Thirsty Bear

3.9
803 reviews
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$30 and under
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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!!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates, Brewery
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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
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Phone number
(415) 974-0905
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Jessica Gorin
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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.
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Cross street
3rd Street
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Parking details
Moscone Parking Garage, enter on 3rd St. between Folsom & Howard. $2.50/hour
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Public transit
New Montgomery Station MUNI & BART
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Entertainment
Live Flamenco Performances every Sunday evening 7:30pm & 8:30pm -No Cover-Reservations Recommended! see website for details.
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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J
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great environment and the staff was excellent and very understanding. The food was delicious and service timing, 👍. My second visit and I’m planning another one soon.

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JF
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great craft beers. Tapas and paella were very good. Good service.

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Sacramento
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Variety of tapas was limited and service was so-so.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

The food was super yummy! The service staff was subpar, except for the poor expeditor who was running around like crazy to make up for the waitress

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F
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

I always come here when I go to the Yerba Buena Theater before a show. It’s easy to schedule a reservation on open table. It can be noisy in the front area especially on a Friday evening but there is an area in the back that’s quieter to converse. The food is super tasty. The tapas portions maybe small for some but just right for me. I usually order beer but ordered a specialty drink of wheat beer & vodka. It was refreshing but could hardly taste the alcohol. Our waitress was fabulously friendly. I wish I could remember her name but I gave her 25% tip because it was well deserved. It’s my “go to” place because walking distance to theater, prompt service and tasty food.

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a
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Disappointed in the vegetarian paella, but it was the first time to try it as my guest required it. It may be the customary style for vegetarians to eat tasteless dishes. I’ll stick with their superb non-vegetarian version.

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MT
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

We were seated in the back at the tables by the kitchen and not in the main area. For food, we ordered the Valenciana Paella. It was presented well, was more than enough for two people and a good mix of seafood and Chicken/Chorizo. It was super salty though and, mixed with the spices, made you very thirsty.

The calamares fritos was cooked well although a little more rosemary would have been in order.

Overall, I think it's a great place for a bear and to watch a game, but the kitchen needs to step up it's game to compete in the area.

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NP
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

My husband and I got sick from eating the food.

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D
San Francisco
150 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lots of interesting beers to choose from, food menu is good, not great. They had a charcuterie plate but no prosciutto, which was a disappointment. The room is large, therefore sound carries.

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MG
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

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.

Thanks TB

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RM
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

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.

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Very bland food
Stick with beers. Sangria and cocktails were 👎👎👎

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m
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

How does a brewery not have a happy hour ??? Not cool. Food was alright ...

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E
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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A
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Kid friendly and great combo of creative food plus solid beer

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Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Had a great first date there.

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F
San Francisco
203 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

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.

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M
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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AC
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

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.

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BB
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

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.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was okay, beer was so-so.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The food was ordinary. The service was the only reason this was bearable

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k
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

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T
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

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.

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e
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came with 5 people and everyone raved about what they ordered

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E. Tennessee
4 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service and wonderful organic beers. Loved the tap flight!

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D
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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.

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HY
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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r
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 2

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

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SW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Steak salad was very good. Our service person and her bac up were outstanding!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

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.

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N
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 1

Noisy, not an inviting atmosphere, food and service just okay. Gambas too salty, hamburgers and autumn salad good. Zarzuelas good.

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BS
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

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.

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RN
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Group of 12 that grew to 14. They accommodated with an additional table. Appreciate the flexibility.

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MB
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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OT
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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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FA
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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KW
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

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.

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C
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

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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