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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
San Francisco, CA 94118
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 . 🎉🎉🎉
between 2nd Ave. and 3rd Ave.
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Geary - Arguello Muni stops
Private Party Facilities:
Please contact the restaurant directly for details.
Private Party Contact:
Ellen Gardelle: (415) 750-9787
Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Valentine's Day - Bastille Day
Chapeau Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 !
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.
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:
Chestnut Soup = delicious and well priced.
Escargot = very small and extremely too much parsley. The flavor of the Escargot was non existent!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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