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 Frence wines. The restaurant is perfect for before-curtain supper, a gathering of good friends, or romance with conversation.
Prix Fixe: $52/pers
Probably the most authentic down-to-earth French food you will find in the USA. It's not fancy - I would describe it as "cuisine bourgeoise" i.e. the sort of straight-down-the-middle dishes you would find in a good small town restaurant anywhere in France. For example, my lapin chasseur (rabbit braised in a white wine sauce, but dark coloured because of the mushrooms included). The salad of shrimps was, in fact, a divergence from the authenticity - I don't think the aforementioned provincial French restaurants would serve this prawn cocktail kind of affair - but I gave that a pass since it was delicious. The decor is worth the visit on its own ... an American vision of medieval France, not at all authentic this time, but fun nonetheless. Despite the distinct element of kitsch, the centrepiece statue of Jeanne d'Arc is actually a rather skilful and moving piece of art, strangely enough ... look out for it near the doors. There are some well chosen half bottles on the wine list, and I thoroughly enjoyed a Margaux second label from the highly reputable Chateau Kirwan. A real find and I repeat, if you do enjoy authentic French food, you will love this. To cap it all, the set menu makes the meal great value for what is, after all, high class dining in central San Francisco.
- Kids friendly
- Superb food
- Great value (and portion)
- Great service and ambiance
Really couldn't think of any
All of our courses were excellent. That includes the soup, salad, main course and dessert; and the price was good.
I loved everything about this hidden gem.
Our party of 4 was dining pre-theater; 3 of us were late due to traffic. The restaurant was kind enough to seat the first arrival; he read us the menu and ordered for the group. When we arrived we were thus able to eat all the courses w/o feeling too rushed. Our server was terrific, and the food was delicious, as always. The escargot was the most tender I've had, and the duck and souffles are not to be missed. The decor is uniquely charming and atmospheric. One of the absolute best places to dine in the theater district - love this restaurant!!
Nice place! Service was great, meal was very enjoyable. We had a really good time there. Would definitely return.
Dined pre-performance on a Saturday night. Located on the basement floor of a tiny, very French hotel. Décor has all sorts of Joan of Arc memorabilia, including stained glass windows. The menu is set at $54 per person and includes soup, a salad/starter, main course (each served with carrots, potatoes and green beans), and dessert. Food is amazingly good and everything came out of the kitchen quite warm. Ceilings are bit low, so it can feel cozy/cramped. Nevertheless, it did fill up by the time we were done but conversation was still feasible. Not particularly inventive, fancy or chi-chi but we enjoyed it. Those looking for the latest thing will not find it here.
My husband and I had a very romantic meal here last weekend. The ambiance was very quaint. We felt like we were dining in an intimate cafe in Paris. Our server was very attentive. Every course was delicious. I highly recommend their Grand Marnier soufflé for dessert. Our only regret was having had too big of a lunch ahead of our dinner, so we didn't finish some of our courses. I would definitely go here again...but go hungry this time.
Excellent food. The ambiance is fabulous. Freshly made food daily and generous portions for a reasonable price. Highly recommended!
If you are interested to experience a real traditional French dinner, then Jeanne D'Arc is the place to visit, not only for its changing daily menus but also for the decorum and unique sensation to plunge back in time, surrounded by middle age memorabilia.
People should remember that both the hotel and the restaurant have a long and successful standing in San Francisco, something that is somewhat unique and rewarding.
A must visit place without a doubt...
The menu on trip advisor is a bit deceptive on the price of the 3 course menu. I suggested that the manager send in a recent menu to clarify the issue. Fortunately the reviews stated that the full meal costs $52. Food was excellent. I had the Rabbit and my wife had the rack of lamb for the main course. My only slightly negative was that the Grande Marinier Souffle was a bit too sugary for my taste.
Very pushy waiter. Felt like he wanted to move us along when we really werent lingering at all. Excellent appetizers. Poor entrees, ordered medium rare and got well done. good deserts.
Five of us ranging in age from 40 to 83 all enjoyed our meals. Choices for 3 of the 4 courses were varied and creative. The soup course was a delicious carrot-ginger. Portions were quite large and well prepared. The service was unobtrusive but prompt and available. A delightful experience. I look forward to returning.
The service was excellent, the menu is fairly set with some choices. We had our son with us who is not huge on venturing out and he could not find anything that suited him and sent all courses have eaten back. The rest of us enjoyed our dinners the soup was awesome, our second course was great and the main dish had lots of flavor. We had a table in the back of the restaurant which surprised me being we were the only ones in the place, my back faced everything that is a personal thing though and the conversations are pretty loud not a private place. The restaurant decor is a great touch. Again the service was top notch, a little on the pricey side but definable would go again.
Perfect Filet steak dinner (and I am from cattle country!) AND done to perfection veg started out to our table piping hot
Finished with my first dessert soufflé OMG
lovely sweet attentive waitress
One of those few meals you have to stop yourself from inhaling and find yourself counting the last few bites to savour
My 70th birthday
I have enjoyed a few special dinners
THIS ONE will remain unforgettable
Delicious food, especially the snails. Beautiful restaurant. Good for every day dining or special occasion. My only criticism was the pacing of the food. We would finish one course and the next would be served immediately. We were not going to the theater, but had seen a matinee. We were not in a rush. I suggest that each party, after being seated, be asked their time schedule and served accordingly. We had come to spend more than one hour eating and talking.
Fabulous experience celebrating our 20th anniversary. Food was fantastic, great price for the quality of the food and experience.
It was an okay experience, but at this price, okay was not good enough. My companion enjoyed her duck but my lamb, ordered on the recommendation of the waiter, was not very warm when received at the table. Service was okay, but we felt the pacing was a bit rushed.
Do ask the server for house favorites. We had the rabbit and lamb shank which were lovely. A delightful server too.
Food was nothing out of the ordinary. Only highlight was the dessert soufflé.
Simply excellent, probably the best dinner we had in San Francisco
4- Gänge Menü für 52 Dollar super!
Wonderful, romantic experience. Loved every course of our meal. Great price for the quality of food.
Here is an authentic French restaurant hidden away in the basement of an old San Francisco hotel. There is a prix fix but many choices and a nice wine list, fine service and good pacing. Good food and the gran marnier souffle is worth waiting for! We will return!
A special and intriguing place! A must for Francophiles and European history. Traditional French food in a warm and inviting atmosphere.
Fantastic Valentines dinner with live music. So much fun and so romantic. The best kept secret in San Francisco for sure. We will be back every Valentines Day from now on.
Amazing dinner tonight, the best Valentine’s Day ever.
Friendly service by all the waitors and waitresses. Nicely done dishes although the courses are a little bit too salty. And the desert a little bit too sweet.
Such a cute quaint restaurant in a beautiful boutique hotel. The food was an amazing culinary experience! Service couldn’t be better. Defiantly we will go back again.
No doubt a very authentic cuisine française restaurant. I had the duck breast with a fruity sauce that was sweet and sour, and very delicious. The wife ordered an amazing rabbit cooked to tenderness with a wine sauce. The soufflé was outstanding and went very well with the black coffee, which was delicious all by itself.
Truly a hidden gem, as it's located in the hotel's basement. Reservations are a must, as waiting by the stairs is not a fun experience. The decor is very charming, with lots of medieval paintings and statues adorning the walls. All in all, a lovely experience.
It was a really nice night
Delicious traditional French food!! We love this place!!❤️
really delicious, start to finish and an exceptionally romantic setting.
simple and very good food in a very nice atmosphere. we did the fixed menu and it was great.
We've dined twice at Jeanne D'Arc. Once during SF Restaurant Week and another time during a regular weeknight. Both times the food and service were excellent! You must try their escargot and soufflé -- c'est magnifique!
It's an odd space in the basement of an older hotel. the food was excellent. Wine list a short and first choice not available. Waiter knew less about wine than me which means not much at all. A white. French chard was served pretty warm with no ice bucket. Wasn't optimal. Prix fixe meal was very very tasty though.I
Was good not great. Would not rush back
This is 4-star dining at 2-star prices. French countryside cuisine. We started with a Sancerre that was ... early spring... no other way to describe it. Lovely with first courses. Main course ducks were prepared to perfection. (How do you make duck breast light?!) Excellent with the Chateau Neuf de Pape. So wanted to try the soufflé, but failed to save the tiniest space.
We are adding this to our go to list.
We so wanted to love this restaurant but unfortunately it only rose to the level of "like." The atmosphere is cute and cozy. You definitely feel you could be in a little bistro in France. The service was efficient and the prices were reasonable. If the food could just be elevated a little more this restaurant would be a great find. The first course is a potato leek soup. It was ok but not worth finishing. My husband really enjoyed his avocado, shrimp and mango salad. It was more successful than my spinach salad. My salad was pleasant but nothing special. I thought that my husband's salmon, though well cooked, lacked flavor. My coquilles (shrimp and scallops) were tasty and had more flavor than the salmon, but were not exciting. We had the grand mariner souflee for dessert. It wasn't the best souffle I have ever eaten, but it was very good. This was a good but not memorable reasonably priced meal.
A very cozy setting for a special occasion where the menu stands out!
Trying out sf restaurant week. Very good decorations and food