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Social Kitchen & Brewery

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Social Kitchen & BrewerySocial Kitchen & Brewery
BEER AVG
3.71/5
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30 Beers
123 Ratings
Place Score: 90
Ratings: 30
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

1326 9th Avenue
San Francisco, California, 94122
United States
phone: (415) 681-0330

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Ratings: 30 | Reviews: 18
Reviews by mactrail:
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4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Six interesting choices on tap, including two excellent Saisons, two strong beers, and Alt, and a Kolsch. Beer prices are great for this area-- $3 for half pints and $4 for a pint of Kolsch, and more for the others. Upcoming beers are a wet hop IPA and the Rapscallion Belgian.

The place is really nice in the daytime with a long skylit room. Can be loud and jammed on a weekend evening. Very knowledgeable staff and happy to provide samples of everything. Food was good. We had Brussels sprout chips, tempura yam fries, and a hanger steak cobb salad. They have interesting variety of burgers, salads, onion soup, sandwiches.

This place used to be Eldo's brewpub for a few years. Beer is definitely an improvement. Besides the N line streetcar the #6 trolley coach runs up Haight Street if you're at the more well known beer place.

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Photo of toronadotornado
4.05/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Photo of JLaw55
4.75/5  rDev +18.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Really cool place with awesome food and tasty beers. What more could you want?

Photo of Martin_carvalho
4.73/5  rDev +18%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of spark3148857
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of brewjockey
4.55/5  rDev +13.5%

Intimate brewpub with a great menu. A little on the fancier and pricier side, it's more of a date or family dinner place than just meeting a buddy. House beers are very good and it has an intimacy as opposed to a factory feel.

Photo of Russkiy
3/5  rDev -25.2%

Photo of kingpin1010
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Clembo1957
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of KevMo84
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of elNopalero
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Social Kitchen in its present iteration was about to celebrate its 4th anniversary prior to my visit. Despite being on the other side of the park from where I live I had never found cause to visit. To remedy that I spent an evening working my way through most of their tap list, accompanied by two friends. Our tastes and biases were evident—I love the hops, while another member of our party can’t stand them and instead prefers Belgian style. The third is a stout and porter fan.

We had an appetizer and a dessert to round out the evening. The food was tasty and reasonably priced, with the entrees we saw looking and smelling appealing. Nothing stood out enough to make this a destination but if I was nearby it would certainly be a regular stop.

Photo of MrGone
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of sholland119
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of leckart
3.25/5  rDev -19%

Photo of flexabull
3.74/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Stopped in here for an early afternoon lunch with my wife.

Big and open inside, dark, and kind of plain and empty looking. It's clean and simple, but a bit barren. Needs some more decorations or something to liven it up a bit.

Quality was pretty good, at least the one beer I sampled was. I had the fresh hop IPA that was tasty but a bit too grassy to me.

Service was good. Two different servers helped us, and they were both pleasant, friendly, and prompt.

Selection was nice, about 9 or 10 different beers on tap.

Food was pretty tasty. My wife and I both commented about how we enjoyed our lunch.

Prices were a touch high, but pretty comparable to most places in the City.

Overall, a pretty nice place. It's not a destination by any means, but it's worth checking out if you are in the area.

Photo of GraduatedCashew
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Social Kitchen and Brewery was a nice, clean brewery to grab a few beers and sample the house offerings. The food was pretty great along with decent beers to pair it with.

I was especially impressed with the Citrodora Elegans beer as it had really nice pineapple notes and a particularly fresh taste.

The brewery itself can be seen from the seating area along with a beer centric bar area. The only issue I had with this place seemed to come from the hostess who just seemed like she was having a really bad day. The greeting and seating for my group was lacking in the most basic of courtesy. Otherwise, the experience was good.

Photo of dalahodson
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

The pub is very open, very high ceiling, They have an upstairs overhang above the row of tables, A nice long wooden bar, big front windows so very bright. We got there just after brunch so had to wait for food, but only 30 minutes. Our server brought us a plate of animal cookies to munch on, very nice. Had two brews and we shared a very tasty tempura sweet potato fry basket. For a neighborhood pub very friendly, a place I would go back to.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.01/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Bravo to Social for opening in a spot that could certainly use some more beer love. And it seems like the neighborhood is definitely responding; as well they should. Selection is decent. I honestly wouldn't mind some more choices, but I can still work with what's there. Some of the beers do taste as though they are off the same thread, but I can work with that too. Someone told me they plan to be bottling soon, but I have yet to see anything. And really, that seems pretty quick considering they have only been open two years. But hey, why not. I am sure other people have done it.

Anyways. It's a brewpub. They make their own beer. Nice decor. It works.

Photo of czfreeman
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Not to be bias in my review, but I must say that I am an volunteer assistant here in the brewery.
If you haven't checked out social lately, you should. They have a new chef and a new Brewer, formerly of Marin.
New beers are currently a porter, pale, red ale, and a strong Belgian pale.
Kim, the brewer, focuses on sessionable english-style beers, most tend tro be around 4.5-5. The exception is the Raspscallion, BSPA clocks in at 9%.
The new menu includes house made sausage in the app section, updated entree's and brunch is coming next month.
Happy hour prices feature a dollar off all beers.
Later this month is the anniversary of the restaurant and will feature a imperial Red Belgian ale. Check them out, cheers.

Photo of Gilmango
4.33/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I've been here 4 or 5 times since they opened and am really hoping that Social Kitchen is the brew pub that survives in this spot (there have been 4 brewpubs previously in this spot, some good and some not, none of which survived - I think high rent is a big issue). Eldo's, Golden Gate Park Brewing, Reccow, and Wunder were the predecessors all with different owners and brewers.

I think Social is the best yet, I like that they are not going for the same beer styles as everyone else, you will find lots of German and Belgian Ales amongst their offerings, and some innovative use of unusual ingredients - a Thai beer, a dubbel with beets, a Big Lebowski beer intended to taste similar to Lebowski's favorite white Russian. Food is really good too. Friendly staff. Fair prices. Good location in Inner Sunset with a pay lot next door if you drive, bike parking and N Muni service right out the door.

I find that they don't get much love on BA when folks are discussing the best places to visit in SF, but I am a picky drinker and I disagree, this is a spot to visit, even if their IPA is not 80 IBUs.

Photo of colonelforbin
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I've been here 4 times now and seem to like this place more each time I stop in. Really enjoyed the pale ales with two different yeasts that they had last time I was there (Thing One and Thing Deux).

I like their take on styles. Their IPA will win few fans among most BAs as it's not very hoppy and just a decent beer, but that's not their target audience. I think their American take on Belgian styles works well and is not something I get to taste a lot of in this area (or any area for that matter). I hope they keep experimenting.

Location works for me, as it's right on the N Judah line on the way to the beach. Food was very good, they have clearly marked vegan options, which are actually pretty tasty, so I give them high marks for that. Service was no better or worse than anywhere else, definitely no problems with that.

Check this place out next time you are in San Francisco.

Photo of t0rin0
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Visited the day after they opened May 2010 and again 4/27/2011 for a late dinner and some ticking.

The first time I visited I stopped in on my lunch break before heading to Alembic. I didnt realize that they weren't open until dinner time but the door was unlocked so I walked in. The only person in there was the brewer. He was upstairs mashing in at the time and told me that they were closed. When I mentioned that I'd been waiting for them to open (and hopefully be an improvement over Wunderbeer) and wanted to try their beers he came right down and poured me a glass of each and we talked while he was brewing. Extremely nice guy. We talked about styles and guidelines and such and also about my thoughts on his beer. It was a great time. I only stuck around for about 30 minutes because I was in the 30 minute spot across the street.

Last week I actually got to sit down and eat and interact with the service, and have a full glass of something. They were out of the IPA so I ordered a glass each of the new beers: White Prussian and Moulin Rouge (see my reviews for details).

The service was attentive and nice and even made a few suggestions. The food was quite good, albeit expensive. Will continue to stop in for new beers especially if they do another nanobrewery festival.

I think the brewer has a lot of potential it's just that this neighborhood isn't great for business. I hope they go on to do great things.

Photo of nickfl
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

This is a very nice, upscale looking brewpub. Obviously no expense spared on the buildout.

Service was good, and basically what I would expect for the price and general atmosphere of the place.

The beer itself was of generally good quality. They had a kolsch, an alt, and a few belgian style selections; all of which were up to par. Nothing that blew me away, but certainly enjoyable.

While the beer was good, the food was on another level entirely. We split several appitizers, all of which were good, but what really stood out were the Brussels sprout chips. These deep fried Brussels sprout leaves were so good that we ended up getting three orders; think deep fried spinach, such as is often served as garnish with seared tuna, but much meatier, more flavorful, and much more satisfying. The rest of the menu was also very good and equally creative, including some succulent artisan sausages.

This place was a real treat if you are into nice food and good beer. Just make sure you plan to eat here as the beer isn't the main attraction and you must try the food to get the full experience.

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Social Kitchen & Brewery in San Francisco, CA
90 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.