After closing in June, 2018, the new owners refashioned the restaurant for its re-opening in September, 2018. Gone is the meat-smoker and BBQ menu.
Long known for the beloved brewpub in the heart of the Haight-Ashbury District, Magnolia opened a larger brewery and barbecue restaurant with a full bar in the Dogpatch neighborhood in 2014.
There are a two distinctly different sections of the newly designed restaurant in which to eat and/or drink. The main dining room features four-seat booths and several tables along with a long bar with 20 taps and an extensive library of whiskies and inventive cocktails. The other section called a “indoor beer garden,” offers bleacher seating and several long picnic-style tables. There is a large screen TV to show local sports events. The beer garden will also be used for private events.
The new iteration features a main-room menu with more variety of food choices and table service. You’ll find small plates, salads, flatbreads, sandwhiches and full entrees with vegetarian options. The beer selection will include a few of the British beers that made it famous, but with the addition of new and inventive brews rotating in.
The beer garden offers a smaller version of the full menu and a venue for private events.
Extras: This up and coming neighborhood now has three breweries within six blocks. Drop by Harmonic Brewing at either the Ceasr Chavez or 23rd St stop or Triple Voodoo, near the same streetcar stop as Magnolia. The SF MUNI streetcar line that connects to BART at the Embarcadero also goes right past the SF Giants baseball park, so keep these places in mind for your pre- or post-game consideration.
2505 Third Street, at 22nd • San Francisco 415.864.PINT
The simplest way to get from BART to Magnolia Dogpatch is to exit the Embarcadero BART gates underground and enter the MUNI Metro system in the station ($2.50 exact change or Clipper Card). Take the K/T Sunnydale train toward Visitacion Valley to the 20th Street stop on 3rd Street. Continue on foot another two long blocks to 22nd and cross the street to find Smokestack at 2505 Third. Or coming from the south, get off at the 23rd St. stop and walk one long block to Magnolia. (Note that 3rd Street curves to reach along the waterfront, intersecting streets such as 20th and 22nd, but that 21st does not come through. SF does grids casually.)
(The same instructions as above apply to any of the four downtown BART stations where you may transfer underground to the MUNI streetcar lines. Major MUNI bus lines #22 and #48 also cross 3rd Street near the restaurant.)
Official Embarcadero Station and connecting transit info.