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Magnolia Pub & Brewery

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BEER AVG
3.69/5
Based on:
56 Beers
725 Hads
Place Score: 91
Reviews: 132
Visits: 191
Avg: 4.05
pDev: n/a
Taps: 10
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

1398 Haight Street
San Francisco, California, 94117
United States
phone: (415) 864-PINT | map
www.magnoliapub.com

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Reviews: 132 | Visits: 191
Reviews by Hibernator:
Photo of Hibernator
4.13/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Our taxi driver let us off in the heart of Haight-Ashbury as light rain was falling down. We dropped by Magnolia this afternoon around 1PM for a quick lunch before heading to Amoeba Music down the street. I was initially surprised at how full the place was for a Tuesday afternoon, but we were able to find a small table by the street.

I liked the décor and atmosphere with plenty of dark wood in the intimate main room. Seating consists of both tables and booths. There is also a bar up front by the kitchen area. Chalkboards advertise the most current offerings and prices. Luckily, today was Tuesday and that meant all beers were only $4, but they are usually $7.

There were about 12 draft options today with selections that included Blue Bell Bitter, Cole Porter, Bonnie Lee’s Best Bitter, Weather Report Wheat, Dark Star Magnolia, Big Cypress Brown. I had the Spud Boy’s IPA that was awesome. The beer was pleasantly hoppy with big punches of citrus fruits.

The quality and attention to detail at Magnolia is what separates it from most brewpubs that I’ve visited. All of the food and beer I had was super fresh and I appreciate the fact that beers are served in 20 oz. imperial pints. The lunch menu was fairly limited, but I ordered the Arugula Grape Salad and Chicken Habanero house sausage, which worked well with each other. The focus here is on quality over quantity.

A few minutes after we requested our check, Fire on the Mountain began to play over the sound system and I was gently reminded where I was and the significance of this location. Also worth mentioning is the awesome picture of JG in the very top corner of the seating area.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Sludgeman
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Visited on a Monday evening.

V -- Place with beers all named after dead related - 3.75

Sel 3.5
Qua 3.75
Ser 4.5

Food - The spicy lamb sausage was great. Mashed potatoes were runny. - 4

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.56/5  rDev -12.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.5

Located on Haight Street, this is in it. Really cool look to the place. So much history. Neat in the winter when the windows fog up inside. Beer is solid, they've been doing this awhile and are reliable.

Service is good too, never come across that uppity SF waitstaff so I'm entitled thing here. They work for their money. Selection doesn't yield too much weird stuff, an occasional gruit or gem from the cellar, but other than that, usual styles for the most part. Good food.

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Photo of captaincoffee
4.01/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Very cool English style brewery and BBQ place. Beers are only good-to-average, but the place is pretty cool. BBQ is excellent, but you pay $$$$ for it. Beer is more fairly priced.

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Photo of metter98
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of mothman
3.67/5  rDev -9.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Lots of English style ales. Lots of hand pumps. $4 imperial pints since it was Tuesday. Pretty chill place with and English theme. If you like bitters and Esb, this is worth checking out.

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Photo of spointon
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of k3ve
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of AgentMunky
3.25/5  rDev -19.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of KStark
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Vinithing
4.41/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.48/5  rDev -14.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of Dowlers
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Great location right in the middle of Haight area. Busy pub with dark wood cosy vibe. Beers selection is heavy on the English side and doesn't suffer for it. Had 5 casks on when I was there and about 15 others on draft. Staff friendly and food great, especially the cheeses.

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Photo of MichaelLamb
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

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3.52/5  rDev -13.1%

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3.89/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

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5/5  rDev +23.5%

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Magnolia Pub & Brewery in San Francisco, CA
91 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.