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About Chapeau

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 $40 between 5 PM & 6 PM

126 Clement St
San Francisco, CA 94118
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
French

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday -Wednesday- Thursday: 5:00pm- 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm. - 10:30pm. Close on Monday and Tuesday

🎉🎉🎉. NEW YEAR'S EVE reservations are available by phone reservations @
(415)750-9787. Please join us to welcome 2017! Menu is available to
view at www.chapeausf.com . 🎉🎉🎉

Cross Street:
between 2nd Ave. and 3rd Ave.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 750-9787

Website:
http://www.chapeausf.com/

Public Transit:
Geary - Arguello Muni stops

Executive Chef:
Philippe Gardelle

Private Party Facilities:
Please contact the restaurant directly for details.

Private Party Contact:
Ellen Gardelle: (415) 750-9787

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Valentine's Day - Bastille Day

Chapeau Ratings and Reviews

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4
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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.3

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (54)
Good for Anniversaries (48)
Special Occasion (48)
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Neighborhood Gem (48)
Fit for Foodies (46)
Good for Birthdays (38)
Authentic (33)
Romantic (30)
Creative Cuisine (29)
Cozy (21)
Worth the Drive (19)
Bar Seating (16)
Fun (16)
Notable Wine List (15)
Tasting Menu (14)
Good for Groups (11)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Business Meals (10)
Local Ingredients (9)
Casual (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Hot Spot (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Healthy (5)
People Watching (5)
Disabled Access (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Seasonal (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Organic (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Our first visit to Chapeau! was memorable. The waiter did a marvelous job explaining all the options including the prix fixe menu options. The chef came out to shake our hands a number of times, his authentic French food was delicious. The only downside for us was getting there from Oakland - a solid hour of traffic, and it wasn't really very backed up. It could easily have taken 90 minutes at another time.

Tags: Authentic, Fun, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 10, 2017

AWESOME! The chef/owner came to our table several times to chat and to get feedback. Really appreciated his time! The food was outstanding! The chestnut soup, scallops, mussels and duck were so nicely done! This restaurant pays attention to the quality of the ingredients, flawless preparation and proper serving temperatures. The food taste is memorable. We were so full, but still finished off the French toast dessert. YUM! We live in Hawaii and wish we could eat here more often and we will on our next trip to San Francisco. The service is outstanding. Everyone, from the hostess, to the waiter and bus person are so friendly and really make sure you are comfortable and enjoying your time at the restaurant. The decor and size of the restaurant is comfortable and warm and makes you feel at ease.

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

Have dined here for close to 20 years, even had our daughter's wedding rehearsal dinner at Chapeau in 2006. Phillips and Ellen have done a great job here and are very consistent. Love it!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Fun, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Although the dining room was filled with the older crowd, we had a table next to a 2 year old. His parents were celebrating the mom's birthday. He was a terribly cute/adorable little boy kept busy with French fries and other distractions. The hostess and staff were very accommodating of this young family trying to have a nice evening out. I was not disturbed in any way. The hostess asked about our needs regularly. My friends and I were able to carry on a conversation without straining to hear what was being said. Food was outstanding and reasonably priced. Nice touch to have the chef asked about our meal and be at the door when we departed.
I highly recommend this neighborhood restaurant for any occasion.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Casual, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

The 2-3 star rating is credit for our friendly wait person, and for food that was, well, decent. An underwhelming dinner presentation is not enough for me to write a negative review, but this is: We were the first to arrive, and with a reservation well in advance. My father in law uses a wheel chair so we needed a table with a little bit of extra space, of which there were plenty. The hostess wanted to plant us at a cramped table in the middle of the main thoroughfare where servers would be trampling over him all night. I pointed to several available tables out of the way and asked nicely if we could sit at one of them, and got this rather dramatic response: “Oh, no, those tables are very popular and we save them for people with reservations.” Ummm, we made reservations, and were the first to arrive, so this combo should give us some measure of choice. Only after some back and forth did the hostess relent. Now, I know many restaurants play this game of eyeballing who looks like they have money, and who makes them look good from the storefront (wheelchairs aren’t the rage, I guess), but to be so in our faces with her disapproval was disgraceful. By the way, once the restaurant filled up, we had a chance to see who she was hawkishly guarding tables for. NOTHING SPECIAL.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Chapeau! has been a treasure since its inception years ago. However, living in Marin, we don't often get into The City. So, it had been 2-3 years since our last visit. Following a business event in SF, we couldn't wait to re-visit our favorite restaurant. Amazingly, both Chef Philippe and Head-of-House Ellen recognized us and welcomed us warmly ! The food - as always - was creative, superbly prepared and invitingly plated. Our combination of old favorites and specials of the day were delicious, from the amuse-bouche to the desserts. The chapeau! of the experience was after we departed the restaurant. About a block away, Philippe came rushing up after us to say 'au revoir' in person ! And, we have seen him do this before. What a delightful treat !

Tags: Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 7, 2017

We have been to Chapeau several times, and it is consistently good.

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Chapeau! was my first favorite restaurant in SF when I moved to the city 15 years ago. I haven’t been back to the restaurant in several years until this weekend and I am delighted to find that the classics are still there and still delicious. And of course the service is amazing and the chef is hilarious. Everyone had such great energy. They gave us free creme brulee (delicious!) which was a nice gesture. We were 2 people, we did the tasting menu (3 courses of one of us and 4 courses for the other), we had a glass of wine each (generally non-drinkers) and the bill was $200 with tax and tip. I think that is on par with nice date night dining in the city.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Need acoustic considerations .
Great food. Noise intolerable

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

I went there this Friday evening 12/1/17 and I found my restaurant experience in balance was deplorable. The menu price listing was very confusing and almost deceptive, even when explained by the waiter. The prix fix menu and how it fit into the overall menu pricing led me to a very unexpected bill at the end of the evening. I was totally shocked!! Even when I asked for a explanation the waiter made me feel stupid and left me just as confused. I was supposed to be emailed a copy to me that I never received. The last insult was they lost my cap that I checked. They made me feel that it was not their mistake and I must have not checked it. They also promised to call me after they closed to give me a status but never did . So I wrote it off as just another bad experience and expense.
My meal was the following with associated review:

Apetizers:
Chestnut Soup = delicious and well priced.
Escargot = very small and extremely too much parsley. The flavor of the Escargot was non existent!

Entre:
Bouillabaisse= It was absolutely AWFUL and for me barely eatable. The fish was dry. The sauce way too watery and over spiced.

Dessert = Baked Alaska was the worse I have ever eaten. It was all Meringue and no filling. It also was not flamed like most I have had.

I alsohad the Creme Brulee which was good. However it which was a mistake made by the waiter, which he recognized. It was thereafter noted in his change of attitude.
My partner had the Warm Valrhona Chocolate Cake which at best was fair with the cake being too dry.

We had been there many years ago before it was remodeled and HAD A WONDERFUL experience, so it was absolutely a shock on how everything was so very awful and how much they had the nerve to charge such exorbitant prices.

I will NEVER recomend it again to anyone, as I have done so for many years previously.
Sorry for the very long review but it left me with some very strong emotions!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2017

reliably Parisian ... a neighborhood gem... whose regulars would surely appreciate some regular change and expansion of the menu.
can be uncomfortably noisy at some tables at busier times.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Casual, Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Unfailingly delicious modern French cuisine in a warm and unpretentious setting.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

We went to Le Chapeau for the GOOD FOOD, well appointed table, polite service, full bar, and because we have a wonderful memory of our previous dinner. This time it was my friend's birthday, which happened to be a Saturday night. Unfortunately it became uncomfortably noisy. Next time we will go during the week, hoping it might quieter. I am very glad many people like Le Chapeau and that they were busy. I wish them continued good business .

"Noise" is a systemic problem for me when dining out.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Rarely will I write a review after a dining experience. I have been eating Philippe’s fabulous creations for 15 years. Whenever family visit they always request we have one night at Chapeau. Philippe never disappoints and his staff, with their attention to detail in every aspect of preparation and service, is impeccable. 5 Stars all around. Chapeau rocks!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2017

As usual, we had an amazing time! My niece was in town for Thanksgiving and we celebrated my Mom's birthday. Guillaume, Anatoliy, Ellen and Phillipe were great to us as always. Had the Prime Rib and sweetbreads, great dessert. I especially loved my Cream of Chestnut soup, something I don't often get to have. You always do a wonderful job, was glad to see the restaurant packed with customers that love you like we do! Thank you for everything as always!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Disabled Access, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Organic, Business Meals, Seasonal, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2017

The energy and warmth of the host and hostess drives a wonderful experience!

Tags: Worth the Drive
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

My wife and I were greeted at the door by the owner and head chef, Philippe. This was only our second visit to Chapeau. We were seated immediately. We opted for the early bird, pre-fixe menu where we both decided on the two way duck entree. The duck was prepared as I remembered in Paris. I had the escargot which was already shelled and came in seven individual pools of garlic and butter sauce. This was a slight surprise since we had just come back from Paris, France and the escargot (6) was served in its shell. We also chose the foie gras which came slightly seared and was the actual duck organ, another surprise, as I thought it would be more like a mousse/pate style. Nevertheless, still enjoyable but very rich. By the end of the meal, my wife was surprised that a lit candle was placed on her dessert and the waiter wished her a "Happy Birthday." I should also mention that the waiter did offer my wife a glass of wine in the beginning when taking our orders when I mentioned that the dinner was for her birthday. Overall, the atmosphere, service and food were excellent.

Tags: Romantic, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

It was amazing!!! My friends’ first time and they are very impressed. Chef Philippe, Ellen, and staff are just gracious and warm!

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·Dined on November 18, 2017

Consistently excellent traditional French cuisine. Lovely presentation of the food. The chef is great fun - a buoyant, playful personality who comes to your table and makes you feel like a regular.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 18, 2017

The quality of this neighborhood restaurant never disappoints. If you can get a reservation, you will not be disappointed.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Fantastic as always. Genuine French cuisine served by genuine people. This place is consistent and lovely.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on November 16, 2017

While the $55 3-course menu is a good value, the food comes across as tired and uninteresting. The only dish (out of 6 served between the two of us) that we really liked was the monkfish, served with white beans and shrimp - it had character and texture. Scallops in the appetizer were very good, but the accompanying risotto lacking in that requisite balance between creaminess and chewiness. The deserts were a total loss, both cloyingly sweet, without any redeeming quality to them

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 16, 2017

We went for the early bird special - 3 course meal. It was exceptional! We were very pleased with the food and overall experience. Will definitely come back here again.

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 13, 2017

The food at Chapeau is always well prepared and delicious. The space is small and therefore the noise level can be a challenge to conversation, but the gracious service and consistently fine food more than compensates for that.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Had the duck confit. Very good, but it must of had a lot of salt as my mouth was exceeding dry.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Gluten Free Options
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

Ran out of a dish. Would prefer not to say vegetarian friendly w/o more options.

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on November 10, 2017

This restaurant is one of the best kept secrets of San Francisco. Chef-Owner Phillipe is not only a gracious host but a superb chef. I always ask him to select the wine for us and he only picks winners and yet not expensive. If this place was downtown, the prices would be double. I eat there whenever I am in San Francisco. It is one of my favorite restaurants in the entire world.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 3, 2017

We finally decided to try Chapeau for a change since we wanted a French meal for our special occasion.

Our server was welcoming and efficient as were the assistants. We chose the $55 prix fixe menu. Everything was quite tasty and cooked well. From the onion soup, escargots, mussels, filet mignon, pork tenderloin, and bouillabaisse. We were highly satisfied with our meals with the bouillabaisse being a standout since the broth was so fragrant and flavorful.

Only tiny negative point was when the server asked if we were celebrating a special occasion and we admitted that we were we were only given a lit candle in a grape; this accompanied the creme brulee. Usually when a restaurant asks if one is celebrating a special occasion, well, they give a complimentary dessert or disgestif. Well, no matter, we still enjoyed our meals here.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Excellent in all respects.

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·Dined on October 23, 2017

Great restaurant. Food was 4 stars. Have had better French food elsewhere but 5 star service was impeccable. Good value.

Tags: Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Some things about this restaurant could be improved- service was staggered, wait time for food was long, and it is a little jammed- the people sitting next to you are literally RIGHT next to you. But the food was AMAZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZINNNNG. The food alone made me forget about the other stuff and still give it a 5 star review.

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (Portland)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Fine French dining. Food was not as exquisite as last time I was there, and with so many choices in San Francisco, I am unlikely to return. I still think it is worth going to once.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Food too salty. The seafood is cooked just right. But too salt.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2017

We have been going to Chapeau for at least 15 years. It is one of the best French restaurants in California. We live is So. Cal and every time we decide to visit the San Francisco area the 1st thing I do is to make reservation at Chapeau. We have never been disappointed. The food can compete with any place in France (where we often travel). And, the chef is wonder and so welcoming!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Romantic
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

Chapeau was a perfect choice. The food and service were first class. We will return.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 16, 2017

After living in France for over 10 years, sometimes I want to relive my Parisian adventures. I don't crave frou-frou, I crave good, solid French food.

Enter Chapeau!. This intimate restaurant is on my shortlist of French restaurants in SF. Good. Solid. Food.

Add on top of that the friendly staff and wonderful wine list, then you have yourself a lovely, lovely evening.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Amazing food and service!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Very welcoming and attentive staff. Nice atmosphere and solid menu. Did the 4 course menu and enjoyed all of my choices, as did my fellow diners, except for one person's pork tenderloin was quite dry. They quickly apologized and offered another entrée/removed the cost/provided an extra dessert.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 14, 2017

We enjoyed the food however it was extremely noisey and we had to talk loud to be heard. There was 4 of us. The food and choices were good.

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·Dined on October 14, 2017

The prime rib was out standing. Their monk fish was exceptional too. Our usual waiter was tied up at a different table. But we were very satisfied with our dining experience.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays
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