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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
BIX reviews from OpenTable diners
206 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (128)special occasion (125)fit for foodies (79)vibrant bar scene (76)neighborhood gem (61)notable wine list (54)hot spot (44)late-night find (30)good for groups (30)great for lunch (5)kid-friendly (2)great for outdoor dining (2)scenic view (2)great for brunch (2)Show More
  • Mitochondria on the wall (decorativ
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 4/9/2008
    Mitochondria on the wall (decorative, not real) blemished the overall decor. Would have bee more romantic if it was quieter.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great service...and the food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/9/2008
    great service...and the food was very good. Lovely spot
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful job of providing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 4/6/2008
    Wonderful job of providing special treatment for a birthday celebration.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beautiful space, lovely menu,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 4/6/2008
    Beautiful space, lovely menu, great service. Terrific experience
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • BIX was loud but the jazz
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/4/2008
    BIX was loud but the jazz band eventually made up for it I guess we arrived when they were on break, they didn't resume playing for about an hour...). We had a great meal here. Not as memorable as others in San Francisco but definitely a great time. Our server was okay not the friendliest girl.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was very good (at least
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/3/2008
    Food was very good (at least the main courses were -- pork chop and lobster spaghetti), but ambiance was terrible - we were seated on the mezzanine, which was part of a cavernous, darkly lit, somewhat austere space, with little or no art or decoration or anything interesting to look at. There was a live jazz singer (I think) singing below us, but the stark decor and high ceilings made the acoustics terrible -- like listening to jazz in a freeway tunnel. I had booked this for a romantic dinner -- big mistake. I would not go back.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Live jazz is a bonus, so "moderatel
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 4/2/2008
    Live jazz is a bonus, so "moderately" noisey is a good thing in this case. We had two plates, one was "fit for foodies" the other was more modest in quality and quantity.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We went to BIX to celebrate
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 4/1/2008
    We went to BIX to celebrate my mother's birthday, there were six people total in my party. I called in advance to let the host know in that we were celebrating a birthday and that we would prefer an optimal table if possible that would provide the best experience. The host delivered and got us a corner booth on the mezzanine level. On the table was a birthday card for my mother compliments of BIX, which was much appreciated. The table location was great, the live piano and singer were very pleasant. The food was outstanding as well as the service. To top things off, a complimentary dessert was brought to us with a candle to honor my mother's birthday. All in all, it was a fantastic experience and I would go there everyday weekend if I could
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great ambiance; a great old
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 3/30/2008
    Great ambiance; a great old SF restaurant. Excellent cocktails and good service. A fine time was had by all.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic food. Would recommend
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/29/2008
    Fantastic food. Would recommend for a special night out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bix is a great place for a
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/29/2008
    Bix is a great place for a romantic interlude or get together with friends type of restaurant. You feel as if you have stepped back in time to the speakeasy era withthe live jazz. The food is excellent!! I would recommend the truffle burger!! This is one uniqure burger.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, late-night find, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great music trio but the bar
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/29/2008
    Great music trio but the bar crowd was too noisy and the noise spills over into the dining room. Fortunately, we had a good table close to the piano. Food was wonderful and sax player was especially terrific. But the music was more for background, because of the generally poor acoustics. We would go again, but primarily jut for the good food and nice service.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Expensive $$$ One loud waiter
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/29/2008
    Expensive $$$ One loud waiter made it unromantic ( not ours!) Great BAR scene to be seen?
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We LOVE BIX..Have eaten here
    sfmomVIP
    Dined on 3/28/2008
    We LOVE BIX..Have eaten here for years and it never disappoints! Great food, service, drinks and really a good night out. Always reliable food list of great meals. We almost always order the steak tartar and the desserts are to die for! I love the semifreddo. Also worth ordering are anything seasonal. The Pork Chops are really great! Our waiter has been the same guy for the last 3 times we have gone and he is wonderful! Very professional without being annoying. The drinks are wonderfully blended and I have gone there for drinks many times too. We go here every year for our anniversary and are always looking for an excuse to go.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The service was outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/26/2008
    The service was outstanding and very accomodating which led to a very enjoyable time. Our server was very helpful and the matre de was so friendly and made us feel right at home. The Kobe steak was perfect, the crab rolls to die for, but the Seabass was over cooked and I was not impressed by the presentation and taste of the dish (too many garbonzo beans and not enough vegetables led to a lack of flavor and color). I loved the atmosphere and thought the piano and vocals were amazing. Thanks to the staff!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We havn't been there in a
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 3/26/2008
    We havn't been there in a couple of years...still a great place...one thing that made it excellent was Jacquie our waiter...wonderful gal....excellent service...Quite an asset to Bix's.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bix is the perfect mix of
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001VIP
    Dined on 3/26/2008
    Bix is the perfect mix of classic and modern. It's the kind of place where you still see men wearing coats to get a drink at 5 and treat the ladies with respect just because they're gentlemen. Its dark wood and dim lighting sets the perfect mood, whether you're on a date or just grabbing a drink with a girlfriend. The food is wonderful and service is attentive. Love this place!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Was not pleased with the consistenc
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 3/21/2008
    Was not pleased with the consistency level of food and service. The first time I tried BIX, I was singing praises for the food, service and ambiance, however after this recent visit, I dont think I will be rushing back anytime soon. Food was just ok, service was very slow and it was very loud.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • vERY NICE HIDDEN AWAY PLACE
    55rfygiyiuyiiuVIP
    Dined on 3/21/2008
    vERY NICE HIDDEN AWAY PLACE TO GO AND EVERYONE WAS SO PLEASANT AND SF LIKE...LOVED IT BEING BORN AND RASIED IN SF IT WAS A PLACE I WAS VERY PROUD OF ....AND THE FOOD WAS GREAT
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our reservation was for a
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 3/20/2008
    Our reservation was for a birthday celebration. We were seated at the corner booth on the 2nd level (the best table). In addition, a note was on the table thanking us for celebrating the occasion at BIX. Everything was outstanding! We highly recommend BIX.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • As usual, BIX did not disappoint.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/19/2008
    As usual, BIX did not disappoint. Not that happy about being seated upstairs next to the kitchen entrance--you lose a lot of the ambiance of the place and any view of the jazz combo performing below, but not the end of the world. Food and cocktails were top notch, as expected.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We could never pay attention
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/18/2008
    We could never pay attention to what the pianist was playing because people at the bar right next to the piano kept talking too loudly. Overall, the restaurant is so noisy that you would never want to eat on the first floor..(if you prefer quiet atmosphere) But the food and the service were great.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious food -- had river
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 3/16/2008
    Delicious food -- had river sturgeon with fresh asparagus. We enjoyed every bite. Loved the atmosphere, too. Lots of art deco touches. Service polite, unobtrusive, gave great suggestions and steered us to choices that we loved. I'd recommend it highly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • This was our 5th or 6th time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 3/15/2008
    This was our 5th or 6th time back to Bix. We were not disappointed. The service was great - - for example, when our table was not available at our reservation time, the staff apologize for the delay while we were waiting in the bar and once again when we were seated at our table. We will definitely be back. Jeff Porter
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, late-night find, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The two of us consumed a half
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/14/2008
    The two of us consumed a half dozen appetizers (including beef and tuna tartare, cavier, and fried oysters) and passed on the entres as we had a ballet to attend following dinner. We were impressed. The wait staff and maitre'de performed with perfection. They understood our need to get to the War Memorial by 7:45. Martini's as good as homemade; well chilled with broken shards of ice on top. Any time I see the bar stacked three deep in patrons, I know I've found the right spot. We dined early (5:30) so we missed the music, which means we have a reason to return! We might try an entre next time. Confused about dining in SF: Go here!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great service, occasionally
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 3/12/2008
    Great service, occasionally beyond the call of duty. Memorable food. Amazing atmosphere. I try bring my out of town friends here who are each time blown away by the setting and then by the service.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Normally it's not so loud.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 3/11/2008
    Normally it's not so loud. This time we were seated between two very loud tables.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service Staff was amazing!
    fitchu
    Dined on 3/11/2008
    Service Staff was amazing! Extremely knowledgable. Door Staff could have been a bit more welcoming. Seemed preoccupied.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food, service and attention
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 3/10/2008
    The food, service and attention to making us relaxed and comfortable after an exceptionally trying day were greatly appreciated. We left feeling refreshed and reinvigorated. We can’t wait to come back on our next visit to the city. Debby Fleming & Myles Mellor
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic
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  • The lamb was terrific as well
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 3/8/2008
    The lamb was terrific as well as the truffle hamburger.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Went to this restaurant with
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 1/30/2008
    Went to this restaurant with some co-workers, but has a fantastically romantic feel to it. When I walked in, I felt like I was walking into a restaurant from the days of the Rat Pack and the music definitely added to that ambiance. The service really added to the dinner, highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A San Francisco stalwart,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 1/20/2008
    A San Francisco stalwart, it is hard for me to say bad things about Bix. Okay, how about some of the decor being a little tired? Nonetheless, I haave always had a fun dining experience and like to take people here. The food continues to be updated and always pretty darn good. The bar scene is classic and never to be underestimated by the business set.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wow, still fabulous after
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 11/30/2007
    Wow, still fabulous after all these years. Outstanding food, wonderful ambiance, skilled service. This place has it all. Exquisite ingredients beautifully prepared.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bix is a reliable spot to
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 10/23/2007
    Bix is a reliable spot to have a meal. The lamb burger appetizer is a favorite, and paired with another starter, makes a good meal. The desserts are not that great.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoy The Hip Ambiance...
    RichardVIP
    Dined on 6/30/2007
    Very hip ambiance. Fan place to eat while attending a conference
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This restaurant was recommended
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/23/2007
    This restaurant was recommended to us by friends on our trip to San Francisco. We went to several different tourist type restaurants, ut this one really was memoriable. Fantastic in every way. Set off of a little alley way, it was not easy to find, but WOW factor once inside. A must experience again!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I live in Prescott, AZ and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/19/2007
    I live in Prescott, AZ and have never missed BIX on my trips to the City.. My first visit was in 1986 and I have returned to Bix over 10 times and it has never dissapointed.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • always worth the trip. a sexy,cool,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 2/3/2007
    always worth the trip. a sexy,cool, romantic spot . good for after work and good for a first date or an anniversary meal. delicious food , definitely do the potato pillows .yum. arrive early and enjoy a drink at the bar. the staff is friendly. professional and attentive. and always seem to be enjoying the experience as much as you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • my favorite restaurant...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 1/7/2007
    my favorite restaurant... old world charm, great food and wine, service is always excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A classic restaurant with
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/29/2006
    A classic restaurant with first class service and menu. Suitable for the Jacket and Tie crowd or get togethers after work.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic