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Thirsty Bear Brewing Company

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661 Howard St, San Francisco, CA 94105 (3rd Street)
+1 415-974-0905
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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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
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really enjoyed the food(started with the mushroom flatbread and then finished with the thirsty burger)... but didn't really care for the beers...if you like hoppy and IPAs, it'll be for you... just not my style. Solid service and a little on the high side, but a solid meal.

Thank wemarionFishnGolf
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had live flamenco dancing while we were there. Arrived after 7PM. They have two floors, where they have a pool table on the second floor. The food took a while to get to us but the flavor was worth the wait. Boyfriend liked their beer also.

Thank Roxana C
Lake Tahoe (California), California
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216 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I only gave it a 4 out of 5 because we did not eat there. We stopped by and tried some of their beers, which were very good. The place is huge and looks like it would be a super fun place to hang out they have darts and pool tables. I would definitely go back.

Thank eric F
State College, Pennsylvania
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18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Mushroom flatbread is excellent. Folsom Street IPA is really good, but seasonal. If not in season get the Howard Street IPA.

Thank Greg M
Duryea, Pennsylvania
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83 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We chose this venue for a corporate event during a trade show. We had to make arrangements on short notice, which didn't faze the staff at all. We needed to rent audio/visual equipment and agreed on pricing. You would think this was the end of the story. However, Lissa, the events manager, found a cheaper source for this equipment, saving... More 

Thank David S
Aylesbury, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This "craft brewery" really didn't hit the mark with me. I visited on a Wednesday and when we arrived it was basically empty, but filled up rapidly. The beers, brewed in-house apparently, were all massively over-citra flavoured. As someone who doesn't enjoy that style of beer I found nothing on the menu to my liking and resorted to wine. The... More 

Thank Mark B
San Francisco, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 20, 2017

While their tapas are tasty, there are other options in the city that are less crowded and expensive. This place has gotten a bit too trendy, and sometimes there's an unnecessarily long wait.

Thank Mike G
Redwood City, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2017 via mobile

The tapas at Thirsty Bear are mostly just OK. The empanadas were excellent, the pistou (ratatouille with Manchego cheese melted on top) was good, but the shrimp & octopus paella was a bit fishy, the mushroom flatbread pizza was way too salty (they just added this to the menu, so that might improve soon) and the sangria was sub-par. If... More 

Thank LjWrwc
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2017 via mobile

Good collection of beer and tapas. It was very busy when we went. We were struggling to find any service in the beginning, but we enjoyed our time in the end.

Thank Shady S
River Vale, NJ
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2017 via mobile

Great place for small plates and drinks. When visiting San Fran, I always try to make my way here. This time I had the family in tow. We enjoyed several different Tapas, with everyone getting a taste. Crispy pork ribs, grilled octopus, steak skewers, broccolini, flatbreads, shrimp in garlic sauce - just to name a few. Add some excellent local... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$8 - $18
Bar, Spanish, Pub, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Large groups, Special occasions, Bar scene
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 661 Howard St, San Francisco, CA 94105
    (3rd Street)
  • Public Transportation: New Montgomery Station MUNI & BART
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > SoMa
  • Neighborhood: SoMa
  • Phone Number: +1 415-974-0905
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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