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Kate O' Briens - 15 Reviews - 579 Howard St, San Francisco, CA - Bars, Pubs & Clubs Reviews - Phone (415) 939-6187

Kate O' Briens

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579 Howard St (at Second Street)
San Francisco, CA 94105
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(415) 939-6187
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Kate O' Briens - San Francisco, CA
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Best

I love this little Irish Bar; its like no other bar out there! Kates shines like a little green light in the middle of Tall buildings and empty streets. Tons of neat things to l...

Worst

I love Irish pubs=never have had a problem with one until I entered this little spot. The bartenders cannot be bothered. This one shall remain nameless, but he was either the du...

Good lunch spot 3/31/2009

I've always thought of KOB's as an Irish Pub to visit after work. Since my company moved, I've discovered that they have an excellent lunch menu. The Kate's burger and the Black and Bleu are both very good. You cannot go wrong with the Fish n Chips. My only average lunch was the Crab Cake sandwich. BTW, the service is always solid. Pros: Hamburgers and service more

STILL IN BUSSINESS ? 10/3/2008

Been a concierge for a hotel for 8 years I ve been learning a lot of the food and beverage industry. Customer and referal I was for the Kate O'brien till last week of september. After a long day of work, used to be my habit to stop by at Kate's for a beer and burger. I was there with a friend and An inrtoxicated patron start to harrasing me. I mention to the waiter. Second time to the bartender. Third time the waiter again. Finally the guy start to ""upchuck"" close to me, my friends and my table. At that point, I couldn't eat my burger any longer. Neither I like to get physical with this drunk guy cause its not my job to keep the place clean and chill. End of the story. I fill it up the half burger left with ketch up, the guy still there and neither waiter or bartender attend my prays. I had to fill this intoxicated guy's face with a half medium burger and catch up. I told the bartender that I didn't feel like I had to pay for my burger, he repply back that I m trying to get a burger in the house. I pay the full price, I tip them $ 4 dollars BUT I LL NEVER COMEBACK TO KATE OBRIENS, NEITHER SEND THE MARRIOTT GUESTS THERE. Options now are Zebulon, that I already tried and like and 21st ammendement. Mr Concierge Pros: selection Cons: warm berr, cold treatment, what else do you want more

love the selections, hate the space 1/4/2007

Lots of taps, food is much improved now that's under new management, and the staff is friendly enough. But the space itself is tough. The booths are tight, and not conducive to large groups, and even when it's not full, I'm constantly squeezing past people. It gets loud, again even when it's not hopping. Good ambience, but has that stale air more

Disappointing! 10/25/2006

This bar had been the favorite of some of my coworkers and we held a few get-togethers there. I found the waitresses to be ill-informed and, at times, rude. The music was far too loud and wasn't lowered when requested - even though we were the only patrons in the bar at the time. I'm not exactly sure why they have TVs on at all when the music was at an ear crushing level. On my first visit, the bartender reeled off a list of ""specials"" and when it was my turn to order I ordered Guiness, she tried to talk me out of it saying they don't make Guinness in Ireland, etc. When I responded with ""And Clysdales didn't deliver those kegs of Bud, I still want a Guiness"". Now I know it takes time to pour a proper Guniness but when my pint took 10 minutes longer than everyone elses, I knew she wasn't getting a tip and I was fairly certain I wouldn't be coming back. Unfortunately, a few weeks later I had to go back for a work meeting, then a few weeks later for a going away party. When the place is crowded, the loud music is less of a bother. And, the appetizers are great. I'd suggest sitting outside and only going when it's crowded - make sure you order a Guiness. Cons: service, music, wait staff more

The cuttest bar in SOMA! 11/4/2005

I love this little Irish Bar; its like no other bar out there! Kates shines like a little green light in the middle of Tall buildings and empty streets. Tons of neat things to look at like old school Cranberries posters and Naked Barbies hanging out of playhouses next to big antique bells. The girls that work there (and Seamie) are fabulous! Rain or shine, the bar always has a great feeling about it! Always good music, the DJ's on Wednesday are especially my favorite!! This bar is great! Pros: Good drinks, fun staff, heated patio Cons: only open till 2, :( more

These Bartender's Suck 5/24/2005

I love Irish pubs=never have had a problem with one until I entered this little spot. The bartenders cannot be bothered. This one shall remain nameless, but he was either the dumbest person I've encountered or he was on hardcore medication. ME: ""Can I have two Coronas, please?"" BARTENDER (Like I'm a dumba$$): ""We dont have any more Coronas, how about Pacifico?"" ME: ""OK"" The bartender proceeds to give me two Coronas (?????????????????????) Then proceeds to give away my credit card. This place sucks. Pros: There's alcohol there Cons: Bad bartenders, Bad Clientel more

smashing 4/30/2003

great service and really enjoyed the djs. A great place for an after work drink. The place looks cool and feels comfortable more

I've been here a bunch 3/14/2003

I work close to Kate's, so I have been going weekly. The service is AWFUL, the drinks are overpriced and the patrons are anything but friendly. I plan on finding another neighbor hood bar! Pros: location Cons: price, service, music more

wins the award for the rudest bartendars 3/4/2003

it looks like the remodel got rid of the friendly staff as well! this used to be a good place to stop by after work but they seemed to have hired the rudest bartendars in the bay area. Cons: overpiced, rude service more

ITS A MUST! 1/24/2003

Great new look to KATE O BRIENS - Check it out!! Its definately worth a visit for the new trendy atmosphere, music and absolutely superb food!! Pros: downtown, cosy atmosphere, excellent music more

brilliant!!! 1/9/2003

What a wonderful bar ,a real gem in Soma. Made my stay in San Francisco memorable and eventful! A little bit of Tribeca in San Francisco. Pros: drinks, cute bartenders, music more

European night 1/7/2003

I have not had a night like that since I left madrid. The Dj was great and the bartenders friendly more

sweetness 1/7/2003

What a change from the past! i am glad to see that Emmett is back in the mix! Pros: cocktails, music, bartenders more

the ultimate dj bar 1/6/2003

What a difference. A new set of face and management have returned Kate O' Briens to the great electronic bar it once was. Great music from the bay areas finest. Great fish and chips and personalities behind the bar. Welcome back Kate o Briens. They really know how to do it. Pros: service, vibe, mixed crowd more

Worth it 6/12/2002

A good place to have a few drinks before you head out. more
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Editorial

  • The Scene
    Pretension-free patrons consume good beer and grub while listening to eclectic beats. They sit at one of the numerous cafe tables, or sidle up to the long copper bar lined with...

  • 2/4/2005 Provided by Citysearch

Additional information

  • Hours:

    Daily 11am-2am Kitchen open daily until 11:30pm
  • Payments:

    Visa, American Express, Master Card
  • Neighborhoods:

    South Beach, Central East
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