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Mathilde French Bistro, San Francisco, CA

Mathilde French Bistro

4.8
4.8
2118 Reviews
$50 and over
French

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.

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Booked 9 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    French, Bistro

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu 5:30 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:45 pm

  • Phone number

    (415) 546-6128

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Thierry Clement

  • Catering

    Call for details

  • 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.

  • Private party contact

    Lina Yew, : (888) 292-8697

  • Neighborhood

    SOMA

  • Cross street

    Folsom and Harrison

  • Parking details

    Street Parking <br />Parking lot on 5th Street and Howard Street<br />Parking garage on 5th Street and Mission Street

  • Public transit

    Bart Station: Powell Street Bus Line : 27

  • Entertainment

    Live music on Thursday under our covered patio. DJ on certain Sunday Brunch.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

Popular dishes

Menu

Les Petits Froids

Bread basket $2.50, Garlic baguettes $5

  • House Charcuterie Board$17.00

    salami and house made patés, terrine of head cheese and pig trotter

    • Beet and Crumbled Goat Cheese Salad$10.00

      arugula, toasted almonds and orange

      • Terrine of Foie Gras$21.00

        house made brioche toast, bitter orange jam and sea salt (chef suggestion with a glass of Sauterne)

        • Butter Lettuce Salad$12.00

          Myer lemon olive oil dressing, fine herbs

          Les Petits Chauds

          please allow 15 minutes

          • Ravioles with Boeuf Bourguignon In Red Wine Jus$14.00

            Walnut vinaigrette, arugula and white truffle oil

            • Pan Sautéed Chicken Liver Salad$11.00

              deglazed with Sherry vinegar, over mixed greens salad

              • Pan Seared Tiger Prawns and Sundried Tomato$13.00

                in Pastis butter sauce and toasted country bread

                • Onion Soup Gratinée$13.00

                  with croutons and Gruyère

                  • Wild Flower Honey Glazed Black Mission Fig Salad$12.00

                    Arugula, crumbled Roquefort cheese and candied walnuts

                    • Les Escargots$12.00

                      Baked in a garlic parsley butter

                      Les Grandes Traditions

                      • Pan Seared Day Boat Scallops$32.00

                        Parsnip purée and green beans

                        • Tradional Duck Leg Confit$28.00

                          pommes Landaises with bacon and garlic

                          • Pan Seared Creekstone Farm Black Angus Filet Mignon$36.00

                            sautéed potatoes, smoked olive oil and red wine sauce

                            • Coq au Vin$25.00

                              bacon, mushroom, pearl onion and spinach

                              • Black Angus Hanger Steak Frites$24.00

                                red wine, Truffle butter and Pommes Frites

                                • Risotto with Mixed Mushrooms$22.00

                                  Truffle oil and Parmesan cheese

                                  • Pan Seared Ling Cod Filet$28.00

                                    Sun dried tomatoes, capers and olives, Pommes Dauphines

                                    Les Legumes

                                    $7

                                    • Mixed Mushrooms Truffle Oil

                                      • Sautéed Organic Green Beans

                                        • Sautéed Buttered Spinach

                                          Les Patates (Potatoes)

                                          $6

                                          • Pommes Landaises (With Garlic, Bacon)

                                            • Pommes Dauphines (Potato Puffs)

                                              • Pommes Frites (Truffle Oil)

                                                Featured Items

                                                • Les Fromages$15.00

                                                  French cheeses with toasted walnut bread

                                                  Last updated: February 2, 2022

                                                  What 2,118 people are saying

                                                  Overall ratings and reviews

                                                  Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                                                  4.8
                                                  4.8 based on recent ratings
                                                  • 4.7Food
                                                  • 4.7Service
                                                  • 4.6Ambience
                                                  • 4.6Value

                                                  NoiseModerate

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                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                    Washington DC

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined 3 days ago

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Outstanding food in lovely, quiet backyard garden/ patio off the street.

                                                  2. F

                                                    Fatikas

                                                    San Francisco

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined 3 days ago

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    attentive service, good menu choices, interesting and fairly priced wine selections.

                                                  3. T

                                                    Tomk

                                                    San Francisco

                                                    19 reviews

                                                    5.0

                                                    19 reviews

                                                    Dined 3 days ago

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Went for our 36 anniversary, really enjoyed our meal. The food and service was excellent. Highly recommend.

                                                  4. s

                                                    stchucktom

                                                    St. Louis

                                                    27 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    5.0

                                                    27 reviews

                                                    Dined 7 days ago

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Very nice French bistro with very attentive and friendly staff.

                                                  5. M

                                                    Mbk333

                                                    San Francisco

                                                    172 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    2.0

                                                    172 reviews

                                                    Dined on May 15, 2022

                                                    overall2food2service2ambience2

                                                    Three of us seated in the middle of the small un charming dining room. Told by hostess charming patio was only for 2 not 3 persons. Limited pricey wine menu. Waited a long time to take orders and even foreverto get our food. They have only one fish on the menu. My husband ordered the sea bass. Half way through our wait, the waiter announced to him that it as sold out. He settled on risotto, which he did not enjoy. I ordered duck confit. It was well prepared, but the leg couldn’t have been smaller—it was a mini leg! Also, with potato on the same plate was a tiny butter lettuce salad, instead of a vegetable. Given that I had ordered a separate butter lettuce salad, the least the waiter could have done was to inform me it ould also be duplicated on my duck plate. With noise blasting around us, we were in no mood for dessert. We will not be returning.

                                                  6. J

                                                    Jeepzone

                                                    Los Angeles

                                                    21 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    5.0

                                                    21 reviews

                                                    Dined on May 14, 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    wonderful dinner with my two sons and daughter in law. The staff was super great.

                                                  7. D

                                                    Deedee

                                                    Philadelphia

                                                    18 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    5.0

                                                    18 reviews

                                                    Dined on May 13, 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    My second visit to this gem of a restaurant near the convention center. It was as wonderful as I remembered and the service was excellent

                                                  8. OT

                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                    San Francisco

                                                    3 reviews

                                                    5.0

                                                    3 reviews

                                                    Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                    overall5food5service3ambience3

                                                    Great food.

                                                  9. SM

                                                    SallyM

                                                    San Francisco

                                                    5 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    5.0

                                                    5 reviews

                                                    Dined on April 30, 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                    Mathilde's French Bistro is a wonderful place to dine and makes you feel like you're in Paris! The food is absolutely delicious and the staff is very warm & friendly. My husband and I went for a date night on our way to pick up our son at the airport. He was flying home from Paris so it was perfect! I would recommend Mathilde's to anyone who enjoys delicious food, great wines and a comfortable atmosphere.

                                                  10. TC

                                                    TaniaC

                                                    San Francisco

                                                    4 reviews

                                                    5.0

                                                    4 reviews

                                                    Dined on April 30, 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Our waitress Stephanie was perfect. So kind and attentive. Wonderful touch adding a candle to the apple tart to celebrate our friends birthday. One of our favorite restaurants in SF.

                                                  11. s

                                                    simplythebest

                                                    San Francisco

                                                    2 reviews

                                                    5.0

                                                    2 reviews

                                                    Dined on April 30, 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                    What a lovely evening for me and my friend. Service was great and the food matched it. I will return.

                                                  12. DI

                                                    DinerInSF

                                                    San Francisco

                                                    26 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    5.0

                                                    26 reviews

                                                    Dined on April 24, 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Had a wonderful eventing. Sat outside, about 3/4 full. The staff, especially our waitress, were friendly and attentive. Food was very good - we had the lamb shank and the hanger steak and enjoyed it with a recommended bottle of wine. We’re definitely going back and this time dine inside.

                                                  13. LA

                                                    LeeAnnaG

                                                    San Francisco

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on April 20, 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    It was wonderful! I have special dietary needs and the chef made me an amazing dish on short notice! Thank you for making our evening special

                                                  14. BP

                                                    BossyP

                                                    San Francisco

                                                    59 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    5.0

                                                    59 reviews

                                                    Dined on April 17, 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    We first came to Mathilde for SF Restaurant Week and were so delighted with the food we returned two weeks later. The filet mignon is the best I've ever had and the $45 price is a steal in San Francisco. The wine list is thoughtful and well priced. The onion soup, amazing. Desserts, amazing. Starters, amazing. This is a wonderful neighborhood gem.

                                                  15. DW

                                                    DWSF

                                                    Los Angeles

                                                    12 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    5.0

                                                    12 reviews

                                                    Dined on April 17, 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Love this place! Authentic French food!

                                                  16. NM

                                                    NatashaM

                                                    San Francisco

                                                    12 reviews

                                                    5.0

                                                    12 reviews

                                                    Dined on April 10, 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Lovely place! Delicious food. Loved the filet mignon and the appetizers. We went for Restaurant Week and it was spectacular.

                                                  17. K

                                                    Kassandra

                                                    New York Area

                                                    2 reviews

                                                    5.0

                                                    2 reviews

                                                    Dined on April 10, 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    We had a great meal at Mathilde for SF Restaurant Week. I ordered off of the Restaurant Week menu and chose the roasted bone marrow, duck breast, and floating island. My boyfriend chose to order off of their regular menu and chose the escargots, steak frites, and profiteroles. The food was all very good, and we also appreciated that the wine list, while not very long, had good variety. We also greatly appreciated that we had the option to order from both the Restaurant Week and normal menus (as there are some things included on the RW menu that are not on their normal menu). The service was excellent - attentive but never did we feel rushed. We will gladly be back to Mathilde!

                                                  18. MG

                                                    MavinGeo

                                                    San Francisco

                                                    7 reviews

                                                    4.0

                                                    7 reviews

                                                    Dined on April 10, 2022

                                                    overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                    Wonderful Restaurant Week find!

                                                  19. OT

                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                    San Francisco

                                                    2 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    5.0

                                                    2 reviews

                                                    Dined on April 9, 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                    Went for restaurant week and the food and drinks were amazing. Highly recommend.

                                                  20. FO

                                                    FOODIE

                                                    San Francisco

                                                    43 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    5.0

                                                    43 reviews

                                                    Dined on April 9, 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    We moved to the neighborhood over a year ago. We never realized this was a hidden gem. The service and the food were both five star. Great wine section as well.

                                                  21. JN

                                                    JeanN

                                                    San Francisco

                                                    7 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    5.0

                                                    7 reviews

                                                    Dined on April 9, 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    I felt like I was in Paris at one of my beloved bistrots the food the ambiance the service. All made me happy. A good find made possible by sf restaurant week

                                                  22. RP

                                                    RosellaP

                                                    Austria

                                                    16 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    5.0

                                                    16 reviews

                                                    Dined on April 9, 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Graduation celebration

                                                  23. OT

                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                    New England

                                                    1 review

                                                    vip
                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on April 8, 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Great! As always.

                                                  24. JO

                                                    JohnOC

                                                    San Francisco

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on April 8, 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Both the food and the service were impeccable. Our waitress (a French woman named Stephanie I believe) was awesome. I certainly plan to go back.

                                                  25. AE

                                                    AmyEater

                                                    San Francisco

                                                    1 review

                                                    vip
                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on April 7, 2022

                                                    overall5food5service4ambience4

                                                    Overall experience was great. The food was prepared very well with the right combination of spices. Nothing was overly salted and the steak arrived to the table a "perfect" medium rare. The back patio space was nice and made the ambiance very romantic.

                                                  26. DS

                                                    DannyS

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on April 7, 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Got to be there for restaurant week She had shrimp 1st so good and tender filet , was so perfect probably the best i have ever had Mouse , delish I had Lobster bisque, very nice Duck , was amazing Tart , delish Staff was wonderful Ambiance, comfortable

                                                  27. N

                                                    Natasha

                                                    San Francisco

                                                    3 reviews

                                                    5.0

                                                    3 reviews

                                                    Dined on April 6, 2022

                                                    overall5food4service4ambience4

                                                    Could have been in Paris. No nonesense, delicious food and service.

                                                  28. M

                                                    Maboule

                                                    San Francisco

                                                    2 reviews

                                                    5.0

                                                    2 reviews

                                                    Dined on April 2, 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Fabulous classic French cuisine. Best onion soup ever! And our server Stephanie was both friendly and professional as always.

                                                  29. c

                                                    connaisseur

                                                    San Francisco

                                                    27 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    5.0

                                                    27 reviews

                                                    Dined on March 27, 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Has been one of my favorites for years.

                                                  30. TB

                                                    ThomasB

                                                    Dusseldorf Area

                                                    3 reviews

                                                    5.0

                                                    3 reviews

                                                    Dined on March 27, 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    What a great place to eat. Authentic cuisine, lovely service and food that is definitely worth the detour if you are into French bistro cuisine.

                                                  31. OT

                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                    San Francisco

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on March 26, 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Best food in the city

                                                  32. DE

                                                    DanteEMck

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on March 24, 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Everything was good. The table was ready. The table was clean. The service was really good.

                                                  33. OT

                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                    Las Vegas

                                                    56 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    5.0

                                                    56 reviews

                                                    Dined on March 23, 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    I almost did not want to review this amazing experience because I wanted to keep it a secret, but at the same time, everyone in the SF area needs to know about it. This has got to be one of the best restaurants in SF and one of the best meals I’ve had. The small intimate space makes it feel cozy and the open kitchen gives it a very cool and laidback vibe. The service is on a different level. The food, no words! You need to come here. We already can’t wait to be back!

                                                  34. m

                                                    marial

                                                    San Francisco

                                                    7 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    5.0

                                                    7 reviews

                                                    Dined on March 19, 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Great service. Delicious coq at vin. We’ll go back again soon. Good value. Neighborhood place.

                                                  35. t

                                                    twostar

                                                    Washington DC

                                                    23 reviews

                                                    5.0

                                                    23 reviews

                                                    Dined on March 19, 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                    food was great, service too I had the special, a duroc pork chop. came out a little rare for me, but they remedied in a flash. the chop had a nice sear, but juicy inside.

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                                                    lindam

                                                    San Francisco

                                                    5 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    5.0

                                                    5 reviews

                                                    Dined on March 19, 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                    We had a lovely dinner- the mussels, beet salad, duck confit, pork chop, and sea bass were all delicious. The service was excellent. The waiter was helpful, friendly and attentive, as were the hostess and the owner. Both of my friends tripped on the board that sits around the toilet in the Women’s bathroom, so watch your step!

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                                                    QueenB2

                                                    Seattle

                                                    27 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    5.0

                                                    27 reviews

                                                    Dined on March 19, 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    We had a lovely evening at Mathilde! We sat outside on the covered patio - a nice ambiance with candles and greenery. Everything we ordered was delicious. The profiteroles were a perfect dessert. Wonderful service. We will definitely return.

                                                  38. JM

                                                    JohnM

                                                    Washington DC

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on March 18, 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Great spot for French eats in the heart of Soma. Service is terrific and attentive and food is spectacular at the price point. One of my favorite date night spots in the city!

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                                                    SalW

                                                    Chicago

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on March 11, 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Food was amazing, service was great (even though they were busy).

                                                  40. OT

                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                    London

                                                    90 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    5.0

                                                    90 reviews

                                                    Dined on March 5, 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Following a hiatus created by Covid 19, we returned to Mathilde for dinner and we were not disappointed. The food, service, and ambiance were as good as we remembered……….excellent!!! French onion soup, escargot, and filet migion with pomme frites filled our stomachs and soul. Paired with a nice Margaux, we left Mathilde happy and content. We were thrilled to be back!! Dr R

                                                  Safety precautions

                                                  • Cleaning & sanitizing

                                                    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
                                                    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
                                                    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                                                    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
                                                  • Physical distancing

                                                    • Extra space between tables
                                                  • Protective equipment

                                                    • Waitstaff wear masks
                                                  • Screening

                                                    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
                                                    • Staff is vaccinated
                                                    • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors

                                                  FAQs

                                                  Mathilde French Bistro does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Mathilde French Bistro also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 546-6128.

                                                  Mathilde French Bistro is rated 4.8 stars by 2118 OpenTable diners.

                                                  Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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                                                  Booked 9 times today
                                                  Google Map for Mathilde French Bistro

                                                  315 Fifth St. San Francisco, CA 94107

                                                  Additional information

                                                  • Cross street

                                                    Folsom and Harrison

                                                  • Neighborhood

                                                    SOMA

                                                  • Hours of operation

                                                    Dinner Tue–Thu 5:30 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:45 pm

                                                  • Cuisines

                                                    French, Bistro

                                                  • Dining style

                                                    Casual Elegant

                                                  • Dress code

                                                    Casual Dress

                                                  • Parking details

                                                    Street Parking <br />Parking lot on 5th Street and Howard Street<br />Parking garage on 5th Street and Mission Street

                                                  • Public transit

                                                    Bart Station: Powell Street Bus Line : 27

                                                  • Payment options

                                                    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

                                                  • Executive chef

                                                    Thierry Clement

                                                  • Entertainment

                                                    Live music on Thursday under our covered patio. DJ on certain Sunday Brunch.

                                                  • Additional

                                                    Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

                                                  • Phone number

                                                    (415) 546-6128

                                                  • Catering

                                                    Call for details

                                                  • 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.

                                                  • Private party contact

                                                    Lina Yew, : (888) 292-8697

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