OUR STORY

Kells Irish Restaurant & Pub in San Francisco offers a warm atmosphere inside an original Barbary Coast building. Oak flooring, some private wood booths and central tables with white table cloths combine to create a serious dining atmosphere. An interesting and unexpected menu with creative flair offers classic Irish and American favorites as well as innovative dishes. At night, our downstairs room with a separate bar acts as a lounge and performance space. Reserve it for your next party or corporate function. Just a walk down the hill from North Beach, and a block up the hill from the Transamerica Pyramid, Kells is a popular lunch destination for San Francisco's Barbary Coast & Financial District business clients.

 

As a child in Belfast, owner Paul McAleese remembers watching John Wayne movies and dreaming of The American Wild West. After immigrating to the U.S., he knew he would make California his home one day. It was through the kindness of the neighbors and San Francisco community that he was welcomed as an outsider and an immigrant when he opened the doors to Kells San Francisco in 1999. Being able to bridge both cultures, Kells embraces the openness and freedom of Americans with the wit and fun of the Irish to bring people an experience that feels like a family.

 

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Why Kells?

Kells is named after the Book of Kells, one of Ireland’s finest national treasures. A manuscript Gospel book written in Latin, it can be found in Dublin.

Cover of the Book of Kells