Bix [San Francisco]
We just made a reservation for tomorrow evening. We've never been there but from what I have read it seems like a place we would enjoy. Just the idea of beef tartare prepared tableside makes me want to go. My question is: is it worth it? We don't need alternative suggestions; I just want to hear the good or the bad from those who have been recently. Also, is it possible to sit at the bar and eat? Thanks.
We were at Bix recently and disappointed in our meal; however, we didn't have the tartare. Four of us ordered the chicken hash, 2 lobster spaghetti, and the dorade along with several appetizers. Generally felt food was mediocre and overpriced ($30+ entrees). Apps were okay but again expensive for what they were.
Bananas foster for dessert & stellar service were the highlights of the evening.
Also, the restaurant was extremely loud and the bar was about 2 to 3 people deep on a Friday night. Not a "special occasion" a place as I had expected.
The tartare is SO worth it. However, the table side preparation only occurs at the tables. I will often just sit at the bar and when I order the tartare there, it will come out on toasts.
Other dishes worth ordering include the potato puffs and hamburger. I used to also recommend the foie, but that was before it was banned...