The Barrel Room - San Francisco

4.6
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234 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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International
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!
What 234 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.3
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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Waiter was a smart a$$ but the food was awesome

KC
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

J
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely vibe, I would recommend those who value both food and the environment

M
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

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

L
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 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.

BM
San Francisco
18 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!

B
San Francisco
68 reviews
Dined on December 14, 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.

GW
San Francisco
10 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.

a
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 23, 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.

PM
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 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.

L
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 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.

MP
San Francisco
15 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!

NB
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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

J
Jacksonville
122 reviews
Dined on August 30, 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.

S
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on August 9, 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.

LV
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

DR
1 review
Dined on August 3, 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.

JE
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 24, 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)

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding. Especially the service

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
Columbus
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food and ambiance were great.

MP
San Francisco
15 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

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food and accommodating service!

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 4, 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.

JB
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on May 3, 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.

J
San Francisco
1 review
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

CB
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

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
18 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

MP
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is my go to business lunch place. The staff is friendly and food is good. Very busy and noisy though

CB
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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
Overall3food2service3ambience3

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.

MP
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My go to business lunch place. They are also really good about accommodating you if late or early. Great food

EP
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great new Alpine menu
Novel food and wine selection

RC
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience4

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
Overall3food4service1ambience3

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
Overall4food4service5ambience3

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

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