1419 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA | Directions 9411537.782959 -122.432766
Neighborhoods: Central North, Western Addition
Great Date Place! – My GF and I went to SF to celebrate our 1 year anniversary and wanted to do so without an agenda. So, we dropped into Yoshi's for dinner and sort of walked around afterwards to soak in the evening. We came across Sheba on a fluke. The live music that we heard coming from the lounge sucked us in. When we'd entered, the lighting was dim and there was this ambiance that made us immediately relax. It's a small, intimate, venue with lots of brown and gold with an orange glow. There was a light smell of incense filling the air. The crowd was mellow as they quietly socialized, some were couples and some were in groups.
We'd felt it out at first by going to the bar and ordering a drink. The bartender was attentive and quickly responsive. I appreciated how well he catered to us. There were couches by a fireplace that looked very cozy, but we decided to find a table, instead. As we were about to grab the first table we saw which was located in the back, a woman had asked us to hold on as she hurried towards the front and prepared a table for us so we could see the band. I believe she was the manager. We didn't even request this and she took it upon herself to make sure we had a great view. It was awesome and made us feel very welcomed. The band (we never got their name although I'm definitely going to call to find out!) was spectacular! Their style was like a combination of Erykah Badu, Lenny Kravitz, and Roberta Flack. The music had a great groove, extremely romantic, and spewed this undeniable sexiness. It made a wonderful setting for a wonderful evening.
So, in a nutshell, I'll definitely make it a point to go back and would recommend this place to anybody wanting to simply unwind and hang out someplace with a cozy, comfortable, romantic atmosphere.
An eclectic world menu and a cozy fireside lounge set this piano bar and restaurant apart. – A gold-toned wall designed to look like the rock facade of Giorgis Church in Lalibela, Ethiopa, divides this colorful jazz district establishment in two. A stately grand piano punctuates the dining room, where patrons choose among dishes ranging from Kitfo--an African take on steak tartare--to short ribs and spicy meatballs. On the opposite side, leaher seating arranged around the glowing gas fire provides ample space for pre- or post-meal cocktails and light bites from the bar menu.
What a great place to chill! – I first went to Sheba Piano Lounge on a date. I was drawn in by the sweet sounds of jazz and the lovely decor. The owner was very nice and welcoming. Plus the service was great! The crowd is really cool and between their 30s-40s. I haven't experienced the cuisine yet but I definitely will go back to try it one day.
Amazing Ethiopain Cuisine – We live 4 hrs away from the city. But everytime we come to SF we HAVE to eat there!! The food is amazing and the service exceptional!!
Also, the ambiance is so serene!!
We are going again this weekend and plan on being there for dinner :)
Going out without feeling like you're going out – The Sheba is easily my favorite establishment in San Francisco. The food is amazing, particularly the bass and the lega tibs, in my estimation, and the pomengrenate meatballs are to die for. I go there every chance I can, usually comfortably able to get a seat at the bar, though if one comes in a bit late, don't be surprised if the bar is full. Going to the Sheba is not like any other lounge I've been too. Being a regular definitely has perks, always being greeted warmly, asked what you're up to, how you've been. It isn't like going out so much as visiting a friend. A friend who happens to have excellent food and excellent drinks. The drink selection is quite good, and most cocktails one could desire are available, as well as a handsome wine selection, including amazing honey wine. The staff is helpful and polite and often quite willing to talk. Israel and Nette are lovely, always so friendly. The lounge area is particularly nice, around a fireplace. Great to sit with friends after a long day, relax, have a few drinks, and just soak in the feeling of the room. One never feels rushed or in a hurry to go, and, honestly, sometimes I just wish I could stay there all the time. There is no greater stress reliever in the city I have seen then to spend a few hours, or a whole night, in the Sheba.
Great place no matter what your mood is... – I have been coming to Sheba Lounge with my partner since it opened up and it has always been nothing but a wonderful experience. The owner Nette and her sister Israel are usually floating around and happy to share a hug and some laughs when you come in.
The service is prompt and friendly while the food is delicious. We are both vegetarian so it's nice when there are yummy vegetarian options. Top off dinner with a tiramisu and one of Israel's famous mojitos and you will never want to go home!
The ambience here is so warm and comfortable it's like being in your own living room, fireplace and all!
The right amount of Spice on any Night!!!!! – When I entered the doors of Sheba Piano Lounge I was absolutely delighted and set for anticipation. First I heard the music. The pianist Ricardo Scales is truly talented and kind of speaks to you and massages your desire to chill with his jazz melodies. Next When I finally completely entered the lounge the ambiance was perfect. The colors and decor really sets a relaxing and soothing tone and the fragrance of the meals that people were eating just had my moth watering. By the time I was seated I was overly excited but hesitant because I was hoping not to be setting myself up for disappointment. I ordered chicken tibs and a vegetarian platter. The spices, variations of color, tenderness of the chicken were just?hmmmm. And I had a pomegranate martini and was converted. I never order martini?s and decided to change it up for once and was absolutely pleased. The owner came by and asked me if everything was going well and I was delighted to d yes.... she floated around the restaurant smiling and greeting which is always a plus for an establishment (and no... it wasn't imposing in any way either) <p>My only moment of the night I wasn?t in heaven would be when I was looking for parking ? but it?s San Francisco and by the time I was patient enough to take my time and circle the block once someone was pulling out. Its nice that it is in a consumer type of place because people were coming and going so I just had to be patient for about 4 minutes (smile) BASICALLY CHECK THIS SPOT OUT!
OH by the way, to have all that and not pay the outrageous SF price was a delight as well.
no music and NOT a dance club – I went with my girlfriends for a fun night out. We wanted to hear some live music and go dancing. When we got to Sheba, there were people seated and we went up to the bar and asked the bartender about the live music. He said the piano player called in sick. We looked around and there were some large couches and tables with a few other people sitting there eating and drinking. The ambiance was cool but I have no idea where you would dance in there. We hung out for a bit - got some drinks and headed out. We were bummed about not being able to hear any music especially from a place that advertises as a live music and dancing venue!!!
Bad food, poor service, terrible management – I was drawn to the Sheba Lounge by its decor and interior, and thought it would be a great place for a date. However, don't judge a book by its cover. Minus the "romantic" setting everything was terrible. It took over 45 minutes for our food to arrive; COLD, when I complained the manager/owner became confrontational and was unwilling to accomodate my request of reheating the food!!!! In addition to this the nieghborhood leaves plenty to be desired, you can't trust the street parking considering all of the freshly broken glass on the sidewalks, and it is not somewhere you would want to be by yourself after 10 or 11pm due to the recent rash of violent crime in the area.
There is NOTHING that would ever cause me to even consider returning to the Sheba Lounge. Save yourself the time, hassle, and money and go somewhere else!
Fun place with Jazz! – Hey--
I really liked Sheba's piano lounge. It is elegant and casual all the while. They have great sofa's where my girlfriends and I were hanging last week. The drinks are good and the food is yummy ethipian which we love. It's such a great alternative to the frilly PacH or Marina scene.
And here's the best part---great jazz during the week with a real piano...They tend to get a 30's-40's crowd around the bar and sofa area and locals for the dining part.
Anyhow, i this place is super by me : )
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