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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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4.5

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4.7

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4.3

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4.2

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98% would recommend it to a friend

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 26, 2015

the lovely hostess really made my guest & I feel so welcome, very warm & accommodating & sweet! what's not to like! :) the food & outdoor seating on one of san Francisco's sunniest & warmest days made it even better!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 8, 2015

Very French, very delicious!
Baker Street Bistro deserves all of its raves.
The salmon and duck breast were done perfectly and the presentation, sauces were terrific.
Service was friendly and efficient. The Vacqueyras wine superb.
We will return.... C'etait formidable !

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 6, 2015

maybe we hit on off night. one waiter. rushed service. mussels provencale were waterly and tastleless. though seafood stew was very good. cld be considered neighborhood gem if orderedthe right thing but waiter didnt have time to spend, describe or assist. first and last time for us.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 22, 2015

First of all, we were very pleased with the easy parking in the neighborhood. The restaurant was nice and quiet. Good for romantic dinners and also great for casual dinners. We felt very comfortable there. The duck confit was perfect. Not dry and easily falling off of the bone. French onion soup was delicious. It is always fun wrestling with the gooey melted cheese that sits on top. Love that stuff. The escargot was good but a little lacking in flavor. I've had an "out of this world" escargot at a french restaurant that is no longer open and unfortunately I haven't found one to match. For dessert we ordered the profiteroles. I am sorry to say that they were a major disappointment. The pastry filled with the ice cream was dry and very tough. Not tender at all as I would expect it. That would not stop me from coming back, however. Just from ordering this particular dessert again. Overall we had a great time, good food, and would definitely recommend it to others (I already have!). I just wish it were closer to our neighborhood!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 18, 2015

We went there for lunch. We enjoyed the escargots and mussels Provençal, but although the seafood stew was full of fish and shellfish, we didn't enjoy the flavors as much as the previous two dishes. Service could've been more attentive; our water wasn't refilled and no one checked on us until we finished our meal.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 22, 2015

If you are a Francophlie or just love French food, this is a great little find.
We dinned here for lunch on a Thursday, celebrating a birthday and had a very enjoyable
experience.
Our only complaint would be that the restaurant is a little rough around the edges, needs a good freshening up .No matter we would go back, preferably in the evening.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 20, 2015

The waiter, Daniel, was the rudest waiter we have ever met. We were there for lunch last Tuesday because of great review on "Check Please" and there were only 4 other people there. He never smiled, and no matter how many time we thanked him, he never gave us one "You're welcome!!" Shameful!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 17, 2015

A lovely dinner experience set in a neighborhood rather than a busy, noisy congested setting. The food was awesome and the wines were ALL French. We seated by request outside on the patio. It was January 17th and with the standing propane heating provided, quite comfy. The service was attentive however with only two persons (I could see) waiting on tales there was at times some lag. I would suggest if you arrive on the earlier side allow a bit of time for parking. As we left, there were plenty of parking spots available. I do recommend this dining experience and we will be back....
Mike and Sandy

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 16, 2015

We saw this restaurant on a local TV show and since we went to the Presidio, I made a reservation.

The experience was fantastic. The mussels were the best ever. The Bouillabaisse was great. Duck looked fantastic so we will go back. Prices are very reasonable for the quality and quantity.

Service was impeccable.

It's a small restaurant and parking can be an issue due to the neighborhood. We were advised that if there is a major sporting event a nearby bar took over and it would be even more difficult to get parking.

We will absolutely be back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 14, 2015

The pre-fixe meal was pedestrian. My husband enjoyed the seafood soup. But all in all it was just OK for me. The service was good and the people were nice, but it was very crowded when we arrived and it took a while to be seated.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 8, 2015

we went to this restaurant because it got very good reviews on Check Please Bay Area. My wife had salmon over spinach and ginger carrots. I had the Beef Bourguignon, both house specialties. the salmon was a plain broiled farmed (not wild) filet of about 3-4oz. with a little spinach and carrots for $24. no distinct flavors. very ordinary and clearly overpriced.
The Beef Bourguignon was a stale tasting, thin soup with a few pieces of beef, some sliced carrots and a boiled potato. no other vegetables. At $28 this was a major ripoff. i would have been embarrassed to serve this to anyone.
Service was fair to poor. there was no wait staff. the hostess was also the waitress. $20 corkage but nobody ever came to refill our glasses.
shockingly disappointing restaurant.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 8, 2015

Great food, attentive service, warm and inviting. Wish we had a neighborhood bistro like this where we live.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 2, 2015

Heard of Baker St. Bistro from friends. Made res. via Open Table - got desired time same day. Easy to find and easy commute from Marin County - just off GG bridge near the Presidio. Street parking was surprisingly easy - saw 2 spots within 1 block.
Were waited on promptly, water, bread, etc. Menu definitely French but not "frou-frou". Good
'wine by glass' offering and very generously filled to brim. Food very good - thoughtful and careful presentations, brought promptly. Grilled/baked salmon was atop vegetable puree, and generous mixed green salad preceded. Lamb chops (3) grilled perfectly w/ excellent light sauce and potato galette that looked like a large biscuit and tasted even better. Side was whole baked tomato halved horizontally and filled with chèvre cheese. One creme brûlée for dessert.

We were in and out in just over an hour, but had not felt rushed. Seemed like popular with locals - owner seemed to know many diners. Moderately expensive - $118 for two + tip. Will go again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 2, 2015

My wife and I and one of our daughters enjoyed a nice weekday lunch here. While the service was very slow due to it being busy the meals were worth the wait. We'll be back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 27, 2014

Great food, great service. A wonderful restaurant with AMAZNING mussels

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 27, 2014

Celebrating our 39th Anniversary in the City & discovered this place close to our Hotel. Wonderful French atmosphere. Cozy dining, fabulous food & impeccable service! Very attentive to your needs. They have heated seating outside to. If you are looking for a great dining experience in the Marina/Cow Hollow area give Baker Street Bistro a try. You won't regret it! Yummy

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 26, 2014

We were seated promptly and warmly welcomed. Service was very friendly, prompt, but without being overdone. Food was superb, as advertised. We will return.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2014

The ambience made up for the rather dated menu. We enjoyed the onion soup and the charcuterie (could have done without the raw onions and the flavorless tomato on the plate). The duck was good, but the fish stew lacked seasoning. The salmon in it overpowered the other flavors. Will I go back? Maybe at lunch... for the mussels or the steak frites...

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2014

Delicious food, warm, friendly atmosphere and excellent staff. For me the Cassoulet is the best, my husband loves the lamb and our sons the salmon! Desserts wonderful! We've never had a disappointing meal. Always leave happy and immediately start talking about what we'll order next time!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2014

My omelet was light and fluffy and the pommel frites were amazing. However, the main reason we went was to try the steak tartare which was very disappointing It tasted like an overload of ketchup. We may try again if we're in the neighborhood.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 21, 2014

I can see why this place gets mixed reviews. The food was very good. Everything else? Meh.

i was greeted by the owner and before I could open my mouth, he looked at me as though to say "We're full up. No tables are available." I said "hello" and mentioned my reservation. His attitude changed every so slightly, but not much. When I told him we were now a party of 2 rather than 3, he bristled. Given the size of the place, this should have made him happy as I saw no table available for 3. After waiting a few minutes, I was seated at the one remaining, open table. My brother arrived a few minutes later. Food: Both salads were very good; fresh ingredients, very well prepared. The beef bourguignon was excellent. The beef was tender, but the sauce was superb! My brother had the pork and thought it was very good; it wasn't overcooked and had flavor. My brother had the mousse for desert and thought it was OK. I passed on dessert.

During the meal, the owner was involved in a discussion between the wait-person (who was very good) and my brother. The owner, while helpful, doesn't have much of a personality and his presence drags down the overall review. Some people are probably great at running businesses, but behind closed doors. I don't think he adds anything as a "front of the house" person. Lastly, the place was packed! Good for the restaurant, but if you like space between you and the next diner, that won't happen here. The tables are much too close together. I could have easily participated in the conversations at the tables to my left or right. On this night, the weather was warm and this made the restaurant very warm and uncomfortable. I'll try the restaurant, again, but not anxious to return any time soon. I hear brunch is good. Maybe that's a better option?

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 19, 2014

Classic French dishes presented with style. Take your time and enjoy!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 19, 2014

had a great friday night meal here. Although half of our group was late, we were seated and offered drinks. When our whole party arrived, we were not rushed
Enjoyed a delicious dinner. Great ambiance !

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 17, 2014

Excellent food and service. Prix Fix dinner a bargain, great wines.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 16, 2014

A non-attitudinal French bistro operated by real French folks. Traditional bistro foods like steak tartare or moules & frites in addition to specials. Close to the GG Bridge off Lombard, so coming from the North Bay didn't involve a lot of City driving. My friends were impressed that I even knew about this little gem.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 14, 2014

We had seen this restaurant reviewed on television, so had our hopes high. Unfortunately, we were disappointed in the classic French items, such as Onion Soup which was totally bland, the goat cheese salad which was overdressed, and the mussels which was lacking in the broth. The service was abrupt, whisking away my wine glass before I was finished with the wine. Great location, nice ambiance, but a miss on the food.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 13, 2014

We'd seen the excellent reviews of Baker Street Bistro on Check Please, Bay Area, so we were excited about eating there. And it mostly didn't disappoint. It's a lovely space to spend part of an evening. The lighting is perfect, it feels small and intimate, is quiet and peaceful. All three of us raved about the tastes - my salmon plate, my husband's chicken, and vegetarian daughter's risotto. We also enjoyed the house salad and soup of the day (potato leek), along with the dessert. As suggested by our server, we shared the profiteroles which were scrumptious. My only complaint was the size of my piece of salmon - it really was the smallest I've ever been offered in a restaurant. I think it should have been a more generous serving. We plan to return, maybe next time for lunch or brunch. You can tell that Baker Street Bistro is a labor of love.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 13, 2014

THE OWNER AND MAITRE DE" WERE SO KIND AND WELCOMING.... THEY MADE SURE THEY CAME BY AND ASKED IF EVERYTHING WAS UP TO STANDARDS...TIMING OF FOOD WAS GOOD. MY LAMB CHOPS WERE PERFECT BUT MY HUSBANDS NY STEAK WAS NOT AS TASTY...BUT EVERYTHING ELSE WAS GREAT. WILL GO BACK AND WILL SUGGEST TO FRIENDS

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on December 12, 2014

Heard about this restaurant from the show "Check Please!". It said the restaurant was a good place for special occasions and reminded them of a true French bistro (like you'd find on a Paris neighborhood street). As I just came back from a Paris visit a couple months ago, I wanted to try it. The staff and chef are friendly and helpful. The atmosphere is certainly crowded and noisy, so good if you enjoy having a good conversation and lots of vino to go with it. Speaking of which, the vino offering is decent as well. The entrees are decent (but not as good as what we had in France) and while it doesn't remind me exactly of my Paris visit, it certainly does a good try to do so. I would definitely recommend this place more for a local SF bistro experience than herald it as a Paris bistro one.

Tags: Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 9, 2014

We had the warm goat cheese salad which was wonderful, the greens were perfect and it was dressed to perfection. For main courses we had the lamb stew and the scallops. Both were superb! Dessert was the strawberries with balsamic and black pepper over vanilla ice cream. It was perfect!!! I had the Pinot Blanc with the scallops and enjoyed it very very much. We got there right at 1730 when they opened and were the first group seated. We had a most enjoyable dinner. The service was excellent.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 5, 2014

So-so experience made worse when they couldn't process either couple's credit cards. Both husband's had to walk to ATMs down a block to pay the Bill in cash.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 16, 2014

Unpretentious but delicious French bistro. We will be back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 15, 2014

Wonderful French Bistro in the vibrant Cow Hollow neighborhood. The seared wild sea scallops were some of the best I've had. This is a hot spot so I recommend you make a reservation.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2014

This was the third time we have eaten at Baker St. Bistro and each time has been an excellent experience. The food is tasty, consistent each time and the menu appropriate for a Paris type bistro. Prices are very good for quality of food. Service is very attentive, pleasant and not overbearing.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 7, 2014

Is a warm evening and we sat outside. It was quiet:outside heaters made it warm. Service was slow a long wait after seating but once we ordered quick food delivery. I had the lamb stew which was average but good. My partner had French onion soup (as did I, great) and escargot. Escargot were good.
Dessert: crème brulee was little eggy and cream puffs were good but nothing special

The bad ending was we paid our 77 dollar bill with a 100 dollar bill and the waitress gave us a 20 dollar bill and 3 dollars. We had no other change. So we would have to go ask for change, leave her 3 dollars or give her a 30% tip which we felt she did not deserve. We were quite amazed she did this and angry. It spoiled the meal and we will not go back.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 7, 2014

To step into Baker Street Bistro is like eating in a neighborhood restaurant in any French village. Cozy tables are packed together in a well-used double-postage-stamp dining area, and a scattering of bistro tables on the sidewalk hosts a lively assortment of diners, all clearly enjoying their meal. Our server is busy but professional, allowing us leisure to explore our menus, ask questions and make our decisions, while topping off our water glasses, serving our drinks and baguettes, and taking care of the other diners. I thought my bourride was the star of the show, but everyone was equally pleased. My son's navarin quietly disappeared. We had come to say goodbye to his grandmother, who was French. She would have been pleased.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 2, 2014

Baker Street Bistro has a great menu of very fine French food and provides excellent value. Highly recommended.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 2, 2014

This is great traditional French food. Yum. The staff is always so warm and welcoming. I have a difficult time deciding what to eat, because I want order everything.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 1, 2014

I had the escargot and cassuolet. Very tasty. Escargot could use a bit more garlic. Bread was ordinary. The cassuolet was on the soupy side and should have more beans. The sausage was very good. What really surprised me was the confit. The leg and thigh were very meaty and were served on top of the bowl. They were not cooked with the rest of the ingredients. I am more used to have the confit at the bottom of the bowl, more moist and tender.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 30, 2014

Had a delightful meal at this wonderful neighborhood restaurant. It comes highly recommended.

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