B-Side

4.2
163 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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.
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Casual Dining
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Contemporary American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
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Wed–Sat 5:30 pm–10:30 pm
Sun 3:00 pm–9:00 pm
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(415) 287-6599
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AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Business Casual
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Fell
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Van Ness Underground
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Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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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.

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San Francisco
143 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The cocktails were perfectly executed and delicious. Ditto for the sweet and crunchy Brussels sprouts. Unfortunately the rest of the meal didn’t live up to this start. The fried chicken in the eponymous sandwich was over fried and hard to bite into. Would go again for cocktails only

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J
New England
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

B-Side has a small but excellent food menu. The three of us had a dinner (salmon), a burger, and a meal salad, and all three were very tasty and seemed of high quality. The venue is attractive and busy. We all had wine, though we noticed a full bar and some specialty drinks. The service seemed a bit desultory, but not enough to undertip, just a little odd--our waitstaff did not stop by after the food delivery to check whether all was well for instance. We were able to draw the attention of others and we did not really have to wait for anything. Convenient location for jazz, symphony, or opera.

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OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Mediocre food. Poor service.

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

wonderful food, very friendly service, reasonable prices

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FR
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 2

High point was the crispy Brussels sprouts appetizer and the cocktails. Food went downhill from there. Chicken was dried out like supermarket rotisserie. Vegetables looked and tasted like they were spooned from a steam table.

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AS
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Perfect when you are going to a concert at SFJAZZ. Great service, really good food. You can get your drink to go if you didn’t finish

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j
San Francisco
237 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow dinner service at the bar seating! Very lively atmosphere.
Food was absolutely excellent. Prepared to perfection. Bartender made me a personal drink after I told him what I liked to drink in general (it wasn't on the bar menu.) Our 2nd visit and we will be back.
A short walk to Davies Symphony Hall afterwards for concert.
Hostess was incredibly gracious to hold our table as we were rather late due to unexpected heavy traffic (despite using WAZE--we were still late!) Made the call, explained our problem and she still held our table. So nice...this exemplifies the service from front to chef in the back. Excellent.

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m
San Francisco
65 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

A small but mighty menu! Well made, creative cocktails. The crispy brussel sprouts were exceptional, just the right amount of char & subtle glaze. Michael Bauer was right about the burger, one of the best! I loved the fried chicken sandwich, the pickle & slaw added just the right notes! Service was great!

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice food - but surprised they didn’t have an espresso machine given the extensive brunch menu! No cappuccino 😬

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S
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Food was alright, big portions but not great. However the location inside the sf jazz center was great. Also seems like it would be better for drinks and apps.

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RB
San Francisco
49 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

When we arrived at B-side service was just starting it was quiet and efficient. As the restaurant filled in the noise rose but the service never flagged. The menu was small but had good choices we shared a salad and a steak frite -- good choices. All in all, we were pleased and we will return.

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c
San Francisco
94 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

The menu choices are inventive.
I have eaten here a few times and have had pleasant experiences.

However, this go round didn't meet up to my standards. They seemed shorthanded, and the other
employees tried to pitch in. Service was not good and our server never came around to ask if we wanted another drink or if everything was alright. The need to flag "someone" to get any service is not what one would expect from this restaurant or any restaurant.

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PH
Houston
16 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Ambiance and service OK but food is mediocre. Very convenient for pre or post SF Jazz performances.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Attentive waiter, fast service but not pushy, good food. Good wine and good cocktails. Would definitely eat here again.

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D
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Always great. Servers get a bit overwhelmed I think because they’re trying to make everyone happy. Not sure how to suggest helping them.

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M
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been wanting to go here for a while, considering that its location in the SFJazz Center, but thought the menu was too small to "deliver the goods." Was I wrong!!! The food was delicious, varied and more than enough options for 4 people to have a terrific meal. We all agreed that we would come back even if we weren't seeing a show. And the service was excellent and even fun.

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DL
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great before and after SFJAZZ. Delicious, great wine list and cocktails. Terrific service. Open after the show, too. Love it!

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RS
San Francisco
100 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

B Side is very convenient when you have a show at SF Jazz. The food is okay, the service is good. We had a salad and a fried chicken sandwich. Both were okay, nothing sensational. With all of the good restaurants surrounding the theatre it is odd that SF Jazz hasn't chosen a restaurant with better food for the venue. By my count this is their third try; the Louisiana cuisine was terrible, the Mexican was pretty good, and now B Side. Maybe the next one will be the best. They could make it a destination with a better food array.

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S
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great dinner opp for going to SF Jazz. Excellent service, outstanding bartenders!, very good food, convivial/informal atmosphere, reasonable prices - a atep away from SF's premier jazz music venue.

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NK
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Everything was good, but they do play the music pretty loud, so it's a little hard to hear if you're trying to catch up with a group of friends like we were doing.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

B-Side is just... fine. You will eat food that is fine, ordered off of a menu that is fine. You will experience fine ambience while listening to music that is fine-bordering-meh. Nothing will offend you, but you will leave dumbstruck wondering how a place with such potential is really just.... fine.

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C
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've got a new favorite place. The food was fantastic, drinks were even better! The bartenders are extremely personable and made some of the best cocktails I've ever had. Chicken sandwich was phenomenal and the tater tots are a must have.

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MS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Perfect spot for dinner before a show at SFJazz. Small but creative menu, awesome cocktails, Manuel is a great bartender.

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M
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

So easy to have dinner here before going to a concert. The hamburger is very good, better than most. The fried chicken sandwich could've/should've been more crispy. Good french fries and lots of 'em. The margarita was yummy. (Nice choice of beer, wine & cocktails) The bread pudding was done well, but was a little boring, needs some Creme Anglaise and fruit or jam. The sundae is a celebration. We will be back and I might eat here even if I wasn't going to the SF Jazz Center.

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s
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Being a regular at SF Jazz concerts, B-Side is a great pre-show spot for a bite and a drink. It is a bit pricey for what you get (understandably - the prices are part of it being there in SF Jazz, so if you are looking for an outstanding value for the meal you get, this might not be the place for you).

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S
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

All the employees are attentive, helpful and friendly. Makes you feel comfortable.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tickets to show

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n
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

The food was mediocre at best. The Bloody Mary was awful. If you like to chew on pepper, you may enjoy it. The service was very slow. I won’t be back.

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DS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Brunch food was very good, and reasonably priced. However, they were out of pancakes?!?! Not sure how you can be out of pancakes? This was very disappointing to the kids. Service was good and friendly; enjoyable ambiance with great jazz music in the background but not so loud to be overpowering.

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IG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I can get a veggie burger without any soy in it--I am allergic to soy--and this veggie burger is quite good.
The waiters are very friendly. Since I ate at the bar to eat, I had some very interesting conversations with people.

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F
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Overall the food was good!! Just a very sad Caesar salad, but the spinach dip and fried chicken sandwich made up for it!

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NT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a nice dinner at B-Side prior to a performance at SF Jazz. Our table was ready when we arrived, the food, service and timing were very good. I had the pork chop and it was excellent. I forget what my wife had (sorry dear). The martinis and wine were good. So were coffee and desert.
After dinner, we walked into the performance and saw some great jazz. Then took an Uber home. the evening couldn't have been nicer.
We will go again.

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EO
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

I should have known when I asked if they had "Diet Coke" and the server said "It's Cola". The hamburger was not good....meat tasted funky, tough and grissly. I should have sent it back but didn't. It's so convenient when going to SF Jazz shows but not good enough for me to return.

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IB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 5

Everything was great, except .... the restaurant manager. I made dinner reservations for two 3 months ago. This restaurant has 3 different types of seating; standard table, high-top, and bar. I always make reservations for the high-top. When I made the reservation I only got 2 choices vs. 3 choices the previous times. I didn't want the standard table so made reservations for "bar" but added a message in an area for requests that I would like a high-top table and not sit at the bar. I thought it would be clear. However, I get a call 10 mins before our arrival that we can't be seated at our requested table. All tables are booked, high and low, only seating at the bar is available. "It's a problem with the system. We don't check reservations and messages until the day of." The hostess doesn't know how to accommodate us other than seat us at the bar or in the lounge area where you sit on a couch and eat from a coffee table. Not very comfy. The manager comes over and tells us it's either bar or lounge. There's no budging. Take it or leave it. High-top tables are intended for 3 or 4 people. I notice 2 available small high tables near the bar which would allow more privacy than sitting at the bar but they don't have bar stools. I ask whether we can pull two bar stools from the bar and sit there. "No". Alright, we take the bar seating because time is ticking and we need to catch the show. We order dinner, meanwhile, we see a couple being seated at a high top. What? Now it's possible? Then bar stools are pulled away from some place and the 2 small high tables are being set for other couples. What? Ballsy, this is happening right under our eyes. Anyway, Ricardo the bartender is great. He had noticed we were not treated right and gives us a drink on the house. He made good and we had a good time chatting with him but he did what the manager should have done. Offer us at least a drink! We will be back as soon as the manager is fired or Ricardo is running the show.

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K
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Good food but really, really bad service. Can’t say I’d recommend

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T
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My husband and I had dinner here before a Philip Glass concert. We weren’t sure what to expect, but we were pleased to find out that B-Side is exceptionally good! The food was flavorful and well prepared, and the staff was kind and efficient. We enjoyed great drinks with an excellent vegetable platter and a fantastic hamburger. A very happy experience. Thank you, B-Side.

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C
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Again, another mixed experience. Pretty good shared plate then a bland main course. Main course arrived seconds after the starter--happening more and more in restraurants and really offensive as no time to enjoy the food and feeling very rushed. The main courses, besides bland, were also overcooked and portions so large, this diner felt quilty about wasting so much food that could not possibly be eaten at one sitting. Good drinks and so-so wine. Pretty good friendly service but not very attentive. Overall felt like a place not to go back to again.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Food was terrible, overly-brined pork chop with a strong vinegar taste. Steak ordered medium rare came extremely rare. When waiter came to clear and pork chop was virtually untouched, the server didn't ask whether there was something wrong

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n
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Good place for dinner before a show at the SF Jazz - in the same building. However: Overpriced mixed drinks. Martini cost: $17 - way too high a price. There were 2 add-ons to the basic $13 Martini that did not make sense. Discussed this with waiter and his manager took off one of these, but still seemed expensive. Otherwise pretty good food and very convenient.

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NY
San Francisco
40 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the veggie burger which was very good and it did not have soy. I am allergic to soy.
The waiter was very accommodating. It's a great place to eat before going to the SFJazz performances.
Reserve ahead of time. It fills up fast.

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