Chapeau

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$50 and over
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French
Classic style reminiscent of a Parisian restaurant. The service and ambiance are what you would find at a more expensive white-tablecloth restaurant and the food is a bargain.

Check out our early bird $45 between 5 PM & 6 PM
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VC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely the best French restaurant in San Francisco!

W
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I've been a fan of Chapeau! since Phillipe & Helen opened a small cafe 20+ yrs. ago on 15th & Clement. It's evolved from a neighborhood favorite to Michelin status. What I love is its good food, wonderful wine selections, and great service all in a welcoming, family atmosphere.

i
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow. You want a memory moment from sharing beautiful and tasteful food you may have never tasted before. This is the place to create that special moment in time you want to remember. One taste can transport you to what inspired that dish. Simply amazing experience in a very small footprint. Reserve the counter height tables for an even better experience. Tell them you are celebrating a special occasion and they will take it from there. Great wine list, the cocktails were amazing and every course was better than the last. Amazing experience.

V
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

I think the $45 was too much for the Early Bird Special. The meal was very good but not excellent for the price.

SJ
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Splendid environment, wonderful food (delectable salade landaise, I had cassoulet with fall-off-the-bone duck and homemade sausage in a marvelous sauce while my spouse was entranced by her black cod) and artfully presented nuage and chocolate cake deserts. Service was impeccable. We haven't been here for a couple of years (had been regulars) but will be back sooner!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect as always!

BM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Very disappointed in the Valentines Day experience.
Slow service and limited menu.
Long time favorite but not any more.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food2service2ambience2

What’s usually a fantastic dining experience devolved into a poorly executed cash grab. Got seated at 530 expecting the early bird menu and instead all diners were forced to have the “Valentines Day” set menu; of course there was no pricing listed. Bread took forever to arrive, the entrees were average at best, and our main courses took an hour to arrive even as other patrons who arrived later were receiving their entrees while we got our dessert. The icing on the cake was the staggering $120 per person cost that would have still felt excessive for the two of us considering the quality of our dining experience. I definitely do not plan on returning for major holidays. At least the bread was good (as usual).

P
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Valentines dinner was overpriced and the service was slow.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing anniversary dinner. The food was delicious, reasonably priced and the service was great. Perfect date night restaurant with an SF locals vibe.

SC
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, Chapeau was wonderful. We've been here a dozen or so times over the years. We have introduced friends to it, and they now also count it as their "go to" French restaurant in SF.

LG
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chapeau is always fabulous! Only one easily corrected glitch: way too much dressing on the wonderful salade landaise--which nearly overpowered the gorgeous mousse and other components. But so easily fixed: just a lighter hand with the vinaigrette. Bouillabaisse was superb. Love this restaurant!

M
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef is warm and friendly -- he greets patrons with a smile.

Dishes are artful and very tasty. We want to come back for the prime rib!

VS
Chicago
109 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I wish I could give this restaurant 10 stars! Every dish was perfect. The bread is warm and crusty. We had a surprise amuse bouche that I leave as a secret - but so good that I wish it was one of the courses! I started with the onion soup which was not heavy and had the cheese within the soup instead of covering the soup and making a mess. My husband had the salmon which had roe and crumbled egg with a great presentation. We both opted for the fourth course of diver scallop with mushroom foam and cauliflower puree. Again, a perfect combination and not the typical scallops that are heavily covered with something like balsamic vinegar and fried with a crust. My entre was risotto with hen in the forest mushrooms (lots of them). The rice was buttery/creamy and balanced the mushrooms. My husband had the duck and could not stop raving about the perfect cut (not fatty), crispy skin, and tasty sauce. I have to say that I win on the dessert - profiteroles with ice cream and a delicious chocolate sauce. My husband opted for a traditional french concoction - lots going on - he finished every crumb.

The other surprise was how reasonably priced the wines are and the large selection. We started with champagne and martini, then had a burgundy.

As other reviewers have also noted, the wait staff are wonderful. We thoroughly enjoyed Sebastian and we loved that Chef kept wondering the restaurant to say hello and ask how everything is tasting.

BC
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Traditional French food. Prepared perfectly. The staff is very much like the professional wait staff you would get in a Parisian restaurant, anticipating everything we might want without being asked in many cases. Fantastic food, beautifully presented. Owner greets everyone, and also says goodbye at the door as you leave. A really special place.

LF
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

They've been in business for 23 years... and they are still going strong... it means something. Every dish we had, from escargot, sea scallops, cassoulet et profiteroles were delicious!!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated our 21st wedding anniversary, really enjoyed the food and the price.

JS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great environment, fantastic service.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent restaurant. Classic French dishes and innovative specials.
5 star service.

NK
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I’ve never been disappointed here. Always a superb experience.

C
San Francisco
47 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, nice variety. This can be a regular go to place for those who appreciate fine food.

IO
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this restaurant. Great food and friendly service.

DE
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was looking for a new restaurant to try for Dine About Town week, and a friend had been to Chapeau years ago, and wanted to try it again. Magnificent is an understatement. The food and service were impeccable. Our waiter, Sebastian, was so knowledgeable, kind, and professional (as was the entire wait staff). Our reservation was for 5:30, and the restaurant was full. I could not believe how the wait staff, chefs and owner had everything moving so smoothly. We both had escargot, and a filet. I had the creme brulee, and my companion had the french toast. Every item was as delicious as it could be. I can't wait to return!

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Been here a couple times and each time has been a great experience. The staff is friendly and helpful and the food is incredible.

I had the restaurant week meal which consisted of the escargot, filet, and créeme brûlée. Fiancée had the onion soup and the bouillabaisse.

Much of the staff are French and you definitely get the French restaurant vibe here. They let you enjoy your meal and company and leave you alone for the most part. But don’t get me wrong, they are attentive and helpful if you need them.

AC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We did the $65 Restaurant week menu. 2 choices were given in both the appetizer and main course. I went with my wife so we ordered all choices. For the appetizer, the trio of salmon was great, the salmon roe enhanced the flavor of the salmon tartar. However, the other appetizer, the Escargot, the garlic flavor was too overwhelming. The main course though certainly had reverse the Escargot disappointment. The filet mignon was done just right, tender and juicy. The sauce gave it another level of complexity of flavor. I particularly liked the hen of the woods at the side dish. The texture was a complement to both the beef and the potato. There is one unfortunate part though. It has nothing to do with the menu. It is just when we try to taste all choices. As the other dish is the black cod, and the flavor is much more delicate. After eating a few bites of the filet mignon with much heavy flavor makes it tough to enjoy the delicate flavor for the black cod dish.

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phénomène! Un repas très spécial.

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J
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant, French. It would be better if the noise level is lower. In general, a proper place to do French food.

JN
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went on rwstaurant week it was busy but it was the best meal ive ever had, the filet was on point, the demi was delicious, the escargot was the best, everything is awsome. Chef Philippe would often come around and ask how everything was, not many chefs do that. You can tell this kitchen doesnt just cook, they put love, attention, time and dedication to the food which make the difference between a restaurant and a fine restaurant, you can tell they love what they do. Thank you it was the best meal ive had in a long time.

LA
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My second time at Chapeau and I was as wowed as the first. Our meal was fantastic. We went for restaurant week and upgraded to the ribeye with a bone. So tender and flavorful. The service is exceptional and I love how Philipe and his wife make you feel so special. I highly recommend this restaurant for traditional french cuisine.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time dining here and it was superb. My husband and I both ordered the higher priced restaurant week menu. The escargot was excellent, the filet was probably the best I ever had and the creme brûlée was excellent as well. My husband had the salmon starter, the filet and the French toast dessert which he said was also all excellent. The service was top notch. And the greetings from the Chef was a special touch. We will definitely return.

OT
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Increíble , súper buen servicio y excelente la comida

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n
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went there during restaurant week and I was glad that I went. Very good food.

JC
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

food was awesome! staff and Chef was nice! highly recommend.

LS
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Magnifique!

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OT
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This restaurant became our place to celebrate special occasions or simply to escape to Europe :) The food quality is superb, so is the presentation. Staff is friendly and very accommodating. Sebastian knows his wines and will engage you in a lovely conversation. My husband and I usually order from their happy hour menu from 5-6 pm Mon-Thu. Best value in town! Oh la la!

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was great: excellent food from start to finish. Good service, friendly staff. We had a wonderful time and will be back!

F
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always!!!!

MP
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great place to get together with friends who like good food and interesting wines. Kir royale started the evening off, followed by Champagne Brut Grand Cru “Secret de Bulles” Domaine Lepreux-Penet which indeed was brilliant, small bubbles, a little toast in the taste, and was reasonably priced. The Champagne went well with the salade landaise and the trio of salmon. As always, the cassoulet and the duck breast were memorable. Philippe and Ellen are generous hosts.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was very good and we were treated very nice

OT
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent every time