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
195 reviews since June 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (120)romantic (113)fit for foodies (82)vibrant bar scene (68)neighborhood gem (65)hot spot (51)notable wine list (48)good for groups (31)late-night find (27)great for lunch (2)kid-friendly (1)great for brunch (1)scenic view (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • A great retaurant with impecable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/1/2008
    A great retaurant with impecable service. As a tourist from UK visiting San Francisco, this was a real oppurtunity to savour the "local" ambiance, it didn't disappoint.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our table was ready when we
    MOSF
    Dined on 5/1/2008
    Our table was ready when we got there. It was one of the best in the place--under the mezzanine. A little quieter than most. The food was memorable. Our waiter--Stu--took care of us. He was so knowledgeable about the food, wine and history of Bix. He also explained to us what Saba is and brought us a taste. A very special touch. We'll go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I always try to go to Bix
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/30/2008
    I always try to go to Bix for dinner each time I visit San Francisco and am always impressed with the food and the atmosphere--it's consistently outstanding. The waiter was technically top notch, as I would expect, but it seemed that he was "going through the motions" with us. I got the impression that he assumed that a party of two women would be bad tippers, so he gave us his minimum effort. Of course this is a self-fulfilling prophecy because my usual 22-25% tip was lowered when I realized he never made eye contact with us the entire time. We still had a great dining experience but felt a little snubbed by the waiter.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We really love the ambiance
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/28/2008
    We really love the ambiance of Bix. It's truly one of a kind. Our waiter was very accommodating and very pleasant. We loved our salad, entrees and desserts. The only minus was the appetizers. We had the combination appetizer platter - it wasn't bad but it wasn't anything special. I think they have to work on the appetizer more - menu option and presentation part. Other than that, we loved everything.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The restaurant was very nice,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/27/2008
    The restaurant was very nice, and we had great service. However, I'm not sure about the value for your money. It was a little pricier than opentable said it would be.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 1st course was over-seasoned
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/27/2008
    1st course was over-seasoned with salt and inedible - had to send it back. After that, waiter made us feel unwelcome and prioritized other tables over us, making us wait 20 minutes for the dessert menu, and even longer to ring up the bill. Would not go back again - very disappointing.
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  • simply fantastic. You must
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 4/26/2008
    simply fantastic. You must get the sidecar and the smoked trout salad.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, late-night find, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Completely lived up to expectations
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/26/2008
    Completely lived up to expectations. Food was amazing, jazz was excellent and non-obtrusive. Definitely going back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food, music, and customer
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/25/2008
    The food, music, and customer service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This is always a favorite
    LisaGVIP
    Dined on 4/24/2008
    This is always a favorite dining spot when I am in the city. Never a bad meal and the jazz is top notch.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • always have a great meal but
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/21/2008
    always have a great meal but the prices have stared to creep up which is concerning
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We have been going there for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 4/20/2008
    We have been going there for 20 years and it has never disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful high-ceilinged club
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 4/20/2008
    Wonderful high-ceilinged club atmosphere. Excellent food and service. Had a great birthday celebration here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We arrived at the restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/19/2008
    We arrived at the restaurant at 8:55 pm on Saturday, 5 minutes prior to our confirmed reservation for 9:00 pm. Nonetheless, we were made to wait a full hour for our table, during which time we were completely ignored for nearly 20 minutes at the bar, where we were told to wait until our table was ready. After repeated attempts to get the attention of a bartender, an extremely rude bartender finally and begrudgingly took our order. Thereafter, it took our initiating three or four requests of the host within the next hour before we were eventually seated for dinner. That said, the food was excellent, the atmosphere delightful, the server attentive and the live jazz extraordinary. But, given the wait and the attitude, we won't be back!!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was really good!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 4/19/2008
    The food was really good! The part of our experience that wasn’t too appealing was the boisterous tone of the waiter that was serving 2 or 3 of the tables near us. (I am sure he is a wonderful individual, but he needs to learn to use his “inside voice,” so he doesn’t repeatedly disturb the conversation of patrons seated 2 tables away. =) While enjoying our meal, our conversation was interrupted a 1/2 dozen times for minutes at a time by the large lumbering waiter with the booming voice. We had to stop our conversation and wait for him to finish one of the following: greet his patrons and take drink orders, explain the menu and the specials, check on the table during the entrees, offer wine and drink refills, recommend desserts, etc. Otherw
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We had a great time. Our
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 4/19/2008
    We had a great time. Our waiter, the food, the cocktails and the decor made for a great dinner spot to take my folks! And even though I had to call probably 5 times the week before our reservation to change the # of people, the host was VERY gracious. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We had a great time and your
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/19/2008
    We had a great time and your web site was so easy to use, I'll make a reservation through you again! The hamburger with the truffles was a hit with our group, great food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Staff was exceptionally attentive,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 4/18/2008
    Staff was exceptionally attentive, informed, and courteous--could not have been better. Food was very good. We enjoyed every item. Atmosphere was hoppin' and it was loud, but as long as you're down with that, you can't get down on the restaurant for it. Overall, we had a brilliant time, and I am not an easy grader. Thanks.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Really a great dining experience.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 4/18/2008
    Really a great dining experience. The room is outstanding. The food is excellent. The service is great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bix was unchanged...delightful...li
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 4/14/2008
    Bix was unchanged...delightful...like seeing an old friend. We left resolving we would not wait years to come back! After a decade away, we selected the place for a friend's birthday dinner. She was thrilled. The staff was great, the few moments of live music delightful and balanced to the room. The ambience was inviting, the bar fun. Food was fresh and well prepared. Our vegetarian friend enjoyed her side-dish mix: a 'vegetarian plate'...however it would have been nice to see at least a couple of allstar Vegetarian entrees built in to the menu.(See Fringale). Food good. Presentation pretty. The birthday dessert was fun to share. The only minor disappointment was the over use of salt: especially on the cannellini beans and asparag
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great ambiance and unique
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/13/2008
    Great ambiance and unique setting. A classic and memorable experience.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Really enjoyed my time at
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/12/2008
    Really enjoyed my time at Bix. Wish the table had been ready at 10PM, but I did not mind waiting an extra thirty minutes or so because the bar was right there. Everyone from bartenders to bus boys were very professional. Highly recommended and will go again for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A jazz-age scene for a relatively
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/12/2008
    A jazz-age scene for a relatively older set. looks like an art-deco cruise ship bar-and-dancefloor kinda place. Well-executed American surf-n-turf with just a little flair--good firecracker shrimp, nice steaks. The jazz when it's going does start to bounce off the walls--suggest you ask for a table upstairs so you can have a conversation. Parking will be a challenge and the valets (best bet) get stacked up in the alley.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Every was great but the music
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/12/2008
    Every was great but the music did not start until 9:30PM. Their Web site said 7:30PM.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
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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
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beautiful space, lovely menu,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 4/6/2008
    Beautiful space, lovely menu, great service. Terrific experience
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • 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
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    • 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.
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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
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    • 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
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    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.
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    neighborhood gem
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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.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • 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
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    • 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.
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  • 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?
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    vibrant bar scene, romantic, special occasion
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    • 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
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    • 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!
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    romantic, special occasion
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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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic