La Gare French Restaurant

4.6
838 reviews
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$30 and under
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
French, French American, Contemporary French
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Hours of operation
Dinner
Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
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Phone number
(707) 528-4355
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Payment options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Roger Praplan
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Private party facilities
Are you planning a special event, wedding or corporate party? Then give La Gare a call! The outdoor Avenue is available for wine and appetizers for 25-100 guests. Indoor private rooms are also available for full service dining. Call Jackie for a custom menu and quote 707-528-4355
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between 3rd & 4th Streets in Historic Railroad Square
Additional
Beer, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

FREE CORKAGE ON MONDAYS

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!

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: November 12, 2018

Ends: November 13, 2117

Availability: Tue-Thu 4:00PM-7:00PM

Prime Rib Wednesday Special

PRIME RIB SPECIAL EVERY WEDNESDAY NIGHT

La Gare will feature a 10 oz cut Prime Rib dinner every Wednesday, until it sells out.
3 course dinner with soup, salad and all the fixings for only $29.95

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: October 29, 2018

Ends: October 30, 2117

Availability: Daily 12:00PM-7:00PM

What 838 People Are Saying
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ML
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

Service was very friendly but very slow. The highly recommended NY Strip steak was probably the worst cut of meat I have had in a restaurant. The prices are high for the quality of food.

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KF
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

730 PM reservation seated at 840pm . Very crowded and overbooked. Meal service slow . Finished after 10pm. Good food very tight tables.

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MD
San Francisco
54 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I've been to La Gare several times and have yet to be disappointed. The food was delicious and the service attentive yet non-intrusive. My dining companion enjoyed the experience, but commented that she was surprised that such a nice restaurant would serve rock-hard butter and cold bread. That's actually a very good point. That small attention to detail would have brought my review up to outstanding.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was superb we went here for our anniversary and it couldn't have been any better from food and service and value.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed ourselves tremendously. Our Château Briand for two was cooked to our request and we loved the béarnaise sauce. We had a fabulous dinner.

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

Absolutely wonderful Thanksgiving dinner, can’t be beat. Our table had the traditional turkey dinner, the prime rib and the salmon, all were really excellent! The restaurant was busy but there was no rushed feeling about it and every bite was delicious!

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

This restaurant is an important place to my husband and I. It's charm and food quality is like a little piece of heaven, we appreciate all the staff does in their preparation, demeanor and timing to create such a special place.

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B
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Another return visit to La Gare and looked forward to the Wellington...one of the few restaurants that still serve this classic and hold true to what should be in a Wellington. This time, although ordered medium it came near well-done without a hint of red and the pastry covering was not fully done and somewhat soggy. Because this place almost always delivers reliable well-prepared dishes, I am going to put it as an off-night in the kitchen. I am going to also find fault with the chocolate mousse. It was a milk chocolate, rather than bitter-sweet and was over-beaten to where it became more ganache-like. Perhaps, their version, and that is their right, but I did not like it. The meal was most certainly edible; just not memorable. The service was good.

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JS
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our meal. I had sweet breads, which are not often found on restaurant menus. They were delicious. My husband says we will go back, which is unusual for a restaurant not close to home.

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SB
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jacquie is the owner (working owner) and works very hard to ensure every guest is taken care of. My husband and I have been to La Gare at least 50 times over the past several years and they NEVER disappoint. Food is amazing as is the service and ambiance. Make time to go- you won’t be sorry!! And by the way, where else can you get phenomenal beef Wellington these days???

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AS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We've been going for years when we lived nearby. Now we are 2-3 hours away. Whenever we come to Santa Rosa we make it one of our stops for exceptional dinning.

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LL
Orange County
37 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this cozy restaurant. We got soup and salad with our meal and everything was top notch. For the finale we had cherries jubilee prepared tableside. Can’t wait to go again.

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KK
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Staff is very attentive, not overwhelming, you will get a 5star service. The bread, soup, salade and main course is perfect as size, presentation and quality. You will not be disappointed.

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S
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

Not sure why this restaurant is still in business. While the service was okay the food was not. I ordered
the Coq au Vin as it's one of my favorite French dishes. However, the version at La Gare was terrible. The meat should not require a serrated steak knife to remove it, but theirs did. The sauce was more like a thick shiny glaze that was a super dark brown and did nothing to enhance the flavor of the chicken. And to top it
off the breast was just a shade away from dry.

I've had Coq au Vin in numerous restaurants, including in France, and I make it home; but believe me this
was the worst version I've ever had. Needless to say I will not be returning to La Gare.

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b
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Prime rib special dinner very reasonable but meat was tough and not tasty. Companions salmon was very good. Friendly, (not overly) attentive service.

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G
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a very nice place to celebrate a Birthday. My mom had a wonderful time. Thank you.

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l
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

A most enjoyable meal for each of the four of us. Good wine list. Very good service. Not too noisy. Overall, very good. Will definitely return when we are next in Santa Rosa.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a fabulous dinner !

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JE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Prawns smelled and tasted fishy. Lamb wasn’t as flavorful as in the past.

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DD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had the prime rib which was cooked perfectly and was very tasty. The Wed $30.00 set menu was definitely worth the value.

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HL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Gare is one of the truly iconic, family-owned restaurants in Santa Rosa. Jackie is a wonderful host and John, Mark and the service team are all exceptional.

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DC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a girls weekend in Santa Rosa and this restaurant was right up the street from our hotel. We were all very pleased with an old school restaurant in a great way, the service was impeccable had the best waiter very informative about the food and had a wonderful personality. Would recommend this restaurant to anyone for who is visiting the wine country.

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LR
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my wife here for her birthday. Good choice on the menu, plus some nice wines. Our waiter, Mark, was very good and was very attentive. He said he has been there 32 years. We had not gone to La Gare for mane years, but will keep it on our list for special occasions.

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L
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to celebrate a birthday and the food was great. Wine was also reasonable and complimented our food very well. Service was excellent by waiter, host and it was very clean.

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HF
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent well trained wait staff. I was impressed by all the staff remaining at the end of the night to help set up the tables for the following day. And cheerful willingness to recommend a nearby bar to me after dinner.

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MT
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 1

This might be the worst restaurant I've ever eaten in. The food was tasteless and tastelessly served. I had a spanokopita - the only vegetarian thing on the menu - that was unrecognizable as food. Truly disgusting.
Four of us had soup to start - but mine arrived 20 minutes after the others. huh? My husband had fish that was just okay. Don't go there.

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JA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Le Gare was disappointing. When we first arrived there was no one to greet us and people were waiting to be served in the wine bar for almost five minutes. While the servers were very friendly and helpful, the food came slowly. The food itself was tired and uninspired. The tournedos was tenderized to the point of being mealy and the rack of lamb was very plain for the price. The sides were basic and salty. Was not what we were expecting for the price.

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G
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant. My only suggestion would be that the bathrooms are in desperate need of remodeling.

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G
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely restaurant, impeccable service and delicious meals. Perfect for a special occasion.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, classic food and exceptional service. Highly recommended. Get a side of pepper sauce with any steak! Escargots also serves classically in the shells. Rad.

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JR
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

The prime rib was tough and the baked potato was cold.

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RC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great service. A good example of French/Swiss cuisine in Sonoma County.

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DJ
San Francisco
66 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

They now have a special on Wednesdays for Prime Rib dinner. The price was moderate. But the dinner was marginal. The cut of meat was not very tender and not very tasty . It was more like a regular roast beef, and not really "prime". They always serve soup and salad first, and that is a plus.

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V
San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent food and service. Highly recommend.

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AC
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome restaurant. Only negative is the lack of a full bar. It offers only beer & wine. Otherwise it’s easily one of the best in a town with a lot of very good restaurants.

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SC
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Had the chateaubriand for two. Delicious.

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DB
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Looking on Trip Advisor we found a close five star rating restaurant for our 10th anniversary. I clicked on the tab and we had reservations for the following night without any problem. When we arrived the place was low lighted and subdues and the hostess was polite as she lead us to the table. She told us the specials and soon came our waiter with the menus and telling us the specials as well. When the leak soup came, I was unable to have it as it had cream in it and he took it back and brought me a tomato bisque which was very good. It did take some time for this to arrive, however, and my husband was done with his before I got mine. He assured me the rest of the meal had no milk in it. The wine poured was not good and they switched it out with another kind suitable to our taste. They gave us a small anniversary dessert to share. All in all it was a good evening.

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D
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love going there. David, our waiter, made birthday celebration very special.

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AC
Naples
38 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Our server Davis was awesome and the ambience in the restaurant was great. My husband had the frog legs and said they were good but small. Table side Caesar was really good.

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JB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We hosted a dinner with old friends and had an excellent experience. Had not been there for some time but it remains a top choice of ours.

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