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About 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. NO RESERVATION FOR BRUNCH!!!

2953 Baker Street
San Francisco, CA 94123
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
French, Bistro, Contemporary French

Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 9:00am - 2:00pm (WALK-IN ONLY); Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
Between Lombard & Greenwich

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 931-1475

Website:
http://www.bakerstreetbistro.com/

Public Transit:
Nearby bus lines include 28, 30, 41, 43, 45, 76

Executive Chef:
Danel de Betelu

Additional:
Beer, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Special celebrations for Bastille Day (July 14), Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.

Baker Street Bistro Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.7

ambience

4.3

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Cozy (22)
Neighborhood Gem (21)
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Casual (12)
Good for a Date (12)
Romantic (11)
Special Occasion (10)
Worth the Drive (10)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Good for Anniversaries (7)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Fun (7)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Great for Lunch (6)
Notable Wine List (6)
Great for Outdoor Dining (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Business Meals (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Tapas (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Healthy (2)
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on May 3, 2017

They were short a server so service was very slow. Food was great when it finally arrived.

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 27, 2017

We had a horrible experience. Sad

Tags: Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 23, 2017

Three of us enjoyed a nice dinner here after visiting the Palace of the Legion of Honor. It was a Sunday so we were able to find street parking. For starters we had the French onion soup which was amazing. I had the mussels with white wine which were good but not the best I ever had. Husband had the prixe fixe chicken which was good but a little dry. Daughter had the sautéed chicken which she liked. Creme brûlée for dessert was outstanding. We'll definitely return to try the goat cheese salad and the scallops which looked amazing. Ambiance is nice and comfortable. Only drawback is the tables are so close together you can hear every word of the conversation next to you.

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 20, 2017

Baker St Bistro is a neighborhood gem and a great destination restaurant! The food, service and ambiance are always great. It is a wonderful option for locals and visitors to enjoy delightful French cuisine.

Tags: Seasonal, Disabled Access, Great for Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 19, 2017

We visited after a theater matinee. We had the mussels (excellent), escargot (very good), ribs (very good). The charcuterie was fantastic, I wish I got the cheese plate. Dessert was chocolate mouse (excellent), profiteroles (very good) and meringue floating on cream anglaise (impressive).

Tags: Authentic, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 8, 2017

Its always a good place, french country style cooking

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 5, 2017

Everything was great other than my date!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 30, 2017

Very good menu - lots of real choices. Had the fish stew which was excellent! Everything if fresh and good. Not the same old menu that is so common these days. Duck looked good. Salad was big enough for 4 to share. Very good service as well. They also have a daily prix fixe.

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 28, 2017

We had a group of friends get together for a luncheon. The weather that day turned out to be about perfect (especially for San Francisco) and the ambiance of sitting in the quaint sidewalk cafe atmosphere of Baker Street Bistro was a perfect complement. We had reservations and were seated immediately at a great table inside but with a nice view out the windows to the street.

Our group of five enjoyed a selection of the lunch offerings ranging from Croque Madame to Salmon Tartare. Everything was fresh, inviting and delicious. Our server was helpful, efficient and very pleasant.

One of my favorite hidden gems in San Francisco.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Outstanding Value
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 25, 2017

Delicious French Bistro. Confirt food done well. Cozy atmosphere. We'll go here again.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 24, 2017

Nice place to have a good meal, conversation in a relaxed, cozy, "bistro" environment. The portions are quite generous, the food delicious in a quiet neighborhood.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 18, 2017

The food was good, but not outstanding. We ordered escargot for appetizer, which was excellent. The entrees, duck breast and beef bouganon, were good but not exceptional. We had a reservation through OpenTable and arrived on time, but the manager never acknowledged our reservation. The manager was cold, unwelcoming and bordering on being rude, simply told us to wait outside at a table in the cold, "for a few minutes". After a while, we recognized that we were not going to get a table anytime soon. We just grabbed a more shielded outside table for the dinner. The service at the table was fine. But it hardly compensated for the treatment from the manager. I won't go back there any time soon.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 15, 2017

I have had dinner and lunch at Baker Street Bistro and they exceeded my expectations both times. For dinner the Bœuf Bourgogne is quintessential comfort food. The salmon at lunch was perfectly cooked and the sauce light and delicious. I feel so happy eating this food! The wine list is small and French, but there's a wine for everything.
The atmosphere and hospitality are the cherry on the top. The very charming staff is attentive and the experience is relaxing. No rush!
I'm in love with the Baker Street Bistro.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Healthy, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 4, 2017

Enjoyable night out with friends. Our meal was delicious and elegantly prepared. It is a small and cozy place, but it was not tight. Only minus was a long wait to have our order taken, but appetizers and entrees were served in a well timed manner. You will remember your meal here.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 3, 2017

Good service. Good food. Pleasant surroundings. What's not to like?

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 24, 2017

Baker Street Bistro never fails to please. I had the Bourride Provençale -fish soup in lobster broth, my favorite- and my friend had the Pris Fixe of the night, short ribs in lentil stew. We both loved our meals. Friendly and efficient service, not rushed at all. True to the French way of eating.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 18, 2017

We all liked our meals. Two of us had Coquilles St-Jacques, one had duck a'la orange, and one had salmon. Everyone praised their meals, which were very well conceived and prepared. We arrived at 6:30 and had to wait outside in the cold for maybe 15 minutes while the previous diners lingered - but the staff brought us a glass of wine while we waited and we really didn't mind. The place itself is tiny, with no separation between tables and it can be fairly loud. It made for a sociable evening though, as we enjoyed brief conversations with our fellow diners. Overall I was impressed and I wouldn't hesitate to return.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Nothing really outstanding. They had to pull the table and chairs to be able to get out after tables around had been occupied. Tabled too packed together in small room to maximize profit.

Friendly competent staff.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 11, 2017

The food was disappointing. Ordered Coquilles St Jacque the only thing in common with that dish was the scallops which were not that large. Average at best. Cheap screw cap champagne at $50 bottle.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 9, 2017

Wonderful dinner in a charming neighborhood French restaurant.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Fun, Cozy, Casual, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 8, 2017

Baker Street Bistro is my go to place in Cow Hollow for delicious and authentic French food. I had a friend visiting from Washington, D.C. and rather than try a few different restaurants in the area, she chose to eat at Baker Street every evening! It's also lovely for lunch & brunch in the sun with their sidewalk cafe. The service is well timed, the wine list is reasonably priced and the atmosphere is warm and cozy.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 4, 2017

My wife and I used to be regulars at Baker Street, but had not been there for several years. We remembered why we enjoyed it so much. We were greeted on a wet evening with the warm and inviting interior, the open kitchen providing heat and activity, and an almost full restaurant helping create a family-style atmosphere. We had appetizers of a duck confit salad and traditional escargot in garlic butter, both prepared simply but with care. For main courses, we had a roast salmon filet on a bed of spinach, carrot and ginger with a beurre blanc sauce and a traditional Bourride Provençale, seafood stew. Both were excellent, cooked to perfection and tasty. We finished with a cheese plate, by which time the restaurant had emptied out, and we left shortly after, happy and hoping for a return trip soon.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Cozy, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 4, 2017

Baker Street Bistro is definitely a neighborhood restaurant and if you dine early, the limited parking of the neighborhood is manageable. The varied offerings which are well-seasoned and served by extremely pleasant servers make this a pleasant place to have dinner out.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Authentic, Comfort Food, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 28, 2017

This is exactly the type of bistro you hope in find in Paris. And it's right here in the city.

Good, classic food, friendly service and authentic atmosphere make for a delightful meal.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Outstanding Value, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Casual, Good for a Date, Authentic, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 20, 2017

Great neighborhood place. Always good. Always friendly.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 19, 2017

The food was good, plenty of mussels if you order the main dish. French fries went well and they are tasty too. A little bit noisy from the open kitchen's hood but didn't ruin our conversation. I would go back if I happen to be in area but I wouldn't try to make my way that far for French food.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 11, 2017

We've eaten at Baker Street Bistro several times, it's always enjoyable. The atmosphere is casual and very cozy, the tables are placed close together.
I've had many dishes there, but my favorite is always the NY Strip with pomes frittes and for dessert, the vanilla ice cream with strawberries and reduced balsamic viniagrette.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2017

It's a delightful place with a very authentic feel. My friend and I both had the Croque Monsieur. It was delicious. Our service was on the slow side, but it was not a problem for us.

Tags: Comfort Food, Authentic, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 5, 2017

We love going to this restaurant. The hostess/waitperson is so welcoming and interested in making diners comfortable and the meal enjoyable. Service is prompt and not invasive. Everything my party and I ordered was delicious, nicely presented, and fresh. The charcuterie plate had an abundant variety of tasty meats and pâté. The bourride was, as usual, delicious. The scallops with broccoli purée was excellent. For dessert the strawberries cooked in balsamic vinegar is a creative accompaniment to the vanilla ice cream. The crème brûlée is a classic. Wines by the glass are reasonably priced.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Outstanding Value
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2016

Our NYE dinner was great. Great service, food, and overall experience. The lamb chops were perfect, oysters fresh, french onion soup is the best.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 2016

We came here on New Year's Eve-Eve - less crowded. Mais oui, the Food and Service were just outstanding. Not cheap, mind you, but you definitely get what you pay for. Boef Burgignon, Steak, Risotto and Scallops all to perfection and Tarte a poire to swoon for. What can I say, I am a sucker for French cuisine. Well worth it for special occasions. Lunch menu looks good too, a little less pricey.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2016

NO HEAT and the manager is an RUDE

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 2016

Great neighborhood bistro. Heard about it on Bay Area Check Please. We drove from Menlo Park in lots of traffic. The reason I am mentioning this is that it is the only reason why I would not return on a regular basis. Delicious food and darling waitress who I think was taking care of a full restaurant.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2016

Still my favorite place to go for Xmas eve! The customer service is always amazing, the food is mouth watering, and the price was absolutely worth it

Tags: Authentic, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 17, 2016

Always a good meal, food is excellent and service is charming. The steak frites are first class.

Tags: Seasonal, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Afternoon Coffee
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 17, 2016

This is a small well run bistro with Great food, Great service. Need I say more.

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 17, 2016

For a first time customer such as I, it was apparent that this restaurant is a labour of love. It is either a love of profit or, in the best case scenario, of financial survival at any cost.

Let's get the essentials out of the way first. As far as French country side food goes, it was good. The duck was nicely done: tender, flavorful. The chocolate desert I chose was smooth and just the right amount of sweet. This is comfort food familiar to a lot of European rural residents. There is nothing out of the ordinary here.

What was unexpected however, was the overall experience. The dining area is tight, tired and uncomfortable. The tables are unstable. The tableware and cutlery have been used beyond their serviceable life spans. You'll find the restroom, probably the only one in the entire place, behind the bar and a curtain. It's the door right next to the table where the store bought baguette has been pre-cut and is waiting to be wrapped and served. The entire building expresses the tired and disingenuous San Francisco sales pitch of authentic charm when in fact, it is a propped up ruin that should have been dispatched decades ago.

And about the French thing......Yes, the restauranteur is French, the recipes are French and the patio chairs out front appear identical to those used in various French cities. But the whole place runs on latin-American labor and none appear to be very happy about working there. I am pretty sure their health benefits, career development, apprenticeship opportunities are much different from those available to their French counter parts working in say... Toulouse.

Found street parking very close by, so I guess that was nice...

Tags: Comfort Food
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 16, 2016

A lovely, cozy place that serves beautifully prepared, traditional French cuisine. The bourride is excellent as are the mussels and cassoulet.
Among the traditional desserts offered are a wonderful chocolate mousse and île flottante.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 10, 2016

This is one of our favorite places in SF. Went for my birthday this weekend and for my husband's birthday three months ago. Food is always excellent and the staff is great.

we have a long list of dietary restrictions and they work with us every time.

we have never been there for lunch but that is next on out list to try.

A really cute little French Bistro.

Tags: Cozy, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 10, 2016

Bistro buzz, great food, outstanding personal service. Be prepared for tight quarters; you may walk out with some new friends.

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