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The Alembic

Map & Directions 1725 Haight
San Francisco, CA 94117
  • American, Bistro
  • Daily 12pm-2am
  • All Major Credit Cards
  • Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
  • Dinner, Late Night, Lunch
  • Full bar
  • Not Accepted
  • Street


SF Weekly's Description

The Alembic is not to everyone's tastes: too loud/too hipster/too much of a bar/too fancy/ew, bone marrow? But in addition to stellar cocktails (one favorite, the Southern Exposure, contains gin, mint, and celery juice), the kitchen puts out some of the most unabashedly creative food in this city: jerk-spiced grilled duck hearts, seared albacore sliders with veal bacon, pickled quail eggs. It's American bistro menu is seasonal as well as science-friendly, and wildly affordable to boot. Some nights, the chefs put out a $35, three-course prix-fixe dinner. Cocktails extra, of course.

Member Reviews

  • jbuck23 wrote a review for The Alembic
    on 09/20/10

    Great cocktails, the food is incredible, and they just may have the best cheese plate in San Francisco.

  • Kristan5
    Kristan5 wrote a review for The Alembic
    on 11/23/08

    This is one of the best Whiskey bars in SF. It a little surprising to find it on Haight Street and their dessert is the bomb!

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  • Eater on 12/01/10

    If you can handle wordy descriptions and a sometimes-moody staff, your reward is a haunt for cocktail enthusiasts that serves savory bites warranting a trip on their own merit. [Eater 38 Member]

  • Travel Channel on 12/09/11

    This place has high quality drinks and a small, but interesting menu – including choices like duck hearts & quail eggs. As recommended by Travel Channel host, Anthony Bourdain.

  • Sean S. on 02/10/09

    Go to the Alembic and order classic cocktails. They UNDERSTAND. The mac & cheese is something special too.

  • 7x7 Magazine on 01/27/10

    Unwind with an Old Fashioned...it's #43 on 7x7's Big Eat SF 2010.

  • Eater on 04/16/13

    The Alembic is one of those bars where the drinks take time to make, but they're also hands-down the best in the hood, perhaps in the city.

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