1601 Bar & Kitchen
Modern takes on exotic Sri Lankan fare
Sri Lankan · SoMa · $$$
The Zagat Review
4.4
Food
4.0
Decor
4.2
Service
 
Chef Brian Fernando’s "unique style makes for captivating flavors" at this SoMa "hidden gem" where the "deliciously different" small plates showcase Sri Lankan recipes by way of French techniques and seasonal inspiration; a few feel it’s "pricey for the quantity" , but the "attentive" staff and understated space underpin "excellent dining" that’s "different than the usual."
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hours Open Today · 5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Chevron
Tuesday
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Friday
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
location 1601 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA phone +1 415-552-1601 website www.1601sf.com directions Get Directions
Known For
Outdoor seating
Takeout
Zagat Mentions of 1601 Bar & Kitchen
Google Reviews
4.4
(57)
I had an amazing meal here. I won't lie. It was pricey. But I did the tasting menu, and every dish was great. I really enjoyed it. The food was unique and delicious, and the service was excellent. I really liked the decor as well. It was a very cool looking place. I recommend the tasting menu to anyone with a special occasion. And the regular small plates menu also looked interesting and not as expensive.
Alex Jonas · September 17, 2017
I had one of my favorite meals ever here last night. I've eaten a fair amount of Sri Lankan food, both in Sri Lanka and in New York City. This restaurant captures the best of that cuisine, and then takes it all these exciting new directions. We did the tasting menu, which included hoppers (a SL staple; these were the best I've had), this lamb curry where all of the flavors were really present and perfectly balanced, a coconut-milk rice celery-root amuse bouche, and ribs in what the chef called a "Sri Lankan barbecue." Several other dishes I could rave about too. The wine pairings were perfect. The interior is impeccably decorated -- very elegant but also comfortable. I could not recommend this place more highly.
Bruce Wallace · March 22, 2018
Food is good for a bib gourmand but prices are too high for the quality of food and service.
Felix Matenaar M · February 26, 2018