What You'll Get
France has graciously loaned three things to America: flag colors, Gerard Depardieu, and words with a silent but deadly x. Make a French contribution to your stomach with today's deal: for $15, you get $30 worth of California-tinged French cuisine at Rue Saint Jacques in Nob Hill.
The menu of natural and organic French cuisine with a Californian flair combines the best aspects of traditional, hearty French fare with California's health and panache. Choose from delicate appetizers such as paté or rillettes du jour ($10) or the cold braised veal tongue ($9.50), served with herb salad. The main courses are hearty affairs—sample the flavors of local fowl with a roasted breast of maple-leaf duck ($22.50), served with a wild-rice risotto in a Framboise sauce (non-meat eaters can savor a wild-mushroom risotto served with parmigiano reggiano for $17.50). Save room for a delectable dessert; the choices change seasonally, ensuring freshness.
A dusty-orange awning set against red walls welcomes visitors to Rue Saint Jacques, which looks every part a quintessentially quaint French bistro. The interior is simply decorated, accented by tea candles and dim lighting that sets a romantic tone and helps to conceal sudden breakouts, stained shirts, and vestigial tails. Chef Eric Lanvert captains the kitchen vessel; a French native, he cooked at the Savoy in London before paddling up to the Bay Area with nothing but a soup ladle and three valises full of talent and experience. When redeeming today's Groupon, be sure to use this additional coupon and receive a free glass of champagne with your meal. Reservations are required.
- By "French cooking" I don't mean the haughty, haute kind with all the rich, intricate sauces, but the earthy kind, the bistro kind. Rue Saint Jacques' menu is mostly an exercise in this sort of heartiness, carried off with considerable style. The dishes rely on a timeless appeal and are very much the ones you'd find in countless neighborhood bistros in Paris. They also rely on high-quality (often organic ingredients) and thoughtful, though not fancy, preparation. – Paul Reidinger, San Francisco Bay Guardian
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Apr 22, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 3 per person. Limit 1 per table of 2. Tax and gratuity not included. Reservation required. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Rue Saint Jacques Restaurant
The anticipation of finding out what executive chef Eric Lanvert chose to include on today's menu is part of the charm of dining at Rue Saint Jacques, where dishes are crafted from organic and sustainably farmed ingredients whenever possible. Lanvert draws inspiration from his childhood in southern France's Roussillon region and relies on ingredients from local producers, area farmers' markets, and gourmet food fights. The San Francisco Bay Guardian remarked in 2009 that despite their Californian origins, "the dishes rely on a timeless appeal and are very much the ones you'd find in countless neighborhood bistros in Paris."
The intimately sized dining room strikes a balance between refinement and rustic allure, featuring plaster-textured walls and exposed ceiling beams that tower over crisp white tablecloths.