Mathilde French Bistro

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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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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delightful experience. Food was wondnerful, service ditto.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food came promptly and was delicious. Server and hostess were friendly and helpful with the menu.

M
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Pro's: Patio seating perfect for a hotter than normal day; non-patio seating maintained historic charming ambience. Server fluency in French added to authenticity. Fig salad starter, mussels entre and bread pudding deserts were delicious.
Con's: False advertising: "$30 Two Course Black Board" meal choice advertized on restaurant's website not honored by server.
Quality and quantity of rack of lamb entree not worth $38.

NF
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food quality and presentation. Great service.

PW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely place, nice ambience, friendly staff, great wine (nice selection by the glass) and fantastic food. We'll definitely be coming back.

J
San Francisco
86 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every time it's consistent, delicious and enjoyable. The new waitress was fabulous and the overall experience perfect.

KN
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We came to Mathilde to celebrate a birthday celebration. The overall experience was excellent. The food is exceptionally tasty. My family enjoyed all the appetizers (especially the baked bone marrow) as well as main course. Although the location is a bit away from the main attraction of Union Square, the ambience is quite nice inside. I will certainly come back.

r
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Restaurant was very accommodating to my late request to increase from 6 seats to seven. I had my birthday dinner there where all dishes at the table where outstanding, all guests felt that they would revisit the restaurant again. I was surprised to learn that this restaurant has been in business for over 20 years.

D
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very romantic! We sat on the patio and the live music was a great addition. The wine by the glass selection was great and we really enjoyed it. The patio was absolutely gorgeous and the food was fantastic. Would definitely recommend to a friend

OT
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was quite good. A bit noisy as there was a large crown (30 people) near my table..but when their food came it became quiet.. Food was very good as was the service.

OT
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our favorite meal in San Fran. Service was amazing and the French onion soup was SPOT ON.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We got the charcuterie board and hanger steaks, both were fantastic. As was the bottle of Pinot noir. Really friendly wait staff as well.

ML
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have been coming here for several years. The food is excellent. Many of the items on the charcuterie they make themselves. It’s the beginning of most of our meals! The entrees we have experienced have been fantastic, my favorites are the duck confit and Filet Mignon.

G
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Mathilde is my new favorite restaurant in San Francisco. I attended a work dinner there and loved it, so returned again with some picky friends and they loved it too! The food is excellent and the service is wonderful. they have a great wine list and daily specials. I loved their crispy brussel sprouts and Scottish salmon.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good food. Authentic French restaurant. Good bank for the buck for SF standards.

S
Miami
99 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
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
7 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
28 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

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