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BIX

4.7
4.7
4318 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
An exceptionally stylish supper club, civilized speakeasy, a sophisticated saloon. Each of these "personae" is housed in a soaring two-story interior distinguished by a gently curving mahogany bar, fluted columns with ornate capitals, stunning original art, plush banquettes, cozy booths, starched linens, glittering glasses, and polished flatware.
Overall, the ambiance is pure 1930's and 1940's - tasteful art moderne reminiscent of the glory days of Cunard and French Line ships. Fashionable and glamorous are the hallmarks. Trendy is simply not a part of the BIX culture.
The clientele at BIX ranges from San Francisco movers-and-shakers to "savvy travelers" - owner Doug Biederbeck's term for the many diners in the know from out of town who patronize his establishment.
All of them step from the featureless alley into another world - a world of superb cookery and libations, of sparkling service, of stylish nostalgia, of polished live jazz. That world is BIX.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 54 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American, Californian

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Wed 5:30 pm–10:00 pm Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (415) 433-6300

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Bruce Hill

  • Catering

    Please contact any manager at (415) 433-6300

  • Private party facilities

    BIX can accommodate private parties of 75 - 100 and requires a buyout of the restaurant. Please call management for details.

  • Private party contact

    Amy Babbits: (415) 433-6300

  • Neighborhood

    Financial District / Embarcadero

  • Cross street

    Jackson & Pacific

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Muni bus: #41 Union

  • Entertainment

    BIX features jazz nightly with no cover charge.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 4,318 people are saying

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  • San Francisco

    Best Ambiance

  • San Francisco

    Lively

  • San Francisco

    American

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  1. RC

    RobertaC

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Amazing food Nice jazz but quite noise so possible to hear just close to the piano
  2. G

    Govy

    Dallas

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic! The vibe and the food are perfect. Can’t say enough great things about this evening at Bix!
  3. l

    louieb

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food5service2ambience4
    The overall experience was fantastic. However, it was very disappointing and a little unpleasant when your server insinuates (from their perspective) that the tip amount is “lacking.” I understand that everyone has been through a lot, but it felt very desperate and does not reflect the image of the plush restaurant. A little bit of gratefulness would have been appreciated.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food2service1ambience5
    Service was lacking and the food mediocre. The vibe is cool and could be a great place for pre-dinner drinks.
  5. T

    Tiger

    New England

    38 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    38 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    6 of us…three had the duck breast - very good; 2 had the pork chop which was flavorful but a bit dry; one had the halibut which was dry/overcooked. Small bites were tasty. Sides of spinach and green beans - very good. Caesar salad - tangy Ambiance is fun and lively although quite noisy. It’s a cool restaurant. Great bar. Excellent cocktails! Sommelier was very helpful. Our waiter was not very personable, very fast and almost frantic.
  6. MM

    MargaretM

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Always a pleasure. We come for the classic SF vibe great food and warm welcome.
  7. JA

    JayA

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ambiance was excellent, as usual. Food was very good. Bartender was knowledgeable and very good. Music was hard to hear because of high noise level. Other than the high noise level (which cannot be changed because of the high ceilings), the experience was wonderful.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    AWESOME! AWESOME! AWESOME! AWESOME!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I had a really good experience. Great service and food. The place has a vintage 1940s feel that is really cool. Great place.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I've been there and handful of times. Always good. This last time was even better. I look forward to my next visit
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great date night restaurant
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall1food1service3ambience5
    The ambience was good but the food was terrible. My husband got sick all night, so as the other couple. We had duck, steak, muscles, beef tarter, burger. Really disappointed about the food and the fact that three people in my party got sick. Dr. Farima Fakoor
  13. FP

    FoodPlusJazzEqualsLife

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Always a great experience. I wish the tables we a little farther apart, but otherwise, no issues. The food is great. Service impeccable. Ambiance is lively... not quite loud, but certainly not subdued.
  14. G

    Giovanni

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    All the staff are great. Friendly and helpful. Nice old school atmosphere. It was full and loud. Cocktails good and potent. Appetizers were tasty. Food was good, but pricy for the small portion size. $37 for a piece of halibut the size of 3 or 4 fish sticks. It was also slightly over cooked. The pork chop my wife had for $34 was on the thin side for a high end restaurant quality pork chop.
  15. J

    John

    San Francisco

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the place. Always good oysters. Food was great. Michelle took care of us and was wonderful.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always amazing.
  17. CB

    ChristianeB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Spectacular! Terrific Cocktails. All of our dishes were so wonderful. We ate like Royalty and were treated the same. Caesar Salads, Bone Marrow w/Toast Points, Steak Tartar (prepared table side), Lobster Spaghetti (OMG), Banana Foster. Jazz Trio made it all the more special.
  18. MW

    MerW

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    My husband and I really enjoyed ourselves
  19. TE

    ThomasE

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and live music atmosphere on a Friday night
  20. GF

    GwenF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Excellent bar. Friendly staff. Have been enjoying this restaurant since it opened in 1988.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Greensboro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is very good not the worlds biggest portions however my date and I were completely satisfied with our meal. And for the quality of food I find the price to be justified.
  22. GB

    GenevieB

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    The food was excellent you can smell the deliciousness from the kitchen as cheesy as that sounds its true the lobster rolls were tiny for the price but you taste the freshness. Deviled eggs the best I've ever had my husband loved his steak unfortunately there was a large party next to us and very loud girls the tables were a tight space but overall wonderful will go back
  23. CS

    CarolynS

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 9, 2023

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    Shrimp cocktail tasted like defrosted shrimp in tomato ketchup and Wagu beef steak was very chewy - soooo disappointed!
  24. JK

    JohnK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Bix is a great SF restaurant. I love the ambiance and the food is always good. The only issue is sometimes the noise level is high. If you want to have a quiet conversation - second floor might be better than first. Enjoy!
  25. C

    Chris

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful experience—energetic yet lovely mood, the service was professional and diligent, and the food was exceptional
  26. s

    seank

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall3food3service1ambience5
    Atmosphere was really festive . Loved the jazz music . Waiter was average and did not tell us about the specials I heard him tell the next table after we had finished our meal. Food was good maybe a little under seasoned example steak tartare. Portions are on smaller side . Drinks were good.Overall I might check out the bar for a drink not sure if I will go back for dinner anytime soon.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great experience
  28. KW

    KeriW

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Beautiful Room, comfortable, great history felt like a jazz club. Food was amazing. Service was amazing. Very disappointed in the music. We went for Jazz. Piano player was 40 minutes late and we could not hear him over the din of crowd. Not a sexy Jazz club, just a popular loud restaurant. Not about music at all... sad!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful, jazzy atmosphere, fantastic service, and the food was delicious!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Flawless as always. Divine food, impeccable service & live music as well in that gorgeous space.
  31. E

    Erin

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Pretty impeccable classic dining experience. Food was top tier. Had a few bumps with service but otherwise excellent.
  32. CW

    ChelseaW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice place for a date! The food was absolutely delicious and music was nice.
  33. DK

    DougK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    BIX has long been one of my favorite San Francisco dining experiences. This dinner was the best. Everything was perfect. Thank you for a very special evening.
  34. LF

    LoveFood

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    Although we had reservations, we had to wait as others who had arrived after us were taken to their tables first. The Duck was good, the Wagu was like any other good steak. The side dishes was not even warm. The bus boy was great. He watched for when we needed our hot water to be refilled and promptly without asking refilled our cups. The waiter was just so so. He was pleasant, but there was no friendly warmth from him. Although I would recommend BIX to a friend, it would be because of the ambiance. It was fantastic. I felt like I was in a 1920 Speak Easy. I loved it.
  35. WB

    WilliamB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Everything was great except for the hostess. She was very short and rude, set a negative tone for the night. Luckily, our server Jackie was great
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gorgeous space that has school refined glamour. The paintings and bar are so beautiful. Loved the singer and pianist tonight- Perfect dinner music! The small bites were all delicious and the Gold Street Foster was a perfect ending to the meal. Service was very attentive and professional.
  37. JH

    JamesH

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Always a must visit in SF
  38. GP

    GeorgeP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service… satisfied with the overall experience
  39. G

    Gene

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The sexiest happening place in all of San Francisco. My girlfriend and I celebrated her birthday on Christmas Eve at Bix, where we enjoyed a sumptuous and immersive dining experience. The crowd, the lighting, the music combined for a wonderful Holiday setting. Our server was attentive. We started with a few glasses of Roderer champagne and shared a tableside-prepared steak tartare, which rivaled that of the best restaurants in Manhattan. Catherine had the shrimp and lobster pasta dish and I the duck, both terrific with a sophisticated mix of flavors. Our waiter remembered her birthday with an elegant but low-key surprise dessert. Bix himself was there, firmly but hospitably in control. A San Francisco tradition, as sublime today as it was when I started going to Bix 30 years ago. Highly recommend.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Christmas 🎄😋

FAQs

BIX is rated 4.7 stars by 4318 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 54 times today
Google Map for BIX

56 Gold St., San Francisco, CA 94133

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Jackson & Pacific

  • Neighborhood

    Financial District / Embarcadero

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Wed 5:30 pm–10:00 pm Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Californian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Muni bus: #41 Union

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Bruce Hill

  • Entertainment

    BIX features jazz nightly with no cover charge.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (415) 433-6300

  • Catering

    Please contact any manager at (415) 433-6300

  • Private party facilities

    BIX can accommodate private parties of 75 - 100 and requires a buyout of the restaurant. Please call management for details.

  • Private party contact

    Amy Babbits: (415) 433-6300

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