Magnolia Gastropub & Brewery

Magnolia Gastropub & Brewery

Since long before “gastropub” entered the American lexicon, Magnolia has had the concept mastered, embodying the whole British idea that there was simply no reason a pub, once synonymous with great beer and lousy food, couldn’t be a place to showcase culinary talent. For 13 years, this Haight-Ashbury outpost has been serving the kind of seasonal, local and, at times, wildly creative food that put gastropubs on the culinary map—a seafood boudin with nutmeg and dirty rice, ocean trout with lobster consommé, Israeli couscous and Delicata squash. The kitchen makes its own charcuterie (head and trotter terrine, chicken liver mousse) and sausages (seafood boudin, lamb merguez), and it will happily pickle just about anything it has lying around (wax beans, carrots, wine grapes). The housemade beers have a cult following. Of Magnolia’s revolving selections, with around 12 draft and five cask-conditioned beers on hand at any time, the best seller—Proving Ground IPA—is always on the list. The place can get crazy busy most nights, especially on Thursday for fried chicken night, so arrive early and end your meal with what might be this brewery’s ultimate triumph: beer ice cream.

sweet seats

The four high-backed, dark wood booths in the middle of the restaurant allow you to create your own little oasis.

chew on this

Owner and brewmaster David McLean commissioned a flower-poweresque mural in the dining room when the pub first opened, but had it covered over with gold leaf in 2008.


lunch: Mon.–Fri. 11 AM–5 PM; Sat.–Sun. 2:30 PM–5 PM
dinner: Mon.–Sat. 5 PM–12 midnight; Sun. 5 PM–11 PM
brunch: Sat.– Sun. 10 AM–2:30 PM

price range for menu items

$3–$6 (“Magnolia Munchies”) to $24 (ocean trout)