The Iron Pot : LUSENET : San Francisco History : One Thread

The first place I dined in San Francisco was The Iron Pot, in November of 1962 after I reported to Beale Air Force Base at Marysville. I always enjoyed subsequent visits, but regrettably I haven't returned to The City since 1980, and I can't seem to locate it on-line. Any information on this wonderfully intimate restaurant near the financial district?

-- Mike Thro (JTHRO@AOL.COM), April 18, 2004


The Iron Pot at 639 Montgomery was fixture in the dining world of San Francisco since 1934. The last time I heard of it was in 1981.

Good luck in your research.

-- Kurt Iversen (, April 19, 2004.

I used to take my wife and three kids to the Iron Pot back in the 60's when we could get a big steaming pot of minestrone, pasta, salad, a little steak, dessert and a carafe of vino for about fifteen bucks total. I loved that place, also Green Valley on Vallejo (I think). Another place near there was the Manger. All great and cheap Italian places.

-- gerry cullinane (, December 12, 2004.

I used to hang out there in 1952-3 when I lived in SF going to college. It was a "Bohemian" hang out. I don't remember it for food, just beer from all over the country. One of our professors from the college was also a common fixture there along with other intellectuals. We used to have some great discussions and joke telling. It was loaded with atmosphere. The term Bohemian gave way to Beatnicks in the late 50's.

-- Bob Ladd (, January 12, 2005.

Sorry: Although I had frequented the Iron Pot, I have confused it with Vesuvios. 12 Adler was another Bohemian bar I visited back in 1953 that I guess is still in operation. Bob

-- Bob Ladd (, January 12, 2005.

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