Restaurants

Top Choice French in Hollywood

Petit Trois

Good things come in small packages…like tiny, no-reservations Petit Trois! Owned by acclaimed TV chef Ludovic Lefebvre, its two long counters (the place is too small for tables) are where food lovers squeeze in for …
Top Choice French in Nob Hill, Russian Hill & Fillmore

La Folie

Casually sophisticated La Folie remains one of SF's top tables – even after 30 years. Its success lies in the French-born chef-owner's uncanny ability to balance formal and playful. He's a true artist, whose cooking…
French in North Beach & Chinatown

Cafe Jacqueline

The terror of top chefs is the classic French soufflé – but since 1979 Chef Jacqueline has been turning out perfectly puffy creations that float across the tongue like fog over the Golden Gate Bridge. With the right…
French in Yountville

Bouchon

Details at celeb-chef Thomas Keller’s French brasserie are so impeccable – zinc bar to white-aproned waiters – you’d swear you were in Paris. Only the Bermuda-shorts-clad Americans look out of place. On the menu: oy…
French in Napa

Angèle

Stalwart Angèle serves reliable provincial-French cooking – French onion soup, Niçoise salads and croques messieurs at lunch, cassoulet with duck confit at dinner – on a river-view deck or in the cozy dining room, b…
French in Los Feliz & Griffith Park

Figaro Bistrot

A culinary ménage à trois involving a boulangerie, bistro and lounge, Figaro channels fin-de-siècle Paris with its heavy framed mirrors, sidewalk tables and Gallic-inspired fare. Grab a goat-cheese tart to go, or se…
French in Silver Lake & Echo Park

Café Stella

Boho-spirited Stella is a cloud of clinking glasses and red wine under a tented patio that rambles into a nostalgic dining room. Service can be a little hit-and-miss (especially on busy weekends), though the classic…
French in Beverly Hills, Bel Air, Brentwood & Westwood

Bouchon

Thomas Keller’s Bouchon empire brings you French classics in three adjoining spaces flanking the Beverly Canon Gardens. Skip the bakery for the lofty bistro (a sea of Botox at lunch) or the more casual, Parisian-sty…
French in The Haight & Hayes Valley

Chez Maman West

Quit pretending you're considering the sensible Niçoise salad and go for the restorative brunch everyone needs mid-shopping spree: buckwheat crepes plumped with decadent fillings, like prosciutto béchamel or chicken…
French in Downtown, Civic Center & SoMa

Cafe Claude

Escape down an SF alleyway to a sleek French cafe, with zinc bar, umbrella tables outside and staff chattering en français. Lunch is served 'til a civilized 4:30pm and jazz combos play Thursday to Saturday dinnertim…