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San Francisco French Restaurants

Discover Five Top Options in SF

Do you love French cuisine? If so, you will be impressed with the selection of San Francisco French restaurants.

This list includes my five favorites. The options vary from the high-end to more of a cafe style restaurant. You will also find both traditional cuisine as well as those with a combination of French and California cuisines.

cafe claude in sf
Moules and frites at Cafe Claude near Union Square

Cafe Claude

One of my favorite San Francisco French restaurants is Cafe Claude. Eating here is almost like sitting at a cafe in Paris. It has a large indoor seating area, but my favorite place to eat is in their outside patio.

It's located down a small alley, so you can enjoy your meal away from the chaos of the city. The outdoor area is also heated, so you can stay warm on those cool San Francisco nights.

My favorites on the menu are their Moules and Frites (Mussels and Fries). Their Steak Tartare is also delicious. Their menu changes regularly, so there is always something new to try.

You will also find a great wine list with several options both by the glass and by the bottle. They have a large French selection as well as many California favorites.

  • Address: 7 Claude Lane, between Union Square and the Financial District
  • Hours: Monday-Saturday: 11:30am-10:30pm; Sunday: 5:30pm-10:30pm
  • Other: Don't miss their live jazz on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights

Restaurant Ducroix

Another one of my favorite San Francisco French restaurants near Union Square is Restaurant Ducroix. This small SF restaurant serves authentic French cuisine.

Some of my favorites here include their Mussels and their Cassoulet. In addition, you can find French favorites such as Escargots (snails) and Duck Breast a l'Orange.

Most of their wines are French. If you aren't sure what to order, don't hesitate to ask. They love helping you find the perfect wine to pair with your meal.

  • Address: 690 Sacramento Street in the Financial District
  • Hours: Lunch - Monday to Friday from 11am to 2:30pm; Dinner Monday - Friday from 5:30 - 9:30pm; Saturday from 6pm to 11pm
  • Other: The restaurant is really small, so I recommend making a reservation in advance, 415.391.7195


Jardiniere is a higher end, French and California restaurant. It's located in the Civic Center area and one of my favorite place to grab dinner before or after the Ballet, a Symphony performance or the Opera. I also love it because it sits in a beautiful historic building.

The menu is limited, but changes daily. This allows them to serve the freshest, in-season selections of the day. Options range from beet salads to swordfish and duck. Fresh oysters and caviar are always included on their daily menu.

Their food is amazing, but I love their wine list. They offer a broad range of options from around the world. They also have two sommeliers on staff to help you select the perfect bottle for your meal.

  • Address: 300 Grove Street in Hayes Valley
  • Hours: Open everyday at 5pm
  • Other: You can also grab a glass of wine and a meat and cheese plate in their J Lounge. It's a little more of a casual dinning experience with a more limited menu.


Zazzie is another one of my favorites. The food and wine are great and it's in a very local SF neighborhood.

This small restaurant is in the Cole Valley neighborhood. You won't find many visitors venturing to this neighborhood, so you get a very traditional San Francisco experience. If you want to get away from the crowds, head here for dinner.

Some of my favorites at this French bistro include their Cassoulet (with duck, white beans and sausages), the Hanger Steak and the Lamb Tagine. You will also find a great selection of fresh salads, fish and even a slowly braised rabbit dish.

You will find a good selection of French and California wines by the glass. Their full bottles are also reasonably priced, so make sure you check these out if you plan on having more than one glass of wine with dinner.

  • Address: 941 Cole Street
  • Hours:
    • Brunch: Monday - Friday from 8am to 2pm; Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 3pm
    • Dinner: Monday - Thursday from 5pm to 9:30pm; Friday and Saturday from 5pm to 10pm; Sunday from 5pm to 9:30pm
  • Other: Take the N Judah to the Cole Street stop. Head up Cole Street about a half a block and you will find it on your right.

Rue Lepic

Another one of the centrally located San Francisco French restaurants is Rue Lepic. You will find it just up the hill from Union Square in the Nob Hill district.

This small, local SF restaurant is cozy and reminds me of some of the cute cafes in Paris. The food is consistently good with a traditional French flare.

My favorites here include the Prawns salad, the Grilled Chicken in Rosemary sauce and the Filet Mignon in Peppercorn sauce. Don't forget to save room for their amazing Creme Brulee for dessert.

You might even see a celebrity enjoying dinner here from one of the nearby high-end Nob Hill hotels.

  • Address: 900 Pine Street
  • Hours: Everyday for dinner from 5:30pm to 10pm
  • Other: Come hungry and order off the Chef's Prix Fix menu, the portions are large, but you will not be disappointed.

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