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About 1601 Bar & Kitchen

1601 Bar & Kitchen is a small, independent, husband and wife owned and operated casual fine dining restaurant, operating since 2013. The atmosphere is intimate and comfortable for conversation, while the noise level is low. Chef Brian Fernando refers to his technique-driven interpretations of Sri Lankan cuisine as ‘Contemporary Sri Lankan’ or ‘Californian Sri Lankan.’ Our cuisine is aromatic and vibrant, offering both mild and spicy items. We offer a very popular multi-course Chef’s tasting menu accompanied by optional beverage pairings that usually takes 1,5 hours for 2 guests. We also offer an evolving à la carte menu of small and large dishes. The favorites are the egg hopper, smoked salmon, chicken curry, okra, Mulligatawny soup, and goat stew. Our menu contains many gluten free and vegetarian items. Children are welcome. Reservations and walk-ins are welcome. We are located close to the freeway and the street parking is easy; there is a parking garage within a block.

1601 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Sri Lankan, Fusion / Eclectic, Dining Bar

Hours of Operation:

Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday 5:30pm -close.



Cross Street:
12th Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 552-1601

Website:
http://www.1601sf.com/

Catering:
Please contact us with catering inquiries, 415-552-1601 or write to info@1601sf.com

Parking Details:
Easy street parking, no meters after 6pm. A garage available within a block, (closes at midnight)

Public Transit:
Muni: Metro-Van Ness & Market, Bus 47 & 49: Van Ness & Mission
BART-Civic Center

Executive Chef:
Brian Fernando

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Menu, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Birthdays, corporate events, corporate meetings, etc. Please contact us for details, 415-552-1601 or info@1601sf.com

Private Dining

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).

1601 Bar & Kitchen Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.7

service

4.8

ambience

4.5

value

4.5

Noise

Quiet

100% would recommend it to a friend

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Quiet Conversation (10)
Bar Seating (9)
Good for Groups (7)
Tapas (7)
Authentic (7)
Local Ingredients (6)
Romantic (6)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Seasonal (5)
Business Meals (4)
Healthy (4)
Spicy (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Cozy (4)
Fun (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

Stunning!! Exquisite food and a killer wine list!
This was my seventh time and it just gets better and better!!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2017

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!

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Business Meals
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

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!

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Organic, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Cozy, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 5, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

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!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Really happy and lovely experience. The food was delicious and a great location and easy to park too!

Tags: Cozy, Bar Seating, Authentic, Tapas
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2017

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...

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Seasonal, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 21, 2017

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!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 13, 2017

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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 1, 2017

Delicious meal and knowledgeable and courteous staff. Recommend the egg hopper and curry ribs.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on September 24, 2017

Egg hoppers to die for! Brilliant fusion of traditional Sri Lankan food + modern cuisine.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 23, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Absolutely delicious - every dish was so flavorful and unique

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Tapas, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Absolutely amazing and delicious food - great service!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Romantic, Happy Hour, Local Ingredients, Tasting Menu, Paleo Friendly, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 13, 2017

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.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Authentic, Fun, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on August 6, 2017

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.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Gluten Free Options, Quiet Conversation, Spicy, Tasting Menu, Great Beer, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for a Date, Healthy, Tapas
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·Dined on August 3, 2017

A truly remarkable dining experience! I'd been here once before for small plates with friends. This time, I brought my boyfriend to treat him to the tasting menu for his birthday. What a delightful treat! They accommodated my gluten-free dietary needs, providing incredibly delightful alternatives on the few dishes I couldn't eat. Our server was friendly, courteous and patient, and clearly enjoyed explaining all the delights that came to our table. I highly recommend 1601 for special occasions!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Spicy, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation, Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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 (Houston)·Dined on July 28, 2017

Phenomenal place.

The food and service was excellent. Nothing negative to say about our experience. 5 stars

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on July 27, 2017

Dined here alone on way out of town after a conference. The staff was incredibly kind and hospitable. I had a great seat at the end of the bar, which worked out great while dining alone. I orders the tasting menu (~$100) absolutely amazing and worth the price even at that cost! I was exposed to so many new flavors. My only regret is being too full to finish every dish.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Romantic, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Fun
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Great Tasting Menu! Very different from the normal fine dining fare. Service was exceptional as well.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 15, 2017

We were disappointed with the quality and flavors of the dishes offered......was not at all special. Despite the positive reviews, which drove us to select "1601", our experience, was sub par....though the staff was courteous.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 15, 2017

The wait staff were excellent. The food was delicious, but the portions are very small, particularly the ceviche, which we were lucky enough to have as they were not thought to be available.

Tags: Authentic, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Unique restaurant with some unique dishes but prices are too high for the amount of food served.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Amazing find. Loved the food and service was superb.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, Authentic, Romantic, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Tapas, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 21, 2017

The food was pretty tasty, but shockingly expensive.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 16, 2017

It's a small husband and wife team that runs this unassuming restaurant. If you've never been here before, you're in for a treat. We had the tasting menu and every single dish was simply amazing. One of the best undiscovered restaurants in the city.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 9, 2017

My dining partner and I had the tasting menu plus wine pairing and had a really great time. The menu was a fun journey with a couple of outstanding dishes and pairs. I appreciated that chef accommodated his gluten allergy. Great service as well. I'd come back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 6, 2017

The service was great and the food was even better. The chef managed to take classic Indian cuisine and deconstruct it without losing the soul and flavours I have become accustomed to after 47 years of mom/dad's cooking. Bravo

Tags: Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 2, 2017

Each dish is prepared and presented expertly. The service is well-informed about ingredients and possible allergy issues. Definitely try the egg hopper - it's delicious and fun to eat, but a little hard to share, so order one for everyone.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Gluten Free Options, Tasting Menu, Tapas
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Service and menu was great. Excellent wine pairings. Cauliflower was delicious as well as the meatballs.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 26, 2017

Original dishes and flavors. Helpful and super friendly service.

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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on May 25, 2017

Best service we've had in YEARS!!!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 20, 2017

ALWAYS a delight to dine at 1601. I love the place and everyone I bring there loves it, too.

Tags: Quick Bite, Special Occasion, Cozy, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Tasting Menu, Kid-friendly
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 (Toronto)·Dined on May 20, 2017

I honestly can't say enough good things about 1601. My wife and I went there for her birthday and for her, as a Sri Lankan, it was a trip down memory lane, remembering so many of the dishes tray her mother had made her, but with a heightened and refined flavor and presentation. For me, I was nervous, because frankly I'm not a big fan of the Sri Lankan food I have had at my in-laws' home, but it's my wife's birthday so I sucked it up. As an ordinary white guy, I was dazzled by the vast array of interesting dishes and plays on classic Sri Lankan foods, as well as the excellent service. I should never have been concerned.

Truth be told, my wife and I flew in with some friends from Toronto the day before specifically to go to the French Laundry, which was tremendous (as well as tremendously expensive). However, after going to to 1601, I'd say that they are comparable in terms of food experiences, and when you factor in that 1601 was 1/5 the price, it's hard to see it as anything other than a terrific value. This place should be packed every night. You've got to try it.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 12, 2017

Amazingly well executed Sri Lankan food, the egg hoppers and mulligawt soup was a highlight. The price however was a bit steep for the experience. Service was fantastic!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on May 6, 2017

Interesting and delicious cuisine and warm, smart, attentive service.

Tags: Tapas, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 5, 2017

We came back to 1601 for our first wedding anniversary dinner--we had our wedding reception there, too. The service and the food are always great. The pacing of courses was excellent, too. Definitely get the mulligatawny soup and the Ceylon tea semifreddo. Amazing!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 28, 2017

Amazing creative cuisine, beautifully presented. Unusual combinations and flavors that delighted. A must try!

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 14, 2017

This place is so amazing. Delicious and unexpected.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 17, 2017

Consistently nuanced and delicious tasting menus. The Sri Lankan cuisine is approachable but unusual and interesting, and the staff is friendly and helpful.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Authentic, Good for a Date
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