La Gare French Restaurant

4.4
1380 Reviews
$30 and under
French
La Gare French restaurant has been a local favorite for almost 40 years and two generations . Serving old world classic French cuisine by using fresh local ingredients, they pride themselves on still including soup and salad with every entree. Known for their table side carte service and escargot, Le Gare was voted most romantic restaurant by the San Francisco Chronicle.

Offers

  • FREE CORKAGE ON MONDAYS

    Multiple dates available

    Sun - Thu 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    COMPLIMENTARY CORKAGE EVERY MONDAY! Bring your favorite bottle of wine to dinner at La Gare on Monday evenings and you will pay no corkage fee! * Holidays Excluded

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1380 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Lovely meal, romantic, accommodating staff, good way to celebrate my birthday

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TomZ
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Extensive menu all prepared well we had lamb prawns provencale and a chicken dish all were very good .The starting courses were just enough for the Mains.Well served and desert was THE BOMB! We definitely will be back .

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TraceyB
Phoenix
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Nice place, decent food. Disappointed that we couldn’t sit on the patio due to rain. Consequently all reservations were moved indoors so restaurant was cramped and noisy. Probably not the best impression of LaGare.

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NancyD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The staff and service was fantastic!!
Our salads weren't very chilled.
My husband had the rack of lamb which was excellent, but fried potatoes as a side weren't a bonus.
My halibut was over cooked.
This wasn't our first time there and we will go back. Everyone has an "off" night.

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Hotairballoon
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as usual. We always enjoy our experience and food here.

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AllenE
Orlando
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent French restaurant, definitely recommend it

HS
HughS
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent selection of appetizers and entrees. Attentive and helpful service. Excellent wine list. Perfectly prepared food without exception. This restaurant is one of my favorites in northern California.

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MaureenM
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La Gare is a hidden gem in Santa Rosa but probably not so hidden based on the awards they have won. We had a fantastic meal in the outdoor seating area. Our server, Miles, was knowledgeable and attentive but not overwhelming. We enjoyed lamb and excellent chocolate desserts.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant. Very very expensive, but it’s a nice special occasion place. Food was good, my beef Wellington was a little overcooked and dry, I probably should have sent it back. It was flavorful though. Cherries jubilee for dessert was fun. We left very full and felt that it was a nice place to celebrate our anniversary. We each had one glass of wine, my husband ordered the onion soup as an appetizer. Check with tip was 200.00.

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CatherineC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to eat and celebrate a special occasion as we did. Could not ask for a better experience.

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JohnA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My wife and I experienced a wonderful evening. The food was excellent as was matched by the excellent service. The head waiter John was great along with the supporting team. We enjoyed our evening and food so much, we went the following night. On the second night the food (different selections) was also great, and John managed to surpass the previous evening. Highly Recommend

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vipMichele
San Francisco
53 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I hadn't been to La Gare for three years and was delightfully surprised to find it even better than before, and more populated by a happy crowd. Our guests from Nebraska enjoyed their steak bordelaise, but we had escargots and ris de veau and frog legs. Yea!

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KBSonoma
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice outside dining on the alley. I could pretend being in a small French town. Menu has French staples like escargot, Coq au vin, steak but also fresh modern dishes with lots of vegetables.

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WendyN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a wonderful dining experience. Food is always top notch along with the service!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Food was mediocre…felt we were at a wedding reception. The four meals all had the exact same sides but different proteins… despite the lack luster food the service was spectacular and friendly.

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IreneY
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Foods are in a good portion! We love every single dishes that we ordered. The only thing is that it's way too many people/tables inside the restaurant (too pack.) So if you are very concern about Covid, this might not be the best choice. It's also quite noisy due to too many customers.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La Gare is a classic. Every meal is delicious. They know what they are doing.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience4

I’ve never had bland French food before - this was a first. The wine selection was rather poor for being a French restaurant in Northern California and our waiter overpronounced every item on the menu in an awkward fashion.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience4

Very disappointing experience unfortunately. We were both very excited to have a romantic dinner but the place was almost empty, which made it awkward, the staff were folding napkins and gossiping loudly two tables away from us, and the food was flavorless. The only slightly redeeming thing was that our meat was cooked to the right temperature. For a $200 dinner for two without any alcohol, this was a massive let down. Will not be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We wanted so much to love this place but were very disappointed. Duck was bland, sauce tasteless. Halibut, the special of the day, was overcooked and dry. Good service didn't make up for the disappointing meal

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nvrenuf
Jacksonville
12 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience1

Seems like the kind of place older people have gone to forever for mediocre food with little seasoning and find it comforting.

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AddieW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite restaurant in Santa Rosa. Have been going there gif years - excellent every time. Try the chateaubriand!

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vipFrankH
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Food was mediocre.  Service was slow and sloppy.  Meat requested at "medium" arrived "well" done and tasteless.  Check arrived with item priced differently than menu with duplicate entree added to bill.  Overall -- 5 thumbs down.

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nieceyc
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Good but not great. Main course was a but over spiced I think it was tarragon. Looked lovely. Salad was small not exciting but appropriate as soup was first and filling. The French onion soup was hot and delicious. Just what was hoping for. Unfortunately was expecting an added charge as was not soup of the day. However was not expecting full Separate soup charge when soup is supposed to accompany the salad n main course per b Myb menu. Waitress informed addition charge ( I thought she said $5. Extra). But was actually full soup price on menu of $12. That should have been made more clear. But the soup was very tasty and best overall item I ate. Chocolate mouse was good but rich n thicker than I hoped for . Was quite full from meal n hoping for light n fluffy mousse. However considering that I should have skipped it I
Can’t really complain. It was yummy. My house red wine was quite enjoyable. Atmosphere was nice . Was hoping for outdoor table but arrived late due to traffic ( 20 minutes)( called ahead to advise) so can’t expect to hold outdoor but was happy to get in at least. A bit crowded inside ( for these pandemic days).

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Decent but old-fashioned French food. Tastes much better than it looks.

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Steve
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience2

We have had meals from this restaurant for many years (starting in 1997) but tonight's meal was a disappointment. We came to celebrate our 47th anniversary and we had previously had several excellent meals but tonight was simply average at best. We arrived at 6pm and the restaurant was fairly empty. We asked to substitute a Caesar salad for the soup du jour and green salad and was told no substitutions allowed. We then ordered the chateaubriand for two (a $100) entree and asked if we could get some peppercorn sauce in addition to the bernaise. No problem, just an additional charge.

The salads (extra charge) took a very long time to arrive, and while very tasty, were definitely not worth the up charge when we ordered a $100 entree that had a soup and salad included.

And finally the entree arrived, lukewarm with two dishes of lukewarm sauce. All very tasty but would have been better served hot.

The service & quality here have definitely fallen.
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ElaineM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience2

Holy cow - I have no idea how this place has so many positive reviews. They crammed our party of 7 in a booth that could have reasonably and comfortably fit 4-5.

The flavor and quality of the food was subpar for the prices they charge.

Our waiter was sweet but he must have been spread too thin as he hardly stopped by our table and even brought the salad out after the entree… such a messy night.

I really regretted bringing my mom here for her 60th birthday dinner. We’re not from the area but with the amount of reviews this place had I thought it was a safe bet.

Tomato bisque tasted like Campbell’s tomato soup, veal was completely unseasoned.


Both meal and overall experience was such a heart breaking miss.

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CGBd
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely experience. Our server, Kevin, was a delight. Our appetizer, crab cake with rock shrimp, was honestly life-changing. I have never had a crab cake like that, and the lemony sauce that came with it was light and bright. The soup and salad were excellent, and a great palate cleanser to prepare for the main course. My girlfriend had the rack of lamb, and I had the beef wellington. Both were fantastic. Dessert was creme caramel and a glass of port. We plan on making La Gare a tradition for a fancy night out.

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vipFreddy
San Francisco
55 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

La Gare was a welcome find in the historical part of Santa Rosa. We were staying in Guerneville and disappointed with the dining options there, so drove 30 minutes to La Gare. The trip was well worth it. La Gare serves classic French food (French Swiss) in an inviting, intimate setting.

We were greeted by the owner Jackie who gave us a warm welcome and remembered that we were celebrating a birthday.

We sat outside in the private alley adjacent to the restaurant since we were in the phase of Covid where inside dining was risky. The inside dining room was probably half full and looked welcoming.

We were served by Kevin (or was it Keith?) who provided great service and was very attentive.

Overall the food was high quality and tasted great. Roger the chef (who is Jackie's brother and also an owner) didn't cut in corners in terms of quality or presentation.

We enjoyed frog's legs, and for our entree the dish of the day, which was halibut. Their entrees are served with soup and a salad, both of which were good and enjoyable.

We finished with chocolate mousse and weren't disappointed. Unlike many versions, at La Gare their chocolate mousse was neither too sweet and or too fluffy. It was the perfect blend of intense chocolate with a hint of sweetness. Jackie explained that they hand make their chocolate mousse starting with blocks of Swiss chocolate. It was scrumptious!

The bill of 2 of us with a glass of Lillet (French aperitif), half bottle of Sancerre, frog's legs and two portions of the daily special was $140 which we felt was good value for what we paid.

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vipGaiaMaxine
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service. Really lovely atmosphere as well.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Service was great! I ordered the dover sole and it was tasteless; had better tasting fish in other restaurants m.

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vipEric
San Francisco
65 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience3

We dined with another couple to celebrate their retirement. They had dined at this restaurant recently and had a good meal. This is an old very established restaurant but my wife and I hadn’t been there in maybe 15 years or more. The service was very good, the rack of lamb was good if a bit over cooked. The NY steak was poor. The Veal Cordon Bleu was terrible, absolutely the worst I’ve ever had, way over cooked, awful preparation. We won’t be going back for another 15 years or more.

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vipSharronL
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We were suggested to come here for our anniversary dinner. The ambiance is for sure not romantic. We reserved an outdoor table and we were seated indoors with tables literally on top of each other. The food was awful! The potato leek soup was so watery, tasteless and honestly the potatoes Tasted like they were frozen. the house salad was nothing special at all. The lettuce and the mix looked like it came out of grocery store mixed salad bag. My husband got the chicken that was so beyond dry and my beef Wellington had zero flavor and the pastry was soggy! Yuck’

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DonM
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Waitress was pushy and in a hurry.

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vipkendo2002
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful that Miles is back. Great service fantastic food

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vipPatriceF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful experience. We had reserved an outdoor table, expecting warmer weather. It was a bit cool, so we asked if we could be seated inside. Though the restaurant was quite busy, we were still given a booth inside. So appreciated that. The food, the duck and veal dijonaisse, were excellent. Service was great. And the key lime pie was amazing! Oh, one more thing. No corkage fee on Monday nights! Thank you and happy 42nd anniversary, La Gare!

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience2

Staff was hard working but lacked elegance.
Sit outside, inside is stuck in the 80s.
The food was done well, but completely uninteresting.
Not worth the high price point

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I went to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. The service was fantastic and our server very engaging and appropriately fun. The support staff was equally good.
Our food was delicious well worth the price for such a milestone. My wife enjoyed the gluten-free options and the steak was holy-wow yummy. The potatoes was delicious with the right crunch, sea-salty-ness and seasoning.
The creme brûlée was every bit enjoyed, along with the cheesecake.
As I stated it is pricey but well worth it and the portions are just right.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Family get together

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Lynwood
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always!!

FAQs

La Gare French Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (707) 528-4355.

La Gare French Restaurant is rated 4.4 stars by 1380 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.