Reve

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French
RÊVE is your classic neighborhood French bistro in Paris, right in downtown Lafayette. Think French "comfort food". Chef / owner Paul Magu-Lecugy is a classically trained chef from Paris, France. Seasonal menu. Children's portions available.
Inside = small dining room only 14 tables, no private tables / booths.
Patio = covered heated tent in the cooler months, more spacious & quiet than inside
Bar = 6 seats, counter-top bar seating

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50% off bottles of wine

Every Tuesday & Wednesday night, enjoy 50% off all bottles of wine!

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: September 25, 2018

Ends: September 26, 2117

Availability: Tue-Wed 5:00PM-9:00PM

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JH
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Le Rêve Bistro is in our opinion the best restaurant in the Bay Area and one of the most authentic French restaurants.
Unpretentious, excellent food, great service, the owner/chef and his wife are such great people.
Every time I feel nostalgic about France, my birth country, all I need to do is have dinner at Rêve!

EM
Western NC
5 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the pinnacle of taste and presentation, Reve did it again last Thursday. Service and ambiance were perfect.

RR
San Francisco
50 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely the best French food in the Bay Area. However, Reve isn't a high fallutin' sit down French restaurant where the waiters are snooty and the food is served in small portions on large plates with unidentifiable names and ingredients... but Reve is a wonderfully intimate, small, restaurant like you can find on any street corner in Paris. The food is the star; the wine list is on the smaller side, but superb, and the service is great.

The food: we're frequent diners here and have tried a lot of the food - you can't go wrong with anything on the menu. The Onion Soup and Pomme Frittes set a new standard for dining - both are top of the line and excellent. But so is everything else...

You won't be disappointed if you dine here....

Y
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reve is our go to Restaurant on theatre night.

M
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always love the food at Reve. It is authentic french food. The service is always awesome. We highly recommend Reve if you are looking for a great french food in the bay area.

RC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Reve is very small. Most of the seating in the winter months is outside in n enclosure.
The service and the waiter we had (Chris) were excellent. The food was well prepared and delicious.
We shared the onion soup and the house salad and we each ordered an entre. we each had two drinks and the bill was over $200 (with tip). Expensive... even for Lafayette.

SS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

We have eaten at Reve several times but we felt very rushed this time at the beginning of our meal. We ordered cocktails and before they arrived the waiter took our dinner order. Before the bartender even started on our drinks (we could see the bar) the soup arrived. I asked for it to be taken back but feel a restaurant of this caliber should know the order of things, i.e. cocktails then dinner. I ordered steak/frites which I have had before but this time the steak had a lot of fat and gristle. We sat near the front door and there were waiters, owner and front desk staff running back and forth a lot. I'm not sure we will go back as there are so many other options for dinner out in the east bay. We have always been seated outdoors which is nice so if you do go I suggest sitting there. Much calmer.

A
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great place for dinner. Staff is wonderful and always attentive. Be sure to order the fries!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I tried the vegan dish for the first time and it was super delicious as well as light ... meanwhile my husband was eating the famous french cassoulet :). exactly what we love !!
Thanks to Chef Paul

SF
San Francisco
49 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Make a point to reserve a table when Chef does the cassoulet. And end with the mousse au chocolat!

a
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in town! Food is superb; wait staff friendly and attentive.

Y
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience1

Rev is a small space normally for 12 tables. This night they put additional tables in the space. It was crowded and unpleasant.
The service was excellent.
The food was not hot,portions small.
The Rev salad I couldn’t adjust to the taste. I sent salad back.They didn’t charge me for salad.
I think they tried to accommodate more people than room for.
I probably will not return to Rev.

PB
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Reve as they have the most delicious French inspired food in the Bay Area!

M
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Exactly as advertised ,a French bistro in Layfayette. Easy,free parking. I'll go back

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

My boyfriend and I enjoyed a lovely experience at Rêve for Valentine’s Day. All of the food was terrific as usual. I loved the waitress that we had last time. She was very motherly, warm, and welcoming. We saw her on this occasion too and she was very helpful when we had a question about online ordering and pointed us in the right direction. The assiette de charcuterie, soup a l’oignon gratinée, moules frites mariniére, the noisettes de chevreuil poélées, and the lemon tarte were all superb. A big thank you to all the kitchen crew for their attention to detail and perfection.

Our server on the other hand was not very attentive and most of the other crew members did the work for her. She gave a very “basic” service that a customer could have received at any IHOP. I understand it is a busy occasion or you maybe had a bad day, but if you are spending nearly $200 on your meal, you want the service to be on par with that.

SF
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and friendly service. All the flavors were on point and delicious.

EA
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We chose Reve for our Valentine dinner with out of town guests. We had been there once before and really enjoyed our meal. This time, I was disappointed in the menu. We don't eat beef or venison. The only fish entrees were sea bass with lentils, scallops, and mussels. We settled on the scallops and shared the entree because it was very expensive. Our friends shared a steak and pomme frites, which they said was good. Our scallops were delicious. My main disappointment was the squash soup. It was so salty that I almost sent it back. Our lava cake chocolate dessert was excellent. Everything else - service, ambiance, etc. was very nice. Maybe a french bistro menu isn't for us.

DW
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best French restaurant in the Weast Bay. Period. Chef Paul and his staff do everything well.

KM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reve Bistro is one of those increasingly rare restaurants...authentic French, an almost disappearing option.
Owner Laura and husband Chef have created a jewel that has become so widely acknowledged that they often are able to have more than one seating an evening...even on a week night!. Our server was attentive, patient in explaining both dishes and wines, and always gracious. We were able to sample a couple of both white and red wines before ordering one of each. The venison with loganberry sauce was fantastic as was the seabass on lentils and veggie ragout. Reve is incredibly generous to the community, supporting schools and nonprofits generously. We can show our appreciation by dining there often (:

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our dinner was delightful!

J
San Francisco
62 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Delicious food, as always, and excellent service by a French native young lady, Sophie. Wife enjoyed the scallops and lobster dish and the complimentary (for her birthday) glass of sparkling wine and my beef cheek dish with chestnut spaetzle was very good. Despite all this - and I really hate to make a negative comment about an otherwise fine establishment - we were a bit disappointed because the on-line menu which featured two dishes (the duck and the branzino), which we had been looking forward to ordering this time, were not on the actual table menu. Even today, these were shown on the on-line menu. The restaurant needs to do a better job of keeping the on-line menu consistent with the actual service menu.

Reve
Responded on February 15, 2020

Hello John, You're right! The menu should have been updated on OpenTable. I forgot & as soon as I saw your email submitted our current menu, however it is updated through a 3rd party system that can take over 48 hours to update. Our website menu is accurate.

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ML
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Out of mussels the night we went, and I had my heart set of the mussels! Substituted the Coq au Vin, which was excellent.

m
San Francisco
43 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

My wife’s favorite restaurant; small portions, prepared with lots of flavors that jump in your mouth; parking can be challenging

Reve
Responded on February 14, 2020

Hello MFAGS, Thank you! FYI - Lafayette Elementary (just down the block) parking lot is now available for parking after 4:00 and on weekends. With a little walk it just got so much easier!

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A
San Francisco
57 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outside dining should not be overlooked. It’s charming and not chilly (despite looking like it might be). Sophie is the perfect server, a Normandy native, she always has spot on suggestions and is great with the wine list. The mushroom appetizer was incredible, again a favorite, and paired well with our wine. The risotto with fresh black truffles was also a perfect suggestion, especially when in season, and not over the top expensive considering the sound of truffles. The veal was tender and the veggie sides were delicious. A neighborhood gem for sure and one of our favorite spots. Romantic for two or great for a group!

CM
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great. Wished I would have asked for the price on the truffle risotto first($41) I justified it because it was amazing, I was just surprised when I got the bill. I have never had a bad meal there.

C
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience1

We did not say it was our anniversary so of course they did not know but we were looking forward to a nice relaxed evening. The most positive part is the hostess who is wonderful. She gets 10 stars. Anyway we were seated first at a table so close to a couple on a date that while they were trying to know each other we could not talk to each other so we asked to be moved. They put us out in the tent and it was freezing even though they had heaters. We were seated right by the plastic door that waiters came and went so cold air all the time. Move number three was back inside.The waiter was not attentive. He spent most of his time with his back to us talking to other diners. Asked twice for butter, twice for ketchup, poured our own wine. Very expensive meal for our experience. Will not hurry back.

DA
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always Reve does not disappoint. All of our dinners have been excellently prepared and served. I enjoyed the Truffle rissoto was wonderful.

MK
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Steak frites are a 'go-to'...we also had a scallop/lobster dish that was amazing. Very fairly priced wine list and outstanding service.

P
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not enough praises for this restaurant. I LOVE eating out and have been to many fine restaurants but this is the only one that consistently treats you like part of the family. They go out of their way to celebrate special occasions not only with a candle desert but with a card to the celebrant. Each and every time. The food, wine, thoughtful service, and great ambience makes it stellar in every way. Kudos to the fine staff! I come back again and again and enthusiastically recommend it!!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary dinner, we used to drive to the Wine Country. But so help we found this local gem. We’ll be back many times!

ES
San Francisco
43 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Came back for the 2nd time in 3 weeks! This time brought our family. This time we chose to sit in the covered patio area. We loved it more, because there was more room and it was easier to breath. The server was great! The food was delish, as before. This time we ordered the charcuterie board again. Unfortunately, some of the items were missing from the last time we had it and told our waiter, who apologized and ran to the kitchen to get the missing items. The venison dish was amazing again. The escargot were great. The onion soup was very good. The steak, mussels, and sea bass as our entrees were all great. We will be back.

JD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Intimate setting with great service & the delectable foods is memorable ! Wish they had more parking ☹️

Reve
Responded on February 7, 2020

Hello Julie, Thank you for your kind words! We wish there was more parking too! There is street parking across the street as well as a public lot just about 100 yards away - a short walk. We love a ride-share option (great after a bottle of wine). Laura

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SE
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We sat at the bar and enjoyed the Sunchoke soup, kale salad with beets, ribeye steak frite with peppercorn suace and the mushroom risotto. Everything was amazing, especially the risotto (Reve just announced that they had their first truffles of the season - hence the mushroom risotto) and the frites - hot, crisp on the outside and soft on the inside. The steak was prepared perfectly and the roasted vegetable accompanyment was excellent. To top it all off, it was Wednesday - half price wine night!
It does not get any better. Highly Recommended.

G
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great experience at Reve! We appreciate the very attentive service by all--hostess, waiter, bartender, busboy. Our delicious meals were obviously prepared with care by a chef with a real understanding of French cuisine. Looking forward to our return.

F
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good French Bistro Food. Good wine list. Enclosed and heated outdoor patio is very nice even in winter.

RF
San Francisco
58 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Reve is an outstanding French bistro, one of the very best - if not the best - in the Bay Area. It is our go to restaurant where we are assured of having an excellent dinner. Try the beef cheeks for a change of pace - exceptional.

BR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great, creative and seasonal food. We have gone back several times for special occasions and have brought friends.
Such a unique experience with incredible service. Try the beef cheeks and any soup of the day.

JD
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great! Wine, food, service was great!

ME
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and the food was excellent. We started with fresh oysters, followed by the French Onion soup. Our entrees were the rib eye steak and venison. Both were excellent.

s
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

A nice overall experience, however they were out of two things we ordered and the server didn't quite listen to us. Coq au Vin and french onion soup were amazing, fish and beef cheeks quite average. The people who run it are nice and welcoming. Not sure I would go back.