Mathilde French Bistro

4.7
1757 reviews
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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.
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Miami
95 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb dinner. Had the special pork chop. Outstanding! Just a great dinner and wonderful service. I come back every time I’m in San Francisco! Beet salad is also one of my favorites!

k
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

simply charming!! lovely host and hostess
will certainly go back there!!

BT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Cozy neighborhood French bistro with the feel of a mini trip to France! The food was truly delicious (esp the duck confit, soooo good). There is also covered outdoor seating in their courtyard out back which you wouldn't know unless you walked in. Will definitely return for a delicious dinner with friends, family, or date night.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They had a jazz trio playing out on the porch dining area where we sat and they were very talented. It was the perfect music for a lovely dining experience. Every member of our 6 party group enjoyed the shared appetizers and his/her meal. Everyone was pleased with the food, ambience and dining experience.

DB
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great Service, Great Menu, Great Food! First time at this restaurant, had a wonderful evening all around. Will be back!

LB
San Francisco
56 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A gem of a restaurant, it was perfect for a date night. The authentic French food and bistro atmosphere is charming. The service is attentive and helpful. They even have a garden out back. We had the radicchio and endive salad, the duck breast with gastrique special, the halibut in a delicious coconut cream sauce and cheese plate for dessert. Only wine and beer, but some nice choices.

MM
Austin
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful little French Bistro. Food is delicious. Great menu, great presentation, great taste. Excellent wine selection. Service is absolutely phenomenal. Would highly recommend as a destination dining location in San Francisco.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful restaurant. Only in town for a day, get lucky to find this place.

MM
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

2nd visit in a little over a week. One of my favorite restaurants in SF.

RA
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Extra care (with my food allergies) and superlative service!
Highly recommended!

SE
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and solid execution. No tourists! We both had the Duck confit which was delicious. The service was superb.

F
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had so much fun! From the owner to the fun waiters it was a great experience. Food and drinks were great!

FC
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Food was good . We had the Duck Confit and Coq au Vin . Both were decent portions and cooked well. Service was a bit impersonal . It wasn’t bad but it wasn’t attentive . I was charged for a whole bottle of wine when I had only ordered one glass . I’m glad I checked the bill . They also charge for bread which is a bit sad.
We sat in the patio which was not a good choice bec the plastic sheets were pulled down although it was a lovely evening.
Next time we go we’ll ask to be seated inside .

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Appetizers were tiny and very overpriced.
Wines by glass tasted cheap; very overpriced.
Glasses of that quality wine should be $7 or less per glass. Anything more is embarassing & reflects poorly on the restaurant overall.
Dinner entree was good, not too overpriced.

PB
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We sat out in the patio and had some oysters, escargots, steak and duck confit. All the food was delicious except for the confit which was dry. Great service and overall an authentic fresh bistro experience

KM
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food as always. Beef bouguignon special was amazing. So good they ran out by 7:30pm.

V
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food and service is good.
The area isn't the best but it's okay.
I was seated right by a sliding door which I presume was the entrance to the restroom quite annoying seeing that it's a sliding barn door type.
I would definitely recommend this restaurant.

AB
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great find recommended by a friend. The food was excellent and the service was superior. We only had an hour and a half prior to a show and our server made sure we were finished on time, not the typical long French meal.

j
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the escargots were superb as were the mains. Their were 3 of us, ordered different courses and all meals were the best we had eaten in 3 weeks travelling through the States.
Plus a excellent recommendation for the red wine, a little expensive but we could have gone cheaper.
Money well spent.

SN
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was really good. It has nothing to do with Mathilde but most restaurants in US, they like to keep pouring your bottle of wine. I don't really like that. I bought a bottle of wine, and I will drink that slowly or fast as I please. No need for them to keep pouring as soon as I take a sip. And, for a French restaurant to charge $2.50 for 5 pieces of bread is kind a ridiculous. Bread should be free. I do understand, some people might abuse that but, first round should be free and after that if you ask for more bread, charge them. But, the food was awesome. Well worth it.

b
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

a Gem in SF as usual, amazing food, amazing garden patio. Really lovely dinner

CL
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was amazing. Service was perfect and everyone there is authentic French! The best meal I’ve had in 5 years!

C
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food and service
Very authentic cooking, upscale cuisine at moderate prices, can’t wait to go back.

B
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The food is always good here, as is the wine selection. Very nice French Bistro feel. I've enjoyed many trips to Mathilde.

C
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Thought the wait staff would be very French and snooty but they were surprisingly good at providing excellent levels of hospitality and service

JM
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely atmospheric spot with live jazz and delicious French cuisine. The wine list is great and we loved the sassy waiter from Aix en Provence. Recommended for a romantic date night, or an intimate dinner with a small group of friends.

JP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

An excellent French experience in terms of food and service. The mussels in a cream sauce were especially good. The front room of the restaurant was the only area open on a Wednesday evening and there too much noise from many conversations to talk clearly to the person across from you.

M
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an exceptional dinner in a wonderful and well-run restaurant with delicious food and friendly, professional service. We'll be back.

VJ
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nous avons passé un super moment et avons très très bien mangé.
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DF
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Neighborhood is not elegant but the restaurant is an oasis of calm, deliciousness and good service. Salmon entree came with delicious side of risotto with asparagus and fava beans. Chocolate banana bread pudding with coconut ice cream was superb.

E
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent meal with friends! The chicken special was delicious and both of my friends enjoyed the duck entree. The beet and goat cheese salad was also a hit, along with the Floating Island dessert (the best we’ve ever had!). We’ll definitely be back.

SF
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I was looking for a restaurant that could accommodate 11 people, no easy feat, for a birthday dinner. Happily, my internet search found Mathilde's French Bistro. The service, the food, and the placement of our party in the back room was ideal. MFB offers a homey feel and a welcoming atmosphere. It's not an over the top designed restaurant - how many of those are in SF! Highly recommend and look forward to dining there again -- next time in a smaller group.

DM
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Charming restaurant with solid food. Causal and romantic

s
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Charming restaurant, very good food, very professional waiters.

E
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was great! My dinner date thought the service was lacking. I thought it was fine. Overall, I want to go back!😁

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food , great sevice just “The best”

n
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing meal here. Maybe the best garlic bread I've ever had, same goes for the French onion soup. Scallops, risotto and brussel sprouts were also very good! Staff was attentive and friendly. They even went above and beyond when we forgot to take a copy of our receipt, making sure we got what we needed even after we left.
And prices are very reasonable! My friend and I really enjoyed our meal. My only regret is we didn't have room for dessert!
We can't wait to go back.

GS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

I was very happy to make a last minute reservation. The servers were helpful, funny and attentive.
The duck confit was delicious but the thinly sliced potatoes stuck together and were tough.
The butter lettuce salad was scrumptious and simple.
An overall delightful evening!

JA
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Just a wonderful little French bistro. Not super fancy, but the food is really good and the service is warm and welcoming. The potato puffs are a must-try, and the hanger steak was among the best I've had.

d
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Its always perfect! Great menu, excellent staff who know the food and the wines. It is always a lovely experience.

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