This gastropub and brewery is located on historic Haight Street, one block before Ashbury if you started out your day tour at Toronado. If you are coming from Toronado, keep an eye out for this mural along the way (you’ll see it from the sidewalk on Haight).
Mural seen from Haight Street
The atmosphere is open and bright, with comfortable design features like plush, soft booths. I was impressed with the number of cask-conditioned beers available, as many breweries or restaurants often only have one or two.
Beer menu at Magnolia Pub and Brewery
When we were there, they had five cask-conditioned beers and twelve on tap. I thought the beer was fine but not spectacular. It wasn’t the best I’ve had but certainly nowhere near the worst. I would definitely patron Magnolia’s
again and enjoy more beer with their amazing food.
Beer on tap
The menu is where the Magnolia Pub and Brewery
stands out. I ordered the charcuterie plate, because it was one of my goals while in San Francisco to have at least one exceptional one. My obsession with charcuterie is thanks to Anthony Bourdain.
Thank you, Anthony.
Charcuterie is pretty much the art of smoking and curing meats (think prosciutto and salami). The menu here allows you a choice of meats and cheeses:
Menu at the Magnolia Pub and Brewery
I chose the Salami Cotto, Hobbs Prosciutto, Goat Gouda, and Lincolnshire Cheddar. The price of the plate was $5 per choice, and once you hit four choices you saved a dollar and only paid $19.
I saved a dollar.
Or did I spend $19? Hmm… that sounds like a philosophical question.
Look at that gorgeous dish. Served on a block of wood, it couldn’t have been more rustic, simple, and perfect. Clockwise from the top left: prosciutto, cheddar, gouda, hearty bread, salami (do you see the whole black peppercorns nestled in the meat??), pickled peppers, and in the center are pickled grapes.
This plate was one of the most enjoyable meals I had while in San Francisco. The Magnolia Pub and Brewery
is worth a trip to while in San Francisco for the beer, and especially the food. I’m looking forward to going back and trying more of the menu.
1398 Haight Street
Bus and Muni: Take the 6, 7, 37, 43, 71 to Haight and Masonic
Check the website under ‘Good Times’ for hours, as they vary