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Magnolia Pub & Brewery

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163 Ratings
Ratings: 163
Reviews: 127
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.88%
Active Beers: 52
Beer Ratings: 573
Beer Avg: 3.78
Taps: 10
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

1398 Haight Street
San Francisco, California, 94117
United States
phone: (415) 864-PINT

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

RBassSFHOPit2ME, May 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

SkinniePost, May 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

sholland119, Apr 10, 2014
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4.13/5  rDev +2%

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.

Hibernator, Mar 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

md655321, Mar 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

berkshire413, Mar 07, 2014
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3/5  rDev -25.9%

Guden, Feb 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

jaydoc, Feb 19, 2014
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

SMITHAND, Feb 15, 2014
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5/5  rDev +23.5%

AirborneBeer, Jan 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

hayesjw, Dec 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Tristan_E, Dec 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

MichaelBigbone, Dec 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

jkball01, Dec 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

leprakhan, Nov 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

dcloeren, Nov 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

davegray, Nov 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

ajcormier, Oct 31, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

AngusOg, Oct 09, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

jonbonfon, Oct 09, 2013
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4.59/5  rDev +13.3%

Magnolia Pub and Brewery was recommended to me by some friends so I thought it'd be pretty good. I feel that I was right and a little bit more. I was truly impressed by this place for several reason:

The aesthetic was perfect. I thought everything was just different enough from every other brewery. There was an authentic feel about the place which paired with the beer rather well. I liked all the beers because of their quality and unique flavor.

The service was impressive especially considering the busy Saturday that I was there.

The food was incredible. I was able to grab the tail end of brunch and I highly recommend that.

GraduatedCashew, Aug 28, 2013
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3.96/5  rDev -2.2%

Stopped here this past February, before the rush of SF beer week. It still had some great taps on, though the beers I tried were nothing "amazing" but still decent. The food I got was, honestly, not very good. I had some type of chicken dish (what exactly escapes me) but it was very greasy, and just not very good. The prices were on par with SF and I would come here again; however I would hope the next meal I get will be better.

SpdKilz, Jun 15, 2013
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4.2/5  rDev +3.7%

Having been to a bunch of trendy brew pubs, I felt I had to check out the one named after a Grateful Dead song. I didn't try any of the food but felt good enough about Magnolia that my brother and I had walked down the hill to Toronado and after Toronado walked all the way back up Haight to have another at Magnolia.

This place has a very hip atmosphere (but very California, opposed to lets say one of my local brew pubs Tired Hands which is 5s across the board btw) but the serving staff was very friendly, attentive and knew alot about the beer and the process of brewing beer. It was very well lit and with no TVs encouraged people to talk to each other, although the layout also allowed privacy if that was your preference.

I thought it was reasonably priced for what it offered and its location.

derekrick420, Jun 10, 2013
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3.4/5  rDev -16%

Original review 6/11/05

Took a cab to Magnolia's, skirting the Tenderloin district, passing hookers and pot smokers. Our cabbie treated us to a little "Duke's of Hazzard" driving technique. Ya, front 2 wheels off the ground crossing a street going down a hill, yee haw!
Magnolia's had a better than average amount on tap, with a couple on cask.
Bartender was quick at first, then she became immersed in a conversation a few seats down and never came back.
She was friendly and nice though when we saw her.
Tweezer Triple was delicious, albeit off the mark for a Triple, and the Batch 900 rocked. A big ass beer that belongs in my cellar.
Unusual motif in this place, tiles and chrome with a hand painted mural from wall to wall behind the bar. Couldn't determine if there was any meaning to the mural, other than a big Greatful Dead influence.
The food looked great going by, but we didn't eat.
Stayed till 1:45 AM, wishing there was more hours in the day.

Re-review 5/16/2013

Beer selection is heavy on lighter styles and English beers. One IPA on tap and one pale. The rest a mix of session beers. We ate this time and I felt like vomiting after seeing a 4% health-care tax at the bottom of our bill, on top of the regular meals tax. Apparently a $14.00 hamburger (not cooked to order properly) with a small portion of fries is not expensive enough for the owners. Or a $10 wedge salad for that matter. I pay a lot for my own damn health insurance, why should I cover the owners nut (or line his pockets) as well? This place is scamming their customers with an unconstitutional tax. Avoid.

brewandbbq, May 17, 2013
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4.41/5  rDev +8.9%

To me, Magnolia is the quintessential example of New American cuisine. I can't think of another brewpub I have been to where I was as interested in the food as much as their beer. Frankly, I probably think of the food here before I think of their beer. And their beer is quite good as it is, keep in mind. Love the bathroom setup as well. This is a must if you are in San Francisco.

RblWthACoz, Jan 11, 2013
Magnolia Pub & Brewery in San Francisco, CA
91 out of 100 based on 163 ratings.