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Posted by DANNETTE PELTIER on 07/16/2012
We have dined at Chapeau for many years, for special occasions, or a quiet dinner for two. With a 3 the 4 now 5 year old grand daughter or a party of 12. We have never been disappointed, always been thrilled. The atmosphere is quiet and simple, so comfortable. For some reason, even when the restaurant is full, you can hear your guests talk. The food is well priced for the consistent quality. Phillipe and his wife are always available to discuss every dish and to make wine suggestions. All of the waiters are quick, alert but do not rush you. Go there, you'll love it.
Posted by anonymous on 04/29/2011
Definitely one of the best French restaurants I've ever eaten at, if not one of the best restaurants period. The food is amazing, and complements each other exquisitely. The chef, Philippe Gardelle welcomes you into his restaurant like he is cooking just for you individually. It's a great restaurant all around! I highly recommend you try it out.
Posted by Count de Monet on 04/20/2011
Owner Philippe Gardelle is an extraordinary chef whose success stems half from his culinary skills, which are superb, and half from his personality, which is irresistible. His restaurant, which he modestly calls a bistro, serves some of the most exquisite French dishes I have tasted anywhere. The wine list is extensive and will please everyone. The service, while a tad slow at times, is immaculate. The reason for the slow service is that the sous-chefs in the kitchen make certain every dish is individually prepared exactly as requested, which takes a little more time, but it is certainly worth every minute of the wait. I can't count the number of times I have been there, but I can't wait to get back to SF to return. Chapeau! Philippe,and Bon appetit!
Posted by Anonymous on 07/11/2010
Some of the best French food in SF. An absolute must!
Posted by roadrunner on 01/01/2008
This is a wonderful restaurant in an odd area in that most restaurants like these are found in "yuppieville"--Chestnut Street, Union Street, etc.--but don't be put off. You can actually find a parking spot nearby if not in front of the restaurant which is great. The restaurant is quite small so if you don't like sitting close to other people while you dine, this restaurant is not for you. As you might imagine, the close quarters result in a noisy atmosphere. The food here, however, is top of the line and you will not be disappointed. The service is quite good and though it can take an inordinate amount of time between courses, it is well worth the wait. The owner--a fantastic chef in his own right--actually interacts with his patrons and makes you feel welcome. We would definitely recommend this restaurant and look forward to returning to it soon.
Posted by SanFranCitizen on 12/01/2006
Great food at very reasonable prices, same for the wine list, and the owner is almost always on premises to make sure that the cuisine and service are parfait. Plus you don't have to fight for parking downtown!