Posted: 9/14/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I stumbled upon the jazz bistro with a large group (fourteen) because of long wait times at our previous dinner options. The staff accommodated us quickly despite our large group and lack of reservation. The food was average - good, but not good enough compared to the many other options in san francisco. The music (live jazz) was good, and the band even played ""happy birthday"" for my friend. Afterwards, the staff brought her a complimentary slice of cake with a candle for her birthday. Overall, we were glad to have chosen to dine there - that is right up until the end... once we were given the bill, we began working out who owed what (big group, each paying cash). While we were working out our dues, a man who appeared to be a manager came walking past our table, staring at us more than once. Just as my friends were counting up the cash, making sure we had calculated the tip correctly, he approached us and asked us to hurry up. He claimed that they needed the table so we should leave quickly (apparently there was another large group waiting, but there were many other tables available). The girls paying were intimidated and finished up quickly, but I was appalled - we were obviously on our way out anyway, we were just trying to PAY THEM. they should NEVER have asked us to leave like that.
The jazz bistro worked as a last minute back-up plan for my friend's birthday, but I would not once consider going back. There are plenty of other restaurants in the city that are more worth my time and money.