France’s national holiday, Bastille Day, marks a turning point in the nation’s revolution. On July 14, 1789, a mob stormed the fortress that represented the worst of the old monarchy, and the French have celebrated the anniversary ever since.
In modern times, it’s a day of celebration in France, as well as for Francophiles everywhere.
In the spirit of liberté, égalité, et fraternité, Hoodline compiled this list of San Francisco’s freshest French restaurants, crêperies and wine bars, using data from Yelp and our own methodology.
Topping the list is Chapeau! Located at 126 Clement St. (between 3rd Ave and Second Avenue) in the Inner Richmond, the wine bar and eatery is the most popular French restaurant in San Francisco, boasting 4.5 stars out of 2,668 reviews on Yelp. The restaurant offers traditional French cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere at affordable prices.
Next up is Russian Hill's La Folie, situated at 2316 Polk St. (between Union and Green streets). The restaurant, which offers classic French cuisine in an upscale, fine dining atmosphere, has earned 4.5 stars out of 1,432 reviews on Yelp.
Union Square's Bouche, located at 603 Bush St. (between Stockton and Burritt streets), is another great choice, with 4.5 stars out of 755 reviews on Yelp. The restaurant, which bills itself as "California French" cuisine, offers a rustic take on traditional French dishes, offering a rotating seasonal menu, and a beer and wine list focusing on small producers in France and California.
If you're looking to grab a glass (or bottle) of wine before, during, or after your Bastille Day festivities, consider checking out this popular spot.
The Hidden Vine
The Financial District's The Hidden Vine, located at 408 Merchant St. (between Battery and Sansome streets), is a highly-rated choice, with Yelpers giving the wine bar 4.5 stars out of 789 reviews.
Whether you order them sweet or savory, crêpes are a classic way to pay tribute to French cuisine. Hoodline combed through San Francisco's top crêperies, and here's where everyone is heading.
Chez Maman East
Potrero Hill's Chez Maman East, located at 1401 18th St. (between Connecticut and Missouri streets), is the highest-rated San Francisco crêperie on Yelp, sporting 4.5 stars out of 2,026 reviews.
Crepes Ooh La La
Next on the list is Crepes Ooh La La. Located at 1220 Polk St. (between Fern and Sutter streets) in Polk, this crêperie has a warm, doughy place in diners' hearts, with four stars out of 171 reviews on Yelp.
The Crepe Cafe
Next up is The Crepe Cafe, situated at 333 Jefferson St., Suite 5A (between Jones and Leavenworth streets), in the heart of Fisherman's Wharf. With four stars out of 93 reviews on Yelp, the crêperie and French eatery delights tourists and locals alike.