French Restaurants

10 8 Avanti Restaurant

Address: 1917 Mission St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Avanti Restaurant
$$$ Recommended New
At Avanti Restaurant, we have been committed to the local food culture since 2019. We serve you organic vegetables, sustainable seafood, pasture-raised meats and poultry, organic milk, butter and eggs, locally roasted coffee, and house-made desserts. We have a full bar featuring seasonal cocktails and a variety of spirits.

10 8 Boulevard

Address: 1 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
Boulevard
$$$ Top 10 Recommended
Entering Boulevard’s doors is like stepping inside of a Toulouse-Lautrec painting. With its elegant mosaics, stylized wood accents, and softly glowing atmosphere, designer Pat Kuleto has captured the romance of the iconic Parisian bistro, elevating the historic building to the heights of its period artistry. Chef Nancy Oake’s culinary creations are themselves works of art. Each French-influenced dish is like a sculpture, consisting of layered components in a delicate balance of color and flavor that is as pleasing to the eyes as it is to the taste buds. Dripping with Belle Époque glamour and the flowery beauty of Art Nouveau, ...

10 8 Pastis Bistro

Address: 447 California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306
Pastis Bistro
$$$ Recommended New Editor's Pick Outdoor Seating
Pastis, restaurant and wine bar, is your little piece of France located at 447 California Avenue in Palo Alto. Discover an amazing French cuisine in an authentic bistro ambiance. Enthusiastic service, charming decoration, outdoor seating… you’ll definitely be coming back!

10 8 Hermitage Banquet Hall & Restaurant

Address: 5633 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94121
Hermitage Banquet Hall & Restaurant
$$ Recommended New Editor's Pick Private Room
Russian restaurant with dancing and tasty food. Hermitage Banquet Hall can also accommodate a wide variety of private dining options.

10 8 Casanova

Address: 5th Street, Carmel, CA 93921
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Welcome to Casanova, a culinary experience that echoes the South of France & Northern Italy in the center of Carmel, California. Our style and ambiance is matched by a standard of excellence in food and service that has brought us worldwide acclaim. The hand dug Wine Cellar has received numerous awards for its outstanding selection of wines from all over the world.

10 8 Angele

Address: 540 Main Street, Napa, CA 94559
$$ Editor's Pick
Angèle features a menu, layering elements from traditional recipes with contemporary influences. Its focus on rich and soothing French cuisine ranges from the classic simplicity of vegetable potage to the robust balance of veal stew.

10 8 Chandon

Address: One California Drive, Yountville, CA 94599
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A traditional foundation along with a hearty dash of creativity and passion makes this adventurous chef an exciting addition to The Restaurant at Domaine Chandon. Now planted among the vines in one of the valley's most established fine dining restaurants, he pushes his passions to new heights with exceptional regional and seasonally influenced cuisine and exciting wine pairings.

10 8 The French Laundry

Address: 6640 Washington Street, Yountville, CA 94599
$$ Editor's Pick
Keller purchased The French Laundry in 1994, with the goal of creating a three-star country French restaurant in the heart of the Napa Valley. Keller credits his staff for the many accolades and awards that the restaurant has received. The French Laundry Cookbook, authored by Keller, was awarded three 1999 International Association of Culinary Professionals awards, including Cookbook of the Year, as well as the 1999 Versailles Cookbook Award in Paris.

10 8 Ame

Address: 689 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
Ame
$$$$ Top 10
Located a few streets away from the busy Union Square area, Ame provides a relaxing and elegant getaway and a delectable dining experience. Ame is decorated in a chic and intimate Asian style, with a signature red table that seats eight. Ame offers a New American cuisine that is widely influenced by Japanese creations. The menu provides raw treatments from the sashimi bar as well as various appetizers and entrée plates. Creative dishes like Tai Snapper Sashimi “Kombu Jime” with seaweed, crab and cucumber sauce come from the Sashimi bar. For an appealing main course, Grilled Veal T-bone Steak on ...

10 8 Fleur de Lys

Address: 777 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
Fleur de Lys
$$$$ Top 10
Fleur de Lys presents guests with sophisticated French cuisine in a romantic and intimate setting. The restaurant gives off a dramatic atmosphere with dim lighting, large vases full of flowers, and their trademark fabric ceiling tent. The menu offers creatively crafted dishes like the Duo of Veal Tenderloin and Braised Veal Shank “Parmentier,” which is scented with juniper berry and orange essence. Guests can choose to create a three-, four-, or five course meal with or without wine pairings. Chef/ Owner Hubert Keller is an award-winning chef who was featured on Bravo’s Top Chef as a guest judge in 2006.

10 8 Fifth Floor

Address: 12 Fourth Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
Fifth Floor
$$$
The chic Fifth Floor restaurant acts as a culinary and visual bridge connecting the Bay area and executive chef Laurent Manrique’s native Southwestern France. The menu is both refreshingly modern and faultlessly traditional, with one dish having a provenance traced to King Henry IV’s table. Fifth Floor’s décor enhances the experience of regional pastiche, with a color scheme that evokes the landscape of both regions. Cool ocean blues mingle with sandy ochres and wine reds, colors that embody not only the surrounding Bay area, but simultaneously transport the diner to Southern France. An evening at Fifth Floor is an exploration ...

10 8 Jardiniere

Address: 300 Grove Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
Jardiniere
$$$$ Top 10 Recommended
The French tradition of amuse bouche is in full bloom at Jardiniere, but diners will find the execution at this one-of-a-kind restaurant to be refreshingly far from traditional. This San Francisco gem, from cuisine to decor, makes any dinner a meal to remember and is sure to leave guests longing to return for more. Foodies will adore the attention to detail and regulars are able to enjoy an ever-changing menu of seasonal specials that reflect the power of fresh, sustainable ingredients. The restaurant's proximity to the city's symphony and opera are another draw for many diners. Experience indulgence at the ...

10 8 Coi

Address: 373 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133
Coi
$$$$$ Top 10
Although Coi’s décor exudes a soothing calm in shades of earthy minimalism, its cuisine is a jolt of culinary electricity. Chef Daniel Patterson’s tasting menus take diners on a sensuous adventure reflective of his diverse culinary background, which includes a stint at the infamous El Bulli. A meal at Coi is an exercise in the revelry of the unexpected: a starter might include the application of essential oils to the wrist, while a dessert might be couched in smoked yogurt. The result is an experience that embodies the doe-eyed wonder of childhood with the poise and refinement of haute cuisine.

10 8 La Folie

Address: 2316 Polk Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
La Folie
$$$$ Top 10
With colorful flower boxes, large picture windows, and a sunny saffron-colored sign, La Folie exudes a charming Frenchness. Inside, a luminous dining room in warm hues and lush fabrics is an elegant canvas for the presentation of Executive Chef Roland Possat’s French and California-inspired creations. The prix-fixe menu whimsically explores the interplay between tradition and experimentation: classic French ingredients like foie gras, frog legs, and snails mingle with dishes featuring lobster vanilla sauce and oxtail stuffed calamari. While, as its name suggests, La Folie has a playful streak of madness, it is more the result of a masterful and supremely ...

10 8 Quince

Address: 470 Pacific Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94133
Quince
$$$$
Under the direction of chef and owner Michael Tusk, Quince is revitalizing a sense of European charm in Pacific Heights. Utilizing only the finest organic, local, and seasonal, ingredients, Chef Tusk creates a new menu each day to exemplify his Italian and French-inspired culinary sensibility. Diners will never experience the same meal twice, but they will always recognize familiar notes of Chef Tusk’s vision. Dishes like the Warm Octopus Salad, the Tonnarelli, and the Devil’s Gulch Rabbit, deliver the classic elegance of fine Parisian fare minus the haute pretense. The ever-changing tasting menu pairs the intricacies of flavors with the ...

10 8 The Village Pub

Address: 2697 Woodside Road, Woodside, CA 94062
The Village Pub
$$$
The Village Pub not only serves the appetite for food, but it also hopes to satisfy the entire being. Whether you’re looking to tread new ground, or you’re simply hoping to be greeted by the familiar, The Village Pub has the menu and character to keep you intrigued. Executive Chef Mark Sullivan constructs his contemporary American cuisine by drawing from classic French and Mediterranean traditions, and locally cultivated ingredients. The dinner menu highlights dishes like the Shaved Foie Gras Torchon, while the pub menu offers lighter fare – the Pork and Garlic Sausage is made in-house. The truly staggering wine ...

10 8 Bouchon

Address: 6534 Washington Street, Yountville, CA 94599
Bouchon
$$$$
Bouchon of Yountville comes from the family of Thomas Keller Restaurants and strives to bring the French tradition of cozy, family owned bistros to the area. A dark, intimate interior starts diners off on their quest for traditional French cuisine as they are given a menu that consists of classic dishes. A list of Fruits de Mer, Caviar, and other Hors D’Oeuvres guide guests through a beginning course, leading up to the stars of the meal: Les Plats Principaux. This section of the menu features the French bistro classic, Steak Frites, as well as traditional entrees like Croque Madame and ...

10 8 The French Laundry

Address: 6640 Washington Street, Yountville, CA 94599
The French Laundry
$$$$$
Since its opening in 1994, Thomas Keller’s The French Laundry has brought a small piece of the French country side to Northern California. The French Laundry’s philosophy is to have guests experience an emotional journey as they dine. The staff strives to leave the guest’s palate at the very height of pleasure and curiosity wherein patrons are surprised and riveted by the culinary experience and creativity with which they are presented. It is for this reason that Thomas Keller’s team crafts 2 new menus daily: a chef’s tasting menu and a vegetable tasting one. Each is a pre fixe menu ...

10 8 Commis

Address: 3859 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland, CA 94611
Commis
$$$$ New
Commis’ cuisine strives to combine the classic and traditional with the modern and refreshing. The restaurant’s seasonally changing menu achieves this goal by infusing balance and ambition into each of its dishes. Located in Oakland, Commis sits central to most areas of San Francisco, allowing a variety of clientele to experience this chef’s new avant-garde vision. Commis creates this distinctive perspective by combining ingredients that come together in an almost unexpected harmony.

10 8 Saison

Address: 2124 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA 94110
Saison
$$$$$
Saison, meaning season in French, strives to serve up the best flavors of the season: a practice for which this Michelin starred restaurant has been acclaimed. The food isn’t the only thing that patrons rave about, however. The hip and swanky décor elevates the status of this restaurant, while fireplaces used for cooking expertly crafted dishes allow Saison to glow with homey warmth. With an open kitchen, guests can keep an eye on how their meal is being created. A lucky few can even opt for the Chef’s Table, which also comes with a prix fixe menu equipped with plenty ...