Today's Groupon sends your taste buds across the Atlantic to the South of France aboard a restaurant-ship. For just $10, you get $25 worth of food and drink at one of the best French restaurants in the Bay Area: La Provence, located at 1001 Guerrero St. in the Mission District.
Lionel Lafite, La Provence's owner, came to the Bay Area from Aix en Provence carrying fresh seafood and sprawling olive groves in an oversized duffle bag. The intimate bistro's menu is chock-full of organic and free-range ingredients as well as plenty of locally grown fruits and vegetables. La Provence takes the authentic tastes of France and punches it up with Californian and Italian twists, creating dishes such as la pissaladière (a savory provincial pie with carmelized onions, olives, and anchovies) and raviole de lapin à la figure (rabbit and fig ravioli with veal jus and fava beans). But there are tasty desserts too: Oren F. on Yelp said the panna cotta dessert was so good that he had two servings the next time he came. Check out the full menu to see the whole array of Mediterranean French food, including vegetarian and vegan options.
The attentive wait staff will help you with everything from menu selection to the perfect wine pairing to a 5,200-piece jigsaw puzzle. Lafite, the owner, is so friendly that he once ran out of the restaurant, emphatically flailing his rolling pin above his head, and chased down a diner merely to say goodbye.
SF Gate called the friendly service and home-style dishes inspiring enough to make you sing:
- What's good about La Provence is that it doesn't try to be anything it's not. It knows it's Mediterranean French, so there are no foie gras tourchons, steak frites or other high-end or bistro dishes. Instead, there's a focus on seafood flavored with citrus, fresh herbs and healthy amounts of garlic. The restaurant, decorated with retro travel posters and cicadas, manages to be warm and cheery, yet tasteful and uncluttered.
- Everything we ordered was delicious and service was great too. The portions were small but filling. Food wasn't heavy and we left very happy and satisfied...The prices weren't bad for such a great dinner. – Nvinnik
- Eating at La Provence was one of the better dinning [sic] experiences that I've had...The customer service was excellent and they helped explain any questions that we had about the menu, wine list, etc. The food was awesome as well! You won't find better food presentation and preperation [sic] than you will at La Provence. – OpenTable reviewer who dined on 6/06/2009
Special Review by Lionel the Lion-Faced Boy
Hello. My name is Lionel the Lion-Faced Boy. When I'm not busy stroking, braiding, or removing gum from my face-mane, I'm out meeting other Lionels like myself, including Lionel Richie, Lionel Long, Lionel Barrymore, Lionel Trains, musical group Lionel! Lionelle! Lynel!, and many more. Without a doubt, my favorite Lionel is chef Lionel Lafite. His dishes are perfect because they are delicious and leave a pleasant aftertaste in my face-mane. With most other meals, I'll comb out the misplaced chunks immediately after dessert. With Lionel Lafite's menu, I let my hairs latch onto the meal crumbs so they can slowly extract flavor and nutrients over a three-month period. It's fantastic! – Lionel the Lion-Faced Boy
1001 Guerrero St
San Francisco, California 94110Get Directions