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1601 Bar & Kitchen

1601 Howard St, San Francisco, CA 94103-2526
+1 415-552-1601
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  • Excellent84%
  • Very good11%
  • Average5%
  • Poor0%
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“tasting menu” (7 reviews)
“jidori” (3 reviews)
“meatballs” (2 reviews)
Sri Lankan, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
1601 Howard St, San Francisco, CA 94103-2526
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Just had another wonderful meal here last night. Great service and fabulous food. Can’t wait to go back. - Dungeness crab chilled, jackfruit, kiri broth - Maine lobster bisque, mulligatawny spices - Smoked cornish game-Maldive fish “tea” - Egg hopper, Jidori egg, sambols - Chicken...More

Thank TopCatWaWa
Reviewed January 27, 2018

This hidden jewel is a must if you love great original food, served in a quiet intimate setting. Sri Lankan inspired dishes with friendly service and you can talk in conversational tone, no shouting. Foods include, Scottish Salmon with roe, Birds in a basket and...More

Thank eli r
Reviewed October 22, 2017

Great Sri Lankan fusion cooking in the heart of San Francisco. Definitely recommend 1601 Bar & Kitchen!

Thank ewallace89
Reviewed August 3, 2017 via mobile

We went to 1601 for my birthday dinner. It was absolutely amazing. We are from Toronto but my background is Sri Lankan. All of the dishes had flavours from my childhood but were fused with other flavours as well. It was a lot of fun...More

Thank Andrea W
Reviewed May 8, 2017 via mobile

Had a brilliant final San Francisco meal here. Sri Lankan contemporary cuisine, everything was cooked beautifully, we went back for seconds on the goat curry. For four people incl a bottle of wine was $210 plus tip but we did order about 7 plates of...More

Thank Tom J
Reviewed March 18, 2017

Always looking for something different in San Francisco. Based on reviews, gave a 1601 a try. Definitely off the beaten path. If you are coming from the Financial District or Union Square area, easiest to take the Tram service to Van Ness. From there, it...More

Thank Russell P
Reviewed March 11, 2017

We were looking for a south of market restaurant in San Francisco where there's easy evening street parking in order to have a bite to eat then walk over to SF Jazz for a show (I know, not super close, but easy if you like...More

Thank NorCalVisitor
Reviewed November 20, 2016 via mobile

I really enjoyed coming to 1601 Bar & Kitchen. Great space with modern design. We had a large table. The food surprised me. I hadn't had Sri Lankan food before and loved it. The bold flavors and dishes were a revelation. The octopus was a...More

Thank USCKaboom
Reviewed October 31, 2016 via mobile

We love the food and service here. The egg hopper is a must have, but then again so was everything else that we had. This is a restaurant that we will bring all our out-of-town visitors to. Highly recommended.

Thank TopCatWaWa
Reviewed October 18, 2016

This is a modest and comfortable restaurant located in the South of Market area in SF (not far from the Ball Park). It has really intriguing menu with ala Carte items and a tasting menu of multiple courses. Really well thought out wine list and...More

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South of Market (SoMa), has an urban and sophisticated
vibe, but you're more likely to find big nightclubs
and lots of industrial loft residences than you are to
find boutique shopping. Although it’s the epicenter
for tech startups in the city, visitors will be able
to do more than just business - museums, top quality
restaurants, and the San Francisco Giants now call
this neighborhood home. Most of its freeway-sized
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Sri Lankan, Vegetarian Friendly
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Open Hours
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1601 Howard St, San Francisco, CA 94103-2526
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > SoMa
  • Neighborhood: SoMa
  • Phone Number: +1 415-552-1601
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