BIX
BIX

BIX

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bixrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 4154336300
  • 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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
BIX reviews from OpenTable diners
191 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (119)romantic (110)fit for foodies (82)vibrant bar scene (67)neighborhood gem (63)hot spot (51)notable wine list (48)good for groups (30)late-night find (26)great for lunch (2)kid-friendly (1)great for brunch (1)scenic view (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Just OK jazz & food
    LeoinSFVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    My second time visiting Bix. I was quite frankly underwhelmed. The cocktails were relatively small, in relation to the last time I visited, and the food was just meh. The jazz trio that was downstairs was particularly uninteresting, and felt more like I was at a dinner hour at a bar mitzvah. Not really much excitement there. The pork chop entree was very good, I must say, but the firecracker shrimp appetizer was skimpy and tasted like something you could get at Popeye's. The wine selection was not as impressive as the last time I was there about two years ago, and the wine bottles were incredibly overpriced. Not sure what is going on at Bix, but seems like it needs new energy.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun for All
    Narwhalbean
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Bix is great! There are not very many places (if any) that you you can go for dinner and get live music almost every night and great food. The place has is very art deco and the service was excellent. All of the staff was on it and very friendly, not to mention the food was really good!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very nice place
    rghdex
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    A very nice and lively place, food is very good also!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BIX continues to be great
    Catfish
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    I have dined at BIX ten or more times and it has never disappointed. This last time was with a work team from SF and NY. Everyone had a great meal and a good time. Traffic was horrible because of Dreamforce, but the hostess was understanding and we were not rushed. Appetizer sampler was great. Oysters were fresh. Everyone had a great time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Still my favorite...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001VIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    I always expect to see Sky Masterson at the bar. Last weekend, we got dressed up and drove into town for dinner, our first visit in almost a decade. Our favorite dishes remain on the menu, but have been updated and we enjoyed them even more this time than we had in the past. We loved the deviled eggs, meatballs, the halibut civiche, and the seasonal pumpkin soup. The chicken hash, a BIX classic is now served as a 'cake' similar to crab cake and was delicious. My favorite, the pork chop, was paired with grilled radicchio, a beautiful pear chutney and a balsamic reduction which complimented the perfectly grilled chop. I was relieved to see bananas foster still headlines the dessert menu. All this AND wonderful live jazz! Perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • INCREDIBLE!!!!
    mark633
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    My co-worker and I had a fantastic lunch at BIX and I highly reccomend it to anyone who enjoy good food, great service and a very comfortable atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    Ilovefood
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    I tried 4 restaurants, all highly recommended by friends, in this trip to SF. Bix is the best, esp with its ambience and food. Among the 3 of us, we had the duck, the pork and the Wagyu beef. All are very well prepared in terms of meat tenderness and the sauce that goes with each dish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special on so many levels
    LizG
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    I hadn't been to Bix in several years, and it was just as wonderful as I remembered it. The artwork is amazing, especially Mark Stock's Butler in Love over the piano and John Register's Martini Hollywood sign in the hallway. The restaurant's decor is striking. The food is delicious. My swordfish was so juicy and tasty. Mary Stalling's voice is delightful. The only downside is that the restaurant is noisy. It was really hard to hear Mary singing on the Tuesday night I was there.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BIX-a special place
    stan43VIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Romantic, jazz music, attentive staff, great drinks and great food- a place for a special date
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant.
    pjbj
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Excellent as always. When we are in SF, we eat at Bix.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Complete Package
    VerySatisfiedDiner
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Location is special, surrounded by old brick historical buildings, walking in the art work and murals set the mood enhanced by the art deco furnishings, lighting, and staircase. The bar is very impressive, the selection, but most notably quality of bar staff who are attentive, friendly, efficient, and incredibly talented at their craft. The wait staff were similarly outstanding, exuding genuine warmth and concern to ensure a quality dining experience, providing assistance/suggestions when asked. Constant, but unobtrusive, mindfulness for a smooth and comfortable meal. Highly recommended. This has become a go to spot for fine dining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • San Francisco Gem
    Eric
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Bix is hidden on a little alley, I like that. Awesome ambience, almost like an ocean liner like the Titanic. The noise level is pretty intense, but the food, wine, and music make up for it. I've never had an evening at Bix that I or my dates didn't enjoy. And the bone marrow...awesome...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasteless. Stingy.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Bix has a nice vibe. But, the food is disappointing. I had lobster pasta. It was the second most expensive item on the menu, but it sounded great. There were three miniature, hard to find. pieces of supposed lobster on my plate. Tasteless. My friend had duck that looked yucky.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Too excited?
    michybell
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Server was sweet. Love the ambiance. Sat upstairs at a booth table for 2 that was a bit too close to our neighbors (I hate when you are afraid your butt is going to knock over their wine glass). Did find that the food was, soso okay. The pork chop was awesome, but then had some weird pear stuff on it...and the sample plate appetizer was a fun option (deviled egg, pork slider, prosciutto, and crab cake) but only 2 out of 4 of the items were great and the others were meh. $30 corkage fee and my girlfriend is in the industry which I thought was kind of pricey usually they waive that. Overall the food was okay but for $100 each for 2 entrees, corkage, and 1 shared appetizer, I can't say I'll go back again. Good experience though!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect evening
    sgunter
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We arrived at least 20 minutes late for our reservation, but they sat us right away. As they did they told us that we could only have the table for approx. 1 hour as others had made reservations too. We were still at our table nearly 2 hours later with only one "request" to wrap things up at that time. They clearly worked hard for us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great spot but too loud
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Food was terrific - lobster spaghetti / beef medallions very tasty - service was very good - but even at a small table, almost impossible to converse due to music / din of other diners. Maybe mezzanine level is a bit quieter?
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place to Dine
    Junnie
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    As always BIX is a great place to dine, for all occasions. Service and food was excellent. I Love BIX
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 2nd time not the charm
    CSeattle
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We ate here about a year ago, and the entire experience was fabulous. The time, very noisy, server not very helpful, drink watery and food just average. (It didn't help that the tables were so close to each other; the tourists next to us kept leaning in to overhear our conversation -- which frankly was just average dinner conversation!) I hope it wasn't because we booked through Open Table this time... (just kidding)
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We enjoyed Bix. We had a large party and they took very good care of us. Our waiter was superb, very knowledgeable and helpful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First time at Bix
    SanFran2014
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    We found this restaurant on-line searching for somewhere nice to dine in San Fran with music in the background. It was perfect. Our waiter was fantastic but unfortunately we didn't get his name, on the receipt his initial was AJ A. He was very knowledgable about the food and wine. Our starters were potato pillows with American caviar and the crab rolls , small portions for some people but very tasty. For mains we had the pacific swordfish and the pork chop....we would recommend to try both. We both tried the warm chocolate brioche pudding and the plum cobbler with ginger ice cream we were split on this as one of us isn't a chocolate pudding fan ...would highly recommend this restaurant. Dined on the 9th sept .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • khjeats
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    The appetizers were tasty but entrees were nothing special...particularly at this price point. We were very disappointed.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • punctualVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    A great evening, tremendous food. Service was perfect. All courses were presented in a professional manner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Had a small table a dark corner by an exit. Not what we had expected.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always Love Bix
    jps5000VIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Have eaten and Bix many times...it has a great special occasion feel...good food good service...fun.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Experience
    ronnier0n
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The 2nd floor overlooking the live jazz trio band was a great addition to the dinner. Although there is a lot of people and with the band playing in the background, our dinner was still intimate and very enjoyable. Their cocktail menu is perfect for the setting, as well as their wine offerings. Be sure to make reservations early in advance because this place is packed!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food, pricey
    Addicted
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The food is good with unique dishes but pricey for small portions. Especially the cocktails small glasses for double digit prices. Service was lacking. Had to really work the waiter to get a recommendation. Felt like he was rushing to turn the table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wanted to like it more
    Kayro
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Last time I was at Bix, many of you weren't even out of diapers. So the fact that it has lasted 25+ years must mean it's really good, right? Well, it's still got that supper-club feel, cave-like and dim. Our waiter was very professional. I did not find the food to be exceptional. The deviled eggs with truffle oil were fine. The swordfish on a bed of squash with a few tiny tomatoes was not bad, but was mediocre. I can't personally report on the open-faced burger w/truffled fries, but my husband was satisfied. Somehow, I hoped for more. I thought the menu was limited. My first cocktail seemed okay but the second tasted weird, and when replacing it didn't make a difference our waiter graciously took it off the bill.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious but overpriced
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The food and service were fantastic, but for $34, I expect more then a few tiny pieces of lobster in the lobster spaghetti.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JimJVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Consistently excellent...great atmosphere and music...interesting food and conscientious service...thoughtful restaurant manager allows us to select our preferred seating...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • dining out
    DevineLady
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We were a group of 7, service was fair, food was good. My upset was that we brought in a bottle of wine, a little larger than most because we were 7 people and they charged us double corkage because of the size of the bottle which we felt was not fair and they would not adjust the bill. Because of this I will not return to this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Asked our server for another butter and her comment was--you have on--she did not notice it belonged to my guest Bad overall attitude with all the servers--like we were doing them a favor for eating at their establishment!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It's better at Bix!
    raeraeVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Our anniversary celebration at Bix was very special. This is a favorite of ours in San Francisco. Signature cocktails, lovely food, attentive service -- a romantic restaurant, upscale speakeasy atmosphere. Dress up!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LOVE THIS PLACE!
    WineLover
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Bix is the best! Great food, great service, great ambience! Perfect for a romantic date or fun, adult dinner party!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Special Occaision
    serverschild1
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    The ambience is Art Deco 20-30s San Francisco with dim lights, little lamps on tables, a wide, curving staircase to upstairs dining and a lively bar downstairs with white jacketed, attentive bartenders. Recorded jazz played downstairs while we dined. If you go in late afternoon/ early evening when the sun is bright, allow some time for your eyes to adjust as it's very dark. All table servers at our large, rounded booth were excellent. Can't say enough about the service. As for the food, I really enjoyed the deviled egg hors d'oeuvre and wished I could have had more than one half of one. We shared an order among the six of us. The lobster pasta was ok, not bad, just ok. Loved the bananas foster as well. I'd go again, just for drinks & apps.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • foodie2
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    I appreciate you recognizing that we were celebrating a birthday and the note at the table and spoon of sorbet was nice, thank you.Upon departure you had a large group siting outside drinking champagne and very intoxicated. They took over the entire street and our Uber driver was unable to get to pick us up. The drunk party had 2 Uber cars just waiting for them to get themselves together and load the cars. . I can't say this would be a restaurant that have on list to return. We felt our waiter was not excited to accommodate us. I had to ask him to tell us about the menu. He cited only the most expensive items and unable to elaborate on anything. It kind of killed our appetite and we ordered apps and wine only.
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  • Loved It
    BaseballMom
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We had an early dinner reservation. Admittedly we were still full from a foodie event we just attended. I was concerned that they would be irritated that we only wanted drinks and appetizers. However, that couldn't be further from the truth. Our waiter was a true professional and treated us like we had ordered the most expensive items on the menu. Our "snacks" were fabulous as were the desserts we shared. The bread pudding was amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Seattleite
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    The food at Bix's was great (my husband wasn't crazy for his lobster spaghetti but the appetizers, tomato cart, and my steak were all fantastic), and the service in both the bar and the restaurant was outstanding. My only complaint is that we were on time for our reservation - a few minutes early maybe - and we had to wait a significant time for a table. Which might have been fine if it weren't for the fact that the bar is tiny and there were no seats available there because people without reservations were eating dinner at the bar. We overheard a comment from someone else that led us to believe that this is a pretty common occurrence. Despite that, I would recommend Bix to others.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birdman
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Reliably exceptional dining experience in such a swank spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    FoodieTraveller
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Bix had been recommended by a work colleague who hadn't been for while. While the quality of the service and the ambience were good, the meal was not on par with the reputation of the restaurant or the cost. As an example, one of our party ordered the Spaghetti with Lobster dish which contained virtually no Lobster. The server did offer to substitute the dish (so as not to delay the meal we elected not to change out the dish), however, for an upscale restaurant, we did not feel that the dish met the minimum standard.
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  • Fun evening, great atmosphere
    Chris
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We enjoyed our dinner here, food good, great waitress! Neat location, fun bar, nice booth arrangement upstairs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic