South at SF Jazz
South at SF Jazz
  • Address:
    201 Franklin Street
    San Francisco, CA 94102
    Neighborhood:
    Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
  • Cuisine:
    Mexican
    Price: $30 and under

South at SF Jazz

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.southatsfjazz.com/
  • Phone: 4155393905x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday-Sunday 5:30pm-10:00pm
    Happy Hour: Tuesday-Friday 4:30pm-6:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Fell Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Public lot within walking distance
A word from South at SF Jazz
Rustic and refreshing Mexican flavors.
Tropical drinks from the Americas and the Caribbean

201 Franklin Street at Fell. San Francisco.

Dinner Tuesdays to Sundays 5:30 PM-10:00 PM
Happy Hour: Tuesday-Friday 4:30pm-6:00pm
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South at SF Jazz reviews from OpenTable diners
81 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating3.4
  • Food3.4
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance3.4
    Noise LevelModerate
69% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (23)vibrant bar scene (23)neighborhood gem (21)hot spot (14)late-night find (9)special occasion (6)notable wine list (6)romantic (4)good for groups (4)scenic view (3)great for brunch (3)great for lunch (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Disappointing
    ItalophileVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    As SFJazz season ticket holders we really wanted South to be a winner. But it wasn't. Party of four found: Squash blossoms nicely prepared but insipid. Prawns good. Empanadas tough, with little discernible flavor. Quail undercooked, sent back to kitchen. Pork portions OK and well cooked, but the dish was insipid. Wine list quite an unusual puzzle; however, our Excellent Waiter was a very helpful guide, and wines we selected were good. South's kitchen fails to deliver the interesting and exotic flavors with which its menu tempts the diner. The room, by the way, is a hit, and (surprise for SF!) not as noisy as it looks. Bottom line: several other nearby restaurants offer more satisfying dining experiences, pre-concert or otherwise.
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    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • South has gone south, for the worse
    sffoodie
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    This was the second time we had eaten at South. The first time was when it was still southern food (beans and rice, greens, etc...). We really enjoyed that experience. The new focus - Mexican perhaps? - is not a success. We had the meatballs, butter salad, shrimp sope, and pickled pasilla relleno with albacore. The salad and shrimp sope were ok, nothing special. The meatballs and the relleno were both not good, especially the relleno. On the relleno, the pickles were unedible, the albacore way overcooked, and served cold. That one was difficult to finish (we were too hungry not to eat). The meatballs themselves were ok - a little mealy - but they were served cold with an odd sauce. At what amounted to $3 per 1" meatball, not worth it.
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  • Very disappointing
    TettinVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    The food was very disappointing. The meat was very tough and chewy, the salmon was way overcooked. We were going to the jazz performance and hoped this would be an easy solution for dinner..it could have been, very sad.
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  • disappointing
    June
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Different menu than what appeared on website for jazz center. The ersatz Mexican food prepared there was bland, overcooked and uninteresting in every way. They didn't even have Salsa and they call themselves a Mexican restaurant. Thumbs down!
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  • Outstanding
    VeronicaVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Went to dinner before opening night at the Symphony, was sad I had to leave food on my plate as everything from start to finish was outstanding. I will be back to try more option, I had the braised pork and my Aunt had the Quail. We only touch on a few items on the menu so looking forward to exploring more.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A good change
    musicfoodVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We liked South before, and we like it even more. The menu now has a creative Mexican twist. Our group enjoyed all items. We split a number of small plates, and had two main courses. A wonderful way to complete an evening of jazz.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Mexican small plates
    PatR
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We went here for the first time just before our Sf Jazz show. It's conveniently located at SF Jazz Center and very good. Give it a try before or after the show
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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  • Better than expected
    JulietVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    After reading previous reviews I had no idea what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised. The service was excellent and the food was really good. The portions could have been a bit bigger as we were a party of 5 so we had to order at least two of everything. The space is nice if you are facing in the direction of the bar but cold and not inviting if facing the lobby of the SF Jazz center. It would be great of they could put up curtains to block the lobby and make the dining area feel more intimate. We will definitely go back to try more of the offerings.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Experience
    loveJAZZ
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I was late for the performance at SFJazz. The staff was excellent. I ordered something I would normally not have ordered and it was wonderful. Very original food here. I was in and out in time to find a seat before the performance began. The restaurant was not full, it was late, so the noise level was low. Don't know what it would be like if all the tables were full.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good for people watching
    Breadman
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Food was good, but portions could've been larger. Expensive. Service with a smile and very good.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A vibrant pre-show casual dining
    Food4soul
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Good spot for decent food before/after a show at my fav SF Jazz Center. It was easier to book than most in Hayes Valley.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great ReBoot to South at SFJazz
    BlackenFishVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The new menu is really interesting with a lot of small plates to choose from you and your guests can taste the various menu items. I really liked the creative take on Mex/Southwest. the presentations were great. The service is a little slow but getting to know the new menu items. Loved the Mole Sauce with the Rabbit. Its a wonderful place to enjoy the combo of great food and incredible entertainment/jazz shows. Love the combo
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Is change good?
    LoisDMVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I am very disappointed that South is now a Mexican restaurant. The food was mediocre at best. thrown together with not thought or love. The Flor de Calabaza rellena was cold and grease drenched. We couldn't eat it. The Molotes with black beans were little empanada's, hard dried out and with out taste. The shrimp sopa was tasty but you couldn't cut the masa cake underneath. It was so hard, the knife so dull, it seemed you had to saw the thing. Finally we tore it apart with our fingers. Not a good first impression for a restaurant form such a high caliber chef. The only saving grace are the drinks, and they seem a little watered down as well. Charles Phan, please got back to what you to best. a great Vietnamese restaurant with modest prices
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  • Mimi
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We were surprised that South has become a Mexican Restaurant. We had been there before when they served southern food and while the food and drinks were good, the service was completely disorganized. But now the Mexican restaurant must be under new management as the service was very good. We are delighted as it is so convenient when going to a jazz concert. So we would go again.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing changes in menu
    Chuck
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    We have enjoyed several past meals at South, but the menu has changed completely, eliminating all of our previous favorites. The new menu is confusing and hard to understand, with no translation of obscure Spanish terms. Even the dessert menu, which should be irresistibly tempting, required item by item translations by the server. The wines by the glass were of poor quality and offered almost no California selections. We were told by the manager that the ownership had not changed, but they had decided to introduce a completely new format. I can only hope that they abandon this experiment quickly.
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  • SirTasteAlot
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We liked it better when it was Charles Phan's restaurant. We love Mexican food, and loved the menu, but except for the fried squash blossoms, found the rest of the items we ordered to be ordinary. The waiter was a bit forgetful about bringing our coffee to correspond with the delivery of our dessert. All in all, it was not a negative experience, but we will most likely try somewhere else when we next go the the Jazz Center.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Why did they change the menu??
    OpenTable Diner Since 2000VIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Charles Phan recently changed the menu at South to Mexican.. It was really good when it was Southern cooking and was more in keeping with where it was located. Now there is a dumbed down Mexican menu. We had a number of small plates and only one , the sopas, came even close to being anything I'd want to eat again. This place so convenient when going to a show, but that can't even get me back to South again...
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  • Drinks issue
    PeterVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Not a great experience there recently - they did not have the non-alcoholic beer (which is on the menu and I have had there before), dinner drinks came at the same time dinner (they gave me a "substitute" and didn't charge) ....NOT GOOD SERVICE.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meh
    Todd
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Went because it was associated with the slanted door. Food was pretty good, but we both had stomachaches the next morning. Ambience felt a lot like a museum café. Much like the one at the MOMA, but smaller. Service was pleasant, even got a free beer because waitress said it took her too long to get me my first beer.
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  • Visitor Perspective
    jcastellanos212
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    I had wanted to enjoy a meal that didn't cost much. I looked up this restaruant online and the prices is what sold me. When I arrived with my friend and her son, they greeted us very politely and then seated us (reservations are required). I was surprised that there was music in the next room, relaxing music.. live... the staff was very friendly and our server Max was very helpful and offered something for the child that was not on the menu. The drinks and the food are great and I would definitely come again when I'm in town.
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Misfire
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    The new tapas format doesn't really work. Start with a menu that has no English translation for the many Spanish-named dishes and a waitress who mumbles the explanations. A wine list which stresses Spanish wines to the near exclusion of superior US, French and Italian wines. A décor with no warmth. And finally, as many misses among the dishes as hits. Why the owner of such a premier restaurant as Slanted Door couldn't do a better job here is difficult to fathom.
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  • Good spot for drinks and snacks
    foodia
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The food was delicious but very tiny portions (it is a small plate venue), mostly spicy, what I would categorize as appropriate to go with drinks. We were ordering dinner and found it challenging as one of our party couldn't eat spicy food. I would go back for a drink and order one or two of the small plates. Service was quick and you can't beat the location when you have tickets for an event at the jazz center.
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    late-night find
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disapointed
    puttswell
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Strange fusion of food. Would only go there for jazz if other nearby restaurants were full. Saves time.
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  • Another hit for Phan!
    Oski925VIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    As regulars at SFJazz, My wife and I have enjoyed South since it opened. We really enjoyed its previous iteration, with excellent fried chicken and fried oysters, and Boudin balls. We were very happy to learn that the change to Mexican was a success. The zucchini squash blossoms stuffed with ricotta and the tostadas were so good, we ordered them twice! Everything was excellent, and the bar continues to put out phenomenal cocktails. Perfect as a pre-concert meal, but worth a trip even if you aren't going to see jazz.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Tapas
    South
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    One of the best places in the city for Spanish tapas. Much more Spanish food than Mexican. Great ambiance and fun. Also nice if you going to the jazz club.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I miss the Southern Cuisine
    StringBassDaveVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The Mexican food now being served at South was good and creative, but I really loved the Southern cuisine that is no more - and shall miss it.
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  • Mexican doesn't mix well with Jazz
    AllThatJazzVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    I am sooooo sorry to encounter still more Mexican food in San Francisco! I counted more than a dozen Mexican restaurants near SF Jazz already, AND they're cheaper. What happened to the great Southern Comfort food that went so well with New Orleans and Jazz motifs? My family will be back for the music but eat elsewhere from now on.
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  • Great before jazz
    PatO
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    I took my friend here before a concert at SFJazz. Food was great and served tapas style...easy to share. Service was great and fun! A good combo for me. Also nice to just roll out of the restaurant into the music venue. We'll be doing this again.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • CPAFoodieVIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Very hopping place. My food was great but not as good as my first visit
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    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Poor value
    Fantastico
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    We had a "mystery fish" (tilapia?) that definitely wasn't filet of sole. The roasted cauliflower was clearly not roasted — barely cooked and drenched in vinegar. The corn salad was uneventful. The deviled egg was good (hard to screw that up). Wine was fairly priced. Lemon tart was nothing special. Our service was terribly obsequious. Based on our experience, we certainly wouldn't go back to try the other menu choices. All in all, the menu was obviously designed to provide the least amount of value for the most price: Profitability without delivering value is called stealing. A spectacular venue for sophisticated music needs a complementary menu. SF Jazz and its musical patrons deserve better. Fantastic disappointment.
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  • SFJazzer
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    Our recent visit to South was our first this year, after feeling ho-hum about it a couple of times last year. This year, we went to several SFJazz shows without visiting South, until now. I should note that we went on a Monday evening. And now we liked the menu, the execution of the several dishes we chose, and the service that we received. If you're seeing a show at wonderful SFJazz, this has become a fine place to eat and/or drink beforehand.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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  • Could be much better
    mslyse
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    The food was very bland. The flavors of the fried chicken were non-existent. The red beans and rice were very bland with no hint of thyme, bay leaf, no hint of flavors of the corner stone of creole/cajun cooking. The collard greens were good. The corn bread muffins were good. The macaroni and cheese was very bland and I thought a better selection of cheeses would have made the flavors pop. The jambalaya was very bland, the flavor and texture of chicken was good, but the rest of it fell short. The staff was extremely nice and did their best to accommodate the patrons needs however they were understaffed and it showed. I think management could have done better planning when it came to staffing.
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  • not so jazzy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    I wanted to like this place, but the fried oysters were almost raw and overly spiced, the fritters were very doughy and pretty spicy and the fried chicken was overdone. good service and i am told the chef is being replaced next month...sounds right
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  • Does not represent New Orleans
    Ritz
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Disappointed with the food which lacked the spice, depth and soul of New Orleans. Although there was a party of 25 next to us and the restaurant was full, the service was decent with only a lag in taking our order.
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  • Convenient
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Convenient for dinner before show at jazz center. Food serviceable, not spectacular , a bit too salty. Great service even in pre-show rush.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mediocre
    zorroVIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    I had the jambalaya, with very soggy, clumped rice. I hope Pham figure out how to improve the recipes and food preparation.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    small but very tastful menu... perfect ingredients... great mix of style....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great After Concert Eatery
    BlackenFishVIP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    We all really loved the great southern food and the ease of just walking out of a wonderful jazz concert and into a cool glass jewel box restaurant. Loved the blacken fish and the corn salad. The service staff was friendly and helpful.
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    fit for foodies, late-night find
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  • SFJazz spot
    nurealam
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    All SFJazz devotees know about and likely have eaten at South. Its convenience is obvious; Phan's American South take on food is fun and well done and while the menu is limited (and I believe it hasn't changed since the restaurant was opened), it's an excellent choice when going to the Jazz Center. Wine list is actually excellent for such a small place. Outstanding waiter on this occasion (our second time).
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  • Great food, horrible service
    dinerVIP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    I really want to like South; it is so convenient to the shows at SF Jazz and I love the cuisine but for the second time the snafus in service caused me to be late and even miss part of the performance! This is just unacceptable and I won't be going back.
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    vibrant bar scene
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