1601 Bar & Kitchen offers a private room (up to 16 guests), a semi-private communal table (up to 12 guests), or the entire restaurant buyout (up to 49 guests).View Private Dining Details
Enjoyed a truly delicious GF and dairy-free meal for Valentine's Day. Service was excellent and every items on the tasting menu was terrific.
Disappointed to find that the restaurant strayed far from traditional Sri Lankan flavors. The food was overpriced and overworked.
The food was awesome; location was off the beaten path, but safe; the menu, although not extensive, was quite varied; as a party of 4, we ordered everything on the menu, including those items from the tasting menu that were available a la carte; I'm not a fan of Indian food, and although the Sri Lankan dishes were obviously influenced by Indian spices and raw ingredient choices, the presentations for each were quite unique; the only slight criticism was that service between each set of dishes brought to the table were a little slow, but that allowed for a very nice 2.5 hour dinner and was not a problem for our group; this is excellent place to go if you want something out of the ordinary and have the time to wait between courses for very good and in some instances extremely unique food; I would dine there again, especially with folks who are foodies and always looking for something different.
What a surprise, fresh, original Sri Lankan inspired food served in a quiet nicely furnished atmosphere. Sometimes you just want great meal where you can carry on a conversation with wonderful friendly service. Both times I have eaten here with well traveled friends, they had the same comment, "One of the Best meals I had in years". If you loved wonderful food, this is one of the best in SF.
PS, The smoked Scottish Salmon with salmon roe is a must.
Always superb. Always a treat! I have never had a meal at 1601 Bar+Kitchen that I - and my dinner guests - didn't thoroughly enjoy.
Dining at 1601 Bar & Kitchen for the second time reinforced my initial experience - the food is fabulous! In a city with so many dining options, I'm glad to have made two visits within two months, both of which were terrific. The food is unique and delicious, with quantities ideal for sharing among several guests. The entire table (four of us) adored the crab dish with a special Sri Lankan topping, as well as the fried okra. Rarely are fried foods on my 'must have' list, but the batter is light, and there was no oily residue, just the highlighting of a delicious taste treat. Others shared the egg hopper and heartily endorse it; while I and another guest were especially fond of the chicken curry as well as the rib dish. Wine, beer, and cocktail selections are varied and pair nicely with the menu options. Service was delightful - helpful suggestions, including a thoughtful caveat to not order too much initially. The staff and knowledgeable about the cuisine and are unobtrusive but helpful during the dining experience. I and my guests look forward to another visit soon!
Wow! I really didn’t no what to expect and was somewhat concerned when we arrived to find the dining room almost empty. Then we saw the menu divided into two sections: small plates and prix fixe. We opted for the small plates and our waiter offered us additional choices from the prix fixe items. Everything was delicious, presented beautifully and creatively. The scallops and the chocolate desert were my favorites. I will be back!
amazing, just great food and great people. tried so many different things off of the menu and every single one was amazing
I don’t know I missed this restaurant. The food was all very good, and most of it was exceptional. The crab appetizer with coconut infused foam was amazing. The service was perfect. Server owner was engaging and totally knowledgeable about each dish. Owner chef visited table to discuss his creative style as well as the art covering the walls. I will return, as will my three friends. A real find in an unusual neighborhood.
Wonderful dinner - carefully executed for a perfect balance of spices, moisture, delicacy and intensity. And our server remembered everything from our last visit - our wines, the dishes we ordered, even our preferences! The best discovery in SF in the last year...
Unique and delicious
Fabulous and creative food. Deserves to be much busier and in demand than it is. The waiter was wonderful and helped to pick everything our party of 4 ate. Have already recommended it to several friends. GO GO GO!
Recommend for pre-symphony dinner with 5:30 reservation. Dishes are to be shared. Fun assortment and many delicious tastes. Server recommended two choices per person and that was a perfect amount so as not to put you asleep during the performance!
Great spot with a lot of care/attention paid to diners. Quiet enough to hold important conversations and good choices on the menu. Delicious.
Stunning!! Exquisite food and a killer wine list!
This was my seventh time and it just gets better and better!!
This was our first experience with Sri Lankan food. It was unlike anything we had ever had before. We all really loved this restaurant and will definitely recommend it to others and will be back ourselves!
I've been here twice, the first time about 4 years ago. It was a fantastic find, and has sustained excellence over the years. It was very quiet, not busy, thus a really great place to go! I highly recommend this to anyone!
Novel menu, nice space, good for a group dinner. We ate off the shared plates menu, chef's tasting menu looked really interesting, as well.
Dinner party of four. We asked the server his recommendations and ended up going with everything he said. The food was excellent! Some dishes on par with some of the more famous and Michelin starred restaurants we've eaten at recently. This is definitely one of our favorite restaurants in SF and we can't wait to return!
Really happy and lovely experience. The food was delicious and a great location and easy to park too!
This restaurant is outstanding! We were overwhelmed - truly great, creative, delicious, fascinating dishes, one after another. We had the tasting menu and a good bottle of Sardinian Vermentino - every dish was spectacular! I had just been to Saison 2 weeks before and this was definitely a competitor - not as fancy a setting (though very warm and pleasant and quiet), but the chef and the waitstaff are fabulous. Can't wait to bring others back. Best new restaurant of the year...
In a city with zillions of dining options I picked this restaurant because it is Sri Lankan and Sri Lankan food is amazing. The entire meal was scrumptious and the goat stew was incredible. The food presentation is beautiful. The husband and wife team are terrific and the service was first rate. For a unique and flavorful dining experience this restaurant is very highly recommended! If you’re in San Francisco and want a different and delicious meal this is the place to go!
Have been there twice for their chef tasting menu by now and loved both times! The egg hopper dish is amazing, and so are the scallops with home-made prawn cracker. Loved the okra as well.
Delicious meal and knowledgeable and courteous staff. Recommend the egg hopper and curry ribs.
Egg hoppers to die for! Brilliant fusion of traditional Sri Lankan food + modern cuisine.
1601 is an outstanding find in SF. Elegant and accessible dishes with a combination of Sri Lankan intrigue and Michelin start worthy flavors. The tasting menu is perfect for a special occasion and the diverse a la carte menu can be tailored to a week night dinner.
Absolutely delicious - every dish was so flavorful and unique
Absolutely amazing and delicious food - great service!
The food was creative upscale Sri Lankan. Each dish more original and tasty than the next. Hard to pick a favorite. The egg hopper, lamb and pork meatballs, crab... all amazing! The service and the ambiance (along with the food of course) make this an overall five star experience.
This is one of my absolute favorite spots in San Francisco. I make a point of visiting every time I'm in town and have never been anything other than blown away.
Head chef Brian Fernando is, to my mind, one of the Bay Area's most inventive talents. No one out there is doing anything remotely similar to his fusion of traditional Sri Lankan cuisine with the savoir faire of French and Basque influences. (In other words, this isn't your ammamma's home cooking.) He's a true master of his craft, from the bright and spicy consommé to the surprising and delicious beverage pairings. (Cava and curried dungeness crab? Wow.)
The service is friendly and knowledgable, and the atmosphere is quiet and elegantly intimate. This is by no means an inexpensive restaurant, but it's worth every penny and more.