BIX

4.6
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3671 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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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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J
San Francisco
43 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The overall look of the restaurant is cool. The food and service was okay. It’s just expensive and small portions. Nothing special.

CC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience2

When we arrived, slightly late but within the window before cancelling, before even a hello, we were told we'd have to leave at 7:45pm (we had a 6pm res). It was so rude and jarring, that it kind of took us aback but we went with it as we were hungry. As we proceeded to get to the table and sit, and set our things down/look at the menu, we were told two more times by the same person and some sort of other staff member about our dinner time cut off. The waitress we had (Leigh or something) was fantastic and bubbly and even told us she didn't think it was enough time, but she was obviously not the boss. So instead of enjoying our apps and wine, we were asked about one bite in if we planned to order dinner, as we needed to be out by 7:45. Fourth time now it's been told to us! Incredibly rude. So instead of ordering dinner, as we planned to, and perhaps would have even ordered MUCH more wine, we left it at that. As we were finishing our second glass of wine (we had already eaten and paid, but apparently we had until 7:45pm, so we planned to use those minutes!), and at the strike of 7:45pm, the same bratty, rude host came up to us and I kid you not said, "Ok it's 7:45." I've never in my life met such rude staff at a restaurant.. they are expensive and their food isn't anything special/unique (or even that amazing). They even put red wine in small glass, so you couldn't even smell the wine! Ugh. What an awful experience, I would NEVER go back.

HL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food selections were exquisite. We had multiple orders of duck breast and halibut and everything was mouth-watering. Attentive but not obtrusive service. We'll be back to sample more of the amazing menu!

J
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bix is a great place. Live entertainment, nice wine list, great food, and excellent service. Love the small alley entrance - quaint and super cool. This is a must visit for us when we visit the city.

F
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was celebrating a milestone birthday and the restaurant made it special beginning with a birthday greeting (card) and a candle in the dessert we ordered. The food was delicious from the deviled eggs to the halibut, the pork chop and the lamb. This continues to be one of my favorite places to celebrate special occasions.

RI
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service5ambience5

Go for cocktails at the bar. Excellent . Live piano.
Service : Excellent.
Those were the high points.

Food and wine by glass mediocre at best. I have too many great choices in the city by the bay to return here.
No redo .

RM
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For us, this is a lot of money, but my girl friend's birthday is right up there with with anything , and it was totally worth the bucks across the board. Go! You won''t regret it.

B
Oklahoma City
29 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The coolest restaurant in the world. This place exudes coolness. I’ve been coming here for 30+ years. While i show road wear, Bix remains a hip 20-something. It could be from any decade of the 20th century. Try the tar tar or the martini special. I always love the Chicken Hash ala Bix. Even if the food were not great ((which it is), it would still be worth o special trip!

E
Miami
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food, service & ambiance
Can’t wait to return

GS
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Manager was very rude, sent over waitress 3 times to put pressure on us to leave after our meal, then he got frustrated and came over and asked us to leave! Very Rude, obnoxious! I have been going to BIX for years, but how were treated is just wrong.

CR
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a gem. Can't wait to try it on an evening when the jazz is playing. it was the perfect ending to a perfect trip. C.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it I’ll go there again !!!

OT
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service from arrival to departure. Food was amazing with great flavors and options that were very pleasing to us. They were great with acknowledging allergies and making food custom to fit our needs. This place was great and we feel the service was superb. Would definitely go here again and highly recommend.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The whole experience was great: ambient, service, music (jazz trio)! But, I ordered a lobster spaghetti that I barely found little pieces of lobster

F
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Lovely, old fashioned style restaurant. We sat in balcony booth. Very comfortable. Great ambience. Liked the lamb, steak; black cod was disappointing.
Very loud. Difficult to have conversation. Music was great

OT
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Was a nice experience with piano and cello playing. Very dark inside (waiters/waitresses carried flashlights to see menu). Wait staff were very friendly and prompt. Food was over priced for what was served. It was ok, but not worth some of prices they were charging. Probably won’t be going back any time soon.
Was not the same experience as 15 years ago (regarding the food).

JY
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very cool location. Once inside, great set up, lighting and staff.

OT
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was just perfect: music, service, food. Definitely will recommend it to my friends.

M
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I ate at BIX not long after it opened some 20 years ago and on returning recently was very pleasantly surprised at how well the Restaraunt had aged. Had a short wait for the table but the restaurant was at full capacity.
The food was excellent! The Hors D’oevres sampler was perfect. The oysters Rockefeller was delicious. The lobster spaghetti was excellent and available as gluten free! The sole was perfectly cooked and the desserts were MMMmmmm; Warm Chocolate Brioche Bread Pudding and Banana Foster.
The music was lively and created a comfortable ambiance. All in all it was a memorable evening. I look forward to returning. Good value for $$. Great service and delicious food. Hard to beat!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect all around

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

I think Bix is good if you’re looking for an old-fashioned, romantic experience. We were looking for romantic, but also healthy food options and a wider variety of cocktails. Bix is fabulously old school and catering to an older crowd, both with the food options and the cocktail menu.

f
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not even San Francisco traffic could deter our much anticipated night @ the Bix!
Food, mood and dude (waiter) nailed it.
Thank you Bux

EB
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a perfect venue for an elegant, yet casual holiday lunch. The staff was attentive, the food and drink outstanding, and the ambiance sparkled. We were amazed at how 4 hours just flew by! You can't go wrong when dining here.

JM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service, fun atmosphere

B
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bix is a SF eatery institution. Great bar, great setting, great food, great staff. One classy bar/dinner joint. The best steak tartare in the world. Live jazz ensemble late night weekends. One of my top go-to dinner experiences for SF newbies or out of town guests as always impressive and fun.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

I used to love Bix. However, this visit was just not good. I made reservations and they placed us at the worst possible table next to the kitchen door in spite the fact there many open booths that never got filled during the entire time we were there. Upstairs seating area was pretty much empty. What gives? The wait staff seem less attentive to us in comparison to previous visits. The waitress could use a breath mint. The sole came to the table and it was odorous in a bad old fish way. The bread pudding was drenched in chocolate sauce... not good.

Needless to say, I was very disappointed and probably won't be back.

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We felt a bit rushed theohhh

R
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

I would drink here but probably never order food again. A $48 New York steak should not be full of fat and grizzle.

MA
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Ambiance is fantastic! We had the best seats. Service was great. The entrée portion was on the small side so you need to order a couple of starters if you are coming in hungry.

CS
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience3

We were really looking forward to holding our team holiday dinner at Bix, but had a really disappointing evening. When we arrived 30 min ahead of our reservation and let the host know that one of our team members was caught in terrible traffic they were EXTREMELY rude to us. The host informed me that we would not be seated at all until all members of our party arrived. Realizing that it could be a long time before my colleague could arrive, I asked if they could downsize our party and seat us and they told us NO. I was then reprimanded for not knowing the "house rules" (even though no one ever mentioned this to us), and was condescendingly asked if I "UNDERSTOOD" what he was saying. When we were taken to our table (at the time of our reservation) we were told that they wanted the table back by 8:30 (2.5 hours from when we were being seated) and again asked us if we "UNDERSTOOD". They spoke to us like children. Our service was nice, but the service was terribly slow and a few of the staff were again quite condescending when we would ask questions. It's been a long time since I've been to a place with such rude staff, and none of us left feeling good about the interactions we had that night. We will not be going back - and will warn others about the less than charming host.

j
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Food was mediocre and our server was super nice until she decided she wanted us to go so she could get another turn - so obvious it made us very uncomfortable

EB
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was spectacular and we loved it! Would want to go again! A great place for a Celebration

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was outstanding!

s
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Fun place to celebrate an event with friends. I enjoyed the duck breast although I couldn’t find much of the promised rosti potatoes. The chicken hash sounded odd but was actually quite tasty — probably the best dish at our table.

Be advised that seating can be quite tight and first floor dining is noisy due to the bar, piano, and close table setups. I wish we had had an upstairs table.

GH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding!! The restaurant is beautiful and very charming, the drinks were perfect , the food was delicious, the service was impeccable! It was unforgettable birthday evening!!

KS
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

They were nice about the traffic delay, but sat us at a lousy table when the upstairs portion was fully available...arbitrary and did not ask us if the table was fine...I wasn’t in the mood to argue after a travel day w heavy rain...not sure I would go back.

SF
San Francisco
53 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent food, service and vibe.

d
Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Food good. Extremely pricey —- and getting worse. Incredibly unique atmosphere still makes it worth it, but that rationale is wearing thin.

MM
Jackson Hole
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My group of 4 were pushing the envelope getting to our 6:45 reservation. We were in contact with the hostess and she could not have been nicer and more accommodating! Thank you, Thank you! We were promptly seated, took a deep breath and our server kindly greeted us and our dining experience became 5 stars. Drinks and all our dinner selections were wonderful! I will recommend BIX to anyone looking for a friendly, professional, delicious dining experience.

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a reservation but still had to wait for a table and we ended up at the bar . We decided to have our dinner at the bar because the bartender, Bruce, was the best! We enjoyed our time, dinner and drinks at Bix.

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