French Bistro

  • 91
  • 2015 Best French

For 20 years, Chapeau! has been one of the best kept San Francisco secrets for excellent French cuisine and a steal of an early bird prix fixe menu. Husband-and-wife owners greet guests like old friends in the charming, intimate space. Chef Philippe Gardelle toggles between the kitchen or kissing guests on the cheek as they leave.

Chapeau! Chapeau! Chapeau!


  • Michelin Bib Gourmand 2015-2017
  • Most Romantic Restaurants in San Francisco 2015 — CBS
  • San Francisco's 50 Best Restaurants 2014 — Zagat
  • Zagat rating of 4.6 out of 5

Menu for Chapeau!

Main Menu


  • Oyster On The Half Shell red wine vinegar mignonnette
    Each $2.00
    Add On The Menus $2.00
  • Traditional Onion Soup
  • P.e.i. Mussels Soup creme fraiche, parsley & garlic croutons
  • Traditional Escargots De Bourgogne in butter, parsley & garlic
  • Mesclun Salad with creme dijonnaise, red seedless grapes, pistachio, fried camembert & walnut bread
  • Warm Brie On Potato & Leek Darphin mizuna & walnuts, red wine reduction
  • Trio Of Salmon gravlax, tartar & caviar, egg mimosa, fried capers & creme fraiche, micro herbs with lemon dressing
  • Deep Fried Black Tiger Prawns with shredded phylo dough, tomato & onion marmalade, petits legumes, herbed aioli
  • Salade Landaise frisee, duck confit & smoked duck magret, fingerling potato chips, classic french vinaigrette

Comme Vous Voulez

  • Prince Edward Island Mussels steamed with white wine, shallot & parsley, pommes frites & rouille
  • Porcini Crusted Veal Sweetbreads king trumpet & oyster mushrooms, baby carrots & turnips, truffle sauce, fried leeks, white truffle oil

Palate Cleanser

  • Trou Normand green apple sorbet, calvados
  • Colonel lemon-ginger sorbet, citrus infused vodka


  • Barley & Wheat, Lentils with dried fruits & toasted almonds, curry cauliflower mousse, artichoke dome, green curry sauce
  • Wild Caught Skate Wing in a brown butter, fingerling potato, sauce grenobloise, mache
  • Louisiana Gulf Wild Flounder mashed potatoes, braised leeks, p.e.i. mussels & manila clams, asparagus en tranches, mussels-saffron sauce
  • Cassoulet De Toulouse canellini beans, shredded braised lamb shoulder, duck leg confit, garlic & toulouse sausage
  • Lavender Honey & Dijon Glazed Petit Poussin roasted potatoes with bacon & white mushrooms, caramelized pearl onions, jus de poulet
  • Pan Seared Maple Leaf Farms Duck Breast creamy truffled polenta, salsifies, pears & grapes, green peppercorn sauce
  • Filet Mignon pommes de terre landaise, king trumpet & oyster mushrooms, sauce a la perigourdine

Lassiette De Fromages

  • Saint Agur monts du velay, auvergne, [cow]
  • Sainte-maure caprifeuille, vallee de la loire, [goat]
  • Comte massif jurassien, [cow]
  • Marshalls Farm Orange Blossom Natural Honey marshalls farm natural honey, unfiltered-raw, apple & walnuts

Les Desserts

  • Trio Of Sorbet hazelnut basket, apple compote
  • Tahitienne Vanilla Bean Creme Brulee
  • Tarte Du Jour
  • Nuage De Noix roasted pistachios, almonds & hazelnuts in a frozen chantilly & italian meringue
  • Basil Napoleon maui pineapple, manilla mango, banana, kiwi & strawberries, champagne-citrus pastry cream, feuille de bric
  • Profiteroles
  • French Toast, Soft Caramel, Hazelnut Ice Cream
  • Warm Valrhona Chocolate Cake banana flambee & rum-raisin ice cream, caramel sauce

126 Clement Street
San Francisco, CA 94118

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  • Price Range: $$$
    Atmosphere: Bistro, Classic/Old School, Intimate, Neighborhood Feel, Romantic
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
    Good For: Meet For A Drink, Quiet Conversation, Singles
  • Noise Level: Average
  • Wine Spirits: Full Bar
    Phone: (415) 750-9787
  • Private Dining Room: No