French Restaurants in Tenderloin

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In Focus: Taylor Street Coffee Shop

  • Why the name’s misleading: It’s more of a café than a coffee shop.
  • Must-have breakfast: hollandaise hash—seasoned hash browns topped with bacon, habanero peppers, veggies, and hollandaise sauce
  • Must-have lunch: chicken sandwich with sun-dried tomatoes, sprouts, basil, jack cheese, and teriyaki glaze
  • Best way to leave your mark: Stick a pin into one of the maps on the wall to show others where you’re from and to see how Earth responds to acupuncture.
  • Best way to kill time: Watch the chefs prepare food in the open kitchen.

375 Taylor St
San Francisco,
CA
US

555 Geary St
San Francisco,
CA
US

333 Ofarrell St
San Francisco,
CA
US

In Focus: Honey Honey Cafe and Crepery

  • Specialties: sweet and savory crepes, hearty breakfast plates, and classic sandwiches
  • Most athletic menu item: the Miami Heat crepe with chicken, cheddar, avocado, scallions, and spicy hot sauce
  • Item most likely to be mistaken for dessert: the strawberry-and-Nutella crepe with ice cream
  • How you’ll know you’re at the right place: Look for the bright-yellow awning painted with turquoise diamonds.
  • Amenities: free WiFi and outdoor seating

597 Post St
San Francisco,
CA
US

Le Colonial's front door may be the closest thing to a time machine in downtown San Francisco. Spread across two levels, the restaurant embraces the cuisine and aesthetic of French Vietnam in the 1920s. "Picture slowly spinning ceiling fans, tropical plants, rattan furniture, and French colonial decor," Frommer's says. Along with the dining room's pressed-tin ceiling and the bar's decorative bamboo birdcages, these accents contribute to an atmosphere that mimics a stately French plantation in Vietnam. The chefs forge recipes that demonstrate the fusion of French and Vietnamese cultures while still incorporating ingredients from Bay Area farms. Brussels sprouts arrive glazed with sweet-chili sauce, and the twice-cooked pork belly is accompanied by pickled bok choy, quail egg, and savory truffle oil. The extensive wine list doesn't feature any bottles from Vietnam, but it does include a fair number from France as well as representatives from the New World and Atlantis. Though the courtyard and the main-level dining room invite diners to linger and enjoy their meals, the upstairs lounge area strives to create a livelier atmosphere. The tropically themed room hosts live bands and house DJs throughout the week. It invites guests to lose themselves in another time and place while still enjoying the creature comforts of a fully stocked bar and a pulsing sound system.

20 Cosmo Pl
San Francisco,
CA
US