Service Lacking. I went to Hotel Biron for the first (and only) time on a weeknight. The place was not busy - about a third of the tables and the diminutive bar were occupied. We took a table 5 feet from and directly in front of the bar and bartender, but service never arrived. Eventually I made my way to the bar and as I expected, having observed and overheard an unwelcome, loud and inane exchange going on between the bartender and two male and rather obnoxious patrons, was ignored by the aforementioned for some time, despite physically disposing myself between the two dilletants on my side of the bar. As it became increasingly apparent that I would not likely be asked if I cared to spend any money at this establishment before closing, I butted into their conversation and ordered some wine of all things, along with olives, cheese, and water. I was later surprised to discover the bartender was, according to him, the owner. Friendly enough when later in the evening as he passed by our table I struck up a casual intro/ Caucuses wines conversation, but nevertheless laissez-faire in every respect. I won't be heading back. For comparison, I enjoyed a better product and much more enthusiastic and attentive service at Amelie.
Overrated, cooked wine. this place does have great ambience, but a good rating comes with a total package, and service is above everything else. i went in on a tuesday evening at 9:12pm, and it looked like no one was in charge of the place. i was hoping to make my way to the end of the bar where there's a cosy little room, and it was a mess in there. there was a girl behind the bar but she just didn't seem to care. and here came the $75 dollar bottle of pinot, and it was warm. obviously the wine had been sitting in the kitchen for a while. i wasn't expecting a wine cellar environment but if you call yourself a wine bar you better have a good storage system - it was as if you were ordering a half cooked sashimi. what a disappointing experience i must say.
This pint-sized wine bar and art gallery brings a touch of Paris to a San Francisco backstreet..
A handful of copper tables, wrought-iron bistro chairs and zinc-green walls decked with a revolving exhibition of local art create a Left Bank mood. The low lighting and high spirits form an ideal setting for an after-work get-together or romantic rendezvous. The extensive wine list features a selection from French and Californian vineyards, with many award-winning reds. A brief menu including caviar, cheeses, truffles and olives is designed to complement the wines.
Great Little Wine Bar. Love this place. Great wine, nibbles, and atmosphere have made it one of my new favorite places. The laid-back vibe and 30s-ish crowd makes this a perfect spot to throw back a few glasses. It gets a little crowded as it gets later, so get there on the earlier side. It's a great place to start the night! Oh! And the staff is really cute, too!
Parisian Perfection. This place is full of hip artsy cool people. The beer, wine & champagne (try the rose!) list is unique. A sample platter of cheese, thin sliced baguette, pear and honey make for quite a combination. Elliot Smith was playing in the background...and I had a big smile on my face as I sat at my candle-lit kiosk bistro table. We had dinner at Zuni next door after. Perfect night.
What a wonderful place!. What a great low-key place that isn't overmanaged and doesn't just treat you like a consumer. This is a great experience place. Everything is delicious and worth the price, however expensive the good stuff might be.
Wine in Style. Great space!! Love the decor... the walls, the floors, the art. Very fun, but not intimidating wine list. Appetizers are wonderful (try the roqueforte grapes). Could use a little lounge music sometimes, but all in all, I love it.
What a jewel!. This place almost makes it worth while to live in San Francisco. What a great, non-pretentious wine list; delectable cheeses; and such a relaxed yet vibrant atmosphere. And the bartenders are an absolute delight. I love it!
The cheese goes great with the Old English......
Keep up the good work, Mr. Byron!
Don' t B right - Biron. Hotel Biron does it right, New Artists showing new styles, Great wine, cool 40's, love the (Old E) not to mention great logo.
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