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.
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Cherry Tomatoes, Jalapeños, Basil
Shallots, Capers, Parsley, Mustard, dressed tableside
Porcini Mushrooms, Spigarello, Pickled Mustard Seed, Smoked Duck & Cherry Sauce
A very lively atmosphere and their menu is comfort food but make it fancy.
Ambiance with stellar service and delicious food
Bix has been my family’s favorite restaurant for over 20 years. Be it for business or pleasure, we have always had a memorable experience.
Not what it used to be for the last 10 years. Still great food just not the same service and food portion.
Beautiful ambience and excellent service. Food was good not great and a bit pricey but for special
Occasion worth the indulgence
Entering early they seated us at the specific table I requested and the service was top notch the entire evening! The food was excellent & wine pairings/recommendations superb!
Best restaurant in SF!!!
Great food and service. Really made a birthday celebration special.
So happy to get back into BIX. The music, ambiance and people watching are exceptional. The staff is so accommodating and helpful. Loved the deviled eggs, spicy fried chicken and baby grilled cheese sandwiches. The chicken hash a la BIx - yum!! Fresh market strawberries with balsamic infused whipped cream was worth the trip alone!
Bix is always a classic. Reliably great service, excellent food, beautiful bar, great drinks.
Excellent as always.
Amazing, one of the best restaurants I have ever been to. The jazz at 6:30 was very nice and the dinner was fantastic. There wasn’t anything more I could have wanted!
We had a very lovely evening last night celebrating my daughter's birthday at Bix. She had also celebrated her 16th birthday at Bix many years ago, so coming out of the pandemic, this evening at Bix was very special for her and all of us. All the staff were very professional and kind. The food was delicious. The live ambient music was a very appreciated touch. It was a magical evening!
Such a treat to be at Bix again! Atmosphere is so wonderful as are the martinis!
Bix is always a guaranteed great time! Warm and attentive staff, excellently executed and delicious food, and top tier tableside cocktail service - how could you go wrong?!
love the live jazz! Server was friendly and hostess helped us change our reservation time from openTable to be 30 min later when we were running late (even tho the site didn't show any open reservation spots for the next 90 min)
Delicious, incredibly special spot! Love entering on Gold Street. Only restaurant in SF that makes you feel like you are in NYC! Food and service spectacular. Live music makes for a memorable evening. WE LOVE BIX!
Always perfect. It really is a special and always consistant San Francisco location.
What a great date night! Old school SF vibe- great live jazz. We will be back!
It was great being back at Bix - excellent food, great ambiance, and live music!
Excellent including Steve at the keyboard. Do wish that their Martini glasses were the size of those served at their Buckeye Roadhouse in Mill Valley. Our waiter was the BEST!
My husband and I came here for our anniversary. We had a couple of cocktails each and thoroughly enjoyed them! From the time we ordered them, to the time they got to the table was just long enough for the bartender to make them! Which is great because they didn't taste watered down and the full flavors of the drinks came through. For an appetizer, we ordered the oysters. They were extremely tender, and the shallot vinegar sauce accompanied them quite well. My husband had the burger which he loved. I had the King Crab tagliatelle which was also very delicious. To finish it off, we ordered a cappuccino and the chocolate bread pudding. The pudding was very rich and chocolatey, which was exactly what I was going for! We will definitely be back, and when my parent's visit from Washington, DC, we will be taking them here.
My husband had the Crabmeat Tagliatelle, which had a paucity of crabmeat, and sauce.. He gave that a 3 rating. I had the Bar Hamburger.. I did not like either the meat or the accompaniments (fries) as well as their previous rendition, the Truffle Fries Hamburger on rye. It was decent, but not as good. One of our party had a 96th Birthday. We were charged for her dessert ($7.50) for one scoop of vanilla ice cream. The Chocolate Bread Pudding was delicious. We were seated very close to the pianist, and could not carry on a conversation.
The food, service and music were exceptional. We celebrated our anniversary in a grand style.
OMG! A huge thanks to the staff at Bix. We had such a wonderful time. The service was what you would expect and then some. The level of service and quality of food is unmatched. Then throw in the unique ambiance and it takes the experience over the top. Well done to all at Bix. We will be back!
I booked BIX for my daughters high school graduation. This has been my go to for many years for these types of occasions. Given COVID times, I went with outdoor seating. Seeing the incredible investment most restaurants, both high end and low end, have made in outdoor seating experiences, I knew BIX would be no different. However this is not the case. BIX is in a lovely alley and while they have it closed off to car traffic they have done what I would call bare bones in creating an outdoor dining experience. There are no tents, the heat lamps are less than one per table. Our four top was a cheap metal table. They didn’t even put any linens on it! By 8pm the alley became a wind tunnel, and with sparsely populated heat lamps I had to go back to my car to get blankets for everyone to wear. The food and drinks were the great BIX quality that I know but I am so dissatisfied with how little investment BIX has made in the outdoor dining experience. Especially when so many other restaurants have taken advantage to create outdoor experiences that will last well beyond COVID times. I would have appreciated even a warning when I made my reservations that outdoor seating experience was going to be less than optimal. Our check came to more than $400 but unfortunately no amount of good food and drinks can overcome a cheap table, with little heat in a wind tunnel. BIX, you really let me down this time. I expected so much more from you and so bummed it was on such a special occasion for my family.
A much deserved and perfect evening out on the town dining inside like a civilized person with piano music! A welcome respite from this perilous year! Great all around!
First dinner back out with friends. Lovely as ever and with six of us we ate most of the things on the menus. Do not miss the potatoe clouds and the steak.
The service and recommendations given by the waiter were fantastic; very well taken cared, but not intrusive; food was wonderful
Pianist, next level food and the best service and hospitality in the city!
waiter was very helpful and was able to give good descriptions of menu items... food was excellent
Ah-mazing!! Food was incredible! Music was beautiful and not too loud, great service!
Everything was great, and my folks were very happy with the food and service. It was chilly outside (never been colder than a summer in SF and all that), but you all did your best and we appreciated it very much.
Service great, food very good , little difficulty finding right thing to order
We've missed Bix so much during this tough year and it was so wonderful and exciting to be back, and to celebrate my birthday. This was one of the first dine-in experiences we've had in over a year and Bix is even more wonderful than we remember. Thank you, Bix family!
Bix is a place I have been on a couple of special occasions. Unfortunately, I won't be going back. Ambience and service was fine. My pasta and crab dish came out between warm and room temperature. Later that evening both my guest (who had just arrived from Chicago) and I both had severe stomach issues. I called the Bix the next day to warn them that something was awry in their kitchen. The person who answered me thanked me and then tried to get me off the phone. I asked her if she wanted to know my name or what I had ordered so the cook could address the issue(s). She awkwardly replied "Oh yea." So I told her what we ordered. I can't recall if there was an apology, but I do recall feeling like I was being shooed away.
One of my favorite restaurants in San Francisco! The truffle deviled eggs are to die for!
Wonderful to be back at Bix. Great experience. Excellent service, superior setting, remarkable food.
Our first experience at Bix and we reserved outside dining. It's totally open and not enclosed under a tent. We could hear jazz music playing and the mood outside as the sun was setting was incredibly romantic. The service was also noticeably superb for outdoor dining. Wait staff was quite attentive. The food did not disappoint but I expected more. I think some items are a hit or a slight miss. We had the pasta with crab Louis and the crab portion was too small, however the pasta and cream sauce were delicious. It was a fantastic date night!
Wicked happy this place survived the apocalypse. I used to frequent this spot for several reasons, as it checks every pretty much every box for me. I'm pleased I'll be able to do that again.
BIX is rated 4.7 stars by 3875 OpenTable diners.
BIX does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://bixrestaurant.cardfoundry.com/giftcards.php?action=store.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.