The Monk's Kettle

The Monk's KettleThe Monk's Kettle
The Monk's KettleThe Monk's Kettle
Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

3141 16th St
San Francisco, California, 94103-3334
United States

(415) 865-9523 | map
monkskettle.com

Notes:
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.38
Reviews:
77
Ratings:
134
pDev:
11.19%
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Reviews by Bshaw22:
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Bshaw22 from Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Oct 29, 2014
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jophish17 from Georgia

4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Aug 21, 2019
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heymikew from California

4.34/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Probably has the best quality beer of the many places to get craft beer along the 16th Street corridor. This is more of a "trendy" place (the rest of the places are dives) and the prices reflect that.

Jun 12, 2019
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Richie_C_Johnson from Minnesota

4.56/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Feb 16, 2018
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atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Jan 14, 2018
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VashonGuy from Washington

4.38/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

May 30, 2017
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RobJDay from Massachusetts

4.68/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

Really good experience here trying some new beers and having a quick meal. The service was excellent. The bartender knew a lot about the beer he was serving. My only knock is how small it was - but that happens

Jan 27, 2017
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ha-sheem from North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Jan 17, 2017
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John1985 from Tennessee

4.31/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Jul 05, 2016
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cherche from Washington

4.54/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Jun 17, 2016
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Beer21 from Florida

4.75/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

May 31, 2016
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billab914 from Virginia

4.39/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

May 05, 2016
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StoutSnob40 from California

4.56/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Mar 19, 2016
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BarrytheBear from Wisconsin

4.06/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Mar 07, 2016
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mactrail from Washington

3.48/5  rDev -20.5%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25

I will grant that this is a place with plenty of interesting beers that seem to be chosen more for weirdness and rarity, which will please many. For those who pursue the top 500 list, you can get a nip of Fantome Saison, Sucaba, and Abyss if you're willing to pay the price. I objected to the $8.75 pirce for the 10 oz American Pale ale from Santa Cruz, but you can get a whole pint of Firestone DBA for the same price, so you can say it's just San Francisco.

The other nice thing is the wall of glassware between the tall carved back bar endpieces. But the noise is so deafening with people yelling over the sound system. It's so cramped and uncomfortable, no matter how good it looks, I drink my one beer and get out. The food is also lovely and they seemed to be selling a lot of the $17 burgers. The fried chicken wins the beauty award. You can see the food menu as well as current beers online, which is also a plus if you're looking for a reason to visit on any given day. But go when it's warm enough to sit at the few sidewalk tables-- though the time I noticed empty seats was a damp, chilly evening.

Feb 07, 2016
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frasergrove from California

4.41/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Tiny corner spot near 16/Mission in SF. Some outside seating, some funky bar seating as well as booths inside. The beer selection (while pricy) is great...same goes for the food. Nice people there and a good vibe...but your wallet may hurt if you stay for too many!

Jan 24, 2016
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carniwhore from California

5/5  rDev +14.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Jan 13, 2016
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amano_h from Oregon

4.86/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

The Monk's Kettle pretty much ruined the Mission District bar crawl for me, simply because there's really no other place worth visiting in the Mission District after you've been (and have been promptly seated at) to the Monk's Kettle.

Where to even begin. The food at Monk's Kettle is out of this world; I've never once been disappointed with their Monk's Daily Sandwich, and the charcuterie board is a home run if you're just stopping by for a few casual drinks late in the afternoon. If you end up staying for dinner, like I usually end up doing once I see the lines forming outside, their trout is a delightful combination of juicy and chewy (two adjectives I don't commonly associate together with fish), and I double dog dare anyone to NOT fall in love with their duck confit. It's impossible, I swear.

The beers. By now everyone has that one friend who is absolutely bonkers about craft beer. When I say absolutely bonkers, I mean that this one friend is the one that drives four-five hours to a different state for bottle releases, will look his nose down at you for drinking an IPA out of a nonic pint glass, and publicly shame anyone who thinks Blue Moon is a "craft beer." Monk's Kettle is kind of like that annoying friend, except he has an ulterior motive to be nice to you in that he wants your money. So imagine that the one beard-toting, hop-sniffing, pot-belly-having, brewery t-shirt wearing friend suddenly had some sort of a lightning epiphany and decided he wanted to share all of his prized possessions with you (in exchange for money) and you pretty much have the Monk's Kettle.

For those of you that speak beer, the Monk's Kettle is one of two places that I can count on to carry Russian River Brewing Company's Pliny the Elder on tap at any given day of the year. They also have around 25+ taps of beer, primarily from CA (Cellarmaker and Firestone Walker being the usual suspects) with some other choice curations from around the US and Europe. They also have an extensive, yet somehow rotating bottle list as well which includes a vintage ($$$) sour/stout selection; a very curious selection of hard-to-find (albeit grossly marked up) Belgian beers with the likes of De Dolle Brouwers, Brasserie De la Senne, and Oud Beersel; and for extra brownie points, they also serve the original Leipziger Gose here as well.

If by some chance you're that one absolutely bonkers guy and are still sporting a resting meh face even after reading the above paragraph, Monk's Kettle is also a long-time participant of Pliny the Younger Day (February); on top of that they regularly have themed tap events, like hosting a vertical of all the years and variants of Deschutes' the Abyss, for example.

My advice for any beer-oriented guy or gal looking for a good time in the Mission District would be to shut up and let Monk's Kettle take your money.

Jan 07, 2016
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bouncepass from California

4.69/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Dec 20, 2015
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Claytonis from California

4.79/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Dec 15, 2015
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tshanahan from California

4.85/5  rDev +10.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Always have a definitive beer geek list to salivate over. Went for the sour fest earlier this year. West Ashley, Cantillon, Spontaneous Cheer, etc on tap. Prices are a bit high. Their staff is well trained though and the place is really well kept.

Oct 14, 2015
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bostonbeans from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

Aug 15, 2015
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jloomis from Florida

4.38/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Jul 24, 2015
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Brown120 from Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

May 23, 2015
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mayorQuimby from Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

May 13, 2015
The Monk's Kettle in San Francisco, CA
Place rating: 4.38 out of 5 with 134 ratings