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.
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Baker Street Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
130 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4.1
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.5
    Noise LevelModerate
77% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (93)fit for foodies (51)romantic (38)great for outdoor dining (35)special occasion (34)great for lunch (16)great for brunch (14)notable wine list (14)kid-friendly (5)hot spot (3)late-night find (2)good for groups (2)vibrant bar scene (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Great French Food at Baker Bistro
    GFOODVIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    This is a quaint small French bistro. This is the kind of restaurant that you would find on a small street in France. It's cozy and cramped. The tables are really too small. If you have any clumsiness in you, either you or an adjacent table will probably knock over your drink. As it happened, when people were being seated at the next table, they knocked over our glass of wine. No Biggie. The servers to the shawl, washed it and hung it up to dry. The food is excellent and fairly priced. The French onion soup was wonderful. The raw oysters were nice. They confused smoked salmon with smoked ham salad, but that's no problem as we ate both. And they were terrific. The Lamb stew was o.k. And the chocolate mouse was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great French Food
    foodie
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Fabulous food, will be returning soon for the escargot, they were out of this world!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Food
    rose
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Visiting from Texas. We enjoyed the food so much that we came back the next night.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    loved my escargot. oysters on half shell good and cold. Dinner salad vinaigrette great. French onion soup yum. Duck breast cooked perfectly, lamb chops great, lamb stew great flavor. The Beef Bourguignon, terrible, watery with no richness. Nothing like LeSecure restaurant in Paris, or what I have learned to cook at home. The mussels looked great, will try those when I return. Desert, Protfileroles the cream puff pastry part seemed stale, but ice cream and chocolate sauce was good. Frasises Balsamic was good with strawberries and ice cream. Waiter good and fast with service even though busy Friday night crowd. Only 2 misses out of 10, so overall pretty good, will go back and try more.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Authentic
    CHfan5
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    If you're tired of fake French food come here for the real thing!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not wonderful!
    Terry
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We had the $26 steak which was not grade A, at best grade C, very disappointing. Been here many times but not wonderful this round. There are better restaurants with better steaks.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • gnts9rs
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Baker Street Bistro combines great food, friendly service, and reasonable prices to create a complete dining experience. You may dine inside or out and have a wonderful experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • RE: First Time, Not the Last
    rockytonyVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    First time dining. Reservation was provided right on time. Courtesy was evident from host, and service people. Menu was reasonably varied, offering several tasty choices. I had settled on a goat cheese salad which was wonderful and the stew I had order was savory as well but a bit too soupy. Reasonable prices and nice ambiance. Small restaurant but cozy and intimate, Parking on street so get there a head of time. Overall I rate it as a restaurant well worth trying and we will be trying it again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved it loved it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Very nice place good food Owners were so nice I felt like I was eating at my grandmas house. Not pretentious at all. Very romantic
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Computer crash = No dinner
    Dinerabouttown
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    We had a reservation for late Friday night and the owner said their computer crash and they could not accommodate a table for two even though a table was available. We can only surmise they were overwhelmed...
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Delicious authentic French food
    Emjay
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    My boyfriend and I saw this restaurant on PBS and since it's only a few blocks away we decided to try it, and so glad that we did. The service was friendly and accommodating. Even though they were busy the hostess found a great private spot in the corner for us. The food was impeccable, we started with the tomato basil and French onion soups. My boyfriend ordered the huge bowl of mussels that were so tender with an incredible white wine shallot and garlic sauce. I ordered the cassoulet featuring a tender but crispy duck leg, sausage, and tons of white beans with bacon. Absolutely delicious! We ended the night with the warm caramelized pear tart and strawberry coulis. Amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Felt like being in Europe
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    The decor felt very European (and a bit worn, but just suitably so), and the ambiance was tres European. The food was really superb, and the service was friendly, suitably reserved, unintrusive, and perfectly timed. We went for our anniversary, and found it to be a great discovery. I'd highly recommend it, and will go back (more than once). I also found the prices to be reasonable (though not cheap of course), and the portions were generous - something unusual in a "bistro" enviroment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    The mussels and French fries were some of the best I've had since Belgium. Enough for two people. Onion soup was delicious also. But the meat entrees were tough and disappointed my husband and a relative.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful French bistro food
    Judygecko
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    We may have well been in Paris. The giant bowl of mussels and fries served French style was great. I had a fish stew in Lobster broth which was outstanding. We will return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Authentic French food
    CHfan5
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    At last a real French restaurant! The food came quickly yet tasted fresh and homemade. The soup of the day was mushroom soup which the best mushroom soup i've had in a long time. I had a broccoli soup at another "French" restaurant recently which did not compare. Too much creme too little broccoli. This really tasted like delicious mushrooms. I also had the coquille saint Jacques which was perfect. My son had the steak tartar and was very pleased.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Still Fabulous!
    Kapt
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    We have been eating here for years (20+) -- and, if possible, they keep getting better and better. Grandmere's down-to-earth and delicious kitchen. Moules Provençale come perfectly steamed in a HUGE bowl. The daily prix fixe (three courses for $20) is unbeatable for quality, quantity and price. Wine list is small and well-matched to the food. Reservations highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BuddhaHead
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    We had a 6:30 reservation but didn't get seated till 7:00. The restaurant was understaffed. They told us to wait outside, but didn't offer us water or anything while we waited. There seemed to be only one waiter for the room which was full with about 30 diners. The table was small and the space was tight. My dining companion said the mussels were not fresh. The prix fixe dinner was just okay; a pork chop with a little tasteless gravy, mashed potatoes, mushroom soup and fruit for dessert for $20. I won't go back. It sounded good from the reviews on Check Please, but I won't go back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wayne
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    The steak tartare and mussels were very good. The two steaks and beef bourguignon were good. The duck and the French onion soup were just fair. The food is not as well prepared as the food we had in Paris.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Baker Street experience
    1fantastic2
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    The food was good not great. The service was good but not enough servers for the whole restaurant. The desserts were impeccable and the wine list was ok. We were caught off guard by the hostess. She was a little put off but eventually came around. Also, we noticed the chef going outside to smoke and wondered if he washed his hands before going back to the kitchen. That was a put off.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food; need more staff
    Birdie
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    We had a wonderful French meal at the Baker Street Bistro! The food was excellent. However, there were only 2 waitstaff serving, and things were quite backed up. The restaurant looked and felt under-staffed.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    GregF
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    This got glowing reviews on "Check Please, Bay Area" so we were disappointed that food was mediocre, interior was a little shabby, and service was slow.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • JohnR
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Heard about this restaurant on Check Please! Was delighted to get in on a Friday without difficulty and be seated and dined in style. Really enjoyed authentic French menu. Duck was terrific. Escargot the best ever tasted.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Memories of France
    sonomavisitor
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Hubby and I visited Baker Street Bistro for lunch during a recent visit from the East Bay. The restaurant is unassuming...there are Health Department signs and other documents hanging on the wall. However, the warm welcome and homey atmosphere reminded us of visits to similar restaurants in Paris. The food was prepared without flourish and was great. Baker Street Bistro is a hidden treasure in San Francisco. We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • disappointing
    QCON
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    With so many wonderful places in San Francisco it's surprising that a restaurant can sustain with such offerings. Two of us had the steak and both were small and about a fourth fat or gristle. The duck breast too was small and overly sweet. The mussels were just OK. The three other diners judged the fries to be of the frozen variety. Service was adequate but rather impersonal and aloof. Even if prices were much lower it would not be a value.
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  • Sad but True
    appleVIP
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    We arrived as restaurant opened. Were seated at tiny window table. Only one other table occupied. Ordered tuna appetizer and charcuterie plate, steak frites and cassoulet{ a specialty]. A huge disappointment. Steak went home to our dog. We hoped the Isle flotante {floating islands would be some redemption. A tough merengue served in a tiny bit of custard sauce. A truly sorry excuse for a French bistro.
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  • Fine food/dumpy,dirty cafe
    bootguysf
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    Although the food was superb the facility really needs to be renovated and cleaned up......it's frankly rather shabby and does not stand up to the fine cuisine.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    I couldn't have asked for a more pleasurable dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • unpretentious and delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    We loved this restaurant-- it's reasonably priced, the service is charming, friendly and swift, the wine list is simple and reasonable, and the food was genuinely french, not at all "nouvelle", and excellent all round.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • lisaVIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    I really love this place, food is always great-I feel like I am dining at a good friends home.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 61 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.6
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 267 reviews are from the Baker Street Bistro reviews archive.
  • New for us = saw on TV!
    Homer4Food
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    Saw on Check Please, so went for birthday celebrations.Restaurant did nothing to recognize our celebration (it was noted in our reservation); we brought along birthday napkins.We tried the 4-course set meal.Soup was OK (excellent texture and pure mushroom flavor and warm enough, but needed something for taste bud stimulation such as sherry or a bit of salt); entree was excellent (not the top cut of meat, but delicious sauce, with scrumptious whipped potatoes); salad was OK (very tender micro-greens with a light to-the-point-of-wondering-if-it-existed dressing; dessert was fantastic (lightly air-whipped chocolate mousse with cream and 1/2 strawberry). No soda refills;water glasses kept full. Excellent service. Will visit next to try reg menu
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We All Loved Baker Street Bistro!
    LoveToTryDifferentPlaces
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    My friends and I get together every few months for lunch. I drive by BSB regularly and have always wanted to try it. None of us had eaten here before, so I made a reservation for the 4 of us. What an wonderful dining experience! This is a hidden gem! The restaurant is charming (feels like being in a Paris bistro), the service is friendly and casual, and the food is yummy! Will come again. Next time with my family.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SuzanneandDick
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    We had a great meal, reminiscent of France, great service, overall worth the long bus trip on bus 43 to get here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous French bistro
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    If you want authentic French bistro atmosphere and cuisine, you must try Baker Street Bistro. The staff is great and the dishes wonderful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A little taste of France
    BlondieVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    We enjoyed onion soup, escargo (best ever), lamb, and seafood stew. Everything was better than average.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This place knows what it's doing
    DavidG
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Baker Street is where you go when you don't feel like chancing anything, but just want a reassuring, excellent experience. Great food, cozy French atmosphere, friendly and efficient service, good value. And they let us stay as long as we wanted even though place was full.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A super find!
    Gourmande
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Tried to make reservations at another spot and this was recommended instead. We had one of the loveliest, and most delicious, dinners ever. A lovely spot, fabulous salads, perfect (and very French bistrot!) food. They seamlessly accommodated our son with special needs and the evening was memorable for that also.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unexpected delight
    PattonyVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    We think that we can understand why the neighborhood wants to keep this gem to themselves. The food exceeded our expectations. The service was great. The Baker Street Bistro is an establishment to which we will bring family & friends,
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic French Cafe
    Xoxo
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    My husband and I LOVE Baker Street Bistro. It is a cozy, authentic french cafe tucked in a neighborhood in Cow Hollow. The food is always amazing and the dinner special meal is an elegant French feast at a hard to believe low price. The chefs and hosts are the real deal, French, and they expect you to take your time and savor the meal along with their nice selection of wines. If you want to eat and run, consider waiting to enjoy Baker Street Bistro when you have more time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden Gem
    btr2
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    Where are we?? Oh, Yes, I thought for a moment we were in Paris!! We love this place with its homey atmosphere, attentive staff--I can even practice my high-school French with the waitress. The food is great--duck a L'orange is my favorite so tender it melts in your mouth!. Also good vegetarian choices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sweet, authentic-feeling French
    Maryanne224
    Dined on 2/6/2014
    Sweet, authentic-feeling French bistro with a delightful menu.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet