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Cafe Jacqueline

French Restaurant$$$$
North Beach, San Francisco
  • The experts at SFGate and SF Weekly recommend this place
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    • SF Weekly
  • Shirley L.
    "Definitely order the strawberry soufflé if it's in season!"(2 Tips)
    "most romantic restaurant in North Beach"(2 Tips)
    matt k.
    "The seafood one were also good, but less so."(4 Tips)
    Kristy C.
    "Dessert soufflé!"(5 Tips)
33 Tips and reviews
  • soufflés
  • caviar
  • romantic
  • wine
  • good service
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  • Malte G.
    Malte GoescheApril 20, 2014
    Favorite place in SF. She's been making 50+ soufflés a night for 35 years here now. So she knows what she's doing. Also, if in season do get the strawberry soufflé.
  • SFGate
    SFGateMarch 25, 2015
    Considering two souffles make a meal at the most romantic restaurant in North Beach, this dessert is really almost a main course. So ethereal, and so balanced between tart and sweet. Read more
  • Shirley L.
    Shirley LiuMay 31, 2014
    Definitely order the strawberry soufflé if it's in season! Takes an hour, so be prepared to have some wine or coffee if you're not planning to order a full meal beforehand.
  • Nico P.
    Nico PitneyDecember 21, 2014
    "There's no place like Cafe Jacqueline, not just in SF, but anywhere. Jacqueline is the Jiro Dreams of Sushi of soufflés, from lobster or white corn-ginger-garlic to lime or Grand Marnier." Read more
  • SF Weekly
    SF WeeklyMay 31, 2012
    SF Weekly’s Best Of 2012 Winner – Editorial Pick – Best French Restaurant In 2012, it’s hard to imagine the effect that dishes like boeuf bourguignon and ratatouille first had on Americans. How… Read more
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsApril 21, 2014
    Cafe Jacqueline is a tiny all-souffle restaurant made for a romantic night out. Your meal will be bookended with one savory and one sweet souffle.
  • Tez A.
    Tez AndersonApril 13, 2014
    This is a hidden gem. A French soufflé restaurant in North Beach. No website. No Facebook page but amazing food, service and atmosphere. Best birthday ever.
  • Katie M.
    Katie MuiAugust 8, 2017
    Make an early reservation because it takes an hour for the savoury soufflé to come out – and another half hour for the dessert soufflé. But it's absolutely worth the wait!
  • Natalie L.
    Natalie LinSeptember 3, 2012
    order wine to while away the hour you'll wait before souffles are served ... while you're waiting, venture to the backyard restroom (as an excuse to glimpse Jacqueline w/ her toque & basket of eggs)
  • Pancrazio
    PancrazioAugust 30, 2014
    This is a unique place. Jacqueline prepares soufflé, one by one. One of the best places to go in SF.
  • Chris B.
    Chris BSeptember 23, 2014
    Amazing souffles ...Take your time there given that it takes an hour to cook your souffle but it will be worth your time *_*
  • Fernando T.
    Fernando ToledoApril 8, 2012
    If you are coming on a weekend, try to make a reservation the day before. It's at it's busiest on weekends and it's a really small place.
  • Hetal G.
    Hetal GandhiJuly 7, 2013
    For veggie lovers... Ask them to make you an asparagus, cilantro, tomato and garlic soufflé! Delish!
  • matt k.
    matt knoxMarch 24, 2014
    Strawberry and prosciutto mushroom soufflés were amazing. The seafood one were also good, but less so.
  • Jim K.
    Jim KnickerbockerApril 29, 2012
    The restaurant can get very warm and they can't leave the door open or it affects the oven or souffle or something, so wear something cool.
  • Jeanne L.
    Jeanne LevyMarch 23, 2014
    Be patient. Takes a bit so be with interesting people.
  • Ernest N.
    Ernest NgJanuary 7, 2013
    All savory soufflés here are cheese based. Dairy adverse patrons be aware.
  • Fabio T.
    Fabio TelesJune 17, 2016
    Best soufflé I ever had in my life!
  • Jessica C.
    Jessica ChanDecember 5, 2011
    there's only one Jacqueline, so be prepared to wait. loved the strawberry souffle.
  • Jessica C.
    Jessica ChanDecember 5, 2011
    eat the dessert souffles slowly, the powdered sugar makes you cough
  • Alice M.
    Alice MayJuly 29, 2013
    Amazing mushroom and chocolate soufflés!
  • James Y.
    James YuMarch 29, 2009
    Order a souffle, any souffle. They are sublime. Start with a savory and end with a sweet one. You can't go wrong. Be prepared to eat for at least one hour, so avoid awkward dates.
  • William S.
    William SieSeptember 16, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Best white chocolate souffle. Ever.
  • Natalie S. C.
    Natalie S. ColesNovember 27, 2010
    Caviar, figs wrapped in prosciutto, Dubonnet and a lovely partner = LOVE!!!
  • Kristy C.
    Kristy ChowJune 5, 2014
    Dessert soufflé!
  • Liz L.
    Liz LeeNovember 9, 2013
    Thank Chef Jaceuline for your meal- but she doesn't like her picture taken :)
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsAugust 28, 2014
    Check out Cafe Jacqueline as seen on Best Thing I Ever Ate Read more
  • janet y.
    janet yuOctober 18, 2012
    Don't have appetizers this will make ur meal last 3 hrs. I m not kidding.
  • Jeskia L.
    Jeskia La'bellaMay 11, 2013
    Peach souffle is awesome
  • Malte G.
    Malte GoescheFebruary 23, 2013
    There is basically nothing you could order that is not amazing.
  • Shadi M.
    Shadi MehraeinJuly 23, 2009
    Every course is a souffle! Love it...want to try it..but I heard it can take a while
  • Kevin H.
    Kevin HybiskeMay 14, 2010
    The crab souffle cannot be beat
  • baris a.
    baris aksoyDecember 15, 2009
    Great souffles with a glass of Sauternes!
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