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Best French Restaurants

Looking for the best French Restaurants in San Francisco, price is no concern.

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  1. How French? *French* French?

    Fleur de Lys
    La Folie

    Modern cooking with clear French inspiration, throw in:

    The Dining Room at the Ritz
    Coi (by reputation)

    1. Straight-up French is fairly rare around here.

      High-end: La Folie, Fleur de Lys

      Moderate: Clementine, Fringale, Jeanty at Jack's

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      1. re: Robert Lauriston

        To the moderate list, I'd add Chapeau!

        1. re: Jeff

          I deliberately left Chapeau off the list as the chef/owner recently bought Clementine and is cooking there. No reports here on Chapeau since.

          1. re: Robert Lauriston

            His wife oversees Chapeau and I don't think there has been any negative effect from Philipe being at Clementine except for not having him around interacting with guests the way he does.

            1. re: Pammel

              Have you eaten at Chapeau since the switch? If so you should post a report, I don't think there have been any yet. They've cut back the hours to two nights a week, and renewed the lease only with the option that they could back out at any time, so it seems clear their main focus is currently on Clementine.

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              Chapeau!
              126 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94118

              La Folie
              2316 Polk St., San Francisco, CA 94109

              Clementine Restaurant
              126 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94118

              Fringale Restaurant
              570 4th Street, San Francisco, CA 94107

              Jeanty At Jacks
              615 Sacramento St, San Francisco, CA 94111

              Fleur De Lys
              777 Sutter St., San Francisco, CA 94109

              1. re: Robert Lauriston

                Philipe and Ellen now own Clementine?! How do the menu and room compare to Chapeau?

                1. re: Robert Lauriston

                  I'm not sure how Chapeau! is now, but when we ate there in February, which was after they bought Clementine, it was as good as ever. Sans Phillipe's presence, of course, which is worth something. But the food and service were great. My only regret was not sharing the beef for two with bone marrow and a potato gratin . . . .

          2. re: Robert Lauriston

            Does Le P'Tit Laurent count?

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            Le P'tit Laurent
            699 Chenery St, San Francisco, CA 94131

          3. are there any restaurants that particularly serve excellent foie gras?

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            1. re: 3star

              Aqua, La Folie, and Michael Mina all have innovative (and large) foie gras dishes.