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Kells Irish Restaurant and Bar

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North Beach / Telegraph Hill
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530 Jackson St, San Francisco, CA 94133-5131
415-955-1916
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 6:00 pm - 2:00 am
Dining options: Late Night
Good for:
Families with children

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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great place

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 4, 2014
Anayabindra
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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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oxnard
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214 reviews 214 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
116 helpful votes 116 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.

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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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.

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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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13 reviews 13 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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 

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British Columbia
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30 reviews 30 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 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 

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Wales
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5 reviews 5 reviews
7 helpful votes 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.

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Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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 

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Sacramento, California
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68 reviews 68 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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Abilene, Texas, United States
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2012

This place is awesome! Great Irish atmosphere with great beer and awesome food! My husband and I went here with our 4 month old daughter, and the staff was so sweet and accommodating to us! Get there early...it turns into more of a bar scene and super crowded later in the evening...which you may want! ;-) The garlic fries are... More 

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120 reviews 120 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2012

This is a good place to go if you want an Irish bar that is actually run by someone from Ireland. A good place to watch a baseball game while having a meal and a beer at the bar as well.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2008

lots of drunk yappies on Fridays, very loud, though they played good music

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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>  > North Beach / Telegraph Hill
  • Neighborhood: North Beach / Telegraph Hill
  • Phone Number: 415-955-1916

Price and Cuisine

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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
Monday
6:00 pm - 2:00 am
Tuesday
6:00 pm - 2:00 am
Wednesday
6:00 pm - 2:00 am
Thursday
6:00 pm - 2:00 am
Friday
6:00 pm - 2:00 am

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in North Beach / Telegraph Hill

Neighborhood Profile
North Beach / Telegraph Hill
The aroma of freshly roasted coffee beans, the sounds of opera, and the sights of the romantic Italian ristorante come together to create the charming neighborhood of North Beach, once the stomping grounds for the Beatnik Generation. Although parts of North Beach are known for nightlife that’s not always suitable for younger visitors, few neighborhoods in the city exude as much European charm and style. Peruse a bookstore for the literature of Kerouac, Ferlinghetti and Ginsberg, grab some gelato and head to Washington Square for a perfect afternoon of people watching. Just east of North Beach, the hills and staircases of Telegraph Hill are a unique delight. At its peak, the art deco Coit Tower provides sweeping panoramic views of the bay and city. The beautifully landscaped Filbert Street Steps, a street too steep for a roadway, rewards those willing to hike uphill. Keep your ears open and you might even hear the squawk of the wild parrots who call this neighborhood home.
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