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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
11:30 - 22:00
Closed now
All hours
Sun 17:00 - 22:00
Mon - Thu 11:30 - 22:00
Fri 11:30 - 23:00
Sat 12:00 - 23:00
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39 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Definitely worth the visit if you like craft beers and good food. The place is trendy and the service is also very good. I'd recommend for sure.

Thank Lucas M
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20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We thought will be good idea to try something casual but not a franchise near our hotel. We had our doubts about a brewery that offers Spanish food (I love Spanish food but don´t like their beers). Well we were gladly surprised, at our first visit we didn't order a beer, instead we order paella, sangría, bottle of wine and... More 

Thank Javier S
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80 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stopped by for beers and dinner. They have a Spanish cuisine menu. I had the Valencia Paella and it was reasonably sized dish. The dish had mussels, clams, shrimp, chicken and fish. The rice was full of flavor and that with a couple of Dunkel beers made for a nice affordable dinner.

Thank Juans50
Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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46 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I sought this place out, as wanted to taste the local craft brews, I wasn’t disappointed. Didn’t want any food so sat at the bar, and as it was relatively quiet service was very swift. Guess being a Tuesday afternoon helped, but still a good number of people in there. Instead of going straight to my favourite style, got the... More 

Thank Essex123
Santa Rosa, California
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

What's not to love? Beer on tap. Great Service. Good food - tapas and the playoffs on TV. (Go Cubs!) The food was very tasty and the portions were ample - 5 of us ordered about 8 items and left some on the table. Waitress was really helpful and attentive and accommodated all our receipt requests. Would go again and... More 

Thank grace262015
Mississauga, Canada
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37 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

Wish we'd read the reviews but we didn't. Big mistake. There was a very strange smell in this restaurant. The Devilled Eggs were recommended as a tapas but they were bland & flavorless. Had better at every house party I ever attended in the 70's. We ordered Paella which seemed a very fake version. Flavorless rice with stuff in it... More 

Thank Nicole G
Boston, Massachusetts
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68 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016 via mobile

Came here on a late Friday night and found the place about half full -- though still pretty loud. Quite an extensive beer and food list. I ordered the panda bear ale, terrific with notes of vanilla and chocolate nibs -- dying to get it again but it's brewed in house. Friend had a local CA Sauvignon blanc. We ordered... More 

Thank AndrewABJ
Chicago, Illinois
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51 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

Had a quick 2-night business trip to San Fran and stayed in one of the larger chain hotels downtown after taking the BART up from SFO. I was looking for a late night "beverage" and some light appetizers, found the Thirsty Bear on the Beer Advocate app and chose it over a couple of other places in similar proximity -... More 

Thank Ge0rge678
Miami, Florida
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25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

just stopped in for beer, not food so if you are looking for info on the food, try other review I tried 3 beers and kinda liked the one I settled on, didn't have a 2nd glass; maybe it is only my taste but lately there are SO MANY places brewing their own beer and usually I really like them... More 

Thank Joe S
Haarlem, The Netherlands
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37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

Good location as it is close to Moscone center. Service was bad. We wanted to sit in one area that had a lot of open tables but they couldn't decide if they want to let us sit there or not. Finally we just sat there and they served us anyway. Food choices are limited.

Thank Rutger_Evija

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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
US$8 - US$18
Bar, Spanish, Pub, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Bar Scene
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
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
  • Neighbourhood: 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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