Bistro Aix - SF
Bistro Aix - SF

Bistro Aix - SF

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bistroaix.com/
  • Phone: (415) 202-0100
  • 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
70 reviews since July 28, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (53)fit for foodies (46)notable wine list (25)good for groups (23)romantic (17)special occasion (13)hot spot (9)kid-friendly (7)great for outdoor dining (7)great for brunch (4)great for lunch (3)late-night find (3)scenic view (2)vibrant bar scene (2)Show More
  • JohnnyG
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Very pleasant atmosphere, very good service. Enjoyed the food, good mix of healthy selections and taste. decent wine list
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of SF's best
    JMBSF
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    We have been eating here for years and never disappointed. The food is consistently wonderful, the service is professional and friendly without being obsequious, the atmosphere is lively but the noise is not deafening. Definitely a favorite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bistro Aix never disappoints.
    AmbianceHunterSFVIP
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    Made a reservation for a friend's birthday this week and everything was perfect. Amazing food, relaxing ambiance and convenient for people meeting up from different parts of the city and across the Bay. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eskimoe82
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We loved the experience here. Great ambience, amazing food and a fantastic bottle of wine
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A new favorite!
    SyjazellVIP
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    The food is fresh, local and interesting. Always new items on the menu and a great wine list! Staff is friendly and accessible. We love the atrium with central tree and fairy lights. We plan to go often.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mixed food bag; difficult wine list
    SPinSF
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Mixed bag with a table of four. Two dishes good, one was below average (tough, chewy gnocchi) and the other arrived quite late due to misplaced order. Main advisories: Menu is ambitious but execution and presentation may not be up to the task; wine list is way out of proportion to the menu in terms of price. I say it is a "notable" wine list but hard to find anything under $60, and many bottles over $100. In contrast, menu firsts are in the mid-teens and entrees in the mid-20s. For those who care about such things any more, don't worry about how you look; waiters in shorts and hostess in wildly torn jeans. With all the good places to explore in SF I can't see hurrying back any time soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food but...
    FSSF
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    I went there hoping to have fish which was on their menu but they were out of it (i was there for a relatively early dinner). It seems that if you're in the business of providing food to people you should make sure you have it to sell! I ended up having chicken which I've had before and it was delicious but I was frustrated because I went there to have the fish.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • good experience!
    Marie
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    a second trip in 2 weeks, and it was as good if not better the second time. Service great, food exceptional...noise level for the "older sect" was tough...large grp next to us didn't help, but a return visit for sure
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • disappointedVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Service was long (most likely kitchen overwhelmed), polite but impersonal. Food is good. the extension in the back room is cold. Too expansive for the quality and the service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great local restaurant
    adb1146
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    From the moment I walked in I felt welcome. From the friendly bartender who knew the locals by name to the great food and atmosphere the entire experience left me wanting to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Meal at Bistro Aix
    Catherine
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We came here due to it's proximity to the Palace of Fine Arts for the Saturday performance. The food was terrific all the way around. We ordered 5 of the appetizers and all were excellent. The entrees were equally good. Good wine list, good service, and we made the curtain by 1 minute. Would definitely go again and spend more time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Thank you for a great dinner. It is always good to try new things on the menu, e.g., the spotted prawns.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Misleading Name
    burgatto
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    I was in the mood for some French Bistro food, but didn't really find the menu to reflect the name of the restaurant. It was a pleasant meal, but the overall experience was not what I would expect from a restaurant that the SF Chronicle voted one of the "Top 100 Restaurants in the Bay Area".
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food
    Zews
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    The calamari was the best I have ever had. Not greasy, just the right amount of spicy, ... perfect. Our waiter was very attentive, and helpful in recommending a wine. We had eaten here before and will eat here again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tasty and comfortable
    McFoodie
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Bistro is what it is. Really well prepared food served by friendly people this is what a NorCal French Bistro should be. Go with friends or familiar business associates for a really good meal at a VERY reasonable price. Bartender deserves a mention as making us very comfortable and welcome.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Maura
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
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    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always good
    Outandabout
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    You can never go wrong with Bistro Aix. The food is consistently good and the staff is very friendly. It's definitely a neighborhood restaurant with a casual welcoming feel. Always one of my favorite restaurants!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    excellent food. definitely going back this restaurant to try different dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sushifan
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    we've enjoyed our dinner experience at bistro aix...food was very good and tasty, the ambience was relaxed and friendly, and service was very attentive, we will come back for more nice dinners
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Like being in another world
    SyjazellVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Walking through the typical narrow, slightly dark City restaurant, we emerged into a charming light patio with a beautiful ancient Olive tree in the center . The food & service & wine were equally enchanting! It is our new favorite spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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!
    UnclbarVIP
    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.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 45 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 28, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 495 reviews are from the Bistro Aix - SF reviews archive.
  • 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.