Permanently Closed - Jeanne D'Arc - Cornell Hotel De France

4.7
998 Reviews
$50 and over
French
This restaurant is permanently closed. Jeanne D'Arc is an elegant yet reasonably priced French restaurant located near Nob Hill and Union Square in the Cornell Hotel de France. Replete with tapestries, stained glass and artifacts, the decor celebrates the life and deeds of France's legendary heroine, Joan of Arc.
Founded by the Lambert family in 1972, the restaurant is a favorite of locals and visitors. Jeanne D'Arc offers a prix fixe menu and a cellar of well chosen California and French wines. The restaurant is perfect for before-curtain supper, a gathering of good friends, or romance with conversation.
Prix Fixe: $58/pers
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DisappointedFrancophile
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

I write as one who lived in France for many years. This restaurant seemed like an approximate guess at what French dining should be. This guess made the experience feel artificial, staged, rather than authentic. Food was okay, not memorable, and the ambience is quite plainly a cliche of a French dining experience of a generation or so ago.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favorite French restaurant!!!! Great value and the food is to die for. As soon as you walk in you smell butter!

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vipidine4food
St. Louis
11 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated my daughter's birthday. They made it super Special! And the food was amazing!

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farvette
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Such a beautiful dining space! Food was good but quite heavy. Great service. We didn't want to leave once our dinner was over!

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JosephH
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful romantic dinner venue. Ambiance is to die for, and the prix fix menu is a bargain.

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vipAthena
21 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing. The space looked like a little rural restaurant in France. Service was very good and they even had a violinist!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The interior of the place really caught our attention. Its small but very homey with alot of history. The staff were great and super friendly. The food was excellent. We love the escargo and shrimp mango salad. My filet mignon was delicious but the sea bass stole the show. To cap it all, we had the signature grand marnier soufflé which was very light, fluffy and a good call for dessert. Our waiter Jaime made our first visit unforgettable. Next visit is in the works! 😉

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vipOhlone
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are repeat dinners at Jeanne D'Arc.

One of us is Vegan - our waiter did his best working with the chef to create a vegan main dish. Our waiter suggested that before our next visit we call ahead to give the chef an opportunity to prepare a Vegan main dish.

We will be back.

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DoctorES
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Charming ambiance, engaging service, delicious food, very attentive staff from beginning to end. From first course to last, the plating, aesthetics, presentation, and taste of the food was excellent. The lighting, artwork, and downstairs location of the dining room made for a romantic and warm environment. The only off note was that a very large dinner party that utilized nearly half of the restaurant's capacity raised the noise level so loud that it was difficult to carry on an intimate conversation with one's dinner date at any other table.

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Mary
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant, great decor which takes you to another place and time. And food is so delicious. But waiter smelled like air freshener and disinfectant so every time he came to our table I had to cover my nose. It's too bad, because their meats and sauces are the best in San Francisco. The souffle is yummy too. A bit pricey, $58 for a 4 course meal. But worse it if you can enjoy the whole experience.

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Gregory
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

San Francisco's oldest French restaurant is tucked away in a hotel basement, just a block from the Sutter-Stockton Garage and a couple doors away from the Powell Street cable car. The ambiance is oh-so French with a beamed ceiling, artwork of Medieval scenes and saints and a suit of armor standing guard at the door. The menu is prix-fixe and the offerings could be from any restaurant in France. The food is delicious. Service was first rate. The price is very reasonable for a restaurant in the City.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The value for the pre fixe menu was good as well as the wines we chose to drink. Very attentive service. I enjoyed my birthday dinner 😋

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SarahE
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a historic and interesting place! A real classical French restaurant! You can't beat the price... a four course meal for $58, starting with soup, three different second courses to choose from, about 8 different entrees (a few cost slightly more), and three different desserts. Our waiter was French as well. Enjoyed the ambiance and looking at the artifacts and art work throughout.

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JaniceB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was so delicious from start to finish. There was a lot of food for the price. Great value!! And the ambience was exceptional.

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vipSanFranciscoResident2020
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I celebrated a birthday party at this delightful French restaurant. The Prix Fixe Menu provided multiple choices - “Félicitations”...

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ThumbDirection
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Food was good. Waiter was rushed, although nice. Didn't not care for the lighting, but overall good ambiance.

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vipPencita
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I will definitely be back. Chef Tito’s food was amazing. I was pleasantly surprised.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The four of us enjoyed it enough we put it on our list of restaurants to go back to.

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vipTony
New York Area
278 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Interesting and funky spot. It is a throw back to the '40s and '50s, In mid January Christmas decorations were still up. The food is good and the price points are low. It is a fun place to take people.

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viptanuki
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jeanne D'Arc has become our favorite restaurant in San Francisco. The ambiance is cozy and inviting, the staff is friendly and professional, the food is outstanding, and the prices are very reasonable (especially for SF!). The prix fixe menu varies from visit to visit so there is always something to appeal to any palate. I had the lamb loin and my husband had the sea bass, and we both enjoyed our meals. The wine list is very good and the prices are good. We try to take visitors here whenever we can - it's almost like being in France.

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vipPyl007
San Francisco
96 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brings us back to France without spending a fortune. A great bargain, excellent choices, in a quiet atmosphere. May not appeal to the younger crowd that wants a loud boisterous atmosphere. Excellent selection of French wines that don't wipe out the wallet.

RJ
vipRayJ
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Took my wife for her 50th birthday. She had lived in France and had been to this restaurant a long time ago. Was the prefect surprise for her. The food was great, atmosphere awesome and service wonderful. A little eclectic venue but great down to earth French food and good value.

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vipponymom69
San Francisco
63 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappointed in the quality of this restaurant and the quality of the food. Had potato leek soup to start that was divine. Followed by a salad with Little Gem Lettuce, avocado, mango parmesan cheese and a deviled egg. My choice of entree was the Chilean SeaBass, served with baby carrots, beans, and duxelles, also divine. My friend had the duck breast which she loved. We both finished with the Grand Marnier Souffle, also wonderful and we were stuffed! Service was great and we were not rushed. Love the ambience, I feel like I am in France when there. It is a high end restaurant with prices to match, but worth every penny!

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vipJenniferH
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I think the value is great and this is a fun restaurant in which to take visitors from out of town. It's like being in Paris! The food is decent and it's a fun time!

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MichelleR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

If you love real french food down with great care this is the place. Will come back often.

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vipKenS
San Francisco
68 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An outstanding dining experience. The food was wonderful and the ambiance transporting. A hidden gem. A must to visit.

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Jack
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent New Year Eve dinner with nice ambiance. Very good value.

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eihlea
79 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our evening at Jeanne D'Arc very much! All wait staff were pleasant and professional, the food was delicious and the live entertainment was extremely enjoyable. Jeanne D'Arc was decorated beautifully!
Thank you, we look forward to returning.

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DBAM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Hospitable staff. Exceptional food. They made the evening quite memorable. I look forward to returning again.

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vipFrequentFlyer
Los Angeles
38 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This classic French restaurant was just so extraordinary and our service was fantastic. This is about tradition and reminds me of many traditional haunts in Paris.

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vipcheops
New Mexico
19 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

I arrived on time for my 8 pm reservation. Though the restaurant was not overly busy I was forced to wait for ten minutes before I was greeted by anyone and then it was a waiter who went to get the proprietress. Another five minutes passed before she arrived. The dinner was a 4 course prix fixe which was fine. There were enough selections except for the soup starter. It was potato leek soup which tasted like celery soup. No hint of potato or leek. The escargots were fine -- prepared in the traditional garlic butter, My main course was filet mignon with a forestier (mushroom) sauce. The menu had given two filets; one was called a faux filet and the other a filet mignon. What I was served must have been then faux filet but on asking the waiter it seemed that both entrees were faux. It tasted and had the texture of chuck roast. The dessert was souffle and tasted good though it was a little wet in texture. All in all a rather disappointing meal.

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vipElaine
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Authentic French cooking, felt like a tourist in France.

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SH2019
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Our table for two was delightful. Our server was a charming older gentleman with tons of enthusiasm. The service was a bit too rushed. My soup was very tasty, but served luke warm. The rack of lamb was delicious, served with asparagus rather than a seasonal vegetable. The highlight was Grand Marnier souffle for dessert! Wine prices were very reasonable. Overall a very nice dinner especially if you are staying at the delightful Cornell Hotel De France.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall2food1service5ambience3

The service was good, but the food left much to be desired

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SFSpecial
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

A charming little bit of Paris in SF.
Our server was very pleasant and helpful, even though he seemed a bit over extended at times.
The dinners are pre fixe with a good variety of choices.
We stared with a vegetable soup that had a good body but lacked flavor.
The escargot was a good choice!
My spouse had the highly recommended short ribs and enjoyed them. They were good, but not great.
I had the lamb shank which was excellent.
We both finished with the Grand Mariner Soufflé, which was also worth the indulgence!

The wine list is quite reasonable if you search.

Overall, Jean D’Arc is worth the effort to get a reservation...particularly if you enjoy exercising your inner Francophile for a delightful evening.

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Beau12
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

A wonderful traditional dining experience for a special occasion or romantic outing.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful experience with such a special relaxing dinner! Server made us feel welcome and helped us in deciding what to order. Reasonable price for all we had from the Price Fix menu. Soup, appetizers, main course, and a special desert (Souffle).

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Dave
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite restaurants in the City.
You feel like you're transported to France.
Great food, great service, wonderful ambiance.
Doesn't get any better!

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MaryN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an outstanding 4-course meal, and spent the night in the hotel.

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vipPariscope
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been coming to Jeanne d'Arc off and on since the early 1990's. I also spend a lot of time in France. This is the kind of food that is becoming harder and harder to find, even in France. Solid traditional French fare prepared by a master chef at prices that, while higher than they used to be, are still reasonable by San Francisco standards. The wine list is excellent and I haven't seen such a low markup on wine in another restaurant, period. The atmosphere is beautiful. The service is spot on with servers who have been around for a long time. Normally, the sound level is such that you can actually have a conversation. This particular night, the restaurant was full and there was a large party nearby, so the it was much noisier and more like the Bastille Day celebration. It's close to Christmas, so that may be why. The Grand Marnier soufflé is still a stand-out, in my opinion. I have never had a bad meal here. Bravo!

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Permanently Closed - Jeanne D'Arc - Cornell Hotel De France is rated 4.7 stars by 998 OpenTable diners.