Top French Restaurants in San Francisco
San Francisco is known for unique landmarks, cultural diversity, and world-class restaurants. For those seeking the finest in French cuisine, the “City by the Bay” does not disappoint. Here are a few of the best.
7 Claude Ln, San Francisco, CA
Cafe Claude brings authentic French cuisine to the tables off of Union Square nightly in San Francisco. The menu features such classics as Brandade De Morue and Braised Rabbit, paired with the regions finest vintages. Escargot, Ris De Veau, and mouth-watering French desserts keep visitors and locals coming back for more year after year. The furnishings are said to have come from a closed cafe’ in Paris, and the cozy space fits well. Live Jazz music on weekends and the heated outdoor patio is right for a romantic dinner for two. http://www.cafeclaude.com/
Bistro Central Parc
Central Ave., San Francisco, California
Chef Jacques ManueraIn brings his culinary genius to the North Panhandle district, and his fine French food can be found on Central Avenue at Bistro Central Parc. The cozy wood interiors and rich french breads and wines are rustic and delicious. Chef ManueraIn combines unpretencios classic French fare without the fuss. Zagats reviewers agree with an over 90% rating. The menu features such gastric prizes as Bouilliabaisse, Rissotto Aux coquilles St. Jaques (rissotto, lobster sauce and scallops). Open for brunch and dinner, reservations are suggested. http://www.bistrocentralparc.com
Noe st., San Francisco, California
From the Soup Du Jour to it’s signature Pan-Seared Rack of Lamb, L’Ardoise carries the torch for fine French dining to San Francisco. The cozy atmosphere and understated elegance give the bistro what discerning diners crave. The French master at work inside the kitchen is Chef Clement, formerly of Le Charm, Elizibeth and Daniel, and Fringale, all local favorites. Featured in Michelin, praised at Zagat, and recommended by The Gate, The Guardian, and the SF Weekly, L’Ardoise continues to please hungry San Franciscans. http://www.ardoisesf.com/
Polk st., San Francisco, California
Another San Francisco culinary powerhouse, LaFolie, is an elegant and upscale French dining experience in Russian Hill. Chef Roland Passot and his wife have pleased hungry San Franciscans since the mid-1980’s and have received a Michelin star and 4 stars each from the San Francisco Chronicle and San Francisco Magazine. Menu choices such as Rotie of Quail and Squab, Butter Poached Lobster, and Devils Gulch Ranch Rabbit reflect the chef’s love for local game and produce. LaFolie recently opened a lounge next door for added entertainment and cocktails. http://www.lafolie.com/
Cole st., San Francisco
This charming brick French bistro is located in the “heart of Cole Valley” in San Francisco’s financial district. An outdoor patio serves people-watching diners streetside. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Breakfast fare includes Fountainbleu Eggs w/portobello, and Un, duex, troix (1 pancake, 2 eggs, 3 strips of bacon). Dinner entrees from this classic French kitchen include Assiette de Fromages, (cheeses and figs) Truite de Camill (boiled, de-boned Trout, and Lapin a la Moutarde (braised Sonoma rabbit). The wine list is substantial and the atmosphere is casual yet tasteful. http://www.zaziesf.com/
The city of San Francisco is a mecca for foodies that crave a diversified ethnic menu. Here, French chefs have many fans.