Gibson

4.4
112 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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Gibson brings a new cocktail and dining experience to San Francisco. Located in the Hotel Bijou in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district—just a half-block from the Powell Street BART station—Gibson combines elegant and exceptional cocktails with a thoughtful menu subtly influenced by smoke, live fire. The casual yet refined bar and restaurant are designed to encourage sharing, community and conviviality.

No pretense, just a great time.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Contemporary American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Californian
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Hours of operation
Dinner:
Monday - Wednesday, 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Thursday - Saturday, 5:30 PM - 10:30 PM
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Phone number
(415) 771-7709
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AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Cross street
Eddy
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Parking details
Street parking as well as multiple lots within 2 blocks.
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Public transit
BART: Powell St. Station
MUNI Lines: 8, 27, 30, 31, 45
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Kosher, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Reviews from verified diners
112 reviews
4.4 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
60%
Very Good
25%
Good
10%
Fair
4%
Poor
1%
4.3
food
4.3
service
4.3
ambience
3.9
value
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Minneapolis
5.0
Dined on July 11, 2018

We thoroughly enjoyed. Bread service was incredible. Great service. Go!

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AS
5.0
Dined on July 8, 2018

This restaurant is outstanding! The tasting menu is a must - definitely pair it with their cocktails!

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OT
1.0
Dined on July 6, 2018

Went on a Thursday night with high expectations at 8:30pm. First sight: completely empty. Felt optimistic based on reviews and did the tasting with wine pairing - food was rushed, extremely bland, wine pairing was not paired or timed at all. Ended up leaving half way through dinner... do not recommend.

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OT
4.0
Dined on July 3, 2018

Food was good but very predictable - modern French / international fare. Tiny tasting portion even when ordering off the a la carte and we went on a Monday night there was almost no one else...

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San Francisco
4.0
Dined on June 28, 2018

The food is creative and well prepared and presented. Service was professional although not particularly warm. In fact, the only real complaint was the terrible loud rap music being played.
No idea why a fine-dining restaurant would want to insult its customers with such raucous noise.

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San Francisco
5.0
Dined on June 23, 2018

The Gibson is a fantastic find! The tasting menu, reasonably priced, is unreasonably delicious and inventive. If you have the opportunity to pair it with the craft cocktails, you're in for one of the best meals of your life. Bring your most discerning foodie friend and watch their eyes light up with delight as each artistically composed dish is ceremoniously brought table side. You'll feel like you're eating among the cherubs wearing Calvin Klein undies in the fresco above you. HIGHLY recommend!

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San Francisco
5.0
Dined on June 22, 2018

I loved everything about Gibson. The cocktails were tasty and interesting, the food was delicious, the decor was cool (check out the ceiling mural) with tango playing. Every dish we had was different and so tasty. Highly recommended!

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JM
4.0
Dined on June 19, 2018

The menu was an interesting mix of flavours that were slightly outside conventional menus. Flavours worked well together. The quality of ingredients stood out and were fresh and nice flavours. Something different but very enjoyable

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San Francisco
5.0
Dined on June 8, 2018

This was my second time in Gibson - the first time we were shocked that there is such a superb restaurant in that neighborhood and that we were able to get a table last minute. I chose it for my second time as a slam dunk to get tasty bites and classic and creative cocktails in an elegant, Art Deco-ish, setting before our play in Orpheum. Did not disappoint again. The staff was attentive and each bite was a delight! Will come again!

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Chicago
5.0
Dined on May 31, 2018

This was my 4th time at Gibson. Super cool, modern restaurant with very warm service and excellent food. Very well executed dishes using local, seasonal ingredients. One of my favorite entrees here is the the duck. I’m usually not a big fan of duck, but their version is worth getting. Perfectly cooked and well seasoned and flavorful. Cannot go wrong with their bread with optional dips/spreads and appetizers either. Everything I’ve tried have been great. I’m not a sweets person so didn’t try their desserts but I may have to next time given how well executed all other dishes are. By the way, do not miss their cocktails. Again, very well crafted, balanced and sophisticated. This place will be perfect for dates, business meals or just a get together with friends. It’s relatively quiet here, but not dead quiet, making it a great place for a meal and conversation. It’s not busy here (yet), mostly i think due to the location, but the word will get out soon. It’s great food at reasonable prices and not a fussy place to dine at, a combo that I find is getting more rare by the minute in SF.

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New York Area
4.0
Dined on May 24, 2018

The food was very good however the service was not. Not sure I would run back to this restaurant.

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San Francisco
5.0
Dined on May 23, 2018

Delicious tasting menu. Hidden gem

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New York Area
2.0
Dined on May 22, 2018

Very odd menu.

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WH
5.0
Dined on May 13, 2018

I have been planning to go to Gibson for weeks… Finally made it… Was not disappointed… Absolutely excellent. I will go back

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New York Area
5.0
Dined on April 29, 2018

Really good tasting menu. Just desserts were not excellent

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CD
San Francisco
5.0
Dined on April 28, 2018

Great food as usual. Drinks are amazing as well. Charming interior, good service. Loved it.

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San Francisco
5.0
Dined on April 21, 2018

We ordered a ton of dishes to share, expecting a high bill & could believe how afgordable it ended up being! Incredibly fresh & delicious vegetable ingredients & possibly the best house-made sourdough bread we’ve ever had—right out of the oven! The waiter was a gem too. Loved it & will return.

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ES
San Francisco
5.0
Dined on April 7, 2018

So great I'm going back tonight!! The food, service and atmosphere are all terrific. 'Nuff said.

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DG
San Francisco
3.0
Dined on March 27, 2018

Not bad, but the food is more interesting in the details behind its preparation than in its taste. Overpriced for the overall experience, but has some potential.

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San Francisco
5.0
Dined on March 24, 2018

Cool environment. Not too many tables and not too uptight. Amazing food.

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San Francisco
4.0
Dined on March 23, 2018

Enjoyed the duck and the beef. However, it should be more of a substantial slice of beef. The bone marrow flan was interesting, a little too fishy. Either the broth or the roe works, it was a little too much with both.

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San Francisco
2.0
Dined on March 20, 2018

For a tab of $330 without tip very disappointed. Every dish tasted the same except for the last which was some pork loin. Tasting menu for $75 per person was totally not worth it. Will not go back, even the leather Manhattan cocktail wasn’t that good either.

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Los Angeles
4.0
Dined on March 16, 2018

Didn't try the tasting menu, but will next time. Tried 4 dishes with my wife and each dish was interesting and spot on.
Really imaginative and tasty, all.
Only hit is the atmosphere. Hotel lobby, next to the lobby bar.
Old banquette diner seating makes it...interesting.
But if you are only along for the food, you are in the right place.

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TC
Washington DC
2.0
Dined on March 11, 2018

An expensive disappointment. Great flat ware presentation.

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DS
San Francisco
5.0
Dined on March 11, 2018

Great food with interesting combinations. Service was smooth. And unrushed. Dan was an outstanding service with excellent recommendations

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BB
San Francisco
4.0
Dined on March 6, 2018

Very creative and innovative menu by young chefs. Unfortunately the restaurant is located in an undesirable part of town. In a better location this might a coming star.

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San Francisco
3.0
Dined on March 4, 2018

I would definitely return to and recommend this restaurant, but they could stand to work some kinks out of their system. The food was original, and for the most part worth repeating (my friend's fish was reported to be surprisingly underwhelming , but all else was great), but I agree with others who noted an uncomfortable chill in the air. They should try to work that out because the atmosphere could be quite a draw if they fixed that. The space and lighting (dimly lit with the exception of the brightly glowing floor to ceiling view of the open kitchen) are quite enticing, but no one wants to feel a draft when they're eating.
What stuck with me is how we waited a peculiarly long time to receive our drinks. How hard is it to open a bottle of wine, pour it and bring it to a table? They were not that busy that this is explainable. We ordered our drinks and food all at once but sat for an eternity waiting for anything to arrive. We would not have minded waiting a while for the food. It is understandable that food takes time to prepare. But while waiting we would have enjoyed the simple distraction of a glass of wine, and I have no idea why that took as long as it did. I was afraid to order a second glass because I worried we'd be on our way out the door before it arrived, but I took a chance and ordered a second glass only to wait another eternity for that to arrive as well. What is up?! At least with the second drink order our server acknowledged the problem and comped it (the first instance wasn't acknowledged), but again this should be the simplest thing a restaurant does, and they were not that busy so there seems to be a timing and service issue that needs to be addressed.
That said, this is a welcomed addition in this area. There are not many dining options in this zone, and sometimes you want a place near the Market Street shopping or near this BART station. Too me it is not "sketchy" as others have noted, just a typical downtown urban mix of things.

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San Francisco
4.0
Dined on February 26, 2018

Most of the tasting menu was very good. The duck breast was the best ever! And I have had my share. Perhaps, it is the aging... that makes it sooo good? We will be back! The duck breast is a keeper for the Menu, Please!

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San Francisco
5.0
Dined on February 26, 2018

Innovative food for foodies. Best-value prix-fixe dinning ($75 per person) in SF!

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Detroit
5.0
Dined on February 20, 2018

Anniversary dinner

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San Francisco
5.0
Dined on February 18, 2018

Really great tasting menu. Everything was fresh and interesting and but not fussy. Servers were all wonderful, giving just the right amount of info, but willing to answer questions.

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San Francisco
3.0
Dined on February 17, 2018

Plates are meant for sharing, we had a couple of veggie dips and they were good. A little pricey, but overall it was a good experience. Wait staff was friendly and helpful. Recommend it.

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Central Coast
4.0
Dined on February 17, 2018

Great energy! We enjoyed Gibson - from fun cocktails to dessert! The bone marrow flan was out of this world! The flavors and texture were wonderful. We loved the decor and atmosphere of the restaurant - casual but still upscale.

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Seattle
1.0
Dined on February 15, 2018

I have no idea how anyone can recommend this place. By far our worst dining experience in San Francisco. The service was horrendous. They messed up dietary restrictions twice, didn’t ask if wanted wine, forgot to bring silverware on 3 occasions. Brought the same dish twice, which was no surprise as all the servers seemed completely confused and had no idea what they were even serving. The manager tried to apologize by offering a glass of wine on the house only to fill our glasses with the sediment to at the end of the bottle. Overall the restaurant has an interesting take on food but the worst delivery one could imagine. With all the great food options in SF, this one should be easily passed over.

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Columbus
1.0
Dined on February 10, 2018

Found this place on a list of best new restaurants in SF for 2017, and I have no idea how Gibson made it on Thrillist. I would never return and would advise any other diners to not waste their money or evening when the SF food scene has so many better options at a much cheaper price.

Gibson tries too hard in every way, resulting in an overwhelmingly underwhelming experience. Our server was over-enthusiastic about a menu that under-delivers. Flavors were not balanced, and the attempt to be so unique and noteworthy fell flat. The only positive was the beautiful plating.

The server failed to inquire as to any dietary preferences, and had the bone marrow dish split, plated, and one portion put in front of a vegetarian, even though we did not mention or request this dish for sharing. When that portion hasn’t been touched and the other had, he commented on how one diner absolutely “loved” the dish and barely acknowledged that the other portion had not been touched. The carnivore at the table ordered the aged ribeye for an entrée, and the server didn’t ask for preparation preference. When it came out from the kitchen, it was simply RAW (far beyond rare), and inedible. The server forgot to put in a drink order (it had been over 20 minutes) and passed the delay off on the bartender rather than taking accountability.

The cocktails are all primarily variations on the listed drinks, with extreme departures from expectations, resulting in a completely missed mark. The old fashioned contained maple syrup that made it nauseatingly sweet, and the flavor completely off base. The bar also lacked the ingredients to make some standard drinks, so ordering off-menu was a challenge.

Overall, the palate and flavor balance of the dishes was underwhelming or imbalanced, or the ingredients or names of dishes were misleading. For example, the “bone marrow” itself is almost completely overpowered by other ingredients in the dish, with the marrow an ingredient rather than the highlight.

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San Francisco
1.0
Dined on February 3, 2018

I am quite shocked that this restaurant got so many positive reviews. The smoked duck that was highly recommended in many reviews turned out to be undercooked, bland and chewy. Grilled beets it came with were burnt and bitter. The appetizers were no better either: bland and some plain inedible. The best part of the meal was the bread. Definitely not coming back.

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San Francisco
5.0
Dined on February 1, 2018

Everything about the dinner was exceptional.

Initially I made a reservation for 6, and they were accommodating when I asked to add 2 additional people. The drinks were excellent, and wildly creative. I started out with a French 75, which was light and fresh, and then had The Garden, which was a wonderful blend of savory vegetable flavors. Unique and refreshing,.

The ambiance was wonderful - classy and clean, sort of a deco modern that felt upscale but not overly fancy. Reminded me of Blue Water Grill in NYC.

The dish preparations were wonderful - at their suggestion we ordered 6 or 7 things and shared across the table. The steak was delicious, the currant and cauliflower was fantastic, and the bone marrow flan was light and, again unique in the best way.

The service was also amazing. The way they treated my friend with celiac disease blew me away, preparing all of our dishes (except for their excellent bread) gluten-free without us asking. They also got us out on time to make our show at the Curran.

Total for 8ppl was $530, including $100 tip.

Again, everything was exceptional, and we’ll be back soon.

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San Francisco
4.0
Dined on January 31, 2018

Everything was great but honestly it turned out to be $80/person for dinner
Quite costly. Right???

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San Francisco
3.0
Dined on January 30, 2018

Gibsons was good, but the neighborhood is so terrible that it really affected my experience.

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New York Area
4.0
Dined on January 29, 2018

Service is attentive and staff is helpful and knowledgeable. We had the tasting menu and the Food is creative and enough courses to satisfy everyone! Dessert in the tasting menu was not up to the excellent standard of the rest of the meal and could be improved!

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