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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.
San Francisco, CA 94133
Jackson & Pacific
$31 to $50
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
BIX features jazz nightly with no cover charge.
Please contact any manager at (415) 433-6300
There is valet parking nightly after 5:00pm.
Muni bus: #41 Union
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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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.
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BIX can accommodate private parties of 75 - 100 and requires a buyout of the restaurant. Please call management for details.
BIX Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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....
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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