Gibson

4.3
132 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
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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(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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What 132 People Are Saying
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ED
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Restaurant was closed for the night.
No reason provided.
OpenTable app wrongly allowed us to make reservation.
Waste of a night.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

cocktails were great, food was slow

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The moment you walked into the restaurant, you noticed a big difference from the outside world. It’s unfortunately situated in the corner of mason and eddy st, where it can get a little sketchy, but don’t be dissuaded.

The restaurant has a beautiful decor, elegant ambiance, and the service was attentive and kind. The portions for the hors d’oeuvres are quite small for the price, but that aside, I thought the the main course was well-portioned and fair-priced.

The dry aged beef was fantastic. We ordered a lot of different hors d’oeuvres for the three of us, and they’re phenomenal.

Definitely will come back again. Beautiful place, and great food.

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MG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super friendly staff and creative food and cocktails. High end experience at a good value.

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L
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Portions were tiny. Server didn’t know what was on the tasting.menu. Disappointing service and quality for not a cheap dinner.

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KC
London
61 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

If you want good food and drink with great service, Gibson is your place.

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YY
New England
11 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely phenomenal experience! The tasting menu was incredible: every single dish impressed with flavor and originality. The staff also really made our night: they gave us extra tastes of the wine and offered us lots of delightful complimentary goodies. Will be back!

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J
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is an excellent restaurant. It is only limited by its location, location, location. The marketing needs to bring this restaurant to the attention of a very large “foodies” population in SF. The service was almost perfect: attentive and not intrusive. Food presentation was aesthetically dramatic. Food quality was unquestionably high. Innovative mixing of spices in cocktails and dishes weren’t always to my taste, but interesting. No single dish was disappointing. I will pass the word and definitely return. The restaurant decor, Art Deco, is stunning. I can’t believe it doesn’t have lines to get in. It will.

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B
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

The food was fine, but everything was very expensive. They seemed to be going for trendy food and the food tasted fine, but be ready to spend a lot to fill up with their small plates.

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JT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Overall I was expecting a hidden gem based on the reviews and it was a lead balloon. Service was poor, which was surprising because their were only 10 people in the whole restaurant. Food wasn’t bad but wasn’t worth the cost. Overall it feels like it may have been a good restaurant a few years ago but was a clear miss this night.

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M
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my second time to Gibson, and it impressed as much this time as it did te first. Get the Tasting Menu.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you’re looking for SF’s next hottest restaurant before it becomes the hot restaurant, Gibson is it. Hands down one of the best and most creative meals I’ve had in years in San Francisco.

Everything we had was world class: juicy chicken “nuggets” with caviar and egg yolk (!!!), BBQ lamb dumplings in one of the most amazing broths we’ve ever had, smoked trout with home made farmers cheese on a delicious rye crisp, beef tongue pastrami, melon fatoush with two kinds of mint, and a absolutely tantalizing dry aged beef with “green” polenta.

They’re doing some amazing things with food (and cocktails) here. Definitely some much needed new lifeblood in the San Francisco culinary scene.

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SL
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience from the bar to the dining floor! Exquisite cocktails and cuisine to delight the senses, with excellent and friendly service from all members of the staff. I would definitely return and recommend Gibson highly.

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B
Chicago
51 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

Tables for four people on the patio are a little bit small.

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MM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

The experience started out positively. I was quickly sat, greeted, and offered water. I even shared a laugh with the server. After my husband and I ordered, though, things went downhill. Some of the food was delicious, while other things (like the single egg we each ordered) were totally bland. For the prices, the serving size of every dish was small. Worst of all, though, we were totally forgotten about — so much so that our bottle of wine wasn’t delivered to our table until the last course. We asked to cancel the wine, but it was served anyway. We received $30 off the bottle of wine, but we didn’t finish it so that really wasn’t enough. Overall, it was over-priced and disappointing.

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M
Los Angeles
64 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 5

Ambiance was nice on entering. Four of us chose the tasting menu. Starters were nice. Then 40 plus minutes later we got our mains. The duck was dry and cold. Steak was same. Waiter took back dishes and did offer us a round of drinks. Duck came out pretty good. No steak dish came back. Got cookies for dessert with some sorbet. After a promising start a very disappointing meal to be sure. No apologies but we still like our server.

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s
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Vastly overrated fussy food with vey small portions for the cost.

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JK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely atmosphere, excellent service, excellent food and one incredible value.

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CA
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Loved the artisan cocktails!! Cool atmosphere and interior design. Appetizers were amazing!! Early seating and although appetizers were timely, the entrees took a long time to be delivered maybe due to the restaurant filling up? We would definitely go there again for the appetizers, cocktails, ambiance. Maybe not a good choice for before a theatre performance. Friendly welcoming staff.

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Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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AS
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

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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GM
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We had the coursed meal and it was impressive. Great price point and delicious food. Would eat here again.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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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Y
San Francisco
168 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

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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E
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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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DN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
5 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 4

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
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious tasting menu. Hidden gem

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TL
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Very odd menu.

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WH
3 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
10 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Really good tasting menu. Just desserts were not excellent

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CD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
106 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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DG
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

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
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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