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Rogue Ales Public House

Not Rated.
Rogue Ales Public HouseRogue Ales Public House
BA SCORE
91
outstanding

132 Ratings
Ratings: 132
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.9%
Taps: 43
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

673 Union St
San Francisco, California, 94133-2811
United States
phone: (415) 362-7880

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @rogueales

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Photo of EFR94
2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

EFR94, Oct 29, 2013
Photo of Sheepdog
3/5  rDev -25.7%

Went to this establishment while visiting my brother in San Fran. I had googled it prior to leaving Arizona. I was excited to go here and try some food and brews.

The place was crowded when we got there and and the wait staff took about 10 minutes before they acknowledged that we were there (even though our group of four was in there way constantly).

Waited for a table to clear and the waitress sat us at a table that hadn't even been cleared yet.

The food arrived at room temperature however the beer was decent. I have tried numerous Rogue beers but somehow it just wasn't that good. I think it was more of the wait and impression that I got before we even sat down.

After paying for the meal I was almost embarrassed to have pushed this place on my family when there are a lot more beer pubs in the area that we could have gone to.

Sheepdog, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of scalffd
3/5  rDev -25.7%

Like other reviewers we happened upon this place while walking around San Francisco. We were greeted by a server who told us that it was fine to sit outside, but be warned: if you sit outside you will get nothing. Grab a beer at the bar first and then move to the tables outside which offer nice people watching in Washington Park. They have a very nice selection of Rogue beers. We had a Shakespeare Stout and a Hefeweizen. The overall atmosphere is average at best. I liked the beer bit that is about it. I'd return if I were in San Fran, but I would not make a special trip.

scalffd, Jul 01, 2009
Photo of braddo
3.05/5  rDev -24.5%

Visited on a Wednesday night, completely dead and our waiter was barely breathing. I like what Rogue has to offer but I don't know if I would go back there again. Definitely not the highlight of the trip.

Good space to hang. I think they have an outdoor space in the back but we didn't venture out there. Other than the couple making out at the bar, atmosphere was decent.

If you want a good selection of Rogue beers it's woth the trip. Otherwise, there are better places in the city.

By the way, if you are gonna eat, save your money for another place. The food is average at best.

http://www.burrstreetbrewblog.com/2009/03/san-francisco-beer-week.html

braddo, Apr 10, 2009
Photo of jim102864
3.18/5  rDev -21.3%

Must have caught this place on an off night. My forgettable experience began on a slow Tuesday night last week. I was anxious to check this place out being a Rogue fan and all since their stuff became available at my favorite Pub in Connecticut years ago. What a dissapointment. The place is much smaller than I expected, particularly since the website has images of a large building with flags on it which clearly was not what I visited. Large enough bar in a rectangular shaped space with what looks like used wooden tables and chairs. Yes the chaulk board had many Rogue favorites on tap. I went right to one of mine; Hazelnut Brown Nectar. Yeah, it was good, but lacking something...like flavor. A very thin sample with less hazelnut and maltiness than what I get in a keg shipped 3,000 miles back home. Strange. I sat at a table that could've used a swipe or two with the 'ol washcloth, but the guy who served me seemed too preoccupied to notice. I detected a bit of an attitude as if he felt it was beneath him to have to leave the bar to serve a customer. Anyway, ordered the pasta and chicken dish which was uninspired at best. It came in a large bowl with absolutely nothing else. No salad. No bread. No parmesian cheese. Had no idea if it was supposed to come with anything else because the guy simply took my order, delivered it and ignored me the rest of the (brief) evening. When I asked for parmesan, I had to yell to the bartender who then neglected to get it until 10 minutes later when he apparently told the server to bring it to me. Another guy stood waiting for the bartender to notice him for an enternity, but he apparently was too engaged in coversation with a guy pal of his to serve him either. I was done with dinner anyway...and done with the Rougue Public House. And here I thought I'd buy me a honkin' souvenier like a tee shirt, but I have no idea if they had them and really didn't want one by the time I was ready to leave anyway. I'm all for second chances, but I'm not going to go out of my way to visit this place next time I'm in San Francisco.

jim102864, Jan 16, 2007
Photo of Maerzen
3.23/5  rDev -20%

Having visited the Rogue Public House in Newport, OR and a franchise in Astoria, OR I was really excited to hear that there was a Rogue Public House in San Francisco. I went for lunch and must say that I was really disappointed. The staff was great and the beer was good. However, the food was not great. The salad had obviously been taken right out of the chiller and was a bit frozen. I had the Kobe burger which is a little bit more then the regular burger but was a real disappointment. I've had Kobe burgers at other places and it was wonderful. I wonder if they buy frozen, pre-made Kobe burgers as it just had no flavor.

But the big kicker was that the beer was pricier then when I was in Oregon. I had a few of the smaller glasses (instead of pints) and was bit peeved when I got the bill and was charged $4-4.50 a glass. In Oregon, glasses were between $2-3 glass and pints were between $4-5.

I know that rents are higher in SF and the Public House is right down on Washington Square, but if you're going to charge more it had better be good. I do appreciate a good Dead Guy Ale but it couldn't make up for it.

Maerzen, May 04, 2007
Photo of BenHesk12
3.33/5  rDev -17.6%

Rogue ales is a dive bar/restaurant in SF's North Beach right off of the main drag, Columbus ave. The public house boasts a large guest list as well as features several of their own fresh rogue ales. Rogue, brewed in Oregon, has plenty of good selections, and it seemed like the guest taplist was indeed hand picked. On the day I went in, a Saturday, the waiter was completely incompetent and barely succeeded in the simple task of bringing us our beers. ** I even saw him take a sip of a customers beer to see what it was, because the bartender had forgotten what he poured--so be warned about the service... Overall, if you happen to stumble across this place and can't find anywhere else, it's good for a beer or two, but sit at the bar.

BenHesk12, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of millhouse
3.39/5  rDev -16.1%

Assload of Rogue taps. VERY, VERY SMALL ESTABLISHMENT.

Tried Rogue's Chipotle offering here. Very fresh and tasted exactly as advertised. Though, I can't imagine ever ordering this as as session beer. No worries, though. This place seems to offer every Rogue beer. They also offer a handful of other selections, but I would recommend hitting the house brand.

This is on the very north tip of North Beach. Great place to hit if you can sit at the bar. I was here the weekend that Bonds was going for the HR 2nd place record...and they were playing the A's. I was sitting next to an A's fan and the record didn't get broken.... It was good times for him. lol!

millhouse, Jun 19, 2006
Photo of jerrytodd
3.41/5  rDev -15.6%

I like most Rogue beers a lot so was pretty keen to pop by this place.

Atmosphere follows the SF craft beer pub trend of having no pride in aesthetics. Place felt dusty and cobbled together.

Service was fine, no quibbles there.

Food was so-so, although the chili I had was pretty good.

Value is reasonable.

Beers were great and a good selection of guest brews too.

jerrytodd, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of Goldorak
3.43/5  rDev -15.1%

After touring the Italian/beatnik district, the appetizers and Beer we had at Jack’s were long digested, and we ready for a main course.

Lots of Oregon Ducks and of course Beeraphanelia all over the place, chalkboard over the bar tells you what’s on from Rogue (lots of them) and the guest taps, none of whom were particularly appealing to me. There’s another section on the side that seems to be more of a bottle shop. I didn’t buy anything but there were a few interesting items. There seems to be theme nights, Minou was disappointed we didn’t show up on a Wednesday, trivia night would have been fun. I wonder how a bunch of English-as-a-second-language Canucks would have fared against some of the locals.

The place was pretty deserted (notice I said deserted, but not quiet, some guy was repairing bar stools and was making quite a racket) on a Monday evening, so a waiter who seemed to know his products well came right over and was helpful, he gave suggestions and his personal take on some of the Beers listed. I went for the No-Fault line ale, one I’ve never even heard of before. I wasn’t as big a fan of it as he was, but there’s no accounting for taste. The rest of my party’s Beers seemed up to form and tasted pretty clean.

It sort of went downhill for me when my food arrived. Worst ribs ever. They tasted like they were microwaved, sauce on the side so they were dry as hell and the portion was pretty meager for the price tag of about 15 bucks. The coleslaw and beans that went with it were palatable, but I would have liked a little more of those, too. For example, at publick house in Boston for 10$ I got 3 times the amount of meat. Sauce was the only real saving grace, but then again, I’ve had better. Mel ordered a burger, which was fine but pricey as well. And for a tied house, pints were a bit on the steep side, but I guess that’s a Frisco thing.

I liked the place overall, but next time I wont resist the temptation to eat in one of the dozens upon dozens of great little restaurants along the way and settle here afterwards for liquid dessert.

Goldorak, Sep 26, 2006
Photo of Irie
3.45/5  rDev -14.6%

The first time I went here it was by complete luck. It was early afternoon on a beautiful day and the place was quiet and had plenty of seating.
When I went to the bar to order I had the same experience as a few others and was told they didn't have quite a few of the beers I wanted, but the selection was still decent. I grabbed a pint of Chocolate Stout and grabbed a seat outside and watched everyone enjoying their day in the park.

I admit the reason this place gets such a good atmosphere score is because I was there at the perfect time of day, but that doesn't change how good that experience was. That being said, the service even when it was quiet was sub-par. The bartender had a few regulars apparently at the bar and spent a few minutes talking to them after seeing me waiting, which made me a little bitter.

All in all my few experiences here have been good, so I recommend everyone to at least try it out. And aim for an evening/before dinner beer to beat the crowds.

Irie, Nov 25, 2008
Photo of xhcadamx
3.49/5  rDev -13.6%

This place is a dump. I am sure that this would be a nice place and probably was at one time. the staff just forgot one tiny detail - clean the place! Aside from the bar area everything was dusty and "sticky".... The bathroom reminded me of a highway truck stop. Not exactly what I was expecting. I have been here twice once at night and the other during the day. At night I sat at the bar and the bartender hooked me up with a couple samples and was fast with the drinks. The other time my table of 3 sat for five minutes before anyone even noticed us and the place was practically empty. A metric shit ton of taps! Rogue, some other Oregon Breweries, and a lot of local taps. Amazing beer selection.

xhcadamx, Jan 24, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Jotora, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

RBassSFHOPit2ME, May 07, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Mikeb8, Apr 26, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

johnhkelm, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of route66pubs
3.56/5  rDev -11.9%

Came across the place by chance while wondering around San Francisco. With some time on our hands, enjoying a Rogue brew seemed like a good idea, so we headed inside.

It was early on a Sunday afternoon, and we happened in while the barkeep was downstairs changing out some kegs. Once he arrived service was quick in coming for us and the several others that had just wandered in. The mellow Sunday afternoon crowd and atmosphere was enjoyable. But that mellow, laziness seemed to make return service a bit slow in coming.

If you like Rogue's brews, this place has a great selection of them. Several other locals as well. Some great stuff, to be sure, but this is not a place I'd likely go to look for rare, hard to find stuff.

route66pubs, Jun 08, 2009
Photo of gfreed
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%

A reasonable place to twiddle away an hour on a gray afternoon in San Francisco. With brick walls, lots of glass and a very high ceiling, it's noisy, but... it's a bar, after all. There were about 30 taps available; half were Rogue brews with the remainder occupied by things from Germany, the UK and the US. I had a Buckman Village Bitter which was a very pleasant UK-style bitter, grapefruity and smooth. Buckman is apparently a small brewery in Portland, OR. I don't see it listed here on BA, which is unfortunate. I'd give the bitter a B+. Anyhow, the hatted, soul-patched, tattooed, chained, tightly jeaned, Chuck-Taylored, skinny and hairy-armed bartender left me alone to watch football on the giant TV. I hate football, but I enjoyed sitting at the bar.

An unforgettable moment: I witnessed the bartender mixing a can of Hamm's with orange juice, then hand it to someone at the bar -->who drank it.<--

gfreed, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of TeeCee
3.59/5  rDev -11.1%

I stopped in here during my vacation in San Francisco. I found it by walking by it and was glad that I did.

The atmosphere here is pretty cool. Just the feel about it is chill.

The beer quality here was great as it should be being a brewery owned bar.

The service here was about what I had seen as typical in San Francisco. I just don't get the feel I get from the better bars here in New Orleans. I hate to mark the service this low, but my bartender served me about four beers before mentioning that they had a cask conditioned Rogue available. I had mentioned that I was not from the area and had never seen so many Rogues and each beer I had was a different beer, but the thought that I might want to try a one off cask conditioned beer didn't strike him too quickly. Also, rather than discuss the beers and beer types they had to offer with me, he kept pointing out the chalk board with the beers listed. The chalk board of course did not list style and they were out of some of the listed beers.

I give the selection a four because of the many Rogues they carry, but after the Rogues, they had some Anchors and just a few others.

I will go back if I am in San Francisco again and I will try to talk t the bartender again.

TeeCee, Mar 07, 2008
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3.65/5  rDev -9.7%

Walked to the Rogue Public House while at AGU in San Francisco.

Selection first...about 10 Rogue beers including a few I hadn't tried before. Bottles of Voodoo Doughnut available too. 15+ guest taps, I ordered a New Belgium Lips of Faith Kick sour ale. Others included beers from Lagunitas, Stone, High Water Brewery. 30+ taps overall.

Bar atmosphere seemed jovial, but the back room for eating was a bit desolate and generally lacking in "Pub" feel.

Food was pretty good, although the fries with my Kobe burger (which was delicious) were bordering on lukewarm when they were brought out. Service was shoddy; the waiter seemed very aloof and cold for the most part and needed several reminders to finally get my table glasses of water.

All in all, a decent place for a pint, but I can't really recommend eating there again.

wagenvolks, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of donnebaby
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%

Stopped by on a late Tuesday afternoon and the place was dead. This was my first visit to a Rogue Public House, so I can't compare it to others (although I'd like to, and no one else seems to).

Atmosphere's pretty lame and seems thrown together without really any effort--which I decided could've been worse if it was a cookie-cutter "Rogue Nation" brewpub. As it was, they were shoving the Rogue label down my throat as just about everything on the wall was Rogue related and everywhere around me were standing 22 oz. bottles of Rogue brews. I sat inside, but I think the seats outside would've been a better call.

They had tons of beers on tap, all of the Rogue offerings I could think of--and prob. close to 20 from other breweries micro and macro from Dechutes to Bud. They also had all of the bottled Rogue beers I could think of and many more that I'd never seen before. I had a Younger's and Imperial IPA on-tap and then had a bottle of the anniversary Integrity IPA.

I also had a basket of fries, b/c I was shocked by the prices of anything else on the menu. Sandwiches started around $11, and I chose to spend that cash on beer instead. Good fries though, served w ranch dressing.

Nice chill place.

donnebaby, Sep 08, 2004
Photo of photomike
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%

I've been here a few times, and always have a different experience.

The atmosphere is pretty good. During the day, out in the beer garden, it cannot be beat. At night, with its oft obnoxious people, not as much. There is a lot of seating here, and the huge bar is a comfy place to grab a seat. Plaques bearing the names of the regulars are affixed to the bar in front of most of the stools. A nice touch.

Service: They get 5 for at-the-bar service and a 2 for table service. The bartenders are all fast, efficient, knowledgeable and skillfull, but their wait staff sucks. period. 3.5 average.

The beer selection is pretty much as expected. Tons of Rogue with some choice guest taps. Never really had a problem with beers being unavailable like some of the people here.

Just stay away from the food. It is not good.

Beers are reasonably priced, and if you are staying away from the food, you will have a good time at Rogue.

photomike, Apr 13, 2009
Photo of DoubleJ
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%

La Trappe wasn't open yet and I was hungry, why don't I make the short trek to the Rogue Public House for lunch and beer?

Maybe I set my expectations too high, but the place didn't totally feel like Rogue to me. While half of the 30 taps poured Rogue beers, a few displays of bottled Rogue beers around, and a poster in the bathroom telling of the biggest "bathroom toast" ever hosted (with Yellow Snow IPA, no less), it felt more like a standard bar and restaurant. A handful of patrons at the bar during the lunch hour, and maybe a table or two occupied.

I knew this would be my best chance to try Rogue beers I couldn't easily get, so I ordered two Rogue beers with my lunch (more on lunch later). "Standards" like the Hazelnnut Brown, Chocolate Stout, and Mocha Porter were pouring, also some I2PA, Menage A Frog, Double Mocha Porter. The guest list consisted of California breweries. And why are there no prices listed next to the beers? Now I have to take guesses at what my bill's going to be. I had no problems with the condition of my beer, but I had hoped that, since this is a Rogue tap house, that glassware would be more specialized than simply slapping a Rogue name on a shaker pint. They also had a tall yet narrow hexagonal glass for the stronger offerings. My beers were $5.50 and $2, the latter being a victim of a happy hour that I didn't know existed.

I learned what a Menage A Frog was thanks to the bartender, who answered away at customer beer questions. Then came my Kobe beef hot dog with carmlized onions and blue cheese. Maybe it's my recent blue cheese kick, but that stuff totally made my meal. Having creamy house mustard also livened up my dog.

Even though I held higher expectations, I walked out a happy person. It was a beautiful warm day in San Fran and baseball season was underway. Being in the city at that time was exciting, and downing beer and a dog during that moment made an already great afternoon even better.

DoubleJ, Apr 04, 2011
Photo of francisweizen
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%

This place is pretty good as the atmosphere is very lively and the bar and wooden tables are pretty nice as well...The quality of all of the rogue beers is usually very good recently and the guest taps round out the selection to about 40 quality draughts with many rogues bombers and growlers to go as well. The food is the same as at the other Rogue outposts, meaning that it is solid if not slightly expensive and bland. Service is always pretty good, and a few of the bartenders are real gems...I like Rogue and love trying their myriad of new beers every few weeks or so, I'm also quite partial to a Kobe beef burger every now and again, and as such I always find myself here every few months. Still when I was a NB local, I found myself here much more often...

francisweizen, May 21, 2007
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

throwback, Feb 25, 2014
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Rogue Ales Public House in San Francisco, CA
91 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.