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Best French Restaurants

3star Jun 19, 2008 08:26 PM

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

  1. w
    whiner Jun 19, 2008 11:09 PM

    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. Robert Lauriston Jun 20, 2008 09:20 AM

      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
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        Jeff Jun 20, 2008 12:40 PM

        To the moderate list, I'd add Chapeau!

        1. re: Jeff
          Robert Lauriston Jun 20, 2008 01:36 PM

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

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            Pammel Jun 21, 2008 06:15 AM

            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
              Robert Lauriston Jun 21, 2008 07:25 AM

              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
                a_and_w Jun 24, 2008 01:24 PM

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

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                  j
                  Jeff Jun 25, 2008 10:33 AM

                  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
            intomeat Jun 21, 2008 08:47 AM

            Does Le P'Tit Laurent count?

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

          3. 3star Jun 23, 2008 06:30 PM

            are there any restaurants that particularly serve excellent foie gras?

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            1. re: 3star
              Paul H Jun 23, 2008 06:33 PM

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

              1. re: 3star
                Robert Lauriston Jun 23, 2008 06:49 PM

                Yes:

                http://www.chowhound.com/topics/490934

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