Baker Street Bistro
Baker Street Bistro

Baker Street Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bakerstreetbistro.com/
  • Phone: 4159311475
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 9:00am - 2:30pm (WALK-IN ONLY); Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Executive Chef: Danel de Betelu
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Salut! Baker Street Bistro serves up the best authentic French cuisine in San Francisco. Our warm dining rooms are the perfect setting for your next private event. Chef Danel will work with you to personalize a menu that meets both your taste and budget.
  • Private Party Contact: Danel de Betelu 4159311475
  • Special Events: Special celebrations for Bastille Day (July 14), Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between Lombard & Greenwich
  • Public Transit: Nearby bus lines include 28, 30, 41, 43, 45, 76
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Baker Street Bistro
Salut! Bienvenue à Baker Street Bistro! Serving up authentic French cuisine, Baker Street Bistro has been a neighborhood gem for nearly two decades. Pull up a chair on our sun-drenched patio for a leisurely weekend brunch or escape the San Francisco fog in our intimate dining room for a romantic dinner. Our extensive bistro menu includes French classics such as the Bourride (a rich seafood stew), Duck Confit, and Grilled Lamb Chops. Locals and French ex-pats alike swear by the fresh daily specials, Moules Provençale (mussels drenched in white wine, shallots, parsley, tomato & pesto) and Pain Perdu (fluffy, melt-in-your-mouth cinnamon French toast). Owner & Executive Chef Danel de Betelu gladly brings a taste of his homeland to Cow Hollow. He leads a warm and welcoming staff who all shares a passion for great food. Join us for a taste of Paris, right here in San Francisco! Note: Brunch is first come, first serve. Brunch reservations accepted for parties of 6 or more only.
Continued
Foodspotting photos
See all photos
Baker Street Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
105 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (78)fit for foodies (44)great for outdoor dining (37)romantic (32)special occasion (23)great for lunch (14)great for brunch (11)notable wine list (7)kid-friendly (4)hot spot (2)good for groups (2)Show More
  • Amazing!
    Lynnie
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We had tickets for the Smuin Ballet and I was looking for a restaurant that wasn't too far from the venue. Unless you live in this neighborhood or unless someone recommends this restaurant, it is off the beaten path. The food was fabulous, and the waiter needed roller skates! He was everywhere, serving food, clearing plates, checking in with patrons...I was exhausted watching him! I will definitely return to this adorable and authentic restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Meh
    OpenTable Diner Since 2000
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Very convenient to Palace of Fine Arts, so made for decent pre-show dinner but if it weren't for that, wouldn't necessarily go out of my way to visit again. Moules were small, not great in moules frites. Cassoulet seemed more of beans, sausage and duck thrown together at last minute, rather than truly cooked together long and slow. Ambiance very charming though.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic and cozy
    Somanynightsout
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    As the name implies, this quaint little bistro is true to its roots, cozy( read Squished) and authentic French fare. Delicious mussels served two ways, yummy fresh salmon tart, and a fine rendition of cassoulet makes one feel as though he is tucked away in the Marais, or Provence. charming French accents abound as well as attentive service make this a nice neighborhood night out.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oui, oui!
    Vicki
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Wonderful French food. You might feel like you are on Paris. Watch the Check Please, Bay Area segment for more information.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great food
    ricsterzilla
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Food is always top notch. Wine prices are normal in the $10 range. Reasonably close to the Palace of Fine Arts
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • glovesmVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Though the place reminded me of a French bistro, the food was a little underwhelming compared to Parisian food. The duck confit was the highlight with the French onion soup missing something. They ran out of the beef bourguignon special that I think would have been good too.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Relaxing romance
    Fussyoldtimers
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    We had a romantic dinner on a warm night sitting outside at a cozy table. The food was expertly prepared and the service was friendly. There are wonderful options to fit different budgets. It IS a neighborhood gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Meal
    DianaVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We went for lunch. It was so frustrating as there were too many things on the menu we wanted to order. Husband had the Croque Madame and I had the Croque Monsieur. They were the BEST we'd ever had. Buttered bread that had been lightly grilled, filled with sweet, moist ham and cheese, topped with bechamael sauce, with another piece of buttered grilled bread, then topped with lots of grilled cheese. Oh so decadent! Husbands came with an over easy egg. Both came with a pretty side salad with a light, creamy balsamic dressing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • first time charm
    unsweetened
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Excellent spot for a quiet romantic dining on French bistro classics. Sublime steak tartar and mussels with fries and an unforgettable floating island makes this place a true gem in SF.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Quick Trip to Paris
    Marie
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    A friend and I were going out for a nice dinner to catch up on life. We had an exquisite meal at Baker Street Bistro. Every bite was delectable. The salad with goat cheese tasted farm-fresh. The seared sea scallops and grilled lamb chops were magnifique. Plus, the portions were quite generous: I kept eating past the point of being full, because I hated to send the flavors away:) Will definitely return soon! Merci!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OceanviewDiner
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Baker Street Bistro is a lovely find, just outside the Presidio. Lunch was perfect at the outside tables since it was a beautiful day. My friend and I enjoyed the mussels and pommes frites. Generous servings. Friendly waitress. Definitely will return for lunch as it was the perfect stop after visiting the museums.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely French lunch
    meganrehmVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    We came here last Tuesday a little after noon and we were seated right away. The restaurant is small but cozy and decorated in French country style. I ordered the seafood stew and it was delicious. My mom ordered the burger and said it was very good. The service was quick, the location was great, and we appreciated the quiet since so many places in the Marina are so loud.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • less than i expected
    foreverfoodie
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I had seen a rave restaurant review on Check Please Bay Area, and Yelp reviews that rated Baker St. Bistro with a range of stars from 1 to 5 so I decided to check this place out. For me, this neighborhood bistro is more of a 1-5 than a rave. As an appetizer, we ordered the French Onion Soup. The onions were perfect but the broth was under seasoned and lacking salt. Our entrée, was the mussels Provencal. The broth was nice but the mussels were small and overcooked. Desert was the Profiteroles. Yum!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Experience (or lack thereof)
    Luca25VIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Disappointing. Overall, a tired restaurant with average food and mediocre service. Two wait staff in a half empty restaurant waited almost 10 minutes to bring menus. We called them over for every aspect of the service (order, reminder for our drinks, etc). Food: The steak tartare was too spicy and "runny". The lamb chops were overcooked and lacked flavor. Service: The wait staff were not friendly and were busy folding napkins and talking between themselves than checking on patrons. Not once did anyone come by to check on us. Not welcoming - don't understand how this place got positive reviews on Check Please Bay Area. Decor: The place is tired - trying too hard to make it feel like a cozy bistro in Paris but missed it.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Romantic french bistro
    EMBEEVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We went here for our anniversary and had a very nice, quiet dinner. We had a nice table near a window and every course was delicious. I would definitely go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very good Meal
    lebpaulVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Very good food, staff was very friendly. Relaxed setting, "cozy" seating as the restaurant is small. The scallops were very good & the strawberry dessert was excellent. We will go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Such a disappointing experience
    AdventuresInDining
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We visited Baker Street Bistro for the last time. We celebrated our 19th Anniversary on Friday and made a reservation on Tuesday because we wanted to make sure we could come in out of town to our favorite restaurant with no problems. We arrived 5-10 min early for the 9pm time. We entered the restaurant and were ignored for 10 min before being told that we would be seated momentarily. We were ignored for 5-10 more minutes and were clearly in the way in the dining room with staff working around us. We took ourselves outside to wait in the cold past 9:30 before being seated. Staff didn't check on us once in the meantime. Both the wait staff expressed exhaustion and annoyance with our questions and serving us in general. The food was average.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Such a great place
    Farfromhome
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The scallops were cooked perfectly! The service staff was busy, but completely in control. The patrons were mostly local; they were surprised to have tourists show up.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • localdinerVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Restaurant did not cook my order rare, as requested….entree came medium rare which, to me, is overcooked. Dish was lacking in seasoning. We started with snails which were fine. Finished with a cheese plate where the cheese was not ripe, pieces were too large, and no one informed us as to what was on the plate. Overall, not a very good experience.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Try it, we are hooked
    GloriaR
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Delicious food, friendly staff. Absolutely worth the bridge-crossing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not great...not even good
    Girlies
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Everything we ordered was mediocre. The dessert was awful. We would never recommend it or go back. I.'ve been to France many times, and there's nothing French about this bistro. Could be cleaner.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent value
    JohnJoss
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Having dined often in France and in many restaurants around the world that offer traditional French cuisine, my party of four found Baker Street Bistro a pleasant dining experience--excellent, well-prepared dishes and some very nice wines that included a Gosset Brut champagne, a fine Sancerre and an outstanding St. Emilion that were excellent value and not marked up to the point of pain as so many restaurants like to do. All four of us looked up from our plates smiling. Note re the 'nickname' below, I never use such anonymous devices--I am prepared to stand by my opinions, good, bad or indifferent, and dislike the Internet's anonymous scathings.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Intimate
    BlissWonder
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Was a perfect place for dinner with two friends, we weren't rushed, could hear each other easily, service was perfect, and food delicious.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Baker Street Bistro
    gnts9rs
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Baker Street Bistro always does an outstanding job. The service is knowledgeable and friendly. The food is excellent and if you want French wine, this would be a great restaurant to try.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful unexpected French gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Had a lovely lunch on a weekday - was not what we expected, but we were happily surprised. The food and service were great, and we were able to enjoy a fantastic lunch in less than an hour. Parking wasn't easy, but the food was worth it. My friend had the Croque Monsieur, and luckily shared it with me - incredible (say it with a French accent)! My Poulet a la Moutarde was light and delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just okay
    Local
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Baker Street bistro is fine as a neighborhood restaurant. The food is fine, but uninspiring. They are accommodating to changes in the menu selections. Given the vast selection of restaurants in SF., I would take a pass on this.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yum
    paprika
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Great Assiette Charcuterie, especially the pate (not a liver mousse a la Whole Foods but real pate), huge bowl of Moules Provençale and a hard to find Traditionnel Confit De Canard. Only gripe is the baked/stuffed tomato. Too much breadcrumbs, too little tomato! Our selection of Profiterole and Ile Flottante was unimpressive. Great, friendly, attentive service, good ambiance and plenty of parking. Will return for sure! Can't wait to try the lamb dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and fantastic service
    ax4yu
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    The Neighborhood Prix Fixe is the best deal ever. Where can you get soup, salad, entree and dessert for $20? No where but here!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • LambooVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    First class dining experience in a down to earth and friendly place.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food - So So Facilities
    French4Me
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    A great neighborhood Bistro offering indoor and outdoor dining. The menu and wine are comprehensive and offer many options for food and wine. As usual, the option to enjoy some pate and cheeses (as a single appetizer), is not offered, so if the diner wants to enjoy this type of appetizer it is required to order both a large charcutiere entrée and a separate entrée of selected cheeses, much too much food for the single diner who wants to also enjoy a main course after the appetizer. I greatly enjoyed grilled lamb chops with tomato and goat cheese and potato gratin for my main dish. Although the food and service were outstanding the restaurant was much too hot. I would have been more comfortable eating al fresco.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • bugmenot
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    As noted, the food and service were excellent. Unfortunately, the tables are very close together, and we were seated next to a very loud-speaking and unpleasant foursome who rather spoiled our dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for special occasion
    PattyP14
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    We came to Baker Street Bistro for our wedding anniversary on the recommendation of one of our SF neighbors. We had our wedding reception, 21 years ago, at a NYC French bistro and wanted to replicate the food and wine we remember so well. Baker Street Bistro did not disappoint. My husband had the steak tartare, which was fabulous. I had the salmon, paired well with spinach and carrots. The wine options -- all French -- were outstanding accompaniments. We seldom eat desserts, but the strawberry, with balsamic vinegar and black pepper, and a vanilla ice cream was a great choice. We look forward to returning for a prix fixe dinner sometime in the autumn.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • loveneighborhoodfindsVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We made a reservation for 7pm Sunday and were promptly seated. Great food and service. They were out of the prix fixe menu. The seating is "cozy".
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food & service! An SF GEM!
    greateverytime
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Bake Street Bistro received glowing reviews when featured on "Check Please." We went for dinner and now echo those rave reviews! The food was straight out of your typical Parisian bistro but their service was way better. Portions were generous and all flavors were spot on. Be sure to make room for dessert. It's a neighborhood gem tucked away in the corner of Cow Hollow, on a quiet block, just outside the Presidio. We're sure to make this our Go To place for authentic French cuisine. Tables are a bit tight but it's definitely not to be missed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • a real gem
    gene
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Perfect for all occasions, book ahead for a date with your spouse or stop by when you are in the neighborhood!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Baker St Bistro-deliciously French
    mwkoaktown
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    We heard about Baker St Bistro on KQED's Check Please. It is a delightful find for visitors to the Legion of Honor or De Young who wish to combine a museum visit with lunch or dinner in a delightful French bistro. Our party had the mussels, risotto and cassoulet. All were delicious. The restaurant is small and luckily we found parking right across the street, although parking can be difficult in the area. We look forward to a return visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great French subtlety
    SFSpirit
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    I keep going back for the subtle French flavors! Always a winner. The boeuf bourguignon was wonderful. The seafood stew amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Inspired by rave reviews on Check Please, Bay Area, we booked a table at Baker Street Bistro for dinner after an opera matinee. We arrived early but were seated immediately. Service was pleasant and attentive, and the menu is varied. All the food we ordered was delicious, and the servings were generous. We thought that some of the plates were a bit pricey ($18.5 for a smoked duck salad, $28 for boeuf bourguignon), and were disappointed in the bread - sliced baguette that was chewy rather than crusty, but overall we enjoyed the meal, and have it in our list of good places to go in the City, although not necessarily on top of the list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Baker Street Bistro
    foodieforlife
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Did not like how close the tables were together. You literally looked right into your neighbors eyes. We like more room between tables. My food was good, but my husband did not really care for his food. He ate it all but it was nothing to write home about, nor was mine but it was good as I said. We had seen it on a PBS program and decided to check it out. We drove 50 miles into SF. We're glad we tried it because we always like to try new things, however, we would not go there again. Since Crissie field and the Palace of Fine Arts is close by we walked around there afterwards.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • SF Bay Area Check Please!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We saw this restaurant featured on SF Bay Area Check Please! and had not been there. The experience and food were better than depicted on the show.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.