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Nightbird

4.9
4.9
614 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

10:00 PM


Booked 16 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

  • Owned/operated by

    Women

  • 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 614 people are saying

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4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  • San Francisco Bay Area

    Californian

  • San Francisco

    Best Service

  • San Francisco

    Californian

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Nightbird is remarkable and memorable. Elegant yet casual and warm. Service was impeccable start to finish. Every course and tasting a beautifully presented experience that surprised and delighted! Highly recommend!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful restaurant , did not know anything about it and was a wonderful treat
  3. G

    Grateful

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful ambiance, service, quality of food and explanations and presentation, wine pairings, food portions...all perfect! Thank you!!
  4. VS

    VincenteS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    intimate setting, a delightful experience to have with a guest or a date.
  5. JP

    JeffreyP

    San Francisco

    53 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous service, creative food, fabulously prepared. Good value for the menu, wines are expensive. Be prepared, with some wine, to spend $300 a person. But this is a simply superb dining experience, with a great atmosphere and some of the most innovative and inventive food you will encounter. They should have a Michelin star for sure.
  6. C

    Chan

    New England

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome vegetarian tasting menu in the heart of Hayes Valley.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Each course is thoughtful and creative. The prawns with butternut squash tasted like lobster. And the reflections between courses were so special. A delightful evening all around.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience2
    Loved every minute
  9. MC

    MCrystal

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfectly curated from beginning to end, exceptionally on point flavors, colors, and textures. Pitch perfect wine pairings. Service is anticipatory but unobtrusive, professional yet relaxed. So much care and pride from kitchen to table, attention to detail - no small wonder this restaurant survived the pandemic. Brava.
  10. DT

    DanaT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic dinner - both the food and ambiance were stellar. Pricey dinner but well worth it. Will definitely go again.
  11. AA

    AnnaA

    Austin

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrated one of my best friend’s birthday - we had an unforgettable dining experience. Cannot wait to have another special occasion soon!
  12. CD

    CDub

    Los Angeles

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Need a special occasion place? Put Nightbird on your list.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service. This was a great dining experience. Not just a meal. The food is delicious and also presented in an artistic way. We will definitely come back.
  14. V

    Veghead

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    The service was great. The entire staff was very attentive without hovering and they paced the meal well. Our dietary restrictions (vegan) were noted when the reservation was confirmed, and our server made sure to confirm again with us as we were seated. We did not opt for the wine pairing and the sommelier helped us pick out other wine options and paced those well with our meal. They did have some interesting vegan substitutes for their menu. However, some of the dishes felt flat as if key components were removed and not replaced with a comparable vegan alternative. For instance, the first bread was served with olive oil instead of butter and it did not pair well as the oil had very little flavor and did not hold up to or even accentuate the taste of the bread. Their caviar substitute was interesting, but not very flavorful. A turnip medallion (possibly a scallop replacement?) was very thick and the light sear was too subtle to hold up to the softness of the interior. Having said that, there were some stars. The braised chanterelle mushrooms were perfect and a spiced squash sauce almost had us licking the plate. The other tables around us really seemed to enjoy their meals. I don't think I will come back for the vegan tasting menu unless more thought is put into creating well-rounded vegan dishes, but I would recommend Nightbird to our meat-eating friends. Overall, it was a pleasant evening. We were never rushed and the space felt intimate despite being a busy Saturday night. Their no waste ethos and local sourcing of ingredients was nicely highlighted throughout the menu. If their vegan menu improves, I look forward to returning.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely fine dining experience with cozy atmosphere.
  16. AY

    AliY

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful!!!! Surprised course, love the reflections part. All flavors were amazing. The entree was my favorite!!! Besides all the tomatoes. Service was the perfect balance of unobtrusive, professional and pleasant. Thank you!
  17. NJ

    NeilJ

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Just a few weeks ago, we dined at Chez TJ which also features a Prix Fixe menu and also was awarded a Michelin star. Nightbird, which has no Michelin stars and serves a Prix Fixe dinner for $65 less, was an outstanding experience and it baffles me that they do not have a Michelin star. The food was superb, the mixture of tastes and smells was fantastic. The ingredients were fresh, beautifully presented and imaginatively prepared. The menu plan built up nicely toward the "main course" with a thoughtful approach to flavors and textures. The service was doting and thoughtful and they paced it well knowing we were going to the opera. At Chez TJ there were a few service missteps and an ongoing effort to upsell menu items ("better" wine, "better" cuts of meat, truffles, etc) - none of that at Nightbird. If I were to complain about one thing it is the choice they made to pipe in music to the dining room. It seemed both too loud and unnecessary since, I believe, the quiet ambience of the space would have been more pleasing. Overall an exceptional experience and well worth the price.
  18. AB

    AmyB

    San Francisco

    105 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    105 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    So we knew it was a pricy tasting menu…we have done many-include French Laundry in July. For the amount of money we spent (almost $500 per person)…we were underwhelmed…the portions were minuscule bites, the wine pairing was SO expensive for the wine we actually drank (should have just ordered our own bottles) and then dessert cane-no offer of coffee/ tea! Again…it was $475 per person. Glad we went…but we will never come back!
  19. HD

    HollandD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another absolutely wonderful meal! This is out go-to spot for anniversary/birthday dinners.
  20. M

    M1000

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Birthday celebration with my two favorite people. Everything was tasty. I enjoyed the majority of the courses. 11 of the 13 dishes were incredible. Two were too salty for my liking. Otherwise the service was impeccable. Staff was very professional and explained the origins and components of everything we ate. I enjoyed the ambiance. I like that the windows were frosted. I probably noticed about five different ambulances or police go by in two hours, but my party didn’t notice because of the windows. It kept the evening intimate and distractionless. Thank you for a wonderful dinner!
  21. MA

    MartyA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A dining experience not to be missed. The food is delicate and beautiful without being precious. The flavors are ingenious and the zero waste ethos meant a lot to me. We had an amazing meal that we will long remember.
  22. f

    foodie

    San Francisco

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Starting with our greeting at the door, the cocktails and the first small bites, we were blown away by Nightbird. The food was delicious, seasonal and well thought out with regard to how to use every part of an ingredient. The pairings by the sommelier were spot on, extremely interesting in that they were not your typical varietal choices, and they highlighted every aspect of the food. I cannot name highlights, as every dish was spectacular. Dessert was so imaginative and delicious. the breads were also fantastic. Thank you Nightbird for a fun, imaginative and delicious way to spend an evening with our son who was visiting from out of town. We were talking about the meal all the way home as well as the next day. I cannot wait to go back.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The restaurant takes pride in the preparation of their beautifully, intricately prepared food and they were thrown off by my onion/garlic/shallot intolerance and at first we’re not going to serve me, but the chef decided to go for it and I had an absolutely exquisite meal. At the end, they didn’t even charge me for it because they said it didn’t meet their standards. I told them I was HAPPY to pay, as it was an incredible meal, but they refused. So, beautiful food, great customer service, but call them in advance with food intolerances!
  24. M

    Miko

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing and unique; one of the best dining service experiences I’ve had in SF recently. With fogged windows, you feel transported to a different space. Highly recommend this restaurant!
  25. t

    trickyboy

    San Francisco

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I got treated like a king, as usual.
  26. EB

    EastBayRestarantLover

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Simply oustanding!!!! Some of the best food I have had at a restaurant...the creativity, the plating, the plateware and ceramics, the service...all certainly first class and five star. If I could award Michelin Stars I would. Further the chef is very environmentally impact conscious and she uses all the ingredients in incredible ways to reduce waste. Just Brilliant!!!
  27. c

    cworley

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really delicious food and just the right level or service.
  28. A

    Anna

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was my second visit to Nightbird, and much like the last it impressed and thrilled. I enjoy fine dining in general & there are many ways to approach it, and Nightbird's approach is my favorite at present in San Francisco. The food is incredible, of course. The atmosphere is comfortable, quiet and welcoming -- setting the tone without being as overwhelming as many establishments can be. The team also appears to have great cohesion, and every member of the staff I have interacted with is friendly and thoughtful and well coordinated. I also deeply appreciate that staff are masked despite the fact regulations have dropped - it makes the dining experience feel safer and more comfortable. Overall, I would absolutely recommend Nightbird to a friend and will definitely be returning.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing from start to finish. The service was exceptional and the meal was the best I’ve ever had. The attention to detail was so precise yet the food was approachable.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner and the opera
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food but somewhat overpriced relative to quantity. We were still hungry afterwards. Also the booking says allow for two hours but when we arrived staff said 2.5 and we hadn’t budgeted that much time before a show and ended up having to miss a course.
  32. TM

    TadM

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service and food were INCREDIBLE!
  33. d

    dknss

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent tasting menus. Both the vegetarian and omnivore meals were well done. Cute space too, and amazing cocktails. All in all a great experience.
  34. LG

    LisaG

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time dining at this establishment to celebrate my birthday and I'm extremely satisfied. The service was great and the staff was wonderful and welcoming. The food was beautifully plated and DELICIOUS!! I'm definitely coming back here again!
  35. LK

    LarryK

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great team providing incredibly creative and inventive dishes. Brilliant woman chef who has her heart in the right place and incredible skills. Tables are spaced far enough apart to create a sense of intimacy and grace. Very expensive; worth it.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nightbird is the best restaurant in SF. Kim Alter is a phenomenal chef, who creates beautiful and delicious food served on local artists pottery creations. The wait staff is professional and warm and friendly. The new sommelier came up with some really unique and delicious pairings. I can’t say enough about how special this dining experience is. I will savor it!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great anniversary dinner!
  38. JP

    JeffreyP

    San Francisco

    54 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Unbelievable. I went to Nightbird with a friend who is herself a very accomplished cook interested in food. Her (more sophisticated) opinion mirrored mine: an outstanding meal filled with creative tastes and exquisite presentations. Knowledgeable wine recommendations. A lovely setting not crowded at all. Obviously not cheap, but worth the money. A very, very special evening.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very attentive staff. Sensitive to diner’s needs. Menu was exceptional, special reflections added to the experience.
  40. DK

    DannyK

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    It wasn’t great. Food - some misses including a savory beignet that was dense and gummy. “Reflections” while an interesting concept felt overly thought out and fell flat (maybe would work better if side by side with dishes they were reflecting). Some food was salty including a mushroom that was on edge of inedible. Bread was excellent. Service- uninspired wine. Invasive server who was kind by “listened to our conversation”. Shattered a glass on our table but didn’t change out the waters or offer anything for the inconvenience. Went to bar after to share a drink and somm told us we needed to each have one to stay (sorry but after spending $800 and spilling a glass on the table I think you can accommodate). Ambience - cheap looking, vents on ceiling. Kind of dead for Saturday. Lighting bright. I don’t recommend this place and would spare my friends by recommending another location. I have to say - I had to reschedule due to covid and the person who rescheduled me was insanely disrespectful so it’s a miracle I came in the first place. Should have known.

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Nightbird is rated 4.9 stars by 614 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

10:00 PM


Booked 16 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

  • Owned/operated by

    Women

  • 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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