I can't comment on the food because we didn't get that far. For our friday night reservation at 7:30pm, we were told it would be another 15 minutes. We waited outside in the cold for 20 before going to check on our table. At 8pm, we were invited back inside to sit down. I'm about to sit down as the manager/bar tender comes over and asks to hang up my jacket from the back of my chair. He also proceeds to take my chair telling me I can't sit there. We asked to move to a different table against the wall and he said "we wouldn't understand" but we can't sit there. Why, was it "reserved"?! We walked out.
Came here for two friend's birthday. All the food was good. We had the mussels, rotisserie chicken, steak special, scallops. Appetizers. 2 bottles of wine which were also good. We ordered dessert. They knew it was 2 birthdays, they put in a candle. However they did not comp even one of the desserts. We spent $400 but they could not even comp a $8 dessert for the birthday. Seems like bad form to me. Small gestures go a long way.
Great restaurant, highly recommend!
Three of us had a superb meal, early 6:00 reservation, we were first to arrive but fully booked as we left, and understandably so. Grilled scallops with lobster; coq au vin; cheese souffle with squash and pomegranate; profiterolles. Reasonably priced choice of wines. Commendable service. Lovely ambiance. Tables close together, but it's French, so enjoy. A small romantic table available; ask for the one with the red lampshade. Parking could be a problem; public transportation right there.
We had to wait 45 minutes with reservation. Obviously the owner cares more for profit than customers. The food was in the same class one can eat in France at a countryside farm. Good but unsophisticated.
It was quite crowded. My reservation was made however it was so busy I are at bar. Bad tender was amazing truly saved me from leaving. It was a heafty bill for three course and wine. I probably won't return due to the price and the quality of food n it being worth it. Service was great though.
Best Thanksgiving dinner I've had in several years. The staff AND other guests were super friendly!
Food and service were great. The potato gratin was a nice addition on this particularly chilly evening. The organic chicken was so moist and delicious. Our server did a great job- she was knowledgable, made a great wine suggestion, and was appropriately attentive. My only complaint was that the back-waiter was wearing quite a bit of cologne; my partner had to hold her nose any time he came to the table. Part of restaurant charm is to smell the food, not whatever spray product a staff member thinks is attractive.
Amazing beef Wellington and lovely ambiance.
If you live in Cow Hollow or Russian Hill, and need expertly done French comfort food to warm you in the fog, then come to Cocotte! It was praised on KQED Check Please, and did not disappoint. The souffle was light, fluffy, and flavorful. The Beef Wellington (Ok, the English name for filet de bœuf en croûte) is tender and tasty. And they have a unique take on profiteroles that our entire table loved.
It can be a bit loud - so better for a dinner with friends than an intimate date.
The restaurant is in Russian Hill, where parking is a challenge. So, easiest to come if you live nearby and can walk over. Otherwise, there's a garage a couple blocks away at 1320 Washington Street, between Leavenworth and Jones.
Will never return. Did not have table I was promised after calling restaurant after making Open Table reservation and there was only one other couple in the restaurant when we arrived. Manager bar tender spilled sticky drink he recommended to my girlfriend then did not wipe it up. When she asked to have it cleaned up he handed her a dirty wet bar towel. Very disappointed.
We go here all the time just for the banana creme brulee dessert but now that we've actually had dinner here, I can also say the other food is delicious. Highly recommend the chicken!
I wish that it wasn't so loud. The food was good but my Beef Wellington was over cooked and the meat was not tender at all.
Consistently good. The scallops were amazing! Three of us ordered Beef Wellington, and each was cooked exactly as ordered. Perfect! Love the Banana Creme Brulee too.
I picked the restaurant because of its cauliflower au gratin, and was disappointed to find it no longer on the menu. Then we were seated in a middle table of the restaurant very close to two very chatty groups.
Despite these two strikes, we ended up thoroughly enjoying our dinner at Cocotte: Once a separate table opened up, the waiter happily moved us to a quieter and more private table. The food was outstanding (one of us -- ok, me -- is a vegetarian) -- we started with the cheese tray, then we each ordered two different small salads and traded them back and forth, we split the cheese soufflé as the entrée, and we finished by splitting the banana crème brulee. Everything was tasty, and they seemed to put their own unique twist on traditional dishes. Also, not only did they not frown on the splitting and passing of dishes back and forth, but food sharing seemed almost encouraged.
The service was perfect -- the waiter was chatty but not intrusive and was very helpful in recommending wines.
As for atmosphere, it was great -- we rode the cable car to and from the restaurant and enjoyed watching and listening to them pass by in front of the restaurant as we ate; the open kitchen provided additional entertainment; and we never felt rushed.
All in all, we will gladly return to this outstanding, small, neighborhood French restaurant next time we are in San Francisco.