Garcon

4.2
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1683 Reviews
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$30 and under
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French

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About

Welcome to Garcon! Garcon encapsulates an old-world French bistro with a casual and friendly atmosphere like one would find in France. Chef Elliel Parrales delivers a stylish interpretation of French classics like coq au vin, mussels, duck confit and French onion soup. A New Orleans native, Elliel has always loved French cooking but with the resources and setting of the west coast. He sources the freshest ingredients, cooking in the seasons and changing the menu daily. Garcon offers a diverse selection of local and old world wines, local oysters and cheeses as well as as a happy hour menu and holiday tasting menus. Access to private lounge offset from main dining allows people to engage in intimate conversation and parties as well.

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Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French, Contemporary French, Bistro
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Hours of operation
Dinner: tuesday to thursday : 5:30pm - 10:00pm
friday saturday 5:30pm - 11:00pm
closed on sundays and mondays
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Phone number
(415) 401-8959
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Elliel Parrales
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
22nd Street
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Parking details
In addition to street parking, there is also a parking garage on 21st Street (at Bartlett between Mission & Valencia).
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.2based on all time ratings
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4.1
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4.0
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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service!

OT
San Francisco
44 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We arrived on a Tuesday evening to find the coq au vin "off" and another dish "delayed." We had excellent mussels and duck as our main courses. The appetizer pate was excellent, but tasted a bit sweet(!) The onion soup is a hearty standby. All in all, an enjoyable meal.

K
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Lovely French bistro -- good food & ambiance! We went to a pretheatre show at The Marsh and it was perfect & only a block away. Highly recommended!

OT
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

I hadn't been to Garcon in several years, and had recalled that, while the food was fine, the experience left something to be desired, and that was the case this time. After I arrived, another party was seated at a nearby table, and they were brought water and bread before the waiter even came to check on me. That said, the waitstaff was o.k. for the rest of the meal, and even good-humored at times. Still, there are other bistros in town that I like a good deal more, but I wouldn't refuse to go back here if invited.

F
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Our table’s host felt that the service was efficient to the point of being rude. Also the serving and table set up was brusque / noisy.

TH
San Francisco
145 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

I used to love this place, but now they no longer serve cocktails which is really disappointing. The service was slow, fast, slow, fast. At the end it felt like they were trying to get us out and it wasn't even 10pm on a Saturday. They were out of Escargot!

TL
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb!! By far, one of the most authentic French restaurants in the city. Service is so friendly, they are like family.

JW
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good food, good wine, good service. Went on a Saturday night with a reservation, wonderful service from a helpful staff. Food was good, wine flight was fun, dessert was good. Great place.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food, great experience, terrific service. European, but not so aggressively that you’re always looking for the waiter.

JK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

I've been coming here for over 8 years. Mainly cuz the food was good and a good value and the service was great. My most recent experience was not good. We had to catch our waiter as he would run by. We waited to be seated for over 5 min's even though we had a reservation and we were greeted by 3 different people after we sat, none of which actually took an order for a drink. This will be my last visit.

KM
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this restaurant! When we go to San Francisco we usually stop by for a snack and a drink or a full meal. The service is great and the food is always interesting and tasty! Its a really fun place to dine!

F
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Garcon is a neighborhood gem. Service is always amazing and food is delicious

JH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 4

I was not too happy with the waiter. I had to ask him to take our order. Two out of three dish I had was really good. I had the brussel sprouts and calamari w/ beans was really good. The Duck Confit was a disappointed too over cook, hard and dry.

KM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

I had heard great things about Garcon, and our experience was good. Our reservation was 6pm Friday and the restaurant was empty when we arrived. Service felt a bit rushed but by the end of the evening the energy picked up and pace of service slowed to enjoyable. The food was good, but pricey. For first timers, we recommend the wine flight and the daily special.

AD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Must commend the Garcon staff on exceptionally gracious service while celebrating a birthday. Having ordered the profiteroles for dessert, normally two to a serving, the order was increased so our party of three could participate. The dessert arrived with a birthday candle for the celebrant and a rousing chorus of of 'Joyeux Anniversaire" accompanied the presentation. Then a complimentary glass of dessert wine was served to enhance the festivities. BTW, the wine flights at $17.00 are both interesting vintages and very generous pours.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Awful Valentine’s day experience. Arrived early for reservation and had to wait over an hour, only to be seated and find out that several items on the fixed menu (the only available menu for $78/pp) were sold out. We left and found a great place on Valencia. Will NEVER return back.

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

$90/pre-fix menu expensive but Valentines Day. Wine List expensive as well. Only one bottle under $50 to choose from. Three courses; First two great. However Dessert was bland & didn’t appear fresh. Disappointing.

EW
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were both very good, and the ambiance festive. We all had a wonderful time!

OT
Palm Springs
66 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The coq au vin is always so excellent that I never order anything else. Two of my dinner companions had fettuccine that looked fabulous. It’s too bad that they sold their liquor license but they have a great wine selection.

r
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great neighborhood French place that does some of the best mussels in the city.

s
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

As always, we enjoyed our meal. The duck was great, the sweetbreads were yummy and the chocolate mousse was better than I remembered.

SG
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Entrees were disappointing but the salads were excellent.

OT
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food quality is exceptional. Highly recommended.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We try a different restaurant during restaurant week every year. This year it was Garcon, we had a great experience and the food was delicious. We will definitely be back soon.

AC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I went to garçon with two friends to try their San Francisco restaurant week menu. I had an amazing time with well suitable portions and great tasting food. The staff is very friendly and approachable and even offered to swap out the pate for my friend because he didn’t reloads it was made with liver and he was not a fan of innards.

Surprisingly, my favourite dish was the seasonal vegetable pasta. The fresh fungus and green sauce was just impeccable. 10/10 would recommend! On the side note, the sauces in our dish, to me personally, was a little salty (hence four stars for food for me).

HB
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite bistros - great people, great French basics!

M
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Even though I had a reservation confirmation from Open Table , we were not on their reservation list. Luckily they could fit us in.
Very authentic French bistro.
Food was great just heavy if you’ve been eating clean for a year.
The ambiance is great and we love going there!

F
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We celebrated the New Year there with their New Years Eve menu of choices. ($78.00 plus wines)
We began with a flight of champagnes and brought our own bottle of Raymond Generations for the $20.00 corkage fee. I asked for a "taste"of the artichoke soup (and got it - excellent) and then had crab salad, and all of us had the flat mignon and bouche cake for desert. They sat us in the back room, which oddly for conversation turned out to be terrific as this restaurant gets very noisy in the front. A bit if a rush was happening, and we asked our server to slow down bringing things out. He did! I had been there before for lunch and liked it and now it is a neighborhood gem adding to the proliferation of French inspired restaurants.

D
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s our go to place. Window seat. Great food and service. Love you all. Happy new year. Dan and Jeff

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible meal with incredible service. Will definitely go back!

J
San Francisco
50 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A nice place with good simple French/California food. Casual place to catch up with friends.

AG
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and staff was extremely friendly. We ordered the escargots as appetizer, hanger steak frites for dinner and then of course we couldn’t miss dessert so we ordered the chocolate lava cake, YUMM! Everything was amazing, it makes me happy when we decide to experiment a new restaurant and find a hidden gem. Their food is 100% worth it, very recommended.

CB
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Busy bistro w/good French style bistro fare

H
Edinburgh
55 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visit Garcon's two to three times per year and always enjoy it. For holidays (like Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve) they offer a limited menu with a fixed price. The Thanksgiving fare was as good as always for the special meals. I had a filet and my partner had a turkey dinner. Both were excellent. The Wait-staff is always friendly and recognized us as soon as we walked in (which is a nice touch that makes you feel as if they care and remember their customers. The non-holiday menu is basically posted on Open-table. We have sampled several different mail entree items in the past and have never been disappointed. Definitely, we will go back to Garcon's again.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent in every way. Wonderful food, gracious hosts.

BL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

great food, great service, perfect before a show at The Marsh

S
Sacramento
14 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a treat to have dinner here when we are in the City. Nice place to meet friends for a get together.

AS
London
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and ambiance for a casual dinner out

C
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Es un restaurante francés con platos típicos. Los camareros eran incluso franceses por su acento, y la comida era bastante decente. Los precios no son elevados para SF, así que diría que bien pero tampoco barato. Un buen sitio para tener una cena íntima o un lugar donde se puede tener una conversación larga mientras la cena.

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K
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Service is respectable. However, the food is only average.

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