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About Thirsty Bear

ThirstyBear is the first & only Certified Organic brewery in San Francisco!! Pairing Spanish cuisine of Tapas & Paellas with hand-crafted organic beer, sangria, Spanish & California wines, & full bar with premium spirits.

ThirstyBear serves only sustainable harvested seafood; all natural meats free of growth hormones & synthetic additives; and local organic seasonal produce.

ThirstyBear recycles all paper, glass, aluminum & plastic. We compost all organic matter; we recycle our cooking oil into biodiesel. Our menu paper is post consumer recycled; our to-go containers are recyclable or compostable. We use energy efficient lighting, heating, cooling & conserve water in the brewery & restaurant.

Feel Great about what you eat & drink here!! We're an establishment that cares about your health & our environment!!

Support your local Organic Brewery!!

661 Howard St.
San Francisco, CA 94105
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates, Brewery

Hours of Operation:
Restaurant-Kitchen Monday - Thursday 11:30am - 10:00pm Friday 11:30am - 11:00pm Saturday 12:00pm - 11:00pm Sunday 5:00pm - 10:30pm Bar until last call

Cross Street:
3rd Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 974-0905

Website:
http://www.thirstybear.com/

Entertainment:
Live Flamenco Performances every Sunday evening 7:30pm & 8:30pm -No Cover-Reservations Recommended! see website for details.

Catering:
We have off-premise catering services, perfect for office lunches, meetings and less formal parties. Thirsty Bear Delivery or To Go can bring our flavorful cuisine to you. We will deliver within San Francisco, or you can pick up your order at a predetermined time, for a fantastic yet cost effective event. For an additional fee, Thirsty Bear offers service staff for set-up and maintenance of your event. Please contact our Banquet Department for more information.

Parking Details:
Moscone Parking Garage, enter on 3rd St. between Folsom & Howard. $2.50/hour

Public Transit:
New Montgomery Station MUNI & BART

Executive Chef:
Jessica Gorin

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Thirsty Bear Ratings and Reviews

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4.0

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4.0

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3.9

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3.7

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Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 9, 2017

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!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Although extremely busy during peak dinner hour, the staff found us a quiet table- the service was excellent and food superb.

Tags: Great Beer, Fun, Quick Bite, Business Meals, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 2, 2017

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.

Tags: Great Beer
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 30, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 1, 2017

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!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Tapas, Business Meals, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on September 29, 2017

Best food of our holiday so far. Very friendly service and lots of great beers to try.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Tapas
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

The tapas were great, the server was phenomenal, and the wine was well paired.

Tags: Business Meals, Great Beer, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Happy Hour, Quick Bite, Tapas, Fun, Good for Groups, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Dont care for the new menu, missing the Brussel sprouts!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 13, 2017

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.
Thanks!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Business Meals, Tasting Menu, Sunday Lunch, Great Beer, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 1, 2017

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.

Tags: Great Beer, Organic, Casual
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·Dined on July 31, 2017

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.

Tags: Authentic, Organic, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Great Beer, Casual, Good for a Date, Fun, Tapas, Live Music, Cozy, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 31, 2017

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.

Tags: Great Beer, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 30, 2017

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!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 28, 2017

We came here after visiting SF MOMA, super convenient as it is across the street. This is not our first visit but if anything, the food was even better, the beer tastier and a great evening.

Tags: Tapas
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·Dined on July 26, 2017

We had a nice little celebration party at the Thirsty Bear. Good tapas and solid locally-brewed beer. Good spot for happy hour with friends.

Tags: Happy Hour, Great Beer, Tapas
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·Dined on July 22, 2017

The Paela was pretty bad. It's ok if you just want a beer!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 19, 2017

The food was great and the atmosphere fun. Our waiter (Jake) was super and that really added to the experience.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great Beer, Fun, Tapas, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Always a favorite for our get togethers. Food and service excellent.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Tapas, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on July 17, 2017

Great time.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 16, 2017

Food was good, not outstanding. The place seems to cater to tourists attending conferences at Moscone West. If you like beer, this is the place for you as they have beer 'flights' that looked fun. Pretty decent wine selection too.

Tags: Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 9, 2017

Great Beer - Very Tasty Tapas - Very Friendly Staff.
Great spot pre or post Baseball at AT&T.

Tags: Fun, Great Beer, Good Vegetarian Options, Late-night Find
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Everything was just OK. Food was nothing special, and for the price it was very underwhelming. Server was OK, but she would disappear for long periods of time.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 4, 2017

I planned to take my young niece to watch the flamenco show, so I decided to make a reservation via OpenTable, and made a note requesting to have a table next to the stage. I even added that if it wasn't possible, to contact me.

Upon my arrival, I saw that there were no tables available next to the stage. It completely defeated the purpose of taking my niece to watch the show, as she could not see.

If the request couldn't be accommodated, I would have appreciated advanced notice. I dont know if this was a mistake on the restaurant's part for not looking at the notes or OpenTable for not making the notes available. If I did it again, I probably would have called directly.

Tags: Live Music
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 2, 2017

Been wanting to try this place for years, but will never again...
Service is ok, waitress is attentive, but food is quite terrible!
Seafood are NOT fresh, meats are tough, and beers are monotonously over flavored with hops.
May go there for game watching or happy hour, but food totally not enjoyable!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 25, 2017

I look forward to dining at the Thirsty Bear when going to SFMOMA. We took friends there and they loved it. The food is excellent!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 21, 2017

Sunday night they have live Flamenco, which is pretty awesome.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Happy Hour, Tapas, Great Beer
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Nice ambience, very nice food, and great beer -- that's organic! At times, the service was a bit slow, but we eventually got our food & drink. I'll go back!

Tags: Organic, Great Beer, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Live Sports
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on May 19, 2017

Organic beers!!!!
Thank you Thirsty Bear!!!!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Organic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 11, 2017

We were there on a Thursday evening, during a Warriors game. (We were not there for sports) It was very loud. The waiter had a hard time hearing us give our order. We did get a table in the back which made it a bit less noisy. All the food was very tasty. Paella, salad with goat cheese, seared tuna. Service was fair at best, but all the staff seemed to be covering each other and we got what we needed.
I have been there for Flamenco on Sundays, which is a calmer night.

Tags: Live Sports, Tapas
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 7, 2017

Pleasant surprise to see live Flamenco!

Tags: Fun, Live Music
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 6, 2017

Enjoyed it!! Easy parking at the lot on Third.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 5, 2017

We went for lunch on Friday and it was quiet but I've been there when it's been very loud during happy hour or dinnertime. The outstanding tapas we had were the ceviche and the short ribs. The fried calamari and green beans were adequate. Great beer selection.

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 (London)·Dined on April 29, 2017

We were on holiday in San Francisco and visited the Thirsty Bear on our last day in the city. I was pleased and surprised to find traditional hand pumps as one of the dispense methods for the beers, indeed two of the home brews were available on hand pump, both of which were excellent.

The tapas menu was varied and we tried four of the options. The potato dish, the ribs and, in particular, the squid were all excellent. The prawns however were a trifle gritty and of poor quality we felt, but this didn't detract from an enjoyable evening out.

The service and atmosphere were excellent and we would heartily recommend the venue

Tags: Great Beer, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 29, 2017

I just wrote a review for our first visit to Thirsty Bear. We went a second time 3 nights later, when we had another event at YBCA. We liked our second night's food choices even better, and again appreciated what a good location this is -- across from SF MOMA, just half a block from YBCA, when we were there (6 p.m. each time), not too crowded, and with quieter seating at the back of the restaurant.

Wait staff are helpful and attentive. This time one of us had the chorizo - arugula flatbread, the other had the garlic gambas, and we split the roasted green beans with red pepper and good olive oil. Recommend these, if one like spiciness and garlic!

Tags: Great Beer, Casual, Quick Bite, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Pre/post Theatre, Tapas, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 27, 2017

Visited Thirsty Bear with friends for dinner. Small plates were easy to share, beer and wine tastings were excellent.

Tags: Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Casual, Great Beer, Tapas
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 26, 2017

We made a reservation after having some trouble finding a local spot before a modern dance performance at Yerba Buena Center. Arrived just after our reserved time, were seated immediately past the noisy bar area in a quieter dining bay, which we greatly appreciated. Friendly, helpful server and assistant who kept track of us and offered service when wanted.

Interesting choice of tapas, and no over-selling of how much to choose. I should have asked for caesar salad dressing on the side, since it was a bit too much for me, and also quite salty -- but the ingredients perfectly fresh and crisp. Tiny dessert options were just what I look for -- had a warm, tender delicious churro. Nice drink options, with beer their specialty. (My husband had a chocolate malt-beer ice cream for his dessert that was quite appealing.)

We will go back -- timing was perfect for our performance.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Tapas, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Quick Bite
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 20, 2017

Not great... no hostess. She was in the kitchen eating. Then a long wait for server.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 13, 2017

Good tapas

Tags: Great Beer, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 9, 2017

One of a kind event. A "dinner party" with strangers. Had a great time talking to my neighbors and the food was fantastic-small dishes and chefs come to talk to you about their creations. I'd go back

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on April 9, 2017

Go on Sunday night for great flamenco....the best place in the Bay Area for these talented dancers, singers and guitarists.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Tapas, Great Beer, Live Music
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