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- Chapeau!Mar 21, 2013
Cake fee of $2.50 per person. Yeah..we didn't cut the cake there.
Boyfriend's birthday dinner was here this year. We all did the pre-fixe menu which was app + entree + dessert.
I liked the onion soup because it wasn't too over-flavored as some places. So yumm to that.
Chocolate cake was okay. There are better ones out there such as at Roy's.
Escargots were too salty.
Service is very great since they refill water constantly & pretty fast.
Ambiance is warm, welcoming & pretty classy. They had this vase of beautiful big sunflowers. So pretty! :D
Definitely make reservations at least 2wks ahead; they get full very easily.
Street parking is okay to easy. We got lucky & found an empty spot on the corner of the street.
The chef is pretty friendly with the greeting the customers when they're there & leaving.
- Chapeau!Jan 04, 2013
Incredible neighborhood French restaurant hidden away in the Richmond district.
Oysters on a Half Shell = Very fresh and delicious.
Foie Gras Appetizer = The foie gras here seems a little too overcooked, but I mean, it's foie gras, so you can't really go wrong. Definitely not my favorite foie gras though.
Filet Mignon w/ Seared Foie Gras & Roasted Bone Marrow = I loved this piece of steak. Very good texture and flavor, especially when eaten with the foie gras and the bone marrow.
Warm Chocolate Cake = Delicious.
Rum Cake w/ Coffee Ice Cream = A little too sweet, but definitely good.
What makes Chapeau! so amazing is that not only is the food incredible, but the prices are ridiculously low for what you get. I would say Chapeau! is probably the best deal in SF for a nice, quiet night out to celebrate something special.
- Chapeau!Jul 04, 2012
great french restaurant on Clement street in the Inner Richmond district. the service, food including presentation are upscale, but the prices are extremely affordable. they have nice options where you can 'create your own' 3 or 4 course meal at reasonable rates, $38 or $46 respectively. though the food is nearly as good as other fine french restaurants in SF. highlights included escargot and the Filet. again made the mistake of eating something i didn't know. ahh so that's what sweetbreads are i thought to myself as i googled the dish we just ate on our way out...
- Chapeau!Member ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 2Jul 04, 2012
I was a little uneasy when I saw Chef Phillipe spending most of the time in the dining room instead of the kitchen. The little voice in my head was secretly praying for the food to not suck. "My dear lord, please let my duck breasts be crispy on the outside and perfectly tender inside.... "
My sincere prayer have been heard. The food was excellent. I have had seared duck breasts in numerous restaurants and finally at Chapeau! I found one that I truly love. It wasn't just the most tender or the most flavorful. All ingredients simply worked in a perfect harmony to create a delightful sensation. The texture of the duck skin has a character of its own. It was crispy yet buttery - a shocking contrast to the soft duck meat. I loved every bite of it.
The only thing I didn't enjoy as much was the escargot. It was on the salty side and the flavors were kinda monotonic. The trio of salmon was delicious but a bit ordinary. Mussels were excellent. The french fries really caught me off guard. Didn't expect they could actually pull this off so elegantly. Fries were perfectly done and the sauce is a very creative twist. Creme Brulee was the second best I have had. The texture was exactly the way I like - velvety, creamy yet light. A good dessert that will not overwhelm your taste buds with the sugar and butter. Basil Napoleon was very refreshing and memorable.
Have I convinced you to try this place out yet? Did I mention they have this early bird special from Monday thru Thursday? 3 Courses dinner is just $28 if you came in 5pm-6pm.
- Chapeau!Member ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 5Jul 04, 2012
At Chapeau! you'll have a dining experience like no other. It starts off with the confirmation phone call made by the owner Philippe's wife, whose excitement about your presence is truly sincere. When you arrive at the quaint little restaurant, don't be confused once you walk through the doors -- yes, you'll be shrouded in darkness by a heavy velvet curtain and wondering where to check in. But like being in a doctor's examining room and not knowing when you'll be seen by him, in a few minutes, the owner flings the curtain open with a huge smile and greets you with hugs and kisses. In his adorable French accent, he asks for your name and assures you that your table is almost ready.
The restaurant is small, tables are inches apart, and above the elevated chatter of the patrons, you will hear the booming laughter of the animated owner who makes his rounds to each table, making sure everyone is enjoying themselves. He is truly a charming host, you feel like you're dining in his home.
The pre-fixe menu is an incredible deal, and all of the choices look wonderful, making it hard to decide what to order. I decided to go with the 3-course $35 dinner, having the fried jumbo prawns to start, seared monkfish with risotto in lobster bisque as my main, and the warm chocolate cake for dessert. Fiancee went with the 4-course $42 dinner, having the same prawn appetizer, the tasting fish which was a scallop over an open squash ravioli, filet mignon with potatoes entree, and the trio of sorbets for dessert. The prawns were fantastic, my monkfish was incredibly rich because of the risotto in lobster bisque so I only managed to eat half of it, and the warm chocolate cake was heavenly. I really enjoyed the filet mignon, which was cooked perfectly and the flavors weren't too rich. Each course was a bit slow to come out, so our dinner lasted for 2.5 hours.
As we left, Philippe was already outside chatting with friends, so when he saw us, he came over with open arms and gave us kisses and hugs goodbye, saying "See you next time!" It's always such a pleasure to meet people who genuinely enjoy what they do. It just makes for an enjoyable experience for everyone there.
- Chapeau!Jul 04, 2012
This is a cute little gem in the Inner Richmond district. Very generous portions and authentic French cuisine. From Sun-Thurs they have an early prix fixe menu for less than $50 a person and the owners are always there to greet you with a kiss =]
- Chapeau!Jul 04, 2012
great food for the price and great food in general! came here and happened to catch their Sunday through Thursday "happy hour" special of $25.50 for a 3 course meal between 5 - 6 PM and it was probably the best $25.50 I've EVER spent on french food! this place is amazing and definitely one to try.