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Mathilde French Bistro

4.7
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1851 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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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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Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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  • Waitstaff wear masks
What 1851 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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vipRojomo
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really special patio coupled with some fantastic French cuisine.

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nancyr
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great with Covid precautions, server was efficient and friendly. Food delicious start to finish. Can't wait to eat there again.

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Bonnie
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing service and memorable food!

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vipDavidM
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice patio

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vipLaCandy
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very pretty garden patio, small and quaint. The food and service were great. We were pleased all the way around, we will be back.

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SophiaC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mathilde was beautiful. Cute outdoor patio garden garden with plants and heaters and great ambiance for a date. The food was incredible. Escargot was filled with flavor and the duck confit is unbeatable. The service was great! I brought my dog and they even gave him a bowl of water. No happy hours or live music on thursdays right now due to covid but fantastic french food at a great price! Will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The meal service and ambiance was superb!

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vipThierry
San Francisco
62 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great food and excellent service on the nice patio.
We shall return!

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vipkcbythesea
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service as always. The outdoor patio is a lovely, safe place to dine. Thanks for making it all work Mathilde Bistro!

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vipLinda
San Francisco
82 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

First dinner out during the pandemic. Excellent service. Pretty courtyard but can get windy. The food was classic bistro fare and very good.

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vipSuperb
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely dinner on the patio, well distanced from other diners. The pork chop was divine, tender and very flavorful. Great mashed potatoes.

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BrentA
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The attentiveness and knowledge of the staff was superb. The food was amazing. The patio was a perfect place to relax and enjoy. I will be back.

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Ella
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gorgeous outdoor garden. Very clear and upfront communication about Covid safety (waiters wash hands before every serving to a customer, washing down tables and chairs), they also check your temperature coming in. Food was fantastic and waitress stupendous. Would definitely go back again.

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vipFranckL
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

lovely ambience. The food was amazing. The boeuf bourgignone was excellent, the frites to die for and they came with aioli without even having to ask.
Service was friendly and overall very pleasant experience.

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Gabriel
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic experience at Mathilde. Great service, excellent food, perfect for dates.

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BrianS
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Loved the overall experience. Would definitely visit again.

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BreB
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible French restaurant. The staff are friendly and the wine list is amazing.

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CharlesH
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was to celebrate our 20th anniversary. Couldn’t go to Paris so this was second best. Always great food, wonderful and attentive service. Limited menu at this time but we left very satisfied with the evening.

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vipelGreco
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really wonderful bistro fare, I'd take anyone there!

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WarrenB
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We happened to go on a night when people were staying in, because of the coronavirus, so we were one of only two tables in the whole restaurant. So, the service was obviously impeccable. But I think our server would have been equally as helpful if the place was full.
We used to go to La Charme, same location and owner, so we knew it was authentic, and it did not disappoint.

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vipTimmySF
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mathilde continues to be one of our favorite dinner destinations in SOMA. We can hardly wait for Gypsy Jazz Thursdays to restart.

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eatwell
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

classical French bistro with excellent food and service, reasonable prices (for SF).

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SanFran
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Great. A classic.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and incredible service. A little slice of France right in San Francisco, if you love French bistros and wish we had one here, we do!

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JoeSA
San Antonio
15 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been enjoying this restaurant for nearly 20 years and it’s my go to spot when in San Francisco. The food is great and the staff quite friendly with prices that defy reality in this city. This time I had rack of lamb and it was perfectly prepared.

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vipVicki
San Francisco
64 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great service. Fun French feel. Incredible food - everything we had! Our group of five loved everything about our first experience at this restaurant. We'll be back!

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Gdub
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

All the traditional French favorites are wonderfully prepared. If you are looking for cutting edge dishes, this is not the place.

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vipSuperb
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

absolutely delicious dishes. I had the beef bourgononne ravioli which was excellent. Duck confit and Coq au Vin also excellent. Great goat cheese salad. Service very friendly and accommodating to our schedule.

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vipAnnSofGilroy
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

I had the boeuf bourginon pot pie and while very flavorful the meat was just slightly tough. I loved everything else about the meal and the service was really exceptional.

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vipMenumav
San Francisco
44 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Charming space and wonderful, very authentically French, food. I loved the fact that we weren't rushed and that our server didn't bat an eye when we asked for coffee to be brought after dessert instead of with. It was also very classy that our wines by the glass were poured at the table for us to taste and approve. Highly recommend.

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bscabin
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Nice food at the nice location in SF. The food, ambivalence, and service was nice, especially given the price. If there was an instruction for parking, that would have been better.

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2darnfunny
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Mathilde is a lovely bistro. The service is courteous and precise. All servers seem to communicate and our experience was quite seamless. Attention to detail was a plus. My wine glass was never empty, always someone to refill it. I could get used to this! Food was tasty, generous portions. I was very happy with my duck confit, crispy on the outside, meat melting and delicious on the inside. My husband's filet mignon arrived overcooked but it wasn't ruined. He decided to eat it like that. When we told the server at the end of the evening he apologized profusely and arrived with a complimentary after dinner drink which we loved. Nice touch. Desserts were nice and coffee is good quality. We'll be back!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, not too expensive, sat outside and the heaters were very effective!

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JimB
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We're again very pleased with our dinner at Mathilde French Bistro. The food, service and ambiance were all excellent. It will definitely remain in the rotation of superb restaurants we patronize when we visit San Francisco.

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vipRachelR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic French cuisine, served by French staff. This restaurant not only serves delicious food, but it is also insanely charming.

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vipEHF123
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Some of us ordered the specials which sounded enticing (boeuf bourguignon pot pie, Seared ribeye with marrow). The steak was delicious but I was disappointed with the pot pie. The meat was tender but the sauce was quite thin and not as flavorful as a Bourguignon should be. We had the charcuterie for appetizers for the table and it was good - lots of different pates and terrines. The service was good and the wine list comprehensive. Alas, we made the mistake of not asking the price of the sepcials and were stunned at the final bill (around $150 per couple with $38 for potpie and $55 for the steak). I felt it was overpriced for the quality of food.

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vipDarrelW
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

It was restaurant week in San Francisco. They were one of the participating restaurants. It’s was a delicious three course meal. The appetizer was a Beet salad, it was divine. One of the best I’ve had. The entree was a rib-bye steak seasoned and cooked to perfection. Desert was a flourless chocolate cake, a must have. I will definitely go back to this restaurant.

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vipSFJonesy
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Mathilde French Bistro is a delightful spot in the SOMA area with an authentic air and wonderful food served in a fine dining atmosphere, albeit with cloth napkins but not tablecloths, which is still fine. I came here twice during SF Restaurant Week with different friends and we all had a very good experience.

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vipRobinM
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience3

Went here during SF restaurant week. Wonderful food but seating was a little too close for comfort. Waitstaff was very good.

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vipNicholasWade68
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, and service. I have the same waitress each visit I love.

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 4.7 stars by 1851 OpenTable diners.

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