Wed–Sat 5:30 pm–10:30 pm
Sun 3:00 pm–9:00 pm
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.View Private Dining Details
Once again, the fried chicken sandwich does not disappoint, not by a long shot. It is SO good. So is the chicken/cabbage salad SOOOOO good. And the house-made spicy tequila cocktail. And, every darn thing we orderd!! Excellent service. Got seated promptly. Server and table staff were ON it. Friendly, attentive, even when it got to bustling. It was a great experience. The food is as noted really good and a great price point. Let me repeat that: the food is a great price point! Priciest item on menu is steak frites for $27 and the steak is substantial. Fried chicken sandwich on brioche w/delish house fries or salad is $15; unbeleiveably excellent salad w/chicken is $13. Those are night prices. Right in the middle of SF Jazz Center and right behind Davies Symph Hall... good stuff. Simple dessert menu: because my dining partner needed gluten-free we had to pass on the key lime pie and bread pudding and go in on that hot fudge sunday; no regrets. It was good for two people and quite tasty. I do think the specialty cocktails which are really good, at $14/ each are a bit pricey but generously large and quite "robust" (strong and boozey! But I can only speak for the tequila cocktail since that is my fav and I am a creature of habit. )
This is the go-to for folks attending SF Jazz events. It is perfect. I would for sure drop in there if in the area for other things: fun spot, good food with great, super fresh ingredients at a good price. ...Yeah!! Highly recommend!
Brussel sprouts too salty, pie too sweet. Nothing special here, just useful location.
Really loved this place. Great vibe, really good farm-to-table food and prices that were reasonable especially considering the location. Manuel was the best bartender I've had in a long time, and he is enthusiastic about his job, letting you try samples of infused liquors. Trust him and you'll come away with an amazing drink!
A really good addition to SF Jazz -casual-comfortable -no frills decor / ambience are totally in keeping with SF Jazz. The food's high quality and a good value. Servers capable and friendly. And the bartenders are outstanding - knowledgeable friendly efficient!
The food was over-cooked and pedestrian. I can’t imagine what would make me come back.
Great fresh food, friendly wait staff, great cocktails, nice jazzy loungy feel and music
We were able to snag a reservation while the jazz show was happening inside the SF Jazz area. B-Side was quite empty at first, but the ambience changed immensely (for the better) when the show let out.
Excellent and attentive service by each person in the restaurant.
Thoughtful menu and very nice sized portions (Brussels sprouts are AMAZING and the Rib Eye is insane!).
Dessert was also fantastic.
My husband ordered a hot fudge sundae; it arrived with less than a drizzle of chocolate syrup.
We've eaten here multiple times (and tried to when they were full many more) as members of SFJazz. This is by far the BEST meal we've had there. Sean is back at the bar, so the service was great, and we will definitely come back for brunch many more times.
I have never left a review of a restaurant before. I am leaving this review because the food here was so bad. My salmon was significantly over cooked and also not warm. The vegetables were three different temperatures and bland.
Might be a good spot for a drink before a jazz show but do not come here for dinner.
The food was very good, and the options on the menu were a good variety. The service was excellent. All the servers were attentive and pleasant and made the experience great. I don’t generally like going to the City but this experience was nice and great especially if you are attending an event at the SF Jazz Center.
If you're going to a concert at the SF Jazz Center, this is the place to go for dinner before the performance, or maybe drinks afterwards. It's right IN the Jazz Center, and there is limited seating and so you really must make a reservation to be sure you can get in. Servings are pricey but large, so the best approach is to split everything you're going to eat with your dining companion. The hamburger has to be seen to be believed....They served it as-ordered (medium-rare) and we were pleased with that.
Slow service, wrong dishes delivered
Service and food were exceptional.
I was meeting colleagues who were driving up from Santa Clara for dinner.
Of course there was traffic and they arrived 30 minutes late. There was not a show that night so the wait staff were able to accommodate and sit me at the table at 6pm and relax and put in order to arrive right when my colleagues were expected to arrive.
The drinks and food were tasty. I especially liked the sautéed chive, squid, mushroom appetizer and tator tots. But everything we ate was really good -- my colleagues had burgers.
We went before the ballet. It was good. The Brussel sprouts were tasty and we shared the steak. The fries seemed a little old. The price was reasonable and the service was good. There so many restaurants in the area that it’s hard to compete.
Food was very good, drinks were good but not stand out. Service was good despite issues with the bill. In the end come for the music.
We were seated at the bar for dinner, per our request. We were waited on immediately and two guys essentially helped us. Turns it it was brothers Manny & Ricardo. Cocktail (Spring Rain) was fabulous.
Dinner was really, really tasty. We started sharing the grilled artichoke, followed by the tater tots (yum), then the salmon with cauliflower for him and spinach salad with roasted chicken for me. I just realized that my "to-go" coffee was complimentary. Thanks!
We were checked on often (everything was fine each time) and we felt that the drinks, appetizers and entrees was served in a manner to savor and enjoy our dinner. The place did fill up around 6 - 6:30 or so as I'm assuming there was a jazz show about to start, and drinks were ordered at the bar to be taken into the music venue by customers three deep. I never felt a hiccup in our service despite them being very busy. These guys are to be commended!
Went to the SF Symphony afterwards, with a casual walk and plenty of time to get there.
HIGHLY recommend. Nice evening.
great food and good service.
and super convenient for SFJazz performance.
I understand they are under a tremendous crush before a show, but dealing with that is why they exist. Poorly cooked, slapdash food, cocktails that take a half-hour and several requests to arrive. I know they can do better.
Love this place! Ate here pre-show & had a great dinner w friends. It's very open & attractive setting, great for people-watching. Ate in comfy bar area on a leather couch. Small plates which were all very well-prepared & tasty. Flawless cocktails. Great waitress who boxed up leftovers & stored for me to pick up post-concert. Now THAT is a class act in & of itself, Rebecca Fantastic service on all levels. Will be back soon w more friends to introduce.
This was our second meal at B-Side. We'd tried the two spots that preceded it and didn't like either. B-Side has finally figured it out. The food was vastly better than in prior incarnations and the service was great as well. It's finally a worthwhile choice before shows at SFJAZZ (or nearby). The prices seem a bit high, though. The two of us had 2 small plates, an entree, 3 drinks, no dessert, and it came to almost $100.
Service was very good -- friendly and attentive; food was decent though not memorable.
Started with the Brussels sprouts, which were really good. Tater tots were also good. The burger unfortunately wasn’t as good as the pictures look. Two burgers: we asked for medium rare and both were overcooked. Maybe 1/2 pound burger isn’t the best idea. The bun was also sub par, good bun is crucial. Fries weren’t great either. We ordered two of there new spicy mezcal drinks, which were ok, not great. But the ambiance and the service was fantastic. Our server was super friendly and helpful. The music was great and dining area very comfortable. Not sure I’d go back though, maybe for a simple drink but probably not for food.
It is a simple place in the SF Jazz building. We came here for a burger or something light before a show. It was fine for that. Nothing great or special, but it was good. I'd go back before a show again
It was a busy pre-concert crowd and we were warned when seated that the kitchen was short handed. We were pleasantly surprised that the rest of the staff was doing everything possible to expedite. Our drinks and first course came quickly, everyone was hustling, and the situation seemed to be handled well.
Probably almost everyone at B-side is there before or after hearing music at the Jazz Center. It's perfect for that. Menu is very limited but what they do is tasty, fun, a bit adventurous; likewise the drinks. Excellent bar with wide variety of beers (ales, stouts, the works) and adequate wine list. Mixed drinks run from a bit boring to whoa, "awesome" . . . the staff will give good advice. Love the servers. It's hip, of course, very SF, and yet not intimidating for the older crowd coming to hear our heroes and heroines from decades past. Or maybe it's just the good drinks.
Service was a bit slow and waiter needs to upgrade his wine service knowledge.
Great spot for any occasion. Great price and service and options.
A very relaxing place for dinner before the symphony. It doesn't have a large menu but every item was vary good. The service was excellent. I have been there twice and will be going there again. The Brussels sprouts are fantastic.
Love to sit at the bar at B-Side. Manny and his brother, Ricardo are awesome!
Perfect place to eat before a performance at SF Jazz!
We split an order of roasted Brussels sprouts. My wife liked them a lot and then she had an order of roasted chives with calamari which she also liked. There was a lot of food and we had a couple of doggy bags going home. I had the steak frites and again the portions were very large. I hadn't had a steak in a long time and it was well prepared and good and the fries were excellent.
It was just kinda blah - nothing was bad, to be clear. We were there a little on the early side and it very quiet. The space is very nice, cool actually. But nothing impressed. We had the burger and fried chicken sandwich, and they were both just boring.
Salmon was excellent, as was the rainbow cauliflower. My wife lived the artichoke, and, my son enjoyed the chicken sandwich and fries.
Very convenient for pre-SFJAZZ shows, but the veggie-burger was pretty much the worst I've ever had.
Reserved a seat at the bar before a performance at SF Jazz. Varies choices for dinner or snacking with a nice whisky/whiskey collection and a wonderful staff! Perfect for a solo diner.
B-Side was one of the best overall restaurant experiences I’ve had in a long time!!!!! I’m going again.
It is great place to come before or after the the symphony, opera or any of the other theatre options near civic center. It is very close to those places and the food was very good.
We had seats reserved at the bar before a concert at the SF Jazz Center and we loved our pre-concert supper! We had a grilled artichoke that was perfectly cooked with a tasty dipping sauce. Our cocktails were superb and it was fun to be able to see our drinks being made by the personable bar tender - mine was the 45 RPM (loved it!) and my husband's was an excellent Manhattan with his choice of Bourbon. We had a simple meal - fried chicken sandwich for one and a burger for the other. Both came with great fries, portions were large and accompaniments were delicious. We could have taken drinks to go into the concert but decided not to do that - however, it's a great option.
Finally a restaurant in this space has got it right. In the past the restaurants had their pacing wrong, the service was so and the food was inconsistent. At B Side the service is great, the food was wonderful and their mixed drinks were creative and really good. The bar tender has been tending that bar since the very first restaurant was opened in that space and he is wonderful and really creative. Thank you Manny!
My party and I all give this place a big thumbs up.