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“A real pub - only a few steps from Moscone”

The Chieftain Irish Pub & Restaurant
Ranked #451 of 5,884 Restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: American, Irish, Pub
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night
Neighborhood: SoMa
Description: 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.
Reviewed April 7, 2013

San Francisco has no shortage of "watering holes" to be sure, but The Chieftain's location on Howard a few minutes from the Metreon/Moscone complex was just a treat. Boisterous and friendly, the staff was as happy with serving their new visitors as the regulars at the bar. The menu is OK - the food prep was good. Everything came hot, and fresh from the kitchen. A great place to head for a beer and munchies after suffering through a convention!

Thank Joepure
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Reviewed April 2, 2013 via mobile

I've been to irish bars in many different countries (including ireland).

Is this place amazing? .. Nope... Is it a nice theme pub? Yeah!

The staff were friendly, the food was good and the prices were ok. This place is not a reason to come to San Francisco, but if you are in the downtown area, looking for a decent place for a few beers and some food you could do far worse than visit here!

Thank robsaw
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Reviewed February 12, 2013

In a town known for bars and high-end bar tenders that concoct $20 drinks like a barrista, it is good to find an honest-to-goodness pub. This isn't exactly the place to be seen, you won't find the glitterati here. But it is well worth walking down 5th just south of mission to get here. Guinness well pulled, Harp as it should be delivered and true Irish whiskies (ok Scotch too). The food is surprisingly good with a selection of sandwiches and some Irish favorites thrown in. the service is hectic and kitchen small. More time to have another pint before food comes - so be patient. We had an enjoyable evening and in true Irish form found some new best drinking friends too. Sláinte!

Thank FLA_Islandr
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Reviewed January 20, 2013

The Chieftain has the right look for an "authentic" Irish pub as they claim to be. There is a good and wide beer selection, and I did not get to the menu. Unfortunately, I was served my one beer and then ignored for the next hour, even though my glass was empty for half of it. It was not too busy, I was simply ignored. When I went to the register to pay, the staff were very abrupt. I have been to many, many pubs in Ireland and never was there once when the staff in a REAL Irish pub put on airs like at the Chieftain.

Thank MunichEricJ
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Reviewed December 11, 2012

Went for breakfast before the 49ers game, food was very good, the Irish Benedict is excellent, especially when paired with an Irish Coffee. The server was friendly and our food arrived quickly.

Thank Cindy K
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