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The Bear & Monarch at Loews San Francisco Hotel - Permanently Closed, San Francisco, CA

The Bear & Monarch at Loews San Francisco Hotel - Permanently Closed

4.5
4.5
146 Reviews
$30 and under
American
The Bear & Monarch offers approachable and rustic cuisine crafted with attention to detail, creating a true sense of time and place. The playful moniker is a tribute to Monarch, the grizzly bear adorned on California's state flag. Our menus focus on locally sourced ingredients, strong flavors, and several house-made breads and pastas, the menu showcases the various cultures of San Francisco's deep-rooted culinary traditions. Our beverage program flows with the changing seasons and most current trends. The beer, wine, and spirit list is hand chosen to represent the best of our local producers. The intimate space seats just over 100 guests, with sea-foam green velvet chairs and large, cozy dark brown booths. Beyond a glass wall texturized to mimic rain, a semi private dining area can seat 30 people. The hotel’s bar, a long-standing local favorite, has been transformed as well, with a walnut wood bar top and stools made of black velvet and a custom gold coin print on the bac

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American, Californian, Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Mon–Fri 6:30 am–11:00 am Brunch Sat 7:00 am–2:00 pm Sun 7:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–6:00 pm Sat 2:00 pm–5:30 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 5:30 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (415) 276-9620

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Adam Cho

  • Catering

    Banquet facilities available

  • Private party contact

    Sebastian Sagasti: (415) 276-9787

  • Neighborhood

    Financial District / Embarcadero

  • Cross street

    Sansome St. and Pine St.

  • Parking details

    If through hotel valet:1st hour $20, 2 hrs $25, 3 hrs $35, 4hrs $45 (max) Saturday & Sunday $15 All Day

  • Public transit

    Muni Bus; Cable Car; BART (Montgomery Street Station)

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 146 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4Value

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  1. d

    davidk

    London

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food!
  2. JB

    JimB

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Brunch menu good, but not extensive. Food quite good. One of the brunch choices was unavailable. Quiet, good for conversation. Wait staff very attentive and helpful.
  3. Y

    Yummy

    New England

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brunch was excellent. Staff was attentive and friendly. Only weird thing was the number of bathrooms and difficulty of access to them. I get that it’s a hotel restaurant and they don’t want people going into bathroom that aren’t patrons of the hotel or restaurant. But, needing to track down a staff member for a pass card is annoying. They are busy and that’s a total waste of their time. Also, one bathroom for women and one for men is totally inadequate for a restaurant with an occupancy well over 100 in addition to the hotel lobby.
  4. i

    inska

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2020

    overall3food1service3ambience4
    Went for lunch, my colleague and I each ordered a salad. I got the gem lettuce salad ($16) and my colleague ordered a spinach salad, which I think was around the same price. My gem lettuce salad came with "baby roots, bacon lardon, point reyes blue cheese." Sounded like a lightish lunch but still lunch. What was served was a mix of gem and other lettuces, 2 baby carrots that were smaller than a pen cap (and had 4 inches of raw, limp carrot top attached), 4 slices of thinly-shaved beet, and 3 lardons, each maybe the size of a dime. My colleague's spinach salad was similarly spare, where 95% of the plate was spinach and the noted additional items were few and far between. As soon as we left, we both needed to have a real lunch at our respective next stops. Design and (over)price your salad however you want but at least give diners a clue that unless you order the $12 topping of chicken, shrimp or salmon, your $16 salad will in no way be sufficient for a meal. Also, the food cost on this stuff -- even lovely, heirloom quality local organic veggies -- is low enough that it seems silly to put so little of it on the salad. I like the design of the restaurant and it was comfy and easy to chat but definitely not worth the $50 we paid for our lunch (w/bottled water), nor the $80 it would have cost if we had ordered enough food for an actual meal.
  5. c

    catfud

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Hidden gem! Had our Galentine's Day dinner here and we all had a great time! Beautiful decor, yummy food, and excellent service!
  6. LM

    LieslM

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The servers took great care of my colleague who was celebrating her birthday. The ceilings and walls could have more acoustic treatment as it was a bit uncomfortably loud for 2 people at lunch. All in all, lovely though. Thank you.
  7. MG

    ManuelG

    Houston

    51 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food is great but the reason I keep coming back is due to the staff, specially Michael (Host) and Jay (Server) ... they just go beyond to make sure my guests are well taken care of. I highly recommend Maestro Dobel Diamante.
  8. HD

    HappyDiner

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place to eat, relax and enjoy both personal and business experiences.
  9. JD

    JayD

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2020

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    The service we received was earnest, but lacked the polish expected of an establishment at Lowe’s Hotel and the given price point of the menu. Food was delivered in a stuttered manner, basic elements were excluded on accident, and orders required multiple attempts by the server to get it right. A single drink order required three attempts by the server. Two of us had the grilled octopus which can be very tender and succulent. Neither dish was tender, both came out chewy and tough. Simple things like bread took more than 10 minutes to deliver from the kitchen. Every dish included frisée, which made it seem as though the kitchen had too much of the stuff and wanted to dump it. The ambiance was nice, decor was pleasant, and staff had a great attitude, if not for a bit of a lack of polish.
  10. JM

    JManNYC

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2020

    overall4food5service2ambience4
    Great meal and ambiance. The servers were not very attentive and it took forever to get our check - always annoying at the end of a meal, especially during the business day.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Radical location. Great for a special bday lunch, or to mix things up for your boss who loves Hakkasan.
  12. J

    Julia

    Tulsa

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A-MA-ZING! Everything was perfect: every dish was beautiful and delicious, great service, thank you!
  13. CW

    CWonDaRoad

    San Francisco

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Welcome lunch for two admin assistants.
  14. M

    Marta

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2020

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    The food was not very good. We had breakfast. The scrambled eggs were soggy and the pastries were just ok for the price. The coffee was not good. The best thing was the French Toast that my daughter got, that was very good. But being so expensive, I expected more.
  15. SI

    SIW713

    San Francisco

    106 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    106 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything we tried was quite delicious. Some standouts were the gemelli pasta, chicken and burger.
  16. RP

    RnPinSD

    New York Area

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Pleasant experience from the time we were escorted to the dining room from the check-in counter until the time we left. The brunch was very good.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great dining here! Food and service is spectacular.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great experience and too-notch service.
  19. D

    Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2019

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Food was great but would have liked a few more lighter fare options. Lovely ambiance. Great service
  20. k

    kadidiac

    San Francisco

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service were both fabulous. It is quite pricey but the service totally is worth it. They even gave us extra biscotti to take with us at the end.
  21. R

    Rich

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 7, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I am very conflicted about the Bear & Monarch. This used to be where the hotel had the Brasserie S&P restaurant. The remodel was awesome. Love the decor, and the new seating is very comfortable. The problem is the bar. Between 5:30 and about 7:30, it's very busy, loud, boisterous groups, and it really makes it hard to enjoy the dining when you can't even hear your dinner guests speaking. That said, they have a small but excellent menu, which is extremely well-prepared, changes with the seasons (think fresh), and is well-plated. Just go after 7:30 p.m. if you want a nice dinner. Otherwise, be prepared for a very loud bar scene throughout the premises.
  22. B

    Billy2013

    San Francisco

    172 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    172 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Our 2nd TG dinner there, our 4th or so dinner there...they do it right. As most know, the building used to be The Mandarin Oriental, and the staff still the same, so you get what they are...very good. Food more playful now, presented more home style. Mandarin Oriental way more formal & pretty...but the same food. Gourmet, relaxed setting, fair-priced, hotel location...
  23. D

    Dino

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2019

    overall2food5service1ambience5
    We like this restaurant a lot, but we had a bad experience with our server tonight. He conned us into paying $10 for water, he completely forgot one of the drinks we ordered, never came by to check on us, and brought us our bill to hurry us out before we were even done even though the restaurant was more than half empty, so no one needed our table. He seemed grumpy that we weren’t there for a full meal, just drinks and dessert, but we never even had a chance to order anything besides our drinks before he brought us our bill.
  24. d

    davidk

    London

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful, as usual
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2019

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    A lot of menu items were unavailable.
  26. d

    davidk

    London

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    B&M has hands-down the BEST business breakfast in San Francisco!
  27. KN

    KatN

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is always on point for their service and food.
  28. NP

    NadineP

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2019

    overall3food2service4ambience5
    The Bear it’s like every dish except the corn soup had one too many forward flavors. The soup benefited from restraint. The jaded may find this establishment delightful. The less-jaded may find it exhausting.
  29. F

    Fran

    San Diego

    31 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2019

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Met a client for lunch here; quiet enough to have a conversation but not feel that the quiet was stifling. We both ordered the gem salad which was beautiful. I had wonderfully cooked roasted chicken and she had an amazing salmon with crispy skin and "al dente". Excellent service. Menu was a little limiting but we enjoyed what we ordered.
  30. JG

    JohnG

    San Francisco

    23 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2019

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    The food was excellent but the service was very slow.
  31. DV

    DonnaV

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2019

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Great food and the service was exemplary. Best beef tartar and excellent wine.
  32. t

    trebek1

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 5, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    Thought the food and drinks were presented well and tasted great.
  33. f

    farzanak

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2019

    overall3food1service4ambience1
    Not worth it for a weekend. It was completely dead and the menu was incredibly limited. It's on the ground floor, and we were not allowed to access the views advertised.
  34. L

    Lkay

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2019

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Food was great and the presentation was beautiful. The service could use a bit of fine tuning and the wine list is INCREDIBLY over priced.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 20, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    food is really good
  36. JA

    JamesA

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 20, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Has become my regular destination for business lunches.
  37. HP

    HeatherP

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing! The chicken liver mousse was absolutely delicious - Kudos to the Chef!
  38. d

    davidk

    London

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Terrific service, as always!
  39. EW

    EricW

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A great place for a quiet and delicious business lunch.
  40. d

    davidk

    London

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible service!

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The Bear & Monarch at Loews San Francisco Hotel - Permanently Closed is rated 4.5 stars by 146 OpenTable diners.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Sansome St. and Pine St.

  • Neighborhood

    Financial District / Embarcadero

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Mon–Fri 6:30 am–11:00 am Brunch Sat 7:00 am–2:00 pm Sun 7:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–6:00 pm Sat 2:00 pm–5:30 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 5:30 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Californian, Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    If through hotel valet:1st hour $20, 2 hrs $25, 3 hrs $35, 4hrs $45 (max) Saturday & Sunday $15 All Day

  • Public transit

    Muni Bus; Cable Car; BART (Montgomery Street Station)

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Adam Cho

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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