The Barrel Room - San Francisco

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$31 to $50
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The Barrel Room is a restaurant with a quarterly rotating regional menu. We pour 50+ wines by the glass, organized into educational flights. Our cocktail list features unique regionally inspired recipes. Our lunch and dinner menus offer cuisine from the featured region.


Every 4 months all of our menus change, showcasing a new region.


Our 50+ wines by the glass are carefully selected from small producers to reflect the current region. We maintain a bottle list of over 1,500 labels, from vintage Champagnes to aged Bordeaux to lesser-known wines from more obscure wine regions such as Bosnia and Georgia.


Come experience a totally different type of dining... we invite you to travel the culinary world with us!
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Charleston
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Had a group of 8 for dinner. Great overall experience, but confusing when time for the check. Being a group in town for a conference, we all have to adhere to certain guidelines in regards to being reimbursed and it would have been a plus to have someone ask about the check either up front or prior to bringing it out.

NB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The private cellar dining room is outstanding, and the service was top notch. Especially enjoyed the unique Portuguese menu and wine pairings.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was pretty good. Wine was excellent. Ambiance was quiet and comfortzble.

J
Jacksonville
122 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant went directly to my favorites list. Outstanding wine selection. The menu cycles from one country/cuisine to another through the year so check the website. On this night it was Portuguese. The food was excellent. The service was truly 5 Star. The waiter was always around but not intrusive. It was the best location that I have eaten in recently to have a low background noise discussion. If you like great wines and like to experiment with cuisine, this is a winner.

S
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Good place for drinks and appetizers. The wine selection is extensive and the staff are very knowledgeable. Not worth staying for dinner. The halibut was over cooked and my rice was under cooked.

LV
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The team was completely satisfied with dinner. Adding The Barrel Room to our preferred restaurant list.

DR
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cool place, recommend the Clear Creek Brandy Cocktails. Current menu is Themed on Portugal and everything we had was amazing. My partner has food allergies and the wait staff/chef had no problem steering us away from certain items and serving sauce on the side to avoid any potential issues. We look forward to coming back soon and will keep eyes out for the next menu offering.

JE
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Barrel Room concept of matching the wines of a region to the food of a region is an excellent one. Not only do you get to sample some great wines you'd likely never otherwise try, the food is extremely good. Cool speakeasy downstairs, too, and an awesome wine store. I recommend without reservation -- although you should definitely make a reservation (or sit at the bar)

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding. Especially the service

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first night visiting from New York, and we had a really wonderful experience! Great food, great wine, great service!

G
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place for biz lunch and I saw a nice private room I will definitely use for a dinner

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server was amazing and kind. Our cocktails were late so had glasses of champagne comped!

OT
Columbus
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food and ambiance were great.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food and accommodating service!

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for a co-workers bday lunch. Everything was great !

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every time i get a chance to come to the city, always have dinner at the barrel room. Just love their food, wine, and the quality of the customer service.

JB
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Barrel Room is constantly changing their menu, so it’s hard to suggest a certain item. One issue we ran into was dish size. I got a sausage entree dish that was extremely large, while my girlfriend got a pasta entree dish that was tiny. Luckily there was plenty for me to share. If you’re very hungry, make sure you ask about entree size.

J
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant with excellent food, great drink options, and wonderful ambiance - I love that it's a little more hidden and not overbooked

CB
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

We like this so much last week we returned again! Different initial waiter this time who was not as attentive and seemed in a rush not focusing on guest service. Glad we had our last waiter for the remainder of the meal. Looking at reviews there's some inconsistency in this area that could be improved. We did the champagne and wine flights were a good value, nice pours, and opportunity to taste wine we would not have tried. The food was excellent!

E
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

No complaints! I could eat those Brussels sprouts every day.

CB
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The flavors were unique and well balanced. The regional theme for the quarter makes this a place to return for a new experience. The spring green salad was unique and the best I've had at many fine places. Portions were more than satisfactory. The Venison Spezzatino was flavorful and tender: give it a try if you've never had venison, you will enjoy! If there is a boisterous party it does get loud however the wait staff and food override such inconvenience.

SW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

They did a fine job seating us and taking our order. The wine pours were pretty light, though. For a $20 glass of wine, I'd expect to have more than 4 sips. Kind of a bummer for a place that's trying to be a wine bar.

EP
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great new Alpine menu
Novel food and wine selection

RC
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service were excellent! However, the space was very cramped and the tables were very close together. Also, the noise level was very high and I could not hear anything that my guest was saying.

L
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

The food was delicious, but the server was unwilling to provide any descriptions of the wine. In a place that prides itself on wines, the servers should be able to interact with patrons, find out what sort of wines they like and make suggestions. From the get go, the server challenged my brother when he described wanting a medium-bodied red, low tannin and smooth. The server insisted there were many ways to interpret that. We were relieved when we went after to another wine bar and the person serving was friendly, and could make suggestions immediately based on what we said we wanted. I don't know how the other servers are there. They may be excellent and friendly. This was our experience of one server.

J
San Francisco
59 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Super fast lunch service. We ordered the chopped salad with chicken and fish tacos. Both very good.

H
New England
5 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for dinner! Awesome food and big collection of wine

R
Anchorage
3 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Got there early for lunch. We were greeted warmly. We asked about the wine flights and the host was very informative and knowledgeable. We ordered wine and food and was served both promptly and well. Food was great. The place was filling up with the lunch crowd and had a nice vibe. All in all a very nice lunch.

S
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

We were accommodated at the bar, and then moved to a table with a reservation. The drink list was robust, service and food were excellent. They and we forgot one of our appetizers, but we left happy regardless.

HY
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I checked birthday when I reserved your restaurant throgh internet. But you didn't give me any special something even saying. I didn't understand why there's a check box for reservation purposes.

GA
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I enjoyed having drinks and appetizers for two work-related networking sessions with peer executives. The service and wine recommendations were outstanding!

OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Pricey and mediocre. Mediocre ambiance, service, and food. Not the best combination. I'll admit that the hostess was welcoming when we arrived and seated us right away, since we had reservations, but the server who brought us our entrees had such a cold demeanor. When she brought us the bill ($65 tax included for two people for lunch), she didn't even say thank you and she didn't say it when we walked by her to leave. We even said thank you to her out of politeness. I guess she and this establishment don't care very much for their customers.

On to the ambiance (or lack there of)...the tables are incredibly close together that you're about to bump elbows with your neighboring diners if you aren't careful. Everyone looks a bit uncomfortable and packed in. We made reservations early (before noon), so it wasn't very loud, but fast forward to noon and you won't be able to comfortably hear the person across from you. And did I mention that it was freezing in here when we first arrived? It really does take on the atmosphere of sitting in a barrel room.

S
Dallas
34 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and there is something for everyone. A very nice wine selection too. Perfect for lunch or dinner.

CM
London
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding. Eating alone is often a challenge but here I was made to feel most welcome. Great selection of wines by the glass and a lovely rabbit gnocchi dish. Highly recommended.

s
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Enjoyed SF Restaurant Week menu which included wine pairings. Food was excellent, the steak was a bit tough and chewy, and the wines were very good. Crab cake Had too much bread crumbs which is typical in SF. Hard to enjoy when you have experienced Maryland crab cakes which have next to no breadcrumbs. Also enjoyed a fabulous flight of Pinot Noirs! Ou waiter, Ryan, provided great service, was attentive and appeared at all the right times. Negatives: we were two women dining with reservations-instead of seating us at open table in front, she walked us to the back of the restaurant next to bus boy station and kitchen exit. She complied with my request for another table. She showed the next two women to the same table minutes later. Evening was marred by overly served table of six -shrill womens voices and men yelling followed by breaking glasses on the floor. They were so loud I couldn’t hear across my table, Why doesn’t management address this behavior instead of making it at the expense of the rest of the patrons ??? Overall I liked the restaurant, food, and great service. Would go back and hope the table of six isn’t there.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Our food came out so late compared to other tables and the food was not the same quality. The Brussels sprouts were soggy and seemingly drenched in the sauce. The pasta was just a heaping of mushrooms with small pieces of pasta. Very disappointed in the food and lack of urgency from the staff.

h
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The food was really good (a few misses but more of a miss due to the tastes of us as guests versus the food) but what took away from the experience was the super tight tables, the staff couldn't even get to the far side of the table, and the incredible amount of noise due to overcrowded space. I would recommend this place for the food but remind you that you shouldn't expect to be able to have a clear conversation with your dinner guests.

JC
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food. Very loud. Get there early if you need to discuss business.

A
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place has a great selection of wines. I loved the wine flights, where they bring you 3 glasses of whatever wine flight you ordered and explain to you the origins and so on. The food was very delicious. The duck breast was my favorite.

VF
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was a good get together. Fine food, fine wine and great waiter

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