South at SF Jazz is a Mexican inspired restaurant located inside the San Francisco Jazz Center. This is a sophisticated and modern establishment that gives off a unique vibe. During the evening hours, the dining room is illuminated by a mix the interior lights and the street outside. From the whole restaurant, guests can view the vibrant city streets through the window wall on one side of the building.
Cuisine served at South at SF Jazz falls into the category of Mexican with a hint of Southern influence. Popular dishes include the chayote with deviled eggs, marinated pork and the sope. Cocktails are a common draw to the restaurant, because it's a good place to relax before a show at the nearby venues. Many Mexican cocktails as well as classic mixed drinks are offered on the South at SF Jazz menu.
South has wonderful specialty cocktails and is a perfect spot to grab a bite before a show at the SF Jazz Center. We've been here twice before shows in the last month and my only suggestion is that they could use an other person at the front of the house to guide people during their busy periods before the shows. We've had really good service both times we've eaten here. The food was excellent. The salad with beets and pumpkin seeds was especially delicious. and we also really enjoyed the tostada.
This was my first time eating there, and it was just fair. Although the service was good, the food was not impressive. I do not plan to return.
Great place to eat before a jazz event. Friendly, skilled bartenders and wait staff. One can eat, have a drink, and discuss music with other patrons and the staff... a perfect complement to an outstanding music venue!
We arrived at 5:30, which is when they open. They weren't ready for business yet and we waited a few minutes in the SFJazz lobby until they got their act together. Not a major issue but, combined with other shortcomings noted below it made for a less than satisfactory dining experience.
The wine list is very limited and they didn't have the wine we ordered. We ordered an assortment of tapas. They were mediocre at best. It was almost impossible to cut the sopa with a dinner fork. I was tempted to ask for a steak knife.
We won't be back.
Food very good, but totally overpriced. Limited menu. Waitress trying too hard to earn a tip.
South is a good affordable place to dine before a concert. The service is very good and the ambiance as well.
South is a hidden gem. It is in SFJazz building. You can fine dine whether you attend a performance or not. It's a Charles Phan (Slanted Door) different culinary taste!
South is convenient if you are attending a concert at SFJazz. The food selections are limited, the servings are very small, which means you need to order several in order to actually have a full meal. Not enough bang for your buck.
It was our first time dining at the restaurant, as we were going to a concert at SF Jazz. We arrived early for our reservation - the first customers, yet the staff put us at a table right by the open kitchen so our conversation was marred by foot traffic and noise. The waiter was enthusiastic but my husband found the sopes practically inedible although he loved the guacamole. My goat cheese salad was sparse, especially for the price, and my first glass of wine was 1/2 the size of the second glass. While it made dinner before the show easy, we felt it was overpriced.
You are silly not to eat here before or after a SF Jazz Center concert. Food is interesting take on mexican and good. Cocktails inventive and service friendly and helpful
I brought a large and chaotic group of co-workers here for a pre-show meal. The server could not have been more accommodating and gracious. The drinks were powerful and delicious. The Puerco was as tender and flavorful as ever. Will be back without a doubt.
dinner at south was disappointing. the food is well-prepared, but the portions are remarkably small and really overpriced. that certainly goes for the wine as well. san francisco has much better offers in the restaurant field
The food was innovative AND tasty, good steady service, and the ambience and location are perfect for pre-performance dining. Skipping distance from SF Symphony, so made for a pleasant, unrushed evening. Loved it!
South at SF Jazz is a very nice alternative to the rest of the Hayes Valley options. Excellent food and fantastic cocktails.
We love the jazz center and going to early dinner at South and then just walking into the show makes for most pleasant evening out. The decor is simple and modern. The food is tasty and creative. Lovely salads, complex flavors like their duck leg in mole sauce, tender pork belly, or tasty fish and seafood preparations. The waitstaff is accommodating and gracious without being intrusive. There is a full bar and cup holders at your seat inside the center to
keep the vibe going. An added advantage of the early dinner plan is that at six the parking is free and reasonably available. South stays open till late so you can stop in after the show for dessert or a nightcap. And if you have driven in from the 'burbs, and you skip dessert, you can be home by ten.