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The Chieftain Irish Pub & Restaurant

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American, Irish, Bar, Pub
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198 5th St, San Francisco, CA 94103-2917
+1 415-615-0916
11:00 - 02:00
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Mon - Fri 11:30 - 02:00
Sat - Sun 11:00 - 02:00
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 

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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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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 

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
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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.

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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25 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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.

Thank Nick G
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles 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

Thank John G
Legnica, Poland
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31 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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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Acampo, California
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54 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016 via mobile

When they say authentic, they mean it. The food is great and you'll think you've actually stepped into a real Irish Pub in Ireland. Very casual.

Thank Steven W
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33 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

After a recent festival, I walked by this restaurant on the way back to my hotel. After a bit of time relaxing, my boyfriend and I wandered back to this restaurant for a late meal. We enjoyed the delicious wings and an order of the fish and chips, which also were quite good. Luke was our waiter and was very... More 

Thank ttnbten
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21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

What a wonderfull pub. Great music and great drinks. Unfortunatly we just ate but even when I looked around the food looked delicious. The bartender knew what he was serving!

Thank Bob D
San Francisco, California, United States
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120 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

A really good place to go for a quick drink or to stop for a few hours and a bite to eat. They have a good range of beers, a great selection of liquor for an Irish bar and a great menu. Staff were really helpful seating our large group of people. I have seen this place many times as... More 

Thank Alastair B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Irish, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Cheap Eats, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:00 - 02:00
11:30 - 02:00
11:30 - 02:00
11:30 - 02:00
11:30 - 02:00
11:30 - 02:00
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
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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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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