The Monk's Kettle
Taps: 24 / Bottles: 180
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 71 | Reviews: 64 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by colonelforbin:
4.38/5 rDev -0.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$$
Excellent, if pricey spot for a beer in the Mission. Located only two blocks from BART, Monk's Kettle is very conveniently located, and worth visiting if you are in this part of the city.
Draught list is great, 20 or so beers on tap at all times, and always changing. I stop here from time to time and the selection is constantly rotating. I really like that about this place. The bottle list is very extensive but is honestly way too expensive! Stick to draught beer here, there will be plenty of great offerings.
Pricing is interesting, some beers are served in 8 oz. servings, others in 12, 16 or 20 oz. servings, priced accordingly. Some are priced reasonably well compared to other local spots and some are a bit expensive. Want to emphasize the the great draught selection though, one of the better places in the city for this because it constantly rotates.
Atmosphere is nice, but it's always crowded here, no matter what time of day. They have a small bar, and a few small tables. Also, a few spots to sit/stand to the left of the bar. Many times it can simply be too crowded because this place really is not too big. The owners are opening a new restaurant/bar a few blocks away very soon, so that may alleviate some of the space issues at Monk's Kettle, but we'll see about that.
If you're into beer and you're hanging out in the Mission, stopping by Monk's Kettle is a no-brainer. Check it out.
11-17-2011 07:25:52 | More by colonelforbin
More User Reviews:
4.58/5 rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 5 | $$$
I spent a good 6 hours last week at The Monk's Kettle with a few friends.
We were impressed with the selection of both bottled & draft beers and Pliny The Elder on tap didn't hurt.
The whole group ordered burgers, they were absolutely fantastic.
I was only in town for a few days, otherwise I'd have gone back to The Monk's Kettle again, great service, very good selection & fantastic food.
A bit pricey but definitely worth stopping by.
12-27-2013 15:46:48 | More by HeyHayward
4.55/5 rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25 | $$$
Atmosphere- This place is gorgeous; reminiscent of an old European tavern. Lots of wood, warm and aged. The bar is long and narrow, and the booths can accommodate 4 people comfortably. Thus, for a small group, this bar is perfect. I imagine, however, that the floorplan is not ideal for a large group of friends. On my visit, I was there with 3 others, and for us, it was perfect. We were surrounded by all things beer and it was wonderful.
Quality- Everything was clean; glassware, draught lines, etc. The place reeked of quality. Not in the sterile hospital way; but more like a business owner is passionate about what he/she does.
Service- Despite the place being packed, our service was exceptionally prompt and friendly. Food came out surprisingly quick, as did the beers. The servers didn't seem to have any issue running samples from the bar to our table either. This was hands-down some of the best service I have ever had in a beer bar.
Selection- While they don't have the largest selection (by count), their selection of beer was clearly well-thought-out. The beer menu was just packed with gems, and covered the gamut of styles. Despite the small selection, I still managed to feel like I was in beer heaven!
Food- The food was fantastic. Honestly, I can't even remember what we had, but we did enjoy several dishes, and I recall raving about it.... I guess this is telling as to how "good" of a night it was!
Value- This place is somewhat expensive. But as a tourist, it was certainly worth the money. Would definitely go back if in San Francisco again!
11-02-2013 13:03:02 | More by jgasparine
The Monk's Kettle in San Francisco, CA
97 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.