The Monk's Kettle

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The Monk's KettleThe Monk's Kettle
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The Monk's KettleThe Monk's Kettle
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

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

(415) 865-9523 | map
monkskettle.com

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Added by NikStique on 12-07-2007

PLACE STATS
Reviews:
76
Ratings:
132
pDev:
11.19%
 
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Reviews by ericfb18:
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4.65/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

In San Francisco on business...visited twice - 5/15 & 5/16.

Place gets quite busy...but for this beer selection, it's worth it! Beer list is about 4-5 pages long, with solid choices all around. Be ready to pay for it though. I had, over the two nights, an Old Rasputin XII, Cuvee de Tomme, Fou Foune and a Supplication. The beer list on their website seems to be very well maintained so always up-to-date. Prices are listed to give you an idea of what to expect.

Service was good...bartenders could be a little more knowledgeable about what they are selling, but were very attentive. Had an excellent cheese platter, but no entree...menu looked great though.

Highly recommended to anyone in town...well worth the visit.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Richie_C_Johnson
4.56/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of atlbravsrno1
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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

Photo of RobJDay
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

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Photo of ha-sheem
4.38/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of John1985
4.31/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

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

Photo of Beer21
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of billab914
4.39/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of StoutSnob40
4.56/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

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

Photo of mactrail
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.

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Photo of frasergrove
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!

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

Photo of amano_h
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.

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

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

Photo of tshanahan
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.

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

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

Photo of Brown120
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

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

Photo of Motchy
1.55/5  rDev -64.6%
vibe: 1 | quality: 2 | service: 1 | selection: 2 | food: 1

Wowwww! Never have I seen a place with such a stupid table policy. We were denied a table to sit at 10:30PM on Friday and were asked to stand around the full bar whilst 3 tables remained spare..

We left and didn't have a beer that time, though I came earlier in the day and the waiting staff were terrible as we'd only ordered a pretzel so that we could sit outside, it was a bit absurd.

Such an odd place, good beer selection but god awful people you'll have to deal with. You can do better for the area

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Photo of HookemHoos
3.2/5  rDev -26.9%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

The service was awful. They had a good selection of beers, but nothing that you couldn't find in other, less pricey bars in the same neighborhood.

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The Monk's Kettle in San Francisco, CA
Place rating: 4.38 out of 5 with 132 ratings