1601 Bar & Kitchen
Service was great, food was alright (I wouldn't come back for it).
Overpriced for quality
Very much a hidden gem. From really good service that is super respectful and personal to really really good food that’s unique in this city full of trendy but disappointing places. The owners are doing the cooking and service. And it’s quiet inside so you can actually hear your companion speak.
The food was some of the best food I have had in a long time! There is also the option of a tasting menu which is diverse and delicious. Wines were amazing. Service was wonderful. I would run to this place if you have not been there yet.
Food was phenomenal! My husband is Sri Lankan so it was nice to get some flavors of home for him. We enjoyed ourselves! Great food and great ambiance
What a fantastic restaurant. The food is imaginative, the service is excellent and the atmosphere is very warm. The food is delicious and inspired.
Loved the food. We ordered pretty much everything on the menu. :) . The egg basket is a house specialty and just delicious. The curries were wonderful. And the desserts were to die for. The service was wonderful and the chef even came out to chat with us. Overall a lovely evening.
We had an excellent meal. We shared the okra, carrots and ground lamb with chickpeas. We will return for good food which are creatively presented.
Amazing food and excellent service
Who would have thought that Sri Lankan food would turn out to be one of my favorite types of food?! Every bite was delicious, unexpected, and beautifully plated. Even foods I tend to not love- lamb, okra, eggplant- I was savoring every morsel. My mouth waters just thinking about it.
Fabulous food and service
Fantastic, elegant and inventive. Amazing flavors. We did the family style option and everything was spot on. Excellent wine list. Beautiful presentations and space. A new favorite - we will be back.
We had a great time. Service was on point and they never rushed us out. Our group was there for 3 hours. We enjoyed beer, a recommended bottle of wine, and their food. Had a very enjoyable night catching up with friends with friendly service.
I chose this experience as a special dinner for me and my teen son and before he leaves for school abroad. I am so glad we did because it was an experience that we will remember. The flavors were unique and the server was able to explain the preparation to us. The egg hoppers were fantastic as we expected since this is a specialty. My favorite side dish was the okra. I have had okra in both Texas and West Africa and this preparation was the best I have ever had. The salmon melted in our mouths. The daal was so rich with curry and yet enhanced with so many subtle tastes. When we returned home he told his brother all about the meal- so I know it will be a night he remembers in some small way. Thanks 1601 and Chef Fernando!
I saw this place on "Check Please! Bay Area" a while back and was curious to try it out. It exceeded expectations. I highly recommend.
Quiet place, just right for an informal dinner. Two very tasty - and slightly unusual - curries, with three inventive sides and a bottle of wine, were just right for the three of us.
Great food and excellent service. Would definitely recommend.
If food and service are always great here. This is one of our favorite restaurants in San Francisco. Whenever we have out-of-town guests, we always take them here.
- Uni ice cream with caviar
- Egg hopper
- Kale salad
- Maldive fish broth
- Chicken curry
- Lamb curry
The menu changes quite often and the wine list is great and very reasonably priced.
Chef Brian never disappoints! I strongly recommend this restaurant, which offers lovingly-prepared, exquisite Sri Lankan-Californian fare, delicious wines, attentive staff and a cozy, yet fancy, experience.
Very hospitable staff and great food and wine service. Wonderful contemporary Srilankan dinner. I would recommend the chef’s tasting menu. Truly a gem
Food was delicious and service was fantastic!! Lacked a little bit of vibe though as we were seated on a high table away from all the other seating.
This place is a wonderful treat. Sri Lankan California style.
App: MUST MUST have egg hoppers, Don't share! could have had even more. It's a perfect egg in a crisp wrap with delicious spices.... unlike anything else... wow.
Entres: There are grilled varieties on skewers and curry in bowls. We decided to go with the curries [ though the folks next to us seemed to loved the grilled..].
First, Dahl, just perfect over rice -
Second Lamb stew, couldn't be better.
Vegg: Fried asparagus.... wonderful.. if we had room we'd have also had potato.
We had it all with a crisp reisling..
Service was friendly and warm
We will definitely go again.
Excellent knowledgeable service. Interesting food; not same as southern Indian food as I expected. Subtle flavors. My only complaint is that the wine is overpriced: $18 per glass for Sancerre and $14/glass for dry riesling is ridiculous.
The food is amazing and the whole experience too, with such a great staff!!! Love it!!!!
Dinner with friends- wonderful food in a nice setting. Good wine list and great service. Everyone loved it.
This restaurant has everything going for it. The ambience, the service and the food are all outstanding. The menu is ever-changing, but if the banana cake is on the menu make sure to get it.
Great find..3 of us shared salad,potatoes,and 2 curries..great chocolate dessert..glad it was wa r.c m and quiet and very relaxed atmosphere..will go there again
This was a delicious intimate birthday meal with some close friends. Everything tasted amazing! We are already recommending to friends.
The food was amazing and the service, outstanding. However, the bar stool seats are NOT comfortable and the shared table is great if you are with a big crowd, but annoying if you have a small group and want to talk.
We got lucky by getting there very early, so when the noisy drunk people showed up we were about ready to go anyway.
But the acoustics are terrible and if you don't want to shout all night, you might want to go somewhere else. Which is a shame, because the food was to die for, seriously.
Every plate of tapas or bowl of food was exquisite in a mixture of tastes and textures. Amazing.
Date night with my wife who is a celiac!
Tasting menu was excellent and good value for money. Not cheap, but definitely worth it!
Every dish was better than the other. The portions to the way it was presented were exquisite. Its definitely pricey but worth it.
Interesting combinations of flavors and ingredients at the time but ultimately no dish on the Valentine's menu stood out as memorable.
This place is exceptional.
The ultimate foodie restaurant, tucked away in an unassuming neighborhood, 1601 is a culinary oasis. But when you open the door and step in you get to experience an amazing array of flavors in an elegant setting. 1601 is foodie heaven, every dish perfectly spiced, an elegantly plated so don’t wimp out, drop the $100 and do the multi course tasting menu and a 3 hour slow food experience. Whatever chef Brian Fernando serves you will be unique and you won’t taste it anywhere else, not at French Laundry, not at Crenn, not anywhere. One warning—don’t go here expecting to get Sri Lankan cuisine. It is a take, an interpretation, and in my mind shares more with California and French cuisine that anything you’ll get in Colombo.
Food was creative considering the material they used.
Service was a little in short hand and a little of noisy.
The house smoked salmon, the egg hopper, and the kale salad with black garlic were so delicious! We also really enjoyed the spicy lamb curry.
Excellent food and great service.
We had the chicken and egg curry and we both agreed it was one of, if not the best curry we’ve ever had! Ribs were great, as was the semifredo
Terrific flavors. We are South Indian and enjoyed the fusion cuisine. The pickles, egg hopper, duck curry and potatoes were my favorite. But the whole meal was delightful.