Chez Papa Bistrot
Chez Papa Bistrot

Chez Papa Bistrot

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.chezpapasf.com/
  • Phone: 4158248205
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Mon-Fri 11:30am - 2:00pm
    Lunch: Sat 11:30am - 2:30pm
    Dinner: Sun-Thu 5:30pm - 10:00pm
    Dinner: Fri-Sat 5:30pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Provencal, French
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Chez Papa caters on request for private events.
  • Private Party Facilities: Chez Papa can accommodate private parties for up to 40-45 people for all your occasions.
  • Private Party Contact: Marc Sempere 4158248205
  • Special Events: 2 Course Lunch Menu at $17.95 everyday...
    3 Course Dinner Menu at $34.95 from Sunday to Thursday...
    Enjoy a selection of our best dishes with these amazing prix fixes menus...

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Missouri St.
  • Public Transit: Bus #22
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Free Street Parking
A word from Chez Papa Bistrot
Chez Papa features authentic French Provencal Cuisine in a casual bistrot setting. We are open for lunch Monday to Saturday and for dinner everyday!!!
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Chez Papa Bistrot reviews from OpenTable diners
72 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (47)fit for foodies (36)romantic (19)great for lunch (17)special occasion (16)notable wine list (14)great for outdoor dining (10)great for brunch (7)good for groups (5)scenic view (3)hot spot (2)late-night find (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Not up to par
    potreroplanter
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    I booked for four. One of the party had previously found the flat-iron steak remarkable, and at his urging all three ordered it. I ordered from the prix fixe menu - a delicious first-course elaboration on a warm potato salad and the bouillabaisse. It was delicious although I couldn't help but believe it was a special version for the prix fixe menu... heavy on the mussels, rather sparse with the other seafood. The crème brulee was perfect. Going back to the three steak orders. All three diners, including the recommender, told me privately that it was disappointing. The meat was poor quality, and not cooked as ordered, overdone. The waiter disappeared after ordering and did not return even when I specifically asked to see him.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Evita1VIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Good food, good service. Will definitely be back for more. The escargots were awesome and the bouillabaisse was excellent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everything it needed to be
    meredithob
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I needed a place to take my visiting mother, husband, my BFF and her BF. It was a complicated and lively group. I was avoiding the Mission. Too cliched for a dinner spot. My mom loves food and places with fabulous ambience, we all love wine. Halfway through the amazing meal here, she said to me, "how did you know about this place?!!" I shrugged my shoulders and said, "it's earned a name for itself." And rightfully so. It's adorably French; the food was absolutely amazing (I don't say that lightly); and the service was great - attentive without overbearing... we were seated at 7:30 and they didn't once rush us such that we didn't realize it was 10pm until we walked out the door (so French of them to do that). Wonderfully lovely.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • WAY TOO NOISY
    EnthusiastsVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    SOMETHING DRASTIC SHOULD BE DONE ABOUT THE SOUND LEVEL - IT'S IMPOSSIBLE TO HAVE A CONVERSATION WITHOUT SHOUTING TO THE PERSON SITTING RIGHT NEXT TO YOU!!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice place
    Biltongmes
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Decent French restaurant on Potrero Hill. A bit on the noisy side if it's crowded.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    TheTwoOfUs
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Chez Papa is a great neighborhood corner, the service is experienced and knowledgeable. they had a prix fix menu so I asked my waiter a wine suggestion and he very patiently asked me first what I wanted to eat, then he gave me a couple of suggestions and when he saw my indecision he offered me a little sample... I ended up ordering what he suggested and it was exactly how he described it....perfectly matching my escargot and ribs. the other server was very attentive and never left us without bread or water. It is always amazing dining there.....yeah it's a bit loud but with character.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Local Spot
    BullinTheHeather
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Good for those of us in the neighborhood but really nothing special. Service is friendly but rushed and disorganized. Noise level is crazy loud and food is adequate to good but overpriced. Also the wine list manages to be pretty underwhelming.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A staple for lunch
    Foodie2shoes
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    I've always liked this place for the duck confit but sadly they no longer have it for lunch. I tried the salad with grilled shrimp and it was excellent. Went so well with a glass of Sancerre. The white bean side dish was a bit of a disappointment--not enough flavor and was a bit dry. The burgers are perfectly done medium rare.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful ...but...NOISEY!!!!
    DwnToErthFoodFan
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Everything is excellent about Chez Papa. Really excellent. The food, the wine, the service (VERY unstereotypic for a French restaurant), the decor and ambiance. I could go on... everything. BUT.. the noise level was incredible!! I'm a musician and sound engineer (among other things) and I am just amazed at how LOUD this place can be. The space seems to be the perfect resonator, keeping in and amplifying the noise. It actually became painful. The sound kept me from understanding my date at all. It became so bad that we moved to tables outside. They really need to fix this problem. Its not that hard to do. I won't go there anymore if I see it with a full house.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Lamb
    darleen907
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    It was hard to choose only one entree as there were many wonderful options, but with our server's knowledgeable help, I settled on the Lamb Daube -- it was heavenly. Extremely flavorful and very well prepared. The lamb itself was delicious, root vegetables were perfectly done and the velvety smooth sauce had a depth of flavor you don't often find -- awesome mouth feel. I had several bites of my husband's Steak Frittes and it too was divine. Chef's meat preparation was flawless in both instances (clearly only quality ingredients used here), but the sauces are standouts and reason enough to come back again and again. Service was very nice, location was a bit off the beaten path and ambiance was relaxed while still feeling "special".
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still great
    rpf27VIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    We dined at Chez Papa the week it opened and many times since. However, we have not been here since 2009. To return, five years alter and to find that it is just as great as ever is, indeed, a wonderful thing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lived up to its reputation
    Phyllbarb
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    This was my first time here, and it was a dinner celebrating Father's Day and a belated birthday. We came for the Dining About Town promotion, so had lowered expectations for the fixed price dinner. However, everything we ate was outstanding. Appetizers were beef tartare , endive salad, and beet salad (extra). All were very tasty. For main course we had beef shortribs and lamb daube. The lamb melted in my mouth and had a wonderful sauce. For dessert we had the warm chocolate molten cake, and crème brulee. Though the three of us were quite full by then, the desserts were so delicious we ate them all! Though the place was fully booked, we had very attentive service. Will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A neighborhood gem indeed...
    FrenchLover
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Just finished dinner here to take advantage of the SF Dine About Town and an advanced Happy Father's Day celebration and was quite good and please with the overall food and service quality. Food - 5 STARS - 4 in our party so all of us tried all the 3 course dinner. From appetizer to dessert, it did not disappoint. All were VERY GOOD/VERY TASTY and portions was just right. Service - 5 STARS - very accommodating - very friendly/courteous and prompt. (I left a 20% + tip)Ambiance - a true Parisian Bistro - small, but at least not too tight quarters but buzzing with lively conversations.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice corner at Portrero Hill
    Derondo5
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    I enjoyed my visit to Chez Papa Bistro. It was a small corner restaurant but very accommodating. The food was excellent and the service as well.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find
    coach
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    I thought the service and food were great. I would recommend this restaurant to friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice experience in SF
    ChiKuo
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    2-hour free parking in SF? this made our day already before having another nice experience in the city.. Great food with friendly ambience...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food & noise are highlights
    BILLVIP
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    This is now a professional operation...fully staffed with attentive servers, though at a noise level when full that I found too energetic. The food continues to shine, with every dish being very tasty & well prepared. One thing I think would help is to say what order you want your dishes to arrive or the staff will choose for you in a way you may not have wanted. We had a couple of items coming at odd times (for us). Overall great food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great bistro
    Mission13
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Nice menu and wine list. It has a cozy feel. We take friends who are not too adventuresome in their diet
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great spot!
    bhem
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Good was excellent! Service was very good & very friendly. Loved the bistro atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 53 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 21, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 1003 reviews are from the Chez Papa Bistrot reviews archive.
  • rude
    onlythetruthVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    from the initial phone call for reservations, to our arrival and being seated and then dinner service the staff and management was consistently rude and unwelcoming, from beginning to end.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Chez Papa dinner
    TartQueen
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    We arrived at 5:30 and were the first customers of the night! We were greeted and shown to a table alongside the window at the back bench. The presentation of the food, the ambience and attentive service makes chez Papa bistro a true neighborhood gem.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    The food was right on point and everything we got was a major hit. The lamb and bouillabaisse were particularly popular. The one thing was that it was pretty loud, so if they could have non-metal tables or some softer elements to absorb the noise, that would help a lot.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Adorable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Loved it, super service, charming environment, solid & interesting selections
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • tasty cod
    mashapie
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    the service was amazing. the food was very good. really enjoyed it. would come back again.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful Food
    mikey
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    great restaurant, wonderful food, real French atmosphere, just like a quaint side street in Paris
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    hungrygal415VIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    The food was good, especially the mushroom ravioli appetizer, but honestly the place was too loud, the service was spotty (they were training someone new, on a Friday night at prime time? really?) and everything felt rushed. It was overpriced for what we got ($150 for a 'casual' dinner for 2), and not worth the effort to get there. We won't return.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just Fabulous
    Randy
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    Met with business colleagues for relaxing dinner. The mussels come in four styles, and we all got a different one. All great. With fries and a special mayo dipping sauce. The lamb was rich and mouthwatering. The wine choices were superb. The deserts, a chocolate cake and Creme brûlée were incredibly delicious. It is a destination for us when were in town.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • like revisiting a long lost friend
    YalekVIP
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    Have not been Chez Papa on Potrero Hill for awhile. Remember a lot good meal at there. This visit was a bit let down. The restaurant and the service did not change much, very pleasant and cozy. The food was just fair, not bad. It is ok to be a regular weeknight dinner but not for the special occasion.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We never miss it.
    Bill
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    Whenever we come to San Francisco, we always make one of our nights at Chez Papa. Great for dinner.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Food and Service
    Cindy
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    I love this place. It never disappoints. We had the mussels and frites - so good with a great butter lettuce salad. And this time we made it to dessert - a chocolate molten cake, oh my - so good. I've been to Chez Papa a lot and the food is consistent along with the service. I've celebrated my birthday here as well as just showed up to have a great lunch.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Quelle surprise plaisante!
    FlaneurVIP
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    What a delight to find a restaurant capable of rekindling one's love of San Francisco - and Paris! We were greeted warmly, immediately were enchanted by the menu and relished mussels (glorious in several renditions), a comforting lamb daube, duck confit, a swoon-worthy Lyonnaise salad and superb classics (think crème brûlée) and wonderful re-interpretations (a new spin on tarte Tatin). Add an intelligent wine selection and excellent bread with a delicious tapenade and one wanted this to be one's neighborhood go-to bistro. Worthy moving for! The service was warm and friendly, helpful and a brilliant melding of Gallic charm and California ease. We counted ourselves lucky and our guests felt the rarefied good fortune, too. Merci, Papa!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good romantic night
    Frenchsf
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    We had a good time for our 1 year anniversary, the found was delicious!!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Paris on Potrero Hill
    GlutenFreeVIP
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    With the French servers and the food, you can feel like you're in a small bistro in Paris. We've eaten her a number of times, and last night the noise level was almost painful. People were shouting at each other to be heard over the din. But the food....My butter lettuce salad was fresh, crisp and tasty. My mussels Basquaise were fabulous. With pomme frittes to finish them off, it was a treat. My wife had the black cod, and it was excellent too. There is a good choice of wines by the glass, and they pour you a generous glass, that's almost worth the cost. The menu is somewhat limited, but everyone should be able to find something they like. I recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a 5 star experience
    bigfan1
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    Chez Papa continues to be our favorite SF restaurant. We have never eaten anything that wasn't perfect. We love the casual tres French atmosphere and French waiters. A little bit of Paris on Potrero Hill.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food was cold (tasted like
    bistrot
    Dined on 3/24/2014
    food was cold (tasted like it was prepared the previous day), service was slow. enough said
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Charming Bistro
    vittles
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    Nice ambience, friendly waitstaff, attentive but not pushy. We ordered mussels and steak dishes - nicely done, but we aren't as big garlic fans as the chef is, methinks. Mussels loaded with it (not so unusual), frites sauce with the steak also super-garlic-errific. Tasty, but be prepared to still be tasting it the next day when you wake up. Probably healthy, but not so great if you're looking for sexy-time later. Everything looked super-tasty, though - just check on the garlic quotient of what you order if you aren't a fan. Nice wine by the glass for around $10.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I was ignored for ~10 minutes
    Peter415
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    I was ignored for ~10 minutes when I arrived. Had to seat myself. Went for the prix-fixe to enjoy both the mussels and the bouillabaisse. The mussels were, frankly, underwhelming. (My date and I had two different versions, both left me disappointed.) I'm a seafood snob b/c I grew up in coastal Maine. These mussels were tiny and not especially fresh or tasty. The bouillabaisse was ok, but not chock full of goodies. A bit thinner overall than I might have expected for $25. Also, once I step up for a prix-fixe menu, if the fries are really an important addition to the mussels appetizer, as the waiter strongly suggested, they ought to be factored into the price. Finding them added onto was a "gotcha" moment. I won't be back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hits the spot
    Rory13
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    We found this restaurant in a few guides and were very pleased we chose it. Good French inspired food - and we eat a lot in France! Very busy on our visit - Saturday evening, but very efficient with a good wine list with lots of European wines. An enjoyable experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood Gem
    AHreviewVIP
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    What a wonderful restaurant. Outstanding selection of creative and yummy appetizers and main courses. Very generous appetizer portions. Everything was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Parisian delight
    Joey
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    What a lovely evening. The bone marrow and duck confit were delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.