L’Ardoise is on their A-game when it comes to the French classics. We’re particularly partial to the steak and coq au vin, but if you’re more of a seafood person the fish is all well-done too. It’s a very cozy spot that isn’t on most people’s radars. Turn on your escargot radar and locate L’Ardoise as soon as possible.
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Yes, there will be a wait at Kitchen Story in the Castro. But there’s millionaire’s bacon at the end of it.
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Absinthe Brasserie & Bar
Absinthe Brasserie & Bar is a French place in Hayes Valley that’s good for everything from quiet dates to big group dinners.
Berkeley’s Chez Panisse is famous for starting the whole "farm-to-table" movement, and it's still doing an incredible prix fixe menu.
Cafe Boho is a French restaurant in the Marina that’s a good place to come for a quiet meal in the neighborhood.
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