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The Chieftain Irish Pub & Restaurant

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198 5th St, San Francisco, CA 94103-2917
+1 415-615-0916
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11:30 - 02:00
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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202 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A local recommend for this pub with good beer and traditional pub food. Great atmosphere with live music and sport on TV's available for the enthusiasts.

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Thank belinda m
Debbie N, Manager at The Chieftain Irish Pub & Restaurant, responded to this review

Belinda, thanks for visiting The Chieftain and sharing your five-star feedback! More 

Big Bear Lake, California
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693 reviews
487 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 222 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2017

The wife and I grabbed dinner and drinks here on a Monday night. Parking can be tricky, like all of San Francisco, but it is easy to find. The wife ordered the corned beef which was advertised to have the vegetables cooked with the meat, which it was not, and the vegetables were essentially raw. She had to return the... More 

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Thank Steven C
Debbie N, Manager at The Chieftain Irish Pub & Restaurant, responded to this review

Steven, thanks for joining us at The Chieftain. Feedback of any sort is always welcome and though we certainly regret to hear your visit fell short of expectations, we appreciate you sharing yours. We have live Irish Trad music every Sunday night, but any night we would be happy to play some Irish music for you, and would love to... More 

San Ramon, California
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101 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017

Live music on a Saturday evening, and a real neighborhood pub kind-of-ambience. Shut your eyes and the Guinness on tap will transport you to the Emerald Isle. The Shepherd's pie on the menu was delicious. Our barkeep Nathan was expert at managing the busy bar, and provided welcoming attention to his clientele.

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Thank Lisa A
Debbie N, Manager at The Chieftain Irish Pub & Restaurant, responded to this review

Lisa, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us your five star review. We are so pleased to hear that you enjoy our authentic Irish food and drink, and live entertainment on Saturdays! We're looking forward to having you back again soon! More 

Indialantic, Florida
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205 reviews
134 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2017

After a day of walk and sightseeing we stopped by for a drink and snacks. It did not disappoint. Great atmosphere and good food. We had a couple of appetizers and of course some Guinness. It was great the service was fast and we were really happy. Check out the Calamari!!! Super good.

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Thank myopinioncounts23
Debbie N, Manager at The Chieftain Irish Pub & Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us your five star review! We are so pleased to hear that you had a nice time with us after sightseeing! We hope to see you again the next time you are in town! More 

Level Contributor
8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 February 2017 via mobile

Decided to try this place on a whim as myself and a coworker are in town. We wanted a place to watch superbowl, get a few beers, and get some food. Place was packed when we walked in and I didn't think we'd get a table. Waitress found us one though. Waited on promptly by a really nice waitress. Took... More 

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Thank Bubba101266
Debbie N, Owner at The Chieftain Irish Pub & Restaurant, responded to this review

Thanks so much for leaving your review. We're so pleased that you and your co-worker decided to give us a try to watch the Superbowl and everything worked out, and you got to try some of our great food! We hope you enjoyed the game! More 

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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

The Chieftain is a perennial favorite of this local. Possibly the best bar food in town, welcoming Irish staff, cozy atmosphere. Don't miss the chips (fries) with curry sauce. The shepherd's pie is great, too, and Magner's cider served the correct way: over ice. Or a properly-poured Guinness. Great place to watch sports, and walkable from Powell Muni and Moscone... More 

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Thank Lauren J
Debbie N, Owner at The Chieftain Irish Pub & Restaurant, responded to this review

Lauren, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us your five star review! We're so pleased to hear how much you enjoy some of our dishes while watching the game! We hope to see you again soon! More 

Zurich, Switzerland
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 4 February 2017 via mobile

Wanted to go there and watch the 6-nation England vs. France rugby game. Nothing fancy, have 1 or 2 pints of beer,eat a bite and enjoy a promising Crunch on TV. Surprise, surprise: entry fees 20 bucks! It ruined my day.

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Thank mbarge
Debbie N, Manager at The Chieftain Irish Pub & Restaurant, responded to this review

Mbarge, The Chieftain makes zero from that $20 fee. It is generated by Premium Sports/ (formally Setanta). All we are is a venue, a place for fans to come watch the matches - the door person represents them, not The Chieftain. Only 2 other places show Rugby live in the city and they are also under the same situation of... More 

Lahaina, Hawaii
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28 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 November 2016 via mobile

Great service, food and beer. Couldn't ask for any more. Though it was nothing fancy it was exactly what I was looking for in an Irish pub.

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Thank Nick G
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 November 2016 via mobile

Had a couple of drinks and some food here food average but good would i return no simply because the servers where extremly rude maybe i got them on an off night but the place was empty

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Thank John G
Legnica, Poland
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33 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 October 2016

Pleasant place to eat, drink, listen to music. American burgers with Irish beer is a great combination. The service was helpful, answer my questions, suggested meals. I also had a chance to taste a few samples of beer before I ordered. I didn't wait too long for my dinner. It came hot and yummy. It was quite a busy evening,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$20
Cuisine
American, Irish, Bar, Pub
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar Scene
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 02:00
Monday
11:30 - 02:00
Tuesday
11:30 - 02:00
Wednesday
11:30 - 02:00
Thursday
11:30 - 02:00
Friday
11:30 - 02:00
Saturday
11:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 198 5th St, San Francisco, CA 94103-2917
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > SoMa
  • Neighbourhood: SoMa
  • Phone Number: +1 415-615-0916
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.

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SoMa
South of Market (SoMa), has an urban and sophisticated vibe, but you're more likely to find big nightclubs and lots of industrial loft residences than you are to find boutique shopping. Although it’s the epicenter for tech startups in the city, visitors will be able to do more than just business - museums, top quality restaurants, and the San Francisco Giants now call this neighbourhood home. Most of its freeway-sized streets may not capture the same character as other neighbourhoods in the city, but pockets of charm, like South Park, can still be found throughout its side streets.
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