The Chieftain Irish Pub & Restaurant

The Chieftain Irish Pub & Restaurant

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Hours
Sun
12:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Mon
4:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Tue
4:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Wed
4:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Thu
4:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Fri
12:00 PM - 1:30 AM
Sat
12:00 PM - 1:30 AM
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Ratings and reviews
4.0
4.0 of 5 bubbles

RATINGS
Food
4.2 of 5 bubbles
Service
4.4 of 5 bubbles
Value
4.3 of 5 bubbles
Atmosphere
4.3 of 5 bubbles
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CUISINES
Irish
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
FEATURES
Takeout, Seating, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Table Service, Live Music
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The Chieftain Irish Pub & Restaurant is about quality food, drinks and entertainment, a must stop while living or visiting San Francisco. Enjoy a really great lunch, brunch and dinner paired with an extensive beer selection, fine wines & cocktail menu.
CUISINES
Irish
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
FEATURES
Takeout, Seating, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Table Service, Live Music
4.0
4.0 of 5 bubbles243 reviews
Excellent
81
Very good
109
Average
36
Poor
11
Terrible
6
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.

Jules T
San Jose1370 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 none
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.
Written March 20, 2022
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Binlid88
Hassocks6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 couples
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 guys
Written March 27, 2022
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Herb I
Danville175 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 couples
We were in town for a conference, staying near the convention center. This traditional Irish pub was located literally a few steps away, but transported you to the Emerald Isle. Whether it was a few pints of Guinness or some fish and chips or Shepherds pie, everything was delicious and authentic. It was a bit noisy, but more festive than anything. Highly recommend!!
Written November 21, 2023
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Blake
Chicago130 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 couples
Stopped in here for an early dinner with my partner. It was full of people getting drinks but my focus here was strictly dinner needs. Ordered the chicken burger and my partner got bangers and mash. I was very pleased with the quantity/quality of the food in relation to the price. The chicken burger was big to my surprise. A grilled chicken breast, with lettuce, tomato, pickles and onion, in between a buttermilk bun. If I came here again I would definitely grab a drink to watch a sports game. This place has a big tavern vibe with multiple televisions for your sport needs.
Written June 7, 2024
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JohnTSanAntone
San Antonio391 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 business
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.
Written May 4, 2022
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FunBoyOne
London464 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 couples
We joined the queue for the 1130 early opening for the Rugby World Cup final and weren’t disappointed. Friendly, efficient service and the manager organised the seating well. Good view of the screens in quite a small venue. We enjoyed their take on Irish nachos (chips/fries as the base layer) and had a good burger at half time. Lots of others on fish and chips and burgers. The South Africans were probably the loudest but a fair number of kiwis and a sprinkling of Brits. Only two rest rooms but seemed to work. Good range of draught beers and a poster on the wall to describe your ‘Guinness top’ options.
Written October 29, 2023
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Megavin
Athlone154 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 family
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
Written May 29, 2022
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Jones B
Warwickshire49 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 business
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 miss
Written March 28, 2022
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SimeyTravels
San Diego3251 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 none
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.
Written December 10, 2021
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TWB
Cincinnati2502 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019 none
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.
Written July 31, 2020
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Dennis B
Kensington132 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 none
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 again
Written December 23, 2019
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Kenzie F
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019 couples
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!
Written October 16, 2019
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Debbie N
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!
Written October 20, 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

K B
Wichita84 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019 couples
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!
Written October 2, 2019
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Debbie N
Thanks for stopping in and taking the time to review. Happy you enjoyed the food. Look forward to seeing you guys again soon. Cheers.
Written October 9, 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Dgtl1
Durham318 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019 none
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!
Written September 19, 2019
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Debbie N
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
Written September 24, 2019
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peekiemac
South Bend24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 none
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!
Written August 26, 2019
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Debbie N
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!
Written August 28, 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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