Published on March 17, 2016

Sealed With a French Kiss: 7 Fantastic French Spots in SF

There are endless reasons why French cuisine is one of our favorites. With its variety of delicious flavors, who can resist falling in love with a perfectly seared fish, fresh cheese plate or drool-worthy souffle? Hungry yet? Try some of San Francisco's best French fare at these hot spots.


1. ZAZIE (Cole Valley)

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This French-inspired neighborhood gem serves up classic Provençal and Mediterranean fare. The interior channels a rustic country kitchen, with a warm and welcoming dining room featuring wood accents and exposed brick, while the heated garden patio offers plenty of outdoor seating.

2. COCOTTE (Nob Hill)

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Cocotte is an intimate and cozy French eatery with a menu that spotlights Chef/Owner Mikael Audry’s dishes –– crafted with local produce and organic ingredients –– that are meant to be shared with slow-cooked meats, rotisserie fare and classic French cuisine on offer.


SF - Monsieru Benjamin Photo provided by Monsieru Benjamin.

Monsieur Benjamin is a modern restaurant inspired by Parisian bistro culture and French culinary traditions. Seafood, small and large plates, cheeses and desserts are all available with wines, beers, cocktails and spirits on hand to complement any meal.

4. ISA (Marina)

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Isa is an intimate, small plates-focused wine bar with California-inspired French fare. At the helm of the bustling restaurant, Chef Luke Sung crafts bold, elegant dishes on both standard and prix fixe menus.

5. RN74 (Financial District)

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RN74 is Chef/Owner Michael Mina’s wine-centric restaurant, inspired by both regional French cuisine and refined American fare. The wine program — which perfectly complements the menu — showcases domestic and international selections, with a particular focus on the producers of Burgundy.

6. NICO (Pacific Heights)

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Nico serves up modern French fare made from seasonal, Californian ingredients, harvested from the restaurant’s roof garden or sourced from local purveyors. The market-driven cuisine is showcased on daily-changing three- or five-course menus.


SF - Bisou Bistronomy Photo provided by Bistronomy.

Bisou Bistronomy serves California-accented French cuisine. Featuring organic and locally grown produce, the menus — including a five-course tasting and incredible brunch — offer fresh takes on classic dishes.

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