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Chez Papa Bistrot
Chez Papa Bistrot

Chez Papa Bistrot Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.chezpapasf.com
  • Phone: (415) 824-8205
  • 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: French, Provencal
  • 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 (415) 824-8205
  • Special Events & Promotions: 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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Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • " 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!!"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Decent French restaurant on Potrero Hill. A bit on the noisy side if it's crowded."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "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"."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "I thought the service and food were great. I would recommend this restaurant to friends."
    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..."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Nice menu and wine list. It has a cozy feel. We take friends who are not too adventuresome in their diet"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Good was excellent! Service was very good & very friendly. Loved the bistro atmosphere. "
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Loved it, super service, charming environment, solid & interesting selections"
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "the service was amazing. the food was very good. really enjoyed it. would come back again."
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "great restaurant, wonderful food, real French atmosphere, just like a quaint side street in Paris"
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "Whenever we come to San Francisco, we always make one of our nights at Chez Papa. Great for dinner."
    Dined on 4/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "We had a good time for our 1 year anniversary, the found was delicious!!"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "food was cold (tasted like it was prepared the previous day), service was slow. enough said"
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "What a lovely evening. The bone marrow and duck confit were delicious."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "We celebrated a birthday and felt the food, service, and atmosphere were perfect for a special night out without being fussy. I recommend the mussels mariniere (tender and delicious), beet salad with goat cheese croquets (crunch, then melt in your mouth), cassoulet, baked cod on leaks, and creme brulee. Each was delicious and had wonderful textures. Tables are close together, but the atmosphere was friendly and informal and we didn't feel crowded. The only negative was that it was hard to hear each other over the general noise."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "My friend and i hadn't been in ages and since we love Chez Maman we thought we'd bop into Chez Papa as it was a rainy, cold, Sunday night and hence not crowded. I must say I don't understand why they always are crowded after our meal (unless it just happened to be a fluek). We shared the octopus salad, beef tartare, and mussels. The mussels were fine. The others inedible (we didn't make a dent) and I can usually down anything. On top of that I had stomach distress for the next 24 hrs and I know it was from 1 of those dishes. The octopus was mushy (yes, you'd expect me to say rubbery, but no) and the tartare just not good."
    Dined on 3/2/2014