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Isa, San Francisco, CA

Isa

4.6
4.6
2782 Reviews
$30 and under
French American
With 2800+ OpenTable ratings of 4.9 stars & glowing 2277 Yelp reviews, Isa is celebrated for its impeccable blend of sophistication, VALUE, consistent QUALITY & FLAVORS for 25+ years. Specializing in deeply flavored & elegant French cuisine served with a simple, unpretentious California flair.

Chef Luke Sung, Nominee by James Beard Foundation has received many accolades from 5 consecutive years on the Chronicle's Top 100 Restaurant List to the Top 40 in Zagat & NYC Magazines Best Restaurants in Cities Around the Nation. Nestled in the SF Marina District, Isa is a treasure trove of haute cuisine. Ideal for intimate ambiance of the cozy front room or the lively energy of the back courtyard with retractable roof & heat lamps, Isa offers the perfect setting for a memorable experience.

Experience the epitome of culinary excellence and warm hospitality at Isa for up to 100 guests to celebrate your next special occasion (Rehearsal dinners, graduation celebrations, birthday parties & more)

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2 people

8:00 PM


Booked 9 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    French American, Californian, Bistro
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Thu 5:30 pm–9:30 pm Fri 5:15 pm–9:45 pm Sat 5:00 pm–9:45 pm Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (415) 567-9588
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Owned/operated by
    Women
  • Executive chef
    Founder Luke Sung
  • Catering
    All delicious dishes are available for catering. You can either make arrangements for a pick-up or use GrubHub, PostMates, Ubereats and Doordash.
  • Private party facilities
    Discover the perfect venue offering delicious French dishes for 25+ years for your next special occasion (seated course dinner or cocktail party) for up to 105 guests in the heated covered courtyard (160 total restaurant capacity). Celebrate life's milestones in style at our heated courtyard.
  • Private party contact
    Sam _Private Dining Manager: (415) 567-9588
  • Neighborhood
    Marina / Cow Hollow / Presidio
  • Cross street
    Chestnut and Lombard
  • Parking details
    Street parking is available. Parking places Nearby: • Lombard Street Garage.Lombard between Webster & Buchanan (alley between Fillmore and Webster)- 3 blocks• Metered Public Parking Garageon Pierce Street between Lombard and Chestnut - 2 blocks• Wells Fargo Bank (after 6pm) Behind Isaentrance at Chestnut or Lombard between Steiner/Filmore.
  • Public transit
    Muni line 43: Exit Lombard @ Pierce<br />Muni line 45: Exit Union @ Fillmore<br />Muni line 30: Exit Chestnut @ Fillmore<br />Muni line 28: Exit Lombard @ Fillmore<br />Muni line 22: Exit Fillmore @ Lombard.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 2,782 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

2,782 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good vibes and the five course meal on Mother’s Day was fantastic

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  2. Diner17

    San Francisco

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have been going to Isa for years, especially for special occasions like Mothers Day or Valentines Day when they offer a 4 or 5 course dinner. Every dish is amazing and fresh with an emphasis on fish and seafood. We especially enjoy the ahi appetizer, oysters, potato wrapped seabass and halibut. Everyone from the Maitre de to the servers to the guy who brings out the food are all so nice and welcoming. Highly recommended!

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  3. KimunL

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Very nice French-California cuisine started by the original owner Luke Sing and his wife. Many of the current staff are still there after 20 years which speaks volumes. Crème brûlée is delicate and delicious. All the signature dishes are good. Lamb chops and sea bass encased with potatoes. Some fresh paint and some lively music will bring more cheerfulness to a charming restaurant. BonAppetite

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    All of the food was on POINT & the owner & server were warm, knowledgeable & generous, bringing out 2 complimentary ports with dessert since it was our anniversary.

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  5. WMOregon

    Portland

    46 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We travel to SF twice or more often every year, and Isa is our promary destination restaurant. It continues to be excellent, with gourmet preparations of rack of lamb, sea bass, halibut and sweetbreads (the very best).

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  6. NGM6

    San Francisco

    72 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    72 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    One of our favorite restaurants with outstanding & delicious menu. Prices have increased & portions are small. But we will continue to support this long-time establishment in the Marina neighborhood.

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  7. PhilipM

    Sacramento

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food and service was great. we always enjoys our dining experience here. Thank you

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  8. DianaQ

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful meal and such friendly and attentive staff!

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I came in for dinner with my mother and was blown away. The ambience was gorgeous for a cozy night dinner and the servers were so knowledgable about everything. The service was really just exceptional, from greeting us at the door to checking on us, we felt so welcomed. The food was delicious and I highly recommend this place! A must dining experience. Absolutely fell in love with the risotto. The spaghetti and the scallops were mouthwatering. I highly enjoyed the goat cheese, which was a first and the crème brûlée just ended the meal as the perfect cherry on top.

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  10. CatherineSS

    Hawaii

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Isa staff is unfailingly attentive and enjoyable. The food was amazing--inventive, beautifully presented, and, of course, delicious. The setting is relaxing and makes the whole evening enjoyable.

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  11. cineman

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great value for Restaurant Event special, great selections and excellent quality of food.

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  12. Mango

    San Francisco

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, and good, friendly, professional service. Definitely a delightful evening. Thank you, Isa!

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  13. lutke

    San Francisco

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is outstanding as always and the service was very attentive. We’ve been coming here for years and it never disappoints.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I haven’t been here for a long time and use to come here quite often. The ambience is great for a large group or parties and service was amazing!

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  15. ConnieT

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Always look forward to returning to ISA. Will be returning next month. CT

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  16. NGM6

    San Francisco

    72 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    72 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food outstanding & delicious, as always. Friendly service. We love this restaurant & dine there regularly, as a neighborhood Marina favorite.

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  17. nana

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a pleasure, great food and service. Took friend for her first time and loved it.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful dinner for 6 people. Food was delicious, service was supper attentive and the ambiance was lovely. Isa provides its customers with the old fashion personalized attention to every detail. We were impressed

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  19. JanetS

    San Francisco

    145 reviews

    5.0

    145 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Outstanding food as always, great service and a lovely busy atmosphere!

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  20. SFGal

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous food, wonderful service and a lovely atmosphere for dinner last night (even though we were a party of 12.) Everyone raved then and afterwards about what a great restaurant it is, and that they’ll be back again. Several friends said the lamb was the best they’d eaten, the scallops were sweet and tender, and even the grilled bread was an elevated experience. My new fave place in SF (I want to try the extra-charming back enclosed patio next time.)

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  21. Rachrob

    San Francisco

    34 reviews

    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is our go to place when we travel from Marin California to see jazz at geelou near Isa. Owner is so great. Experienced waiters like John. They have a full bar. I love the high quality food and service. You won't be disappointed.

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  22. MontecitoJoe

    Central Coast

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We have been to Isa many times over the years -- this was probably my 8th time there. It never disappoints. We started with oysters, then the crab salad, then the baked brie and prawns for appetizers. The potato wrapped halibut is always a highlight and it didn't disappoint this time either. The hangar steak and the scallops were also great. The pace of the arrival of the food was perfect. It's absolutely one of my favorite restaurants. Period. I wish we had one in my hometown.

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  23. KyleZ

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    I made reservations for Valentine’s Day here and I am sorry to say I was very disappointed with the service. I’ve heard great things about the food here and I was excited to finally try it. Unfortunately, I ended up sitting at my table for over two hours and was only served my first course. After waiting for so long, we decided to leave. The staff was very understanding and apologetic, but I did not like their explanation of why we weren’t receiving quality service. They told us that 50% of the other guests in the restaurant were regulars so that is why they were being served quicker. I don’t think I will be coming back.

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  24. None

    New York City

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Wayy too crowded. Seems like they were trying to reel people in for Valentines day. Overpriced for what you get, food was eh at best. Dessert was the best part, but definitely not come back again. You’re better off eating at home

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  25. ShawnN

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    We went on Valentine's. Food was excellent but they were incredibly understaffed. It took 3 hours for a 5 course meal. 30 to 45 min before we could even place our orders. I know at least 2 other couples that left because the extreme slowness. Numerous times I was bumped by waitstaff trying to maneuver among the packed tables. Management is to blame, not the waitstaff or the kitchen.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    1.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    I’d avoid for Valentine’s Day. The food came out in different orders and different times from my partner’s, so he would be eating while i’d be waiting 15 min for my app/entree. The entree he ordered said on the menu it came with potatoes a gratin. The dish came out without it, and the manager said it was a “typo” on the menu. Chaotic and sorta stressful- the people next to us received their food in a different order from one another, so even though they both ordered the mussels, they ate them at different times. Not super romantic. Also the cocktails are TINY, martinis were only half filled and full price.

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  27. 415N

    San Francisco

    280 reviews

    5.0

    280 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had such a lovely Valentine’s Day dinner at Isa that we can’t imagine going anywhere else for Valentine’s Day next year. The pre fixe menu had lots of choices and everything was delicious. I had lobster broth with prawns, hamachi, goat cheese with tomato, roast chicken and amaretto semi fredo for dessert and my husband had potato leek soup, oysters, prawns in tomato broth, and also roast chicken and the semi fredo. The atmosphere was lovely, with a rose on every table, and service was friendly and polished. We can’t wait to return.

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  28. TinaD

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Excellent food, but we had issues with our seating and the staff should have dealt with it better. I specifically picked indoor seating with my open table reservation but they insisted we sit in the patio where they let us choose a spot next to an outdoor heater. A quarter of the way into our meal they turned the heater off because another patron was too warm . we both became cold and they said they could do nothing about it. i had to sit with my partners down jacket on my legs. We asked them numerous times to turn it back on. other heaters were on, even at low settings. On our way out we saw empty indoor tables! they could have moved us. They did not seem to care about providing us a comfortable experience. Once they knew we were unhappy they ignored us, didn’t ask if we wanted more drinks or coffee with dessert, took our water away. sadly would not recommend to a friend.

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  29. kcec

    San Francisco

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and heated patio was very comfortable.

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  30. CFITZ

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    A lovely place with a great menu I would recommend the outside deck as it is very nicely set up and heated. The staff were good people. I really enjoyed my first time here.

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  31. Krista

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This restaurant is fantastic! We loved all the starters, and the scallop dish is one of my favorite. It was our second time, and we will definitely be back soon!

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  32. SaraF

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Simple but well done menu. The Prix Fixe menu is a total bargain. I had the pan seared chicken. I never eat chicken skin but I did this time. It was so crispy and flavorful. My friends had the Truffle Risotto with mushrooms. Again a rich, favorful dish. Great creme brulee.

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  33. ReneeS

    New York City

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great staff and great food. Back patio is cute. Good lcoation.

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  34. trujo

    San Antonio

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Es un restaurante caro para la calidad de comida que ofrece. El servicio no fue bueno. El mesero nos dejó un poco abandonados

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  35. Ariagirl

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We ate here for New Years! Food, wine and cocktails were excellent. Our server was a bit absent minded, but the rest of the team supported him nicely. We loved the back courtyard ambience, as well as the NYE favors and champagne. Overall a lovely evening!

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We ordered 4 entrees and each one was excellent. The short ribs, sea bass, chicken, and hanger steak. Our first time there and it definitely will not be our last!

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  37. meredithw

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I rarely leave reviews for restaurants because so often the experience is merely good or worse and in this restaurant town, that doesn't cut it. However, our evening for 5 with ages ranging from 83 to 17 was beyond great. Truly outstanding--The servers were attentive and delightful. Food was wonderful, and all of it an example of what the dish should be when prepared expertly and with excellent, fresh ingredients. Cocktails were delish. I would say everything is fairly priced as well. Ambiance is cozy and comfortable. Isa is a neighborhood gem, and worth a visit for delicious, unpretenous yet elegant meal that will leave you smiling.

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  38. sfmv

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Food was excellent! Shrimp and hamachi appetizers, rack of lamb, scallops, chicken, and sea bass were all lovely. Decor is pretty tired and a bit cheesy. All of the staff told us multiple times how nothing had changed in 24 years. Perhaps it's time for a refresh! But the food is wonderful and the staff very attentive and friendly and made excellent wine recommendations.

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  39. BillG

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food, wine, service and ambiance. We will definitely be going back!

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  40. RickH

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Consistently good ranging from food quality to service which explains why they’ve survived over 24 years.

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FAQs

Isa does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Isa also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 567-9588.

Isa is rated 4.6 stars by 2782 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

8:00 PM


Booked 9 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Isa

3324 Steiner St., San Francisco, CA 94123

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Chestnut and Lombard
  • Neighborhood
    Marina / Cow Hollow / Presidio
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Thu 5:30 pm–9:30 pm Fri 5:15 pm–9:45 pm Sat 5:00 pm–9:45 pm Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    French American, Californian, Bistro
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Street parking is available. Parking places Nearby: • Lombard Street Garage.Lombard between Webster &amp; Buchanan (alley between Fillmore and Webster)- 3 blocks• Metered Public Parking Garageon Pierce Street between Lombard and Chestnut - 2 blocks• Wells Fargo Bank (after 6pm) Behind Isaentrance at Chestnut or Lombard between Steiner/Filmore.
  • Public transit
    Muni line 43: Exit Lombard @ PierceMuni line 45: Exit Union @ FillmoreMuni line 30: Exit Chestnut @ FillmoreMuni line 28: Exit Lombard @ FillmoreMuni line 22: Exit Fillmore @ Lombard.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    Women
  • Executive chef
    Founder Luke Sung
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (415) 567-9588
  • Catering
    All delicious dishes are available for catering. You can either make arrangements for a pick-up or use GrubHub, PostMates, Ubereats and Doordash.
  • Private party facilities
    Discover the perfect venue offering delicious French dishes for 25+ years for your next special occasion (seated course dinner or cocktail party) for up to 105 guests in the heated covered courtyard (160 total restaurant capacity). Celebrate life's milestones in style at our heated courtyard.
  • Private party contact
    Sam _Private Dining Manager: (415) 567-9588
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