French Restaurants in South San Francisco


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  • Crepevine
    Kick back with your friends and enjoy an American meal at Crepevine. Crepevine features a wide variety of flavorful low-fat and gluten-free eats. Round out your meal with a little tipple — Crepevine has a terrific drink list, including beer, wine, and more. Tots and tykes will be right at home at Crepevine with its kid-approved food and ambience. Eat outdoors Crepevine (weather permitting) with their beautiful patio seating. Get to dinner early — Crepevine does not accept reservations. Dress is typically casual at Crepevine, so leave the fancy duds behind for the evening. If you're in a hurry, place an order for pickup instead. Hosting a swanky shindig? Call up Crepevine for their catering services. Find a space on the street or park in the lot not far from the restaurant. Bicyclists will also find lots of space to safely lock up their bikes. A visit to Crepevine will set you back less than $30 per person, so you can make it a regular part of your schedule. Stop by for three square meals a day — Crepevine serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
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    1310 Burlingame Ave
    Burlingame, CA US
  • High Tide
    Ease your appetite with delicious bites from High Tide in Pacifica. Low-fat options are missing from the menu, so guests can leave their diets at home. With High Tide's wide selection of refreshments available, you can tap into the drink menu early in the evening. Grab the kids when you head to High Tide — its family-oriented menu and ambience all perfect for the whole clan. High Tide is a prime location to dine with a group. Enjoy the cool summer breezes on High Tide's seasonally available outdoor seating. High Tide prides itself in its delicious catering. Always five minutes behind schedule? Pick up your food to go instead. High Tide provides easy access to an adjacent lot. Cyclists will love the spacious bike racks outside of High Tide. Prices at High Tide are a bargain (usually less than $15 for a meal), so you'll have plenty of cash left over to treat a friend (or two). The restaurant serves lunch and dinner, but it's the brunch menu that draws the most rave reviews from patrons.
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    5500 Coast Hwy
    Pacifica, CA US
  • Chouquet's
    Chef Laurent Guillaume, who has helped open hotels and restaurants in Paris, brings years of culinary expertise to Chouquet’s menu and adorns time-tested continental fare with surprising New World elements. Attentive servers emerge from the kitchen carrying escargot and niçoise salads, cruising past sleek stools at a bar accented by swirls of natural wood grain and designed by Dominique Maxime Genauzeau. On the patio, diners soak up the sun or choose least-favorite clouds for a sky writer to edit out. The dining room's sand-hued walls and burnt-orange accents resound with the sounds of glasses clinking together, bearing more than 70 wines from Europe, South America, and the Pacific Northwest and a rotating selection of draft beers from France and the United States.
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    2500 Washington St
    San Francisco, CA US
  • Crepe Temptations
    Crepe Temptations By the Numbers 2 awards for Best Crepes as voted by readers of Bay Area A-List in 2013 and 2014 50 sweet and savory crepes on the menu 3 types of crepe batter: original, chocolate, or green tea Infinite (seemingly) number of topping combinations possible when ordering a custom crepe 1-minute walk to the N-Judah line at 31st Street 12 a.m. closing time on weekends
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    2575 Judah Street
    San Francisco, CA US
  • Le Central Bistro
    Le Central Bistro: A User’s Guide City’s Oldest Bistro | French Comfort Food | Signature Cassoulet | Quaint Atmosphere Sample Menu Appetizer: fried tofu sprinkled with bonito flakes Sushi: Mexican roll flavored with tempura sweet potato, crab meat, avocado, baked scallop, mozzarella cheese, and chili pepper Entree: chicken katsu curry with locally sourced natural chicken and organic greens Dessert: black sesame mochi ice cream Where to Sit: at the sushi bar to get a front-row seat when chefs prepare your food, or in the garden dining room amid hanging kimonos, obi, and hand fans. Vibe: bright and airy, with exposed brick walls that compliment rich red hues and traditional Japanese art work. Hanging paper lanterns complete the Asian-inspired look, illuminating wall-length booths. Sample Menu Appetizer: escargots de bourgogne—snails with garlic butter and Pernod Specialty: cassoulet—white bean stew with duck confit, Toulouse sausage, and lamb Entree: rack of lamb persillé Dessert: crème brulee Fun Facts Le Central Bistro opened in 1974, a year that, according to the restaurant, makes it the oldest French bistro in San Francisco. The restaurant’s signature cassoulet, a slow-cooked stew, owes its rich flavor to a unique cooking process: the previous day’s remnants are used as the base for the next batch. Currently, Le Central Bistro’s cassoulet has been cooking for over 14,000 days. Where to Sit: at a white-spread table or at the brass-topped bar, which was shipped overseas from France. Inside Tip The bistro is a popular spot for power lunches, so try making a reservation for dinner to avoid the crowds. Vocab Lesson Confit: a French term used to describe food that has been cooked in oil, syrup, or—in the case of some meat—its own fat, and then preserved. Tarte tatin: an upside-down French dessert that features fruit—usually apples—caramelized in butter and sugar. While You’re in the Neighborhood Before: Browse vintage jewelry and fine furnishings at Lang Antique & Estate Jewelry (309 Sutter St.) After: Sip on inventive cocktails, such as the Rye Maple Fizz, at the liquor-focused bar Rickhouse (246 Kearny St.).
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    453 Bush St
    San Francisco, CA US
  • Atelier Crenn
    Atelier Crenn: A User’s Guide Michelin-Rated Restaurant | Seasonal French Cuisine | Locally Sourced Ingredients | Tasting Menus When to Go: The signature tasting menu, which can include as many as 25 courses, is served Tuesday through Saturday. Of course, they also offer a shorter and less expensive 7–10 course tasting menu Tuesday through Thursday. How to Navigate the Menu: Think of it as a poem rather than an outline of dishes and ingredients. For instance, a menu description such as “mellow serenades of colors licorice and orange” is rendered on the plate as sea urchin torchon with caviar and yuzu. Ask your server or a nearby English professor to help you translate. The Gist: The seasonal French dishes here are as far reaching as they are inventive. Chefs combine locally sourced, seasonal produce with a dash of molecular gastronomy and a generous smattering of artful presentation. Who’s Cooking: Versailles-native Dominique Crenn views the culinary arts as exactly that—an art. Her expressive flair has paid off—she won Iron Chef America, earned the title of Esquire’s “chef of the year” in 2008, and secured a place in history as Indonesia’s first-ever female executive chef. Fun Facts: Like many restaurants, Atelier Crenn makes some of its ingredients—such as butter and bread—in-house. But unlike many, Atelier Crenn also makes its own plates, which they use to create singular presentations for each dish. Artistry runs through the Crenn family’s veins—Chef Crenn’s father created the paintings hanging in the dining room. This hereditary trait clearly surfaces in the chef’s dishes and poetic, off-beat menu. Inside Tips: Turn your phone off. Ateller Crenn asks that all patrons enjoy their meal and conversations unhindered by electronic devices. Don’t worry—Instagram will still be there when you leave. If you have dietary restrictions, let your server know. Though there are no guarantees, the kitchen staff will do their best to accommodate you. While You’re In the Neighborhood Before: Pick up a pair of vintage-inspired earrings to debut at dinner at Fawn(3108 Fillmore Street), a quaint women’s boutique. After: Cut a rug or two at Comet Club (3111 Fillmore Street) before commemorating the evening with pictures in their photo booth.
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    3127 Fillmore St
    San Francisco, CA US
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