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The Barrel Room - San Francisco

4.5
4.5
244 Reviews
$31 to $50
International
We're happy to announce that we are reopening!

The Barrel Room offers guests a unique experience with our regionally focused rotating menus. Our menus feature the cuisine, wines, and spirits of regions from around the world, changing each quarter. Our wine list offers our guests small-production, responsibly farmed wines from iconic and influential producers organized into flights or by the glass.

Join us for our current focus: the wines and cuisine of Spain. This menu will be available through October.

Not bookable

This restaurant is temporarily offline. Please contact the restaurant directly or check back shortly for availability.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    International, Contemporary American, Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Fri 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (415) 956-6900

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Manuel Hewitt

  • Private party facilities

    We have three beautiful spaces that can be reserved for private events with many food and bar packages to accommodate a variety of needs and budgets. We offer receptions, sit down dinners, cocktail hours, special tasting menus, interactive wine tasting events and more.

  • Private party contact

    our Private Event Coordinator: (415) 956-6900

  • Neighborhood

    Financial District / Embarcadero

  • Cross street

    Sacramento St

  • Parking details

    Street parking - nearby lots on Halleck and Sacramento, and Kearny and California

  • Public transit

    Located near the Embarcadero and Montgomery BART/MUNI stations.

  • Entertainment

    We occasionally host bands in our speakeasy lounge. For inquires email us at info@barrelroomsf.com

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Kosher, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 244 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on all time ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything about this restaurant was fantastic from the wine flight to the tapas. Would definitely come back to try again!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Never got the wine or food we ordered. Waiter kept telling us what to order despite us telling him what we wanted. Food was awful. Meatballs came out in 2 minutes before we got a bottle of wine. Gave up on wine flights because after bringing 2 we never ordered never got the right one.
  3. b

    berkified

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful time at The Barrel Room! So nice for our first real night out post-covid. Felt so decadent and yet so casual and relaxed. The service was impeccable, the food was amazing. We had a couple wine flights which were really fun. We met family there and they really enjoyed the experience, too. It’s a full experience! Highly recommended. Can’t wait to go back!
  4. SI

    SashaInSF

    Sacramento

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Best new restaurant of 2021! Service is very personal. Great for locals. Extensive wine list. Every dish excellent. They change the menu every 3 months. This will be a regular place for us. 6/2021 their cuisine is Spanish - their music choices could be a tiny bit better. By the middle of the night the music was spot on. Highly recommend. OH! And there is a speakeasy! (hidden rooms with secrete hallways)
  5. BM

    BreannM

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2021

    overall1food5service2ambience2
    Drinks were terrible, out of things. I know they just reopened but drinks were completely off. No cranberry or grapefruit juice, and
  6. w

    walaa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was amazing. The person who took care of us. I forgot his name but he was amazing and friendly. I work with my friends next door and I’m coming back Wala
  7. MD

    MilaD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 10, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Good place for office lunch. Was able to reserve in the morning a table for 10, for 12 pm lunch.
  8. JL

    JasonL

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 29, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Fun place, very nice wine. Great service. I love how they rotate their wine selection across regions. Neat idea and I experienced Italian wines I knew nothing about. Looking forward to going back!
  9. J

    J3000

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 22, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Have been here for business lunch several times and always enjoyed it. First time trying the dinner menu and it didn't disappoint! The wine flight was a great experience and the suggest flight paired with the steak very nicely. My dining companion is a vegan and while the menu options are limited for her, she was able to have the eggplant caponata and lentil soup and thoroughly enjoyed both.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Waiter was a smart a$$ but the food was awesome
  11. KC

    KarenC

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was delicious and service was perfectly professional. Fun wine list. Great San Francisco after work vibe. We will definitely return.
  12. J

    Jacques

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely vibe, I would recommend those who value both food and the environment
  13. M

    Marla

    San Francisco

    26 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Competent food, great cocktail. Perfect spot for a quick bite before a downtown event.
  14. L

    Loretta

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2020

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    We went with a large group (7 people), which I would not recommend. The restaurant is pretty noisy so not ideal for hearing at a large table; plus they don't serve wine flights for groups greater than 6 (even if you have less than 6 people in your group who want a wine flight, which I don't get). Overall, wine was pricey but great and food was just ok and service was meh. I'd go back for a drink only.
  15. BM

    BrittanyM

    San Francisco

    20 reviews

    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2020

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Food was really good, the restaurant was fairly busy during the workweek lunch. The server did mistake one of our orders, but it was fixed really quickly and the staff was all really nice. I'd go back!
  16. B

    Betty

    San Francisco

    72 reviews

    3.0

    72 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2019

    overall3food4service3ambience2
    It was extremely loud and we were a group of 7. You could barely hear the people next to and across the table much less up and down the table. This detracted from the entire experience. I think most of the food was good but some in my party didn’t like their dishes. The waitperson was not around much. However, the guy that served the food and took care of the water was very pleasant.
  17. GW

    GregW

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Needed a long lunch with multiple out of country guests -- the whole team accommodated us... perfect table, patient service, outstanding food. This was my 6th time dining here for business lunches and I will keep coming back. Wonderful location; inspired dishes and wines; upscale without any pretension or fussyness. Love it.
  18. a

    ajmd

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The lentil soup and salad were delicious! Great spot to grab a bite to eat before catching a comedy show at the Punchline.
  19. PM

    PelinM

    Miami

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent. We had our board dinner at The Barrel Room. A first for many of us. It was excellent. I would highly recommend The Barrel Room.
  20. L

    Lacers13

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2019

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    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.
  21. MP

    MariyaP

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very nice place for a business lunch. Very busy so be sure to have a reservation. It’s noisy and busy at lunch. Food and service is great. They also have a underground bar that is super fun and ideal for happy hour!
  22. N

    Nate

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 3, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The private cellar dining room is outstanding, and the service was top notch. Especially enjoyed the unique Portuguese menu and wine pairings.
  23. MP

    MonicaP

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Luncheon dinning for 3. Excellent food and specialty drinks. Would like to go back in the evening for happy hour and prohibition drinks in the cellar.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Food was pretty good. Wine was excellent. Ambiance was quiet and comfortzble.
  25. J

    Johnawc

    Jacksonville

    128 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    128 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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.
  26. S

    Shari

    San Francisco

    29 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2019

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    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.
  27. LV

    LisaV

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 9, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The team was completely satisfied with dinner. Adding The Barrel Room to our preferred restaurant list.
  28. DR

    DustinR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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.
  29. J

    Jondrea

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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)
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding. Especially the service
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our first night visiting from New York, and we had a really wonderful experience! Great food, great wine, great service!
  32. G

    Gospodinolson

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2019

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great place for biz lunch and I saw a nice private room I will definitely use for a dinner
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Server was amazing and kind. Our cocktails were late so had glasses of champagne comped!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food and ambiance were great.
  35. MP

    MariyaP

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    My go to place for business lunches. It’s right next to my office and they sure treat you well. Food is yummy
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Great food and accommodating service!
  37. MP

    MonicaP

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for a co-workers bday lunch. Everything was great !
  38. DL

    DianaLawson

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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.
  39. JB

    JeffB

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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.
  40. J

    J3000

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great restaurant with excellent food, great drink options, and wonderful ambiance - I love that it's a little more hidden and not overbooked

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

The Barrel Room - San Francisco is rated 4.5 stars by 244 OpenTable diners.

Not bookable

This restaurant is temporarily offline. Please contact the restaurant directly or check back shortly for availability.

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Sacramento St

  • Neighborhood

    Financial District / Embarcadero

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Fri 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    International, Contemporary American, Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street parking - nearby lots on Halleck and Sacramento, and Kearny and California

  • Public transit

    Located near the Embarcadero and Montgomery BART/MUNI stations.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Manuel Hewitt

  • Entertainment

    We occasionally host bands in our speakeasy lounge. For inquires email us at info@barrelroomsf.com

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Kosher, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (415) 956-6900

  • Private party facilities

    We have three beautiful spaces that can be reserved for private events with many food and bar packages to accommodate a variety of needs and budgets. We offer receptions, sit down dinners, cocktail hours, special tasting menus, interactive wine tasting events and more.

  • Private party contact

    our Private Event Coordinator: (415) 956-6900

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