The Monk's Kettle

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The Monk's KettleThe Monk's Kettle
BA SCORE
95
world-class

71 Reviews
Reviews: 71
Visits: 113
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: n/a
Taps: 24
Bottles: 180
Cask: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

3141 16th St
San Francisco, California, 94103-3334
United States
phone: (415) 865-9523

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @monkskettle

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Place added by: NikStique on 12-07-2007

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Reviews by colonelforbin:
Photo of colonelforbin
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Excellent, if pricey spot for a beer in the Mission. Located only two blocks from BART, Monk's Kettle is very conveniently located, and worth visiting if you are in this part of the city.

Draught list is great, 20 or so beers on tap at all times, and always changing. I stop here from time to time and the selection is constantly rotating. I really like that about this place. The bottle list is very extensive but is honestly way too expensive! Stick to draught beer here, there will be plenty of great offerings.

Pricing is interesting, some beers are served in 8 oz. servings, others in 12, 16 or 20 oz. servings, priced accordingly. Some are priced reasonably well compared to other local spots and some are a bit expensive. Want to emphasize the the great draught selection though, one of the better places in the city for this because it constantly rotates.

Atmosphere is nice, but it's always crowded here, no matter what time of day. They have a small bar, and a few small tables. Also, a few spots to sit/stand to the left of the bar. Many times it can simply be too crowded because this place really is not too big. The owners are opening a new restaurant/bar a few blocks away very soon, so that may alleviate some of the space issues at Monk's Kettle, but we'll see about that.

If you're into beer and you're hanging out in the Mission, stopping by Monk's Kettle is a no-brainer. Check it out. (1,413 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of jloomis
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of Brown120
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of mayorQuimby
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Photo of Motchy
1.55/5  rDev -64.1%
vibe: 1 | quality: 2 | service: 1 | selection: 2 | food: 1

Wowwww! Never have I seen a place with such a stupid table policy. We were denied a table to sit at 10:30PM on Friday and were asked to stand around the full bar whilst 3 tables remained spare..

We left and didn't have a beer that time, though I came earlier in the day and the waiting staff were terrible as we'd only ordered a pretzel so that we could sit outside, it was a bit absurd.

Such an odd place, good beer selection but god awful people you'll have to deal with. You can do better for the area (507 characters)

Photo of HookemHoos
3.2/5  rDev -25.9%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

The service was awful. They had a good selection of beers, but nothing that you couldn't find in other, less pricey bars in the same neighborhood. (147 characters)

Photo of Jackolope
2.08/5  rDev -51.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | food: 2.25

If you like being talked down to and unparalleled levels of pretension than go to this place. If you enjoy sharing beer with friends AVOID THIS PLACE like the plague. Me and my friend were basically asked to leave because our friend wanted to join us for a beer after we had finished our mediocre food. He came at the end of our meal and sat down next to us, I gave him a sip of my beer and that was enough for the host to come over and explain, "We don't just let people come in here and eat and drink..." It was so absurd I couldn't tell if he was being serious until he made it clear that he wanted us to finish up and leave. Why? I'm still guessing. Mind you it was a Tuesday at 9pm and there were a handful of open tables. When I called management the next day to see if this was some kind of joke my concerns were not taken seriously. If you are in SF there are literally dozens of establishments within walking distance that have comparable selections and MUCH Friendlier service. Hell I'd even say Zeitgeist has friendlier service and they essentially pride themselves on being gruff... (1,094 characters)

Photo of Rilesmiles
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Small place, but cozy. Had heard great things about the tap list but was sort of underwhelmed. Was looking forward to trying west coasters that I can't get in Wisconsin but found that the list wasn't very west coast-centric, which is fine. I suppose my expectations set me up for it, but I didn't see much that I can't find at the good places in Madison and Milwaukee. I did enjoy a Salvation, among others, but didn't see the whales that others speak of seeing on the menu.

Service was very good. Excellent wait staff.

Food was good but nothing special. I would order something other than the relatively basic chicken sandwich I ordered. (640 characters)

Photo of toronadotornado
4.66/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of JamLand
4.68/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

A cool, cafe feel to the place. A place to grab a great pint and some great food. The service was very friendly. Amazing selection while we there, including '10 and '11 Abyss. I can't verify much variety with the food because everyone I was with ordered the burger, which was excellent. Plenty of street parking in the area, if you rent a car while visiting SF. (361 characters)

Photo of brywhite
4.36/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
4.16/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Photo of erha2
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Super friendly staff. I guess it helps when you bring over some Heady and Sip of Sunshine from the East Coast. No, they were great before I even offered those beers. Tap list still had most of the sours available from their SF Beer Week sour event the day before. Only remember a vintage Lost Abbey Framboise de Amorosa being unavailable the day after. Got to try a lot of Rare Barrel offerings along with Cellarmaker/Sante Adairius I see a Dankness. (455 characters)

Photo of Fogindex
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of MichaelLamb
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Bwagner1122
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of jimh67
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Way different vibe than Tornado. Sat outside-great people watching- never really saw the inside.
Had a Pliny and a nelson! Very good. Worth the trip. easy on/off back to east bay- near on ramp to I80 (203 characters)

Photo of Kishanti
4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of SeeingMeansMore
3.93/5  rDev -9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Photo of fortes
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Bshaw22
4.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of buzzedup
5/5  rDev +15.7%

Best place for good food and outstanding beer selction in the whole city... (75 characters)

Photo of pants678
3.5/5  rDev -19%

Seating's pretty tight, brews are generally local on draft but not necessarily. Prices vary in a wide range, little obnoxious. Good bottle list, fair number of high end Belgians present. (186 characters)

Photo of mike312
4.75/5  rDev +10%

Alpine Nelson on tap, great service, and cool vibe. I'd be back here often if I didn't live in NY. (99 characters)

Photo of charrel
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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The Monk's Kettle in San Francisco, CA
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