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Bside Dining Largecustom - B-Side, San Francisco, CA

B-Side

4.2
4.2
539 Reviews
$31 to $50
Spanish
For the months of July and August B-Side restaurant will be hosting a special culinary residency by Caldero.

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.

B-Side's full dinner menu available from open to 7:30pm. B-Side After Dark lounge menu (full bar menu and light bites) from 7:30pm-close. B-Side After Dark is a cozy lounge environment for enjoying music (sometimes live music), a good cocktail and light bites.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Spanish, Venezuelan
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Wed–Sat 5:30 pm–8:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–7:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (415) 287-6599
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Private party facilities
    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.
  • Private party contact
    Candace Hightower: (415) 305-9180
  • Neighborhood
    Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
  • Cross street
    Fell & Franklin
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Public transit
    Van Ness Underground
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 539 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.2
4.2 based on all time ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

539 Reviews
  1. LINDAW

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    2.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    website did not show change of menu! not a lot of good choices on :popup Spanish menu"!

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  2. JosephW

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Tables along the window are very close together for talking.

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  3. RobertK

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    I look forward to a return of the normal B-side restaurant operation. This Mexican restaurant was not very good.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Our food was good - but a completely different menu than that was posted online. The service was unusually strange- a number wait staff drifting by our table without taking our order.

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  5. bugzie

    San Francisco

    182 reviews

    4.0

    182 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We have been to BSide before concerts @ SF Jazz many times & enjoyed many of its incarnations — the cocktails are always very well done. But, this latest popup from Cordero was the best yet: delicious paella and tortilla espanola, along w/a very good Rioja. Bravo!

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  6. JonathanL

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    A little sad there's no live music anymore, but the food was fantastic! Tapas and paella were great

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  7. Mglaf

    New York City

    57 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We were very disappointed with the temporary change in the menu. The food was at best fair. Go back to your standard menu. We should be back in September.

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  8. creekrose

    San Francisco

    109 reviews

    4.0

    109 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Pop up Spanish food was a real treat. Food was excellent and Spanish wine recommended by our waiter was a great match.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Staff was sitting around drinking, watching us eat, and waiting for us to leave.

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  10. Robin

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Having a restaurant at SFJazz is a wonderful option for pre-concert dining. In the past, BSide delivered consistent, decent service, food and drinks. After dining at B-side 3 times in past 2 months, great service cannot overcome the now inconsistent food. Ordering the same items wildly vary in quality and ingredients. The pozole with pork met expectations on one occasion and disappointed on the next. The roasted chicken salad should be called cabbage salad with essence of chicken. The grill dinner is a great option yet also inconsistent in the preparation of fish. I noticed multiple tables sending back the same dish. Please return to your past food quality.

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  11. foodforthought

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    My only complaint - It took over one hour for our dinner to arrive.

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  12. ChuckH

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great service and a nice place to dine before a concert. The cocktails and the food were very good and reasonably priced. We will definitely come back.

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  13. Connie

    San Francisco

    38 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    my companion said the roasted chicken salad was the best she ever had!

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  14. BebeP

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    B Side is a perfect place to eat before catching a show at SF Jazz. The food is always awesome, as are the craft cocktails. Be sure to make reservations in advance. The restaurant opens at 5:30 pm and quickly packs out.

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  15. JudyG

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Went to see a show at the Jazz center,waiter seemed put off my us ordering drinks only, ordered a piece of Pie ,we were there less then a hour bill was 60.00

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  16. AnneS

    Atlanta Metro

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious drinks and good food. Perfect for pre-show dinner.

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  17. Hungry

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    2.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    I had eaten here twice before they closed for pandemic. The Brussels sprouts were memorable back then, not now. The beet & fennel salad was bland and almost inedible. Won’t be returning for a fourth visit.

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  18. KarenR

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    This is my new "go to" restaurant when I'm in attending shows at the Jazz Center or Davies. The price value ratio is great. Good straightforward food, well prepared and reasonably priced. Ya'll must go.

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  19. BernieH

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Both the chicken entree and the swordfish were terribly overcooked and dry. We were very disappointed since we had dined there before and everything was fine.

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  20. MikeC

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    B - Side is a good, convenient spot for a pre - show bite if you are heading to the SF Jazz show. Food quality is very good, wine and beer selection is very good.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food and fair price. Training new staff which is hard and understandable

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  22. PrimaC

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice & enjoyable staff, food & drink, setting. Perfect for pre-concert activity.

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  23. Ckeithley

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, fantastic drinks, and an incredible jazz trio that killed it.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing jazz trio and delicious food. We will be back.

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  25. KateA

    San Francisco

    67 reviews

    5.0

    67 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent food and and a fantastic Barnett Chardonnay from Napa Valley. We had the grilled swordfish with swiss chard, mashed potatoes and maple glazed carrots, with outstanding crab cake bites that came with a lovely small salad to start. Terrific pre-concert dinner option in Civic Center.

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  26. HMBResident

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We sat at the bar. Jason was great. Very attentive, and great cocktails.

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  27. meowpurr

    San Francisco

    46 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    the grilled swordfish was outstanding. Cooked to perfection! Will have again! Thanks for all your great food. Frances & Tom

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  28. savorsmith

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love b-side. Easy going dining in a great low key 50’s environment. Even Jazz record albums on the wall. Tonight there was even music while we dined before our show at the Joe Henderson Lab. Got to love the tater tots and more. We have been there often. Wonderful service too each time we have been there.

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  29. chiquita

    Sacramento

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Sorry B-side has changed so much. Main problem: not enough servers. Our server did his best but seemed 'slow' - when we watched he was one of just two for full restaurant (yet he kept a lovely demeanor). The food was nothing special; presentation would help. Braised beef was tender/tasty, potatoes kind of gluey. Pasta dish just 'meh'. First martini was good, second came 'dirty' - not my drink but I didn't fuss. No ambience at all: the old setting is still there, but there seems to be a new format which is more 'rigid' -none of the old relaxed sense of sharing it used to have. Host and some servers seemed functional, not particularly welcoming, sort of hurrying patrons to order (but then not getting drinks or food there in timely way). Seemed more like an 'assembly line' of workers - and why have an open kitchen if no one can see it from their table? Bad 'floor planning' IMHO. Used to just love this place - will hunt for a new one. Also expected prices to go up as has everything, but they were at a level higher than the offering(s).

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  30. Kathy

    San Francisco

    41 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We enjoy the B Side before our SF Jazz events. The food is good, service very good, ambiance pleasant. I highly recommend it to make for a simple evening with good food and great music!!!

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  31. monicas

    London

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It is a fun restaurant and bar. The food is great value. We will be back.

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  32. Conradino

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food, Great Place, Great Drinks. Love B-Side. Perfect place to attend SF Jazz Theater.

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  33. CherylA

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We always enjoy eating here before a SFJazz performance. It has become expensive, especially the wine list.

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  34. JennaG

    Tahoe

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service & ambiance, nice cocktail menu. The food was solid though not amazing.

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  35. JohnA

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Meh…uninspired venue with an odd and limited menu. Not enough items to share which would be ideal for a pre-jazz/symphony/ballet venue. The service was very spotty. It’s unclear what this place wants to be.

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  36. SFjazzgirl

    San Francisco

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful treat before a great SFJAZZ concert last night! B-Side has been through several owners, but we now have a winner. A wide variety of small plates and mains on the menu - and with a large party, we sampled most of them. They were delicious, the mains ample for a full meal, and the small plates each enough to make us happy. With a relaxed, informal feel, great service and vibe, and now - after about 8 pm - an in-house band for background jazz, this is a perfect place even if you're not going on to a concert. Thanks, B-Side!

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This was our first time dining at the B-side and the service was good most of the food was good some of the Salads were not so good. The chicken salad was disappointing but the salmon dinner was great. Nice job on the appetizers and vegetables.

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  38. Kathy

    San Francisco

    41 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    B Side is a delight, especially when attending a performance at the Jazz. But once the show starts it would be a pleasant neighborhood place for a simple meal. The food is good and so is the service. We'll be back.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The occasion was my birthday and dinner Pre show. Food was delicious, service was very friendly. We are regulars and were treated to a burrata opener and to a dessert. We love this restaurant.

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  40. AndrewT

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Booked a 5:30 reservation for 3. First group in the restaurant at opening. And they sat us at the couch. Not a table. I asked for a table, all of them were open, but they said no. It was uncomfortable and made it difficult to catch up with my friends in town from Japan. We weren’t there to watch TV or stare at the wall. If I would have known this would happen at the time of reservation, I would have booked elsewhere. There was no warning. No bueno, B-side!

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Google Map for B-Side

205 Franklin St, San Francisco, CA 94102-5108

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Fell & Franklin
  • Neighborhood
    Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Wed–Sat 5:30 pm–8:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–7:30 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Spanish, Venezuelan
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Public transit
    Van Ness Underground
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (415) 287-6599
  • Private party facilities
    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.
  • Private party contact
    Candace Hightower: (415) 305-9180
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