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Diners' Choice: French restaurants in San Francisco Bay Area

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Updated February 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall French cuisine in San Francisco Bay Area? You’re in the right place. Each month OpenTable analyzes more than 400,000 new diner reviews. We sort the results by category to help you discover new favorites. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of L'Ardoise restaurant
4.9
4.9 (3233)
$31 to $50
French
The Castro
About the restaurant
French Bistro serving traditional and authentic fare in a cozy atmosphere.
Top review
PCHEESEvip
Dined 1 day ago
Interesting, different treatment of our escargot appetizer. Both of our fish entrees were very well prepared, not overcooked at all. Spinach risotto base was ambrosial. Service, as always, was attentive without being intrusive.
A photo of Mathilde French Bistro restaurant
4.9
4.9 (2353)
$50 and over
French
SOMA
About the restaurant
Mathilde French Bistro is a quintessential French Bistro in the SOMA area of San Francisco. A cozy main dinning room and romantic patio room which is covered and heated, allowing year round dining.
The cuisine is traditional bistro faire, with its voted best in town French onion soup, baked escargots and duck confit. Soon as you set foot at Mathilde, you will feel like you are back in Paris.
Mathilde Bistro is also the sister restaurant of L'ardoise Bistro.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Excellent real French food, great atmosphere, excellent service.
A photo of Cote Ouest restaurant
4.9
4.9 (504)
$30 and under
French
Marina / Cow Hollow / Presidio
About the restaurant
Côte Ouest Bistro is a contemporary French bistro led by partners Laurent Monchicourt & Martin Sarraih. In April, 2021, the pair transformed the former Baker Street Bistro into a modern 21st century neighborhood gem.

Nestle into one of our bay window seats and enjoy conversation over a plate of charcuterie with the perfect glass of Bordeaux. Chef Sarraih's prepares seasonal specialties as well as favorite French classics like Steak Frites, and Duck Confit. And the custard soaked Croissant French Toast is not to be missed if you stop by for brunch on our sunny terrace.

Top review
ClariceB
Dined 7 days ago
What a charming neighborhood gem, with excellent wait staff, will definitely return!
A photo of Walter Hansel Wine Bistro restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1849)
$31 to $50
French
Santa Rosa
About the restaurant
We offer French country-style cuisine graced with a few worldly surprises and are located just 6 minutes from Coddingtown Mall and 10 minutes from Downtown Santa Rosa surrounded by beautiful vineyards with an onsite garden for fresh, farm-to-table vegetables and herbs.

"An impressive new Santa Rosa restaurant that's instantly one of our best"
Jeff Cox, renowned Wine Country food critic.

We are a small restaurant and love Open Table diners, please, please notify us as early as possible if your plans change. If you are unable to find the reservation you want, please call us directly at (707) 546-6462. Thank you.


Top review
Altuesdayvip
Dined 4 days ago
It had been too long but eating at Walter Hansel reminded us how impressive this restaurant is from every angle. We had a great dinner from start to finish. Excellent service.
A photo of The Village Bistro - Napa restaurant
4.8
4.8 (57)
$31 to $50
French
Napa
About the restaurant
The Village Bistro is a French influenced concept with a wine country twist. The dining experience is based on family style dining, and we encourage our guest to share their food.

The Village Bistro has an extensive wine list, and over 90 references, most of them coming from the Napa Valley and heavily focused on Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine list also features some traditional French wine by the glass.

In addition, the Bistro offers a beer list focused on small batch European breweries and a full bar featuring some signature cocktails as well as a selection of after-dinner liquor and cocktails.

Top review
AaronAvip
Dined on Feb 11, 2024
Great place. Server was very attentive and food was very good
A photo of Reve restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2354)
$50 and over
French
Lafayette
About the restaurant
Indoor / Standard Table = dining room. Outdoor = Patio / garden beautifully designed with plants & art. As of October 24, 2023 seating will be in an enclosed heated garden tent. Fully outdoor garden is available by phone only 7 days in advance, weather permitting.

RÊVE is not that snooty, splurge-on-your-anniversary kind of French restaurant. Au contraire.
This is your classic, everyday neighborhood French bistro run by Chef Paul Magu-Lecugy & his wife, Laura. That kind of cozy little place you’d imagine in Saint Michel or Saint Germain. Not smack dab in the middle of the 'burbs. But lucky for you, that’s exactly where 5-star chef Paul Magu will be paying homage to the French comfort food that he fell in love with as a boy growing up in Paris. We’re talking authentic French onion soup. Steamed mussels. Steak frites. And don’t forget creme brulee… 2021 & 2022 Michelin recognized Open Table guest favorite 2017-2023





Top review
revmary
Dined on Feb 21, 2024
Delighted with the warm welcome, available but non-intrusive wait-staff, fantastic food (duck confit for him, filet of sole for me) . . . and a memorable dessert (Opera Cake). Prices have gone up a bit, so this is only an occasional treat for us, but well worth it. Everything here is top-notch.
A photo of Bistro Vida restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2603)
$30 and under
French
Menlo Park
About the restaurant
Established in 1998, Bistro Vida is a neighborhood restaurant inspired by the great Parisian bistro culture and traditions of French cooking. Our mission is to bring the joie de vivre, comfort, and community of the City of Lights to downtown Menlo Park. The name " Vida" the Spanish word for life, was chosen as a toast to the enjoyment of life, love, and food. Each delicious detail of the chic interior from the smart bar to the blackboard menus, the huge cylindrical chandeliers to the long mirrors reminiscent of brasseries has acquired a warm patina over the years.
Top review
Remyvip
Dined 1 day ago
Always delicious food at Bistro Vida!! And good service too..
A photo of Chapeau restaurant
4.8
4.8 (3597)
$50 and over
French
Richmond District
About the restaurant
Chapeau! Offers both prix fixe $75 ( 3-course) per person or a la carte menu. We look forward to seeing everyone.
Please visit the updated menu on our website at www.chapeausf.com.
A bientôt !

Top review
BillieS
Dined 4 days ago
From the moment you are greeted by the charming, friendly owner, to the last bite,and sip, you feel the comfort and hospitality of this wonderful restaurant. The food is perfection. We can hardly wait for our next visit.
A photo of Chouquet's restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1616)
$30 and under
French
Pacific Heights
About the restaurant
A couple enjoying each others company tucked into a banquette late in the evening…a group of girlfriends people-watching from the sidewalk tables over brunch…two neighbors stopping by to grab lunch at the bar.


These people all have one thing in common as they enjoy a meal here on Fillmore Street in Pacific Heights- Chouquet's. Whether inside our dining room or outside under the heated protection of our large awning, diners come to Chouquet’s to enjoy fresh, seasonal French bistro fare in a casual yet refined environment. Join us for lunch, brunch, or dinner and let us satisfy you with signature dishes such as our boeuf bourguignon, duck confit, onion soup or with bistro classics such as steak frites, moules marinière, and our famous crème brûlée for dessert. To complement your meal, we offer over 20 wines by the glass from our eclectic wine list of smaller producers.

Top review
SanMateo
Dined on Feb 20, 2024
Wonderful, quaint, authentic French neighborhood gem. Service is so friendly and attentive, food is superb.
A photo of Iron Gate restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2917)
$50 and over
French
Belmont
About the restaurant
Iron Gate offers excellent Continental cuisine in an elegant environment. The only restaurant with table site & flambe service in the bay area. Private Rooms available for 25 up to75 guests. The entire restaurant can be bought out for private parties.
Top review
MarshaR
Dined on Feb 21, 2024
An amazing dining experience! Fabulous service….fabulous selection….fabulous food!!
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