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Nightbird

4.9
4.9
560 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 8 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

What 560 people are saying

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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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  • San Francisco Bay Area

    Special Occasion

  • San Francisco Bay Area

    Californian

  • San Francisco

    Best Overall

  • San Francisco

    Best Food

  • San Francisco

    Best Service

  • San Francisco

    Notable Wine List

  • San Francisco

    Romantic

  • San Francisco

    Special Occasion

  • San Francisco

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  1. BB

    BBBB

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The seafood courses were outstanding -- so fresh and well balanced. The chef has a very light touch allowing the freshness of the ingredients to come through. I love the concept of the contrasting taste of the small bites in between the courses. There were like little gems in between the main events. Wait staff were very attentive without being intrusive. The pottery dishes that the chef uses are all works of art. We had such a lovely and relaxing evening. Nightbird is a very special restaurant that I would come back again soon.
  2. M

    Masco89

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best dinner I had so far in San Francisco, even better than several 5-star restaurants in the bay area. And the service was stellar too!
  3. RC

    RColvin510

    Sacramento

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was perfect with a touch of whimsy. Our amazing server was the cherry on top of a fantastic evening. Thank you!
  4. M

    Marco

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dined twice- our new "fav" S.F. restaurant! Highly original creative and dee-licious food!!! Wonderful quiet ambience. Outstanding service. Very expensive-for us but worth it for very special occasions! We would prefer a minimum dress code. One 20-something patron was wearing shorts! Cheapened our experience.
  5. C

    Cygnus

    San Francisco

    66 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    66 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Pricey but wow. One of the best restaurants we have been to in a decade. Worth it if you want to splurge.
  6. P

    Private

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I really enjoyed the dinner and the food. The choices and menu quality were absolutely great. I would recommend it to anyone.
  7. DC

    DCDiner

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall2food4service5ambience5
    Food was good but at $800 for a two person dinner, with one round of cocktails, and an entry level wine I would go elsewhere. Not a must do at that price point. Plenty of other amazing options for a fraction of the price.

    NightbirdResponded on June 8, 2022Sorry to hear about your experience. I was curious if maybe we might have a mistake on your bill? For 2 guests with tax and gratuity, it cost $460, so if you had an entry-level wine I have to think maybe there was something wrong with the bill if you spent an extra $340. Please email us at info@nightbirdrestaurant and we can look up your bill and see where the issue was and fix it immediately.

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dank, very dank
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time dinning at this restaurant and everything was excellent from food to service. I’m not sure why this place is not michelin starred when there is a one Michelin star place in the city who in my opinion does not deserve it anymore! Give this place a star.
  10. JT

    JayTee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best meals I've had in San Francisco. Each course was a delight! And the service was among the best I've ever had.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A beautiful, sumptuous symmetrical meal. We loved it. Service was excellent.
  12. t

    trickyboy

    San Francisco

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant sets the bar for all my other dining experiences. It’s a special occasion every time we dine here.
  13. PV

    PrinV

    San Francisco

    81 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    81 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Unbelievable! The most amazing meal I think I’ve ever had! One after another, each little serving was a masterpiece. Lots of complex flavors, but all coming together for a burst of deliciousness in my mouth! The menu was focused on a theme - this one was End of Days, using ingredients that might be left after a breakdown of supply chains, etc. A bit of vegetable, fish, meat and bread, each with the perfect dollop of creamy counterbalance. It baffles me that they don’t have a Michelin star or three! Pricey - yes- very! With service fees and taxes, plus a corkage, for two people the bill was over $650 - but once in a lifetime, or at least once every decade for those of us on retirement budgets, absolutely the best way to spend my life savings! One small downside - we had to ask for the music to be turned down, and the music was what I’d expect to hear in a local cafe. Otherwise, the service, ambience and pace of presentation were wonderful. Two hours wasn’t quite enough time, it we had a symphony to attend, so had to cut things a bit short. Still, it will be THE highlight of all my dining experiences!
  14. J

    Jared

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best restaurants in the city. 10/10 would recommend to anyone.
  15. AS

    AdeS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food with impeccable service
  16. AE

    AEWong

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 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
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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
  20. 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 !
  21. 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!’
  22. JC

    JesseC

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Magical Delicious Beautiful Thoughtful in every aspect
  23. 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.
  24. 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
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. 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.
  28. 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.
  29. AK

    AmberK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and ambiance. Definitely an experience!
  30. 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.
  31. 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.
  32. LL

    LillianL

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Great food in a beautiful setting!
  33. 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.
  34. 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.
  35. F

    Foodie94611

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 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.
  36. 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.
  37. 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!
  38. W

    Wensull

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    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
  39. 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.
  40. 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.

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Nightbird is rated 4.9 stars by 560 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 8 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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