We had the most amazing meal at Cafe Bastille in Belden Place. We ate outside under heaters (in summer!) in this quaint, hidden gem, cobblestoned alley of European restaurants.
The wine list was really extensive and also included a fine wine list. We just went for a carafe of the house red which was great.
The menu was huge, offering soupes, salades, hors d’ouvres, entrees and desserts. We chose a la carte and they had a prix fixe menu for $35 USD for three courses. Very raisonnable.
My starter of aragula and baby greens with goats cheese, sunflower seeds and an apple and lemon dressing was to die for. Hubby really enjoyed his escargots also. We both chose steak with pommes frites which did not fail to please and also was served with more delicious salad. Friends had le lapin (rabbit), which was delicious as was the bouef bouguignone. Service and presentation were excellent.
This was very authentic with classic dishes offered such as duck confit, andouillete, boudin noir, poulet tagine. Delicieux.
Eno Wine Bar in Geary St is also a great recommendation. We went there for dessert and chose wine, chocolate and cheese fix plates. Such a sensational idea and experience.
Finally, Pinnochio Trattoria in North Beach was excellent. The penne arrabiata was divine along with the green salad tossed in strawberry viaigrette. The cotaletta milanese was great too, accompanied by a lovely bottle of sangiovese. Music, service and ambiance was great.