Mathilde French Bistro

4.7
2049 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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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
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MicoSF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a great date night. The food was tasty. Very French.

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Deedee
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and excellent service

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vipvgsanfran
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently fantastic! Delightful and well executed traditional French cuisine in a cozy setting reminiscent of my travels to France. This is our go to French restaurant in SF. Friendly and attentive staff, charming ambiance and absolutely delicious food! Highly recommend!

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SteveyP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The staff was as good as the food. Loved it all.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our visit last night was a pleasant surprise that transported us back to our travels to the French countryside. We started with their escargot and fresh baguette and were not disappointed. Next we ordered the evening special, a seafood casserole, seared local halibut with shrimp and mussels on a bed of mashed potatoes. This was such a bowl of comfort. Also the black hanger steak and frites, a solid choice.
For dessert we opted for both the Floating Island and the Chocolate Mousse. Both were a fitting end to an amazing meal

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LynneK
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We both had the duck confit. Best I've had outside of Paris. Beautifully prepared and a generous savory portion. Great onion soup. Lovely kir royale. Elegant service. We'll be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always!! One of our favorite restaurants!

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LindyB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience at Mathilde was wonderful in every way. The server was attentive and consistently helpful, very knowledgable in describing the dishes and suggesting wine pairings.... also good humored and friendly. Everything we ordered was excellent: the mussels marinieres in white wine and cream, the roasted beet and arugula salad, charcuterie board, coq au vin, hanger steak, Alaskan halibut, and a dreamy risotto of mixed mushrooms, Parmesan cheese and truffle oil. We dined on their lovely patio, where we felt perfectly comfortable and safe in a romantic, classically French setting. We will definitely go there again.

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Murphy
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Simple delicious food and excellent service. This is a French Bistro done well!

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vipmaude
San Francisco
73 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Lovely meal. Great service + reco on the wine. Well done!

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JasonA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Superb food, very attentive staff, reasonably priced.

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AdamH
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very good food, if pricey at $38/entree. White wine by the glass excellent. $30 corkage fee was too high. Nice and quiet. Great service. Indoor and outdoor dining is nice. Don't BYO unless there's something special you want to bring.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Didn’t acknowledge 30th birthday. Food was great overall and server had good knowledge.

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vipElenaF
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful experience with surprise birthday dinner arrangement for a friend! We were on a tight schedule, and everything was simply perfect - the seating, the food and the service. It was like stepping through the portal and actually being in France! Thank you!

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Barbi
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every dish was better than the next. I cant wait to go back to try more.

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NDGuyinBoxers
Orlando
55 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We were staying about 2 blocks away so I made a reservation for 7 pm, then changed to 6..and finally to 5:30. We arrived slightly before that since we were hungry and still on east coast time! We were greeted and warmly welcomed by an Asian woman who checked our vaccination cards and seated us. There was also a French woman, and both the Asian and French women spoke French so I got to practice a bit. I don't think anyone else on the staff did but not sure. We sat inside and were the only ones. The sign at entry said inside was closed, but since we reserved an inside table, they sat us there. There were a few others on the back patio, but it looked a little breezy so I'm glad we were inside. Both ladies plus the gentleman assisting them, who frequently refilled my water and brought dishes and cleared them later, were all welcoming and friendly. The neighborhood wasn't the best with some homeless people, but we had no issues.
I drank a lot of water with ice plus I had one 1664 Kronenbourg beer at $6. Other half had water and 2 glasses ($12 each) of Sancerre Blanc. For starters (les entrees), I had Onion Soup ($13). It should have been called a blob of Gruyere cheese with a little juice. There wasn't much broth! It was tasty, and since I like cheese, it was ok. Other half had 6 escargots ($12). They were covered in parsley and looked authentic like in France but were about half the size of the snails we get in Paris (probably Asian imports??). For our mains (les plats), I had the Black Angus Filet ($42) with side salad and potato wedges. The steak was cooked perfectly-saignant as ordered. It was very small (about 5 oz??) but had no fat and was tender and delicious. Other half had the duck confit ($30). He had no complaints and size was ok. Both of us enjoyed our potatoes and side salad w/ olive oil. Neither of us had dessert since we were full enough thanks to the cheese for me!
Everything was fairly authentic (like being in France) except for th

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WillamO
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is an excellent French Bistro with outstanding food beautifully prepared and a thoughtful staff providing first rate service. We went to Mathilde to celebrate our anniversary and could not have been more pleased. The Onion Soup was perfect, as was the risotto and coq au vin. A truly memorable experience.

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lyle
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

This is a very friendly and casually nice place to dine. Definitely has the French influence in service and food. Definitely would go back!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very happy to have found this gem and tried it. Service is very good. Will definitely come again!
Make sure you bring your ID and Vaccination card because they check that before allowing you in.

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JacquelineH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We will definitely be going back on a regular basis. Nice to find a favorite!

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mathilde was amazing! Our server Baur was attentive and made excellent wine suggestions. The onion soup was a meal in itself. My duck was tender and my wife’s halibut was grilled to perfection. We can’t wait to return.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

The back half of the patio was empty and they seated somebody at the very next table to us less than 3 feet away which was dangerous so we had to move to a windy spot and that made our food cold and we were also cold so overall that very much distracted from what would have been a very nice dinner

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vipLeslieD
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very, very tasty French classics. Superb onion soup -- good depth of flavor. Having been in Paris, I would say this is quite authentic, unpretentious, unstuffy. Our kid came in from the airport and they were quite unfazed by his huge suitcase!

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Steakmeister
Boise
11 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sauce is the essence of it; filled with garlic; the coq au vin departed from the bone, such tenderness. The onion soup pure comfort...all was cuisine....cooked until readniness. Save the cost of trip of airfare to Europe!

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vipezra
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great service, knowledgeable and friendly, good food. The open air patio and separation of the diners is ideal.

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vipPierre
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent cuisine, excellent service, superbe Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma, it was a great experience

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Mathilde is a small bistro that gives romantic vibes. The is an outdoor patio that is lit up at night. The menu is small and the food was delicious.
For starters we had the meat ravioli. Hand made, fresh. The meat filing was just right and so tender. The mains were Coq au vin and the seafood special. Coq au vin was served with mashed potato. Seafood special was so rich - mussels, cod, calamari and a few carrot served also with mashed potato.
The service was wonderful and the server very attentive.

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vipmaude
San Francisco
74 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Terrific service. That's what makes a restaurant experience memorable. Of course, the food needs to be top-notch too.
We had a lovely Gigondas, smoky and velvety, that paired well with my delicious, authentic coq au vin and my husband's duck confit. Classic French, carefully prepared.
They took care to place each table with ample space around them in response to covid mandates. So appreciated. Will definitely be going back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful oasis in SOMA. Authentic French fare, great specials, lovely charming patio and friendly service

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KatieS
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely patio and ambience with fantastic service. The sauces for both of our mains were delicious -- we wish we were hungrier because the desserts sounded amazing.

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StickyFingees
Indiana
6 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family and I really enjoyed absolutely every facet of our experience at Mathilde. The staff was wonderful and so was the food. Hands down the best French onion soup I’ve ever had and the boeuf bourguignon ravioli was incredible! So we’re definitely planning to add this restaurant to our regular rotation.

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Cathy
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Anniversary Celebration
We had a great dining experience. The food was delicious. Filet Mignon melted in my mouth. Potatoes and carrots were great sides. My husband had a great risotto which was flavored just right and cooked to perfection. Our server Ber was great. Very accommodating and had a sense of humor. Will return.

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JayG
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of the best meals I have had in San Francisco. Highly reccomend!

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IngridS
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always! We have been going here for almost 20 years and it never fails!

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Becky
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined early to avoid a crowd. The covered patio was already quite full so we dined inside and it was very pleasant and not very crowded. Yery traditional French cuisine done exceptionally well. We will return!

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AndreaB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly delightful and delicious. A little hidden gem.

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AlmaC
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed the Coq au Vin, the Steak Frites, the filet mignon, the duck breast and a seafood medley plate. Everything was delicious. We enjoyed the ambiance!

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vipjcray
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, amazing ambiance and the food was perfect!

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HashtaginEater
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We really enjoyed this restaurant. Small and quaint with a cute outlook to the patio and smell of fresh bread took me away to somewhere in Paris. The short menu list with quality experience was exactly what we were looking for. Mathilde is definitely a return for us.

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MichaelV
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed the food and the nice outdoor dining area. We had The Duck Leg Confit and Coq au Vin, and both were excellent.

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 2049 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.