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Thirsty Bear Brewing Company

661 Howard St, San Francisco, CA 94105 (South Beach)
(415) 974-0905
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Ranked #575 of 4,950 Restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $8 - $18
Hours:
Sun 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Cuisines: Tapas
Neighborhood: South Beach
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Good for: Bar scene, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: 3rd Street
Transit: New Montgomery Station MUNI & BART
Description: ThirstyBear is the first & only Certified Organic brewery in San Francisco!! Pairing Spanish cuisine of Tapas & Paellas with hand-crafted organic beer, sangria, Spanish & California wines, & full bar with premium spirits. ThirstyBear serves only sustainable harvested seafood; all natural meats free of growth hormones & synthetic additives; and local organic seasonal produce. ThirstyBear recycles all paper, glass, aluminum & plastic. We compost all organic matter; we recycle our cooking oil into biodiesel. Our menu paper is post consumer recyled; our to-go containers are recylable & or compostable. We use energy efficient lighting, heating, cooling & conserve water in the brewery & restaurant. Feel Great about what you eat & drink here!! We're an establishment that cares about your health & our environment!! Support your local Organic Brewery!!
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Ashland
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12 reviews 12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

I went here to rest my feet and relax while I was in the city for a conference. I got the beet salad and it was average. The menu looked good however and I'm sure the other items would have been better. The cocktail I ordered was strong and tasty. Great atmosphere and a well decorated bar.

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Ron S, Owner at Thirsty Bear Brewing Company, responded to this review

Thanks for hanging out with us on your break, Jamie! I'm a little bummed the beet salad was only average, but other than that I'm thrilled the rest of your experience went so well. You'll definitely have to give us another shot and try a few more things off the menu! Cheers, Ron, Owner More

San Francisco, California
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

How can you go wrong with fresh beer and tapas? Excellent place to which I can keep returning everytime I have the chance or am in the neighborhood. Parking is a hassle.

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Ron S, Owner at Thirsty Bear Brewing Company, responded to this review

Thanks for reaching out -- thrilled to see you've liked your experiences down here. Here's my challenge to you: next time you make it down, try a beer you've never tried before and let us know how it goes! Until then, Ron, Owner More

North Charleston, South Carolina
Top Contributor
101 reviews 101 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Amazing place. They have different varieties. I played also first time darts- which i have never done before. Service is amazing. Especially worth mentioning is Nicole Held- Banquet Manager- outstanding , great service personnel. Meant for hospitality industry They have new and variety of things including with eggs or so -very tasty and nice..Some of them i have never heard... More

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Ron S, Owner at Thirsty Bear Brewing Company, responded to this review

Thank you so much for this! Can't wait til next Oracle Open World to welcome you back in -- see you then. Cheers, Ron, Owner More

Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

Tend to visit here once a year, and it's a great place for a larger group to visit - interesting selection of craft beers, and a good tapas menu which everyone can order and share.

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Ron S, Owner at Thirsty Bear Brewing Company, responded to this review

Wish we got to see you more than once a year, Tim! I really appreciate the thoughtful review, and look forward to having you back in next time. Cheers, Ron, Owner More

San Francisco, California
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

I went here for a work event, for lunch, so I didn't try the beer. But I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised by the food! I usually do not like brewpub food, so I was pretty happy to find good food here. I split a kale caesar salad with a coworker. It was the perfect size to split... More

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Ron S, Owner at Thirsty Bear Brewing Company, responded to this review

You'll definitely have to come back for a brew, Aimee -- it's a perfect pair to the food. I'm thrilled you enjoyed everything, and look forward to having you back! Let us know when you do. Cheers, Ron, Owner More

cheshire
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140 reviews 140 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 via mobile

We met a friend there for an early drink yesterday evening and shared a few tapas. It was busy and noisy as you might expect on a Friday evening but a good atmosphere and efficient staff. The tapas, ok we had 6, were all delicious as were the cocktails. Now for the beer.....to our taste, as Brits, we thought that... More

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Ron S, Owner at Thirsty Bear Brewing Company, responded to this review

Thanks for joining us! Glad to hear the food and cocktails were good, but none of our beer including our cask conditioned beers should never be cloudy? Sorry to hear thiswas served to you... If you're still in the area, I'd love to have you back down to try a few of our other brews! If not, take care and... More

Franklin, Tennessee
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1,259 reviews 1,259 reviews
856 restaurant reviews
431 helpful votes 431 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

Perfect location near our hotel and Marconi. The beer was excellent, especially the flights. We got the burger special with the hand made potatoes. Both delicious. The place has a nice ambience and service was good.

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Ron S, Owner at Thirsty Bear Brewing Company, responded to this review

Looks like you got through a little bit of the menu, that's great to hear, Anthony! Hope the beers added something special to your trip out, and would love to have you in again when you make it back to SF. Cheers, Ron, Owner More

Birmingham
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114 reviews 114 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

Tends to be fairly busy particularly when there's a convention, popular with locals and visitors,. A good selection of their own brewed beers (Howard St IPA is excellent). A good menu including excellent burgers and even Flamenco Dancing one night a week.

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Ron S, Owner at Thirsty Bear Brewing Company, responded to this review

We're all about taking care of Thirsty People! Glad to hear you liked what we're doing! Hope we get to see you in for another one soon. All the best, Ron, Owner More

Honolulu, Hawaii
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

Food was good, craft beers and full bar with a fairly full happy hour crowd. It's right in the hotel, Moscone center area, so you get a mix of locals and tourists. Easy from the W or St. Regis, fairly priced and if you are walking to or from the ball park it's an easy stop.

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Ron S, Owner at Thirsty Bear Brewing Company, responded to this review

Thanks for hanging out, Byron. Glad you enjoyed your time here! Hopefully you'll get to make it back on your next trip to SF. I always enjoy Duke's while in Honolulu! Cheers, Ron, Owner More

Merced, CA
Top Contributor
67 reviews 67 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I was attending a conference at Moscone and needed a quick lunch option between sessions. This place turned ou to be perfect. I was able to get a spot at the bar immediately. Had a delicious burger with manchego cheese and caramelized onions topped with roasted garlic aioli. Washed it down with a delicious Panda Bear Ale with hints of... More

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Ron S, Owner at Thirsty Bear Brewing Company, responded to this review

Good food and beer between sessions? Sounds good to me! Thanks for joining us at the bar -- happy to see you enjoyed everything. If you're still in town, try to make it over to sample a few more beers off the menu! Cheers, Ron, Owner More

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