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Diners' Choice: French restaurants in San Francisco Bay Area

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Updated June 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 analyses more than 400,000 new diner reviews. We sort the results by category to help you discover new favourites. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

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4.9
4.9 (3290)
$31 to $50
French
Castro
About the restaurant
French Bistro serving traditional and authentic fare in a cozy atmosphere.
Top review
SeanM
Dined 1 day ago
Rack of lamb and coq au vin were both delicious. Great service with attention to details. Lovely neighborhood spot for special occasions.
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4.8
4.8 (1118)
$31 to $50
French
Walnut Creek
About the restaurant
On Mother's Day, La Sen will only be offering the Dinner Menu and Special Menu all day.

La Sen Bistro in Walnut Creek is serving the parallel French-California classic samples of duck confit, rack of lamb, escargot, beef bourguignon and mussels - just to name a few. These great samples were recognized by the Diablo Magazine, San Francisco Chronicles, Contra Costa Times and San Jose Mercury News. In addition, these samples were also recognized by the Michelin Guide in 2007, 2010, 2011, and 2012.

Come join La Sen Bistro for a glass of wine and a taste of French-California cuisine. Cheers to good food and great companies. Bon Appetit!
Top review
DebMvip
Dined 7 days ago
A great little spot in Walnut Creek with great food. Our waitress was spunky and we enjoyed the intimacy :)
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4.8
4.8 (2411)
$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
Junebug
Dined 7 days ago
Wonderful dining experience! The food was SO delicious. We had roasted Sweetbreads and they were out of this world! Service was excellent and the outdoor seating was lovely. We were fortunate to be there on a Wednesday night and they had a gifted harp player. All in all, a delicious meal and a delightful evening!
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4.8
4.8 (573)
$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
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 12, 2024
Beautiful spot in Cow Hollow neighborhood. The service was absolutely wonderful and every bite of the food was delicious!
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4.9
4.9 (3632)
$50 and over
French
Richmond District
About the restaurant
Discover the essence of French culinary excellence at Chapeau! SF, a beloved bistro nestled in the heart of San Francisco since 1996. Celebrated for its warm ambiance and impeccable service, Chapeau! offers a delightful dining experience featuring both prix fixe and à la carte menus.

Indulge in our weekday limited prix fixe menu at $55 per person, or savor the $75 prix fixe menu available every night, allowing you to select any appetizer, entrée, and dessert. For those who prefer flexibility, our à la carte menu is also available anytime.

Chapeau! SF is dedicated to serving authentic French cuisine with a modern twist, curated by our expert chefs. Join us at 126 Clement Street and let us transport you to the heart of France with every bite.

A bientôt!
Top review
REP1vip
Dined 7 days ago
Beautifully prepared French bistro food. I do not know of a better place in San Francisco to enjoy this kind of cooking. I have been there a number of times and especially like the escargot and the muscles. The steak and Coq au Vin are also delicious. I highly recommend.
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4.8
4.8 (280)
$30 and under
French
Santa Rosa
About the restaurant
Get ready for Mark & Terri Stark to *butter you up* with their treasury of beloved French dishes and classic cocktails, infused with their unwavering dedication and love for the art of hospitality. You’ll be saying “C’est Bon” to chic Brunches & “Tres Magnifique” to Happy Hour, along with many new & exquisite Frenchy favorites.

Top review
EllenA
Dined 3 days ago
This restaurant has a lovely location--and it's quite attractively decorated. Our waitperson was very helpful and friendly, without being obtrusive. The food was delicious. The restaurant was a little noisy, but we didn't mind. Prices were in line for what you might expect for fine French food.
A photo of Mathilde French Bistro restaurant
4.9
4.9 (2381)
$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 on Jun 12, 2024
Lina, Thierry and team always make dinner special!
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4.9
4.9 (27)
$30 and under
French
Fairfax
About the restaurant
the Marin edition of Amelie
with large patio, enjoy our baked organic French goods: croissant baguette tarte
our french chef prepares a farm to table brunch, lunch and dinner
and a wine list curated by French sommelier and winemaker offering many options by the glass and bottle with a focus on French wine
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Wonderful Father’s Day experience for all of us. We have always meant to check it out and finally did. We live in San Anselmo and have enjoyed Village Sake, Sorella Cafe, the Hummingbird, etc. Amelie’s Cafe and Wine Bar is right up there at the top! And you don’t have to splurge like we did. We saw a couple sharing a bowl of French onion soup with bread and fine French wine. Jouir!
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4.9
4.9 (1573)
$31 to $50
French
Berkeley
About the restaurant
Teatime
Tuesdays | 12pm-2pm

Indoor Dining
Lunch
Wednesday - Saturday | 12pm-2pm

Dinner
Tuesday-Saturday | 5pm-7:45pm

Located on the second floor of the Berkeley City Club, a Julia Morgan Historic Hotel, Julia's boasts a beautiful over-sized fireplace, and ornate details true to Morgan's iconic Moorish Gothic architectural design.

Julia's offers an innovative, creative, contemporary approach to your dining experience and is inspired by local, organic, and seasonal ingredients.

Our diverse wine list complements our menu featuring wines carefully selected from regions around the world.
Top review
John
Dined 2 days ago
Enjoyed the afternoon tea - excellent sandwiches and scones. We’re originally from the UK and have high expectations-Julia’s met them all.
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4.8
4.8 (2974)
$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
PamAvip
Dined 4 days ago
Iron Gate is ALWAYS a winner ! Consistently perfect !
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