Nightbird

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Nightbird offers a $145/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 $50 per person in the form of a gift certificate. If the reservation is canceled day of, then $145 will be charged for each person on the reservation with no gift certificate . For parties over 4 people, one weeks notice is needed for a cancelation.



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C
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a wonderful and memorable meal. The chef designs a set menu that is extraordinary. Every course was perfect and so enjoyed. The staff are efficient and friendly. If you have a special evening or just want to relax and enjoy a superb meal, this is the place!

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had valentine’s night dinner and were flabbergasted by every moment—from service to presentation to the menu itself.

That was, hands-down, one of the absolute best experiences I’ve had in San Francisco.

OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food4service3ambience3

My wife and I were celebrating our 5th anniversary and the only option for the dinner was the Valentine’s Day tasting menu (shockingly $225 per person). Don’t get me wrong

VW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible in every way. The food, drink and the best service. Made it a very special experience.

CB
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything about it. Great food, great service, delicious cocktails.

SF
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The tasting menu was exquisite. Best truffle I’ve had in town.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Well, the lights and power went out within 20 minutes of us being there, which left us with the generator backup flood lights for most of the dinner. Other than that, everything was great.

NG
London
19 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing. New favorite restaurant

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal, fantastic service, can't wait to come again

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and excellent service. Loved the reflections after each course. Definitely worth the price for a special occasion.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing. Although expensive, it is a very reasonable price for the exceptional quality of food and service.

AK
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Everything about Nightbird was wonderful! A very special evening before the ballet.

WS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner

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K
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and interesting dishes, beautifully served. Gracious, friendly, professional service - reminded me of Paris. Very good wine list.

DK
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, beautifully presented, great service. Very expensive.

J
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Will definitely come back not only for the food but also because of the exceptional service. Will recommend to friends!

SA
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food was not as spectacular as usual this was our 5th
Service was fabulous!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing, service was on point. The server team made us laugh and the owner/chef came out to speak to us. Creative, delicious food. Thank you for a wonderful night.

SL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We decided to celebrate our holidays with a special night out, instead of exchanging presents. The dinner at Nightbird was exactly what we hoped: wonderful inventive food, lovely ambiance, attentive service. There were some standout dishes: an opener of beet "salad" with a marrow vinaigrette, and a dessert reflection of beeswax icecream garnished with pollen salt. It was remarkable that this latter dish, seemingly so minimal, could be so subtle and multidimensional.

t
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing night from start to finish for our 20th year anniversary.

JA
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall2food5service2ambience2

I had a call with the restaurant prior to our reservation about our dietary restrictions and that it was my partner’s birthday. We were coming in from out of town cross country that day so I was very happy that phone call took place. When we arrived, they seemed to not know about our dietary restrictions, but were able to accommodate.

I was facing the door to the kitchen and it seemed like the staff was running around like chickens with their heads cut-off. It was a very stressful environment for me. Luckily , my partner was facing the other way. Also-they brought over a non-vegetarian dish for me halfway through the meal when I was told them I was eating vegan. I said something and the server looked perplexed and just took it away without saying a word. Then another server brought over another dish with no acknowledgement of the mistake. I asked if this was the correct dish and she said this is your second dish (it was the third), so it seemed the staff was unorganized.

Additionally, I saw someone bring out a candle and dessert to another table that looked great and so I was excited since we discussed that in our prep call. However no candle and no dessert arrived-just the bill.

I will say the food was very, very tasty what was an attempt to salvage the birthday.

Luckily the next night we went to West of Pecos who treated like it was my partner’s birthday and we had a great time there.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nightbird has the best service I’ve had in the Bay Area. The servers made us feel at ease and the dishes were excellent. We had a great experience.

AT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I love that menu started from the root, and then sea next the Earth and the air. Very composed well thought and beautifully planned. Service was exceptional

SF
San Francisco
46 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Superb tasting menu, where all dishes were fantastic, yet very approachable as well as original.
The wine pairings fit perfectly with the food; definitely enhanced the whole experience.
Daniel, our primary serving person was knowledgeable and very helpful.
The atmosphere was conducive to pleasant table conversation.
End of meal was also enhanced by the the little "goodies" given to each diner, including a special cake sample for the next day.
Wonderful bar setup prior to table service.
We thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of the experience!

MM
Calgary
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time at Nightbird! The reflections were the highlight of the meal, and the myriad of small details done to perfection made the experience an absolutely outstanding one! I would highly recommend it.

b
Los Angeles
76 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a delicious and innovative 5 course meal. The lobster was fantastic and the beef tender and seasoned well all of the courses were above average in skill taste innovation I would return every time they change their menu which occurs every 3-4 weeks according to our waitstaff

PC
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is exceptional. The food preparation and mixing of exotic with pedestrian tastes was nothing short of exquisite.
The service was excellent too.
This is the place to eat.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was not my first visit. I enjoy Nightbird whenever I I am in San Francisco. This menu was Happy Holidays. I enjoyed all the various courses-lobster, squab (excellent) and beef. The reflection courses are interesting to taste as they are a bit of the previous course and the next course. The wine pairings are lovely. They always seems to have new vintners which adds to the fun. The staff are knowledgeable and provide detail with each course. Jerry was my server this time and he made himself available, but was able to gauge when to approach and when to wait. The overall experience was wonderful. I return to Nightbird to enjoy the rotating menu and have the quail egg in the nest.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Plates were inconsistent. One beet plate looked alive and vibrant. The other looked liked a bow smashed by three other presents. Is this a problem, not really, if the Chef didn’t spend half the night speaking to one table. Was the squab supposed to be cold? Was there only supposed to be a single piece? Has the price of pigeon skyrocketed!? Was the beef supposed to be a tasteless fillet with a dust that tasted like dirt? Was the butternut squash meant to be served cold and al dente with the Keller poached lobster? For $700, I expect two star quality, attention to detail and service. It’s clear why Nightbird, without focus on the food rather than a table of friends, does not meet the bar.

c
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This team consistently presents the best food in the City at one of the lowest price points for five star cuisine. The technique and forethought that goes into each course - the sourcing, the aging, the fermenting, the layers and depth of flavor combinations - shows how truly great this chef and her team are. Service was informed, pleasant and warm and not overbearing or intrusive. We had a truly memorable meal that we have been talking about for days now. If you’d like to wow some friends or colleagues, get in here. Nightbird is absolutely stunning.

L
San Francisco
117 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

It’s a very pleasant space. Service is professional, well-informed. The meal was well-paced. I enjoyed at least 2 of the wines the pairing. I just wasn’t blown away by the food.

OT
Cincinnati
12 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience5

I was sadly a bit underwhelmed by Nightbird. As a local SF resident I’ve been looking forward to celebrating a special occasion here. The food was delicious, but unfortunately was under-presented and over-paced; the entire meal for 5 people was just over $1300. We were told in no uncertain terms when we arrived early for our 6:30pm reservation that we would need to be out by 8:15pm. There was no introduction to the meal; we ordered cocktails and we were rushed immediately into the first course. We mentioned we were interested in the wine pairing at our first opportunity during the 2nd course, and instead of slowing the meal to allow us to enjoy our pre-meal cocktail and then bringing the first wine, the server informed us we would be skipping the first wine and brought two tastings for the final course instead. About halfway through the meal we learned there were multiple options for the wine pairing, which were never offered or presented when we sat down. Overall, the atmosphere and food are beautiful and the service has the potential to be excellent but only if it becomes more client focused and less hurried.

SF
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food2service4ambience4

The most overpriced meal of the year

F
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nightbird was a treat! We chose the pescatarian option and loved it! We also chose the wine pairing and was not disappointed. We started with a quail egg topped with rich butter hollandaise. I really enjoyed the Matsutake Truffle Tortelloni. Each 'bite' was followed with amazing intermezzos and two types of yummy bread! Each dish was beautifully presented and at the end of the meal, after dessert, the chef presents you with yummy banana bread and the menu! Next time we are in town, we will be dining at Nightbird again!

O
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent choices. But be prepared to leave hungry

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The food and service was very good. There was not a dish that we didn’t find amazing. That said, it was very expensive... but I think that perhaps a 20% tip was already added? I did not examine the bill closely and did not keep a copy, but after the fact that is the only thing that makes sense. I added 20% without thinking and walked out feeling a disappointed.

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Flavorful, sometimes "surprising," and beautifully presented courses, alternating with palate-cleansing "bites." A perfect pre-concert meal.

K
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic gem of a restaurant. Great bar in the back with tasty cocktails. One of my favorite places in SF

RH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is truly one of my favorite restaurants in the bay area!! Definitely needs more Michelin stars

KM
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience5

Beautiful meal. I skipped lunch so that I would be super hungry when I showed up... I was and then I left a little hungry which was the only sad thing. The meal is expensive so that was off for me. But I thought the meal was beautiful the way it was curated and next time I just won't skip lunch!

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