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The Alembic

1725 Haight St. (Cole St.) Send to Phone
415-666-0822 | Menu
Known for its cocktails, this bar and small-plates restaurant is a bit like the neighborhood it inhabits: effortlessly cool.
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Local Deals: 120 * 90

Lunch Sat.-Sun., Dinner nightly
Open late
  • Dress code: Casual
  • Full bar
  • Reservations suggested

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  • 2.5 star rating
2.5 rating over 3 reviews

The Alembic Restaurant Review

: An atmosphere of gritty, bluesy cool pervades this small but sophisticated bar and small-plates restaurant. Hard-working bartenders generate cocktails with names like the Jack Rose, Blood and Sand and a turn-of-the-century rye whiskey concoction known as The Bone --- perfect for gambling types and transients in vintage fedoras. Beers hail from sister venue Magnolia Pub down the street, with a rotating guest selection of other local winners such as Speakeasy and Death and Taxes. Food is slow-cooked or fried and served sizzling in small, cast-iron pots and skillets, including blackened whole young squid, goat cheese fritters, crawdaddy gumbo, and a somewhat soupy pudding of grits, barbecued pork belly and deviled duck eggs ("bacon, eggs & grits"). Service is warm, adult and accommodating. After 9 p.m. the small space fills with livelier revelers. A late-2015 remodel means an updated kitchen and draft-beer system, expanded digs and more seating.

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