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Chez Maman East

French Restaurant$$$$
Potrero Hill, San Francisco
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  • Federica F.
    Federica FanfaniNovember 24, 2015
    Everything was super delicious, from the tartare to the salted smoked salmon crepes, to the sweet nutella and banana crepes dessert! Red wine was awesome and the staff is very friendly! Loved it
  • Sam W.
    Sam WellerJanuary 7, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Everything! pleasure to watch men work as a ensemble - the burgers are gourmet and you can have them with Brie or goat cheese, beef tartar, clams. Wonderful place - no big companies - place is small
  • Staff Picks
    Staff PicksApril 28, 2016
    This homey, country French bistro is among the best places in town for crępes, classic steak frites, and mussels in sauce, but the burgers are the real attraction. Read more
    Upvoted Jan 29
  • Hana N.
    Hana NaJanuary 3, 2012
    I love garlic, I love cheese, I love butter! Cozy+charming French resto. Try their baked camembert w/ roasted garlic and toast points. Be bold and nom on Escargot parsley, butter-shallots & white wine
  • Wilson F.
    All the French classics, all perfectly executed. Go for a "16" (1664 Kronenbourg) draft beer with some snails and œufs cocottes and be happy.
  • Yin L.
    Yin LiNovember 15, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    While their burgers are all excellent, I like to order slightly off-menu: ask the waiter if they can do a veggie burger to get one that's stuffed with their house ratatouille.
  • GourmetLive
    GourmetLiveAugust 7, 2012
    Food blogger Jaymee of E is for Eat recommends Chez Maman. "Try traditional dishes, like baked Camembert and stuffed crêpes, or go big with a burger topped with Brie and a fried egg."
  • Liza P.
    Liza P3 weeks ago
    I'll always love the old little Chez Maman more... but honestly really solid French place. The nicest waiters, great wine list, delicious Niçoise salad!
  • Randy H.
    Randy HumFebruary 10, 2013
    The place is small, seems like it fits 15 people so go early (5:30pm)! Best grilled salmon I've ever had and the mussels were good too!
  • Tristan T.
    Tristan TranMay 23, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    After trying a few things, I will now only order between those two dishes: the flat iron steak or Les Moules Provençales, always with fries, for sure!
  • Mortiche W.
    Mortiche WongDecember 17, 2016
    One of my favorite lunch spots. Nicoise salad, crepe complete or salmon crepe, moules mariniere, and their house burger are all excellent.
  • Brian D.
    Brian DowningMarch 16, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    My favorite burger in SF. Many are fans of the burger with cheese, but it's sufficiently well seasoned to enjoy unadorned as well.
  • Daniel
    DanielApril 27, 2016
    Really nice and authentic restaurant, a lot of French people go there. Mussels were excellent, the lamb skewers were great too.
  • Michael C.
    Michael CoxApril 3, 2016
    Unpretentious and surprisingly neighborhoody French bistro atmosphere. Soup and crêpes are delish!
  • Chris K.
    Chris KelnerSeptember 2, 2014
    This place is amazing. Small and intimate. Seats maybe 15. Food is amazing. Staff is top notch. Really good food!
  • Mila I.
    Mila IoffeOctober 15, 2016
    Onion soup, beef tartare, Thai mussels were absolutely outstanding. However, my daughter said that savoyarde crepe needed more flavor or spice.
  • Kate L.
    Kate LehmanMay 20, 2013
    Worth the wait to grab seats at the counter. Delicious burgers, and the perfect little Potrero afternoon spot.
  • Sam W.
    Sam WellerJune 24, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Love the place. But the crepe I had today was blah... Had cheese, potatoes, cornichons, prosciutto - but still was tasteless
  • Douglas L.
    Douglas LiApril 17, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    A very quaint and small place in Potrero. The food is simple but amazing. Service has personality and flair. If you ever fancy getting out of the city without leaving the city limits. This is it!
  • Dave G.
    Dave GrijalvaOctober 4, 2012
    Everyone says to get the burger. They're not wrong, but when you're done doing that, get the pain perdu. It's so crazy good..
  • Eliane F.
    Eliane FioletMay 11, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    The chocolate mousse is awesome and the $8 Champagne glass is really good for that kind of price
  • Lama S.
    Lama SMay 28, 2016
    The salted caramel with almonds, is so good!
  • Chris K.
    Chris KelnerSeptember 2, 2014
    My first time having escargot was here. Served in this amazing butter and wine sauce. Could have eaten the whole plate by myself.
  • Aysegul O.
    Aysegul OzenApril 18, 2015
    food is great. service not so much. chez maman's good is all you want is tasty food, not a relaxing, enjoyable dinner..
  • Henry W.
    Henry WNovember 9, 2015
    Today I watched Jocelyn Bulow, owner of Chez Maman, storm into the kitchen and physically and verbally attack one of the restaurants chefs. Dozens watched the fight spill onto the sidewalk. Pathetic!
  • Israel S.
    Israel SFebruary 9, 2016
    The counter is sadly gone, at least in it's cramped, intimate iteration, but the burger and it's reasonable price lives on!
  • miten s.
    miten sampatJune 9, 2013
    great spot for brunch, very relaxed atmosphere. sitting at the counter is highly recommended
  • Carol C.
    Carol CecilJune 13, 2014
    Grab a burger or brunch. Not a bad thing on the menu! Seating is limited.
  • Amanda A.
    Amanda AizussJuly 8, 2015
    Nice atmosphere and good. Get a crepe - they are whole wheat, which as unexpected.
  • Grub Crawl
    Grub CrawlMarch 19, 2011
    Get the burger. Blue cheese of course! The bun was really good too and deserved its own recognition. www.grubcrawl.com
  • Susan L.
    Susan LohSeptember 30, 2014
    if you're looking to indulge, go with the carbonara. insanely rich and tasty!
  • Lisya G.
    Lisya Gabay NahmiasAugust 24, 2014
    Burger with Brie & mussels - can't go wrong! But don't get the creme brulé..
  • Travis B.
    Travis BloomJuly 11, 2015
    Do yourself a favor and get the Cinnamon Pain Perdu 👍
  • Marina K.
    Marina K.April 6, 2010
    I had a burger with roquefort and bacon. Washed it down with Champagne. They say everything tastes fabulous with Champagne... so it does. so it does.
  • The Feast
    The FeastJune 13, 2011
    You'll feel transported here, especially with on-point classics like mussels mariniere and steak frites. Read more
  • Mike L.
    Mike LopyrevNovember 27, 2011
    The burgers are phenomenal. Get an unusual one - e.g., w/ bacon, egg, and brie.
  • Lucas G.
    Lucas GalegoMarch 9, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Flat Iron steak with fries for dinner. Mushrooms crepe for brunch. You are welcome.
  • Vinzouille
    VinzouilleJuly 31, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    Go to Chez Maman early in the night or really late to avoid the wait. Order the Burger with blue cheese. Yes it's a French restaurant, but one of the best burgers you'll have
  • Gustavo P.
    Gustavo PerezApril 8, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The pork chop or the steak with peppercorn sauce are amazing
  • Kim D.
    Kim DykemanMay 27, 2013
    As much as folks rave about their burger... It's all about les moules poulette et frites.
  • Eliane F.
    Eliane FioletDecember 17, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    The chocolate mousse is delicious and the champagne is good and affordable
  • Nicholas T.
    Nicholas ThompsonFebruary 14, 2016
    Feels like an authentic Parisian bistro, especially if you sit outside
  • Fred S.
    Fred Stevens-SmithOctober 25, 2014
    It's incredibly meh. Middle of the road French food. If you've experienced true French food (like, in France) then you'll be disappointed.
  • Tanay J.
    Tanay JaipuriaAugust 7, 2014
    Get the basic burger with your favorite kind of cheese.
  • Eliane F.
    Eliane FioletDecember 17, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    The classic burger with brie is great
  • Cortne B.
    Cortne BuiJanuary 12, 2011
    Phenomenal French onion soup! Love the hamburger. Love everything here.
  • Hana N.
    Hana NaJanuary 3, 2012
    Mmmmmmm! :) Happy and bold: escargot de bourgogne with parsley, butter-shallots & white wine.
  • Kathy J.
    Kathy JefferyJanuary 8, 2013
    Everything is delicioso! Best Burger says Jody.
  • Alex P.
    Alex PriestJanuary 10, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Good god get the burger. Perfect for takeout on lazy nights.
  • Joseph L.
    Joseph LeAugust 31, 2015
    They serve up a great burger but the fries are so good!
  • Keith D.
    Keith DuncanNovember 26, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Great appetisers, great burgers
  • Melon L.
    Melon LJune 8, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Kir Royale and one of the best burgers in the city.
  • Andrey K.
    Andrey KlenMay 18, 2015
    Got a family vibe going on. Much friendlier that Chez Maman West.
  • Amy M.
    Amy MatsunoJune 30, 2013
    Not sure how this place has 1100+ Yelp reviews...food was not that memorable. The raved about french onion soup was way too salty and the burgers were at best, a 6 out of 10. Too much bread.
  • TT
    TTFebruary 14, 2015
    Great burger! Put avocado in it :)
  • Daetwan W.
    Daetwan WilliamsMarch 5, 2014
    🎃🎎🎎FYI....that's exactly what will 🎑🎎💝happen if I ever meet Prince🎎
  • Christian F.
    Christian FengFebruary 3, 2016
    Les Moules - MariniereThe mussles were great.
  • Thriving Ivory
    Thriving IvoryApril 30, 2009
    Amazing southern France influenced restaurant. The owner, Stefan, loves to strike up conversation out front w/ patrons while smoking his French pipe. Get the chicken marsala!
  • Omer Z.
    Omer ZachDecember 28, 2014
    Burger with Roquefort. Do it.
  • sean r.
    sean roseMay 26, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    burger w/ bacon, avocado, brie + fries
  • Saul R.
    Saul RosaSeptember 26, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Yelp rated one of the best burgers in SF... I agree
  • Anand I.
    Anand IyerMarch 20, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Laurent's the man. Can't go wrong with anything here but make sure to get the mousse.
  • matt h.
    matt hunterAugust 4, 2010
    Get the baked camembert with roasted garlic appetizer and holla.
  • Paul L.
    Paul LloydApril 18, 2013
    Come for the authentic French hospitality.
  • Marie D.
    Marie DomingoFebruary 24, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Classic Burger With Brie
  • Justin W.
    Justin WinterApril 30, 2016
    Savory crepes! Got to get them!
  • Eliane F.
    Eliane FioletDecember 10, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Try the Mussels Provencale - Great!
  • Jana 🎉
    Jana 🎉September 16, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Best food in Potrero Hill. Such a gem.
  • Rachelle P.
    Rachelle PhillipsAugust 12, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Burger. Burger burger burger burger.
  • Nick C.
    Nick CrockerNovember 21, 2015
    Burger & Belgian Beer 👌🏼
  • Ashley
    AshleyDecember 18, 2012
    Must have the French onion soup!!
  • jessica c.
    jessica chingJanuary 4, 2010
    Get anything with fries! Delish. Baked camembert & roast garlic is amazing
  • Sue Y.
    Sue YerouJuly 23, 2011
    Get the French version of Shepard's Pie!!!!
  • M.G. S.
    M.G. SieglerJune 9, 2012
    Get the burger with Brie.
  • Tiffanie B.
    Tiffanie BurrageAugust 25, 2014
    Come with an appetite!
  • Shane C.
    Shane CarnahanJuly 25, 2011
    The burger. You won't be disappointed.
  • Giovanni E.
    Giovanni ElzínyMay 29, 2013
    Try the mussels c'est magnifique !
  • Jerome B.
    Jerome BecquartDecember 30, 2016
    Burgers, friendly service
  • Joel A.
    Joel AntipuestoDecember 12, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    French onion soup
  • Jason D.
    Jason DanielNovember 22, 2014
    Best burger and fries in SF!
  • Jello L.
    Jello LeeApril 21, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    French onion soup is served Fri-Sun only.
  • Steven C.
    Steven ChangMarch 18, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Burger + Brie + Bacon.
  • Hugo B.
    Hugo BarraFebruary 17, 2013
    Zagat 25, highly recommended by Lior Ron
  • Tara S.
    Tara SaltzNovember 17, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    I had a first date here.... Amazing
  • Vivian Z.
    Vivian ZhangJanuary 12, 2016
    The staff are so nice and friendly :)
  • Sabrina S.
    Sabrina SotoSeptember 24, 2011
    Order the burger. It is SO good!!!
  • Gordon B.
    Gordon BowmanOctober 4, 2014
    Fench onion soup and burgers
  • Elena Q.
    Elena QianSeptember 2, 2009
    best greasy food :) this place is so so small, but very warm environment, I love it
  • Shorti S.
    Shorti SteffiMarch 30, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Yummy French onion soup
  • Sourav B.
    Sourav BandYopadhyayFebruary 11, 2012
    French onion soup! Mussels!
  • Brett K.
    Brett KohnApril 24, 2011
    Pork chop and sprouts. Awesome.
  • Matt V.
    Matt Van HornJune 17, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    order a side of the brussell sprouts with the apple cream sauce! best sprouts ever
  • Pawel Z.
    Pawel ZaborskiJuly 29, 2015
    Best burgers I've ever eaten
  • Felipe O.
    Felipe OliveiraAugust 15, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Burguer with a fried egg on top
  • Lincoln S.
    Lincoln StollJune 21, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    This place is good. Like, shut the fuck up and just go there good.
  • Daphne K.
    Daphne KaramolegouMay 25, 2014
    Get the carbonara.-
  • OL T.
    OL TriSeptember 13, 2009
    Get the burger to avoid saying "Darn, I wish I ordered the burger". Trust me.
  • Rob G.
    Rob GibsonSeptember 4, 2011
    Best fries in the city!
  • Eric P.
    Eric PanJuly 11, 2012
    Mussels and fritz
  • Margaret S.
    Margaret SMay 22, 2013
    Pain perdu please!
  • Natasha N.
    Natasha NoMarch 13, 2016
    Bistrozinho francês com bom custo benefício. Para almoço ou jantar lento regado a vinho
  • Michaëla M.
    Big fan of the mussels à la provençale
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