Baker Street Bistro

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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. NO RESERVATION FOR BRUNCH!!!
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MK
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I was with my husband and 3 other couples for a lovely reunion. We had a table in the lower room and no one else was in the room, hence my "noise" rating as quiet. Other rooms may not be as quiet. I had the pureed vegetable soup and I thought it had a bit of a fishy taste that I didn't care for but others liked it. My mussels provencal were outstanding. Others really liked the duck confit, lamb chops and pork ribs. Someone had a salad that they really liked. Overall, everyone said Baker Street Bistro was now on their dining list. Amazingly enough, 2 couples were long time locals (one lived 2 blocks away) and had never been there. I hadn't been there in years but we are only in SF for 2 months/year. This will be a favorite place to dine in the future. Parking is a challenge since it's on street only. Also, our waitress was very knowledgeable about the menu and steered me away from food containing gluten, since the French like flour. Not a lot of GF choices but there were enough.

SM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, charming atmosphere and attentive staff.

b
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Lovely neighborhood place. Great food, great value.

J
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

I wanted to like this restaurant more than I did. It's a nice neighborhood bistro. Unfortunately the food was mostly adequate. Not great. My salmon didn't seem fresh. The vegetables were simmering for too long. The salad was good. Dessert was quite unique. They scored points there but the strawberries seemed like they came out of the freezer. I know it's hard to have a small restaurant and keep everything totally fresh. Just not enough turnover. I'll eat here again but for the price I wanted more.

P
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It's an amazing and wonderful thing that this gem of a restaurant is still doing so well after so many years. Everything about it is warm, welcoming, and wonderful.

i
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Expensive (several online menus listed lower prices than on actual menu). Food was okay; nothing was exceptional. A 6-ounce glass of wine (none less expensive) was $13.

M
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

This is probably not their fault, but the prices listed on their menu are GREATLY higher than the prices listed on Open Table. After reviewing the menu on Open Table and feeling like I was will to pay $24 for a salmon dish, I was pretty disappointed to find it actually cost $31 - and every other food item was significantly higher than what was listed. The male server was not friendly, female server was. The tables are very very close together (couldn't get into the bench without pulling the table entirely out, because there were only two inches between tables. I don't mind close, but this was a bit much and I felt overheated and claustrophobic. My husband enjoyed his fish stew, daughter liked her NY steak, other daughter thought the onion soup was too bready. I had the smoked salmon salad, which had undressed cucumbers and grapes and poached egg on it - sort of an odd combination with little taste.

C
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The location is in a quiet neighborhood. The Restaurant is is small and quaint. The Food and Service excellent.

b
San Francisco
95 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely quiet early dinner. Really really good French onion soup.

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great French Bistro menu and food

M
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great way to leave the stress of the power outage behind. Wonderful meal.

LS
San Francisco
57 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I hadn't eaten here for a very long time. It was so incredible and so, so French.

l
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great menu; lovely wait staff. We enjoyed our evening very much.

SB
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The restaurant was not prepared for 5:30 opening. Food was very slow to be served. Food was lackluster. Nice ambiance but not worth it.

C
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Had a lingering lunch with an old friend. Chantal (pretty sure that was server’s name) was so patient: fully attentive without rushing us. She noticed that my friend’s steak was somewhat overcooked - he wasn’t complaining, but she knocked the dish off our check. Food is classic and hearty French bistro style. A truly lovely afternoon at an outdoor table on a gorgeous day.

T
San Francisco
136 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

For years we have been coming here.
The service and recommendations are always spot on.
I always have "Moules & frites" it make me feel as if on vacation in France.

This time my mussels were a little tired and not the freshest, still tasty sauce, granted it is not the season.....

We will be back and love this place.

P
Central Coast
12 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience1

Ordered the mussels, they were microscopic , so small, comparable to size of a dime. Not plump at all. The broth was fine but not worth the price. The salad was wilted and appeared to be sitting out. The host was also the server. The table was cramped, and noise level high as the tables are placed right next to each other with no room. Not a good overall experience with a bill close to 200 dollars.

b
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a delightful French restaurant with wonderful food and a great atmosphere. The owner is Daniel from Biarritz in the Basque region of Southwest France, so many of the dishes are from the region. Our waitperson was Dorianne and she is the most charming person on the planet. They have a great wine list (with reasonable prices) - almost all the wines are French and carefully chosen - try the Pinot Blanc!
Enjoy!

B
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Baker Street Bistro is one of San Francisco's neighborhood gems. Terrific, authentic French food. Small and intimate with excellent service and a nice quiet ambiance. Parking can be a challenge, but I've always found a spot nearby. You should really give Baker Street Bistro a visit. You will not be disappointed.

M
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was if I had clicked my heels together and was transported to a bistro in the the small resort village en le mid-Atlantique where I lived as an exchange student 40 years ago. Les moules, le charcuterie, la baguette et le beurre, le mousse chocolate...oh la la!

It was quiet when my husband and dined at lunch because we chose to eat indoors rather than at the charming sidewalk seating. I could imagine on a bustling evening, inside could be a bit louder than what we experienced, but in the best possible French bistro way. Chantal, who was managing front of house and serving, was lovely and allowed me to practice my rusty francaise with grace and humor.

Conveniently located just outside the Lombard gate into the Presidio, Baker Street Bistro is the perfect spot to begin or end an afternoon of exploring San Francisco history in this storied urban park.

Bon appetit!

S
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

We were there for our 9th Wedding Anniversary
I put that down at time of reservation and then when they called to confirm I told them again
They never acknowledged our Anniversary, no drink no dessert nothing
They should be ashamed I felt bad for my Wife
Would not go back or recommend but customer service is very important to me
Never happened anywhere else we have ever went

F
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

This used to be our local go to place. Always good food lovely atmosphere and great service, so when we showed up the other night for a nostalgic birthday dinner I was surprised that that place was dead only 3 tables seated same old decor and menu. Food was good but we were sadly disappointed that it has not kept up with the times or changed its decor menu etc...this place needs a redue before I can recommend it to anyone else.

GD
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great small French Bistro - some dishes excellent- waitress is a delight.

JF
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Charming spot for good food, great service, good wine. Relaxing atmosphere. Server is attentive, warm, thoughtful. A neighborhood gem.

WC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We arrived early and were graciously seated and looked after throughout the meal. We'll be back.

LG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

A neighborhood Bistro with great service and very good food. Funky decor friendly vibe. Higher prices but this is far from a burger, pizza and fries joint..

B
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I can always count on Baker Street Bistro for delicious French dining in a casual and charming location. The staff is incredibly friendly, getting to know regulars like us, making it a wonderful regular date spot for us.

c
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A neighborhood find that is dependably good! Had the seafood stew, traditional nicoise (with excellent quality canned tuna as it should be), and a fine croque madame.

b
San Francisco
95 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun bastille day. Mussels Provencal and Ile de flotante.

BK
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We love Baker Street Bistro, and have been dropping in there for a taste of France for many years. We love the small bistro ambiance and friendly wait staff, and the food is consistently excellent. The only down side is that they've raised their prices - glass of wine for $14 was a bit much - and $16.50 for an apple tart al a mode was excessive, if very tasty.

Overall, it's a treat for those wanting a bit of French food/ambiance, but be prepared to pay...

PS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

My favorite SF restaurant. Great service and food and a homey ambiance.

AA
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Delicious!

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OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Doriane, our maitre de/waitress was perfectly lovely! And the chocolate mousse is the best this side of Luxor.

b
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best! Down to earth, cozy setting. Tasty, authentic food. Warm, engaging service. Always end up staying long after we finish are meal, so comfortable.

T
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great little neighborhood restaurant with outstanding food and relatively quiet.

JF
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent experience. Small, attractive, quirky restaurant. Fresh French bistro food. Service was impeccable. Simone went beyond normal great service to beyond exceptional. Great restaurant for friends and family get-togethers.

D
San Francisco
77 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Been here a number of times and have enjoyed it. We shared the goat cheese salad, it was good. There were 4 of us, one had the duck confit- very good, one had the mussels - huge bowl of muscles, 2 shared the vegetarian risotto. They split the dish, but each 1/2 seemed like a full serving. They enjoyed. We shared the profiteroles, they were very good. So good that we ordered a second dessert - creme brûlée. Also good

EM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Oven was broken so menu was limited and we were not offered anything to make up for it. A glass of wine or free dessert would have been appreciated.

s
San Francisco
74 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Baker Street Bistro offers a typical, nicely varied French bistro menu and very nice ambiance, very pleasant and nice quality with a Basque flavor. The service is attentive, the location easy to access, and the food generally good.
Despite good food prep & skilled cooking, the Canard a la Orange has twice been somewhat tough tho' served medium rare. I'm hoping the duck supplier will step up their quality, as we expect to return to enjoy B.S.B. on many future occasions!

B
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely lunch on one of the first sunny days in weeks. As always, food and service were excellent.