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Kells Irish Restaurant and Bar

Financial District
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530 Jackson St, San Francisco, CA 94133-5131
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6:00 pm - 2:00 am
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Mon - Fri 6:00 pm - 2:00 am
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Seating

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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great Place for a Burger at the Bar

This is a neighborhood bar just off Columbus at Jackson Street. The bar has a friendly feel and the bartenders have been around the block a few times. I've had the burger twice. Good portions, once with FF's> they were good, and once with a salad> also good. Kells also has a basement area for... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Bill C
Boston, Massachusetts
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Families with children
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English first
Boston, Massachusetts
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95 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a neighborhood bar just off Columbus at Jackson Street. The bar has a friendly feel and the bartenders have been around the block a few times. I've had the burger twice. Good portions, once with FF's > they were good, and once with a salad > also good. Kells also has a basement area for comedy and entertainment.

Thank Bill C
Charlotte, North Carolina
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103 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2015

This restaurant was within walking distance of the Hilton Financial and offered a change from the many Asian and Italian restaurants in the area. We were there at about 6pm on a Saturday night for dinner. It was not crowded at all. My husband had the "Chicken Pot Pie" which was a bowl of the Chicken "filling" topped with a... More 

Thank justmaryp
Manteca, California
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121 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

My son and are we on one of SF outings and stopped in here for something to drink and an appetizer. I was hoping for Magner's on tap but they only had it in a bottle, which turned out to be just as good. The potato skins made this visit worth it. They are absolutely fabulous! If you are in... More 

Thank Tina C
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220 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

The locals are the reason to try this place. It has a full bar and great food. located next to everything. lunch, dinner and just a great happy hour. Some of the most unique food you will ever try. Found myself eating things I don't like.

Thank steve and lisa K
Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Packed place it was though the two floors made it a little easier to find a place on a Saturday night. The bartender was very sweet and helped us with the drinks. good food, good music and also has a dance floor. Just the place you would want to chill after a tiring day.

Thank Anayabindra
Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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13 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

Visited this place for the first time, with friends. I loved the liveliness of the place. The bartenders were courteous and helpful in helping us decide in drinks, there was ample seating despite a packed house, awesome music, an open dance floor, and a quaint little place downstairs too. The party goes on till late in the night (last bar... More 

Thank PickyTraveller20
British Columbia
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32 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

We ate here twice and enjoyed it both times. Our Irish waitress remembered us, and gave us excellent service. Their soda bread is tasty, as is all their Irish fare. Can't comment on the non-Irish food because we didn't try any. The bar that opens off Jackson has a nice ambiance, but when you use the bathroom you have to... More 

Thank Typh00n
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

My wife and I visited Kell's bar as we were staying at the Hilton Financial District and the bar is just round the corner on Jackson Street. Each time we went there we had a warm welcome by all the staff. Plenty of beer selection and the food was excellent and served very quickly.

Thank sospangar
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84 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013 via mobile

This Pub lives up to the name, it actually is a pub as opposed to many American bars that are "pub" in name only. Quaint and cozy, it can get noisey during happy hours. Service is good and the sheppard's pie is very good. Beer and whisky selection is good too. I wish they offered proper chips instead of those... More 

Thank MajorBrad
Sacramento, California
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90 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2012

Unusual Irish Stew (to me) in that it is made with lamb and has the strong flavor of fennel. The consistency is a broth rather than a gravy. It is served with a salad but no bread and is $9. My companion had the pulled pork sandwich with fries and she enjoyed it. It did amaze me that they ran... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 530 Jackson St, San Francisco, CA 94133-5131
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Financial District
  • Neighborhood: Financial District
  • Phone Number: 415-955-1916

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20 - 25
  • Cuisine: Irish, British, Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene, Families with children


Open Hours
6:00 pm - 2:00 am
6:00 pm - 2:00 am
6:00 pm - 2:00 am
6:00 pm - 2:00 am
6:00 pm - 2:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Neighborhood Profile
Financial District
The Financial District lies just east of Chinatown but can seem a world apart given it’s San Francisco’s version of Wall Street. The rush of business people make up a hectic weekday and add to a frenetic pace of life, but visitors who spend a few hours walking the narrow streets will be rewarded with fine examples of historic and contemporary architecture, including the iconic Transamerica Pyramid. After business hours, bars and restaurants quickly fill up with happy hour revelers. Stocks aren’t the only kind of market being followed, the Ferry Building Marketplace on the Embarcadero is a gourmet food emporium and farmers market that will satisfy anyone working up an appetite.
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