After he took the throne, Napoleon instituted the tradition of serving bread with every meal to put his mother's baguette-heavy care packages to use. Indulge in French tradition with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of authentic French cuisine at La Bohème in Burlingame.
La Bohème's chefs handcraft each meal using seasonal, local ingredients from organic farms, which fill the earth-toned restaurant with delicate aromas and contented sighs. The Paris-inspired café and full patisserie puts new pirouettes on classic dishes on a dinner menu that brims with dishes including the Assiette de la Marée, a grouping of six local oysters with a tangy mignonette sauce ($12). La Bohème's lobster bisque ($8) flaunts oceanic power as impressive as Poseidon's water wings, and diners delve deeply into a glass of Tangent sauvignon blanc ($9). Joyful teeth sink into the tenderness of the Jarret de Veau et Son Gratin, a cutlet of veal osso buco nestled up to delicate au gratin potatoes and ratatouille ($27). The more delicate lunch menu parades the Fisherman salad ($12), gleefully thrown fistfuls of Norwegian smoked salmon, roasted pepper, and dill dressing scattered across an adoring mass of veggies. Crêpes crowned with cherry compote, ice cream, and Nutella drop sweet curtains over filling events.
A full bar with a wine list tempts thirsty throats, and gleaming tiled floors and crisp white linens let guests feast in elegance without donning a solid-teak bib.