Canela Bistro & Wine Bar

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$31 to $50
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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, homemade dessert or a delicious Sunday brunch, come to Canela and be assured that you will find what you are looking for.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great ambience, excellent service and good food.

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vipKevinS
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can’t say enough good things about Canela’s. They give of their food, hospitality, community

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vipBrianB
New England
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall2food5service5ambience5

Seating and noise was too cramped and loud when seated in the back.

Canela Bistro & Wine Bar
Responded on March 10, 2020

Hey there BrianB- I wanted to thank you again for visiting our small, neighborhood restaurant. Your support means a lot to us. I sent over a private message regarding your dining experience. Look forward to hearing from you! Thanks again, Sophie & the team

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MarcelaP
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This is a great place! I brought a large party of 11 here on a Saturday and they were able to seat us all.

Canela Bistro & Wine Bar
Responded on March 10, 2020

Hello MarcelaP- We're so happy to hear you all had a great time. Tapas are perfect for large parties! We hope to see you all again. Thank you all for supporting our small, neighborhood spot. -Sophie & the team

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dininggrace
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was pleasantly surprised. The food was good and the service is just as good. I will definitely come back again.

Canela Bistro & Wine Bar
Responded on March 5, 2020

Hi there Dininggrace! Thank you so much for joining us for dinner! We're thrilled you had a great experience - hope to see you soon! Again, thank you for supporting our small, neighborhood restaurant! -sophie & the team

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vipbonman
Las Vegas
95 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Nice portion tapas. Slow service.

Canela Bistro & Wine Bar
Responded on March 4, 2020

Hi Bon, this is Mat at Canela. I also saw your google review. I am going to send you a private message. All the best, Mat and the team

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KellyL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I came here with a large group for a birthday brunch celebration. The staff was friendly and accommodating. The food was exceptional, every dish was delicious and beautifully presented. Will definitely be coming here again!

Canela Bistro & Wine Bar
Responded on March 5, 2020

Hi there KellyL- thank you for celebrating with us & a Happy Birthday to you! We love hosting large parties- be sure to bring in your crew again for a visit! Again, thank you for supporting our small neighborhood spot. (P.S. we do Paella on Sunday's too- a paella party in your future??) Cheers! -Sophie & the Team

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vipTitus
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The people here are amazing and kind. The food divine and oh yes it’s easy enough to get a table

Canela Bistro & Wine Bar
Responded on March 10, 2020

Hi there Titus- We're glad to hear we hit all the marks for you - that means a lot for our small, neighborhood spot. We still do recommend reservations on the weekends for the dining room. Although, the full menu is available at the bar as well! We hope to see you soon! Thank you again for your continued support. -Sophie & the team

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Georged
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! You won’t be disappointed.

Canela Bistro & Wine Bar
Responded on March 5, 2020

Hey Georged- Thanks for giving us a try! Be sure to give us another visit as our menu items rotate quite often. We hope to see you soon! And again, thank you for supporting us! -Sophie & the Team

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vipReview
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service, food and ambiance. Menu changes consistent and wine recommendations are always perfect. Paul makes everyone feel at home at Canela

Canela Bistro & Wine Bar
Responded on March 5, 2020

Hello there! We agree, Paul is the best! We love that you enjoy our ever-changing menu and wine list - you're why we do it! Thank you so much for your feedback and for supporting our neighborhood restaurant. We cannot wait to see you soon! -Sophie & the team

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vipDoorman
Milwaukee
27 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best tapas place we’ve been to in San Francisco.

Canela Bistro & Wine Bar
Responded on March 10, 2020

Hello Doorman- That's such an amazing compliment! Your support means a lot to a small, neighborhood restaurant like ours. We hope to see you in soon! Thanks again! -Sophie & the team

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vipeatr
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

very good place for bites and drinks around Castro area.
will be back :-)

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AmberC
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite place to go to with a larger group. The manager is always funny and personable, making our experience super enjoyable.

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BillZ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall I really enjoyed Canela and would go back again in a heartbeat. The atmosphere, the food, the wine was excellent, and every staff member we met as extremely friendly. We asked the server to pick the courses for us, and he did a wonderful job.

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vipTangonomad
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great meal, good service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience! I threw a surprise dinner for my husband and the service and food was impeccable. Arrived early and had tasty sangrias at the bar and then had preordered appetizers ready for my guests upon arrival. The food and drinks were all delicious and the service was outstanding. Highly recommend and will be back!

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Fernando57
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our 16 wedding anniversary

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vipWPfoodie
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Creative, wonderful tapas and solid service every time - Canela is a hidden gem and our go-to for a last minute date night. This time I tried their sangria, which was delicious and not overly sweet. Recommend any of the seafood plates and lamb skewers.

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vipKismet
San Francisco
290 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Such a nice place for tapas ! comfortable and very good . The host was terrific and welcoe.

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EmilyW
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic, delicious, excellent service, options for meat lovers and vegetarians.

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MeaghanJ
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If I could give this restaurant 6 stars for service I would! The food is also out of this world. My favorite spot in all of SF.

Canela Bistro & Wine Bar
Responded on February 5, 2020

Hi Meaghan J, We're so glad to hear you had a great experience with us and we have no doubt we'll see you again! Thank you for giving us a visit and always bringing in someone new- it means a lot to a small neighborhood restaurant like us. -Sophie & the team

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LovesSF
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for restaurant week and it was awesome! Every dish was delicious, including dessert. They don’t serve cocktails, only beer and wine/sangria. The wait staff was so nice. It was a little loud, but that means great energy! A restaurant has to be really good for us to go back since we have so many options in SF. This one was. We will be back soon and often!

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chrisk
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Of our 8 tapas, we loved 7 of them. Prices are on the high end and the portions were quite small. The service was good but not the best.

Canela Bistro & Wine Bar
Responded on February 4, 2020

Hi there ChrisK, Thank you so much for coming in during Restaurant Week! We're glad you were able to enjoy the curated menu we made just for this week. We hope you'll give us another chance to enjoy our full menu offerings. Thanks again for supporting our small, neighborhood restaurant. -Sophie & the team

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience5

Unfortunately the Restaurant Week ‘tapas’ served during our $66ea meal were quite subpar compared with the typical offerings here. Very disappointed.

Canela Bistro & Wine Bar
Responded on January 31, 2020

Hi, this is Mat the chef and owner. I am so sorry to hear that we didn't give you a good experience during restaurant week! Canela is an extension of our home and if you are not happy, then we are not happy. I am going to send you a private message. Best, Mat

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KristaD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was phenomenal - and very vegetarian friendly. We went during SF restaurant week and were treated to the best 5 course tasting menu + wine pairing. The server was super knowledgeable about all of the dishes and we even got a history of each wine. Highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Canela is one of our favorite tapas places. Food is always delicious and service is terrific We like to eat at the bar where Chris provides the most knowledgeable and gracious service

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We went to Canela for restaurant week. We had a good selection of plates and a hard time deciding what to get. Our waitress was very patient and gave good recommendations for both food and wine. The bacon wrapped figs and chorizo flat bread were crowd favorites. Overall a great experience. We will be going back again to try the rest of the menu and for some paella.

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ScottM
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal. Love the owners personal attention.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great device, good food!!

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vipRyanC
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! Looking forward to returning!

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vipMarkESackett
San Francisco
77 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fantastic! The entire team including Chris at the bar are a dream!

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vipKinSF
San Francisco
74 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful meal at Canela. Excellent tapas and great recommendations and service from the staff. I’m looking forward to going back !

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vipKimK
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an unexpected great surprise. I have never been to this restaurant and thought the food was unique. I would recommend it!! The wait staff was also very friendly.

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ScottG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A bit fancy for what is essentially a wine bar for Tapas... but delicious.

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RickBernalHts
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Adorable little restaurant space used to be a great Italian place, and now it's a Spanish tapas restaurant with some excellent cover champagne and a Spanish wine list! YUM 😋 Scallops & Patatas Bravas on the top of my list

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vipStephenK
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love taking locals and out-of-town guests to Canela, because the food is consistently fresh and delicious, and the knowledgeable servers always strike the balance between being friendly and attentive while not overbearing. Canela has an intimate setting, perfect for a date or an evening with friends.

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vipEvelynS
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The most delicious tapas in SF!

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foodiej78
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I love this place - my friends and I have celebrated birthdays before but it has been a couple of years since we were here. I was glad to see that the quality maintained and it didn’t disappoint. The food was fabulous, as always. We git many of our favorite dishes, chicken croquets, roasted potatoes, Brussel sprouts, among others. The staff is very attentive and friendly and it really feels like you’re celebrating somewhere special. There were 9 of us but the they managed to take care of us and the food kept coming out very well paced. I look forward to returning.

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vipKevin
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It was NYE and the staff made it a fun night.

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vipManuelP
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

It was amazing.😊😊😊

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Canela Bistro & Wine Bar does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar and 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 981 OpenTable diners.

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