Thirsty Bear

(415) 974-0905 | View Website

661 Howard St, San Francisco, CA | Directions   94105

37.785486 -122.399720

Open Hours

Monday To Thursday From 11:30 AM To 10:00 PM Sunday From 05:00 PM To 10:00 PM Friday From 11:30 AM To 11:00 PM Saturday From 12:00 PM To 11:00 PM

 
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Thirsty Bear
Thirsty Bear
Thirsty Bear

From The Owners of Thirsty Bear

Award winning beers, upscale casual dining

Menu
Spanish Olives with herbs and garlic, House- made pickles, ThirstyBear bar nuts. sugared almonds, pimenton, Organic deviled eggs, chive, pickled shallot, Fried Olives, Stuffed with Duck Sausage ( contains pork product), Date Stuffed with spiced goat cheese, House Smoked Mussel And Cornichon, Marinated Manchego And Membrillo, Quail Egg And Boquerone, Grilled Marinated Mushrooms... more

Reviews for Thirsty Bear

Recommends
3.0
over a year ago

Only for Salt lovers – I've been going to this place for more than 5x and I found it that the foods have become more more saltier each time that I came. The fried calamari used to be very good, but now it's like we can't even finish it coz it's way to salty. Drink selections are good and the ambiance is pretty good. Service was ok..average.

Pretty cool place, but hey..go easy on the salt will ya...

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Great Staff!!!!! – All I have to say is that this place has the hottest waitresses ever. Hands down, sexy, classically beautiful and the drinks were awesome. Best Ketel One Martini I've ever had, and best brews around. The bar staff is SO friendly and personable... go just for the helpful and hot service if nothing else. Paella was darn tasty also!!!!!! Yummy food and waitresses...

Recommends
3.0
over a year ago

Go for the beer, stay away from the food – This is a great place to go for a beer for happy hour. There's usually a pretty lively scene, even post-dot bomb. However, the food is mediocre at best. If you want quality tapas or Spanish food, there are other places in the Misison that are way better and maybe even cheaper.

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

Accomodating staff, despite a long wait – We took some friends from out of town to Thirsty Bear, because it's a different kind of eating experience then they have at home. We made 6:30 reservations on a Friday night, and were not seated until 7:30! However, it was the first time I have experienced SUCH an apologetic staff. The manager came over and apologized profusely, then gave us three appetizer plates for free. This is NOT common in SF, so I was pleased. Overall, the food was great, as was the beer, and the service was very fast. The place is very loud, so it's hard to hear your friends talk, unless you are seated at the windows right on the street. Despite that, I had a great time.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Great happy hour – Had a great time for an office happy hour. The beer selections were unique and the appetizers were excellent. Highly recommend the artichoke thing. It was tasty. Although the beer selection is not huge, the brews offer variety with unique tastes. The atmosphere was fun and energetic and the service was attentive.

Recommends
over a year ago

A slick SoMa brewpub serving Spanish tapas. – During the week, this is a popular after-work beer stop for local tech workers, while on weekends, hotel guests, dates and well-dressed 30-somethings come for the satisfying Spanish fare. The exposed brick walls, shining beer vats and steel beams set an industrial tone, although the space feels warm and convivial. Upstairs is an ideal mingling area, where a lone pool table and two dart boards sit near a second bar. Paella and main courses are served, but the reasonably priced tapas are the most popular, complementing the house-made hops. Solid selections include: wilted spinach leaves with pine nuts and raisins; and tender, fried calamari with capers. Nine brews are typically available--ranging from caramel-flavored Brown Bear Ale to fruity Valencia Wheat. On Tuesdays, less-carbonated cask ales are tapped (and usually kicked by Thursday evening). It's crowded most nights, but the waitstaff is personable.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Sunday FLAMENCO – Thirsty Bear is a great place to hang out and enjoy some tapas like Albondigas, Gambas and Bacalladitos. Wash it down with their hand-crafeted beers or try their specialty drinks like Ibiza Breeze and Thirstyrita. All this, plus enjoying a live Flamenco performance every Sunday at 7pm.

The atmosphere is relaxing, staff is fun and Sangria flows like Niagra Falls. A deffinite SF hot spot, not to be missed.

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

Nothing Exciting – Everybody raves about Thirsty Bear. I'm not sure why. Their beers aren't very good and the food is just average. It sure looks like a really cool place, though. I won't try to go back again but I wouldn't run away screaming if my friends wanted to go.

Recommends
3.0
over a year ago

Decent lunch – Unfortunately, I did not try the beers as I was on work lunch. The beer and tapas menu looked excellent. The lunch menu is nice and offers the aforementioned tapas and five or so sandwiches and salads. We tried the BBQ pork and seared ahi. Both were tasty but a little on the small side. They are served on hamburger sized buns. I left knowing I could have ate more.

The restaurant is in a nice brick building that would be more suited for after-work drinks. I will go back to try the tapas and beers.

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

I'm confused? – The beer is good and so is the food. But at a certain time during the night, they move all the tables and call this place a dance club? As soon as they do that, the overcrowded place, becomes a ghost town? Where's the logic in that?

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Won for:
Beer List (2005)
Nominations Nominated for:
Beer List (2008)
Group Dining (2008)
Small Plates (2008)
Beer List (2007)
Group Dining (2007)
After-Work Bar (2006)
Beer List (2006)
Spanish Food (2005)
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