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The 4 Best French Restaurants In San Francisco

Updated: October 6, 2021

Looking for the best French Cuisine? Be it cassoulet or French onion soup these San Francisco spots deliver! We analyzed the best review sites including diner and expert reviews for the top places for French Cuisine in San Francisco. If you're craving escargot or a fresh salad nicoise one of these San Francisco venues will have the answer.

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Gary Danko

American, $$$$, Russian HillAmerican, $$$$San Francisco, Russian Hill
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5
  • Eater

    San Francisco’s 2019 Michelin Stars, Mapped

    Eater
  • James Beard Awards, 2014

    Outstanding Chef - Semifinalist

    James Beard Awards, 2014

Zazie

French, $$, Haight-AshburyFrench, $$San Francisco, Haight-Ashbury
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.0
  • Eater

    12 Elegant French Destinations in San Francisco

    Eater
  • TimeOut

    The best French restaurants in San Francisco

    TimeOut

Cocotte

French, $$$, Nob HillFrench, $$$San Francisco, Nob Hill
Google: 4.3
Yelp: 4.0
  • Gayot: The Guide to the Good Life

    Top Restaurants for French Food in San Francisco/Bay Area

    Gayot: The Guide to the Good Life
  • Infatuation

    Where To Eat In Russian Hill

    Infatuation

Café de la Presse

French, $$, ChinatownFrench, $$San Francisco, Chinatown
Google: 4.1
Yelp: 3.5

How did these spots get chosen?

Figuring out the best French restaurants can take awhile. For these results, 3104661 restaurant reviews were analyzed, 28808 restaurants’ Yelp and Google reviews were captured, and exactly 1901 lists and articles from Infatuation, James Beard Awards and Eater and others were carefully reviewed by boam. The restaurants you see have been featured in Infatuation - Where To Eat In Russian Hill, James Beard Awards - Outstanding Chef - Semifinalist and Eater - San Francisco’s 2019 Michelin Stars, Mapped. We automatically update restaurants’ open hours and services, so you can actually enjoy the top restaurants we show. Restaurants can’t pay to show up on this list, so you can trust what you see and enjoy the city’s hidden gems. We don’t recommend restaurants lightly, these 10 are really something special.

Factoids

  • A long-held tradition

    One of the most popular dishes in France is pot-au-feu, often prepared with beef stew.

Parking in the area

Nobody likes to circle around the block looking for parking. To make the hunt for parking easier, we’ve partnered with a cutting-edge digital parking reservation system, Spothero, that enables you to book a spot in advance before you visit your chosen French spot.

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