Nearby points of interest

  1. Distance: 0.01mi
  2. Distance: 0.14mi
  3. Distance: 0.16mi
  4. Distance: 0.22mi
  1. Distance: 0.01mi
  2. Distance: 0.14mi
  3. Distance: 0.16mi
  4. Distance: 0.22mi

Nearby points of interest

  1. Distance: 0.01mi
  2. Distance: 0.14mi
  3. Distance: 0.16mi
  4. Distance: 0.22mi
  1. Distance: 0.01mi
  2. Distance: 0.14mi
  3. Distance: 0.16mi
  4. Distance: 0.22mi

About BIX

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.

56 Gold St.
San Francisco, CA 94133
View Larger Map

Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Californian

Cross Street:
Jackson & Pacific

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

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

Phone Number:
(415) 433-6300

Website:
http://www.bixrestaurant.com/

Entertainment:
BIX features jazz nightly with no cover charge.

Catering:
Please contact any manager at (415) 433-6300

Parking Details:
There is valet parking nightly after 5:00pm.

Public Transit:
Muni bus: #41 Union

Executive Chef:
Bruce Hill

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Super Bowl
Please be advised we are expecting lots of traffic and road closures in the area from January 23, 2016 to February 7, 1016. It is important that all parties arrive on time. Please plan for extra time when getting to the area.

Send a Gift Card

Buy now and send it instantly by email, or print a card to give in person.

Private Dining

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

BIX Ratings and Reviews

5
4
3
2
1

4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.5

ambience

4.8

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (52)
Special Occasion (49)
Live Music (45)
See All
Good for Anniversaries (40)
Handcrafted Cocktails (39)
Romantic (36)
Vibrant Bar Scene (32)
Good for Birthdays (27)
Creative Cuisine (25)
Notable Wine List (24)
Fit for Foodies (24)
Fun (22)
Business Meals (22)
Neighborhood Gem (21)
Authentic (19)
Cozy (19)
Bar Seating (18)
Hot Spot (17)
Late-night Find (16)
Pre/post Theatre (13)
Worth the Drive (13)
People Watching (11)
Good for Groups (10)
Happy Hour (10)
Local Ingredients (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Seasonal (4)
Casual (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Great Beer (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Comfort Food (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Scenic View (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Sort by
S
2878 reviews
Loading Reviews ...

vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 29, 2011

We always enjoy ourselves at Bix - but this time, we left
disappointed. We both ordered the burgers and they turned
out to be overdone and dry. Was the chef having a bad night??
Our waitress agreed.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience4
service4

vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 28, 2011

Armed with high hopes that come from being highly regarded on a (one-time) reputable foodie blog, we were quickly slapped in the face with the most bland, overcooked food and downright cold service. The live jazz started well into our meal was definitely welcomed, but it was just too little, too late. At $100 a head, a patron should be wow-ed, not made to feel like a second class citizen. Too many better options to deal with this headache.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food1
ambience4
service1

vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 26, 2011

Bix is one of my favorite restaurants that just happens to be in my neighborhood, which makes it even better!
Everything was perfect to celebrate a special birthday!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 25, 2011

I really enjoyed the meal. The hors d'oeuvres were all fantastic. The entrees were well composed, though I wasn't particularly pleased with how the main components were prepared. The dessert menu and Bar (very well mixed drinks) were also a highlight of the evening. The atmosphere was very nice, and the server did a great job helping to accommodate our wishes.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service4

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 22, 2011

Bix is a classic with really excellent food, but I lost my phone at the table and it was never returned. It's disheartening that this would happen at such a great restaurant with generally unrivaled service. I noticed today my email was being accessed from Texas. Great.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience4
service3

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 20, 2011

Absolutely amazing food (I a pork shoulder, and my wife the halibut), but there must have been something going on in the kitchen because there were several points during the night that the entire first floor was without food. In fact a table next to us just left after waiting so long. We weren't in a hurry so it wasn't an issue, but a restaurant of this caliber and price should never have that happen. The waiter never said a thing and just passed off the situation by offering additional rounds of bread and drink.

This is the second time I have gone to Bix, and both times the food was excellent and the atmosphere is great. The restaurant just should have been more proactive about the situation.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service2

vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 20, 2011

Excellent food and service! The Kobe beef is outstanding! A San Francisco favorite!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on May 20, 2011

We went to Bix for our last dinner in San Francisco on a recent trip and could not have been happier.The ambience, inspired by thr 30s and 40s, the old-school bar and drink selection, the waiters in white, all added up to a wonderfully classic visual and audial experience throughout.The food itself was great, consisting of both traditional dishes with modern twists and variations on the classics. The steak tartare was great, fresh and well mixed table-side. This is a common dish in Germany, so finding good tartare abroad is always a highlight. The duck main course featured a good combination of colors, textures and flavors, while the dark rum bananas foster was tasty, albeit no flambeed, which may have been even nicer.Great job!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 20, 2011

The menu was just too strange! Since they are only open for lunch on Friday I expected some wonderful choices but ended up with Chicken Hash which is their version of crab cakes but with chicken - boring. Other friend had the burger which also says something lacking about the menu. Not enough to bring me or my friends back. We eat out2 -3 times a week and I was very disappointed.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food2
ambience3
service3

vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 18, 2011

Very noisy acoustics..hard to hold a normal conversation above music and other guests talking. Food was good particularly the beet and goat cheese on a stick and the salmon. For the prices, though, this is not the best value in its class. Service was friendly... But minus one star because when the vegetarian at the table asked about options, the server didnt mention that the spaetzle had bacon. Would come back if it werent so noisy had a better value. Too many other options in SF.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience2
service3

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 17, 2011

We had a great time. Our waiter was good, fun guy...down to earth. That means a lot.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 15, 2011

good for out of town guests. The building and its history is fun.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service3

vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 14, 2011

BIX has always been a favorite haunt, but this past Saturday night, the music was so loud that you literally could not conduct any kind of conversation. Additionally, we were seated at what appeared to be an ad hoc table set up next to the kitchen door that was both uncomfortable and unweildy. And while the food was good, the service was terrible. I will not be going back.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience1
service1

vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 14, 2011

fun, happening restaurant and bar scene. Noisy dining room, but that adds to the ambiance. Menu is somewhat limited and pricey, but food is all good. Great cocktails! Terrific live music.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service5

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 14, 2011

Our server, Nahide, made our evening enjoyable with her awesome recommendations and wry humor. We spent a liesurly 2 and a half hours at dinner and got to hear the Jazz trio playing toward the latter end. All the food dishes were excellent, and if Nahide hadn't given us that extra dessert for our birthday celebration, we would have left sated. Instead, we left stuffed! I dreamed of those desserts later that night....

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 14, 2011

the food and drinks were excellent. the cerviche with a hint of crunchy corn nuts, the crab sliders and the proscuitto wrapped mozzerella were crowd favorites. the margarita was tasty and the bananas foster was superb!
overall great dining experience.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service3

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 13, 2011

It has been many years since I had been to Bix. I was so happy to see that it was just as good as I remembered.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on May 10, 2011

If you are fortunate enough to have a pleasant waiter this is a very nice place to have dinner. The food was very good, singer and pianist were lovely. Our waiter was rude throughout our evening until the very end. When we were seated we were not immediately ready to order drinks or wine. She returned and we were still deciding and then the attitude started. She didn't return for another 15 minutes pointedly ignoring our table. When asked to give some info about two bottles of wine she rolled her eyes and said one is a 2007 and one is 2010. Everyone at the table was stunned by her behavior - at this type of restaurant. We should have just left. There are too many good restaurants to waste your time at Bix.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience4
service1

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 8, 2011

Our dinner at BIX was fantastic as usual!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on May 7, 2011

May very well be the best food in SFC. I really enjoyed the restaurant, the staff was very accomodating, the service great and the food really rocked!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Romantic, Special Occasion
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service4

vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 7, 2011

we have never had a bad meal or service in all the years we have been going to bix. its our favorite.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 7, 2011

The martini olives were excellent and hand stuffed

Tags: Fit for Foodies
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service4

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 7, 2011

Not too stuffy, waiter had a sense of humor, wonderful (dark!) ambiance. The best food you will have. Wonderful spot for a special dinner out.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 6, 2011

The host was gracious but our waiter was condescending and pretentious. We ordered two appetizers, two entrees, two desserts and three non-alcoholic beverages. Everything was everything we wanted an more... except for the attitude.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service3

vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on May 6, 2011

Bix is one of those places you never really think exists until you see it for yourself. It is less a restaurant and more an encapsulation of an era. The 1920s never ended at Bix. Thankfully.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service5

vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 5, 2011

We (party of 5) went to Bix for a birthday celebration. Everyone loved their entrees and the appetizers. We're a tough crowd to please especially my mother. Her only complaint was the bread was not freshly baked. We had the lobster spaghetti, duck, and the truffle cheeseburger entrees. We had the mozarella and prosciutto and croquettes for appetizers. Bix food was a hit. However the speakeasy ambiance with jazz piano and soloist crooning in the background made for a special and memorable dinner. Thanks Bix!

Tags: Special Occasion
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience5
service4

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 4, 2011

Bix was a great spot for my business dinner. Service and food were top notch. There's enough of an ambiet buzz so you don't feel you might be overheard, but it's quiet enouch to hear youself talk.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service4

vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 1, 2011

Not as good as usual. We got a great corner table for 5 as requested. Maybe since it was a Sunday night the food was good but not great and we have been there 4 or 5 times before. The first food arrived at the same time as the wine. Never a good thing. We had 2 bottles of wine and we would have all liked to sit and talk with our wine for awhile first. We asked about dessert wines and asked for a menu of dessert wines and the waitress came and asked what dessert wine we decided on after we had half eaten our dessert. Maybe we will try again but not for awhile.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience4
service2

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 25, 2011

In a city with so many incredible culinary choices I must admit that I was disappointed with how average the food was at Bix. The best thing about this restaurant is the ambiance. I was intrigued by the painting over the piano....perhaps the most interesting element (food included) in the restaurant.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food2
ambience5
service2

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 25, 2011

we love Bix. always have, always will. Lovely background jazz, AND BONUS! it's a lot less crowded than it used to be.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service4

 
 (London)·Dined on April 23, 2011

Had such an excellent meal here when on honeymoon in San Fran in October 2008 decided to revisit when returned to SF in April 2011. Just as good second time around!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service3

 
 (San Diego)·Dined on April 23, 2011

What a great experience! We sat on the main level. This gem is tucked away in a small alley. Once inside, you enter another world. Beautiful artwork, appropriate lighting, wood paneling, and killer food. Ceviche was like butter...only better. Hot Asparagas soup w/ creme fresh amazing, and the Kobe steak was out of this world. Wine selection was very nice. Our service was excellent, prompt, honest and knowledgable. Only complaint - once the 3-piece combo started (they were excellent) but you can forget about having a normal conversation. Way too loud at 8:30. I could hardly wait for them to take a break. A piano would have been just perfect during dinner, and bring on the base and drums after 10:00.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 22, 2011

Disappointing bland food even though I ordered the special. Wine bottle was brought to table with ripped label. Can't say I would recommend Bix or go back. SF has so many great eats - especially for this kind of money.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food1
ambience2
service3

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 20, 2011

The bartenders were incredibly rude. Other than that my visit was excellent.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service2

vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 9, 2011

Consistently a go-to restaurant for out of towners, special clients and a romantic evening

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Hot Spot
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 9, 2011

Great, lively place with good food and drink. A treat!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service4

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 9, 2011

Have been to Bix on numerous questions, but our last visit on Saturday, April 9th has been by far the best. I had the ceviche and the Kobe steak with a side of creamed spinach. My husband had the salmon tartar and the grilled shrimp. We both tasted each other's food and although we both agreed that his meal was good - mine was complete perfection. Both of us are sugar addicts - so its suprising that nothing from the dessert menu really caught our eye - but if the desserts were even 1/2 as good as the rest of our meal- I'm sure we would have been satisfied. There are a lot of good restaurants to choose from - but I am really glad we decided to return to Bix.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience3
service5

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 9, 2011

Food and service were top notch.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 9, 2011

Great atmosphere and service! Upon our arrival we were promptly seated and greeted by our server. Our server was very knowledgeable, courteous, and funny! The menu has a diverse selection and my date and I enjoyed every dish we ordered. The Bread pudding dessert was outstanding!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service5

vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 9, 2011

The Lobster Spaghetti was amazing! Great service and ambiance!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

Report this review as inappropriate?

If you believe this review should be removed from OpenTable, please let us know and someone will investigate.