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Canela Bistro & Wine Bar

4.5
703 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Spanish
Perfect For:
  • Tapas
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
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.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates, Latin / Spanish
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Hours of operation
Tuesday-Thursday 5:30PM-10PM
Friday 5:30PM-11PM
Saturday 5:30PM-11PM
Sunday 11:00AM-10PM
Monday Closed
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Phone number
(415) 552-3000
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Mat Schuster
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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.
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Private party contact
Mat Schuster: (855) 341-2697
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Catering
We are available to come cater your party with Spanish food and wine. Call for details.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Noe St.
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Parking details
Public parking lot on the same block.
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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.
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Special events & promotions
For special events please contact Canela's General Manager at 415-552-3000.
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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

Specials

Cinco de Mayo - Special Menus & Offers

Join us for a special fusion of Mexican and Spanish. A once a year customer favorite!

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Celebrate Mom with us on her special day! A yearly treat, we are open for both brunch and dinner.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

What 703 People Are Saying
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4.3
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4.4
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4.1
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84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 5 days ago

We were looking for a nicer restaurant close to the Castro Theatre for my husband's birthday dinner with friends before seeing a film, and Canela exceeded our expectations. We shared several tapas and paella, and the food was incredible. The sangria also was wonderful; the best I've had outside of Spain. The wine list also was outstanding, and we chose a lovely Garnacha that everyone enjoyed. Best of all, the service was out of this world. It is rare to find a restaurant with this kind of personalized attention and hospitality, but as soon as Paul saw we were Spanish food and drink aficionados, he did everything in his power to make it a special evening. I've already told other friends about what an overall terrific experience it was, and I cannot wait to return.

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3.0Dined 6 days ago

We enjoyed the tapas and dessert. Staff was very friendly. Upon hearing we were in Spain a few months ago for our honeymoon, we were presented with two glasses of bubbly with dessert.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

My husband and I went here to celebrate my birthday and it was a delightful experience from the time we sat down to the time we left. The ambiance of the place is warm and welcoming and we had a table by the front window so it was not noisy. The wait staff were all knowledgable and helped us with in our selections. We enjoyed a variety of small dishes paired with two lovely spanish wines. They paced things out for us so the dishes didn't come too quickly and we could savor the different flavors. We plan to go back with friends to share this experience!

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3.0Dined on April 9, 2018

I've been here twice, and I don't think I'll return. There are better spanish/tapas restaurants that I've been to in SF. The food is mediocre and a few of our dishes were served cold. The salad was tiny. The service wasn't great either. Overall, the value isn't there.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Outstanding meal. Elevated tapas. Wonderful service and ambience. Good Spanish wine list. Owner came out to ask how we were doing. Will definitely return!!

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Great food with pairing of wines very well selected. The service was impeccable, attentive and discrete. We will get back

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Truly terrible take on Spanish food. Everything was overly fried and greasy and the service was slow.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Tasty food and friendly service is what we received at Canela. If you like Spanish tapas Canela will meet and most likely exceed your expectation.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Great food; friendly staff; and wonderful atmosphere!

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Excellent food!

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Wonderful service, delicious food. Made us feel special. Will definitely come back!

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

La más parecido a la cocina española que he probado por el mundo. Muy recomendado.

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1.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Food ok. Asparagus fried in oil that seemed pretty old. Interior pretty beat up and unpleasant. Not in a hurry to go back.

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Excellent food and kind staff but quite loud.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Fabulous food, great wine and top service

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Did not have reservation in their system but seated us anyway.

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

Wonderful food and always a great experience

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5.0Dined on February 28, 2018

Great service
Big portions
Great food

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2.0Dined on February 22, 2018

This was my third, and it will be my last meal at Canela Bistro & Wine Bar. Over the years, the food and the service have deteriorated. The menu selection is limited, the wine selection is limited, and the wait staff are limited. My meal was served only warm, not hot, my coffee was served before my dessert and the coffee was only warm, not hot. Everything moved very slowly and the service was not organized. In San Francisco there are many restaurants to choose from (many in the same neighborhood), which provide comparable meals at very competitive prices, and with service which is much better than the service I received at Canela Bistro & Wine Bar

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5.0Dined on February 19, 2018

My girlfriend and I spent a great weekend in San Francisco, with dinner the last night here at Canela. The wine was good, the tapas and paella tasty, and the service excellent. I definitely recommend it.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Excellent food, each dish absolutely delicious. Excellent service, our server was very knowledgable and made excellent recommendations. All of the dishes are available in two sizes for sharing the tapas size and the raciones, double portion for larger group, a little discount rather than buying two orders of the tapas. I plan to return soon for another excellent meal.

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2018

We've been here twice and both times the food was outstanding. Great smallish plates for sharing, with lots of flavor that paired well with the selection of Spanish wines available. Service was attentive but not hovering. Atmosphere is cozy and welcoming.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Great tapas menu! Every dish was delicious and the waiter was willing to recommend at every step. Had a wondurful meal.

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

Canela’s food is consistently to perfection, no matter what we order, and reasonably priced. The chef always comes out to ask us how we enjoyed our meal. Service is attentive and friendly, though pace is somewhat laid back, so go when you want to enjoy a nice date or a good visit with friends over a bottle of wine, not when you need to rush to the show. Every meal we have had there has made us want to come back.

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Service was great. Waitstaff was very attentive and helpful.
Unfortunately, we did the fixed menu /pairings for Valentine’s day and was pretty disappointed by the food and wine.

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5.0Dined on February 13, 2018

Consistently delicious and varied. The pear, almond gaspavho was amaxing. Helpful, regular folks

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5.0Dined on February 11, 2018

Excellent venue and very friendly. Food was amazing!!

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4.0Dined on February 10, 2018

We enjoyed the tapas we ordered at La Canela. Our perfect kind of meal. This was our favorite style of meal in Spain. I have to say, though, that is really really loud. You can talk if you look at each other. With that said, I would highly recommend it for dinner.

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3.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Food was pricey and average. Good as there aren’t many tapas areas in the hood. Staff wasn’t friendly which was surprising cause it was dead so they didn’t seem busy.

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Excellent food all beautifully prepared with really great service.

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5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Great oxtail and the atmosphere is super smooth

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5.0Dined on January 31, 2018

Love this place with all my heart. The food is great and the friendly staff makes for an awesome experience.

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3.0Dined on January 30, 2018

Went here for restaurant week. The deals were good. Our waitress was M.I.A. for a good portion. Took her almost 20 min to take our order. She wasn't the most friendly either, just ok. She did know her food though. The potatas braves were good, flat bread was a poor version of flatbread pizza. The clams were excellent. Stuffed peppers had a meat mixture that was a bit off putting. I couldn't finish it. The shrimp were slightly overcooked but the sauce was awesome, especially dipped in bread. Wine was very good.

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5.0Dined on January 30, 2018

We had an amazing meal, and Chef Mat stopped by our table personally to check in. The service was absolutely stellar, including nuanced wine suggestions. Really could not have had a better experience.

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5.0Dined on January 28, 2018

We had a fabulous meal during restaurant week...4 courses with wine pairings. Everything was wonderful! Our only complaint was that it was noisy, but food and service were exceptional!

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3.0Dined on January 28, 2018

Everything was good until the fire nation... um i meant burnt steak attacked.

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5.0Dined on January 28, 2018

Delicious! Went for Restaurant week and received great food and value.

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Service was amazing and the food was delicious.

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Flew in from HNL to enjoy SF Restaurant Week dining and am a new Canela fan!
The SFRW menu was great and the wine pairings spot on. My wife and I enjoyed this very much.
Thanks!

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5.0Dined on January 25, 2018

Delicious!

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