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BIX, San Francisco, CA
BIX, San Francisco, CA
BIX, San Francisco, CA
BIX, San Francisco, CA
BIX, San Francisco, CA

BIX

4.7
4.7
4764 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 32 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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
    Anthony Tadeo
  • 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

What 4,764 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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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

    Hot spot

  • San Francisco

    American

4,764 Reviews
  1. BruceR

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A SF Classic!! I recommend you check it out. Easy street parking too. We had a great time!

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  2. Justin

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The update to the menu is terrific, the music was excellent as usual, and the vibe was exactly what you want from Bix.

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  3. Dpalm

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Loved the venue. However, it was very hard to hear or enjoy the live jazz music upstairs with the restaurant noise.

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  4. HeatherV

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were surprised to get hard bread at start of meal and lobster spaghetti was definitely off. Bread on second round was freshly baked. Been coming here for nearly 30 years. Hope it’s not going downhill. Front door hostess had no smile when we arrived but she seemed in much better spirits as we departed.

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  5. Levo

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent music, food and ambiance. Definitely a must see place in SF.

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  6. KrishnaK

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    I took my wife to Bix for her birthday. We loved the location, in an alleyway, next to the Trans American building. We sat outside while waiting for our table, in the sun enjoying a well made Old Fashion. The bar and ambiance was romantic and classy, along with the piano, and lighting; makes this place a great spot for a special occasion. Our waiter was friendly, and gave us some good recommendations on the food. We had the Crab rolls & Marrow Bone, and for our mains, my wife had the Lamb Pot Pie, and I had the Pork Chop. The Crab Rolls were light and delicious, and Marrow Bone was fatty and decadent, and the portion was large- they didn't serve enough bread for this dish. The Lamb Pot Pie was tasty but a bit too salty. The Pork Chop was excellent, and I highly recommend it, and our dessert was a Panna Cotta, with some gelato, and a beautifully made Chocolate Martini. This was excellent, and a highlight of the evening along with the music and the vibe. However, our hostess who greeted us when we arrived was not friendly or warm. Her attitude was short, a bit snobbish, and I was disappointed in her overall demeanor. This should not happen with a restaurant with this kind of caliber. Customer service should be top notch and provide an accommodating attitude. She did seat us downstairs per our request, but it was clear that she was annoyed. Not okay- Overall it was an enjoyable and romantic evening and my wife had an amazing time, and we may return.

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  7. AndreaD

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Entrees were mediocre. The chicken dish was dry and heavy. The crab appetizer and panna cotta and coffee were quite good. The ambiance was disappointing - loud conversations, could barely hear the live music which was one pianist on a Friday night. The visual atmosphere was very lovely, soft lighting cool mural behind the bar. Staff was smoking cigarettes near the entrance as we left. It just didn’t deliver on either the food or the music and certainly not worth the high price point.

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  8. Akivet

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always loved Bix as a special occasion venue and I’m happy that the gorgeous decor, and yummy food and beautiful well-stocked bar and the live pianist are still as expected. The service is attentive and pleasant and I love knowing I have a wonderful reliable place to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries or just a splurge for a well-deserved date night.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    I've been going to Bix for as long as I can remember. Love everything about the restaurant from the martini to the live music, art work, service, and quality of food. It is a staple and consistently delivers. This recent trip, was the best meal I have had. Everything was spectacular. Always start off with steak tartare as it is the best in town. The lobster spaghetti was out of this world! Friends had the pork which I tried and we all agreed it was a 10/10. Cant wait to go back.

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  10. WarrenC

    Sacramento

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely fabulous experience. Amazing vibe, delicious food and best service. Will be back to this gem of an establishment.

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  11. DevyaniD

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a lovely evening. Excellent food, ambience and service. Made my husband’s birthday dinner perfect.

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  12. LEKCAF

    Central Coast

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We really loved the locale and the interior ambiance and feel of the restaurant. The food was excellent and the service was also quite good. The musicians playing downstairs were good. However, the overall noise level was louder than we liked. It was difficult to hear one another at our table, even though we were seated upstairs.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience. Excellent service, With ambiance that’s memorable , and amazing food. I will definitely dine there again.

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  14. Jippipe

    San Diego

    69 reviews

    5.0

    69 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I’ve been going to Bix since it opened and never disappointed with food and the service. I was little worried that chef Bruce is not there anymore but the food (Caesar salads, market salads, smoked trout rillettes, pork chop, duck breast, lobster spaghetti and wagyu steak) was excellent and so as the service!

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  15. Truefaux

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding on all fronts...food, ambiance, and Jackie our server was fantastic.

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  16. DanielF

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 4, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Came here for a birthday celebration last night. I had very high hopes for Bix after reading reviews, speaking so highly of the establishment. Sadly, these hopes were not met and I was left deeply dissatisfied with my experience. Our waiter was doing very well especially towards the beginning of the meal, however. The potato pillows and shrimp cocktail were great. The ambience was also very nice with a live piano player. It all went downhill from there. After ordering our mains and waiting an awfully long time for them to come out, my sister and I were extremely unimpressed with the chef’s inability to cook a burger patty according to instruction. We both ordered the “truffle” burger medium well and we both received it medium rare. I chose to not send it back as I wasn’t completely opposed to it being so rare and didn’t want to be an inconvenience. However my sister was unable to eat hers. Kudos to the waiter for bringing out a little hors d’oeurve for her to eat while waiting for her burger to be remade. Truffle was in apostrophes earlier because that burger was devoid of any truffle flavor, but instead like charred meat and onions. This was incredibly disappointing considering it was nearly a $40 burger. Later on, there was a group of 12 very loud and obnoxious guys who’s table was extremely close to ours, that I could feel my chair vibrate every time they would speak. I had to move my chair and sit at an awkward angle because of the proximity of the tables to one another. At one point, I got up to use the restroom and when I came back the group’s waiter was blocking access to my seat that I had to yell out “excuse me” for her to get a hint and move out of the way. Despite our waiter’s efforts to compensate for the incompetence of this establishment, it simply was not enough to make me want to support or ever come back to this restaurant. Deeply disappointed, especially given the premium paid for this meal.

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  17. Anne

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved our cozy booth table with white tablecloths and a wonderful jazz trio playing late! Hard to find ambiance like this anymore. Mix of tourists and locals. Best deviled egg we’ve ever had.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic as always. The service, the food, the ambience. Another great experience 🥂

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  19. Somesmiles

    San Francisco

    35 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Something regimented has taken over this San Francisco gem. Reservation was limited by restaurant to 2 hours for 2 people. When we arrived we were reminded by a Frau Blucher natured hostess of this limit. The clock started upon seating. Waitress was WONDERFUL and personable but could tell she was under pressure to keep to the clock. Fine dining should not be like this. My beloved Bix is off my favorite list.

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  20. PedroN

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place is simply amazing, my wife and I had the best time there. I cannot recommend enough this place.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    An under the radar San Francisco gem. Nick and Nora Charles were sitting at the next table.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was absolutely amazing. The lobster spaghetti was delicious. Live music made for a very lively yet intimate atmosphere.

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  23. chris

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always excellent. A San Francisco classic that has maintained its excellence.

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  24. ChrisG

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a special place to visit…and the only thing better then the ambiance and food are the folks that work there!

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  25. rosieBud

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed dinner with live jazz at this special cozy spot and the food is always great. Nothing like it elsewhere

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  26. TanyaP

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfect table; wonderful service; fantastic martini and terrific piano playing in the background. SF and BIX are back!

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  27. Mothernlaw

    Sacramento

    90 reviews

    4.0

    90 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    I remember now dining here before. We got the same waiter. He is not my style. Very fast talker.... The piano and bass duo was very nice. The table upstairs was absolutely the best table in the house. The pork chop was fatty. Not to my liking but my husband ate the whole thing. We brought our own wine which even at $40 corkage is a deal. We will go back but it isn't our favorite in the area.

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  28. Kerry

    San Francisco

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a special place, and we are fortunate to have it in San Francisco. Despite the historic setting and vibe, the food is up to date and exquisite. The service was impeccable! We arrived early… 24 hours early to be exact. Despite my mistake on the reservation, the hostess found a way to accommodate us, which was so appreciated by me and my friends from out of town. We had a wonderful experience. Bix is an institution that is still going strong, and I’ll keep coming back.

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  29. PaulB

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Only bad comment the portions were small and the menu is limited

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  30. Horton

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our waitress was perfect. Fun but knowledgeable and interacting. Great experience. Love the atmosphere in there. Seems like a throw back in time. Food was excellent. Crab rolls were a delight.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    1. Waited 40min past reso time to be seated 2. They never gave us heads up on wait or checked in, I had to go find host just to be told “we’re still getting your table ready” 3. Finally seated, I asked the waiter for rec’s since it was my first time. Waiter interrupts, “give me 2 seconds, I need to take care of this other table” which was first I’ve EVER experienced that. After waiting 40min, unacceptable. 4. Food was lacking in flavor, and deceiving descriptions. Duck had uncooked carrots, Sole was season-less, bread pudding is actually a brownie pazookie from BJs but worse. Inquired with waiter bread pudding description and rec’d, “yea, I know. We get that a lot. I waited to tell you to see what you thought.” Summary: I’ve had 10x better food & experience at places like Zazie’s in Cole Valley. If you regularly dine here, you must not care about food at all or don’t know what good food is supposed to be like in an establishment like this. Trust me, venture out. There are vastly better places. I will not be returning, nor recommending, and will have a stern conversation with the individual who did recommend it to me.

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  32. CathalM

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, excellent service, excellent ambience. Men's restroom floor, around the urinal was wet is the only gripe I had.

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  33. Momo

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Few restaurants can maintain an elegant and vibrant atmosphere through so many years. The food is not trendy. Instead, it is quality. And the live jazz at night gives the experience a very sexy vibe. Perfect for a romantic date, special occasion, or just a cosmopolitan night in the town.

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  34. 1952al

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful! Love the fact that it’s not a prix fix menu.

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  35. AlejandraL

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great company with amazing food and wine! Definitely going to recommend to our colleagues!

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely perfect evening. Dinner was amazing and service was impeccable.

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  37. LauK

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I felt like the dessert (bread pudding) was microwaved

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Bix is a wonderful place to have dinner. The ambiance alone is worth a visit. The service is top notch while the food is absolutely delicious.

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  39. SaraJ

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    3.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    Go for the bar and the live music, not the food. The atmosphere is amazing -speakeasy, live jazz, great drinks. The food and service we had were terrible. Nothing we ordered was worth writing home about and then we ordered the "dessert" cheese plate which was literally two of the smallest slivers of cheese any human could possibly slice by hand for about $20! We pointed it out and our server argued with us and left. Nothing was comped and it was not worth the bill.

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  40. TracyW

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always this restaurant was delicious, service oriented and great atmosphere. Still meets my expectations after all these years. I would definitely recommend this as a must visit location for dinner.

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FAQs

BIX is rated 4.7 stars by 4764 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 32 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
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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
    Anthony Tadeo
  • 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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