Shakewell

4.6
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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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4.6
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K
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very cool place to eat. Parking can be tricky. Great service

OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I’ve been to Shakewell previously & the only reason I don’t go more often is the noise levels are outrageous. Surely an acoustics expert could make some simple recommendations for reducing the high decibel noise level. It’s a major detractor. It’s just not fun to have to shout at one’s dining companion(s). But the food is fantastic, it’s just not relaxing to eat amidst so much noise.

JK
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food and service were great. Enjoyed the art and lighting. It was very loud inside and I couldn't hear well. Also, I tend to not enjoy having a TV visible, since I'm distractible. If you have good hearing and don't mind a TV visible in a restaurant, then you'd probably give this place 5 stars.

RA
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful Valentine's dinner. Great service. Very good Spanish cuisine.

J
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall excellent!!!!!!!!! Great food great service. Just a bit noisy.

A
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Classy neighborhood lunch, brunch, or dinner spot with delicious food and full bar. What more could you want??

OT
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always love coming to shakewell. The wait is normally 30-45 when the owner says an hour and a half. But we made reservations this time. The mimosas kept coming and the chicken and churros is always my fav!!

D
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

We went to celebrate a friend's birthday. I called ahead to make sure the we were given a good table and was assured that our table was great. Well it was right by the kitchen and on the main walkway for all wait staff. This place isn't just a little bit noisy. The food was salty. The service was good. This was a return visit but not sure I will go a third time.

FS
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We love Shakewell, but this wasn't our best meal so far. Not to worry! We'll keep coming back!

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Good food and service

N
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful restaurant and staff:)
Delicious Olives! I loved the reimagined beet salad. We had the Octopus and the Jamon Croquette (I wasn't really a fan of the croquette, maybe I just don't understand it).

HS
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

our favorite place, always good, lively crowd, cozy space.

DD
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Service was off. Waitress was distracted and dishes were left on table although we had finished.

The kitchen turns out lots of deep fried dishes - not a good sign. If this is what you do, then at least make sure the inside of your fried items is hot.

Cocktails mediocre.

Not worth the money. Would not recommend it to anyone.

VM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very tasty brunch food - churros and hash were delicious. Nice, low-key yet classy atmosphere. Not too difficult to get a table for weekend brunch. Hoping to go back for the dinner some time. Would recommend!

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience3

The food is always delicious and creative. Service is friendly but very slow and not attentive. It’s way overpriced. This will be our last time here

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Shakewell served quality food that is tasty and innovative. The servers were pleasant and prompt. We had a lunch but we'll go and check out the dinner. I had a three course veg. menu and my wife had three course choice with a steak sandwich. The squash soup was hearty and delicious. Both of our entrees were well executed. And chocolate dessert with caramel souce was memorable. Its Mediterranean menu appeals to us in California.

PH
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience1

The noise level was over the top. You may want to call it energetic but I call it impossible to enjoy a
good tasting meal. In fact one of my birthday guest who was having dinner with us left in the middle of his entre because the noise level. I enjoyed the food but found myself eating fast so I could leave the restaurant.
I also found the service to be indifferent. Not unfriendly but indifferent.
This may be the new standard for restaurants. Delicious well prepared food is why you go to have dinner at a special restaurant but ambience and service is a must for me as well as the others I was eating with.
I do not see myself ever returning to Shakewells.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our first visit & we enjoyed ourselves. One constructive concern..it was cold and drafty & we ended up eating with our coats on! Brrrr...

BW
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The flatbread with zatar was very good as were the brussel sprouts as starters. I had the classic paella with prawns and clams; overall the dish was very tasty and a much larger portion than I could eat at one sitting. The prawns were excellent, perfectly cooked and delicious. The clams were miniscule. My friend had the octopus and enjoyed it very much. We finished with the churros, which were a little disappointing. They could have been crispier (maybe smaller) and would have benefitted from addition of a little cinnamon.

Service was excellent, attentive but not overbearing.

EG
Indiana
10 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A bit loud but food and drinks were amazing.

JD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Came here for Oakland Restaurant Week with a reservation through OpenTable. We were greeted and seated promptly after arrival, with friendly service all around.

We had one order from the prix fixe menu: leafy green salad, grilled terrace major (bistro steak), and almond cake; as well as the fried chicken. We also ordered a few drinks, which were both tasty. The salad had a nice mix, and of decent portion. The bistro steak and the almond cake, though, were small in portion. Both had great flavor. The steak was cooked to a nice medium rare. I just wish there was more of it, even for the restaurant week price. The almond cake slice was tiny. The fried chicken was delicious and offered a nice portion.

I would come back and recommend to a friend, just not for the bistro steak or almond cake for the price.

b
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great time as always just cant wait for the Wednesday Fried Chicken dinner special

S
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My family goes here for brunch for birthdays and special occasions. Staff are wonderful, personable and accommodating. Our favorite spot in the Bay for brunch.

RL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Most of the dishes seem to use the same sauce which is disappointing

G
San Francisco
47 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best of the Bay!

RB
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best thing I can say about this restaurant is that it feels like a local spot, with a comfortable welcoming atmosphere, and has food fit for a fine dining restaurant. For me, best of both worlds. The server was knowledgeable, patient and friendly. All of her recommendations were excellent. Highlights include Fried Chicken, Octopus and mushroom toast.

NM
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had friends visiting from out of town and took them to Shakewell for brunch. We had to let them know about chicken and churros! Also, the Shakshura is amazing. Portions are generous and flavors delicious.

S
San Francisco
120 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Expensive food and drinks, specialty cocktails need refinement, food is unique and tasty, service is average, very loud establishment with tight tables....

PA
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience, and consistent

E
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite places for dinner or brunch! We enjoyed everything!

RM
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food was wonderful and the wait-staff were some of the best I’ve experienced.

d
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The food is reliably excellent and interesting, and the service great. I often go for lunch and the three course lunch special is the best deal in town.

OT
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, wonderful drinks, apps, entrees, and service!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love shakewell. I go about once a month. Food, drinks, & service great.

JJ
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a lovely brunch! The staff were super friendly and accommodating, never felt rushed or pressured to hurry our meal along. We loved the food!! The ambience was great. It was a little pricey and also pretty noisy, but hey, it’s a popular place with good reason! Good vibes and worth the $$. Just be sure to make your reservations in advance!

RS
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Menu had many choices to choose from. Very reasonable prices. Delicious Mediterranean food, particularly the Brussels sprouts and fried chicken. Our choice of paella was great and all of the dishes could be shared. A little too noisy for conversations.

SK
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice service, tasty food but a bit overpriced for some items.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Shakewell is an absolute favorite of mine! Always a place I take folks too when in town. A true gem!

C
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Indeed! Really fun to share plates and taste everything. Every dish was perfect.

OT
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing cocktails. Servers seemed a little overworked, serving too many stations so our drinks arrived a bit late. The octopus and fried chicken were perfect...we wanted the pork skewers but they ran out before we could get them. Oh yeah...the potatoes. I will dream of those potatoes.

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