Bistro Aix - SF
Bistro Aix - SF
  • Address:
    3340 Steiner Street
    San Francisco, CA 94123
    Neighborhood:
    Marina / Cow Hollow / Presidio
  • Cuisine:
    French American
    Price: $30 and under

Bistro Aix - SF

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bistroaix.com/
  • Phone: 4152020100
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday-Thursday 5:30-10:00 pm, Friday-Saturday 5:30-10:30pm, Sunday 5:30-9:30pm.
  • Payment Options: Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, French American
  • Executive Chef: Jonathan Beard
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Glass atrium patio with 80 years old olive tree, old growth redwood banquettes offers seating of up to 50 people for a private function. Front of the restaurant seats about 45 more, including 12-seat bar and semi-open kitchen. Menu is seasonal and accomodating.
  • Private Party Contact: Roxy Flores 8883421399

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Chestnut
  • Public Transit: Multiple bus routes
  • Parking: No
  • Parking Details: Metered parking is available on the street as well as at Wells Fargo Bank, 1/2 block away, $20 flat rate. Enter from either Lombard or Chestnut between Fillmore and Steiner.
A word from Bistro Aix - SF
Bistro Aix is a chef owned neighborhood bistro. Purchasing the finest local ingredients from farmers and selecting grower/producer, naturally made wines is what sets us apart. Recently remodeled, Bistro Aix has been serving our community since February of 1996. Our new California Oak burning grill inspires us in our daily changing menu.
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Bistro Aix - SF reviews from OpenTable diners
95 reviews since May 1, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (68)fit for foodies (55)notable wine list (32)romantic (23)good for groups (20)special occasion (19)kid-friendly (10)vibrant bar scene (9)hot spot (6)great for outdoor dining (6)great for lunch (3)late-night find (2)great for brunch (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Bistro Aix
    adulticeskaterVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Bistro Aix is a neighborhood restaurant that offers a varied menu that changes frequently. The food is adequate but not outstanding; the ambiance is very casual, and the service is somewhat slow. However, the wine list has a good selection of moderately priced French country wines, and the wine service is impeccable.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our "go to" place
    Sumac
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We've been eating at Bistro Aix for the last ten years and are always happy with our experience. The menu has some standard items but there is always something new and seasonal. The wait staff is friendly and attentive. It's a great value.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love2cookneat
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    The dishes that I ordered - spaghetti with grilled squid in squid ink and the lamb meatballs - were too salty. Got the same feedback from GF . The first spaghetti dish brought was the wrong order. The server was apologetic and I did get the right dish fairly quickly.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love the bread!
    Unclbar
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    One of my primary indicators for how much a restaurant cares for its patrons is their bread--do they bake on premises (rarely) and do they slice it ahead of time? Check out how Bistro Aix handles that. It's usually a telling sign.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid Bistro Fare
    fatcat
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Truly enjoyed Octopus with chimichurri sauce and grilled fig with goat cheese. Very good baguette. (very important!) Main dish - good but rather ordinary and not so Provença as the restaurant name suggests. Great wine list but bottles seem pricier than usual. Wish there was more wine by the glass offerings. Service is very warm and solid.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Value for Excellent Food!
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Bistro Aix never disappoints. It is such a pleasure to enjoy a delicious meal without being gouged. However, I will try to remember to reserve a table after 8pm when the noise level seems to subside as fewer children are in attendence after this hour. While I love kids, it is difficult to enjoy a peaceful meal when children are screaming and crying near one's table. Again, the meal is good value!!! Thank you.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect local spot
    dscho
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Went for my birthday, we brought our own wine and there was a corkage fee of $20 which wasn't bad. The server was very friendly, although he did take forever to bring us bread and took away our dessert before we were finished (maybe a good thing). The food was excellent!! Varied menu suitable to anyone. Would come back for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great neighborhood gem!
    shelman88VIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    This was the first dinner my wife and I had in San Francisco and may have been our favorite. The neighborhood is far from downtown so it is not touristy at all. It was a very low key and relaxed atmosphere with great food. Can't wait to return to this place next time we're in town!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • always good
    rungirlsf
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    I tend to be a creature of habit. Love Bistro Aix. Never had a bad meal here...ever. Consistent, above average to great food, service does not interrupt....all in all, a wonderful experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mthomas
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Really enjoy bistro Aix. I usually end up at this restaurant with a group and the back area works out really well for that. Fun menu with enough variety to make most people happy.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ALWAYS TERRIFIC
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    BISTRO AIX IS OUR GO-TO RESTAURANT FOR TOP NOTCH CONTINENTAL FOOD. THEIR MENU IS ECLECTIC BUT ALWAYS OFFER MANY EXCELLENT CHOICES. WE ARE NEVER DISAPPOINTED IN ANYTHING WE CHOOSE AND WE DO GO FAIRLY REGULARLY. SERVICE IS EXCELLENT TOO EVEN ON THE BUSIEST NIGHTS. OUR CHILDREN, AGES 16,9, LOVE THE CHOICES TOO. BURGERS ARE AS GOOD AS ANYONE IN SFO.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely neighborhood gem
    retired2paint
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Quick bite before improv at Fort Mason. Mix of dishes at our table, all delicious. From a simple hamburger on focaccia with the most amazing French fries to perfectly cooked halibut and crispy chicken, each of our dinners left us wanting more. Will be back!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Adorable Neighborhood Restaurant
    monfrank
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    The roast chicken with green beans was excellent. With the skylight, olive tree, and modern/rustic decor, the ambiance is great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Gem in the Marina
    MattC
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    I took my mom and girlfriend to Bistro Aix a month ago. We all enjoyed what we ordered.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Donovan59VIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Hadn't been there in years, but went for a friends birthday celebration and was blown away. EVERYTHING was spectacular! I will be taking my husband back for sure!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Special attention, delicious food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    My husband has special needs, which were very kindly met. We felt welcome and enjoyed a delicious early dinner.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistently Fantastic!
    Fantastic
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Been dining here since they opened and the food and service always fantastic!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable
    3bytheseaVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We had a lovely dinner here the other night...service was great! Food was great! My only suggestion is that perhaps they put in some low maintenance flooring to muffle the noisiness of the atrium area. Was hard to hear my husband with the chatter in the room which was not all that large.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No X'ing Aix!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    I selected Bistro Aix for friends coming in from out of town. Both are big foodies and we all loved it! Great food, good service, nice ambience, though when the atrium area fills up it does get loud. Recommendations: fried artichokes, tagliatelle with beef bourgignon, halibut, roasted chicken...and the vanilla bean creme brûlée: omg!! Really good. The beer selection though small was interesting with some really tasty entries. We would all return to this restaurant and highly recommend it for others. Great Cow Hollow neighborhood selection!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Charming
    Foodyum
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    This place has amazing food and wine. The staff were awesome. Give it a try! You will not be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go early or late
    Kapt
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Palate tickling flavor combinations and variety of menu selections.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    We sat in the Atrium and several large groups were present and the noise level was quite "energetic". Didn't distract, but made it challenging to converse with everyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food
    SFgirl9
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    We started out with the Tempura fried calamari which was so tender and light. They make their own focaccia and it was the best ever. Then we had the mascarpone ravioli another delicious dish. We ended with the Sonoma chicken breast. This chicken is so amazing, tender, juicy and the flavor was incredible. The four of us left there completely happy. Our waiter recommended a nice wine and was very attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Solid spot in Marina
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Our waiter Alan was very nice and low-key. We enjoyed our meal very much.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Consistently good
    SnaveVIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    We eat at Bistro Aix quite a bit and we are never disappointed. There is something on the menu for everyone and the wine selections are quite good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • LovesFoodVIP
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Service was great being that the place was packed and buzzing. Food was outstanding - nothing complicated, just great ingredients and taste great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ask for a table in the atrium
    Goldfinch
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    When we arrived at the restaurant we we're initially given a table in the front part of the restaurant which was noisy and a bit claustrophobic. My husband wanted to leave but I convinced him to stay and give it a try. When he went to use the restroom he saw that there was a lovely airy atrium room at the back which was quiet and not very busy so the staff relocated us there. Everything after that was perfect. The service was friendly, efficient and knowledgable. The menu is interesting and both our choices were faultless and well presented. Great choice of wines by the glass too. If I lived in San Francisco I would make this a regular haunt. But I would make sure to ask for a table in the atrium.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Super Yummy!
    Marina6tw
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    Wonderful service and the entree recommendations by our waitress were great. I was told the Crispy Roasted Sonoma Chicken Breast was a great dish. I don't usually order chicken when I go to a restaurant but I was SO glad I did. The skin of the chicken was amazing; the meat moist and juicy. The potatoes melted in your mouth with the right amount of crispness and bursting with flavor. They make there own bread and pasta on site. Two of the dishes we had were garnished with just the perfect amount of fresh tarragon. The wine list is wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food - good service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    First time back in a while - the remodel is a great change in the seating comfort. The food is still very good - the wine list has gotten better - great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A real neighborhood Gem
    LiveToEatVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    The menu is appealing, the food is delicious and nicely presented, the price is right, the service is good and the patio is very pleasant. What else can you ask for? No wondr it's packed. This is a real plus for the neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great good!
    ChrisP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Noisy but our party of four totally enjoyed ourselves!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Marina highlight
    SueR
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    This is a busy restaurant, pleased we had made a reservation. Food delicious and interesting, service efficient and friendly, good choice of wines. Would certainly recommend and return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Yorkers loved it!
    Unclbar
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We took friends from NY there Saturday night, and they just loved it! It was their fourth dinner out in four nights, and they thought it was easily the best one. I really enjoy the freshly baked bread, the smoked salmon appetizer, the lamb and the desserts. It was a tad noisy for the catch up chat we were having, but that's ok. The server was great as well. I know this sounds like a house ad, but it's not. We probably go to Bistro Aix more often than anywhere else in the City.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our go to resturant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Whenever we are in San Francisco we try to get to Bistro Aix. We always ask for Alfred. He is so friendly, funny and cares about his customers. Food and wine are always spot on.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • delicious
    Cgorham
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    We were meeting a friend we hadn't seen in a long time. The Cafe was perfect. Acoustics allowed us to have lively conversation through the evening. The salads star and baby beet, were perfect openers. The ladies I was with split the halibut dinner and raved aout it saying it was the mostdelicious preparation of Halibut ever. The chocoalte cloud cake was scrumptious and then our server brought us out a creme brulee which was out of this world. Not one to repeat even restaurants we like but we could definitely return to Cafe Aix!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Something has changed
    lambee
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    I have not been here in a long time. I thought the food was still very good, but something has changed. The overall feel of the restaurant is different and the food seems a little "less french" than it used to be. The restaurant seems to be a more "kid friendly" place rather than adult oriented. Bread is spectacular. They say they make their own. Wines are good too.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 59 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 1, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 463 reviews are from the Bistro Aix - SF reviews archive.
  • absolutely delicious food!
    Denise461
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    absolutely delicious food! A bit loud, very tiny, but fun. We were seated by the front door and window, and were very glad to have that seat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent
    NJBOVIP
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    I come here when I travel to San Fran. The restaurant is quite cozy and the atrium in the back is very cool. The menu is excellent and provides options for anyone. Everything is delicious every time. The wine list is one of the best anywhere. The prices are actually FAIR...which is a nice change to some of the other restaurants of this caliber.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • There was a good selection
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    There was a good selection of items on the menu without being overwhelming. The service was great. Definitely better atmosphere on the in-door patio area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and service,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Excellent food and service, fairly priced. Bistro Aix is a beautiful restaurant - most especially the large back room with the tree in the center, open to a very large skylight. The photographs everywhere are also wonderful. However, when the room got full around 6:30, things became really noisy - my dining partner and I could no longer converse. They will pour half-glasses of wine, which is a real plus when you're having multiple courses.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic