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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A longtime favorite for us while still loud, conversation was possible there. The place was surprisingly packed for a Tuesday night. The service & food were both very good nonetheless. Wine selection included a good variety from Italy, France & Napa plus others. There was a wide range of prices.
Because of COVID, Valet parking was not an option. Fortunately, on a weeknight there's always parking on the surrounding streets. Not always so on the weekends.
There are many excellent restaurants in San Francisco, and Bix is one of the best I have had the opportunity to enjoy. It is in my top five. Bix is a very eloquent and intimate restaurant. The food was excellent and the service was top-notch and first class. I was there on a Sunday night when they have a piano player (on a baby grand piano). I understand there is music every evening. While I did not have a drink at the bar, the bar is unbelievable. Next time I am in San Francisco, I will enjoy another dinner at Bix -- and this time I will get there early to have a drink at the bar.
Bix is just not what it use to be.
Corn soup / one of the worst I ever had/ no corn flavor
Food was just sub par
Pasta and crab legs- no sauce - noodles stuck together - little flavor
I won’t talk about the desserts- don’t order
The ambiance and the waiter was 5*
Loved the ambiance and jazz music! Service was great. Perfect place for a night out.
Sat at the center table upstairs with a great view of the restaurant. Potato pillows with caviar, seasonal tomato with homemade cheese was fabulous, so was the chicken hash dish (more like chicken cakes) served with a yummy creamy vodka sauce, the pork chop and steak dishes were great and cooked perfectly. They have a great selection of wines and craft cocktails. Our group really liked the Italian sparkling water served by the bottle.
I ordered the American Wagyu New York steak. I have had Waygu beef in the past. This steak was not Waygu and I doubt it was even prime. The salmon was very good.
The Caesar salads consisted of very large (tough) romaine leaves.
The atmosphere is great and energetic. Service was very good.
Bix has been one of our very favorite, romantic, delish restaurants for years. Needless to say couldn’t wait to get back to it. I was met at the door w/o a “Hello,” “Welcome” nothing. Told them I had booked on Open Table, they said something to each other, then the one took two menus and proceeded to sit me in the middle table of a long row of two tops with no one else there. No problem, but I asked if I could move to a little two top sitting all by itself, along a wall. Still no voice, just picked up menus and walked over to the table. I thanked him and asked if he would mind putting g bottle of Champagne on ice. Still no voice, just took the bottle and I finally said, “I’m
So happy you’re open, how long have you been?” He answered as he walked away so not really sure. Here comes our lovely food server Eva, so sweet, so attentive, said she would uncork bottle so when my friend came it would be ready to go. Wonderful. My friend arrived at 5;18, our reso 5:15, three minutes late. I only mention this as we were told she was quite late as they thought reso was 5:00, it was not, it was 5:15. Eva poured champagne and we ordered two appetizers to begin. Steak Carpaccio, delish, and halibut crudo, bland. We noticed we were asked quite often if we were ready yet … okay, how about the Tomato Cart & the Cucumber salad? Oh, so wonderful, and there she was …. were we ready to order entrees?? No, not yet please give us 5 minutes, to the minute she was back, always so polite and professional. We politely asked for 10 more minutes, back she came & we ordered two bowls of corn soup and split the NY steak. All terrific, steak small, but prepared perfectly. Champagne finished and my friend ordered a glass of cab to compliment her steak. We hardly put the silverware down and we’re asked if we needed anything else. I told her we were feeling very rushed. She apologized and put check down. Bottom line, great food, but do not expect to dine for two hours.
Wonderful service and great jazz band. Only problem was when the music was playing it was difficult to have a conversation
Our Waiter Jorge gas fantastic, we had a great time
Everything was wonderful. The salmon and scallops were excellent and the service was superb. Thank you!
BIX continues to be my all time favorite SF restaurant. You can always count on it to be consistently wonderful when you have out of town guest. The food is always off the charts. Our waiter and the service was simply outstanding. Favorites are always the potato pillows and deviled truffle eggs. I had the lobster pasta and LOVED it.
Ambiance is great. Food if OK. Expensive, butI guess it’s got the well-heeled.
We had a great time. All of the food was exceptional (we had the burger, steak tartare and tomato cart) and our waiter was very friendly.
Good but not outstanding. Cocktails at $16 each for well rye?? Watch out for the "SF offsets" charge.
Lovely relaxing setting, with quality unpretentious food. The music was great and the waitress was wonderful. Very enjoyable!
Such a classic, a truly important and special institution in the City!
Shannon was a fantastic server and very helpful! The food was fantastic!
The food was amazing - especially the mussels. The service was excellent and attentive. The live jazz music was wonderful.
Everyone in the staff was incredibly welcoming and friendly, and they knew about our special occasion and greeted us making reference to it, which made us feel very special and acknowledged.
Our server was wonderful and very attentive.
So pleased that this long standing institution has survived the pandemic and time . Great experience and one of San Francisco's fun gems!!! Great service and the place looks fabulous ...... food always consistent .....
We were a large party and they took wonderful care of us.
Wonderful seasonal new menu items. Crudo is 5 stars. Scallops and heirloom tomatoes lovely.
Live music—pianist and combo—makes the beautiful dining room even more charming.
We enjoyed the lamb chops and the pasta with crab! The chocolate bread pudding was the best - light in texture and rich chocolate. The corn soup was also very good. Highly recommend for a special night out
Although we are still enjoying the appetizers, a server took away the plates without any confirmation and put the main courses.
Great service and food.
Was a good experience. Nice listening to music while we ate. I ordered the steak and my boyfriend ordered the fish. The steak came undercooked and I had to send it back. When they brought it out to me it was then too well done but didn’t want to send it back again. The portions were quite small. Other than that, was a nice choice for dinner.
Very special place. Service was outstanding. Live music was fun. Food was very good. Had the heirloom cucumber salad -was delicious. And the steak. Cooked perfectly.
Will definitely go back.
We had wine. Nice list. But their cocktail list looked amazing. Will have to try one next time.
Very attentive staff, delicious food and unique atmosphere.
Great service and atmosphere.
Had my daughters engagement dinner here was wonderful
We love Bix. Great bar, music, food, service, ambiance.
We went for our anniversary. Wonderful service. Beautiful restaurant in a great area.
We went for a birthday. I had flown from the East Coast specifically for this and was footing the bill. I'd lived in San Francisco in the 90s and had been to Bix a number of times back then and had only had good memories. One of our group was a retired partner at KPMG. She told us that she'd only been to Bix once before, 22 years earlier, and that the service had been so bad that she had never chosen to return.
We first ordered oysters and cocktails. The oysters came long before the drinks.
The birthday girl asked the waiter if she could hang on to the cocktail shaker so she could also enjoy the icy remains. The waiter said, "No, we don't have enough of them to leave them at the tables", took the shaker and walked away. How much nicer it would have been for the waiter to have said, "I'm sorry, we don't have enough of them to leave them at the tables, but wait, let me get a glass for you and I'll pour it into that for you instead!"
A gin and tonic came in the wrong glass.
Two dozen oysters came with two 1/8ths of a lemon (I asked for some more lemon).
A Horseradish side did not come with the oysters. Fair enough. Maybe Bix doesn't do Horseradish. But I asked for some. What came out was a processed, bland, horseradish paste. Any restaurant of this caliber should have fresh horseradish.
I ordered a particular bottle of 2017 Pinot Noir. The waiter brought a different bottle of pinot noir. I pointed that out, and the waiter then returned with the correct wine, but a 2018 vintage. I pointed that out. I was told that 2018 was what they had. We drank it and ordered another bottle. This time, the vintage was 2017! Who knew!!?
The wait staff were abrupt, inattentive and sloppy.
Unrelated to the service: the big upstairs walls were essentially bare of decoration. What, no pictures to hang?
I would suggest you model yourselves after Butcher and Singer in Philadelphia. Same idea, outstanding service.
Sadly, I would not now recommend Bix to a friend.
It was wonderful as always. An SF gem!
Great seating! Music was perfect! We had to move our reservation a few hours and they were very easy to work with—even making sure we had a table right in front of the live jazz band!
The deviled eggs and fried chicken are excellent choices for an app! The staff are accommodating to make dishes larger for your party size. My kids loved the non-alcoholic specialty drinks, while the cocktails are perfect to kick off the evening! We will be back!
A classic and classy dining experience. Live jazz music. Gorgeous bar and dining area.
Just. Simply. Fabulous.
Bix always has amazing food, atmosphere was great. Bartender was knowledgeable about the wine selection. Great place and loved the music.
I have long loved Bix, tucked onto a quiet European block of Gold. After years of working around the corner, I frequented the bar for oysters and champagne, celebrations and third dates. I was excited to return for my husband's birthday last night, but was sadly disappointed.
We arrived early, excited to be there, but met with sour faces from both the hostess and maître d', without either wishing happy birthday or even hello before barking for our names. We brought several bottles of wine to find out that corkage is extremely limited to two 750ml bottles, even for a large party of 8. When we pressed to ask about two magnums, we were rudely informed that it would be $200 for corkage alone, which is egregious at best. We agreed to one magnum, later adding a small dessert wine to be opened as well, which still led to $100 in corkage. Perhaps if this is such a hard and fast rule, they can include it more prominently than small gray text at the bottom of the menu.
The waitress was kind, but recommended two dishes that had little to no flavor, leading for a substantial amount of salt and pepper (and even butter) to the crab pasta and Lyonnaise salad to be edible. The live piano was lovely, but much louder than I remember, with us shouting over our food.
Upon closing out, the waitress took my husband aside to ask why he did not tip on the alcohol purchased (again, that we were made to purchase since we couldn't use most of the wines we brought with us), which was pretty surprising to be asked as that is not customary. As former restaurant workers, we are happy to support restaurants and their staff at the usual 20% food grat. When I tried to give her cash to let us leave without further recourse, she continued to badger me about not supporting the restaurant by not tipping on alcohol. We left hurried and uncomfortable, the exact opposite experience we expected from Bix.
We hope to return when the old world charm of Bix is restored.
It had been decades since we had dined at Bix and I had forgotten what a special restaurant it was. The venue itself is gorgeous! Art deco decor - I felt I could have been on a fancy cruise ship. The bar is beautiful and the service there was perfect and our drinks were delicious! Our party of 6 was seated upstairs at a corner banquette table that enabled us to see and speak easily with each other. We all ordered different things and everybody raved about their meals. We have decided to have our annual pre-Christmas dinner there this year, though will also dine there before then as we had such a wonderful evening.
Outstanding service, food and atmosphere.
BIX is rated 4.7 stars by 3909 OpenTable diners.
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Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.