Curio

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Curio is a bar and restaurant that honors all things unconventional. Located next to The Chapel, the Mission’s most prominent performance venue, the space brings together some of life’s greatest pleasures – well-crafted cocktails, regional American food, and live music. The eclectic space draws inspiration from the building’s past as a mortuary, exploring the mysterious themes of life and time.
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68% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MC
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love curio! Great food,really cool patio. Awesome interior design

B
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a good time. The staff was amazing and super friendly. We were able to had a conversation while listening to good music.

MB
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

I've been here twice. This place has a lot going for it. The patio is beautiful. The location is great. The service is decent. The food is terrible. Both times it was so gross I didn't eat it. I left hungry. I don't know how eggs can be bad. I had the Benedict and the omelette and both were inedible. I paid $30 to eat breakfast potatoes and a diet coke. Two tries and I'm done.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 1

Good food. Awful service.

MM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and drinks. We shared an delicious salad and sandwich and each had a great cocktail recommended by our server. Added bonus to be checked into the concert at The Chapel next door at our table and allowed into the venue at the front of the line which enabled us to sit during the concert. AWESOME!

k
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Pleasantly surprised by the food and grateful we made happy hour! Loved the hush puppies and beer can chicken (though the chicken skin was a little tough).

OT
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great outdoor patio with heat lamps.
Get their for happy hour before dinner and enjoy $1 oysters.

s
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Went to Curio prior to a show at The Chapel. Happy Hour was great (although be sure to ask which beers are $2 before you order). Deviled eggs were awesome; fried pickles were very good. Red beans and rice had great flavor but could have been a little creamier. Being able to check in for the show while seated was a nice bonus.

s
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Good food and drinks, unfortunately, the patio area closes much earlier than the bar, so be aware of this if you are seated there and want to take your time enjoying food, you might need to rush it out.

F
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

They had this man, he was a one man band. Very cool. Nice spot indoor and out. Would have given it 5 stars but the server didn’t tell me how much my drinks where until I asked, sticker shock for me. The small bites were delicious.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Went to celebrate my boyfriend’s birthday and had a wonderful time. Our server was amazing and really enhanced our experience!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

Not worth the time for the quality of the food. They cannot handle a moderate rush.

MC
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Took 30 mins for our server to get to our table, took another 30 mins to get our simple drink order. We waited about an hour for our food after that. I ordered eggs Benedict and it arrived with hard yolks.

PS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

The ambience was festive and the outdoor patio was really nicely decorated. The service and food was unfortunately subpar - perhaps it was due to Pride but it took over 30 min for any wait staff to bring us even water and even longer waits for food and drinks...

AP
Columbus
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

We were very disappointed with our experience at Curio. We went for a Pride brunch that was advertised as having drag queens & DJs. It was not advertised that the drag queens & DJs would only be on the small outdoor patio. We were seated inside where we could not hear or see any of the entertainment. Our server was not very friendly at all. She literally never came back to our table to check on us after taking our food order. Never to refill drinks, ensure that we had everything we needed, etc. Our food was brought out by kitchen staff. We had to flag down other servers constantly, which was bizarre because our assigned server was still in the restaurant and checked on other tables around us repeatedly. We thought maybe she got reassigned, but she was still the assigned server responsible for our check, so we have no idea why she abandoned us. They got 3 of our 10 food orders incorrect, & a fourth order was missing entirely. Extremely disappointing customer service. While the food was decent, it is not worth the high prices. We were also disappointed in the event being mis-advertised, as were many other customers in the restaurant. I would not recommend Curio.

JR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

My review is more for open Table than for curio. I made this reservation for 6pm on Sunday to take my son and two friends to dinner before a concert for his birthday and when we arrived the bartender told us the restaurant isn't even open for dinner on Sunday. They have been open for brunch only for as long as he's been there. I don't know how Open Table didn't know this, took my reservation and even confirmed and reminded me. This was extraordinarily disappointing.

MB
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

The dishes were a bit dry and the brunch rush had died down by 2pm so it wasn't as lively/fun. Would still continue going back, perhaps it was just an off day for the restaurant. Great service as always.

DE
San Francisco
52 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great outdoor space. Creative cocktails and nibbles to start. Brunch was a hit! 8 of us and each one had something different, lots of bites being exchanged...That's always a good sign!

KG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Restaurant was closed even though I was allowed to make a reservation.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Reservation made and restaurant was CLOSED

A
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service!

MA
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Curio was able to accommodate my family of six ranging in ages 7-54. Waitress accommodated all of our needs and my sons special diet restriction. Adult specialty drinks were fun to choose, packed flavour and spiked to perfection. Thanks Curio!

OT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Had a good happy hour deal and great meal outside on a warm evening. Such a lively and vibrant space and energy. I wish there were more vegetarian plate options, but the options they do have are very fresh and delicious.

MB
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

The summary is that the food was simply awful. I haven't had a meal in San Francisco that bad in a long time. The (not inexpensive) fish and chips had raw batter, the brussel sprouts were burnt and covered in a sugary sauce. The menu was totally uninspired.

On the good side, amazing cocktail menu and great service.

BB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 4

It took us 15-20 minutes to be seated and shortly after we were seated, the waitress came to greet us and said she’d be right back. We waited another 20-30 minutes and she still hadn’t come back even though we saw her going to tables near us and actively tried getting her attention. Once it was almoer an hour after our initial reservation time and we still hadn’t ordered, my group just got up and left because we couldn’t take it any longer. Very disappointed with this experience.

JK
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Stopped by to pre-game before a gig next door at The Chapel. Very good food and cocktails, reasonably priced. Waitress was great. They even had a house magician which was amusing. Noise can be a bit much, though. I feel like we were all shouting at each other just to have a conversation. Still, it was a good time and I would return without a second thought.

FF
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Fabulous food, fabulous drinks, incredibly convieniant for a show at The Chapel.

B
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good food and super convenient if you're going to a show next door at the Chapel.

LR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

The ambiance, decor and food was great. The staff was underwhelming. I had to ask for the cocktail I ordered two times. No one really knew how the early entry to the Chapel worked. At one point they told us just to stay where we were, which was standing in the middle of the bar area, in the way of staff coming from the kitchen and customers at the tables. We were seated on the patio with all 10 heaters on. People were fanning themselves, standing by the cracked doors and one couple had to be moved. It was so hot. After an hour they finally took the removable windows off and turned off 2 heaters.

M
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

They didn't have our reservation because the manager who holds the iPAD hadn't shown up to work yet? Reserved standard seating - was placed at high top seating. All future guests were taken to standard seating after us. Service was a bit slow. Food was fair - small portions. We ended up going to another place to eat about 1.5 hrs later. Can't recommend and won't go back.

RM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

good spot for food before a show at the Chapel. I found the food underwhelming. We had brussel sprouts, calamari, hushpuppies, burgers and chicken sandwich.
Cocktails were good, but overpriced $13-$15

RT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Unless you are going to a concert at The Chapel. Food is ok, but expensive. Service was ok

OT
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Food wasn’t very good but ambiance and drinks were

BH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Front desk staff helpful and pleasant. Wait staff approached quickly and answered all questions. Overall very relaxed setting The right side is more of a bar and the left has a small bar, but more tables. Transitioning to the show next door at the Chapel was seamless.

MW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Food was tasteless, service was poor.

I
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Wish there were more dietary friendly options, such as non-diary/low carb entree options on the menu, however the day's special of Brisket Poutine was delicious.

EY
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our very first visit and we were swept off our feet by the great food & drinks and attentive service. Thank you so very much! From New Mexico. ❤️

SB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Drinks were the bomb

MP
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Waited at the door for several minutes before even being acknowledged, while we watched several worker behind and around the bar area not really assisting anyone. Then after being seated, took almost another 10 minutes before even being acknowledged. During which time we were being baked by the overhead heater. Once our server engaged with us, she did a good job, and the food was good. Seems like the restaurant was a little understaffed and/or some lackadaisical employee behavior. At these prices, should have better service.

OT
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

It was ghastly. Our waiter was thoroughly unprofessional. The food was overpriced and not prepared well.

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