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Canela Bistro & Wine Bar

4.8
1181 reviews
$31 to $50
Spanish
We invite you to enjoy our Spanish inspired cuisine, made with the best and most natural ingredients available from both Spain and California. Mat Schuster, Canela’s executive chef, has dedicated his life to creating sophisticated and unforgettable flavors using the bounty of Spain & California. We offer over 75 bottles of unique wine from Spain, some that you will only find here. Whether you want to have a formal dinner, casual tapas, small plates, paella, glass of wine, and homemade dessert, come to Canela and be assured that you will find what you are looking for.

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Experiences

  • Paella & Tapas Experience

    $65.00 per person

    Multiple dates available

    Enjoy our Paella & Tapas Experience on our patio! The prix fixe dinner includes, your choice of Paella (Seafood, Chicken, Vegan), 2 tapas to choose from, and dessert! The only way to get paella right now, is by selecting this option. Please let us know if the notes which type of paella you would like. (Note: One type of paella per table). The Paella & Tapas Experience is only available Sunday and Tuesday-Thursday. We cannot guarantee the menu on Friday-Saturday, it would be first come, first serve.
  • Halloweekend at Canela Bistro

    $69.00 per person

    Oct 29 - Oct 31, 2021

    Get SPOOKY with us this year! Join us this Halloweekend for a terrifyingly tasty 4 course dinner! Available 10/29-10/31 at $69/per person (plus tax/grat) and even cocktail pairings to add! (+$40). Menu: 1) Bloodbath of Tomato Gazpacho with Crunchy Bone Bread 2) Jack's Melted Head with Roots and Toots - Baked Jack - o Lantern with Butternut Squash, Heirloom Beans, Toasted Pepitas and Oozing Pumpkin Gravy 3) Chicken Bones with a Melted Mask and Black Mash - Fried Chicken Lollipops wearing a Mask and Fermented Garlic Mash Potatoes 4) Trick and Treat, Come and Knock on Our Door for Chocolate - Peanut Butter Fondue with Dippers, Candied Corn and Caramel Apple Bread Pudding "Beware! Our staff may scare you."

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 1181 People Are Saying
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Gary
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

For tapas, this is the only place we go to ... the food and service are excellent, and it's in a very comfortanle and lively atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had such an incredible experience here! The food was delicious and perfectly timed for tapas. The sangria was one of the best I've had! The staff, especially the owner and his wife who was hosting/serving, were so lovely and friendly. Will absolutely be coming back!

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SJNV
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, fun and attentive servers, great girls night, would be good for date night, too.

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Justin
Seattle
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service was fantastic and we thoroughly enjoyed the wine and Restaurant Week offerings!

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BigCity
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Incredibly delicious food, attentive service, and great value. We loved it and can't wait to return. It was my birthday dinner and they treated me royally.

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sassy917
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Their SF restaurant week menu was unbeatable! 9 tapas plates per person and dessert all for one price. Look forward to going back to try the paella another time!

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Erica
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really beautiful delicious and generous prix pixe meal for SF Restaurant week. 9 tapas, incredible dessert, provided swich re vegetarian. A great restaurant.

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Dido
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Every bite of food we had was amazing and the waiters were very friendly. We selected the SF Restaurant Week menu that had 9 tapas and a dessert and it was plenty, everything was tasty and was presented nicely, and their sangria was very well balanced with fruit tastes, unlike the sweet Sangria full of fruit juice instead of real fruits you get in many places in the US. We definitely recommend this restaurant for a nice dinner or a special occasion.

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BrisbaneDiner
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious tapas served by knowledgeable and amiable staff. Outside seating was a plus!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The waiters were particularly attentive and personable. The food was quite tasty. It did get noisy as the height of dinner time approached. The bill was high but worth it.

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CesarP
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service and food was super awesome! Team work pays up. I’ll be back if ever again in San Francisco.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Brought my wife here for her birthday. Such amazing service! Make sure you ask for food/wine recommendations.

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Timothy
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The place to come for amazing Spanish wines and quality service.

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TraceAll
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

I have been wanting to try Canela for some time now and so glad I finally got the opportunity to do so this evening. The service was excellent from the start at check in to finish. The staff was incredibly friendly and attentive making the dining experience memorable in many ways. The food was soooo good! Every dish was a hit with no regrets. Our favs were the PINCHOS MORUNOS and Pulpo. The traditional Spanish cocktails were also A+. Canela is definitely on par in quality and authenticity with restaurants I’ve visited in Barcelona and Madrid. I cannot wait to return!

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vipTyler
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best meal in San Francisco. The experience is better every time we go. The food is delicious and the wine list is fantastic highlighting the best of old and new world vines.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great experience! Paella was excellent, service was fantastic!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience4

I'm confused / surprised what the hype is about here. The food was a disappointment. I had high expectations given the rating.

We ordered patatas Bravas, which came at the end and were so dry and overcooked. If you get one thing right at a tapas place it has to be the patatas!! We ordered a goat cheese dip that was ok but came with burnt bread. The Spanish omelette and mushrooms were probably the best, but mushrooms especially really small in quantity. Gambas al ajillo were not great; they were large deshelled shrimp. Even the shishito peppers, which are really hard to mess up, had no flavor. I would give the place 2 stars but added 1 for the service/ambience.

Canela Bistro & Wine Bar
Responded on October 9, 2021

Hi and thank you for your support in coming to dinner at Canela! Although I am happy you liked the service, I am sorry that we missed the mark on your meal. I am going to send you a private message now. All the best, Mat and the team

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vipLAtoSLCfoodgrrl
Los Angeles
68 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

An amazing food experience with an outstanding wait staff!! Can’t wait to come back!!

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Ecravengreen
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Four of us had the paella experience. The food was plentiful and delicious. The server was knowledgeable and friendly (thanks Neo!). It was a real pleasure to have a long, multi-course, delicious meal with good friends and not be rushed.

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MaryC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great outdoor dining. Tapas were amazing, but I've had better paella. Next time we'll just order more tapas and drinks. Don't love that they close so early on weeknights, we sat down around 7:20, and they were packing up all the tables around us by 8:30. Maybe not their fault, just the way the city is these days, but sad.

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vipClairB
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Happy 10th Anniversary to Canela! Wonderful to see the restaurant full of hungry, happy people who love Canela and their incredible team.

Dinner last night was stupendous! The Spanish melon gazpacho just mind-blowingly delicious and a super compliment to the chicken empanadas and skewers.

Wine recommendations from Chris never disappoint either!

Thank you!
Clair & Jeffrey

Canela Bistro & Wine Bar
Responded on September 29, 2021

Thank you ClairB for joining us and for your continued support! We couldn't have made it to 10 years without all the love and support from our guests like you! - Sophie & the team at Canela

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always delivers! Best restaurant in Castro year over year

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chrispbacon
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Such a fun restaurant to start a night out in the Castro. Get a pitcher of sangria, and sample all the delicious tapas. We forgot to order the paella ahead of time, so we will be back to try it on our next visit.

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PattyB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Like a mini-vacation. The food is excellent. In particular, the seasonal gazpacho is always rich and velvety. This time it was Spanish melon--wow! The space is beautiful and designed to savor a meal and good company. We were delighted by the rose sangria with guava--Yummy!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Seriously one of the best dining experiences I’ve ever had. Such a gem in a city with so many options.

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vipbethp
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a party of 7 and Paul help steer us to order the right amount of tapas, paella & dessert. Every dish was delicious!! The service was superb. We will definitely will be back. They have an extensive menu of tapas. Highly recommend this restaurant.

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Neil
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Hands down one of the best restaurants I've ever been to. Food is exquisite, nice listing of Spanish wines, and the service is super-efficient and attentive, without being intrusive in the slightest - a perfect balance. The paella is delicious. Would recommend to everyone.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always delivers. Best staff and best food in the Castro year over year

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SuhlC
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Loved the boquerones and the pinchos morunos (chicken). The bread pudding was also excellent. Beautiful food presentations throughout.

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NickC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food, atmosphere, and service at Canela consistently impress me. Everytime we come to SF, we eat here, without fail. I would highly recommend that anyone looking for great food, an incredible wine list, and ambiance choose this restaurant.

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Foodie3
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service, excellent food, nice ambiance.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very nice servers ! Would come back. Food is delicious.

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SashkaM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

As always a great meal and a solid wine selection.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Pretty good Spanish tapas! Outdoor seating was chilly so bundle up. S

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LauraH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, drinks and service! We ate outside in the parklet with the heat lamps.

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vipLawker
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Honestly this small neighborhood restaurant has improved with age. A great and memorable meal!

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vipAmaliaS
46 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience5

Fun place to drink, however food comes out erratically and sporadically.

Canela Bistro & Wine Bar
Responded on August 30, 2021

Hi Amalia, I am Mat the chef and owner. We are so sorry that we let you down on your visit. I will send you a private message. Thank you for your support. Best, Mat

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was great. Our server Mikaela was outstanding (seriously give this girl a raise). Would come back and recommend this place to friends.

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Carlos
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Possibly the best Spanish restaurant in San Francisco. We've tried most or all of them. Croquetas, patatas bravas... Just like in Madrid.

Service is fantastic, too.

Bonus points for taking proof of vaccination seriously.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic service and delicious food! The wine list is exceptional too :)

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Canela Bistro & Wine Bar using the Order Online button. Canela Bistro & Wine Bar also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Canela Bistro & Wine Bar also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 552-3000.

Canela Bistro & Wine Bar is rated 4.8 stars by 1181 OpenTable diners.

Canela Bistro & Wine Bar does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://squareup.com/gift/8G0QXQDDRE1H8/order.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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