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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
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
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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.
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.
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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