UPDATE: Soon after dining here, the restaurant closed temporarily and then shuttered for good in August 2016 because of business decisions.
The story: Bon Marche is a French brasserie from the Mercer Restaurant Group, which brought us AQ and the now closed TBD. Opening last August, the spacious restaurant is in the so-called Mid-Market area […]Read the full post →
I’m quite familiar with Café de la Presse, the San Francisco French bistro that sits prominently at the corner of Grant and Bush Streets under the shadows of Chinatown’s Dragon Gate.
During my frequent trips to Chinatown, I would pass by the café and marvel at its press theme (as a former journalist I feel […]Read the full post →
The story: The people behind the San Francisco wine bar Amelie tried to duplicate their success on this side of the bay with another wine bar in Oakland’s Grand Lake/Lakeshore neighborhood, opening in 2014 and serving up French-California dishes.
Why I went: We’re in the midst of Oakland Restaurant Week when local restaurants […]Read the full post →
The story: Chef Dominique Crenn, who garnered a Michelin-star for her high-end tasting menu at Atelier Crenn, has opened a casual French restaurant in the former Bar Jules space in Hayes Valley. With executive sous chef Aaron Thayer, Crenn invites diners to imagine eating at her mother’s and grandmother’s kitchen, transporting them to the French […]Read the full post →
The story: Bistro Jeanty is an often-recommended restaurant in Napa Valley, having been around since 1997 and the reputation of Chef-Owner Philippe Jeanty, who was born in Champagne, France, and came to California in the late 1970s to cook in fine-dining restaurant Chandon. Over the years, other restaurants sprouted around Bistro Jeanty, […]
UPDATE: This restaurant announced it will close its doors at the end of July 2015.
The story: Husband-and-wife duo chefs Hiro Sone and Lissa Doumani made a name for themselves with their popular Terra restaurant in St. Helena and the elegant Ame in the St. Regis Hotel in San Francisco. Now they’ve opened a casual French bistro […]Read the full post →
The story: Little Bird Bistro is the cute name to the second restaurant of Gabriel Rucker, who opened the popular Le Pigeon (get it?). Le Pigeon on the eastside of Portland offers fine-dining French food with a tasting menu and hard-to-get reservations. Little Bird, opened in late 2010, is Rucker’s casual, more accessible […]
The story: Chef Corey Lee established himself in San Francisco’s fine-dining scene when he opened the exquisite Benu restaurant in SOMA. For his second restaurant, he takes a more casual route but still creates a sophisticated and modern French bistro spot called Monsieur Benjamin on the ground floor of a splashy new building in Hayes Valley.
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There are so many new restaurants opening in San Francisco, it’s hard to keep up. I’m always checking out the latest and greatest, but sometimes it’s nice to discover a favorite among regulars.
Believe it or not, there are restaurants I’ve never heard of. Like L’Ardoise, a French bistro in the Castro area that my […]Read the full post →
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- A Review of The Temple Club in Oakland
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- A Review of Brunch at Villon in San Francisco
- A Review of Hinodeya Ramen Bar in San Francisco
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