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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 4,920 restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $8 - $18
Cuisines: Tapas
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Good for: Bar scene, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: South Beach
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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Nottingham, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Food especially the tapas was very good innovative with different beers service very good good just one point when lace half empty don't sit people at the back make the place look fuller!overall a good experience

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

Happy to see you enjoyed your experience with us, Sarah. Looks like you got to try a few different beers -- I'm excited you that you were a fan of them all. On your next trip to SF we'd love to have you back in! Cheers, Ron, Owner More

Larbert, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Beer excellent. Tapas - expensive bigger portions would give feeling of being looked after! What we did have was nice, expensive tho for what it was!

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

Thanks for hanging out with us! It's awesome to see you liked the beer. As for the food, we use only the freshest and highest quality ingredients around, so we price our plates accordingly. If we could load up your plates more, we definitely would! Hope to see you in again on your next trip to SF. Cheers, Ron, Owner More

Helsinki, Finland
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Great beer, great atmosphere, nice snacks. The place is pretty busy and loud. Didn't eat dinner so don't know about that. Hard to get a table.

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

Great to see we were able to show you a good time on your visit to SF! Sorry you didn't get to eat dinner, but if you liked the snacks I'm sure you'd love having a whole meal with us. Can't wait to see you again on your next visit. Cheers, Ron, Owner More

San Francisco, CA
Top Contributor
151 reviews 151 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

We were a party of 12 who were well accommodated as our numbers grew. Service was very good with prompt drink ordering and service. The food service was a little bit slower. The Thirsty Bear has a great pub atmosphere, busy and it is loud but not excessively so. The beer selection is good and I especially appreciated the cask... More

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

A night out with a party of 12 sounds like an amazing time -- thanks for spending it with us. I'm really glad you enjoyed the tapas and beer! That cask IPA is a great choice -- one of my personal favorites. As for the smaller glasses, it's all part of making your beer experience even better! The glasses allow... More

Waterville Valley, New Hampshire
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94 reviews 94 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
124 helpful votes 124 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

I stopped by the Thirsty Bear Brewing Company while in San Francisco on business. The Thirsty Bear occupies a deep storefront on Howard Street, with a very pleasant gastropub aesthetic. The front area of the space is all bar and nicely spaced high-top tables, where the back is smaller table arrangements. The service was low-key but very attentive and pleasant... More

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

Thanks for stopping by on your trip to SF, Drew! It's always nice to see that our guests are enjoying both the food and drink -- thanks for the input. I'd love to see you back in here on your next trip out west -- we'll have a cold one waiting for you. Cheers, Ron, Owner More

Centurion
Top Contributor
65 reviews 65 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Visited in a group - the beer is very good (get a tasting platter if you've not been there before to help you decide what you like). Tasty tapas rounded it all off - and we left a lot less thirsty than we arrived!

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

Anytime you decide to dine with us, our goal is to send you home with your stomach full and your thirst quenched -- happy we were able to make that happen for you. I'm thrilled you enjoyed your experience with us and hope to see you back on your next trip to SF. Cheers, Ron, Owner More

Newark, Delaware
Top Contributor
126 reviews 126 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Thirsty Bear Brewing was recommended to us by a friend and did not disappoint! They brew all their own beer which was appealing to my husband and me as we always like to try new beers. The atmosphere was that of a typical brewpub - high ceilings, loud, and busy. We had reservations, however, so we were able to get... More

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

I was feeling a bit adventurous back in 1996 when I decided to pair our beers with Spanish Cuisine! It's happily surprised a lot of people over time! Thanks for the review and kind words. I'm flattered you thought highly of the beers and experience. Thanks for spending some time with us, we hope to see you again on your... More

San Diego, California
Top Contributor
94 reviews 94 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

I'm a fan of the Thirsty Bear. It's a brewpub first and they make a selection of very good beers served properly. There's a standard line up of beers and usually a couple of seasonals. Food is tapas and generally very good though not all are necessarily authentic Spanish.

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

It's great to hear you're a fan of our house brews, Steve! Seems like you've been by at least a few times, so thanks for your continued support. We appreciate the review, and hope to see you in again soon. Cheers, Ron, Owner More

Toronto
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35 reviews 35 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

The service at this restaurant is not great, seems that no matter how close you sit to the bar you still get forgotten often. Food is supposedly Spanish Tapas, far from it and I'm speaking from experiences in Spain. The beer is ok but certainly nothing to write home about. The great thing about this place is proximity to the... More

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

We work hard to keep the atmosphere in our restaurant lively and inviting to all of our patrons -- I'm glad to see you enjoy it. That said, I apologize for your experience with our service. It seems that it's happened more than once, which is not acceptable. I'll look further into this to make sure that nobody ever feels... More

Wilmington, North Carolina
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

Place was packed when we walked in, so I took that as a good sign. We sat in a little side area away from the bar, but I was put off from the remark the hostess made about the service in that particular seating area (we wouldn't get served as quickly as the other seating areas, it was pretty much... More

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

Hi, thanks for your review. I agree not a good sign to start with a possible poor service disclaimer? I'll be sure to address that approach with our host and management team. There's nothing more important to us than the way we serve our guests. I'll pass on your food comments to our chef and kitchen team. It's always our... More

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