California Wine Merchant

★★★★☆
  • 2113 Chestnut St

    San Francisco, CA 94123

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  • 415-567-0646

About California Wine Merchant

Hours
Monday To Wednesday From 10:00 AM To 12:00 AM Thursday To Saturday From 10:00 AM To 01:30 AM Sunday From 11:00 AM To 11:00 PM

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I just moved to this area and I love this place. The bartenders are knowledgeable and friendly. The music is great -- unlike the stuff they play at other wine bars. Plus, everytime I come, I meet someone new.
It's like my home away from home.

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★★★★★

I just moved to this area and I love this place. The bartenders are knowledgeable and friendly. The music is great -- unlike the stuff they play at other wine bars. Plus, everytime I come, I meet someone new.
It's like my home away from home.

Pros: great wine and good people

Cons: it gets really busy on Friday and Saturdays, which can be a positive or negative depending on your mood

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I've been to this establishment twice. First time was on a weekday night, about a year ago, and I recall friendly staff, reasonable prices (great $4-$5 taste bargains on great wine), and a warm but subdued atmosphere -- all in all a great experience that I would give a 9-10 rating.

However, most recently I visited on a weekend afternoon and was really annoyed. The prices seem to have gone up, the quality of wines for the prices were not remarkable, the bartender guy acted like he didn't care to see us, and they decided to turn on music to compensate or the fact that no one was there. Annoying. I can't give this a below-average rating since I haven't been back for a weekend night. But the increase in prices is alone to knock it down a few points. Just above average....

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★★★★☆

I've been to this establishment twice. First time was on a weekday night, about a year ago, and I recall friendly staff, reasonable prices (great $4-$5 taste bargains on great wine), and a warm but subdued atmosphere -- all in all a great experience that I would give a 9-10 rating.

However, most recently I visited on a weekend afternoon and was really annoyed. The prices seem to have gone up, the quality of wines for the prices were not remarkable, the bartender guy acted like he didn't care to see us, and they decided to turn on music to compensate or the fact that no one was there. Annoying. I can't give this a below-average rating since I haven't been back for a weekend night. But the increase in prices is alone to knock it down a few points. Just above average....

Pros: Warm, subdued atmosphere, nice wine store

Cons: Prices, staff friendliness

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We used to frequent the Wine Merchant as least 2-3 times a week. It was always a great place for a quiet evening catching up with a friend or a lively night out meeting people, depending upon what night of the week you visited. The bar staff was knowledgeable and the wines exceptional. After a hiatus of a few months we went back recently and was a little disappointed in the experience. There seems to have been 100% turnover in the staff and the prices seem a little out of control. With so many other wine bars in the city I'm not sure when I'll be back.

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★★★☆☆

We used to frequent the Wine Merchant as least 2-3 times a week. It was always a great place for a quiet evening catching up with a friend or a lively night out meeting people, depending upon what night of the week you visited. The bar staff was knowledgeable and the wines exceptional. After a hiatus of a few months we went back recently and was a little disappointed in the experience. There seems to have been 100% turnover in the staff and the prices seem a little out of control. With so many other wine bars in the city I'm not sure when I'll be back.

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The bartenders are worthless. They have zero personality. That in itself makes the experience unpleasant. I wouldn't recommend this place to anyone. In fact, I've told everyone that has asked me about this place how horrible it.

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★☆☆☆☆

The bartenders are worthless. They have zero personality. That in itself makes the experience unpleasant. I wouldn't recommend this place to anyone. In fact, I've told everyone that has asked me about this place how horrible it.

Pros: none

Cons: service

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No fancy decor, not expensive, not pretentious. It's a very simple wine bar, with good prices and quite good selection of California wine. The owner and staff are friendly and they know their products well. You can buy a taste, a glass, or even a bottle or case of any wine you taste that you like. Crowd is smart, easy going, friendly. Frankly I have never in my life found a bar where it was so easy to talk to the people there (or NOT talk if I'm not in the mood). Greg meets you once and remembers your name. This place is a wonderful implementation of what it attempts to be. If you are seeking French wine, fancy decor, well there is a neat little fancy expensive wine bar just around the corner. Better wear your suit or sport coat to that one though!

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★★★★★

No fancy decor, not expensive, not pretentious. It's a very simple wine bar, with good prices and quite good selection of California wine. The owner and staff are friendly and they know their products well. You can buy a taste, a glass, or even a bottle or case of any wine you taste that you like. Crowd is smart, easy going, friendly. Frankly I have never in my life found a bar where it was so easy to talk to the people there (or NOT talk if I'm not in the mood). Greg meets you once and remembers your name. This place is a wonderful implementation of what it attempts to be. If you are seeking French wine, fancy decor, well there is a neat little fancy expensive wine bar just around the corner. Better wear your suit or sport coat to that one though!

Pros: staff, crowd, wine

Cons: Not fancy, Not expensive, Not pretentious

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This Marina wine bar pours hefty glasses of California varietals in unpretentious surroundings.

 

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