C’est Très Bon: French Restaurants in San Francisco

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Cyrus

29 North Street Healdsburg,

CA 95448

(707) 433-3311

Ambiance

The vaulted ceilings, carved wooden bar and lavish floral displays make guests feel as though they’re dining in a French palace.

What to order

A five-course or eight-course meal,  both available in vegetarian. The dishes change with the seasons and are constantly evolving.

Who comes here

Neighborhood regulars along with celebrities, socialites, and business executives all frequent the eatery.

Sweet Tooth

The kouignamann, a rich flakey pastry made with caramel and chocolate.

Bouchon Bistro

6534 Washington Street

Yountville, CA 94599

(707) 944-8037

Ambiance

The interior features a French zinc bar, vibrant mosaic floor, and antique light fixtures creating a feeling of old Paris.

What to order

The place to try the French classics – steak frites, pan-seared prime flatiron served with caramelized shallots, maître d’hôtel butter and  French fries

Who comes here

You’ll find a diverse crowd at this spot: couples of all ages, local industry execs, haute travelers, and celebrities.

Sweet Tooth

Profiteroles with vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce.

Jardinière

300 Grove Street

San Francisco, CA  94102

(415) 861-5555

Ambiance

Intimate and elegant but never pretentious, this two story building with charmingly low ceilings and dim lighting is perfect for a romantic evening.

What to order

The scallops are a must-have, perfectly prepared to melt in your mouth. Also try the Liberty Farms Duck served with chanterelle mushrooms, haricots verts and late summer corn.

Who comes here

Since this restaurant is located adjacent to an opera house, many of the opera stars are devoted patrons.

Sweet Tooth

Bonne Bouche Platter, which comes with Crème Brûlée, Opera Cake, Petite Tarts, Cookies, Fruit Jellies, Chocolate Truffles and Candies.

The French Laundry

6640 Washington Street 94599

Yountville, CA

(707) 944-2380

Ambiance

Built in 1900 as a saloon that became a French steam laundry, this rustic two-story stone cottage is surrounded by a country garden with vintage roses.

What to order

Although the menu changes nightly, the signature caviar course is a must-have item.

Who comes here

Travelers, culinary enthusiasts, business executives, families and guests celebrating special occasions.

Sweet Tooth

Cinnamon sugar-dusted brioche and cappuccino semifreddo comprise the famous Coffee and Doughnuts.

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