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Kells Irish Restaurant and Bar

$$ - $$$
Financial District
Irish, Bar, Pub, British
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530 Jackson St, San Francisco, CA 94133-5131
6:00 pm - 2:00 am
Closed now
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Mon - Fri 6:00 pm - 2:00 am
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Phoenix, AZ.
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

When you walk into an Irish restaurant with a menu you expect Shepard's pie (they have it), or other Irish fare (they have it). What I didn't expect were tri-tip beef sliders and mash potatoes, Bangers (sausage) and mash yes but not beef sliders. I though live on the edge, so I ordered a Dewars whiskey and the sliders. The... More 

Thank Lemuelovich
Hermiston, Oregon
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24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband I like to find good food when we travel. Well who doesn't. We prefer non chain little hole in the wall places. But hey when your craving corned beef in San Fran where else but Kells. The corned beef was really good and we liked the atmosphere too. Thumbs up for Kells!!

Thank Consitter
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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68 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have often ate in Irish bars in the US when looking for good fayre at a good price, didn't get that here - the standard of food was well above that level. My potato skins and burger were excellent...but J's chowder and pork dish (off the specials) were of an even higher standard. Overall - very good.

Thank Steve L
Eureka, California
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30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2016

We literally stumbled on this Irish pub while wandering around trying to find some eats after leaving the wharf area. A cozy little establishment tucked away near Chinatown and the financial district, it had an old world Irish charm. We arrived early enough for dinner so it wasn't crowded and our service was prompt. We had the shepherd's pie and... More 

Thank VWalk78
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86 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2016

we went in here twice. It's in a convenient spot if you're heading back into the city centre after visiting the piers. We liked that the food was tasty and portions were manageable unlike so many places in the US.

Thank Mandy C
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55 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2016 via mobile

We wanted to go for a Drink only, but we recognized immedeate that the Service Lady didn't like that at all. Very unfriendly we got the Beer and Cider. For a New one we had to Hunt for the lady. Our Kids didn't even get a second drink (water and coke) - even my question for it was ignored, the... More 

Thank Opoeler
Las Vegas, Nevada
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35 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 19, 2016

Stopped in here with a friend to have dinner before a nearby event. Yes I know this is in Chinatown, but we weren't in the mood for Chinese food. We got a table and had dinner. Neither of us got drinks so I can't comment on the bar. I got a burger and fries and it was good. But we... More 

Thank Candace S
North Linolnshire
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 17, 2016 via mobile

My husband and I called on For drinks and some food on a Thursday night. I'm a flight attendant and have layovers in San Francisco a couple of times a month staying at a hotel very close to Kells which makes it a good place for us on the evening we land when we just want a drink and to... More 

Thank moowliscious
Hillsborough, California
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168 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 10, 2016

A great Irish pub in San Francisco, I always like to swing by and grab a pint of Guinness whenever i'm in the area.

Thank Jeffrey H
Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 9, 2016

The owner, Paul, went so over the top for drinks, food and making sure we all had a great time, that he has earned the title of bar GOD! He was remarkable in his interaction with his patrons. We went here 3 days around the SB it was so great!

Thank Ron P

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$20 - $25
Irish, Bar, Pub, British
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
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
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

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

Staying in Financial District

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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