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Mathilde Bistro

4.4
1570 reviews
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$31 to $50
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French
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Mathilde French Bistro is a quintessential French Bistro in the SOMA area of San Francisco. A cozy main dinning room and romantic outdoor patio, with climbing roses and vines on the side walls.
The cuisine is traditional bistro faire, with its voted best in town French onion soup, baked escargots and duck confit. Soon as you set foot at Mathilde, you will feel like you are back in Paris.
Mathilde Bistro is also the sister restaurant of L'ardoise bistro.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French, Bistro
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Hours of operation
Tuesday to Thursday Dinner: 5:30 -9:30pm
Friday and Saturday Dinner: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
Happy Hour Thursday to Saturday 4:30 pm -6:30 pm

Open for New Year's Eve from 5:30 on.

We will be closed for New Year, from January 1 to 4th. of 2018
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Phone number
(415) 546-6128
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Thierry Clement
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Private party facilities
Private party buy-out is accepted 7 days a week. The seating capacity is 80 for indoor or outdoor space. Ideal for wedding. Cocktail party capacity is 100 indoor and outdoor. Price based on day of the week and the season, please contact restaurant for more information.
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Private party contact
Lina Yew: (888) 292-8697
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Catering
Call for details
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Folsom and Harrison
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Parking details
Street Parking
Parking lot on 5th Street and Howard Street
Parking garage on 5th Street and Mission Street
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Public transit
Bart Station: Powell Street Bus Line : 27
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Entertainment
Live music on Thursday under our covered patio.

DJ on certain Sunday Brunch.
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Special events & promotions
Bastille Day on July 14
Additional
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 1570 People Are Saying
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4.2
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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BarryS 
4.0  Dined 7 days ago

Food was delicious, the service was excellent, the setting was very nice. The only problem was that the noise level was too high, much too high. Too many young people passing around cell phones (probably with pictures) and talking loudly, in high pitched voices, (probably about the pictures). They showed no consideration for the comfort of other diners. I know it's exceedingly difficult for management to tell its customers to be considerate of other customers, so I don't have a solution for this problem. (There was background music, and perhaps if it's at a lower volume, diners won't have to speak louder, to be heard over the music. This may lower the baseline.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

Delicious meal. My dinner companion was an Italian chef, from Italy, who totally enjoyed the meal, service, and atmosphere.

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vipRyyT (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

We dined at the sister restaurant last month and have been here remotely a few times when it was Le Charm. The hostess is a partner with the restaurant namesake as well as the current chef, her spouse. We found the hostess not smiling nor welcoming when we arrived but she gradually warmed to other customers as the evening wore on. Hope it was just a bad day.
The interiors appeared to be the same from what we remembered years ago. We started with the beet salad which Hubby liked. They offer this dish at the other restaurant as well.
I liked the French onion soup a lot. Huge amounts of hot, melted cheese. The soup was so hot it took me a very long time to consume. Just enough onions, a large piece of bread but not enough soup. I tried the special boneless trout in sauce, topped with sliced almonds. They only had 5 servings of the fish and it sold out. The green salad with it was OK but the fried mashed potato balls were wonderful.
Hubby really liked his flank steak which also came with a small salad and great skinny French fries in a paper cone. We shared a choc banana pudding. It was like a moist cake topped with a dollop of good coconut ice cream
And decorated with little red hearts. Hubby’s glass of French red wine and our meals came to nearly $100 before tip.

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vip1968 (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 1, 2018

Very good small French bistrot. Great casual service, food is excellent, wine list also, moderate in price with great choices.

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LisaH (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 31, 2018

Food taste and presentation were impressive. Loved the lamb shank.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 31, 2018

Lena and team were fabulous! Great food, great recommendations and fun time.

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dave (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 30, 2018

We came for the prix-fixe SF Restaurant Week and we were pleasantly surprised by the quality and french-ness of the food. It really didn't matter that there were only a few choices -- we explored as many as we could, and they were all excellent, and quite reminiscent of bistro dining in Paris. Combined with attentive but unintrusive service, it makes for a lovely evening out (in an unlikely location).

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KONO (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 30, 2018

Fantastic service and great ambiance for a delicious meal.

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sectnic (Seattle)
4.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

My review is a little skewed as I went for SF Restaurant week but the main overall experience was great. The food was made quite timely with none of the staff rushing or overly overbearing. My small group all had the prosciutto wrapped radicchio for our appetizer. It was a unique dish that was slightly too bitter but the sauces paired with the prosciutto helped alleviate the bitterness.

For our entrees, I had the seafood risotto and it was great. My friend who wasn't a fan of seafood due to the "seafood" taste liked it because it brought out the sweetness of seafood without having too much of the salty grittiness that you might have in some other dishes. Within this dish there was a baby fist sized cut of salmon that was cooked just perfectly. the outside was seared to create that nice crisp without drying the inside. Overall really liked this dish and would highly recommend.

My friends though all had the lamb shank(?) and had great things to say here as well. When I tried a bite the meat was well cooked. It didn't break apart completely but still had the texture of a stewed dish without the overly heavy liquid you might have from a stew. The lamb itself had a nice bite that was seasoned to perfection although I would have liked a bit of heat maybe to the sauce or the lamb itself to give a kick.

Ultimately, this meal was a great experience with the food and great staff that was attentive. I personally enjoy staff that knows when to back-off and come ask if any assistance or questions are needed.

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MollyB 
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Really nice evening. Service was excellent. Even though restaurant was full, the noise level was good for conversation.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Great food quality!
But quite noisy and not enough floor staff to cope with the number of guests.

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Restaurant week is supposed to get you excited about a new place and come back - this was not my experience here. I ordered a crab puff croquette that was not exciting flavor wise and kind of reminded me of a bad dimsum crab ball. But the worst was my entree which was a parisian gnocchi, it was literally a soup with gnocchi floating over it. Uninspired and a waste of money. This is of my list.

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vipErica (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

We had the crab salad, duck, seafood risotto, and floating island for dessert. Everything on the plates was DELICIOUS and perfect French cuisine. We will go back there with or without the SF restaurant week special. I highly recommend this place if you have a good meal.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

The lamb shank was superb! The floating island was also delicious. The tarte tatin was also wonderful.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 24, 2018

Food was delicious, the service was great and the place is really cute. We’ll happily go back

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 24, 2018

Went for sf restaurant week. Food was good. Service was great.

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vipFoody (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 23, 2018

Chose this place for Restaurant Week and prix fixe meal was very good and filling. Wine selection was a variety of French and West Coast wineries which was reasonably priced.

On street Parking is a challenge so park at the public garage on 5th and Mission and walk a few blocks,

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Michael (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on January 18, 2018

The wine selection was bad. Cheap bottles sold multiple times their normal price doesn't improve quality.

The food. The escargot had almost no flavor, the richness of the butter felt almost inexistent. The duck confit wasn't good either. Meat was overcooked (completely dried, and the skin wasn't even crispy). The tarte tatin was gross: the fruits were turned into a purée which created a dense sugary paste on top of a soggy crust.

Unsatisfying experience.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

amazing food! Came here with the boyfriend who lived in france for seven years, and it reminded him so much of home. He showed me pictures of his favorite restaurant in the small town he lived in and the dishes were identical! So authentic and delish! We will be back for sure!

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fishfood (Salt Lake City)
4.0  Dined on January 11, 2018

The dishes were very good, but not incredibly unique. The brown butter risotto was incredible and I highly recommend the soup or beet salad to start. Worth a try, but slightly overpriced.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 9, 2018

Classic French, done to perfection. Mathilde has my highest recommendation.

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OpenTable Diner (Dallas)
3.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

Our waiter was clearly overwhelmed and possibly hired because he was French rather than for his waiting ability. The other staff gracefully tried to pick up the slack where he erred, but it made for pretty mediocre service. Food was tasty and portions large for a French restaurant.

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vipCathy (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

Great food, good service, friendly, well informed staff. It’s a find. We’ll be back.

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Marque (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

The restaurant was very efficient. The food was first rate. The service was quick and efficient. The wine selections were reasonably priced. Also the food menu was reasonably priced. WE have eaten here before but it has been quite some time ago. Nothing has changed.

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OpenTable Diner (Tokyo)
5.0  Dined on December 30, 2017

I like their ambiance. The food is great. Again the portion is just perfect. You can have both the starter and the main course without feeling overstuffed. We always have issue with the big portions served in American restaurantS as they tend to be too big.

Mathilde is just perfect. Food is good and ambiance is pleasing. One of the nicer restaurant in San Francisco.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 24, 2017

We had a great Christmas Eve and food was excellent even better than in some bistros un Paris
Thank you

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BillandAnn (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 24, 2017

We went for Christmas Eve dinner at the last minute. Each course for the four of us was excellent. Recommend highly.
Parking area is sketchy.

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FoodLover (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 19, 2017

Matilde follows Le Charm as a charming French Bistro. Food, service and ambiance were excellent!

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 14, 2017

A lovely place either lunch or dinner, dinner this time. Chicken liver salad and trout with almonds, perfectly cooked hanger steak with radicchio salad, all finished off to qualify for the Clean Plate Club, and since we're that age, a table in a pleasant corner where we were well able to talk with each other.

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SolidForPreShowDining (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on December 7, 2017

Neighborhood gem is right. The former Le Charm continues to plate solide french cuisine in an affordable, accessible way. The staff is helpful, if not actually friendly, and willing to accommodate dietary quirks.

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