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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:
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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

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food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.7

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (56)
Special Occasion (55)
Good for Anniversaries (50)
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Live Music (49)
Romantic (44)
Handcrafted Cocktails (39)
Good for Birthdays (35)
Vibrant Bar Scene (35)
Fit for Foodies (31)
Neighborhood Gem (27)
Creative Cuisine (25)
Notable Wine List (24)
Business Meals (23)
Fun (23)
Bar Seating (22)
Hot Spot (21)
Cozy (20)
Authentic (18)
Late-night Find (15)
Worth the Drive (15)
Happy Hour (13)
Pre/post Theatre (13)
People Watching (13)
Good for Groups (10)
Local Ingredients (8)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Casual (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Great Beer (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Healthy (1)
Organic (1)
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 (London)·Dined 3 days ago

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 5 days ago

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 6 days ago

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 7 days ago

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 7 days ago

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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 (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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 (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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 (Brisbane / QLD)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Great ambience, décor and atmosphere. Food was excellent and as my partner has a severe gluten allergy the kitchen went to great lengths to adapt dishes to suit. If we lived in San Francisco we would be back regularly

Tags: Fun, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Gluten Free Options, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Late-night Find, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Amazing time and great people
Love the front of the house 👍

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene, People Watching, Romantic, Late-night Find, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Cozy
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Absolutely fantastic, as always. Perfect food impeccable service.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Once again, loved my experience. Sadly, the female on the door was a negative beginning (when I called en route to Bix to say we’d be 5 minutes late, she responded “we’ll hold the table for 15 minutes!”)...then, upon arrival she said to us upon seating “we’ll need this table back in 90 minutes”.
I have had that comment (“we need the table back at such & such a time when I call for a booking, but never as I am being shown my table in person).
That said - Bix lived up to its’ reputation!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Live Music, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2017

The ambience of this place was nice. The dim lighting, the live jazz and overall vibe was a perfect fit for my birthday dinner with my husband. We did not have too many things off the menu and maybe this was our issue but what we had was good, not WOW good but good. My husband had 1/2 dozen oysters which he said were salty. He eats a lot of oysters and I’ve never really heard this complaint from him (he’s not a super picky guy). He had the black cod and it did not look overly appealing to me but he said it was good (with a slight shrug of his shoulders). I had the New York Strip Steak and I’m not sure what it was that I didn’t love. It looked yummy and it was not bad at all but just didn’t have that “wow” factor I was hoping for. I ordered it medium and it was a little overdone so cutting into it was not as easy as anticipated. It had a nice covering of garlic butter that was melting off of the top - which I liked. But either the flavor or texture was just not right - couldn’t figure it out. The little potato balls that came with the dish were interesting but I would have preferred mashed potatoes or maybe a little sauce or something for the potato balls (I’m not using the culinary term here - I know). Overall it was good and I would dine there again someday. The service was very good and the musicians were a nice “add” to the evening.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Drinks and appetizers were great but the dinner rolls were hard and not fresh. Not impressed with the main course and the menu should be updated to include salmon and other options. Choices were limited

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Excellent meal, chic atmosphere, great service but our dinner experience was hindered by a table of EXTREMELY rowdy diners . When we asked the staff to ask them to dine with respect for other guests , it took some time before the manager addressed the rowdy group.
Even after being asked to quiet down, they did not. The couple seated at the table next to them asked to be moved.
This hindered our ability to thoroughly enjoy ourselves.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 26, 2017

We went to this restaurant firstly for the jazz music, on a Tuesday night, and of course the place which is so beautiful. There was a pianist and a singer. They were so good ! When we tasted the food, it was also very good. Unfortunately, the noise was too loud. Other customers were speaking/screaming so loud that you would not hear the music. We were so disappointed by the other customers behavior. We could not hear each other. Unfortunately when the noisy people left, so did the singer and pianist. Perhaps this was exceptional but it does not encourage to take a chance in coming again. This is such a shame that people have not the decency to respect others and the musicians who are here to perform. Not only they miss the point of this restaurant but they prevent others from doing so.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Lovely restaurant with good food and spectacular ambiance. The service was very out of touch with the laid back atmosphere, however. We were celebrating an anniversary and had hoped to take our time with drinks and dinner, but the waitress rushed us through our dishes with near-constant attention and hustled is out after just about an hour and a half. We didn’t even finish our wine. Considering we spent $200 for two people, I would have expected to be able to relax and enjoy a bit more.

Tags: Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Excellent service, ambiance is one of a kind. Noise level is tolerable but loud, live music is the 9’s. Food is hard to complain about. Wine and spirits list is impressive and offers good reds that don’t break the bank. Close your eyes and the mirabelle brandy will take you away to some Alsacian village. Go to Bix. Spend some money.

Tags: Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Great service. Tasty food. Cool vibe. Really enjoyed the dinner.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Bix is an iconic San Francisco eatery, a must for anyone seeking an authentic supper-club experience.

Tags: People Watching, Hot Spot, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Houston)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Excellent all around. The Dungeness crab rolls were absolutely melt in your mouth amazing. The lobster spaghetti was delicious and the truffle burger was the best ever. 10/10 would Bix again.

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·Dined on October 18, 2017

I had a great dining experience at BIX, I haven't been back there in 15 years but have always wanted to go back, it was a cool an experience as it was then, food ,staff and live jazz music sung by a classic old school bebop lady👍🏻👍🏻.The martinis at the bar were perfectly shaken "not stirred "as well as the crab appetizers "Done their way". The pork chop dish was done every bit as good as it gets! The Banana Fosters dessert topped off a great experience although I only got a couple of bites it was my girlfriend's birthday after all 🎂. Thx BIX ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 16, 2017

My dining experience at the Bix was one of the best I have ever had. I went based on a recommendation from a close friend. Well, it was as he explained and more. My next trip to San Francisco will require a meal here. I had the bone marrow, East Coast "redhead" clams, and the Crab Thermidor - served on risotto. Each item was distinct and fresh, fully flavored and memorable. The experience calls back to a different time when a restaurant had professional staff tend to the needs of its customers; and, served in an environment that communicates you're in a special place.

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Live Music, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Bix is a jewel box, hidden away at 56 Gold Street which is really more an alley than a Street, squeezed btwn the Financial District (2 blocks from they Pyramid) and North Beach. Very sophisticated but w/ a cool almost "speak easy" vibe. If you want to impress a date, or business associate take them here. The restaurant has an amazing live music every night, but the jazz combo which is smoking...only plays only on Fri/Sat nights. If you want to really hear the music ask for a table on the first floor, or make reservations starting at around 9pm when the crowd tends to die down.

Tags: Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Paleo Friendly, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Live Music
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Friends in town to visit

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 (México)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Terrible experience, the manager made me leave the table in a very rude manner, I though it was me thinking he was an idiot, but later he was very rude to another customer, which ended in a big scandal of shouting, FROM the manager to the customer. As the customer left the manger said something and the customer turned around and punch the manager! ( I also wanted to punch him). The manager called the cops on ASAULT! Wonderfull evening, thank you mister MANAGER!!!!

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·Dined on October 13, 2017

Excellent restaurant
Great ambience
Good food
Biz always has a great buzz

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·Dined on October 13, 2017

BIX was an incredible experience. Very lowkey, but had a great ambience inside. It's a must-visit.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Live Music, Hot Spot
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·Dined on October 12, 2017

It was the MOST amazing restaurant i have ever been to! My anniversary dinner was just breathtaking. The food is amazing i recommend the pork chop! The wine was delightful. Overall an amazing experience.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Great Beer, Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find, Business Meals, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Live Music, Happy Hour
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 12, 2017

I walked into this restaurant and thought "This is THE place"; just walking in it's a really great place to be. For whatever reason we had a great table and could watch the crowd. We had great service. Everything was great except the food. The deviled eggs were really good but the Brazilian fritters were just too chewy and had a bit of an after taste. The petrale sole was good (not great) but a small portion. The salmon was, well, rubbery. I've never, ever had rubbery salmon before. Admittedly I order it more cooked than their preferred med. rare but that's the way I always order it. It wasn't dried out at all it was just rubbery. I'm wondering if their preparation doesn't involve sous vide cooking and they just did it wrong or something. Dessert was an old fashioned doughnut for one of us and the other had the banana fosters. The doughnut tasted a bit stale. The banana fosters isn't done the traditional way; instead they bring out a bowl of ice cream and then pour the hot sauce over it (which also contains chunks of banana). This is a very rich dessert so if you like a rich dessert this is it. However, they don't "flame" the banana fosters at the table and I don't think it actually contains a full banana.

So, I won't be rushing back. Maybe it was just a bad night but I wasn't impressed with the food at all.

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 (Fargo)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Amazing experience from the music to the food the the service. And who can forget the ambiance!?! Perfect experience overall.

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Such a great time. Like stepping into a bygone era. Loved it.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene, Live Music, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Overall we had a great time. Great staff (aside from the hostess who was luke warm at best), live music, good atmosphere, quality cocktails. However, I really feel that this place is way over priced for the very small portion sizes and quality of the food. I have some food costing experience and am blown away on how little they're spending on food and how much they're charging. Glad we went once but we'll happily go to Wayfare Tavern instead next time we're in the neighborhood.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Bix never disappoints with terrific ambiance, great food and friendly wait staff and a very friendly hostess. Bar drinks were also first class and the bar staff are great. Only criticism is the Maître D' who seemed offish and distracted. We had to ask three times to get seated at an empty restaurant.

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·Dined on October 6, 2017

The food was average. Don't get the steak. We had meatballs and crab rolls for appetizers, which were both pretty good. This is a great date scene, with average food, and probably not worth the price tag. Come for drinks, not for food.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Excellent quality meal and classy service

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Food was great, waiter was pushy and very intense. Went for apetizers and a drink. Felt like he wanted my date and I to consume more so his tip would be bigger. Completely understand that waiters live off tips but not allowing customers to breath does not help to want to go back anytime soon.

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