Energetic neighborhood spot,
Energetic neighborhood spot, crowded-in-a-good-way, great food, excellent and friendly service, terrific view of downtown from the front door. Definitely a must-try.
3/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
We came here on monday night
We came here on monday night with my wife,our friends who lives on potrero hill recommended us chez papa so we decided to come check it out.Really cute bistrot with zinc tables and red chairs ( my wife felt in love with those red chairs..).Overall we had a great experience even though the food did not meet quite our expectations....Service was great,attentive and yet friendly,thanks again to our waiter for recommending such great bottle of wine,have not had that quality of service in a long time!
4/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
This really is a fantastic
This really is a fantastic resto. I've heard that it's gone up and down wrt to quality but they seem to be on an upswing now! Very good.
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
From the moment you step onto
From the moment you step onto the corner, you are in Paris - without the attitude. Serious, yet smiling, waiters who know the food and aim to please. Perfectly paced and deliciously prepared.
4/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Oui Chez Papa
This has always been one of my favorite neighborhood gems since it first opened when I moved to the Dog Patch community. I regret that I have not been here as much as I would like to but it was great to know that it's just as good as it always was if not even better. I visited Chez Papa with a dear friend from Paris. She loved the meal of mussels and fries and showed me how to eat it the french way. If she enjoyed her meal -- it's gotta be good. Oh, the creme brulee was excellent too.
5/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Chez Papa: ALWAYS GREAT! THIS
Chez Papa: ALWAYS GREAT! THIS IS TRADITIONAL FRENCH FOOD. DON'T COME IF YOU ARE ON A DIET :)
5/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wanted to treat my family to unique dining experience from the usual chinese/asian dinner. Chez Papa hit the spot with the flavorful sauces, tender meats, and succulent mussels. Water and bread consistently refilled. The wine recommendation on the chalk board was very good value for $30! Overall the fantastic dining experience. We thoroughly enjoyed all the dish offerings here and will be sure to return!
5/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food was skillfully prepared, and artful in presentation. Gaston is warm and welcoming, has mischievous eyes and wide grin, and definitely knows the menu...he made for a soirée très merveilleuse!
5/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Me and my wife went to chez papa last Tuesday night for dinner,we love that cozy French bistros that remind us our trip to Paris.Unfortunetely the food didn't quite meet our expectations,we were first disappointed to find out that they no longer serve their delicious rack of lamb with ratatouille, our waiter did recommend us the beef short ribs and oh boy he was right..A must to have! We also tried the asparagus salad again ,it was good but could have used more cheese on it (it says tome de savoie on the menu,but wasn't that night..maybe ran out..?) The burrata salad not so fan to complex in flavors...The lamb daube was delicious as usual! Thanks to our waiter for the great recommendation on that bottle of cote du Rhone and friendly service
5/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Everything was excellent except noise level made conversation very challenge.
5/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Chez Papa is one of the BEST !!!
We always enjoy this great bistro! The food is imaginative and truly yummy! Took a "foodie" New Yorker there recently and she claimed it some of the best food she'd had in San Francisco!
5/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
We arrived early at the restaurant (5pm) and found out that the service starts at 5:30pm. Fortunately, the waiter told us we could have a seat and have something to drink if we wanted. We were in the mood for a bottle of Bordeaux and the waiter suggested a Margau which was great.
We started with a vegetable soup followed by mussels basquaise which was recommend by our waiter. Great appetizers.
We then decided to have the steak and the short ribs. The steak was not as tender as expected and my partner's short ribs were really dry. The desserts were good and we received a complimentary glass of sweet wine which paired really well with it.
Overall the food was just ok but the service made up for the whole experience.
5/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
My Experience at Chez Papa
Last weekend was my second visit to Chez Papa, both were wonderful. My girlfriend and I first dined at the restaurant for her birthday and had a great experience. The mussels were extremely tender and very tasty. The Lamb was the best I have ever had! We decided to visit Chez Papa for the romantic atmosphere and to taste the fabulous lamb again. We plan to be regular patrons of this fine restaurant. I highly recommend Chez Papa to all of my friends.
5/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food and top notch service!
Came for dinner on Monday night,me and my wife love chez papa,the food is always good and the service to my opinion is one of the best in the city,French authentic waiter ,funny and yet professional and efficient.Thanks again to our waiter Joan for his great recommendations on food and wine.We will be back soon..
5/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of our favorites. The
One of our favorites. The food is always good, the wine list appropriate, and the location is great
5/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Chez Papa Review
This is a neighborhood gem. The food is consistently good. If you had to order 1 thing off the menu to represent the restaurant, it would be the mussels without the fries. It's outstanding. I haven't had a chance to sample everything from the menu but the dishes that come out of the kitchen are picture perfect.
5/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent Food and Service
Came here for the 'Dine About Town' promotion going on around the bay area. They had mussels any way is an app option and the Seafood Bouilabasse is the entree. It was all sooo delicious. They were definitely not off their game for 'Dine About Town' craziness.
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Amazing neighborhood gem
The Dine Around Special gave many things to choose from. Amazing service and great atmosphere.
6/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was delicious. The server was very nice and honest when we asked for recommendations. It was Dine About Town week and all our food came out very slowly--not a complaint, just an observation.
6/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful French bistro atmosphere
This is a wonderful place for dinner for people who appreicate good french food.
6/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great French bistro, very authentic like ones you would find in Paris.
6/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice Evening Out
Been wanting to try Chez Papa for a long time. I was not disappointed. The mussels what ever way you have them are great. All dishes at the table were really good as well.
6/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful neighborhood Bistro
When you're craving some mussels and pommes frites in a cosy, friendly setting there's none better! Great prix fixe deals for dinner, too...
7/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
We went to chez papa for dinner on the recommendation of our host. What a secret worth sharing! The food was mouth-wateringly delicious. The service was so great- we felt like family (the ones you actually like!). The atmosphere was spot on. Every little thing was perfect and this dining experience is at the top of our list for our entire vacation here in the Bay Area. So glad we found you!
7/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Choice bistro to enjoy often.
We enjoyed a very nice prix fixe menu. An Authentic French bistro. Wait staff was very attentive and practiced. We would come often.
7/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
The wait staff was very attentive and the kitchen's timing was great. The salade nicoise was great! I will definitely come back.
7/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love chez papa Bistrot
I would recommend this place highly because of their authenticity, good service, ambience and helpfulness. They show great skill of course in the presentation of their dishes and desserts. It's as if you were transported to France and the food is genuinely French.
Having studied French cooking and various recipes,from my personal opinion their dishes are executed professionally .
The Niçoise salad,Lyonnaise salad,Mussels in four different styles,along with the pome frites served with aioli sauce are some of their signature dishes I loved.
I intend to come back many times especially for their prix fixe menu.
Thank You Chez Papa Bistrot
7/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Just like enjoying a Bistrot
Just like enjoying a Bistrot in Paris. The food was great and I loved hearing french spoken all around me.
7/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food is great except the skin of the fish is too salty. Service is excellent . However, the noise level is high too since so many people come to Papa.
7/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Moules Frites in the city
Chez Papa always deliver the most delicious moules frites and they offer them no less than 4 ways! Delicious through and through.
8/3/2013 5:00:00 PM
A little gem! One of the best meals in town! We'll be back"
8/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Neighborhood gem and more
This is a great neighborhood restaurant. The food is delicious, the ambiance comfortable and lively. Our party of four tried the roasted bone marrow and escargot. Both were tasty. We also had the local sardine and eggplant appetizer. It was interesting but nothing to write home about. The bouillabaisse was wonderful, the mussels (provencale and mariniere) were excellent, as was the duck confit. Both desserts, the chocolate raspberry cake and tiramisu, were lip-smacking fabulous. We would definitely return.
Parking wasn't hard because we had a late dinner and got lucky with a spot next to the restaurant. Reservations are a must, because the place is very popular and crowded.
8/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of the best dinners ever!
My dad jokes after his first bite, "you've all made a terrible mistake." No mistakes at CP. My husband ordered the duck, our son the steak, and I the cod. We shared tastes. Each dish was comme il faut w/amazing flavors and textures all around the plate. The appetizers were awesome, too, and the desserts - we shared a raspberry macaroon and the special chocolate mousse cake - were heavenly. Even the decaf coffee was one of the best cups ever. Deep rich roasted flavor the way I like it, not a trace of bitterness, and a softness on the palate reminiscent of the delightful sip of wine that began our dinner. We're coming back soon and often. We love our neighborhood bistro, L'Ardoise, but now we'll be driving across town from time to time.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love this place. Small French
Love this place. Small French bistro with fresh interesting ingredients. Loved the beet salad and octopus for starters and this is the only place where you will find escargot served in the traditional way. Great find!
9/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
This little restaurant continues to excel. From polite attentive servers, great wine recommendations, to excellent food. My favorite is their lamb stew. I have neer found anything so flavorful and tender. I'll be back!
9/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Small and Bustling Bistro
The french bistro has flair and the menu was innovative. We look forward to returning.a lot of thought goes into the preparation of very fresh ingredients.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lovely place for lunch
Met some old friends for lunch. Great food, very nice wine list. It wasn't very crowded and I really wonder why. I guess the hip place now is Plow, one block away. That place is good, but totally overrated. Chez Papa has a much nicer ambiance. Only drawback was that the waiter was not very friendly and a little brusque.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food and service were
The food and service were great. The desserts were not as good as usual.
10/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always a Wonderful Experience
We missed our regular French waiter, but the service and cuisine were up to par. The best moules/mussels mariniere for miles, and fun wine choices. We had a great sparkling Rose to start our birthday lunch. The lunch specials are the best deal in town!
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Every dish excellently prepared, service (in terms of spacing of the meal) was perfect--we were going to a play nearby. Only criticism is that the place is small so tables are jammed together and the noise level is pretty high. But the food is outstanding--better than a lot of pla places that get more attention.
10/25/2013 5:00:00 PM
Excellent food, LOUD,flawed service
-The food is always great here.
-We reserved a table for 5 through Open Table. Called Chez Papa to add one more and they never got back to me. When we got there, it was a bit of an issue. They did accommodate us.
-Service was super slow. I had to eye the hostess for help 3 times. The restaurant was busy but we had a veteran waiter.
- It was also extremely loud. So come to eat..not to visit.
We still had a very nice time.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, service, & ambiance
I loved this place from the moment we walked in and were greeted so warmly. The food is outstanding. It's a small place with a very lovely man serving us delightful food. I will be back!
10/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Chez Papa 102913
This is a great place not only for dinner but for lunch too. Their lunch specials are excellent, original to the bistro experience that is expected. Highly recommmend but get there early, before noon.
10/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Just right. Prompt service. Good food. A generous glass of wine. Not too noisy so you can carry on a business conversation without straining to hear. And, super convenient location.
10/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Starved for French bistro fare .....the waiter and the short ribs rocked! Thanks for a really fabulous meal. And the birthday dessert was a real treat. MUST repeat.
11/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Another fine meal at Chez Papa
An evening at Chez Papa is something we always look forward to whenever we're in SF. My husband loves their duck confit, and it never to please him. As for me, I dabble between fish and other entrees, and love their salads most of all.
We just wish they'd change things up a bit, with some more specials perhaps or one or two changes in fish or vegetarians offerings, to keep us all happy. And desserts are generally disappointing other than the creme brulee.
11/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Enjoyed a delicious dinner with friends from out of town. Always enjoy a lovely meal at Chez Papa. Highly recommend!
11/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Dinner at Chez Papa
Mussels and fries were outstanding. Excellent short ribs. Waiter recommended the right Mussels broth for our wine. It was a hit!
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very nice spot a place I would
Very nice spot a place I would visit often if I lived in the neighborhood. Great salads, rich entrees, good wine, good service.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wonderful Dining Experience
It was my first time here and I won't be my last due to the enjoyable dining experience with delicious food, excellent service and nice ambience. I highly recommended the prix fixe dinner - great choice with great value! My only disappointment and it is minor........is that the entrée portion size was very small. The appetizers and desserts were adequate (not too small and not too big)portion size, but I was hoping the entrée size would be slightly large. Inspite of that, I would highly recommended this place and looking forward to a return visit very soon.
11/17/2013 4:00:00 PM