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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
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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.

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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

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.5

ambience

4.7

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (51)
Special Occasion (47)
Live Music (43)
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Handcrafted Cocktails (39)
Good for Anniversaries (37)
Romantic (36)
Vibrant Bar Scene (33)
Good for Birthdays (26)
Creative Cuisine (26)
Fit for Foodies (23)
Notable Wine List (23)
Fun (22)
Neighborhood Gem (21)
Cozy (20)
Authentic (19)
Business Meals (19)
Bar Seating (17)
Hot Spot (16)
Late-night Find (16)
Worth the Drive (14)
Pre/post Theatre (12)
People Watching (11)
Happy Hour (10)
Good for Groups (9)
Local Ingredients (7)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Seasonal (4)
Casual (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Great Beer (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Scenic View (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

Perfection.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined 4 days ago

I’ve been here several times and the review is always the same. Love the ambiance and live music but the service is fair at best and the food is marginal. Each time, I hope for a better outcome, but’s it’s consistently average. Good for a drink and some live music, but much better options in the city to chose from...

Tags: Happy Hour, Romantic, Live Music
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

Fabulous restaurant ! The ambience the attentive staff.. the amazing bartenders.

Tags: Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, People Watching, Fun, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Live Music, Cozy, Romantic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 5 days ago

Things don't stay the same, unfortunately. Deviled eggs are no longer showered with shaved truffles, but lots of mayo. Way too much mayo. Steak tartar is a much smaller portion, mixed by an inexperienced server, very grainy. Salad had at least two engredients missing. Overall, sure trip down the memory lane and it is worth the effort, but it is not what it used to be. In its defense, they may have hired a new, less talented chef, or maybe had a substitutes chef on the evening we visited.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined 5 days ago

What a fun jam packed exciting place. The food and service were very good, and the live music was great. Unfortunately we were at a table that I had to face the wall so I could not see everything going on in the room, but luckily I had my beautiful wife to look at. Definitely a place to go when in SF.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

It's like no other restaurant. Music, atmosphere and food, outstanding!

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 (Sacramento)·Dined 5 days ago

We were thrown off by Bix’s alley location., but the place did not disappoint. It was already pretty busy when we arrived at 7pm, but we were seated right away in a cozy little nook. The waiter was in point and assisted with our drink selection. The food was delicious and well portioned. Needless to say, we left quite satisfied and were only disappointed that we would miss the jazz trio that was about to play.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

I have gone to Bix a lot in the past and enjoyed it. However, it has now turned into a mill where the major goal is to get you out as fast as possible and to TURN THOSE TABLES. I went there tonight with a friend I haven't seen in years. We felt so rushed to order and the server and the manager kept going to every table to keep people moving. The second my cocktail was deposited, she asked if we had decided on dinner. I said we'd like about 10 minutes to chat and the manager then came back TWICE in 15 minutes to take our order. I asked if we could have bread and he said that would only be given after we had placed our order. We left saying it would be more relaxing at McDonalds. When you're paying $40 per entry, $15 for cocktails and $20 for a glass of Zinfandel, being rushed to this extent is not acceptable. So, yes, you did get us out in under 90 minutes but I will no longer be making reservations at BIX.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 6, 2017

We were excited to visit Bix for the first time since we live round the corner had heard from many people that it was wonderful and hoped to make it a regular, but unfortunately we were underwhelmed. The food did not live up to expectations, particularly given the price. But we will try it again and hope for a better experience. Perhaps it was the menu options we selected. The crab roll appetizer was totally delicious, but the chicken hash, very disappointing and the duck also not the best.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Everything was great!
The Lobstet Spaghetti was outstanding!
We are from Portland Oregon but will surely come back to BIX when we visit the city again.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 3, 2017

The service was pretty good and the live music was great. Seating was on top of other guests. The food was just ok. I was expecting much better based on the reviews but my husband and I both left disappointed in the quality of food.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Wonderful SF historic gem - beautiful and delicious

Tags: Seasonal, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 1, 2017

We didn't have a very good experience. Felt like we were rushed, not able to enjoy the wine with the meal.

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·Dined on November 28, 2017

Excellent restaurant excellent and courteous service

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Live Music, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Location was convenient for Peter Pap's rug shop, which is fantastic. Food high variance in quality to our taste--marrow dish great; ceviche worst I've ever had. Pork chop special was disappointing blah. Total invoice was a knock-out. I'd not go back except for the marrow dish--an appetizer at $19. The ginger beer, which I order wherever I go, was cutesy-wootsy small bottle serving fully priced and, not to my amateur's palate, differently tasting from most others I've had. Ambience and service good. Piano good; not obtrusive. Breaks seemed more frequent than the audience needed [union rules?].

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Bix has been around forever and I keep coming back. The atmosphere is tops! This is what fine dining should be. Food is outstanding- more meaty than veggie though. I love coming here and will keep returning. And now I live in the neighborhood!

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Special Occasion, Authentic, Romantic, Live Music
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Great server, wine, pasta and overall decor of the restaurant!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Food mediocre; not a good value given the price. Background jazz was very good

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Wonderful food, great service, nice live music....a must for jazz lovers

Tags: Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Waiter and manager were so rude and made our party of 10 feel so uncomfortable. We decided to leave after drinks due to our treatment and they made us pay $25 per person for deciding to leave on our reservation. I will never be back and have nothing good to say about this place, overhyped and easily the worst service I’ve experienced in SF

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 (Houston)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Bix is out of this world delicious. The restaurant is beautiful and food divine! I will definitely be back.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 21, 2017

I took my lady here for our anniversary and I we were not disappointed. The ambiance was great. It had low lit(not too low) lighting, the look and feel to the place makes you feel like your in an old jazz restaurant/club. The live jazz music was smooth, relaxing and not loud. The place looks great and it was equally matched in quality with the food and the service. The special requests I made to folks there exceeded my expectations. I highly recommend going to Bix.

Thanks again Bix! You were great!

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Live Music, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Phenomenal ambience which reminded me of the Prohibition Era. Very nostalgic with undertones of romance. The location being in an alleyway inspired the perception of rebelliousness with an edge of class. The cuisine was exquisite and well received. I highly recommend this restaurant because it is so much more than food and music...it’s an experience!

Tags: Live Music, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Every dish I have ever had at Bix was memorable- a dining experience like this is increasingly hard to find. Excellent food, excellent experience. One star off because I requested a table away from doors and was placed right next to the kitchen. They were able to move us though.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

We are here for my boyfriend’s birthday because he is a huge jazz fans. I booked a table 5 days in advance at 9:30 Saturday and arrived at 9:00. The staff is quite friendly and told us to wait by the bar, it was a really busy night and the bar was crowded, we tried to order drinks by the bar and apparently the bartender was super impatient and kind of rude, I asked which cocktail on this menu is sweet, and then he just answered “i would make you something sweet.” Which was not what I am asking.

Except for that, everything happened in this restaurant is fantastic. The service is really good and every waiter/waitress is smiling and you can tell they enjoy the restaurant too.

Food:
We had a small dinner beforehand so we only ordered two drinks, one appetizer (marrow), one main to share(duck breast), and one dessert(banana forest). I recommend everything I ordered especially the duck! the best duck I’ve ever had! The waiter even share the plate into two different plate for us, made me feel so being taken care of :)

I will come again next time and try some other swanky cocktails and other amazing looking food!

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·Dined on November 19, 2017

our server was amazing; friendly, professional and very efficient
her recommendations were spot on; tried them all and they were amazing!!
can' t wait until next time
thanks for a great evening

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 18, 2017

The host was outright mean. Made me cry. We were celebrating a birthday.

Tags: Live Music
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

Bday The service was great the ambience was wonderful the food was off the hook the best bartender around is Brad Avey our server for our meal was just as good

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 17, 2017

My favorite restaurant in the country and go-to place for special occasions. I consider it the classiest restaurant in the city as the ambiance, service, friendliness and bar service can't be beat. Add in a great menu with choices for everyone, good value, great food, great jazz and the most handsome room in the city. Service from the GM to the bartenders to service staff is tops and friendly unlike many SF restaurants.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, People Watching, Fun
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 (London)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Sigh…..

I have been to Bix many times over the years. While my review is focused on my most recent dining experience, it also encapsulates perspective from 20+ years of dining here. In a nutshell: the physical restaurant itself is quite nice, the service is rushed and the food is perfectly adequate.

The appetizers are extremely expensive for what you get. My $13 Caesar salad had precisely 4 romaine lettuce leaves to go with the croutons and dressing. Really? Is there a shortage on lettuce? The $29 burger, while good, has nothing special enough about it to justify the price. I can say the same for the bulk of the menu.

Running a business in San Francisco is expensive; I get it. I support local restaurants and typically leave a 25-35% tip, particularly when I get the magic combo of great food and great service. Frankly, I would not grouse about prices at Bix if not for one issue: service. Good service or mediocre service both cost the restaurant the same. Over the years, the quality of service at Bix continues to drop.

I do not go to a higher end restaurant with the expectation that the staff will try to turn a dinner table in 60 min or less. My dinner was pressed from beginning to end by both staff and management and was really off-putting. That said, the most interesting part came at the end. Within moments of delivering dessert and coffee, the bill was presented. (We had not asked for the bill.) When neither my dinner companion nor I instantly put up a credit card, the waiter started coming by every few minutes and picking up the folio. After a few attempts, the manager took over. Never once were we asked if we would like more coffee or water. I wish I could say this was the first time I had received less than optimal service. Sadly, this is not the case. Additionally, for the first time since the late 1980’s, tonight I walked out of Bix wondering if I will ever bother to go back.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Was there for a business meeting. It was louder than we had hoped, but everything worked out. Food and drinks were great. The service was VERY good.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Good, not great. Bix does have a great atmosphere. A bit pricey for what you get but solid

Tags: Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Authentic
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Hey Guys, this place was fun, i took my boyfriend there for his birthday, they gave us a great table and they brought out the cake with a candle ! All in all a great night !

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Wonderful restaurant great food drinks and the service was outstanding

Tags: Live Music, Bar Seating, Late-night Find, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays
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 (Indiana)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Bix is my favorite restaurant in San Francisco. Amazing food, service and ambiance. Very consistent as I've been going there for 20 years and never had a bad experience.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 8, 2017

The food is very good and the service and ambience are truly extraordinary.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We love the ambiance and character of Bix. The live jazz sets a great mood. Food is not so great. Very small portions and nothing special. I would go for the bar and music. Food is overpriced for what you get.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Live Music, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Be prepared to be transported to another era.. a classic, swanky, chic San Francisco. Loved it as did our party. Upon exiting I asked my 15 year old daughter how she liked the restaurant, and she replied, "It was like a movie.."

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on November 3, 2017

My first time there. Slice of old San Francisco. Staff was charming and accommodating. The food was fabulous. A little hard to hear the music from the noice level of the younger patrons but all around just wonderful dining experience.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Bix is a wonderful throwback, with an impeccably cool atmosphere, old-fashioned charm, and an air of sophistication and romance. I found the food to be good if not great, but the overall experience is exceptional.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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