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Published by Suzanne Toczyski, Sonoma State University

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*FRENCH RESTAURANTS IN THE BAY AREA*

Scroll down for a quasi-complete alphabetical list of
local French and French-inspired restaurants in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Special menus at local eateries head off the list below...
Bay Area restaurants of interest to Francophiles
are invited to send a short description for inclusion here.

1300 ON FILLMORE, 1300 Fillmore (at Eddy), SF.  “Creating new memories with French soul,” beignets and all.  Reviewed in the April 2, 2008 SF Weekly, p.39

ABSINTHE, 398 Hayes, SF.  Southern French classics become urban masterpieces.  415.551.1590.

THE ACADEMY GRILL, California Culinary Academy, 625 Polk St., San Francisco, the hottest new Civic Center Lunch Spot, is now serving a new French bistro menu. To go orders available: 415.216.4301 for details.

AICHA, 1303 Polk, SF.  North African; try the tagine…  415.345.9947 or http://www.aichasf.com.  Credit cards pending; call ahead or bring cash. 

AMERICAN NATURAL FOOD & CAFÉ.American Natural Food and Cafe offre des mets, des plats et des desserts français, marocains et méditerranéens cuisinés avec des produits naturels et avec des méthodes traditionnelles.  De même, nous offrons un service de traiteur - catering pour toutes les occasions et cela avec une créativité adaptée aux désirs de notre clientèle offrant ainsi des saveurs authentiques et aromatiques sans égale au niveau du gout de nos préparations culinaires.   Pour plus d'indications, veuillez consulter the website of American Natural Food and Cafe:  http://americanaturalfoodandcafe.weebly.com/

LES AMIS.  From the people who brought us PLOUF and CAFÉ BASTILLE… 568 Sacramento St. (between Sansome and Montgomery), SF.  415.291.9145 to reserve.

ANDREW JAEGER’S HOUSE OF SEAFOOD JAZZ AT THE CONDOR.  Classic New Orleans Cuisine.  With crawfish étouffé, jumbo shrimp creole, Louisiana bouillabesse, ya mama’s gumbo, jambalaya, and more.  50% off drinks, 3pm-6:30pm.  300 Broadway @ Columbus, SF.  415.781.8222 or http://www.condorsf.com for details.

AQUA, featuring Chef Laurent Manrique… 252 California (at Battery), SF.  415.956.9662 for details.

L’ARDOISE BISTRO, 151 Noe (at Henry), SF.  415.437.2600 or http://www.lardoisesf.comReviewed in the June 11, 2008 SF Weekly, p.37.

ARLEQUIN, 3848 Hayes, SF.  Provençal / Mediterranean.  Enjoy tables in the garden.  415.863.0926.

AZIZA.  Marvelous Moroccan fare with impressive origins, rosewater, dim lighting… The basteeya is out of this world, and the couscous is to die for.  (My favorite restaurant in San Francisco, true be told!)  5800 Geary (at 22nd), SF.  415.752.2222.

BAKER ST. BISTRO, Baker at Lombard... Cuisine grand-mère.

BAR JULES, 609 Hayes St., San Francisco.  415.621.5482 or http://www.barjules.comReviewed in the February 11, 2009 SF Bay Guardian, pp.43-44.

LE BAYOU, 3278 Adeline, Berkeley.  Authentic New Orleans Cajun & Creole, including jambalaya, fried catfish, and homemade pralnes.  510.594.9302.

BISSAP BAOBAB ~ WEST AFRICAN SENEGALESE CUISINE.  Exotic cocktails; now serving infused rums.  2323 Mission St., SF.  415.826.9287 or http://www.bissapbaobab.com for details.

BISTRO 29,  620 Fifth St., Santa Rosa.

BISTRO AIX, 3340 Steiner (at Chestnut), SF.  Neighborhood restaurant, eclectic menu.  Small inside; larger back patio.  Daily specials inspired by local farmers markets.  415.202.0100.

BISTRO LIAISON, Shattuck & Hearst, Berkeley. Chef/owner Todd Kniess presides over a cozy French bistro which serves great food in an elegant but relaxed and comforting setting. In the past few years Todd has made annual visits to southwest France (including a successful truffle hunt) which have influenced his menu; cassoulet and Quercy salad are among the regional dishes that often appear alongside the more "classic" offerings. A wine club that the Bistro sponsors meets at the restaurant regularly.

BISTRO MAXINE serves Crepes, Sandwiches, Salads, with rotating specials every two weeks. Those specials include a soup, salad, savory and sweet crepe, and we use seasonal ingredients. Every Wednesday we have a prix fixe menu with the selection from our specials; Soup or salad, savory crepe, dessert, coffee for $19. Our specials can be viewed on our "EVENT" page at www.bistromaxine.com.  548 Ramona Street, Palo Alto.  650-323-1815 or http://www.bistromaxine.com/ for details.

BRENDA'S FRENCH SOUL FOOD. A taste of the bayou on Polk Street: this breakfast/lunch spot touts chef Brenda Buenviaje (formerly of Cafe Claude). Brioche French toast, beignets, gumbo, grillades, croque monsieurs and more. 652 Polk St (at Eddy), SF 415.345.8100.

BRIOCHE BAKERY, 210 Columbus Ave., San Francisco, 415.765.0412.  A small French bakery featuring – what else? – brioche!  Proprietors Catherine et Jean-Claude Bunand. 

CAFÉ CLAUDE, 7 Claude (at Bush), SF.  Feels like Paris!  Traditional café food; live jazz at night.  415.392.3505.

CAFÉ DE LA PRESSE (at Union Square).  Lively atmosphere and terrific food, both casual (at the front tables) and more substantial… 352 Grant Avenue (at Bush), SF.  415.398.2680.

CAFÉ DES AMIS, 2000 Union (at Buchanan), SF.  415.56.7700 or www.cafedesamissf.com for details.  Reviewed in the November 10, 2010 SF Weekly, p.29.

CAFÉ KATI, 1963 Sutter St., SF.  415.775.7313 or http://www.cafekati.com for details.

CAFÉ TRADITION.  “Called Café Tradition, it’s billed as a French and Moroccan restaurant and wine bar. The owners are the husband and wife team of is Jean-Roger and Drissia Rafael. Jean-Roger (also the chef) is from Marseilles, while Drissia hails from Fes.  They previously ran two restaurants in New York for 25 years, L’Auberge du Midi and Café Fes, the latter which former New York Times critic Mimi Sheraton once ilsted as one of her favorite things in the West Village. It also landed on the $25 and Under column; here’s what Asimov wrote: “Any stereotypes of North African food are immediately shattered as a waiter offers not pita bread but firm, delicious rolls subtly flavored with anise… Entrees are served with ceremony, arriving in blue-and-white china bowls covered with conical china lids that are removed with a flourish.”  At Café Tradition, chef Jean-Roger Rafael (who opened L’Auberge in his 20s) is putting forth a menu of French-Moroccan cuisine, meaning dishes like terrine of duck foie gras and figs; marinated beef in red wine cooked in a sealed casserole with diced bacon, carrots, niçoise olives and pearl onions ($20.50); or Mrouzia Tagine Fassia, a leg of lamb slow-cooked with honey, raisins, prunes, cinnamon and almonds ($19.50). Open for lunch and dinner during the week, plus Saturday dinner.” Cafe Tradition: 123 West 25th Avenue, San Mateo; (650) 345-2233.

 

CASSIS, 2101 Sutter St., SF.  415.440.4500 or http://www.restaurantcassis.com for details.  Reviewed in the January 23, 2008 SF Bay Guardian, p.51.

LA CAVE (formerly Curbside Bistro) is open for lunch. Located below the Alliance Française, 1345 Bush Street, San Francisco. 415.923.1375. La Cave serves excellent soupes, salades, and ensuite (afterward/dessert) with genuine French style. Here you can try French favorites such as coq au vin (chicken with wine), and faux filet sauce bordelaise (sirloin with Bordeaux sauce). For dessert, try le bouchon special maison (the house special), a hot luscious, dark chocolate cake with raspberries outside and liquid chocolate inside.

CHEZ MAMAN POTRERO HILL, 1453 18th St., SF.   415.824.7166 or http:/www.chezmamansf.com for details.

CHEZ PAPA, 1401 18th St. (at Missouri), SF.  Small, Provençal-style bistro; fine selection of small plates & entrees.  (For a more relaxed menu, go to CHEZ MAMAN!) 415.255.0387.

CHEZ PAPA RESTO, 4 Mint Plaza (at Fifth St.), SF.  http://www.chezpapasf.com or 415.546.4134 for details.  Reviewed in the March 18, 2009 SF Weekly, p.30.

CHEZ SPENCER, featuring Chef Laurent Katgely, superb food and live jazz.  82 14th St. (at Folsom), SF.  415.864.2191 for reservations. 

CLEMENTINE, 126 Clement (at Second Ave.), SF.  Neighborhood restaurant with bistro classics; fine desserts.  415.387.0408.

COULEUR CAFÉ, 300 De Haro St., SF.  415.255.1021.  “The menu at Couleur Cafe is inspired and influenced by the many cultural and diverse people that have changed the face of France. Here, couleur stands not only for our colorful environment but also for our colorful multi-cultural fare. We blend traditional Arab and Mediterranean ingredients with typical French fare to create new standards in our cuisine. Our intention is to offer a comfortable dining experience by providing you with delicious home-cooked food in a French-inspired atmosphere." http://www.couleurcafesf.com/

COSSU.  1516 Broadway (at Polk), SF.  415885.4477 or http://www.pasharestaurant.com for details. 

CREPE EXPRESS.  Taste Paris!  Savory and sweet crêpes, French sandwiches and more  1476 Haight at Ashbury, SF.  415.865.0264.

CREPERIE SAINT-GERMAIN, 1 Sansome (at Market), 415.217.7056 or http://www.creperiesaintgermain.com for details. 

CUISINE & SAVEURS.  Cuisine & Saveurs est un service traiteur (catering events planning et personnel chef).  Nous faisons une cuisine créative et distinguée àl'image des bons restaurants.  Pour vos repas de fêtes, célébrations de toutes occasions mariage, anniversaire, graduation...  Cuisine & Saveurs vous propose des menus de qualité conçus à votre goût, à votre budget, avec un service irreprochable.  Noël et le jour de l'an approchent, n'hésitez pas à nous contacter: http://www.cuisineetsaveurs.com 

DIERK’S PARKSIDE CAFÉ, 404 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa. 707-573-5955 or http://www.dierksparkside.com for details.   For an amazing duck confit or a lovely, warm crispy baguette covered with scrambled eggs, bacon, mushrooms, spinach, oven-dried tomatoes, hash browns and Hollandaise sauce, Dierk’s Parkside is “the” place for French-inspired brunch in Santa Rosa…

FIFTH FLOOR.  Laurent Manrique brings the flavors of Gascony to San Francisco… 12 4th St. (at Market), sF.  415.348.1555.  Dinner reservations only. Reviewed in the July 2008 issue of San Francisco Magazine.

FLEUR DE LYS.  Featuring Chef Hubert Keller’s amazing prix fixe menus.  777 Sutter Avenue (at Jones), SF.  415.673.7779. 

FLEUR DE SEL.308 Kearny Street, San Francisco, CA 94108.  Phone: (415) 956-5005.  Open Monday to Friday, 7am to 7pm.  In the city, “gourmet lunch on the go” is a rare find. It’s hard to find a compromise, isn’t it? Not for Stephane Gregoire, a recently-settled French restaurateur, who lives by this maxim in his restaurant, Fleur de Sel, located at 308 Kearny Street, SF.  Stephane Gregoire is a veteran of the catering industry. A native of Saint Malo in northwestern France (which, by the way, is renowned for its restaurants), Stephane has over twenty-five years of culinary experience under his belt. His extensive career has led him to Switzerland, England, and the Antilles islands, among other destinations. He settled in the United States ten years ago, primarily working in Altanta and with well-known chef Gordon Ramsey.  One year ago, drawing on his experience, Stephane opened his own business, Fleur de Sel. He now focuses on providing gourmet organic food to hungry San Franciscans. Fleur de Sel’s menu relies heavily on local farmers and supports sustainable agriculture. For busy people who cannot take long lunch breaks, but still expect quality and tasty food, Stephane Gregoire’s Fleur de Sel is a wonderful little stop in San Francisco.

 

THE FRENCH CELLAR:  DAILY WINE TASTING, CHAMPAGNE SUNDAYS! and PRIVATE TASTINGS "AU BAR.” The French Cellar continues its series of Daily Wine Tastings to the public, Monday to Saturday, 11-6 and Sunday 11-4.  Champagne Sundays! continue each Sunday 11-4.  Call for further information and the current wine menu, which changes daily.  Full glass pours for wines and Champagnes are priced according to the producer at $4 to $12 per glass.   Call in advance and arrange a Private Tasting while seated at our antique zinc bar for a maximum of 4 people, and share a bottle of wine or Champagne of your own selection, for the retail price!   32 East Main Street, Los Gatos.  Contact us at (408) 354-0993,  www.thefrenchcellar.com or email thefrenchcellar@worldnet.att.net.  We invite you to try our great wine and Champagne finds from France, and join us in celebrating our 10th year! The French Cellar-Regional Wines & Objects from France-Celebrating Our 10th Year, 32 East Main Street Los Gatos CA  95030.  Tel 408.354.0993  or  fax 408.354.2723; email thefrenchcellar@worldnet.att.net; www.thefrenchcellar.com.

FRENCH GARDEN RESTAURANT AND BRASSERIE, 8050 Bodega Ave., Sebastopol. 

LE GARAGEA NEW FRENCH RESTAURANT IN SAUSALITO!  The lunchtime crowd gathers on the waterfront at Le Garage in Sausalito. Le Garage, which looks like a garage and seats 20 inside and 20 outside on a waterside patio, will open for dinner sometime in mid-May, Denis says. For more information, call 332-5625; the Web site, http://www.legaragesausalito.com/ .  For a review, visit: http://www.marinij.com/diningandfood/ci_9176457

INSALATA’S, featuring award-winning chef Heidi Insalata Krahling.  Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine prepared with local organic produce and artisan meats.  120 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Anselmo.  415.457.7700 or http://insalatas.com for details.

JARDINIERE, 300 Grove, SF.  French- & California-inspired.  415.861.5555.

LEFT BANK.Three area bistros: http://www.leftbank.com

CELEBRATE BASTILLE DAY AT LEFT BANK BRASSERIE, WITH THREE BAY AREA LOCATIONS.  On Bastille Day, Thursday, July 14, the 3 Bay Area Left Bank Brasseries (Larkspur, San Jose, Menlo Park) are celebrating Bastille Day, Thursday, July 14, by offering a la carte menu specials, an accordion player serenading guests, staff dressed up in traditional French garb, and festive decorations.  In Larkspur, guests can enjoy Salade de Morteau Aux Pistaches, Pommes de Terre , Frisée et Vinaigrette a la Ciboulette (pistachio and garlic sausage salad with yukon gold potatoes, frisee, chives dressing/$8.95); La Bouillabaisse de la Rive Gauche (Provençale fish stew with snapper, mussels, clams, prawns, rouille/$23.95); and Crème Brûlée au Citron, Salade De Fraises a la Menthe (lemon crème brûlée, minted strawberries salad).  San Jose will offer Salade de Morteau (house made smoked pistachio morteau sausage, pea sprouts, fingerling potatoes roasted tomato vinaigrette/ $9.50); Rilette de Saumon Fumée (Loch Duart salmon and smoked salmon rilette with a tarragon crème fraiche and toasted bread/$10.50; Risotto aux Noix de Coquilles Saint Jacques (day boat scallop risotto with grilled sweet corn and pea sprouts/$21.00); Canard à la Vanille (vanilla and brandy roasted duck breast, sweet corn potato croquette, goat cheese tomato Provençale/$25.50); and Fraisier (vanilla sponge cake, pastry cream, strawberries and crème chantilly/$7.50).  Featured in Menlo Park will be Caille Fumée, Girolle et Salade Piquante au Vinaigre de Banyul (house smoked stuffed quail, chanterelle mushrooms, California peppercress mizuna salad, banyuls vinaigrette/$12.75); Entrecote, Flan a La Moelle Façons Chef Roland Passot (a 10 oz. Angus rib eye, bone marrow flan, artichoke, potato gratin, foie gras sauce/$28.50); and Le Fameux Clafoutis a La Fraise a La Parisienne (strawberry tart clafouti, fleur de sel caramel ice cream/$6.75). Addresses:  Left Bank Brasserie Larkspur 507 Magnolia Avenue Larkspur, CA 94939 (415) 927-3331 www.LeftBank.com   Left Bank Brasserie Santana Row 377 Santana Row, Suite 1100 San Jose, California 95128 (408) 984-3500 www.LeftBank.com   Left Bank Brasserie Menlo Park 635 Santa Cruz Avenue Menlo Park, CA 94025 (650) 473-6543 www.LeftBank.com

LUNCH IN A BOX from LEFT BANK IN PLEASANT HILL. Left Bank, Pleasant Hill's popular French brasserie, has launched a new dining option targeted to local businesses and anyone who wants fresh, delicious meals with Left Bank flavor and style. WHAT: a variety of sandwiches, side salads and sweets, freshly made-to-order and boxed for easy pick up. Just think "Left Bank To Go." WHERE: Left Bank brasserie, 60 Crescent Drive on the Plaza in Pleasant Hill, conveniently located off the 680 freeway. WHEN: Available every day, from 10am-10am; Minimum 24 hour pre-order is appreciated. HOW TO ORDER: Call Left Bank at 925.288.1222 and ask for Caite Daniel or the Manager on duty. PRICE: $10.95 plus sales tax; $1.00 per bottle for bottled water or assorted soft drinks available upon request. All items may be prepared platter style. Delivery options available.

MARCHÉ AUX FLEURS.  Featuring locally farmed produce, wild and fresh seafood, and free-range meats prepared with an artisanal touch.  23 Ross Commons, Ross.  415.925.9200 or http://marcheauxfleursrestaurant.com for details.

METRO CAFÉ, 311 Divisadero, SF.  “The earthy chic of Paris’s 11th arrondissement,” with prix fixe menu.  415.552.0903. http://www.metrocafe311.com for details.  Reviewed in the September 22, 2009 SF Bay Guardian.

MIDI, 185 Sutter (at Kearny), San Francisco.  415.835.6400.  http://www.midisanfrancisco.com for details.  Reviewed in the May 20, 2009 SF Weekly, p.37.

MIREPOIX.  A local fisherman calls the owners of Mirepoix early Tuesday mornings to let them know what the best catch of the day is; the fish is used in a remarkable bouillabaisse… 275 Windsor River Rd., Windsor, CA.  707.838.0162 or http://www.restaurantmirepoix.com for details on Tuesday and other menus!

NOETECA, 1551 Dolores, SF, 415.824.5524 or http://www.noetecacafe.com, is reviewed in the November 11, 2009 San Francisco Bay Guardian, p.15.

PATISSERIE DELANGHE French bakery established by Dominique & Marie-Jeanne Delanghe.  Pâtisseries, viennoiseries, wedding cakes…  1890 Fillmore (at Bush), SF.  Open six days a week.  415.923.0711. 

PATISSERIE PHILIPPE, 655 Townsend, SF.  415.558.8016 or http://www.patisseriephilippe.com for details. 

LE P’TIT LAURENT, 699 Chenery (at Diamond), Glen Park.  415.334.3235. 

LE PETIT ROBERT, 2300 Polk, SF.  Small plates…  415.922.8100.

RESTAURANT CASSIS. See CASSIS, above.

RESTAURANT GERVAIS, 14560 Big Basin Way, near Fifth, Saratoga.  408.867.7017.  Recently opened by Vanessa Nguyen and Jean-Baptiste Su.  Un petit mot de Jean-Baptiste:  Nous voulons encourager les associations et groupes francophiles à venir dans notre restaurant en leur proposant des menus personnalisés, des évènements, etc....  View a review at:  http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/entertainment/14466186.htm

RESTAURANT JEANNE D’ARC:   A taste of France in the heart of San Francisco  Restaurant Jeanne D'Arc takes you back to 15th century France, the time of Joan of Arc, replete with tapestries, statues, artifacts, and stained glass windows. Named after the medieval French heroine, the restaurant is unquestionably one of the finest in San Francisco. The restaurant is run by the Lambert family. Executive Chef Bernard Moutal with his vast experience and considerable culinary talents brings traditional French cuisine to a high point in these beautiful surroundings. The prix fixe menu at $38 offers a four course dinner. The menu changes daily, featuring delicacies made from seafood, duck, rabbit, veal, and lamb. The wine list, very reasonably priced, includes quality California and French wines. A vestige of the past with its authenticity, warmth, and hospitality, Restaurant Jeanne D'Arc, like the Hotel, wants to please its customers with quality of the food, reasonable prices, courteous service, and beautiful surroundings. Open Tuesday through Saturday 5.30pm to 9pm.

RUE SAINT JACQUES, 1098 Jackson (at Taylor), SF.  Cozy but stylish bistro; three-course prix fixe available between 5:30pm and 6:30pm.  415.776.2002.

SAN ANSELMO INN, with a FRENCH WINE BAR.  A casual European-style wine bar, featuring a refined selection of red, white, rosé, and sparkling wines from Barodauz, Burgundy, Alsace, the Loire and Rhone Valleys, Provence, and other notable wine regions of France.  Open Thursday-Saturday, 4pm-9pm.  339 San Anselmo Avenue, San Anselmo.  415.455.5366 or http://www.sananselmoinn.com for details.

SWISS FONDUE RESTAURANTS FONDUE FRED (Berkeley) & MELT (SF) reviewed in the February 6, 2008 SF Weekly, p.46.

LA TERRASSE, 215 Lincoln (at Graham), SF.  415-622.DINE or http://www.laterrassepresidio.com for details. 

TI COUZ, 3108 16th St., SF.  Fabulous crêpes, sweet & savory, plus salads and lovely kir.  415.252.7373.

LE ZINC,  4063 24th St., SF.  Bistro… 415.647.9400.

ZITUNE.  Chef Chafik Larobi is from Morocco; his menu reflects traditional Moroccan fare, but with a sophistication that defies the ordinary.  325 Main St. (at 2nd), Los Altos.  650.947.0247 to reserve.

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