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American, Irish, Bar, Pub
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Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
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Takeout, Seating, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service, Free Wifi, Live Music
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South Beach
0.3 miles from Market Street
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Reviewed May 29, 2022 via mobile

Excellent staff. Friendly and efficient. Food is great value for money with a pretty wide choice. Probably the most value for money evening meal in San Francisco. Well worth a visit

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed May 4, 2022 via mobile

My normal go to Irish Pub was closed so I went to this convenient to our hotel pub. They place is small but not crowded at 530 on a weeknight. Great selection of whisky and absolutely delicious Sheppards pie. Would be a great place to...stop before or after a Giants game.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed March 28, 2022 via mobile

Food average we had fish but it was very watery there is a new singer there but no as good as the previous one his choice of material was poor and not enjoyable we always pays 3 to 4 visits when on holiday but think...next time give it a missMore

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed March 27, 2022 via mobile

Just had a wonderful evening in the Chieftain. Went few a few drinks, there was a group of friends playing Irish tunes, then decided to stay for food. All in the best evening of our holiday, from the service to the food. If you have...the time, trust me and visit. Thanks guysMore

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed March 20, 2022

We've been in this pub before, but decided to eat dinner there as it was next to our hotel and we were tired after a very busy day playing tourists. Typical Irish pub menu ... if you like that sort of thing you'll find something...you love. Hubs was very happy with the beers on tap. I had a decent glass of wine. They make their own curry sauce and it was the best ever! I went for spicy wings, typical pub fare, but they were great ... the ranch was really good and came with a good helping of carrots/celery. DH's burger was fabulous; he loved it. Prices for convention area of the city were extremely good! We're in the city often (live South Bay) so would definitely come in again even if not staying next door. Oh yes, great service too. The Bartender was super friendly and helpful.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed December 10, 2021

After a long day of walking, sweating, aching and sweating some more, the thing we needed most was a pint. I mean, food! The thing we needed most was a decent meal...with a pint. Or two. Thank goodness the Chieftain was within easy walking distance...from our hotel, because our poor old bones were aching something fierce that night. After confirming our vaccination status, our waitress Marie told us to pick a table, then dropped off a couple of menus. First order of business were those pints (Guinness ($9) for him, Kilkenny ($9) for me). For dinner, I went rogue and ordered a Caesar salad ($11) and a side of their Brussels sprouts ($10), while my husband ordered the Full English Breakfast ($21). They weren't too busy that night. There were a couple people at the bar, and a couple groups spread out at tables within the dining room. We were huddled on one of the high tables, nursing our beers, when the first plates started to appear. I hope the picture of the Caesar salad doesn't freak anyone out. I didn't realize when I took it that the anchovies were so prominent, and it definitely made my husband twitch when he first saw it. Still, the salad was fresh and filling, and I did so love the bite of saltiness provided by the anchovies. Though, by the time I got around to cutting into the third one, the fishiness of it all did start to overwhelm. The Brussels were both crispy and perfectly cooked. They were served in a soy-based marinade, so they were very much on the salty side. I'm glad my husband was willing to share that side with me, as I was fairly well past my sodium intake for the day. We ordered another round of beers (another Kilkenny for me - I'm never going to say no to Kilkenny on tap, and that's a fact - and a Smithwick's ($8) for my husband) while we were polishing off our plates. My husband gave a thumb's up to the full English breakfast, though he was a little sad that the black pudding serving was so puny. Still, it was enough to fill him up and stuck to his ribs, which was what he needed. We don't usually visit a restaurant more than once during a trip - preferring to explore a city through their dining options as much as possible - but we very nearly went back for another round of food and beer before moving on to our next city. I'm kind of sad we didn't, honestly.More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed July 31, 2020

Stopped in barhopping with friends and we had a hard time tearing ourselves out of there! Bartender was top-notch and we made buddies all ends of the pub. Good cider. If I lived in San Francisco, this would be my regular spot.

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed December 23, 2019 via mobile

I was in the City at Moscone for the American Geophysical Union annual meeting. My student worked crew on events and knew the area and this pub. So we went for lunch. First it is cozy and homey. In fact i apologize to the locals...for filling it up. Food exceeded my expectations. I had hamburger and fries. The fries were perfect, like a well executed French bistro. Crisp double fried, and they were steak cut. Often i hate pub food because the fries are awful. Not here. And the hamburger was excellent. High quality meat. Very good service and the manager checked on us. Recommend this place and will come againMore

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed October 16, 2019

I just want to send out a huge thank you to mark! I had visited the bar and left my favourite sweater. I wasn’t from the area and was already on the move to my next location, not coming back to San Francisco. I contacted...the bar and Mark not only found my sweater but shipped it to me. Thank you so much for your hospitality. I hope to be back to visit one day. Until then, cheers!More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Debbie N, Guest Relations Manager at The Chieftain Irish Pub & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded October 20, 2019

Thanks for stopping in, glad you had a good time and we were able to help return your favorite sweater to you. All the best from us at The Chieftain. Cheers!

Reviewed October 2, 2019 via mobile

We stopped in for a late supper while working an event in town. Great food and service! Perfect place to grab dinner and drinks to watch a ball game!

Date of visit: September 2019
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Debbie N, Guest Relations Manager at The Chieftain Irish Pub & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded October 9, 2019

Thanks for stopping in and taking the time to review. Happy you enjoyed the food. Look forward to seeing you guys again soon. Cheers.

Reviewed September 19, 2019

My husband and I were in town for the ADA convention and got away between classes at the Moscone Center to grab lunch at the Chieftain. What a great spot! It was a busy lunch service, but we didn’t have to wait long for a...table, or to get our food. We both had the Caesar Salad. I had grilled steak on mine and my husband had grilled chicken. It was very good. I was so happy to see actual anchovies on my salad! So many places don't do that any more! The grilled steak was a tad overdone and looked like the diced-up remnants of a leftover piece of meat, but it was seasoned properly and tasty. The service was fast and friendly, and the atmosphere was busy but fun. I have no real complaints. If I find myself needing a meal at the next convention at the MC I’ll probably stroll down to the Chieftain again!More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Debbie N, Owner at The Chieftain Irish Pub & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded September 24, 2019

Thank you so much for stopping by and then taking the time to review, we very much appreciate it. Look forward to seeing you again the next time you are in town. All the best

Reviewed August 26, 2019

We were in San Francisco for a wedding and wanted to have an Irish breakfast. We found the Chieftain and could not have been happier. The Irish breakfast was great. The brown bread was excellent. The bottomless mimosa was wonderful. There was a lively crowd...watching soccer while we were there. It definitely added to the festive atmosphere. We were really happy to find the place!More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Debbie N, Owner at The Chieftain Irish Pub & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded August 28, 2019

Thank you for visiting! We're glad you had such a great time, and we look forward to seeing you next time you're in town!

Reviewed August 26, 2019

We stayed close by , and stumbled upon the bar. The food was authentic and the drinks were refreshing. I had Guinness and wings. . Our server Robin) was outstanding and served as our bartender. Great place for drinks and folk/ jazz music on the...weekends.More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Debbie N, Owner at The Chieftain Irish Pub & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded August 28, 2019

Thanks for the five stars, Frank! Stop in and see us again soon!

Reviewed May 27, 2019

So glad we stopped by here for drinks. Great little bar, very Irish. Great beer selections, did not eat but looked yummy.

Date of visit: May 2019
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Debbie N, Owner at The Chieftain Irish Pub & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded May 29, 2019

We're glad too! Thanks for the great review!

Reviewed May 21, 2019 via mobile

I’m a huge fan of Irish food and this is some of the best I’ve had in a while. The restaurant was packed at 6 on a Tuesday which was surprising. We ordered a couple of the Guinness mixes. My husband did the anchor Guinness...mix which didn’t mix super well but wasn’t bad. I had a black velveteen which was good though I wish the cider was strongbow. My family orders shepherds pie, Irish stew and bangers and mash. These were all good. The soda bread was great and the bread pudding was also very good. Finally, the two waitresses were fantastic. This is some of the best service we have received in Northern California. We never had to wait for anything. Overall, I would definitely recommend this place.More

Date of visit: May 2019
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Debbie N, Owner at The Chieftain Irish Pub & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded May 23, 2019

Thank you for deciding to stop in! Your review and generous recommendation are much appreciated, and we hope to see you and yours in again sometime!

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The Chieftain Irish Pub & Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5