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Nightbird

4.8
4.8
589 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 4 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 589 people are saying

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  • San Francisco Bay Area

    Californian

  • San Francisco

    Best Service

  • San Francisco

    Californian

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  1. EB

    EastBayRestarantLover

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    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!!!
  2. c

    cworley

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really delicious food and just the right level or service.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner and the opera
  6. 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.
  7. TM

    TadM

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service and food were INCREDIBLE!
  8. 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.
  9. 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!
  10. LK

    LarryK

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 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.
  11. 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!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great anniversary dinner!
  13. JP

    JeffreyP

    San Francisco

    52 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    52 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.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very attentive staff. Sensitive to diner’s needs. Menu was exceptional, special reflections added to the experience.
  15. 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.
  16. D

    Dadof3

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service, definitely a place to celebrate a special occasion
  17. NK

    NicoleK

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing, top 3 meals I’ve ever had in San Fran
  18. V

    Vaishnavi

    Austin

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    We went for our anniversary and were vegetarian and vegan respectively. Food didn’t feel satisfying. It was purely focused on vegetables without enough carbs or protein. None of the dishes felt like an indulgence. We love earthy flavours and I’ve been cooking delicious vegan meals for years now. This meal just felt like they removed the meat from the actual dish and only served us the vegetables. We weren’t even full after all the courses and that’s saying something. They served butter with bread for my husband who is vegetarian and just gave me oat chips because I was vegan. How difficult it is to source vegan butter and make bread? Places that say they serve vegan food but just remove non-vegan elements and place a half-hearted version is front of you are so disappointing and Nightbird was exactly that. If you eat meat, maybe this restaurant might do justice to your palette and wallet. But for us, there was hardly any value for money. For 2 people, the price was $420 (2x tasting menu + 1x drink person) and that is extremely steep for what we got from the meal. We’ve been to Michelin star places with amazing, indulgent food that’s cost us a bit less. All in all - it’s not a place for people that truly enjoy food. You leave the restaurant wanting more because the 5 course meal leaves you barely satisfied.
  19. JB

    JudyB

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food. Impeccable service. Very nice atmosphere. Highly recommend.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    My wife and I went for our anniversary dinner. What a fantastic restaurant to celebrate! The service was outstanding, the sommelier’s choices for the wine pairing were perfect and the food was incredibly delicious! Every dish was presented beautifully. They got every little detail right and even helped us celebrate with a anniversary card and champagne. We highly recommend Nightbird. Check out the small bar before or after with outstanding signature cocktails too!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience overall. Incredible flavors. Chef Atler cooks up some magic that’s worth experiencing now before she gets her well deserved Michelin stars.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Simply superb!
  23. MC

    MattC

    Seattle

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Interesting and delicious.
  24. NO

    NOCA

    San Francisco

    101 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    101 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service and wonderfully prepared dishes. Each one a work of art. Definitely go for a special occasion.
  25. VA

    VaniaA

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I’ve heard good comments about this place before, so I decided to give it a try with my boyfriend on a Friday date night. It was AMAZING, food was a complete experience. A travel of different tastes and cultures throughout the entire pre fix menu. Service was outstanding Mark Little and Lowel made our date night so magical. Cocktails were well balanced and perfectly integrated each one of the ingredients. We loved the food and the service! Thanks to the Chef and the cooks, to the bartender and to our amazing server and sommelier! We definitely will be back with friends and family.
  26. P

    Pier

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Highly recommended! Creative chef on her way to Michelin stars.
  27. MG

    MariaG

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    You need at least 2 hours for the meal. It is an evening experience and 2 1/2 hours is best
  28. JF

    JenFengC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    i really want to go again. the food has balanced taste. it is super creative. there is many combinations beyond my imagination
  29. M

    Mich

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I went with high expectations and they went far beyond. Wonderful food and service!
  30. BB

    BBBB

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    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.
  31. M

    Masco89

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    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!
  32. RC

    RColvin510

    Sacramento

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

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

    Marco

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    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.
  34. C

    Cygnus

    San Francisco

    68 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    68 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

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

    Private

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 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.
  36. 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.

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dank, very dank
  38. 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.
  39. 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.
  40. 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.

FAQs

Nightbird is rated 4.8 stars by 589 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 4 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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