Best Moules Frites in San Francisco

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March 14, 2017
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by Zagat Staff

Find SF's best takes on the classic mussels-based dish, everywhere from chic French cafes to casual Belgian frite houses.

Chapeau!
French · Inner Richmond · $$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.5

Known for emerging from the kitchen to "greet his guests" , chef Philippe Gardelle demonstrates "equal parts charm and culinary skill" at this "welcoming" Inner Richmond "date spot" , serving "classic French bistro fare" in all its "bold, savory and creamy" "perfection" alongside "wonderful regional wines" ; most consider it a "great value" (the early-bird special in particular is "a steal" ), leaving the "cramped" conditions as the sole drawback.
Michel Bistro
French · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.2

A bit of "Paris on Lakeshore Avenue" , this Oakland sibling to Amelie produces a concise lineup of "excellent" , "non-stuffy" French fare ( "the moules are wonderful to share" ) and "intriguing" old-country wines; "delightful" staffers supervise a brick-lined duplex space, lending a suitably "grown-up" vibe to the "authentic" affair.
Le P'tit Laurent
French · Glen Park · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.2

"Big things" come in "little packages" at this Glen Park bistro "find" where "skilled" host-owner Laurent and his "capable staff" deliver "excellent" classic French fare and a "nice selection of wine" in a "tiny-triangle" of a setting; fans also say you "can't beat" the frequently changing prix fixe menu during the week.
Plouf
French · Downtown · $$
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.7 · Service 4.1

"Feel like you're in Europe" at this "industrial" -chic Downtown seafooder, where Francophiles declare the mussels and fries ( "prepared many different ways" ) are among the best "this side of Belgium" ; the "French waiters" can be "nonchalant" and the outdoor seating on Belden Place can get "jammed" , but it's still a "go-to" for a "romantic" tête-à-tête at a moderate tab.
Baker Street Bistro
French · Cow Hollow · $$
Food 4.2 · Decor 3.8 · Service 4.2

"Delightful" meals await at this "romantic" Cow Hollow bistro where the "tables are close together" , but "lovely" sidewalk seating and staffers with "a legit French accent" create a "hospitable" vibe; adding to the attraction, the "magnifique" prix fixe dinner on select nights is undoubtedly a "bargain."
Gaspar Brasserie
French · Downtown · $$
Food 4.1 · Decor 4.2 · Service 3.9

Franck LeClerc (Café Claude) expands his local empire with this "vibrant" French brasserie in the FiDi with a "sexy" downstairs lounge and a "swanky" upstairs dining room serving a "traditional" , "approachable" menu; the Parisian-inspired decor includes tufted-leather banquettes, textured ceilings and dark-wood furnishings, and there's a "lovely happy hour" too.
Frjtz
Belgian · The Mission · $$
Food 4.0 · Decor 3.6 · Service 3.8

"Delicious" frites with an "amazing sauce variety" , plus bowls of mussels and "super-filling" crêpes add up to the "perfect balance of food and value" at this casual Belgian in the Mission; despite lags in service, it has a "great vibe" and is a "nice place for breakfast" too.