State Bird Provisions

4.7
1018 reviews
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State Bird Provisions is an adventurous, inventive, delicious, thoughtful contemporary American restaurant; which started as a recipe for serving quail and has slowly evolved into a restaurant without any programmed elements.
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Denver
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

You already know this place is great. You know the format is unique, the food exceptional, the service playful and excellent. But you might not know that State Bird has what must be the most underrated wine program in the city.

Adam Robins is a total rock star and I am blown away by the continuously changing wine selection. I challenge you to find more interesting wines by the glass anywhere in the city (I feel like I discover a new grape every time I go), and I couldn't imagine a more difficult menu to pair with than SBP's eclectic menu. Somehow these interesting, and, on the whole, very reasonably priced wines just keep showing up on the menu and crushing it.

It's also clear that Adam doesn't just know his stuff, he truly loves his craft and yet bears no pretension. He'll engage you at whatever level you're looking for and do so in a playful way that just takes the experience at State Bird over the top.

Thank you to the entire State Bird team for continuously making this one of the best meal experiences in the city. Y'all are fantastic.

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MG
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

This place is truly awesome. Casual place, interesting tasty food to discover in a fun way, great value, and the staff is fantastic. They really went the extra two miles to make sure our experience was good. It's was a joy to watch them work behind the counter. It's a relatively small space and loud but still tolerable and able to talk to the adjacent person.

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A
New England
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible, unique dining experience! Everything we tried was amazing! We were only sorry we didn't have room for more!

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SW
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food! Noise is high - conversation a bit difficult. 4/5 wait staff fantastic, 1/5 could smile once in a while...

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversay

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San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent, friedly, proficient service that made you feel at home.
The "dim-sum" way of presenting the numerous appetizers made the experience even more enjoyable, too bad it is almost impossible to leave room for the menu items.

The plates range from very light to glazed and fried leaving something for all tastes.
The Flavors often wink at Asian traditions with some of their notes but it is definitively NOT another Asian-Inspired restaurant, it definitively has it's own character.

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SW
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We loved it, so much fun, and so many choices. Service was fantastic!

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Toronto
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 2

This place deserves 1 star and it’s not a Michelin. Was throughly disappointed with this place. I will say the service was FANTASTIC! Love the concept, wine and beer was good - food was bad. It was really bad and heavily over salted, I actually left here feeling offended that they could offer that quality of food and call themselves Michelin worthy.

Had such a great meal at their sister restaurant months ago that I had really high hopes for this place. Will not come back - ever.

I WILL go back to their sister resto, even if I am a little bitter about SBP.

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ST
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

A lot of good food. Some dishes had too much butter, like the fried rice and the poppyseed muffins.

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AL
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Overall the experience and the dim-sum style service was awesome!

We tried everything off the carts, and from the menu had the state bird (this was phenomenal, the batter was delicious and the quail succulent and tasty), the mussels and a crab pasta style dish (also very good.)

But I will say half the dishes were great and the other half were just meh...my party of 5 and I found several of the dishes to be bland, including the two desserts we had!!!!

The beer cake was like having a flavorless sea sponge in your mouth. As for the ice cream sandwich you couldn't even tell that there was Earl Grey in the ice cream, which is a pretty hard flavor to disguise.

No joke we were so bummed that the two desserts didn't make up for some of the dishes we felt were a miss that we after we left we picked up a few Haagen-Daas & Ben&Jerry pints to share after.

Not on my list for an immediate return.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

They charged us doble for an item and they were not clear on the order.
They’ve never asked if we enjoyed the food.
Quality of food good but I was expecting more

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J
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for my husband’s birthday and it was incredible - we sat at the counter, and it’s really the best. The whole experience was flawless, the staff is amazing - professional and extremely knowledgeable without any pretentious vibes. The only thing that was disappointing was the State Bird itself - the quail was a little dry, a little bland, a little overly breaded... but it didn’t detract from the outstanding meal and night at all. Cannot recommend State Bird Provisions highly enough.

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

This was our first time and the food and experience lived up to not only our expectations but to their reputation. We had great service albeit it felt slightly rushed but we chalked that up to the nature of the dining experience.
The staff was incredibly friendly, happy, and helpful. Food was delicious. Not only did everything look aesthetically pleasing but the spices and flavors were on point. We expected our bill to be on the more expensive side of dining but were pleasantly surprised at how reasonable it was - and we didn’t hold back on the food.
Only complaint was the level of noise. It was incredibly loud and was very difficult to hold a conversation. Not great seating options for a table of 2. Probably worth it to go in a small group of 4 for optimal seating. I would not recommend for an intimate dining experience.
That being said, it is lively, fun, and an overall awesome experience. Didn’t disappoint at all. 100% plan to come back again and again.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

I didn't try everything but what i did try tasted mushy. The flavors weren't distinct but very blended. nothing wowed my husband or myself. Presentation was so so

The service however was amazing. The space was nice. People seemed to enjoy themselves it wasn't too loud.

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H
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A very fun and interactive dining experience! I loved the combination of menu and dim sum options. It's also exciting to see new, seasonal dishes on the mobile carts. The food was tasty, and there was something for everyone. A great spot to bring visitors to SF! I recommend the state bird (quail), guinea hen dumplings, cornbread and duck liver mouse, and beef tongue pastrami pancake.

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D
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing production! I sat at the bar next to where food was coming out. I highly recommend coming and sitting at the bar - you will see everything that goes into this amazing restaurant.

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Tahoe
4 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

amazing in all ways

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FC
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding, as always!

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LF
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came for a late Sunday night birthday dinner. The food was great, the servers were kind and attentive. Glad we included a visit during our trip to SF!

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BB
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone was so accommodating and knowledgable! State Bird is a step above any other restaurants. Robbie was so friendly and awesome! We had a fantastic night!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Went for a birthday dinner. Food wasn’t as good as expected but overall it was cool.

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P
Sacramento
11 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unique dining experience, excellent presentation of Dim Sum style tapas. The flavors of each dish 5 stars. The Staff and Customer Service 5 stars.

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JJ
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Highly recommend! We got a last minute reservation and sat at the counter. Such a fun, delicious experience. The yellowfin tuna was out of this world and so were the dumplings and the burrata dish. We did not like the tofu, but other than that, everything was incredible.

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, great service and a wonderful dining experience overall. Definitely one of my favorite restaurants in SF!

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N
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fabulous food and interesting introduction of dim sum to California cooking! Because of cart service, dining can appear rushed but it is to the customer to slow it down. You can pass on something you want to slow things down and it will come back later.

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D
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Asian fusion food that didn't quite meet my expectations. The spring rolls were more sour than expected. I think my favorite dish was the ribs. Ended up leaving not quite full with a $130 bill for two people.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing ambiance and consistently great food + wine.

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JC
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service, tasty food, and overall exceptional experience. Great birthday treat!

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L
Cincinnati
15 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good experience different. The food was good but not exceptional. The Quail and the deserts were the best part.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic food served in an innovative format. Only regret: no cocktails.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food, met and exceeded all expectations

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday celebration

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FT
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

The service is excellent, food is good but not great.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal with my colleagues from out of town. We are lucky to be seated in a banquette. Excellent service and innovative food

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dining experience.

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M
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we love our meals at State Bird. Food is great. We love bringing friends to this new experience. the servers are over the top great!

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AD
Charleston
121 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love it! This was our 5th visit and we would be there more often but we live across the country. We love the unique preparation of dishes and the variety of selections. I wish we made a list of all we had but there were too many to keep up! We likely set a new record for the number of dishes one couple had! The presentation of the beautiful dishes was so impressive. We love the smoked trout dip, the artichoke spring rolls, the peanut milk, basically everything! We bought a cookbook so it will be interesting to see if I can make anything correctly at home!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was amazing. Can’t wait to go back!

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OT
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

It was very good but it was hard to hear what they were pushing in the dim sum carts and so fast that it was hard to keep up.

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Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent flavors. Sat at the bar, best seat to watch all the food come out.

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