French restaurants

If you love French cuisine and wine, we have some good news for you : you don't necessarily need to travel to France... San Francisco has it all!  Here is a list (non-exhaustive and sorted by neighborhood) of restaurants to enjoy a nice lunch or dinner "a la francaise"!  


Bisou Bisronomy
Casual, modern, using local, organic ingredients. Nice gournet rendez-vous on Market Street in the Castro.
2367 Market Street, Castro
Every day 5:30pm - 10:30pm (9:30pm on Sunday)
Brunch during the week end 10am - 3pm


Amélie Le bar à vin.

Wine bar with an amazing selection of French (but not only) wines. Delicious French cheese plates, cold meats and different other French specialties. The place to be on Polk.


1754 Polk St, Nob Hill

Every day 5:30pm – 2am





Le P'tit Laurent

A good French bistrot in Glen Park. French classical specialties in a cosy environment and with a friendly service.

699 Chenery Street, Chenery Park

Dinner starting at 5:30PM



Chez Maman

Chez papa's wife ;-) French bistro offering salads, paninis, croque monsieur, french onion soup, crêpes...

1453 18th St, Potrero Hill

401 Gough street, Hayes Valley

Everyday from lunch to dinner.





French style bistro. French comford food (croque Monsieur...) and Provence inspired flavors. Nice and sunny garden patio. Very good breakfast menu with pancakes, bagels, scrambled eggs...

941 Cole Street, 415-564-5332

Everyday from 8am or 9am, to 9:30 or 10pm



Café de la Presse

A French brasserie in the heart of dowtown SF. Croissants, croque Monsieur, frisée salad with pancetta, niçoise salad, bœuf bourguignon... 

352 Grant Ave, Union Square. (415) 398-2680

Everyday, from breakfast to dinner.




Cafe Bastille

A typical Parisian bistro in the heart of the Financial District. Hachis parmentier, quiche Lorraine, frisee aux lardons... You will enjoy some French specialties surrounded by vintage French advertising metal sign. The outdoor terrace is great.

22 Belden Place

Everyday, from lunch to dinner





Small and friendly French bistro. On the menu among others: steamed mussels, beef tartare, charcuterie and... burgers !

2223 Union street, 415-771-7771.

Dinner everyday, lunch from Friday to Sunday




Garçon !

French bistro. Friendly ambiance and staff. The New Orleans native chef delivers a stylish interpretation of French classics like coq au vin, mussels, duck confit and French onion soup. The name of the restaurant is an oldfashion French expression used to call for the waiter. 

1101 Valencia street, 415-401-8959.

Dinner only, closed on Mondays.






Traditionnal French cuisine. Affordable wine list. 

151 Noe street, 415-437-2600.

Dinner only. Closed Monday and Sunday.





Chez Marius

Traditional French Bistro on  24th Street. Nice patio in the backyard to enjoy brunches in the sun.

4063 24th street, Noe Valley

Lunch et diner. Fermé le lundi.





Café Jacqueline

Traditionnal French food : onion soup, escargots... Their signature dish is the souffle. Sour or sweet , they are all incredible. 

1454 Grant Ave, (415) 981-5565

Open fron Wednesday to Saturday.

Dinner only. 5:30pm – 11pm.





Charming French restaurant with an outdoor seating. Perfectly seasoned salads, quiche lorraine, beef carpaccio, chocolate fondant... It's an ideal place for a light lunch/brunch with a group of girlfriends. 

2500 Washington street, 415-359-0075.

Everyday, lunch and dinner.





French bistro, serving Basque inspired cuisine. Sauteed calamaris, traditionnal duck confit, gâteau basque… Good food and service.

570 Fourth street, 415-543-0573.

Dinner evry night. Lunch Tuesday-Friday.





Restaurant and Wine Bar, named after the famous French Burgundy road and modeled after a Parisian train station, housed on the first floor of a glass skyscraper, the Millennium Tower. The endless wine list is a must for wine connoisseurs. The food, created by Michael Mina (a renowned chef in San Francisco who owns a self-named high-end restaurant in the Financial District) is French-inspired with an american flare. A business lunch favorite spot. Wine list

301 Mission street, 415-543-7474.

Dinner everyday, lunch on week-days 11:30am-2pm.





Good French bistro with a "provencal twist". Casual atmosphere. Parking lot.

400 Dewey Blvd, 415-242-0960

Dinner everyday, Sunday brunch.




Le P'tit Laurent

A good neighborhood French bistro. The menu includes: boeuf Bourguignon, cassoulet, bouillabaisse, ris de veau, profiteroles, tarte tatin. A French food lovers' heaven ! 

699 Chenery Street, (415) 334-3235

Dinner only, from 5:30PM.





And the list of the best French restaurants in San Francisco continues with... 

Bouche - 603 Bush Street

Café Claude - 7 Claude Lane and 2120 Greenwich

Claudine - 8 Claude Lane / Has closed now.

Plouf - 40 Belden Place

Galette 88 - 88 Hardie Place / Has closed now.

Fleur de Lys - 777 Sutter Street Closed in 2014.

Muka - 370 Grove Street

Piperade - 1015 Battery Street

Mathilde French Bistro - 315 5th Street

Terroir - 1116 Folsom Street

Blush - 476 Castro Street

Cocotte - 1521 Hyde Street

La Folie & La Folie Lounge - 2316 Polk Street

Baker Street Bistro - 2953 Baker Street

Bistro Aix - 3340 Steiner Street

Chapeau! - 126 Clement Street



A French woman living in SF went to all of them! She shared her experience and recommandations with us. Read her review.