Shakewell

4.6
818 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Mediterranean
Shakewell is a neighborhood Mediterranean restaurant. The menu is filled with our favorites from places like Spain, Turkey, and North Africa with our own special twists. The bar features cocktails created with ingredients made here and sourced from local purveyors, just like we do in the kitchen. We are proud to be a 2015 Michelin Guide recommended restaurant.
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San Francisco
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Fathers day dinner and the music was SO loud we couldn’t hear each other. First time we have ever been disappointed about anything.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exactly what we were looking for: A place to share small plates (loved the filet mignon!), comfortable ambiance and thoughtful service.

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CS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jen Biesty is so creative- her flavors are vibrant and complex. The fried chicken was unique and tantalizing. Wood Oven Salmon was succulent. Service is friendly and efficient. Can’t go wrong here!

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t
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best calamari torta!

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p
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Came here for a business meal. Let me start out by saying that the wait staff is stellar! Friendly, attentive, and courteous. This opinion has nothing disparaging to say that will detract from the great service we received.

We had the fried chicken and the paella (shrimp and chorizo). The fried chicken (boneless) was flavorful and juicy. Loved it. The paella, unfortunately, was dry and crunchy. This is my 2nd time to Shakewell and the first time I had the paella it was moist and flavorful. I don’t know what happened, but this time it was NOT good.

I also had a great gin martini...a very nice selection of boutique distilleries for their entire bar selection. kudos!

All in all, not a horrible experience, but I felt that the quality is falling-off a bit for a restaurant that I previously really enjoyed. I hope the quality can be resumed.

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GS
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Shakewell always satisfies us for Sunday morning brunch. They change the menu frequently enough so that there is always something new to discover but the staples are always there too! Like the chicken and churros!!!

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I had been to shakewell for brunch a couple of times and found the food very unique and tasty and not too expensive. But went there for dinner this time and they had a completely different menu with not very interesting choices, mostly small plates. The few entrees were highly overpriced, $35 for salmon!? our server had a really hard time paying much attention to us. The food we did was okay, not great. I would recommend for brunch but not dinner.

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BF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food at Shakewell was so flavorful - there wasn't anything we didn't like! We had the falafel appetizer, the paella with chicken and prawns, the salmon with lentils on the side, and churros for dessert. Our cocktails were also fantastic and very unique and creative. Watch out for the habanero-infused rum - it is SPICY but so tasty. Our service was great and all the staff were so friendly. I've already recommended it to several friends!

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DB
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Great food and drinks
Good friendly service
A personal favorite

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E
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch is very good value and the ambiance is always great.

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JC
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Never had a bad meal at Shakewell, or plate for that matter. Service is always great. It can get a bit noisy but that's typical of a trendy popular restaurant.

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M
San Francisco
76 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Very enjoyable evening catching up with a former colleague.
Cocktails were good and the food was tasty.
Service top notch.
I always enjoy Shakewell

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s
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious. Best falafel ever, sweet and tender octopus, kefta spiced perfectly. Simple genius of basil and arugula with cherries and Parmesan salad.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Those churros.

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ZB
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Shakewell is a favorite of ours. They offer delicious food, a fun ambiance, great service and it's super queer friendly. It's a go-to for special events and occasions.

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YS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been here for our wedding anniversaries, birthdays and special date nights over the last 3 years. It's better each time. We crave for the cocktails - always fully delivers. New interpretation of chimichiri sauce knocked our socks off this time. Churros are divine. Friendly and effective staff help to always have an excellent experience. Really nice to have a go-to special place.

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Always enjoy Shakewell. Service is spot on and caring.
Often the noise level can be toooo much so beware. However an early reservation can eliminate this issue.
Reservations allow for prompt seating. Menu changes minimally but well deserved delicious items always remain ie chicken and salads. Dessert items need upgrading.
Lively Shakewell is overall a delight.

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SM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This was our first time visiting Shakewell and we were there for lunch on a Weds, so it was pretty quiet. Liked the interesting decor and all the staff were attentive and welcoming. One of us had the fried chicken, which was very good and two of us had the Shakewell wrap. Liked that you could choose your protein (I had the lamb). The rose sangria was perfect, light and fruity, not sweet. Definitely going back for dinner!

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D
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Each member of our party of six loved our food - so flavorful and innovative. Unfortunately, the noise level was deafening.

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CH
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I absolutely love this place, the food and service is always A+ and having the option to make a reservation through your site makes it an even more pleasant experience

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G
San Francisco
46 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure to dine at Shakewell. The owners and the staff are extraordinary; their seasonal cocktails are a joy...not your usual fare served at every bar you may frequent. The food is beyond compare in my opinion. Food, drinks, and the people are the reason we keep coming back.

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GS
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Breakfast at Shakewell is only troublesome because there are so many great choices. Yesterday I had the shrimp sandwich (and got it all down the front of my shirt!)...but who thought putting bacon and avocado on a shrimp salad sandwich was a genius!!! My friend had the frittata and really enjoyed it! Harrah for Shakewell!

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HS
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

can get noisy and lively later in the evening. still great!

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JM
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great neighborhood restaurant!
Lamb and beef favorite
Paella 🥘 delicious the clams so fresh
Cocktails 🍸 stunning

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LF
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

I enjoyed the food and service, but it was way too loud for me. I couldn't hear my friend very well and I left with a headache. The chairs were also uncomfortable–too hard.

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JS
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Cute little joint with a good vibe. Good very fresh and generally tasty. However it is also sometimes quirky in a way as to be odd more than enjoyable. Given this, I felt it was a bit overpriced. Would definitely go back for the paella.

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B
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Shakewell was real good! A little on the pricey side but super tasty food and cocktails and the staff were awesome.

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RD
Columbus
16 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Shakewells is always a great experience. The food and service are outstanding. The owner makes a point to check on you to ensure the restaurant is meeting you needs.

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JB
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Came to celebrate my anniversary with my partner and they placed us next to the loudest tables available. Two kids on the left and two women on the right that didn't take a break from speaking VERY enthusiastically the whole time. I saw some tables in the back that would have been much better but was embarrassed to ask since we already had our water and appetizers. I couldn't talk to my partner the whole dinner because it was too loud. Kind of sad considering that I wrote on the reservation we were celebrating our anniversary and felt like they totally ignored this. Food was good.

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JM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lunch at Shakewell was very good. I had the wrap with chicken which was very good. My friend had the special with a lovely salad and pasta ending with a chocolate cake. She was served the wrong pasta which was quickly changed for the correct order. The cake was a bit dry, nothing special. Service was very attentive and sitting by the window enjoying the sun was lovely.

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MD
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance, noise level. Superb service and everything we put into our mouths was AMAZING.

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LJ
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Food left me wanting more. Under salted and underwhelming. But ambiance and drinks were good.

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CW
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 2service 3ambience 4

The food was alittle off that day. Missed the Shrimp and Grits. Told people to come for that. Also the tostada was sloppy made. Hard to eat. Seem like the chef changed. Wont be back for awhile. Love the place, but the food was not the same that day. Will be bk later

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LI
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and cocktails and top notch service. I always feel welcome there.

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FA
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was very good and service were excellent. Michael the bartender was great and helped us to our table. The vegetarian Paella was wonderful but the Lamb & Beef Kefta was a little dry. Nice ambiance and wonderful staff. I definitely recommend.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Shakewell NEVER disappoints. We had the filet and it was awesome. Make sure you order it medium rare.

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service with an awesome smile!!!

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TT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Enjoyable. Noisy. Interesting food.

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WL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Shakewell is always wonderful. It is my favorite place to lunch with friends, both local and visitors. The lunch special is an amazing treat for the cost. Dinner is great too, and the bar is fun, but the noise level is too high for conversation. At lunch they will turn it down upon request.

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V
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an excellent choice for brunch - this is the spot we bring people to, always.

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