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Nightbird

4.9
4.9
547 Reviews
$50 and over
Californian

Nightbird offers a $185/person 5 Course Menu plus 5 bites. It is an elegant boutique restaurant in the heart of San Francisco (Hayes Valley) embracing California's freshest, seasonal, local ingredients. Please read below for cancellation policy.

48 hour cancellation policy: If cancelled after the 48 hour window, we charge the card on file $185 per person. For parties over 4 people, one weeks notice is needed for a cancellation.



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Booked 7 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Elegant Dining

  • Cuisines

    Californian, Contemporary American, American

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Bar Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–12:00 am Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–1:30 am

  • Phone number

    (415) 829-7565

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Kim Alter

  • Catering

    For any Catering Inquiries please contact events@nightbirdrestaurant.com

  • Neighborhood

    Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness

  • Cross street

    Hayes Street at Linden Alley

  • Parking details

    Parking Garages Near to us:Performing Arts Garage @ 360 Gough St.Garage @ 110 Franklin StreetLiberty Park Management @150 Hayes St.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Menu

Main

  • Beignet and Caviar

    • Quail Egg

      • Taste of the Ocean

        • Shima Aji, Radish, Citrus

          • Mandarin, Kimchee

            • Scallop, Black Trumpet, Truffle

              • Mushroom

                • Quil, Mead, Polenta

                  • Broth

                    • Beef, Sunchoke

                      • Sorbet

                        • Apple, Parsnip, Gratinee

                          • Cream Puff, Chocolate Tart, Chocolate Egg

                            Last updated: February 8, 2022

                            What 547 people are saying

                            Overall ratings and reviews

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                            4.9
                            4.9 based on recent ratings
                            • 4.9Food
                            • 4.9Service
                            • 4.7Ambience
                            • 4.4Value

                            NoiseModerate

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                              Notable Wine List

                            • San Francisco Bay Area

                              Romantic

                            • San Francisco Bay Area

                              Californian

                            • San Francisco

                              Best Overall

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                              Best Food

                            • San Francisco

                              Best Service

                            • San Francisco

                              Fit for Foodies

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                            1. J

                              Jared

                              San Francisco

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined 3 days ago

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              One of the best restaurants in the city. 10/10 would recommend to anyone.

                            2. AS

                              AdeS

                              San Francisco

                              1 review

                              vip
                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined 6 days ago

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Amazing food with impeccable service

                            3. AE

                              AEWong

                              San Francisco

                              7 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              7 reviews

                              Dined on May 15, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Celebrated my sister’s birthday with my siblings and we all enjoyed so much! The decor and tableware are tastefully selected! Lovely meal, fabulous services, happy wine pairing and pct is a must order cocktail to start! Appetizing and clean! Can’t wait to go back

                            4. AM

                              AlexM

                              San Francisco

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on May 14, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                              Hidden gem. 12 or so tables. Wonderful pallet journey. We went in late @ 9:30 pm. I suggest making the reservation for earlier time.

                            5. a

                              adamw

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on May 14, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience3

                              We had snail caviar! Didn’t know you could do that! Outstanding and inventive tasting menu, everything was tasty and inspired wonder.

                            6. GF

                              GoodFoodFinder

                              San Francisco

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on May 14, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Attentive service. Friendly staff. Executive Chef Kim made a wonderful 5 course dining selection to enjoy. Recommended

                            7. A

                              Alexander

                              Austria

                              1 review

                              3.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on May 13, 2022

                              overall3food4service3ambience4

                              Food, Ideas and Concept was good but it was kind of a hurry - one plate after the other, no breaktimes - 2 times i couldnt finish my plate before next was coming! We begin dinner at 8pm and end at 10pm so we spent there 2 hours what is very very short for a 600 bucks dinner! Right behind us they close the doors… service charge is added automatically !

                            8. HC

                              HenryC

                              San Francisco

                              7 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              7 reviews

                              Dined on May 13, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Excellent attention to detail in the meal, wine pairings, service and atmosphere. Highly recommended!’

                            9. JC

                              JesseC

                              Los Angeles

                              5 reviews

                              5.0

                              5 reviews

                              Dined on May 5, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Magical Delicious Beautiful Thoughtful in every aspect

                            10. GR

                              GreggR

                              San Francisco

                              1 review

                              vip
                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on May 4, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Amazing meal with service to match! Loved this place and would recommend to anyone who is looking for a special dinner.

                            11. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              San Francisco

                              2 reviews

                              5.0

                              2 reviews

                              Dined on May 4, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Wonderful food in a calm and pleasant space. Highly recommend

                            12. RW

                              RichardW

                              San Francisco

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on May 1, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                              We really like the quality of the food and the friendly services. We have booked the next reservation already.

                            13. J

                              Joan

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on April 24, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              When do you feel welcome? Our bodies and our souls are nourished when we eat together with those we love and when the food we eat is nutritious and has been made with love. Such is the experience of Nightbird. Sharing conversation and enjoying the kind and generous staff and calm surroundings of the dining experience is a sacrament that is rare today. If you need to slow down and take time for good food and friends, then this is your place.

                            14. KW

                              KatherineW

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on April 17, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Such a fun experience. Extremely considerate and attentive staff. I appreciate the call beforehand asking about dietary restrictions and if we had an event to get to afterwards, they folded my boyfriend's napkin when he hopped off to the restroom(!), they asked if we wanted to change the configuration of the plating so we could sit together (we declined, but that was so thoughtful), just friendly overall. The food was fantastic. It was a tasting menu, but unlike the stereotypical jokes/complaints of "tiny plates, too expensive, not enough food," I thought the overall experience, taste, textures, and amount were all worth the high price (though I can see how people who need huge American portions would disagree with me). I may have blurted out that I loved the head chef when she dropped off little boxed cakes at the very end. :) Oh, the bathroom was super nice too.

                            15. f

                              foodbrat

                              Las Vegas

                              5 reviews

                              4.0

                              5 reviews

                              Dined on April 16, 2022

                              overall4food4service5ambience4

                              it was quite lovely, but there was a chicken dish that was extremely salty, and the filet was tender, but not especially flavorful. the fish and shellfish dishes were much more successful. and the broth was also much too salty and quite sweet.

                            16. AK

                              AmberK

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on April 14, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Amazing food and ambiance. Definitely an experience!

                            17. O

                              Omnidiner

                              San Francisco

                              35 reviews

                              vip
                              4.0

                              35 reviews

                              Dined on April 13, 2022

                              overall4food4service5ambience4

                              Every single item (about 18 altogether if you count small bites and breads) was very good, artful, and full of unusual ingredients, from buddha's hand (delicious) to snail caviar (meh), without quite being extraordinary (I guess I'm spoiled by Lazy Bear, but at least Nightbird isn't *that* expensive). Great place for a fine, reliably beautiful and intriguing meal with great service and a quiet, subdued vibe.

                            18. e

                              emmy5881

                              Portland

                              21 reviews

                              5.0

                              21 reviews

                              Dined on April 10, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Wow. The food was incredible, presentation was beautiful, wine pairings were just lovely. Service was equally as incredible and all of the wait staff were lovely and friendly and seemed to enjoy what they were doing. Cannot recommend enough for a special dinner out.

                            19. LL

                              LillianL

                              San Francisco

                              3 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              3 reviews

                              Dined on April 9, 2022

                              overall5food5service4ambience4

                              Great food in a beautiful setting!

                            20. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              San Francisco

                              2 reviews

                              5.0

                              2 reviews

                              Dined on April 1, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Excellent services. Food was very good. I like that they have a separate area for the bar where you can have a different theme while enjoying the per-dining drinks before the table is ready.

                            21. MR

                              MikeR

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on March 27, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Outstanding meal and service. From our first foot in the door we were cared for. Cocktails at the Linden Room were fantastic. Bev paring was outstanding. Chef Kim's menu left us speechless at many points. Flawless execution. Imaginative dishes. A full circle experience.

                            22. F

                              Foodie94611

                              San Francisco

                              15 reviews

                              5.0

                              15 reviews

                              Dined on March 25, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience3

                              Excellent, varied and creative food on a fixed tasting menu. Pleasant and helpful waiters. Small place - appears to seat around 25. Expensive but not unreasonable considering what's offered and the costs of running such a small restaurant. Only downside is that it is VERY dark - I needed to use my pocket flashlight to read the menu and see what the food looked like (and sometimes to find it on the plate). (Bring yours.) It is a reasonable walk from the civic center (opera house, symphony hall), which makes a good combination evening. Dinner took 3 hours. Tables are (currently) socially distanced.

                            23. SE

                              ScottE

                              San Francisco

                              11 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              11 reviews

                              Dined on March 24, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              My husband and I went to Nightbird for our wedding anniversary. It was our first time at the restaurant. I am vegetarian and he is not. Our table was ready on our arrival, and every aspect of the meal was picture-perfect. The staff was terrific--friendly without be intrusive. The food likewise was great, with every course being delicious. We both had cocktails, which were excellently crafted, and my husband had wine as well (I snuck a sip, and it was perfectly with our meal). If it sounds like we loved our experience here, we did. Was it pricey? Yes. Would we do this on a regular basis? No. But did we get a wonderful dinner experience? Absolutely. There was not a single bad note in the symphony that was our dinner. We will likely return again in the future.

                            24. D

                              Diana

                              San Francisco

                              46 reviews

                              vip
                              4.0

                              46 reviews

                              Dined on March 19, 2022

                              overall4food5service4ambience4

                              Food was spectacular, especially the scallops, beef and wine!

                            25. W

                              Wensull

                              San Francisco

                              1 review

                              vip
                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on March 17, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                              Exquisite and expensive. Food was top notch, service was top notch as well. A place to linger and savor each and every dish - though trying to rush through before a performance was perhaps not the wisest idea, as we didnt

                            26. JR

                              JenniferR

                              New York Area

                              2 reviews

                              5.0

                              2 reviews

                              Dined on March 15, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Phenomenal in every way. Excellent attention to detail across the board.

                            27. CF

                              CarmenF

                              San Francisco

                              3 reviews

                              5.0

                              3 reviews

                              Dined on March 11, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              The food was all delicious as well as lovely to look at. Each course was timed perfectly. The wine tasting was well chosen and sufficient for each course. The service was friendly, but not overly so. They thoughtfully waited for our conversations to pause before approaching. Although it was indoor dining, we felt safe and comfortable with the seating arrangements. I would enthusiastically recommend Nightbird to anyone who wants a delightful, delicious dining experience.

                            28. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              San Francisco

                              1 review

                              vip
                              2.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on March 5, 2022

                              overall2food1service5ambience3

                              The courses appear to be pretty similar to the tasting menu at Birdsong. I’m not sure if they are from the same company or what but I do think Birdsong is better. To be honest, I was not impressed by any of the courses at Nightbird aside from the chocolate cake as the last dessert. I don’t think it is worth the money at all and I do not recommend this.

                            29. AE

                              AzalinaE

                              San Francisco

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on March 5, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Spectacular and we were so full . Food was dreamy and unforgettable. Think you Nightbird ! Can’t wait to be back soon ❤️❤️❤️

                            30. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              San Francisco

                              1 review

                              vip
                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on March 5, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              We have gone to Nightbird many times pre pandemic. We are SO happy it is back and functioning at the high level we expect. Definitely our Fave place for a nice meal

                            31. h

                              hotdoggiem

                              San Francisco

                              49 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              49 reviews

                              Dined on March 4, 2022

                              overall5food5service4ambience3

                              The food really is spectacular. So are the prices -- check out the website first before you go, and then decide if it's for you. At first you may giggle or even laugh, as we did at some of the tiny portions. However by the end of the meal we were pleasantly full. We did not do the wine pairing but ordered by the glass. Be aware that they do NOT do what might be called a "generous pour". We did see one couple order one wine pairing for the two of them, and they shared each glass as they came. I'm pretty sure we will go back again, and when we do we will probably try that same thing. One problem is that our waiter had a slight accent, and that combined with the mask he was wearing made it very hard to understand the complex descriptions of the dishes as they were served. Ask for one of the small, printed menus so you can consult it as you eat. (At one point, another waiter, and African-American woman came over to our table to answer a question. She came through audible and clear, easy to understand.) Overall, it was a wonderful, special occasion restaurant.

                            32. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              San Francisco

                              3 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              3 reviews

                              Dined on March 3, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                              Simply Tops :). The 277 day dry-aged beef is ridiculously delicious!

                            33. RG

                              ReginaG

                              San Francisco

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on March 3, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Really great food, and the staff was knowledgeable and engaging. Pricey, but good for an occasion or splurge with friends.

                            34. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              San Francisco

                              8 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              8 reviews

                              Dined on March 2, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Just wonderful. Exactly what we needed after two years of isolation.

                            35. W

                              Watsie69

                              San Francisco

                              18 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              18 reviews

                              Dined on March 2, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                              This restaurant is a hidden gem for foodies. Extraordinary thought and care goes into the tasting menu making it a true culinary experience. Every bite was incredible and the wine pairing was perfect.

                            36. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              San Francisco

                              5 reviews

                              vip
                              4.0

                              5 reviews

                              Dined on February 27, 2022

                              overall4food4service5ambience4

                              It’s a good restaurant but for $150 wine pairing you barely got more than 1.5 glasses of wine. The food was delicious but very small portions except the bread which was two bread courses. The meal in total was $900 for two people which for that price it left me disappointed as there are many other Michelin star places that offer better value and a quieter more romantic atmosphere. That being said the food was excellent. I enjoyed especially the “reflections” small bites after a course that were related to what you just ate. Also wonderful plates and presentation.

                            37. p

                              prc07

                              San Francisco

                              6 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              6 reviews

                              Dined on February 26, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Everything was perfection

                            38. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              San Francisco

                              1 review

                              vip
                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on February 23, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              This is the most amazing restaurant in the US. The service was superb, the food was an adventure that delighted my tastebuds every step of the way, and truly is Michelin star worthy.

                            39. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              San Francisco

                              10 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              10 reviews

                              Dined on February 23, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Awesome!!!!

                            40. TQ

                              TeeQ

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on February 20, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Truly an experience ! What an amazing dinner. It's the small things ♥️ Great Staff, Great Food, Well put together.

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                            Nightbird is rated 4.9 stars by 547 OpenTable diners.

                            Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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                            Booked 7 times today
                            Google Map for Nightbird

                            330 Gough St San Francisco, CA 94102

                            Additional information

                            • Cross street

                              Hayes Street at Linden Alley

                            • Neighborhood

                              Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness

                            • Hours of operation

                              Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Bar Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–12:00 am Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–1:30 am

                            • Cuisines

                              Californian, Contemporary American, American

                            • Dining style

                              Elegant Dining

                            • Dress code

                              Casual Dress

                            • Parking details

                              Parking Garages Near to us:Performing Arts Garage @ 360 Gough St.Garage @ 110 Franklin StreetLiberty Park Management @150 Hayes St.

                            • Payment options

                              AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

                            • Executive chef

                              Kim Alter

                            • Additional

                              Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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