Chez Papa Bistro

(405) 824-8210 | View Website

1401 18th St, San Francisco, CA | Directions   94107

37.762490 -122.396710

Open Hours

Mon-Thu 11:30am-2:30pm, 5:30pm-10pm

Fri-Sat 11:30am-2:30pm, 5:30pm-11pm

Sun 5:30pm-10pm

 
Restaurants, Bistros, French  more

Price: $$

Tags: Lunch Spot, Notable Wine List, Romantic Dining

Payment Methods: American Express, MasterCard, Visa

General Info: Open 7 Days

Neighborhoods: Central East, Potrero

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Chez Papa Bistro
Menu
Soup of the Day, Butter Lettuce Salad, Mustard, Shallot Vinaigrette, Baby Red, Gold, Chioggia, Beets Salad, Feta, Nectarine confit, Pistachio, Arugula, Burrata, Artichoke Confit, Quince Confit, Hummus, Prosciutto, Figs Balsamic Vinaigrette, Classic Baked Escargot, Pastis, Garlic & Parsley Butter, Salmon Gravlax Galette, Dill, Horseradish mousse, Warm Brie Galette, Mizuna, Roasted Pecans, Red Wine Reduction, Roasted Bone Marrow, Garlic Confit, Parsley, Capers, Cornichon, Frisee Salad, Kobe Beef Tartar, Dijon Mustard, Ketchup, Parsley, Shallots, Capers, Cornichons, Quail Egg, Provencale... more

Reviews for Chez Papa Bistro

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

So good! – I went to Chez Papa awhile back, loved it! Surprised I haven't made it back over there. I had a steak and it was prepared perfectly. The wine was good, service was great, and the prices are reasonable. This is a great place to go to to have French food without all the fluff.

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

Chez Papa, mais Chez PooPoo Service – Had a reservation and was seated on time. Ordered 2 glasses of wine. All smooth so far, but then placed our order. A couple sat down next to my girlfriend and I about 10 minutes after we were seated. Before we knew it, they had been eating before us! Maybe they called in their order, but I doubt Chez Papa is that type of restaurant. Then our waitress comes over and tells us our order was "lost." What does that mean anyway.."lost"?

We eventually got our food (which was the highlight of the night and the only reason I'd return - I think I'll call in my order for take-out next time). The lamb was great! Then we ordered 2 Sierra Nevada's. About 10-12 minutes went by before she returned and told us they ran out of Sierra Nevada! Then my girlfriend told me she just saw a waiter bring a Sierra Nev. out to another table! I've never worked in a restaurant before, but do you just run out of beer? If you do, offer me something else asap!

So I was thinking to myself...Did we do something wrong to warrant this service? When I asked for the check, the hostess returned with 2 after dinner drinks and a chocolate cake that was delicious. So in the end, they somewhat redeemed themselves with the complimentary drink and dessert.

The service was not the best, but you can't deny great food...and that's what Chez Papa offers.

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

Great time had as a walk in..... – Me and four other friends were going to eat at Apertos down the street, but ended up stumbling upon Chez Papa. The male host was very accomodating and polite and continually provided updates as to when our table would be ready. The food was pretty good and the prices seemed reasonable for the quality of food. It has a romantic setting on top of Potrero Hill and my wife and I will go there for dinner again on our own.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

poor service - not worth it – We never ate here due to the terrible service - we walked out. We had a reservation on a Tuesday night, and showed up early. We waited for 1/2 hour at the bar and were igorned the entire time. The time for our reservation came, and still we were not seated. We were also not offered any other option such as eating at the bar, although we later saw other patrons doing so. We walked out because we could not be seated in time for us to make an engagement later that evening. In addition, the host was rude.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

awesome! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED – This is the first time I have given the highest ratings for every aspect of the survey. I took my sister here during her trip from Maui and it highly exceeded our expectations. The food was amazing (everything from the appetizer to the dessert) and the service never skipped a beat. The house also brought a complimentary dessert, as it was her birthday.. My sister and I were in awe during the entire meal. It is extremely rare to find a place that has excellent service, ambiance, taste, quality, presentation, and value because at least one always seems to be lacking. This is now my favorite restaurant! Can't wait to come back! Loved the staff, they were adorable and made our night so fun!

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Rude – Service was exceptionally terribly (especially the hostess) and the food was mediocre and strangely luke warm. Don't bother with this place.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

A bientôt! – As with most Potrero hill residents, I try to patronize local merchants and restaurantseasy to do when it comes to Chez Papa. But truth is, Id drive across town to eat here. The atmosphere is greatwarm, friendly, and full of life. Theres a romantic feel about this place and each visit leaves me feeling like I was at a great dinner party. All the appetizers are great. Mussels are a sure bet and the rack of lamb is superb. The wait staff is helpful (and handsome), the wine list is decent. The specials are consistently good. A great San Francisco addition that could easily become a San Francisco tradition.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Worth the drive – Sure, Potrero isn't the easiest place to get to by public transport, but it's worth the drive. The food is divine. My girlfriend had the salmon with leek fondue and I had the filet mignon, both great choices, with the beet salad to start. We ended the night with a butterscotch bread pudding that was delicious without going overboard with sweetness. Every person that waited on us was delightfully funny and could not hide their French accents if they tried. We were able to come in off the street and get a seat, but I've heard this might be unusual.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Sexy, cool ambiance- a must visit in SF – This was an amazing restaurant...my friend I decided to visit together after returning from Paris a few months ago, and we absolutely loved the food. Amazing service, immaculate setting, and a sexy ambiance that's hard to match.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Pas bon – This is the second time I went to Chez Papa and was disappointed again. The service was good, but the food was mediocre and very overpriced. We ordered the artichokes wrapped in prosciutto for an appetizer, which were burnt and only tasted of the prosciutto. For entrees, we had the salmon and lamb, which were both subpar. I think there are much better French restaurants in the city that aren't so expensive and pretentious. Go elsewhere!

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