The story: Everyone knows that you can always find a good Chinese restaurant in San Francisco’s Sunset neighborhood, but there’s a dearth of anything else. So that probably explains the popularity of the Sunset Reservoir Brewing Company on Noriega Street. Since opening earlier this year, the large gastropub has been packed by neighbors looking for classic tavern dishes like burgers and fries.
Why I went: I was helping my niece move to her new place in the outer Sunset, so afterwards I decided I needed a refreshing beer and some dinner. Even though it was busy, we were able to walk in and get a booth.
The vibe: Intended by owner Hilary Cherniss to be a family-friendly spot, the brewpub has lived up to that goal with many families enjoying the food and bustling atmosphere. The large bar with television screens make it like a sports bar although it’s not just that.
The menu: The brief menu has many of the expected dishes popular on many restaurant menus, such as beet salad, ahi tuna poke, buffalo wings, roasted chicken and a burger. My niece tried the burger ($16) with bacon, cheddar, avocado, and Russian dressing, and thought it was decent but nothing special. I went for a light dinner and had the mussels and chorizo ($18), which was made with beer and Fresno chili. It was also good, but nothing special.
The booze: Of course, there’s a nice selection of beer on tap, along with a few specialty cocktails. My niece tried the blonde ale ($6) while I went for a whisky sour ($10) with buffalo trace and egg whites.
The last bite: Sunset Reservoir is a refreshing change to the noodles and dumplings often found in the neighborhood. While the food isn’t breaking new ground, it’s solid and enjoyable in a relaxing and friendly space.
The rating: 2 out of 4 camera snaps
The deets: Sunset Reservoir Brewing Co., 1735 Noriega St., San Francisco. PH: 415.571.8452. Open Monday through Saturday, noon to 10 p.m. (till 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday); and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Reservations, major credit cards accepted. sunsetbeersf.com
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