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BIX Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bixrestaurant.com
  • Phone: (415) 433-6300
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Californian
  • Executive Chef: Bruce Hill
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Please contact any manager at (415) 433-6300
  • Entertainment: BIX features jazz nightly with no cover charge.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Jackson & Pacific
  • Public Transit: Muni bus: #41 Union
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: There is valet parking nightly after 5:00pm.
A word from BIX
An exceptionally stylish supper club, civilized speakeasy, a sophisticated saloon. Each of these "personae" is housed in a soaring two-story interior distinguished by a gently curving mahogany bar, fluted columns with ornate capitals, stunning original art, plush banquettes, cozy booths, starched linens, glittering glasses, and polished flatware. Overall, the ambiance is pure 1930's and 1940's - tasteful art moderne reminiscent of the glory days of Cunard and French Line ships. Fashionable and glamorous are the hallmarks. Trendy is simply not a part of the BIX culture. The clientele at BIX ranges from San Francisco movers-and-shakers to "savvy travelers" - owner Doug Biederbeck's term for the many diners in the know from out of town who patronize his establishment. All of them step from the featureless alley into another world - a world of superb cookery and libations, of sparkling service, of stylish nostalgia, of polished live jazz. That world is BIX.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Diner Reviews
  • "Bix, Once again you do not let me down. I came here for my 1 year anniversary with my wife and pow! Deviled Eggs were amazing, the bone marrow was heart stopping, the New York strip steak was BOMB not to mention the beet salad! thanks again. I will be coming back!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "I took my wife here for our anniversary dinner. Everything was fantastic! The waiter was one of the best we'd ever had."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "My husband and I were excited to get away on a date night for a special occasion. The restaurant was grossly overpriced for our experience. Service was mediocre with little knowledge of the menu or wine list, dietary restrictions, or attention to detail (didn't fill my our wine glasses once, left dirty plates, etc.) The ambience was loud (hard to hear the waiter or each other). Entrees were pricey, and if you wanted a starch or vegetable to go with your protein better prepare to pay an extra twenty bucks for them. We left feeling like we could have gone to so many other fantastic restaurants in SF with better good, service, and value. We left disappointed. Would not recommend."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "The food and service were outstanding. We were a bit early and sat at bar. The manager cam over and said our table was not ready. He was very apologetic and a few moments later a very nice bit to eat was given to us and our champagne refilled. This was all above and beyond - signs of an excellent staff. Our table was absolutely the best for us - it was upstairs and toward the center. We dine out often and this was a top experience."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "A secluded smallish place that is totally unique. The piano and singer reminded me of going out to dinner with my parents in the 60's. if you visit SanFrancisco you can't miss this place. A small restaurant in a big city. Did I mention that the food is excellent too?"
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "The service was excellent, the food was very good and it was pleasant dining to live music (jazz pianist and singer). For the entrees, my husband ordered the chicken hash because he was allergic to many of the other entrees, and I ordered the branzino (European seabass) and both were prepared well. The dining area was quite elegant with very interesting artwork and low lighting. I would say that the ambience was romantic except that the room was quite noisy with people trying to talk above the music."
    Dined on 11/19/2013
  • "Food good, place is super...I felt like Frank Sinatra could stroll in with the Rat Pack... loved the jazz music playing in the background (Live by the way) you will LOVE it."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "We'd heard amazing things about Bix. Great location, unique stylistic interior, and fabulous cocktails -- all perfect mixings for a special night out. Well folks, we went here to celebrate a special event in our lives and I've got to say the experience was expensive and decidedly "meh". Nothing was bad, but nothing was exceptional either. The manhattans we had were shaken (wrong), the house cocktails we tried were unadventurous. The food was fine, but again nothing exceptional. The steak tar tar was pretty decent, and the truffled deviled eggs were probably the highlight. Our mains were both overcooked and served on piping hot plates -- too long waiting to be brought to our table? There are far better ways to spend $250 on dinner for two."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "The place had a great feel to it. The food came quickly. The waiter always made sure our wine glasses were filled. The food was really great. Price was expensive, but that's what you would expect for a place like this, I would come back again."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Burger and accompanying salad were preposterously salty. Ate someof it. They were kind to comped it. All else really good. Especially the lobster pasta. Perhaps my fault for ordering such a pedestrian dish."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Went here on my Birthday after reading about the excellent ambiance and food, was not disappointed."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "I used to go to Bix all the time when I worked in the area in the early 90's. It was great then and in my opinion it still is great! We had a wonderful evening. Fast, efficient service, Delicious Food, Fabulous Decor and Enchanting live music. I would definitely go back."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "Terrific time with the jazz and the food and the ambience."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "When we come up to visit our daughter we always want to try new places. This place came highly recommended but it ended up being a huge disappointment. Drinks were good and the potato pillow were good also. I ordered the duck on the waiters suggestion. What a mistake. It was so undercooked and tough, that I couldn't eat it. The steak was good but not as tender as should have been for the price. We didn't see the waiter again until our plates were taken away and he came back for our dessert order. We were really looking forward to this meal but will not go back."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Bix has been around for 26 years and is still a classic San Franciscan dining option. The supper club atmosphere with nightly music makes the dining experience here a completely special event. Yet, it is the food that will bring me back. My daughter and I shared a number of items from the table side preparation of Steak Tartar (from Kobe beef!), to the delicately presented Halibut Ceviche, to an amazing Gorgonzola Panna Cotta with perfectly roasted beets to a Spring driven succulent Swordfish with Leeks and Peas to the perfect sweet finish of the classically prepared Banana's Foster. Our waiter helped direct our menu selection and presented each course in perfect timing. It was a wonderful evening."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Visit every time I am in sf Great service Great food Great music Awesome space"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Chose BIX based on their dessert menu as we were in the celebratory mood. Even though there is a second floor, the tables are close together and because of the live music, people talk louder than usual which can be annoying if you're trying to have a romantic dinner (or the people next to you are obnoxious). We had the petrale sole and the black truffle cheeseburger, accompanied by red wine and cocktails - all delicious. The sticky toffee pudding was lovely but the chocolate bread pudding was too rich and had too much chocolate. The best part was the live jazz, very enjoyable and added greatly to the atmosphere. Not ideal for a quiet conversation but makes this place stand out."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "Had a fantastic bday dinner for 2! Delicious, creative food. Great service, beautiful piano and vocals and romantic ambiance. I highly recommend Bix!!"
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Bix is a cool spot, and the food is great. However we waited 20 minutes for our reservation and were given a corner table (good) right next to the kitchen door (bad). This wouldn't have been such a bad thing if the same size table set unoccupied on the opposite side of the restaurant for the duration of our meal. Our waiter was rather aloof and at times inappropriate. It's close to being an awesome place but the experience this time was sub-par."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "It is a place that Frank Sinatra would have picked out to have dinner at. Jazz piano playing, dimmed lights, good moderate dining noise. We really enjoyed it. The food was excellent and the service was outstanding. A great find for a special occasion."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "My teenage daughter was in town for spring break, and I told her I would treat her to one "fancy" meal. We selected BIX, and she definitely wasn't disappointed. A good friend and longtime SF resident joined us who had not been to BIX in a long time, and she wasn't disappointed either. I could kick myself because I forgot the name of the waiter, but he was awesome. He recommended great food selections and didn't act huffy when my daughter and friend asked to split the truffle burger and Caesar salad. The live music was just right--not too loud, and the martinis were superb. And, of course, I love the ambience; it's especially fun to sit upstairs."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Loved the food. Hated the service. There is a strong scent of arrogance in the air from the moment you walk in the door. Lots of attitude from the hostess and the servers. The food is good but there are a lot of really great restaurants in San Francisco with good food and the staff treats you with respect."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "I took my fiance to BIX to celebrate her 30th birthday. We loved the ambiance and enjoyed all that the restaurant had to offer. I'd definitely go back. Good martinis too."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Bix is still a wonderful restaurant with good food, thoughtfully prepared, and terrific service."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "We ordered almost all of the restaurant's signature dishes. The food was mediocre, at best. Maybe if we didn't pay such inflated prices for the dishes, I could rate the food above average but such is not the case. Also, we were one of the first sets of diners in the restaurant and still, we felt rushed by our server. I went to the restroom in between our 2nd and 3rd courses and when I returned to the table our food was sitting there. To have a $40 entree sitting on the table while a guest is in the restroom is unacceptable. As we were paying our bill, we overheard our server tell the table next to us the specials for the evening, I ask: did we look like we weren't interested in hearing specials??? We won't be back."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "The food was very good and the service excellent. Felt a little rushed. Would return again."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "What a great meal! I took my wife here for her birthday and we had an excellent time. The food was excellent and staff was very friendly. If possible, try to sit in the second level. The live jazz band was a little too loud for a romantic evening. Still, I highly recommend this hot spot."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "On our latest visit, our party of four found that the quality of the food had slipped noticeably. On the positive side, service was very good and the energy level as charged and happening as ever."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "I would never return because I had to talk so loudly to my companion since the speakers were pointed directly at us. When I asked the waiter to either turn down the jazz (yes, jazz!) or to move the speakers, he turned them another direction which was helpful but not good enough. The steak tartare was bland and boring and had no spice whatsoever. I could not get the salt to come out of the shaker and told the waiter. He said that it was kosher salt but only a regular salt shaker so the salt was too large to come out easily. I suggest that if you use Kosher salt you may consider getting a kosher shaker. I prefer a restaurant where I can speak to my dinner partner without having to raise my voice. The music is truly terrible!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Somewhat disappointing. This was a better experience a while ago with excellent food and service - both were lacking. The Sole was tasteless and the Expresso was lukewarm. There are better places for the money you will spend here. The beauty and novelty of the location are its best attributes. Stick with the bar."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "We haven been in Bix for a while.... and we haven't missed much. It used to be good. Well, to be honest, one cannot really say it was bad but it was very boring, bland and just average. My husband ordered the $29.00 "truffled" burger and what a disappointment that was.... I had the duck breast and yes it was tender.. That's about it. I guess the point I am trying to make is that was a $40/entry price sticker one can find MUCH better food in San Francisco."
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "The food and service were excellent. The piano music was delightful, but got much too loud when the drums were added. The noise level inhibited any type of conversation."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "My wife and I went here for our one year anniversary dinner and we couldn't have been happier! Amazing food and service. And they even remembered it was our special night with a card! Will be back for sure."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "I love Bix. I recall coming to lunch at Bix in 1989 - it was fabulous then, and it continues to be fabulous. Gorgeous setting, great coktails and wine list - and the food is classic without being dull or too predictable. They do always have the chicken hash a la Bix - one taste and you will know why the regulars would revolt if it was ever retired from the menu! Great for casual, romantic, business family - I have even been to a wedding at Bix. (The marriage did not last, but they did have gorgeous kids!)"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "This place is an absolute treasure if you're looking for ambiance, great food, and great service. I love the live piano player and singer, it really adds to ambiance. The food is great, no complaints at all and great wines even by the glass."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "Appetizers (trout mousse, crab rolls, banh mi pork belly) were very good. Entrees-chicken hash and duck breast were good, petrale sole was flabby. Deserts were pedestrian with little attempt to make them look appealing. I would go there again once, but the menu is very limited."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "What a wonderful experience - the waiter was so great - had super suggestions and had an exceptional knowledge of what was being prepared and what wine went with it - they had a piano player and a female singer that was a great addition to the dinner - I would highly recommend."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "If you know you will be near Jackson Square and can make your reservations in advance, BIX will not disappoint. The Lobster Spaghetti was a perfect blend of complex flavors, perfect portion size and unique. Also recommend the Dungeness Crab Rolls- fantastic! Definitely going back!"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "we were finished our four course meal in 45 minutes - too fast"
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "We treated their appetizers like tapas, and shared the delicious sole entree as well. The highlight of the meal though were the two different bottles of Montrachet that we shared. The wine list is a beautiful thing. Not large, not cheap, but wow, there was nary a miss on it. I must add that the creme brulee was simply the best example I have had of the dessert."
    Dined on 2/10/2014