1419 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA | Directions 9411537.782959 -122.432766
Neighborhoods: Central North, Western Addition
Expensive, cold food and crabby waitstaff – Some friends and I went to Sheba Lounge over the weekend. It took awhile to get our drinks and eventually the food came, but it was cold and the waitress could use a lesson in smiling.
Would not recommend Sheba Lounge.
Fabulous ambiance! What a lovely place! – We had such a great time on our date. The piano player Ricardo Scales was fabulous, playing sensual and popular songs alike. The food was delicious, if you like a little spice in the mix. The cocktails were tasty, $9 for a grey goose and cran. Overall, a great experience everyone should try.
Great place to chill, eat, talk and listen – If I lived in SF I would be here all the time! The ambiance is fantastic. The piano player and singer were excellent. Food was very, very good and reasonably priced, Sheba's has achieved that great balance between creating good live music to listen to while you eat, but not so loud that you can't have a conversation. Lighting was perfect for a business dinner, but also would be very romantic if you are there with the right person. Next time I am in town with my wife, we are going here.
Best Ethiopian for Ambience – So now we have a nicely located Ethiopian restaurant with great atmosphere in SF. The food is great, the location is at the Fillmore Center Apts, just south of Geary, so it's still nicely located near other restaurants, and not in the dodgy part. They have a comfy waiting area with a fireplace for a drink or if you have to wait for a table. The dining area isn't huge, but they had a group of 20 when we went, and it was comfortable. LIVE PIANO! That was actually nice. And they have a full bar with seating. I had been craving Ethiopian for some time, yes, craving Ethiopian food. I don't know why that sounded funny together. Anyway, I don't like "dive" style restaurants, so this was just the ticket. I will definitely only go back there whenever I want Ethiopian.
Tri-continental cuisine: American, Ethiopian, Mediterranean – Over the summer, I was visiting from Europe and a friend recommended Sheba's. The menu is very diversified! The dishes are essentially American favorites with a twist of flavors from the North African and the Mediterranean regions. My dining companion found the Tibs Wat from the Ethiopian menu particularly flavourful and tender. I had the Sea Bass which was very delicately prepared. The staff was very attentive and the ambience was remarkable. I'll definitely stop by again next time I visit the Bay Area.
Not great Ethiopian food :( – I love the beautiful decor, drinks, and general feel of this place. I would definitely go back for drinks. I love the fireplace sitting area and the music makes this place perfect for a date. HOWEVER, if you love Ethiopian food, this definitely is not the place. I was really disappointed after all of the hype. The lentils were very undercooked and the tibs were not really tibs, more like wat ( I could go on and on). Anyway, great atmosphere place, not great Ethiopian food.
I went back with a couple of friends and the food is still not good.... this time the lentils were cold, not sure if that was on purpose! I didn't order cold letils. Anyway, the food was really not good. Really a shame since the place is so nice!
My New Neighborhood Hangout! – Had a great time at Sheba Lounge. This is my new favorite place to listen to live piano tunes! They have an area with leather couches and a fireplace that was so comfy, we had trouble leaving at the end of the night!! Get there early and the couches are yours for the night! We had amazing cocktails food next to the fireplace while listening to the pianist. It's great to have another entertainment destination in the Fillmore!! Sheba is on my favorites list - I'll be visiting again soon!
WHat a great find!!! – This place is a gem in the Fillmore - one of the most beautifully decorated restaurants I've been to in San Francisco with cozy couches & sofas by the fireplace - perfect for after work cocktails.
The service was prompt and friendly - no pretense, despite the beautiful ambiance. And the food was top notch - very unique items, like the great spicy sea bass dish and yummy lentils in Ethiopian spices. We weren't there late enough into the evening to hear live music, but I will definitely make my way to the Fillmore again eat, drink and enjoy the whole atmosphere at the Sheba Lounge!
Great food & drinks and awesome piano lounge - even without the piano! – This place rocks. It's beautiful inside, really wonderful atmosphere. The food is great, and VERY reasonably priced. People who work there are beautiful and fun and, though they may not always be the most masterful of their trade, they have great attitudes and make the experience highly enjoyable. Full bar, wide range of food offered. Here's the kicker: the owners are Ethiopian so a lot of the food has a VERY tasty and unique Ethiopian slant. There are at least 3 different menus I remember: very tasty lounge-type food (pomegranate drumettes, drunken shrimp, pita chips, etc.), regular dinner menu (pasta, burgers, all that good stufff made better) and Ethiopian dinner menu, which is a rare and wonderful experience to say the least. Yes! Do It! Check it out! Bring a date, you won't be sorry!
Beautiful and Elegant Atmosphere! So cozy it feels like home... – What a great addition to the historical Jazz District! When you enter this lounge you get an immediate feel of comfort... you are kindly greeted by beautiful ethnic women (including the owner!) and get a choice of dining at a table or in the lounge which includes thee most comfortable couches and not to mention in front of a beautiful fireplace. The warm colors and patterns in this place is unbelievable.
Moving on from the atmosphere, the food will not dissapoint you either! The menu includes Italian, American, and of course Ethiopian cuisine (I believe they are opening for brunch on the weekends soon too...remember breakfast at Rasselas?? Same recipes I heard!!) Make sure to get your spicy Ethiopian dish family style which is served traditionally on a huge platter to share! I was also taught by the owner how to eat with the food with Injera (Ethipian flat bread) with my hands :-) Oh, and don't forget to get a drink from the cutest and friendliest bartender that made me the best Mojito I ever had! Thanks Sheba Lounge for a great experience and will definately be one of my new spots for me and my friends!
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