Baker Street Bistro

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840 reviews
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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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JL
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had not been to Baker Street Bistro for a long time (we live across the Bay), but it was just as we remembered it --- great French classics, beautifully prepared; attentive but not fussy service; a true bistro ambiance. We won't wait for so long for our next meal there.

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D
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious. The cunard a la orange was great. Very kind and nice service.

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RO
San Francisco
86 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had not been here for many years- but we were made welcome just as times before. It's a tiny place; it used to have about 8 tables before the remodel, now I think it must have about 14. We started with appetizers, I opted for the French Onion Soup, which was every bit as good as I remembered it, with a baked cheese layer on top and floating croutons below. My wife had the Soup du jour, which was a Tomato Basil, very creamy and rich. I had the Cassoulet for my dinner, a very generous portion with a leg/thigh of duck, a garlic sausage, another thick cut of a different sausage, and bacon mixed with the white beans in sauce. My wife opted for the Steak Tartare, which was absolutely delicious. After that much food, we were stuffed, so no dessert. A very satisfying meal!

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J
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great quiet restaurant for lunch or dinner!!! I've been here a few times and keep going back

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F
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was carefully prepared. The French onion soup was one of the best I had ever had. The dessert Pear Tart was extraordinary. Our server, a French lady, was extremely attentive and courteous. It was a pleasant experience.

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O
San Francisco
75 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A neighborhood find...just off Lombard outside the Presidio. True bistro food, and a warm ambiance.

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MG
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

All disses were really good. I went there for the cassoulet but unfortunately the restaurant was short for that plate Tuesday. I’ll have no choice to come back in San Francisco.

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b
San Francisco
80 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the usuals: French onion soup, mussels, duck, ile flotante

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OT
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 1

Overall, dining here was a nice experience. The frites, the onion soup, the steak tartare & the broth from the mussels were fantastic. The mussels & the beef bourguignon were better than just okay but the Creme Brûlée somewhat slightly missed the mark, but we will probably be back.

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RS
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

This place really is terrible. The service is poor, the food isn't great and the ambience is questionable. If you want a French meal I would go to Florio

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DK
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Been going to Baker Street for years and still enjoy every time. Menu is extensive and is hard to decide what to get!

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JQ
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was excellent - friendly, knowledgeable and really added to the experience. Party of 8 and everyone raves about their meal.

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QC
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Baker Street Bistro is our neighborhood gem! Their Moules Proveçale are truly the “Best Mussels in Town”!!! Great outdoor seating for a sunny day brunch after a stroll through the Presidio. If you’ve been here before you know what I’m talking about if you haven’t you are missing out.

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D
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Server was gracious when we did not approve of the taste of our wine selection. She quickly helped us select another bottle, which was excellent. The escargot was delicious, as was the confit, fish stew, and chocolate mousse, as well as the cappuccino. The BBQ ribs were a bit scrawny, although the accompanying mashed potatoes were marvelous. Ambiance quiet and pleasant, although more people than I thought came in through the door and cooled our table quite a bit.

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GC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice people and delicious food.

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DP
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I've always been impressed with, and felt welcome at, Baker Street Bistro. Same goes for friends and dates. Cozy, out of the way, very 'neighborhood' spot, reminding me of the Cow Hollow of my youth. :) Fantastic French food, good wine selection!

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JF
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Good bistro food, great service, charming ambience. A neighborhood gem all the way.

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WF
Denver
26 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely food.....great salad
Lovely service....friendly and attentive
Lovely cafe.....relaxed and visually interesting

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E
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent and well prepared French cuisine. Friendly and unobtrusive service. A real gem

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service!

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T
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Regrettable choice for a birthday lunch with a friend. Our greeter/waiter was unwelcoming from the start, and his attitude declined further throughout our lunch. All of our requests were met with a negative response..no sorry, just no, we can't do that, don't have that, will make no effort to accommodate. It felt as if we were a bother to him being there at all. Our lunch was subpar, burgers dry, tasteless, and burned around the edges. The waiter never checked in on us, although the restaurant was empty. Waiter ate his lunch from a bowl in full view of us instead. We ordered the profiteroles for dessert which were so tough we had to request a knife to cut them. Expresso machine was was broken, no apologies, no substitutions. Coffee served in a mug like a diner, and waiter did not even ask us if we would like a refill. Big fail from start to finish. Praying the owner sees this review so DIRE adjustments may be made. Will never step foot in Baker Street Bistro again!

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RM
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We moved into the neighborhood and really enjoy this spot. From the decor to the nice recipes that seem honest and fresh, it really as a feel of a bistro, perhaps outside of Paris central. The service is lovely, and in a decidedly un-American manner, they don’t rush you to flip the table. Brunch on the weekend is delicious also.

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OT
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Heaven on a plate! Lunch!

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EN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious, affordable family dining experience. I have elderly parents, so here they could be comfortable, find parking, enjoy good food and hear everyone. The prices were very reasonable and all dishes were absolutely delicious, generous portions with a wonderful presentation!

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JW
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely local authentic French restaurant . Small but accommodated my 12 party nicely.

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KB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a terrific find. Authentic French food with authentic French servers, where everything on the menu is mouth-watering and even better when it arrives. Can't recommend highly enough.

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N
San Francisco
46 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

My wife and I, our first time here. We both had the seafood stew. Neither of us could recall in decades of dining out of having received heartier portions of seafood in such a preparation. The squid was a bit tough, but the muscles, scallops, shrimp, etc. were all excellent. The broth was mild but flavorful. I had a bowl of the soup du jour (Tomato). It was among the best I have ever had. Very smooth; the tomato flavor was distinct. We share Profiteroles (cream puffs filled with ice cream and topped with chocolate sauce and whipped cream). Excellent. Wife had one glass of serviceable red wine; me two soft drinks. $109 plus tip. One of the best bargains in the SF area, where we have dined out frequently for nearly 20 years, on the heels of 24 years in the Portland area. It isn't Quince, but it is a very good buy for a very nice meal if you are somewhere within 20 miles of the Presidio.

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IT
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Dropped in for Sunday brunch, french toast and fresh fruit - delicious! Coffee is exceptional here. Sat outside on the patio and enjoyed a gloriously warm day with good food and service. It was so good that I decided to come back that evening for dinner. Steak & fries were cooked to perfection, a very dry red wine recommended by the waitress was perfect and the chocolate mousse was an excellent choice as the finale. If you love French food as much as I do, don't hesitate to try Baker Street Bistro. You will not be disappointed. Cheers!

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S
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely place and great food!

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SE
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food never disappoints, always has been fabulous-especially the French Onion soup(a must have every time).

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CA
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great neighborhood discovery! We visit SF often and love to find new restaurants especially ones that remind us of our several visits to France. The meal was delicious, service was excellent and ambience was perfect for celebrating our 37th anniversary. We are looking forward to another visit soon!

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n
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful french food with a lovely atmosphere. It is a small place, so the tables are close together and the noise level is high, but the food and service are lovely.

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w
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is an excellent restaurant. The food is great. Appetizers are very tasty. Main dishes are very good. Great deserts.

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HE
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food is always consistently wonderful, and always served hot. Everything on the menu is delicious.
Highly recommend for those dinners that like French Food, good service, cozy atmosphere, at great value.
Heidi Casale

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J
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were quite early and they seated us w no issues. Service folks very nice, albiet a little slow. Mussels w pomme frites excellent as was the beef bourguigno and fish stew. Dessert was good too. Good wine pours also. Nice low key environment.

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OT
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Our group of six thoroughly enjoyed Baker Street Bistro, prior to a ballet event at the PFA. Our corner table was small but adequate, befitting a restaurant that is the epitome of cosy. Service was very attentive and quick, drinks were reasonably priced, and everyone enjoyed their entrees. I had the canard a l'orange, and was more than satisfied. We made it to the show on foot with a little time to spare, with the waittress' help, and the whole party spoke warmly and appreciatively of our dining experience. The only negative note was the difficulty we had finding parking, but that comes with the "neighborhood gem" thing, at least in SF.

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RW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Really great food - the foie gras is the best in the city in my opinion. Great ambiance. Best part is the service though, really friendly and welcoming. Love this place!

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g
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful French bistro in a quiet neighborhood with nice outside seating. You are lucky to get Chantal as your waitperson. She is as good as it gets. I think she might be an owner as well. Beer and wine only, but there is a full bar across the street. Outstanding restaurant!

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P
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We enjoyed dinner. Nice to have a restaurant that prepares classic French bistro food so well. High marks for cassoulet and escagot!

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j
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A friend recommended Baker Street Bistro. We had tickets for Smuin Ballet so Friday dinner was a perfect opportunity. We arrived just when they opened, and it filled up quickly. We didn't want to eat too much before heading for the theatre, and it was just two of us so we couldn't try a lot of items. A glass of their sparkling burgundy rosé and a tray of ice cold perfectly shucked briny oysters started us off. We had a plate of seared scallops and a bowl of lamb stew. Both were delicious. The flavors were traditional French bistro, everything in balance. We finished off with a warm pear tart, not too sweet so the pear flavor came through nicely. Excellent espresso. Service was attentive but not intrusive. The place is small, cozy but comfortable with eclectic decor and an open kitchen. It's not cheap, but still reasonable. They offer a very affordable prix fixe special Sunday--Thursday (closed Monday). We will definitely be going back.

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