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Quick help, please? Looking for Frenchy, Bistro-ish for tonight

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Price point - similar to Lers Ros (where we were going to go but had change of mind) - near Civic Center a plus, but not necessary. I'm doing searches as i write this, but I don't have much time.

Thanks much!

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  1. Le Charm ?

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    1. re: pauliface

      i was looking at that, do you like it? Never been....

      1. re: mariacarmen

        I love it and have recommended it many times to others, who have all enjoyed it.

        1. re: mariacarmen

          I do like it, very much. Not over the top. Solid, delicious, traditional French food at fair prices. Last time I believe I had pate followed by duck confit, and they were excellent. My friend had a fillet mignon which was also excellent. Delicious potatoes if I recall.

          Quiet enough for conversation. I am a fan.

      2. In addition to Le Charm, I'd also recommend Garcon! in the mission. One of my favorites.

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        1. re: nickis

          I live a block away!

        2. Bistro Central Park
          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/687192
          http://www.yelp.com/biz/bistro-centra...

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          1. re: Cynsa

            Thanks Cynsa, never heard of this place! it looks really, really good.

          2. Fringale use to be good at a reasonable price.

            Also The Butler & The Chef and South Park Cafe in South Park.

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            1. re: ML8000

              I love South Park Cafe, forgot about that place.

            2. ohhh, thanks all, sorry i didn't stop this, but it's very good to have for future reference. out-of-town guests decided to stick with Lers Ros, and the dinner was fantastic. But i love having all these other recommendations! Thanks again.

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              1. re: mariacarmen

                ps- tho i used to love going there, my last few experiences (and granted, it's been a long time) at Fringale were not impressive. perhaps my palatte has changed? or it never recovered after there was an ownership change some time back. I'd be curious to hear from someone who's been there recently to give an update.

                Le Charm has been a fave go-to spot when I have an event in the area (YBCA) but it's not a destination per se. I haven't been to South Park in a while. would love to hear any reports on them as well.

                1. re: escargot3

                  Fringale's menu is quite different than it was before Hirigoyen moved to Piperade, but it's good old-school French.

                2. re: mariacarmen

                  L'Aardoise was really good the one time I was there: http://www.ardoisesf.com/index.html

                  1. re: Calvinist

                    that menu looks great, too. thanks.

                    1. re: Calvinist

                      The chef at L'Ardoise used to be at Fringale, when it was better. His wife is the chef at the equally good Le Charm!