Mathilde French Bistro

4.8
2036 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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 2036 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.7
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4.5
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great birthday dinner

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Aris
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and atmosphere!

Highly recommended

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such an amazing experience. The staff, food. And ambiance was amazing. as always!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is exceptional. Our favorite French restaurant in the city. We keep coming back. Yesterday we had gnocchi for an appetizer - delicious; duck confit and seafood special as a main course. Our waiter, Ber, suggested exceptional wine - Gigondas - he was very sweet and knowledgeable and accommodating; our hostess was super helpful. I have to say we had checkered experiences with service in French restaurants in the city, and this one is refreshingly positive.

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adorevoyager
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We started with the soupe à l'oignon gratinée. It was very good, not salty as I have had elsewere and it was a large serving. We were hesitant to order the confit as some other reviews mentioned it was salty. It wasn't super salty but was tasty, perhaps a bit dry. The flatiron steak was wonderful as were the fries. We finished our meal by spliting an order of profiteroles which were also quite good. There were other items we'd like to try out and so we're likely to return when we go to San Francisco again.

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Glenn
Sacramento
10 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is a gem. Location is a little spoty but the restaurant staff, well prepared food and outdoor seating in the back of the restaurant made up for that. Staff was attentive with service and we enjoyed a great dining experience. You won't be disappointed! Cheer's to service and kitchen staff for a memorable dinner.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Stephanie, was fantastic! She made a special birthday memorable!

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NataliaB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an excellent meal at Mathilde. Traditional french food in a covered outdoor area. It was magical!

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christopherws
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Classic French dishes presented beautifully and with great service

SB
vipSBTOBY
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service, Can't wait to go back! Thanks.

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vipFoodieD
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend sitting in the courtyard -- if you want that Paris vibe. Always a very enjoyable experience!

PS
PamelaS
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Nice place! Cute decor. Nice patio. Nice to see kir.
Hanger steak was very good. Beef Bourginon very good in shell with sauce and veggies. Could do without little slice beef and substantial fat. Bigger bite of beef-very good. Salad dressing on butter lettuce required a bit more vinegar.
Will add profiterole next time.
Excellent service to an enthusiastic set of regulars.

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vipCADude
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

We love French food and so really wanted to like this place. Unfortunately, the food was inconsistent at best. The mussels, albeit rather small, were delicious…but the fries that accompanied them didn’t contain a grain of salt (by the time the waiter made it back around to us with salt, the potatoes were stone cold). Likewise, the mushroom risotto was tasty…but the Lyonnaise potatoes that were served as a side dish were overcooked greasy hockey-pucks devoid of life and flavor. Likewise, the herb encrusted lamb “special” was inedible - akin to a boiled piece of meat that one would find at a bad English Pub (overcooked, tough, full of sinew/tendons, and smothered with a 'brown sauce' that appeared to be nothing more than a beef bullion cube dissolved in water and thickened with cornstarch). $220 later we left and will never return as life is too short.

JM
vipJamesM372
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another wonderful French meal.

BM
BigMama67
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Mathilde. The employees were all very pleasant and took good care of us without us having ask for anything (refilled water, bread, etc.). The food was very good. We had many of the French classics such as French Onion Soup, Duck Confit, Steak and Frites plus some other starters and dessert. Next time we will have escargot and the mussels. I hope that they might have Beef Bourguignon as a special sometime. Thank you for a delicious meal.

TD
TammyD
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Recommend by our hotel. We were glad they did because the place was delightful both food & service.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Having lived in Zweibrucken Germany, right on the border of France, I can say Mathilde was as close to a my memories of a french bistro as you are likely to find in the USA.

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CharlesH
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service is personal, genuine and attentive. Great food and service.

KL
KennethL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure. Great food. Great staff. Lovely atmosphere. Hope to return soon.

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Bremerman
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect wine recommendation from our server. Excellent service and ambiance.

AO
AudaO
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience1

The waitress was so rude letting us know about her occupational restrictions and gave us a lecture when we moved unused dishes to the side to make room for new item since the table was too small. She said customer should not touch the plates and then said Unless you taken to the kitchen! I guess she was trying to tell us we were the ones to do the dishes! Terrible, this was for my husband’s birthday!!!!!

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vipCADMc
San Francisco
49 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fabulous food! Best French onion soup ever! Quiet. Outdoor seating area very comfortable.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the best experience in San Francisco ever. The owner is super nice and friendly and passionate to explain every single meal we had. Their wine selection is good and food was amazing especially risotto and creamy pawn. Ambiance is cute .... you can feel you’re in ordinary house from France. This is my number one go-to place is San Francisco now.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Very nice atmosphere for a romantic date

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sfdiner
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything Was absolutely delicious! Would definitely go back even if it wasn’t a special occasion. Wonderful food for a reasonable price and great ambience the garden seating is absolutely perfect oasis in downtown

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PhilippeV
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I highly recommend this place. A Gem in the gastro world!!

Philippe and Gabriela

Will return in a heartbeat!

Try the filet mignon and the crevettes au pastis and tarte tartin

Better than the café jeanty bistro in Napa

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vipMoofjo
San Francisco
49 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We were thrilled to find this bistro with amazing roasted quail stuffed with pork and cod done beautifully. The profiteroles and floating island were perfect finishes for a wonderful meal. Thank you for so much attention to the food and your new customers!

ED
EricD
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an excellent experience at Mathilde! Enjoying good wine and delicious and well presented food served by a professional, welcoming and super friendly staff! French good at its best! The bistro has a very nice inside space and a heated very nice outside patio. An unexpected gem in this neighborhood.

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eriemon
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Still Covid time but things have settled down. Nice patio dining with occasional SF wind gusts to make it a bit more exciting. Service was friendly and attentive, food was outstanding. This was definitely one of the best meals that I have had anywhere. Better than any French restaurants we went to in Paris. The French Onion Soup was too die for and the Coq Au Vin was prepared perfectly. The filet minion was tender and delicious and prepared with the best potato dish Au have ever had. All in all a great night!

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twostar
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The food is great; the owner/host is incredibly warm.

KO
KevinO
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food excellent service excellent atmosphere

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience as always!!!

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vipSpencer
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

While there have been many French restaurants in the City over the decades, few have been all that great. They’re either the white tablecloth “fine dining” sort or the quasi brasserie with the cliché croque Monsieur and Niçoise. Chez Mathilde is straightforward and unpretentious, with superb service and exceptional food. You see and taste that great care was taken with every dish. We had possibly the best bone marrow ever, and a duck confit with fat-roasted potatoes that was outstandingly delicious. Through it all, our French server was polite and charming. This is a restaurant which could easily become a regular one for us. I applaud their dedication and no-fuss way of delivering really good French classics.

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PriscilaL
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have no words to describe the outstanding experience we had last night. If you are in San Francisco YOU MUST WITHOUT EXCUSE visit this place. Very intimate and cozy. From start to finish every single dish kept blowing our minds. The onion soup was the best onion soup I’ve ever had, escargot was melt in your mouth delicious, duck confit and cod were out of this world. My boyfriend and I both agreed this place/ meal/ experience changed out lives.

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MPMenezes
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Incredible little bistro, fabulous food and ambiance. Service could be much better, but guess that's the French "rude-ish" style. 100% recommend!

MM
MarkyMark
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All waiting staff was super nice and attentive! Very authentic place with amazing food and great vibes.

JM
JamesM372
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful night. Great food and service. Merci!

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Sprout
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Our waitress was the highlight of our evening. However everything else was a miss when it comes to classic French bistro food.

M
vipMikey
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service1ambience5

Wonderful authentic French food ! Great wine recommendations!

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 2036 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.