CHAMBERS eat + drink

Fusion Restaurant / Hotel Bar / Lounge / Restaurant
CHAMBERS eat + drink A genre-bending combination of lounge, poolside bar, and high-end restaurant, CHAMBERS eat + drink is where haughty foodies, loud yuppies, and purposefully dorky hipsters all find something to love. San Francisco United States 37.783183 -122.417666
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CHAMBERS eat + drink - Fusion Restaurant | Hotel Bar | Lounge | Restaurant in San Francisco.
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Party Earth Review A genre-bending combination of lounge, poolside hotel bar, and high-end restaurant, CHAMBERS eat + drink is where haughty foodies, loud yuppies, and purposefully dorky hipsters all find something to love. Unmarked... ... read full review

  • Metro:

    BART: Civic Center
    MUNI F, J, KT, L, M, N Lines: Civic Center

  • Phone:

    415-829-2316

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  • Hours:

    Tu–F 5pm–2am, Sa–Su 6pm–2am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth CHAMBERS eat + drink Review

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A genre-bending combination of lounge, poolside bar, and high-end restaurant, CHAMBERS eat + drink is where haughty foodies, loud yuppies, and purposefully dorky hipsters all find something to love.

A genre-bending combination of lounge, poolside hotel bar, and high-end restaurant, CHAMBERS eat + drink is where haughty foodies, loud yuppies, and purposefully dorky hipsters all find something to love.

Unmarked and hidden next to the Phoenix Hotel, the venue’s streetside entrance leads patrons into the dining room first, where thousands of old record albums fill the floor-to-ceiling shelves and the words “BE AMAZING” are inscribed in lights behind the main bar. Trendy professionals dine on a pork belly update of the BLT, or take on Japanese-influenced fare like salmon sashimi served on a tiny wood-chip smoker.

Down a narrow hallway, the record theme continues into the lounge, with cozy nooks separated by old Rod Stewart and Doors LPs and huge low couches tucked beneath everything from Simon and Garfunkel to AC/DC’s first albums.

Mixology buffs hit up the second bar for a pisco punch or a cuba libre, which they can enjoy next to an open fireplace or head outside to join chic LA transplants chilling in a cabana next to the pool. Once the evening sets in, DJs get the young and diverse late-night crowd bumping to rock classics and soul hits, although anyone in need of a full-on dance club likely heads elsewhere.

There are plenty of ways to be cool, but CHAMBERS eat + drink is all about that casual, devil-may-care kind of cool, where people come for a meal, stay for a drink, and maybe pretend to be someone else for a night as they dip their toes in the water.

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Tip from Adriana:

Poolside patios are very rare in San Francisco. A spot in the heated cabana will make you feel like you’ve suddenly been transported to Los Angeles or Miami.

  • Crowd

    Intellectual and international hipsters, fun-loving yuppies, partiers from the suburbs, and travelers with a sense of style, mid-20s to late 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    DJ spins lounge, soul, and rock classics after 9 or 10pm Th–Sa.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Japanese influences combined with French, American, and Mediterranean cuisine.

  • Prices

    Appetizers and bar bites $6–$14, entrées $12–$26. Beer $5–$13, wine $9–$15+, cocktails $10.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Hipster casual to trendy: club tops, designer jeans, dress shoes, suits, striped shirts, vests.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Friday and Saturday nights to start with a meal, have a few drinks, bump in the lounge, and lounge by the pool.

  • Close By

    Bourbon and Branch (501 Jones Street) is a classy and very authentic speakeasy with a menu of incredibly complicated cocktails.

CHAMBERS eat + drink User Reviews

Average rating:
50's Diner With Some Nice Touchups
Danny M. Jun 28, 2013
From the outside, the Phoenix Hotel (where Chambers is located) looks like a 50-60s style hotel/motel that belongs on a beachside/waterfront location. Once I found my way inside the unmarked doors (it took a minute to put this together) I was a little more impressed with the décor. They’ve certainly made an effort to make the place look “cool” with shelves and shelves of records lining the walls, dim mood lighting, trendy light fixtures, etc. However, if you look a little closer you realize the place is basically an old diner which they’ve spruced up. I ate inside the restaurant but they do have some tables outside next to the hotel pool as well. The food here was decent…had a pretty good burger…but the portion sizes were a little small relative to the prices (which are definitely not 50’s style diner prices). Overall this is kind of a cool place that was a very chill spot for dinner but a little overpriced for what it is.
Nothing Special but Def cool
Laryn P. Jun 7, 2013
I had gone here when it was Bamboo Lounge. I miss that ! So maybe my review is out of missing the bamboo lounge I so loved in my 20s. Great job remodeling. Food is nothing special. Don't go there hungry. Small portions unless you order a ton of small plates adding up to way more than you want. Drinks are great but overpriced for what you are getting. After dinner slide back to the bar, and people watch. This place is a singles heaven. You'll see a lot of - you know they're gonna get it on tonight matches made. Have never been there when I haven't seen it. Not sure what it is about this place, but it was like that when it was Bamboo Lounge ;)
Be amazing
Tim K. Apr 9, 2013
Above the main bar in bright Broadway bulbs flashes the message "Be Amazing" and this is the mindset you want to be in upon arrival. I pretend I am in Palm Springs circa 1970 because this is the decor of the bar, restaurant and patio area. The owners have bought thousands and thousands of vintage records to line the walls, which, if you appear sober enough, they will let you browse at your leisure. They are known for their artisan cocktail list, quickly becoming the norm for all San Francisco bars, but note Chambers was one of the first. A little pricy, but hey, its San Francisco and you are being amazing. The crowd varies, and Chambers seems to host a lot of corporate events, so there is always the opportunity to charm your way to a few drink tickets. The patio is pure awesome, will a vintage swimming pool stringed up with Chinese lanterns situated around Palm Springs style loungers and tables. If your lucky you will meet someone staying across the patio and hosting a hotel room party. Recommended for all occasions as long as your committed to a little flirtation and meeting other people.
It is Amazing
Jaclyn W. Nov 12, 2012
As the sign behind the bar reads, "Be Amazing," that's exactly how you'll feel when you walk into this venue. The front doors open up into what feels like the Ace Hotel in Manhattan. Rumor has it that bands such as, the Killers and the Black Keys, have stayed a night or two here during their visits to San Francisco. Drinks are pricey, but well worth it. The cocktails are strong and the crowd is fun and friendly. Venture towards the back and the space opens up into a dining area. Records line the walls like bookcases and the bar in the back is illuminated with candleabra fixtures. If the night is warm enough, venture outside to the pool. It's lit, heated and has mosaic art pieces hidden on the sidewalls like Andy Warhol and Big Boi. A fire pit is also outside to keep warm on those chilly/foggy Bay nights. The best part about this place is that you can make it what you want. If you're staying there, it could be your last, fun stop of the night. If you have a date, you could lounge by the poolside and talk quietly over drinks. If you're with a group, grab a table and some tapas within. You won't regret stopping by here.
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