great place excellent food .. Interesting wines ..love this place
Extremely small portions. We ended up going out to dinner again the same night! Food was good but not worth the price.
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
Good ambiance good food good selections on the menu. The portions are quite small for the price. Overall a great experience
Great small plate restaurant in SF...feels like Barcelona!
Good ambiance and food!
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.
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.
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
Wonderful friendly staff and delicious engaging menu We will be back
This is my favorite restaurant in the Castro!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
Chris at the Bar is one of the best in the business!
Passover dinner. Fantastic and delicious. Will go back for their regular menu.
My first time here and I was impressed. The food was delicious. I’ll go back for sure.
Great atmosphere to catch up with friends and it is Reasonable priced
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!
Lovely gem nestled in the Castro with good food, good ambiance and attentive staff.
Amazing food. Service was a little slow. Over all nice experience and delicious food!
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!