B-Side

4.3
280 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American

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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, 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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DH
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. Good menu and my favorite salmon dish makes me a happy diner!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a pleasant experience. I mentioned ahead about my special occasion and the staff was very accommodating.

Our waiter was very mindful of our immediate show after dinner.

Highly recommend for date or dinner before a show.

YM
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant's food, service and ambience were excellent. I love the food and if I could, I would eat there once a week!

KG
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The person who waited on us was spot on. She was courteous, accommodating, patient and engaging, that within itself boosted the ratings of the establishment.

OT
Los Angeles
83 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great find in civic center area. Very good service, great music, tasty brunch.

J
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

The best thing about it is the bar. The drinks are good, and if you're going to a show at the Jazz Center, it's nice to be able to bring your drink in a plastic cup into the auditorium and sip it at your seat. But I can't recommend the food at B-side. My husband said his fried chicken sandwich was fine, but my burger was awful. I asked for it "as rare as possible" and got it well-done and so dry it was brittle. Hard to cut with a knife!

JP
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's in a great location for civic center attractions. The food and staff were great, too.

PH
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

THE ONLY THING THIS RESTAURANT HAS GOING FOR IT IS ITS PROXIMITY TO SF JAZZ.

KW
San Francisco
51 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

What a relief to find a new easy eatery in Hayes Valley, designed for pre-show noshing and drinks. Glad it's finally become the space inside SFJazz it was meant to be.

E
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, reasonable prices. I love the decor :) Best place to eat before a show.

JH
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Pleasant, casual, very convenient, with tasty food, good for small plates sharing. Noise level is a plus.lots of activity, but still at decibels that make conversation possible which adds to dining pleasure

r
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Had dinner before seeing Hamilton. Great menu, great service and a great space. Would come back!

C
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Open Table booked a reservation at a restaurant that was closed for a week. What kind of service is that?

MR
London
7 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Informal, friendly, good food and value. Order at the counter and they bring your food to wherever you choose to sit - indoors and some outdoors tables. The breakfast sandwich with pastrami, eggs and cheese was really good and the “small” orange juice was fresh, tasty and 6-8 ounces. Coffee good. I’ll be back when in the city hall/performing arts center area.

M
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Food was very mediocre. I've had better in fast food restaurants. Service was lousy and slow. They offer a brunch, yet no espresso machine?

MP
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Menu is limited, but what they do they do well. Excellent service, great steak frites and key lime pie and very cool atmosphere.

WJ
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed my veggie burger and beer. Good portion size and good service.

KM
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So much fun located in SFJazz with delicious food, friendly service and good people watching . Cocktails yummy

G
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I love coming here before a show. Food is good and a nice selection of cocktails. Also, easy to have a conversation in.

M
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Visited B-Side before the Jose James late show on Saturday June 15th. Went with my husband and had a great meal.

Service was great, everyone was really friendly and helpful. We split a bottle of TerraNoble from Chile, and it was delicious, reminiscent of a Syrah.

We ordered two appetizers, the brussels sprouts, and the chive blossoms with calamari. Both were great and really complimented the other. The portions were huge, and we should have only ordered one dish. (Is probably go with the sprouts again.)

My husband had the b-side burger, and I had the veggie burger. Both were well prepared and seasoned. The veggie burger had great flavor and texture but crumbled very easily. I ended up eating it with a fork. We both opted for the tater tots as our side, and they were good but not quite what I wanted. They needed a good sauce.

Over all we were really happy if not too full.

JV
Sacramento
9 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Hit and miss. Probably better for drinks and appetizers.

R
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

A favorite before SF Jazz concerts. Creative cocktails well made.

SM
Houston
34 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 3

Was served a Fried Chicken Burger with the meat being off. The rest of our order generally tasted great. Service was great until things started going wrong.

JM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Seems to be a hidden gem a block away from Hayes Street.

j
San Francisco
222 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Stopped in for a quick bite. I had the cheese plate. Tasty selection of cheeses, interesting jam that I enjoyed with each of the cheeses, as well as grapes and Marcona almonds. Yum. My husband had the shrimp tacos. Nicely presented and he really enjoyed it; though he said it would have been too spicy for my taste (he knows me well). Great place to stop in prior to a concert when time is tight, or not.

DH
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Food was okay, although my medium-rare hamburger was cooked past well-done. Never delivered our apps before our dinners arrived. Restaurant did give us one of the apps free, with dinner. Overall okay experience. I might go again if other places in the area were not available, or if attending a concert.

CD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Warm staff, attentive, chill

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Before show bites and cocktails.

DD
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

On the way to Jazz at the SFJazz Center? On the way to the Nourse, Symphony, Opera.....or, on the way to have a meal with family or friend in a quality spot? That's B-Side. Everything has been excellent. We love soft artichokes and have learned to ask about that. Here, there's understanding as to why. Even the mixed veggies have their own distinct flavors, plus super colorful and in season. The ribs are succulent, not oily sloppy. The salmon is moist with an outside crunch, and the appetizers are a nice size to share: Burrata that's just the right consistency to spread, tater-tots with a hint of fresh herbs, and the prawn soft taco with a quality tortilla that won't fall apart. Another time, it was a better-than-basic burger that we'd order again if we couldn't get to our 5-star burger spot.

MS
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

B-Side is a great place to go before a performance at SF Jazz...or just to go to! The food is good, the menu is not huge, but varied and the service is great. My only wish is that there were more vegetarian options. There is a veggie burger, which is good, but it would be nice to have a teensy bit more variety. Always enjoy going to B-Side. The brunch is particularly good.

A
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

I didn't ask for bar service when making reservation because I need a chair back. Hostess accommodated by seating us at lower seating at end of bar- which worked out fine.

P
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Fabulous brussel sprouts, terrific burger with a salad. I've gone twice and I'm looking forward to more!

JV
Sacramento
10 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Unexpected location which turned out to be perfect for Davies Symphony Hall. The tall windows and full view of the street were awesome as it was pouring rain. Music was somewhat loud but as the restaurant filled it blended into the background. Food and service was tremendous.

a
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sooooo tasty for brunch. Cozy nice casual. Just a really great space. Feels like your favorite coolest aunt/uncles place in the best way. I love the Jazz center but independent of that, this place is worth the visit. Truly the brunch was delicious and I could actually hear my brunch companions and never felt rushed.

j
San Francisco
251 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite places to go before SF Symphony performance.
Fancy crafted drinks made in front of you if you sit at the bar for dinner!
Entrees are so tasty; you can't go wrong with anything on the menu. Highly recommended.

BK
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A great casual option for pre-concert dining. Lots of good choices. Service was efficient and friendly.

MW
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I liked the B-Side. Their spinach salad is great! Their service is excellent. It's also convenient if you're seeing a show @ the SF Jazz Center, which is a great venue. It is wise to get reservations. They also have a nice bar area. I recommend it..

BS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time here. It is a great find for a meal before the Ballet. The food was reasonably priced and a good selection. I had the fried chicken sandwich which was great. The service was excellent and noise level was low for good conversation.

TI
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

B-Side was empty when we arrived for our 1 p.m. reservation, prompting concerns that the place might not be that good. But our misgivings were misplaced; our meals were delicious and more diners eventually came in. The room was quiet enough that we could carry on a conversation with our out-of-town guest without having to raise our voices.
My two companions ordered an omelet and Eggs Benedict, while I ordered French toast and a side of bacon. The egg dishes and the bacon came out together; the French toast not for another 10 minutes. Why couldn't the dishes have all come at the same time? Since we were the only folks in the restaurant at the time, the chef wasn't under pressure and could have timed the dishes better. I was also disappointed in the coffee, which didn't seem very fresh.
B-Side is light, airy and uncrowded. The only decor is a wall with covers from old jazz albums, including Dave Brubeck's "Take Five." Our server was cordial and efficient.
With myriad dining options in Hayes Valley, B-Side has a lot of competition. They need to pick up their game for me to return or recommend them to a friend.

SL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to eat and hang before or after a show at SF Jazz. The cocktails are creative and well executed, and the food is on point

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