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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
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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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San Francisco, California
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74 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

While their tapas are tasty, there are other options in the city that are less crowded and expensive. This place has gotten a bit too trendy, and sometimes there's an unnecessarily long wait.

Thank Mike G
Redwood City, California
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28 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The tapas at Thirsty Bear are mostly just OK. The empanadas were excellent, the pistou (ratatouille with Manchego cheese melted on top) was good, but the shrimp & octopus paella was a bit fishy, the mushroom flatbread pizza was way too salty (they just added this to the menu, so that might improve soon) and the sangria was sub-par. If... More 

Thank LjWrwc
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Good collection of beer and tapas. It was very busy when we went. We were struggling to find any service in the beginning, but we enjoyed our time in the end.

Thank Shady S
River Vale, NJ
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31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great place for small plates and drinks. When visiting San Fran, I always try to make my way here. This time I had the family in tow. We enjoyed several different Tapas, with everyone getting a taste. Crispy pork ribs, grilled octopus, steak skewers, broccolini, flatbreads, shrimp in garlic sauce - just to name a few. Add some excellent local... More 

Thank ipfilters
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166 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We'd go back here in a heartbeat! The staff are friendly and attentive, the food is really good and the beer selection is overwhelmingly good. There is a really good, relaxed atmosphere also. Go, you'll enjoy it!

Thank marlowbilly
Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

The food and beers are very good. Tapas choices are great and taste goo there is a huge selection of beers.

Thank Judy D
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73 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016

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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016

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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85 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016

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 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016

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 

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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, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
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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