Had a great business/investor meeting at the Thirsty Bear and the food,beer and ambiance were a big hit. Tapas menu was very good and the beers are always on point. Investors had a good time and wanted to come back as they are big beer-o-files and loved the craft beer selection.
We were celebrating my birthday, the employees made us feel like we bothering them, with the exception of the bussing staff. We came here specifically for the paella but tried a few tapas as well it was all just ok, we didn’t have any dessert. we more than likely won’t go back or if we do it’ll just be for the beer.
Very bland food
Stick with beers. Sangria and cocktails were 👎👎👎
How does a brewery not have a happy hour ??? Not cool. Food was alright ...
My husband and I had a great meal at Thirsty Bear for my birthday. We asked for and got seated in a non-crowded quiet area of the restaurant. Everyone was friendly and the waitress was excellent in explaining the food and beer options. We tried a variety of beers and tapas. The portions were ample and the food was very good. We ate only vegetarian (potato dish, squash dish and flatbread) so cannot comment on any meat dishes. We had leftovers, which was packed up for a nice meal. For dessert we had the chocolate molten cake which was so so good. I am a chocoholic. We enjoyed ourselves immensely and will go back there again.
Kid friendly and great combo of creative food plus solid beer
Had a great first date there.
This is one of my favourite places in SoMa/FiDi, their tapas and beer are excellent. Unfortunately, it is very loud on Saturday nights, especially when there's a conference or convention being held at Moscone. Our most recent experience was marred by loud and annoying children on top of loud and annoying large groups. It's a shame but we'll probably avoid this place in the future.
We arrived just before the live flamenco. A very nice experience accompanied by a nice Spanish menu. Four hungry people shared two tapas and two paella.
The taster beer selection was great fun. The food was nothing special and the staff made you feel like they wanted you out of there as quickly as possible. It was a fast food experience. The plates were being cleared before we had finished. We also got the wrong bill which had a load of items on it that we hadn’t had. No apology.
No real reason to go here, especially if you're not a beer fan. Tapas-style dishes weren't imaginative or particularly well executed. Staff, while accommodating around dietary needs, was green, slow and only marginally friendly. Kale salad was inedible and burger was thoughtless and pedestrian. The whole experience was super unremarkable. And prices were a little steep given portion sizes. If you're stuck at a work event there, the food is okay, but definitely no reason to go out of your way.
Food was okay, beer was so-so.
The food was ordinary. The service was the only reason this was bearable
Great Restaurant Week deal! $40 for 4 course dinner with beer pairings for each was a great ladies night out. Bonus was their Sunday night flamenco dance performance.
This is a great spot to go for drinks after work, but I do not recommend the food. The first dish came out frozen cold and the second dish did not taste fresh at all. I still would recommend this place because the service was good and the beer selection was abundant.
We came with 5 people and everyone raved about what they ordered
Great service and wonderful organic beers. Loved the tap flight!
The menu is diverse with a lot of options. We ordered the tortilla with goat cheese which was pretty good, the Brussel sprouts were amazing, and everything else was ok. Good spot for a quick dinner.
ThirstyBear is a great eating place especially for the visitors. My two guests were very impressed with beer tasting menu and very tasty food. They definitely will revisit SF and ThirstyBear again.
Went here on the way to the Museum of Modern Art. In a way, wish we hadn't. It was ok, and that's about it. The food was average tapas, fairly tasty, nothing better than I've had in hundreds of so-called tapas joints. The beer was good, but it should be at a place called Thirsty Bear. The service was quite slow - they were friendly enough and did an ok job, but they seemed tired and lacked anything close to enthusiasm. All in all, the experience was...blah
Steak salad was very good. Our service person and her bac up were outstanding!
Very disappointed with food and overall service. The fish and chips were down right awful with thick greasy batter and smelly fish. The lettuce in the salads was limp and slimy black. The chicken sandwich had really strong liquid smoke flavor which I personally cannot stand. All of the sauces we were served had that liquid smoke flavor and the potatoes were overwhelming garlicky.
The wait staff check on us before we even took a bite and left so quickly there was no time to even taste anything. They never came back except to clear the table. On a good note the sangria was great but$36 for a pitcher was not a bargain.
Noisy, not an inviting atmosphere, food and service just okay. Gambas too salty, hamburgers and autumn salad good. Zarzuelas good.
Great combination of tapas, Spanish meals, and some tasty original crafted brews. A bit pricey given the casual atmosphere & the portions but a good Spanish meal. Make a reservation and ask to be seated up front, away from the (potentially noisy) bar area.
Group of 12 that grew to 14. They accommodated with an additional table. Appreciate the flexibility.
Excellent cuisine and outstanding service! Kudos! I highly recommend dining at the Thirsty Bear. It is an excellent experience. Not only the food but it own brewed beers and lagers are outstanding.
Delicious tapas, warm and friendly ambiance and ample drink selections.
I love to bring friends from near and far to the Sunday eve flamenco shows.
The guitar playing and singing is soulful, and the dancing explodes with fierce beauty.
The sangria is delicious and the calamari was the best we’ve ever had. We also ordered a flight and were very happy with the options. Yum!
Although extremely busy during peak dinner hour, the staff found us a quiet table- the service was excellent and food superb.
My favorite beer was back in stock, in a new variation, which was even better than before. My husband liked his as well. Some of the dishes were as good as ever; i.e. mushrooms on flat bread but some were a disappointment. The shrimp were very small and over cooked. The potatoes were dried out in the patatas bravas. The harvest salad with kale and roast squash was good. The best dish was the roasted delicata squash. Service was wonderful. Still a fun place.
We came in for the Sunday night flamenco, being flamenco musicians ourselves. The flamenco, a singer, a guitarist and two dancers, were of the highest caliber and put on an astounding show. The service was excellent, the food and sangria essentially good but not great.
Love Thirsty Bear when I am in San Francisco for Oracle Open World. Always friendly, good and interesting food, and practical for meetings without feeling too formal. If you like hoppy beers, good beer, too!
Best food of our holiday so far. Very friendly service and lots of great beers to try.
The tapas were great, the server was phenomenal, and the wine was well paired.
Dont care for the new menu, missing the Brussel sprouts!
Overall, for a first time visit I had a wonderful time. The food was very tasty and their presentation was fantastic. I especially enjoyed the Beer sampler! The music was at the right volume and fit well with the mood.
We had a great dinner here a couple of months ago, but at lunch today, fish and chips were terrible...overcooked, over-breaded crust. The ham and cheese sandwich was good. Would not return.
I under-booked my tables for Sunday night Flamenco but the host and hostess we're incredibly accommodating. The wait staff was also very friendly and helpful. Thank you all for being flexible and helping make my guests comfortable. I come here several times a year, and each time I leave full, and happy.
Organic brewery with great ale/ lager selection. Tapas are super good with a good variety. Lots of gluten free items. Service was really good, our waiter was well versed in the food and beer selections and made some very nice recommendations. We have been coming here for years and are always very satisfied.
A great evening with friends! Gets very loud inside. Food was good. Paella was ok. Not really traditionally made. No crisp at the bottom. Flatbread was eh. Summer salad was nice. Green beans were the best part of the meal. Calamari almost too crispy. Churros and chocolate tasty. Beer was excellent! Tried several. So go for the beer!