Fat Angel

Restaurant / Wine Bar
Fat Angel Part of Fat Angel's name stems from the fact that much of the interior was salvaged from an old church, and part probably stems from the impish cherub statue above its door, no doubt fattened up by the handpicked wine and... San Francisco United States 37.783234 -122.433351
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Fat Angel - Restaurant | Wine Bar in San Francisco.
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Party Earth Review Part of Fat Angel’s name stems from the fact that much of the interior was salvaged from an old church, and part probably stems from the impish cherub statue above its door, no doubt fattened up by the handpicked wine... ... read full review

  • Hours:

    M–Th 5pm–midnight, F–Sa 5pm–1am, Su 4–11pm
    Food service ends one hour before closing

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Fat Angel Review

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Part of Fat Angel's name stems from the fact that much of the interior was salvaged from an old church, and part probably stems from the impish cherub statue above its door, no doubt fattened up by the handpicked wine and...

Part of Fat Angel’s name stems from the fact that much of the interior was salvaged from an old church, and part probably stems from the impish cherub statue above its door, no doubt fattened up by the handpicked wine and beer on the menu.

Stamped tin ceilings and a hundred-year-old wooden bar-back combine with marble countertops and ornate chandeliers to create an old-world atmosphere, while bartenders in jeans and t-shirts and icons of bottle-chugging angels keep the vibe modern and casual. Patrons run the gamut from trendy couples to flannel-clad foodies crowding around tiny square tables to feast on Gruyère mac and cheese and signature chicken pot pies.

Despite the unique eats, Fat Angel is ultimately a temple devoted to the grain and the grape, with a libation list touting brews and vintages – including several wines on tap – from all over the world. Romantic couples don’t merely order a merlot to go with their meal, however, as wines are grouped in categories like “chubby and satisfying” or “aromatic and lush,” while beer lovers popping over from the classy apartment complexes nearby select “sour,” “yeasty,” or perhaps “really dark” pints.

Consistently packed during dinner hours, Fat Angel tends to attract a fairly booze-savvy clientele, but its patrons can just as easily be upper-crust couples on the way to the opera Downtown as they might be cultured punks dropping in before a show at The Fillmore – such is the great equalizer of divine food and drink.

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Tip from Emma:

It might be tough to tear your attention away from the plethora of drink options on the menu, but check out the chalkboard above the bar that lists the available draft beers. They constantly change and they’re always yummy!

  • Crowd

    Beer and wine enthusiasts, foodies, date night couples, young professionals, pre-concert goers, and residents of the nearby Fillmore Center, late 20s to 40s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Ambient indie rock tunes.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Mostly small pairings like cheese and meat plates, as well as entrées like sliders, mac and cheese, and chicken pot pie.

  • Prices

    Cheese $5/each or five/$22, meats $5.25/each or five/$23, entrées $10–$12. Beer $3–$35+, wine $6–$14/glass or $12–$20/half bottle and $23–$105/bottle, sparkling cocktails $12.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual to well-dressed: t-shirts, jeans, vests, sweaters, dresses, jackets, slacks, blouses.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Thursdays through Saturdays for a packed dinner scene, or earlier in the week and Sunday afternoons to enjoy a few glasses of tap wine or some “morning” cocktails in a cozy and relaxed environment.

  • Close By

    Harry’s Bar (2020 Fillmore Street) is a dark watering hole with a classic American vibe that makes for a good second stop during an area pub crawl.

Fat Angel User Reviews

Average rating:
Midnight in Paris
Jill M. Mar 12, 2013
When Harry's bar gets a little too mainstream, take a walk down Fillmore Lane and if you can make it past Statebird Provisions without eating then turn right at the next block to find yourself swept away like a Woody Allen movie to Fat Angel. A real little diamond in the rough. Its a date bar, an after work drink, a stay for an hour bar, with an amazing selection of wines and beers to satisfy the wine buff or the beer daddy in your party. Its cosy, intimate and relaxing, the noise level just right. You can tell that the people who go here appreciate that and everyone is somehow "escaping" the humdrum of life here! I want to learn french after being here, every time, or ride a single speed bike, or make baguette sandwiches with brie. Brings out something very European, and all in the heart of the Fillmore - Boom Boom Room anyone!
Fat Angel: Sumptuous. Humble. Smart.
Jane L. Feb 14, 2013
A hidden diamond in the rough of the Fillmo', upon entrance, Fat Angel could be mistaken for a lost Marina wine bar. Upon closer look, however, you'll find two adorably scruffy males unpretentiously traipsing around, dispensing their genuine charm. The love and dedication of pals and owners Cyric and Jason is evident in their thoughtfully honest plates. Subtly sweet roasted grapes complement pungent gorgonzola pebbles on warm flatbread. Unsnobby wine snobs can finally be as cool as the beer kids and order a variety of wines on tap. Talk to Cyric or Jason about the science behind this madness. Cool! Think up-scale hole-in-the-wall. Great for splitting plates and second dates ~$20-30 for a good time
Never have left anything but satisfied.
Nick S. Sep 17, 2012
This place is consistently very good. I've only been on "off hours" (weeknight or weekend afternoon), but I'd characterize Fat Angel as a quaint little gastropub with solid food and a nice selection of beers and wine. This is a good place to go if you want to be able to actually be able to actually talk to your companion. I've had the cheese plate and flatbreads. Would recommend both. The service has been good and attentive though I've been at the bar both times. Looks to me like they typically only have a couple of folks working the front of the house, but it's a small place so I think it works. It's worth a shot...especially if you live in the neighborhood. Never have left anything but satisfied.
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