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About Mathilde Bistro
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.
San Francisco, CA 94107
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday to Thursday Dinner: 5:30 -9:30pm
Friday and Saturday Dinner: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
Happy Hour Tuesday to Saturday 3:00pm -6:00pm
Folsom and Harrison
$31 to $50
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Live music on Thursday under our covered patio.
DJ on certain Sunday Brunch.
Call for details
Parking lot on 5th Street and Howard Street
Parking garage on 5th Street and Mission Street
Bart Station: Powell Street Bus Line : 27
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Bastille Day on July 14
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.
Mathilde Bistro Ratings and Reviews
My sister and I took our father out to dinner at Mathilde and had the best time. The food was very good, beginning with the raw oysters verging on sublime. We had the charcuterie as well as froi gras and the fig salad, all of which were enjoyable. For the main course, we ate the steak with frittes (perfectly prepared medium rare), duck confit (moist, delicious) and scallops (seared exactly right). However, best was the wait staff - attentive, with terrific recommendations. Oh, and the wine (chateauneuf du pape) was well paired. We had an early seating (5:30) so was easy to talk to each other. By the time we left the inside of the restaurant was noticeably louder. Acoustics may be better in the outside patio.
This French bistro is what its name implies: not super fancy, good service, solid food, good wine list. Their mussels - a special the evening we were there - were outstanding, as was the chicken liver salad and the ravioli stuffed with boeuf bourgignon.
Very friendly, timely service. Go, you can't go wrong.
My fiancé and I went to Mathilde Bistro to celebrate our 5-year anniversary and listen to the Tipsy Gypsy Trio play out on their lovely patio. We initially went to listen to the band play since we are booking them for our wedding, but the food and atmosphere made our evening all on its own. Everything was flavorful and fresh. We really enjoyed ourselves and felt relaxed after a stressful week of work and wedding planning.
The food, ambience and price performance was awesome...especially liked the scallops, duck and Gnocci. The only glitch was that we arrived early and ordered wine by the glass. The server brought a bottle that had been opened the night before and he was a little tweaked when we asked him to open a new bottle.
Mathilde's Bistro is a fabulous restaurant! You will never find another place with such a friendly staff and such an excellently prepared cuisine. The curtained patio is warm and very romantic.
The diversity of the clientele is an added plus. All ages are welcome and seem right at home. It is my first choice for a French restaurant in San Francisco!
Unfortunately, Mathilde is only
good for one thing--delicious french onion soup. The service is rude, dismissive, and inattentive. The entrees have consistently been poorly cooked or executed. We had a gnocchi that tasted more like soggy cotton balls. There are much better french restaurants in the city.
The food was quite pleasant but for San Francisco I expected something more. The service was fine and the ambiance was fine. We didn't leave saying, "ugh! We'll never go there again," but I expected better. My husband had the lamb shanks. He was not impressed. His mussels were good but not exceptional. I had the scallops. They were fresh and well cooked but the cooked tomato surrounding them was very acidic and not well seasoned. The salad with roasted figs was the strongest dish I tasted. The chocolate banana bread pudding was not inspiring.
Wonderful food. Enjoyed the place but it started to get crowded and our service slowed down because it seemed they only had one waiter in the back area. Was never asked if I wanted another glass of wine which I would have gotten and I had to ask for the check.
What a great find. We were looking for a French restaurant for our anniversary dinner and read the reviews for Mathilde. They were not wrong. We had a fantastic dinner and experience. The wine was terrific too. The service was friendly and attentive. There when you needed them but not hovering. Will definitely be going back.
We had a very good dinner for a gathering of friends. We were seated in the back area/annex which has a tent cover and heat lamps.
The French Bistro classics were very good - moules (mussels), flatiron steak, duck confit.
Service was excellent. Casual but very pleasant and warm interior.
We really liked everything about the restaurant - charming ambiance, terrific waiter, and delicious food. We had the special salad, onion soup, gnocchi, and coq au vin. We also had the chocolate bread pudding. We recommend everything - note, we eat out a lot and are very picky. This was a winner.
This restaurant will not be everyone's cup of tea, and if you've recently been to a great restaurant in Paris or even La Grenouille in Manhattan, or if you prefer lighter California cuisine or care about locally sourced or any of that lingo, you might be disappointed, but it was what I was hoping for: rich French classics like escargot, onion soup, mussels, bone marrow. All of the above were good. The oysters on the half shell were small but very fresh, served with a nice mignonette. The foie gras "terrine" was a slice of so-so pate a little dry at the edges. None of the entrees were stellar, but our group of 6 all enjoyed our meals. I was happy with the scallops and extremely buttery/silky mash potatoes and spinach and the meat eaters were happy too. The duck leg confit was a bit dry- as it so often is. The waitstaff had French accents, just enough disdainful attitude to feel authentic, and was attentive and efficient. If you order the nice crisp rosé that is available by the glass or bottle; be sure to ask for the 2016 or they will palm off the 2015 on you (to be fair, it does state this on the menu.) Mathilde's is a brisk walk through a grubby neighborhood from the SF theater "district."
A friend and I have our birthdays a week apart and went here to celebrate. We sat in the back patio area, which had a lovely ambiance. The food was absolutely fantastic! Both of us loved our dishes; she had coq au vin, and I had the gnocchi. The staff was friendly. I was very impressed on their course timing. We were never served the next course before we finished, nor were we waiting long. (I understand how challenging that can sometimes be to coordinate with the kitchen.) Overall, it was a wonderful experience and would not hesitate to go back again.
This was a new find. We were going to a dance performance at Yerba Buena and discovered Mathillde. What an excellent surprise. The service was outstanding and the meal to match. Two of us had the beat and arugula salad which I would return for. The scallops were delicious. The sorbet trio were the best we have had. Knowing that we were going to a performance, the staff quickly brought us our check so that we could easily walk to the performance. We will definitely return.
This was a rerun visit and no disappointment. What an amazing meal!! The charcuterie board was beautiful as well as delicious. The escargot was prepared traditionally as well as perfectly!! We tried the salad with chicken livers which was truly amazing!! And finished with the banana bread pudding and apple tartine hard to decide which was better. And the service was excellent!! Always one of our favorites in the city!!!!
Great Pre-Theater dinner. We shared the Beet salad..one of the best I've ever had. Then the Charcuterie...amazing then I had the flatiron steak with Frites ...amazing and my partner had the scallops...perfection. For dessert, the caramel apple tart...to die for!
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