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Covered and heated patio room serves year round - Mathilde French Bistro, San Francisco, CA

Mathilde French Bistro

4.8
4.8
2372 Reviews
$50 and over
French
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.

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2 people

9:00 p.m.


Booked 4 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    French, Bistro
  • Hours of Operation
    Dinner Tue, Wed 5:30 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:45 pm
  • Phone number
    (415) 546-6128
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive Chef
    Thierry Clement
  • Catering
    Call for details
  • Private party facilities
    Private party buy-out is accepted 7 days a week. The seating capacity is 80 for indoor and outdoor space. Ideal for wedding. Cocktail party capacity is 100 indoor and outdoor. Price based on day of the week and the season, please contact restaurant for more information.
  • Private party contact
    Lina Yew, : (415) 546-6128
  • Neighbourhood
    SOMA
  • Cross Street
    Folsom and Harrison
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking <br />Parking lot on 5th Street and Howard Street<br />Parking garage on 5th Street and Mission Street
  • Public Transit
    Bart Station: Powell Street Bus Line : 27
  • Entertainment
    Live music on Thursday under our covered patio. DJ on certain Sunday Brunch.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

What 2,372 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.7Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Francisco Bay Area

    French

  • San Francisco

    French

2,373 Reviews
  1. kcbythesea

    San Francisco

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Mathilde is always a delight. The food and service are consistently excellent.

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  2. JudyT

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful meal and wonderful service! Delicious.

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  3. Kinast

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great presentation. The liver salad was delicious. The steak was cooked as expected and services were exceptional. Highly recommended.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Warmly greeted at the door. Had not realized my birthday was shown on the reservation. Manager stopped at the table to say hello and wish me a happy birthday. The service here is always terrific and tonight was no exception. I only wish I could eat here more often but the food is not good for my waist. But oh so good for my well being. I will be back.

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  5. MichaelC

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is the perfect French bistro, with traditional menu and wonderful service!

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome experience as always. Good was spectacular, service was impeccable.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Underrated restaurant in SF and great value. We always take family and friends visiting the city here and it has never disappointed.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delightful covered courtyard, exquisite food beautifully presented, very French! Our go-to for romantic special occasions.

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  9. DebbieH

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love Love Mathilde French Bistro! Wait staff are so wonderful and knowledgeable about the food as well as providing great restaurants ideas when traveling to France, too - as was our experience with our waiter last night! Great service plus travel advice!

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  10. Woodsidefoodie

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious dinner! Steak & fries were yummy, and the chocolate mousse was delicious. I can't wait to go back!

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  11. DavidS

    San Francisco

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    What a great classic French bistro. Super accommodating and will make sure your meal is to your liking. It was a little chilly in the back area but to find a restaurant with a cozy outside place like this is very hard. There is parking on the street and the restaurant was full. We staff and Management all super friendly. If you want a great evening experience check it out.

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  12. Reservation4one

    San Francisco

    49 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We have been to Mathilde many times and always had fabulous dinners. This was no exception. The restaurant week menu— onion soup, ribeye steak, and apple tart were great; the mussels were fantastic, probably the best I’ve tasted in the U.S.; the warm goat cheese salad was a little bit salty for my taste. The Pomerol paired nicely with the steak without overpowering the mussels, and was of a great value, and the service was excellent as usual. Overall, we had another wonderful evening!

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  13. hilaryb

    San Francisco

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went here on Friday of restaurant week. Decided not to order the prix fix menu because the other menu was less expensive. Loved our meal, service was excellent, will definitely eat here again! French onion soup ($25) was absolutely the best we’ve ever had. One person ordered the hanger steak which came with a salad and really good fries. I ordered the fish special which was also very good. Wanted to order one of the yummy desserts we saw but were just too full. Next time I’m coming for the soup and dessert

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  14. RandallM

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of our greatest dining experiences in SF in years. We were there 30 some years ago and remembered it vaguely as good (as Le Charm). This time it was wonderful in all ways, service, food, value etc. We really liked the informal bistro atmosphere and our server was a delightful young woman. We had just come back from SE Asia and we talked with her a little about the seafood there and at Mathilde. Every dish from appetizer to dessert was distinctive and perfectly done. It's a great value, though expensive, given the quality and friendliness.

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  15. Tommy

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very good food and great service! Will definitely go again

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I’m an SF skeptic. Most is pretty terrible for a terrible price. This is not. You should eat here.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best coq au vin! It’s a great date night spot. My husband loves their duck and also loves the chicken liver salad. Lovely wines and everything is quite reasonably priced. The owners are always there and so kind.

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  18. SFSofi

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely dinner with excellent food and service! Can't wait to visit again.

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  19. Evab

    New York City

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was a real gem. Inside this cozy , authentic French bistro , get brought right to Paris! We enjoyed authentic dishes, extremely attentive and charming service , and had a lovely dinner pre- Cirque de Soleil at Oracle Park. Tasty dinner and impeccable service. I’ll schlep from Oakland to come again and again . Truly great experience .

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent real French food, great atmosphere, excellent service.

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  21. Tommy

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Very professional service and the food was great! We will definitely visit again!

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  22. NadineN

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I go to Mathilde at least once a year for many years. Delicious French food, attentive service.

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  23. RickB

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was extremely disappointing. For about 100 per person (3-course), it was not a good value. Would not recommend.

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  24. CurtisV

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food and service were excellent. I've spent much time in Paris and rarely see this much attentive service elsewhere. The water was always filled. Plates were removed promptly when each course was finished. Things never seemed rushed and never left us waiting. We had the duck confit (excellent!), the beef bourguignon (well served in a bread pastry), the trout (perfectly cooked with restrained seasoning) and the steak (you don't often see hanger steak at all let alone this well prepared. We also had a few apps that were excellent. The wine list was not overly extensive but was well thought out and did not have any poor choices. We really enjoyed ourselves and would comback again!

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent experience for dinner with friends to celebrate a birthday. The steak frites were amazing as were the prawns, risotto, floating island dessert, apple tarts, and beverages. We had a lovely time and the staff was great. We arrived early and were promptly seated and recommended drinks. Their corkage fee is very reasonable. Highly recommend.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing ambiance in the backyard patio that transports you out of sf.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Utterly charming place, though given the neighborhood you may want to Uber.

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  28. idontcook

    San Francisco

    103 reviews

    4.0

    103 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Mathilde is a charming and lovely French bistro. Its menu features classic French bistro mains such as coq au vin (excellent), duck confit, and pan seared salmon. The night we were there, filet mignon au poivre was one of the evening's specials. Though we didn't order it, we saw it served at another table, and the customer seemed to be very pleased. Service is another strong point. Our server was friendly, efficient, and attentive. She guided one member of our party through the various items on the menu, and he was very pleased with her recommendations. Mathilde's wine game is strong. They offer a nice variety of reds and whites by the glass. While there are many options available by the bottle, the wine menu isn't so extensive that you feel lost (or intimidated). We were seated in the heated enclosed outdoor patio during one of SF's recent rainy winter evenings. We were comfortable and, critically, the patio covering held up in spite of the wind. Another benefit: The outdoor patio is relatively quiet, which makes it easier to carry on a conversation with your dining companion(s). The only thing about Mathilde that I'm not a fan of is its location. It can be a struggle to find parking, and let's face it, SF's Fifth Street isn't exactly like Fifth Avenue in NYC. But, Mathilde's food and charm more than makes up for the location.

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  29. cr55902

    Columbus

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food, attentive service, what more could you ask for? Our third visit, we have never been disappointed.

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  30. Alyssa

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Felt like we were transported to France! Great service and each item we ordered was delicious.

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  31. MarkyMark

    Austin

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful! As per usual!!!! Mathilda’s is always a great dining experience.

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  32. JohnC

    San Francisco

    89 reviews

    5.0

    89 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had an excellent dinner. We come here several times a year & each time we are glad we did. We had trout almondine & butter lettuce salad. Excellent. Highly recommend this restaurant & its sister restaurant, L'Ardoise.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Our reservation was at 6:30, so the noise level was great. The later it became, the noisier it was but that is to be expected. Just happy we had an earlier reservation. My biggest surprise was the feeling of being rushed by the wait staff. There were not parties waiting to be seated, so that could not have been the reason for being approached so frequently for our selection. This rushing did have an overall feeling of discomfort and was truly unfortunate. Otherwise, everything else was enjoyable.

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  34. DianeE

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    All of the staff is so kind and amazing! Delicious food!!

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Terrific food and amazing service. A must visit if you’re in the area

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  36. PatrickS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent parfait personnel serviable et cuisine très française !

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  37. rachel95008

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Where do I begin to sing the praises of this French bistro? Quietly occupying a space near 5th and Folsom, you enter the charming dining room that is warm and inviting. We ordered mussels and escargot to start. We were given plenty of bread to mop up the garlicky sauces. Next was a perfectly cooked Chilean sea bass on a bed of potatoes and spinach. Perfection, as was my husband’s rack of lamb and potatoes (butter and garlic-heaven). Finished with a chocolate mousse and profiteroles. Wow wow wow!

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  38. MoonMan

    San Francisco

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Their Filet Mignon dinner was a great way to wander 2023. Thank you Lina!!

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  39. eriemon

    Central Coast

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My favorite restaurant in San Francisco and definitely one of my favorites anywhere. On this trip the owner ended up acting as our waitress and she worked tirelessly and her demeanor is perfect. The food, the ambience, and the service are all top notch at a good value.

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  40. nannini

    San Francisco

    165 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    165 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    we always eat in the garden but the inside looked very cosy but not as quiet. the duck confit & potatoes fabulous also had side of mushrooms which was superb def will return for new years in 24- the specials were all wonderful- but this is our go to duct restaurant. cant wait to return

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FAQs

Mathilde French Bistro does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Mathilde French Bistro also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 546-6128.

Mathilde French Bistro is rated 4.8 stars by 2372 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

9:00 p.m.


Booked 4 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Mathilde French Bistro

315 Fifth St., San Francisco, CA 94107

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Folsom and Harrison
  • Neighbourhood
    SOMA
  • Hours of Operation
    Dinner Tue, Wed 5:30 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:45 pm
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    French, Bistro
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking <br />Parking lot on 5th Street and Howard Street<br />Parking garage on 5th Street and Mission Street
  • Public Transit
    Bart Station: Powell Street Bus Line : 27
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Thierry Clement
  • Entertainment
    Live music on Thursday under our covered patio. DJ on certain Sunday Brunch.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
  • Phone number
    (415) 546-6128
  • Catering
    Call for details
  • Private party facilities
    Private party buy-out is accepted 7 days a week. The seating capacity is 80 for indoor and outdoor space. Ideal for wedding. Cocktail party capacity is 100 indoor and outdoor. Price based on day of the week and the season, please contact restaurant for more information.
  • Private party contact
    Lina Yew, : (415) 546-6128
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