Rendez Vous Cafe Bistro

4.3
541 reviews
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$30 and under
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French
Rendez-Vous offers you great bistro dishes from all regions of France, prepared with simplicity and passion. Rendez-Vous is a great place for special occasions and any occasion.
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OT
San Francisco
55 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Reliable menu with good Daub stew.
Update on the menu would be nice.
Wish they had escargot!

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G
New York Area
74 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Loved our dinner at Rendez-Vous Bistro as always. Only disappointment was the ratatouille served with the lamb chops. I prefer it when the vegetables are cut much smaller, and served hot or even better, cold. But the lamb was excellent and my husband's steak frites was excellent as well. Love the owner and staff - and it's particularly wonderful to eat here and slip next door for a movie!

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s
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful ambience, good food, friendly and capable service

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DT
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

This is a cheap restaurant, the food is awful.

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C
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We live close by to Rendez Vous and took way too long to add it to our regular choices. Absolutely consistent tasty French food. Because we have favorites we don't always stray from those, but when we do (Daube) we are delighted.

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L
San Francisco
43 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Nice little french bistro, particularly convenient if you are going to the Albany Twin to see a movie. Makes a great date night!

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TM
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Rendezvous is an excellent French-style bistro. Both food and service are excellent, and occur in a comfortable, friendly environment.

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JC
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice neighborhood French restaurant I enjoy. Though we moved away, we still come back to Rendez-vous when we are in the area.

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f
San Francisco
159 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Convenient neighborhood spot. Typical bistro menu. Salad was pleasant, as was the vegetarian soup, but not stellar. Coq au Vin and lamb stew were tasty, not remarkable. Serviceable wine list. Overall, not great, but useful for dinner by the movie theater.

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s
San Francisco
117 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Utsab took care of us like a real pro. The ratatouille and daube are just a few of the great traditional French country meals available on the menu we tasted. Delicious! We'll be back. -sT

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AT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always love it--a nice feel as a neighborhood spot with very mixed clientele.

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G
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the atmosphere, good food, charming owner Laurent and friendly staff. Very conveniently located on Solano Ave next to the Albany Twin movie theater.
Check it out. You’ll be glad you did.
Cheryl and Ron

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RM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Superb French food. Excellent recipes, very well prepared and presented. And moderately priced, particularly given the high, high quality and freshness of the dishes. Highly recommended.

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c
San Francisco
54 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Place was close to empty and still had to ask waitress to take our order, then again for a desert menu. They did not have their “signature beef dish” and mussels I ordered were very bland and over cooked.

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C
Los Angeles
41 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

It was the MLK holiday Monday lunch and they were slammed...lovely menu but service was poor and food mediocre.

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h
San Francisco
125 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We always enjoy our meals. Last night had rack of lamb excellent and Coq au vin which was also excellent.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always great food and service. Our forth time here in half a year. Some of our favorites are seafood vol au vent and poulet au riesling. During our last visit I clumsily broke a wine glass and the owner was very gracious and more worried about our safety than the loss.

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BG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

I have always enjoyed this place but the food was off at our last visit. The lamb stew meat was dry and the steak lacked its usual flavor. I was disappointed in what has been a local favorite.

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DH
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

As usual, excellent food and great service. Laurent runs a happy ship; some of his waitstaff has been with it for 5 years or more l got a great rack of lamb.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

The service was horrible. The food was tepid. They were not ready to serve anyone and we waited for some bread which was served cold. It would have been good warmed up.
The creme brulee was good...
Had the food been served hot instead of warm it would have been better.
Just did NOT like the service at all there was little service actually, I had to call them over to get a knife.

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V
San Francisco
109 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great for a dinner with friends. We had a good table where everyone at the table could participate in conversation. The food was very goo as usual. The Salmon Normandie is especially nice and served with perfect green beans and rice. The shrimp risotto was good as well. I've also had the rack of lamb which is a real deal. Salad sizes are generous and there is nightly soup. Good varied menu where everyone should be able to find something from salads to sandwiches to quiche to fish, chicken and meat dishes. There are also a number of vegetarian options. Prices are reasonable for this good level of food. During nice weather, they have sidewalk seating outside, as well as a fun interior.

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AT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We go there mostly for the mussels but there's a great variety of French cuisine available. We always love it and do drive a bit of a distance to go there.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We got there at noon. We had a reservation and a table was ready. They were crowded. They gave us the dinner menu. We ordered at 12:15. Food arrived at 1:00. Braised beef was very good. My sandwich was good. French fries very good. Outside of slow food it was fine. We will return. Parking was not easy. Street parking.

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q
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Service was Excruciatingly slow: 20 minutes after hailing servers three times to give order; one hour to get order of eggs and ham. Owner thoughtfully came over and explained they were overwhelmed and apologized for the slow service. He said it was not their normal level of service.

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MK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You can never go wrong if you are looking for a hearty Delicious meal served up by friendly and gracious people. The Bordeaux is very good. I hate to brag too much lest it become too popular to get a seat. It's right next to the Albany Twin and I often grab a bite before a movie. Special date or a bite with a friend or family member this place is always pleasant. And with an advance reservation - they have accommodated my entire family(12).

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Tasty as always.

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PE
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We've never had a bad meal at the Rendez Vous Bistro. The staff are friendly and attentive, even when the restaurant is full.

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B
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Concisely, this is a neighborhood restaurant with a true French soul. While the setting and ambiance are casual and unpretentious, the quality of the food is far, far better than I had expected. All the dishes were skillfully prepared and seasoned, with what seemed to me to be an authentic French touch. The menu has a good variety of selections, including excellent Prix Fixe selections that offer great value for money.

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DA
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a pleasure visiting Laurent in the crew here!

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FL
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

My husband and I dined here because of its proximity to the movie theater next door and the menu. We had 45 minutes to dine and dash. Our server was great. She steered us towards dishes that were tasty and timely given our movie start time. We’ll be back when we have more time to try other items on the menu!

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My family has a short list of favorite restaurants, and Rendez Vous is our top pick for upscale dining I've never had a bad meal or bad service. The staff and owner are delightful. i usually have the sole and chocolate mousse and. If I can find someone to share, the goat cheese salad. Saturday night's special of Coq au Vin is the best I've ever had, and it's even better with a glass of Cote Dr Rhone..
And, they pour a mean Kir Royale!

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CC
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Love this place

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rendezvous Café took me right back to the café I love to go to in Paris. Authentic French for sure.

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OT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The service was a little slow. It was pretty crowded, but it’s never been an issue for us in the past. Probably a one time staffing issue. Otherwise, the food was still good and we had a nice time.

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H
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We go out for a date night at the Rendez-Vous Cafe Bistro before or after a movie several times a year. This cozy place never disappoints and this was again true on our most recent visit. I had the Sole Filets Meuniere and my wife had Steak Frites. Both were delicious as was the Onion Soup Gratinee that we both had. We split the Crepe Tatin for dessert and it was a perfect finish to a great meal. The apples were just the right tartness to match with the sweet ice cream. The service by the owner and waitress was friendly, inviting and attentive.

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PE
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

If you like to dine on good French food at a reasonable price in a comfortable, friendly restaurant, you will like the Rendezvous.

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LL
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been Living in the Berkeley area for 4 years. I found this Gem this year and have been there 8 times in the last 2 months, it's that good!
For Lunch or dinner , our go to place!
Made a reservation and I Took my family of 8 including little kids here for a birthday celebration. It was perfect ! Our Food all came out together and well prepared even though the restaurant was crowded for a Sunday!
We kept adding appetizers post order, which they had no problem delivering !
Their Kir Royal is the best I have ever had.
They have the Same menu all day, which is good because I want to eat everything on the menu! Everything is done to perfection, from the appetizers and salads (nicoise and vegan) the quiche Lorraine in puff pastry is delicious creamy custard with the perfect bit of smokey ham.
The perfectly done tendez vous burger is the best I have had in a long time and i am always game for a great burger! and steak frites done to perfection my husbands fave . The rack of Lamb and classic cassoulet, was perfect also. Not to mention dessert, creme Brulee and chocolate mousse also classic!
It sounds to good to be true ! I truly hope no one believes me cause its going to get too crowded !
Rendez Vous has a Classic french menu .. I have foodie friends who come here for the Moule and frites and french onion soup en croute . I go for a scrumptious quiche lunch, a KEEPER for sure!
Especially a great place to take foodies from NYC!

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BW
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Wonderful service, very good food and warm ambiance make Rendezvous a favorite!

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GM
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent, as was the service. Recommend any of the omelets.

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KS
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

A cozy restaurant with classic French bistro food. The owner's presence and participation is the real plus.

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