What You'll Get
In Les Misérables II: Final Justice, Jean Valjean is arrested for committing an even greater crime against French law: applying margarine to another man’s moustache during dinner without asking first. Feast around the proper tableside etiquette of France with today's Groupon: for $35, you get $75 worth of authentic French cuisine and drinks at Chez Papa Resto, located in Mint Plaza near the Westfield San Francisco Centre. This Groupon is not valid for the three-course prix-fixe business lunch menu or with other offers; it also does not include the Healthy San Francisco charge ($1.50 per guest).
Executive chef David Bazirgan uses local, organic, and seasonal ingredients to create delicious French cuisine. Begin your culinary quest with fried squash blossoms ($12) stuffed with goat cheese, mozzarella, pistou, and aged balsamic, or wind your tongue buds around the Snake River Kobe beef tartare ($16) served with capers, shallots, and toast points. Continue on to the enticing entrees, such as the sautéed Alaskan halibut ($31), which harmonizes green-garlic purée and spring vegetables with a black-truffle emulsion, and the ratatouille, which flirts with a potato and fennel gratin and market vegetables ($20).
With an elegantly simple interior, Chez Papa Resto features throne-like banquettes, glimmering black chandeliers, and high ceilings with low lighting. This chateau of comestibles also boasts an extensive wine list, pastis ($7) and absinthe ($10–$11), as well as several specialty cocktails, including a blood-orange margarita ($11) that is ready and waiting to make any evening potentially potable. There are limited Saturday-night reservations available from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., and reservations for that time must be made by phone directly with Chez Papa Resto (reservations through online services, carrier pelicans, and pre-pubescent chimney sweeps will not be accepted).
Dine-in only; not valid for prix-fixe special.
Chez Papa Resto has received a good deal of praise from the local press. The San Francisco Chronicle gave it an overall three-star review and named it one of the Bay Area's best new restaurants of 2008 and one of the top 100 restaurants in the Bay Area. More than 500 Yelpers give it an average of four stars.
- The soft lighting makes everyone look about a decade younger. Luxurious details soften the industrial edges. And the lusty food crafted by 2005 Chronicle Rising Star Chef David Bazirgan is as sensuous as the decor. – Michael Bauer, San Francisco Chronicle
- Every single dish was AMAZING! The service..impeccable. I haven't been this impressed in a while. – E G., Yelp
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Dec 26, 2010. Amount paid never expires. Limit 2 per person, 1 per table. Dine-in only. Reservations required. Saturday night reservations must be made by phone. Healthy SF charge not included. Not valid for prix-fixe menu or with other offers. Tax and gratuity not included. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.