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About B-Side

B-Side is located in the heart of Hayes Valley at SFJAZZ, the country's only free standing venue devoted to jazz. B-Side provides a warm and comfortable atmosphere, with a menu designed to be enjoyed in a lounge setting. Craft cocktails, focused wine list and modern-American food served in a music-focused environment.

205 Franklin St
San Francisco, CA 94102-5108
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Wednesday - Sunday; 5:30pm - 10:30pm

Cross Street:
Fell

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 287-6599

Website:
http://b-sidesf.com/

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

B-Side is located in the heart of Hayes Valley at SFJAZZ, the country's only free standing venue devoted to jazz. B-Side provides a warm and comfortable atmosphere, w/ a menu designed to be enjoyed in a lounge setting. Craft cocktails, wine list and modern food served in a music-focused environment.

B-Side Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.1

service

4.5

ambience

4.1

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

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·Dined 6 days ago

We were EXTREMELY distressed by the Manager's response/open hostility to my complaint about the abnormally long 'wait' time for our entre to be served. Cecil the manager was a complete JERK and verbally threatening!
This was a special occasion for us and we were very excited to see Chris Botti in concert; too bad the event was over-shadowed by Cecil's surprisingly bad attitude. Here's what happened:
~ our Server(who was actually quite nice) kept telling us our food 'would be right out'
~ after 45 minutes of waiting (and starting time for the Show approaching), I went towards the kitchen to investigate myself
~at the kitchen I found the food on the way to be served, but then Cecil intervened; he told me I was "making a big deal" out of the delay for the sake of "getting free food" and I should be "happy".
~Cecil walked to our table and proceeded to put the plates in front of us in a HARD manner & repeat his accusation I was trying to "scam free food". I questioned his bad attitude and he then responded "GET OUT" twice in an attempt to eject us.
~ upon conferring with my date, we decided to stay and not succumb to Cecil's rude behavior. We hurriedly ate the food, paid the bill and then barely made it on time into the Show. Yes, I paid the bill as no insulting SCAM was ever intended.

I cannot, in good conscience, recommend B-side to anyone based on this egregious behavior by management.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Great spot prior to SF Jazz performances. They have quick and tasty menu to make sure you make it to your seats! Staff is very, very friendly and helpful.

Tags: Quick Bite, Live Music, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Pleasantly surprised! The food was good, the service was excellent. It was convenient for us as we were seeing a show at SFJazz!

Tags: Quick Bite, Comfort Food, Late-night Find, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Sat at the bar which turned out to be the best place to eat! Bar tenders were fun and very entertaining and made great drinks. We will go back

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 7, 2018

We often eat here when we go to the jazz center and find it cozy with decent food.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Seated right away. Fun drinks also full bar. Interesting menu. Small plates + dinner.
Had the chicken sandwich, guest had the veg dish, both terrific. Nice vibe w/SF Jazz
Club.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2018

The best thing about the restaurant is the convenience to the Jazz Center. The food is average.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2018

We always enjoy B-Side. Sitting at the bar is our favorite. The bartenders are wonderful and it's fun to interact while we're eating dinner before a show at SFJazz.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good Vegetarian Options, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Quick Bite
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Perfect place for pre-Jazz cocktails, appetizers or dinner. Really tasty food, quick friendly service. Have been several times and brought friends who have all enjoyed themselves.

Tags: Quick Bite, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Live Music, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Great venue and easy access before and after SF Jazz events.

It was New Year's Eve and the place was vibrant.

Great call out to our service person who was still attentive even though the placed was packed!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on December 24, 2017

Absolutely delicious food and amazing drinks! Not much people inside, though. But once people start to hear about this place more, it should be packed because the food and drinks are fantastic with great service.

Tags: Comfort Food, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 17, 2017

This is a cute, casual little place that's a nice choice when attending SFJazz events. Hospitality is personal and superior -- perhaps because it's frequented by SFJazz members and donors, but welcome in any case. The small, not-boring menu is appropriate to a place that sees a lot of pre- and post-concert patrons and must turn covers fast. Understand, though, that the $24 Steak Frites (for example) is going to be what you expect: just okay. Still, if you expect only a pleasant bite when attending an event on the premises, I think you'll be well pleased. Someone talented has put thought into the B-Side operation, and it shows.

Tags: Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Quick Bite
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 17, 2017

We decided to make reservations at B-side for its location--it's inside SFJazz, where we were seeing a show that night! We were going to be a little late, so I called to tell them this and they were nice enough to move our reservation time back by about 15 minutes so we can still have a spot by the time we got there. The bartender was fun, quick, and efficient and made great cocktails. We got 2 appetizers, 1 main entree, and 1 dessert to share, and it was perfect for 2 people. We'd definitely come back here again and I would highly recommend making reservations--the restaurant filled up quickly a little before 6pm.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Quick Bite, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating
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·Dined on December 16, 2017

They were so nice! I called because I was stuck in traffic and was going to be late. The host said , " don't worry, we'll hold your table." By the time I got there it was less than an hour till show time at SF jazz. The service was great, and we got to our seats in plenty of time. Very good experience, and the steak was great.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Very enjoyable pre SF Jazz show meal. Good service and food.

Tags: Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Live Music, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Nothing memorable about this dining experience. Food overpriced. Waitress rude. Bartenders are good though. Would not recommend.

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·Dined on December 14, 2017

Great food , excellent friendly service. I would go back again.

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Casual, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Great vibe here. Really blends well with the ambiance at SFJAZZ. The fried chicken sandwich was the best I've ever had. Good cocktails too.

Tags: People Watching, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Great for pre-performance dinner in Civic Center. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Great chicken and hamburger sandwiches. The French Fries were a bit too hard and salty.
The service was excellent.. The server gave my friend a Birthday dessert treat. That was really nice!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2017

B-Side was a nice surprise. We met there before a performance at SFJazz, as it was convenient and gave us max time to visit. It's a warm, lively, and comfortable place, with good and friendly service, and an interesting menu that is small but has something for everyone (same for the wine list). The chive blossoms with squid were terrific, as were the brussel sprouts. We enjoyed the pork shoulder, steak frites and a good burger. "Artisan cheese plate" was the one dish that underwhelmed (and should be easy to do well.) A great place to eat and visit, and we will go back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Reserved a table and was seated at the bar. When I asked I was told they had a”processing error”. Annoyed because $20 was necessary to reserve the table so kept the reservation despite a chance in plan. Apparently they can change but customers can’t.
Not impressed. Will not return

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Limited menu, good for attending event at Jazz Center

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Food was very mediocre. Dessert of apple tarts was salty and uninteresting.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Very irregular service. Not waitress’s fault the meals just came out all at very different times.
Falafel dish came out a few dry balls rolling around a plate and small smear of green paste. Very un- appealing in presentation & taste.
Wine list pricey, for the type and level of food presented.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 18, 2017

A great place for a preshow meal. Bc they are in the SF Jazz menu, they are sensitive to curtain times and pace the food accordingly. A must for preshow dining.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Great spot part of the SF Jazz complex. Tasty food and good people watching.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 13, 2017

I loved my dinner at B-Side! The food and service were great! I want to give a special shout out to the kind host! We were attending a concert at the Jazz Center. The concert started at 4 so I made a reservation for 6. However, the show ran much longer. During the intermission I asked the host if it would be possible to move our reservation to a later time. He cheerfully moved our reservation to 7, allowing us to enjoy the rest of an amazing show! Thank you kind sir for giving us a wonderful evening!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Great Beer, People Watching, Quick Bite
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We reserved bar seating for dinner before going to the symphony, which was a short walk away. As soon as we sat down at the bar, we knew we had come to a special place. The bartenders were brothers who were quick, funny, very attentive, intelligent, and wise about food and drink. They love their work and really get people. The house cocktails are handcrafted, complex and perfect for those who love creative and great tasting drinks. For dinner, we shared the Brussels sprouts, deep fried by someone who understands how to use hot oil, and dressed with a sesame vinaigrette that vanished pretty quickly. My wife had a cabbage chicken salad, and I had the B-Side burger. Oh man, those pickled onions. Just enough flavor to make each bite interesting. Followed it with a piece of key lime pie. Very smooth, made with vanilla. Sigh. We will be back.

Tags: Comfort Food, Romantic, Spicy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Casual spot with interesting, slightly Southern cuisine, located in the San Francisco Jazz performing arts center.

We will definitely return.

Tags: Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Perfect for pre or post show bite to eat and drinks. Food is consistently tasty, service is friendly and prompt, and atmosphere is hip and laid back. Really appreciate that it is open after the shows. This space has turned over a lot since SFJazz opened. B-side feels like it has found the right groove to make it work.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Great location for SFJazz, opera, symphony, etc. pre-show dining. Sinful tasty fried comfort food (fried pies!). "Fishbowl" ambiance with table, hi-top and bar seating options.

Tags: Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 2, 2017

We had reservations before a 7:30 show at SF Jazz. Our cocktails were excellently prepared and the bartender was very knowledgeable about ingrediens. We shared an appetizer which was delivered copy's as was the main which we also shared. I highly recommend this restaurant

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 30, 2017

The food at B-Side has great flavor, the chicken sandwich did not disappoint. The bartender, Manuel, makes a very tasty cocktail. We even had an unexpected surprise when presented with a fruity non-alcoholic beverage for my non "drinking" companion. We will definitely make reservations to be seated at the bar again for our next concert at SFJazz.

Tags: Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2017

There were four of us who were having a bite to eat before a jazz show at the Center. We had read about the tater tots , crispy Brussels sprouts and braised pork shoulder and they lived up to the hype! The service was top notch. We did ask to move to a quieter spot in the dinner area and they were happy to accommodate. I had the roasted chicken salad and it was yummy. We would definitely go again before a show.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Great place to eat before an SFJAZZ performance. Lively, reasonable choices, casual, and very convenient.

Tags: Live Music, Casual, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 23, 2017

The burger and draft beer were perfect! And the service extra attentive. A fine dining option before a show!

Tags: Casual, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Tapas
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

The restaurant is convenient for attending SF Jazz org events.

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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on October 20, 2017

The good value is for food; the drinks are overpriced. This is really the lounge of the SFJazz bar, but the food is unusually good: pork shoulder, and also the tater tots and the fried pie. Very nice staff. It got quite noisy halfway through.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2017

The reviews were great and we were super excited. B-Side had good service. Food was okay, but did not meet expectations of a 4.5-Star rating.

Tags: Casual
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