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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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Mon - Fri 6:00 pm - 2:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
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  • Value
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    4.5 of 5 stars
Loud but Fun

It's a good ol' Irish bar. Loud, but good food, good drinks, and good company. The Shepard's pie was a little unique, but in a delightful way. Their menu is actually pretty varied, offering more than just traditional Irish fare. Don't expect much conversation if you're going there, however.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Jon M
Concord, New Hampshire
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Concord, New Hampshire
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58 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It's a good ol' Irish bar. Loud, but good food, good drinks, and good company. The Shepard's pie was a little unique, but in a delightful way. Their menu is actually pretty varied, offering more than just traditional Irish fare. Don't expect much conversation if you're going there, however.

Thank Jon M
Ontario, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a fun pub to visit after a full day of being tourists. It is clearly a favoured local spot and was very busy and noisy, but full of life. We enjoyed a cold beer and then ordered from their irish menu. The chicken pot pie was definitely a hit with the two of us who ordered it, but... More 

Thank StanleyandMarie
Chester, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Tasty chili and good service. We had been looking for somewhere away from the tourist traps of Fisherman's wharf to settle on a wet afternoon.

Thank CheshireLady
Johnson City, Tennessee
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great place for lunch or dinner, downtown, after a day of shopping. Wide variety of choices, and numerous beer selections. Was extremely busy during my visit, and we waited about 45 minutes for a table. Food was delicious, great service by server.

Thank JCitytraveler701
Spartanburg, South Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

This is definitely a place the locals frequent. There's not a lot of table seating, but there is plenty of bar space, which was crowded during our happy hour visit. Server was friendly and helpful and food was pretty good -- standard pub fare -- the sausage roll appetizer was outstanding and definitely worth a try, esp if you're tired... More 

Thank BillyB32
United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015

Proper (American style) Irish bars (as you'd find in Eastern US) seem had to find in SF. We stumbled across Kells, on the border of China Town, FD and North Beach. The place was faultless, great service, good bar food.

Thank UkSil
Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015

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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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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 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

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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: 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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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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