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Chez Maman

French Restaurant$$$$
Hayes Valley, San Francisco
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  • This French restaurant is famous for their burgers. It's one of the most popular in the city!
  • Tagel S.
    "The atmosphere, the french onion soup, the banana Nutella crepe"(14 Tips)
    Caroline F.
    "I live the Moules Poulette with cream, shallots, bacon and parsley!"(3 Tips)
    Catriona H.
    "The mussels, the steaks and the fries are fantastic"(17 Tips)
    Natalie K.
    "Yummy mussels and escargot."(4 Tips)
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  • Zachary C.
    Chez Maman (either location) is the best. Definitely two of my favorite places to be in SF, or the world. The service is casual yet impeccable. The mussels, especially the Poulette, are heart-melting.
  • Laura B.
    Laura BabbiliAugust 19, 2013
    Go with a group of three if you can. Get the French onion soup, steak tartar, mac and cheese, pork chop and mussels. Share everything, family style. Delicious and the perfect amount of food.
  • Alexander W.
    Alexander WinterMarch 3, 2014
    I ate the Chicken Tacos. They were delicious. At first glance it looks like it won't be enough food, but it was just the right amount. Their latte is very tasty too, I think they use Illy coffee.
  • Anna I.
    Anna IurchenkoNovember 29, 2012
    French onion soup very good. If you like cheese try hot camamber starter with grilled garlic and crispy toasts.
  • Caro S.
    Was simply great. Fantastic service (well of course as most of them are French) and very good wines! All dishes we had where delicious. Especially the flat steak and the fries!!
  • Suki S.
    Suki SooJuly 24, 2016
    Our dinner was perfect, from the Escargot, to the delightful Mac & Cheese, and the perfectly grilled salmon with Brussels sprouts. Will come back to try other items.
  • Time Out San Francisco
    Time Out San FranciscoOctober 1, 2014
    Try a burger with gruyere, bacon and fried egg at this homey French bistro in Hayes Valley, which is among the best places in town. Read more
  • Sonita L.
    Sonita LontohMarch 31, 2013
    Always the best French casual bistro. The burger and baked Camembert are to die for. Go there late on Saturday nights.
  • Rosa A.
    Rosa AyalaApril 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    If you are a salmon lover, get the salmon. Absolutely amazing. I always regret not getting it. Be sure to make a reservation, even if you plan to sit at the bar!
  • Michael M.
    Michael MizrahiApril 16, 2016
    Been here 25+ times
    So good. Starting with the basic bread and butter through to the French onion soup, burger (+goat cheese & avocado), and Nutella-banana crepe. A Hayes favorite.
  • Mohit S.
    Mohit ShewaramaniAugust 8, 2014
    If you're not getting the mussels here, you're doing it wrong. Get the Thai Lemongrass sauce and you'll be licking your fingers well after the fries are all gone.
  • Linda Y.
    Linda YangJuly 16
    Solid French food. Mussels and fries, escargots 🐌 were good. Loved sitting outside and people-watching in Hayes Valley.
  • Nisha M.
    Nisha MenezesSeptember 7, 2014
    Mussels in choice of sauce. Skip the fries, ask for extra bread to dip in broth. Slurp away deliciousness!
  • Alyssa F.
    Alyssa FooteAugust 8, 2014
    I came here feeling dead sick and the food still tasted amazing - For a good time, order the French Onion Soup and the Warm Goat Cheese Salad
  • Adam B.
    Adam BraceSeptember 21, 2014
    Order the burger medium rare, cooked fantastically. Pair it up with some extra toppings I went with bacon Brie and avocado, fantastic.
  • Andrea R.
    Andrea ReynaFebruary 21, 2015
    The food id amazing. I wish I could have ordered everything. The flatiron steak was delectable. Mimosas and desert crepes are a must.
  • Caroline F.
    Caroline FaureAugust 24, 2014
    I live the Moules Poulette with cream, shallots, bacon and parsley! They are as good as in Belgium! A little French restaurant in the middle of a super trendy neighborhood 😊
  • Yoeri R.
    Yoeri RoelsJune 20, 2013
    Nice people, great food, not too pricey. Love it! Try the French fries; first ones I found in San Francisco that taste just right.
  • Renan C.
    Renan CakirerkAugust 12, 2013
    Burgers are amazing. From bread to meat. I got regular burger with roquefort and bacon.
  • Goksu K.
    Goksu KalayciFebruary 5, 2013
    The goat cheese salad is A-wait for it-MAZING! Get it as an appetizer for two since it may be a small portion to have as a main course.
  • Nisha M.
    Nisha MenezesSeptember 7, 2014
    Mussels in choice of sauce. Skip the fries, ask for extra bread to dip in broth & slurp away!
  • Dina G.
    Dina GoncharovaAugust 27, 2012
    I'm in live with this place!!!! The service was great! The food:French onion soup, veal in creamy sauce mushrooms delicious!!!!!!
  • Chongho L.
    Chongho LeeJune 15, 2013
    Get these and you won't regret: French onion soup, Mussels with poulette sauce, and Pork chop steak.
  • Arthur L.
    Arthur LeeSeptember 7, 2015
    French speakers left and right. lots of outdoor café style seating. definitely an authentic atmosphere
  • Jocelyn L.
    Jocelyn LevigMarch 11, 2013
    Went here for brunch and had the Eggs Norvegian + avocado...it was brilliant! Definitely will come here again.
  • Dom
    DomSeptember 27, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    Excellent French selection. I always have to start with their onion soup. Tres bien
  • Jon B.
    Jon BrennanJuly 25, 2012
    One of the best burritos I've had in SF...from a French restaurant. Go for the chicken super burrito.
  • c0uP
    c0uPFebruary 27, 2014
    The Elote Asado (grilled corn) is dope! Genius idea to stick a fork at the end of it.
  • c0uP
    c0uPOctober 11, 2013
    Great vege burger! And don't try and be healthy with the side; get the fries.
  • Tanner C.
    Tanner ChristensenJuly 30, 2015
    Incredible food and absolutely phenomenal service. Order mimosas and try a classic burger.
  • Benson B.
    Benson BleierApril 13, 2016
    The French onion soup and burger were delish. Burger was only 12$ and came with fries and small side salad.
  • Gadi S.
    Gadi Shamia1 week ago
    Just my everyday French restaurant. Always a fun place to have a glass of wine and steak and fries.
  • Anika
    AnikaJune 4, 2015
    Service - ok. Wine - really bad. Food - not great. The French onion soup was more cheese than soup - a big glob of rubbery cheese makes up half the dish. The soup underneath was nice.
  • Steve R.
    Steve RubinApril 3, 2016
    Tasty brunch options. For lunch or dinner, the pork chop is great.
  • Sam W.
    Sam WellerJuly 31, 2015
    Everything. Burgers. Camembert w roasted garlic. Great food. Great people
  • Go Find Alice
    Go Find AliceJuly 13, 2015
    Amazing mushrooms crepe. A must!!!
  • Peter T.
    Peter TApril 4, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Delicious french food & great wines!! Great staff - Hi David! Fast & flawless every time.
  • Lauren H.
    Lauren HofffmanAugust 26, 2015
    They have a dog friendly, dog friendly patio...bring your dog to dinner with you!
  • Ting S.
    Ting SOctober 28, 2015
    Cute restaurant in the corner of Hayes Valley. Try their crapes and mussels.
  • Roshan V.
    Roshan VyasAugust 21, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Do not order the veggie burger. I like this restaurant, but the veggie burger is a must miss. It's more like a veggie sloppy joe, in a bad way.
  • Christine B.
    Christine BorkowskiNovember 24, 2015
    This place is insanely good! Nice wine selection and friendly staff.
  • Mathieu S.
    Croque Madame is always a good bet.
    Upvoted Jul 10
  • Tagel S.
    Tagel Shaked ZingerDecember 7, 2015
    The atmosphere, the french onion soup, the banana Nutella crepe
  • Ed S.
    Ed ShelleyFebruary 4, 2016
    "Amazing mussels, good crepes and decent burgers"
  • Aymeric F.
    Aymeric FreymondAugust 20, 2014
    If you're French, you gotta take the Hachis Parmentier: it feels like home !!
  • Peggy L.
    Peggy LiApril 27, 2016
    The mac & cheese is really good, but very rich and quickly filling.
  • Shirley L.
    Shirley LiuMarch 3, 2013
    Get the basic burger with a bunch of toppings -- so good!
  • Bommy C.
    Bommy ChaDecember 12, 2015
    Meh not worth the $$. Both the regular and veggie burger are more like sandwiches and forgettable. One good thing though is that you can call ahead to be put on the waitlist.
  • Kara S.
    Kara SmithMarch 31, 2013
    Go for the Moules, you can't go wrong
  • Carrie F.
    Carrie FoxMarch 2, 2013
    Avoid the wait and say you want to sit outside. They have warm heaters:)
  • Arthur L.
    Arthur LeeAugust 29, 2015
    solid cafe-style French food. Was a fan of the French onion soup
  • Elias M.
    Elias MbvukutaJuly 23, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Just get any table or a seat at the bar. The food is great.
  • Catriona H.
    Catriona HunterJune 30, 2016
    The mussels, the steaks and the fries are fantastic
  • Maya .
    Maya 🐟September 15, 2013
    Great burger, located in a nice quiet neighborhood.
  • Amy B.
    Amy BSeptember 13, 2015
    All the French cafe basics you want. French onion soup won't disappoint. Don't order too many fries. They are good but not that good.
  • Natalie K.
    Natalie KSeptember 18, 2016
    Yummy mussels and escargot. Quick service for pre-theater
  • Kayo P.
    Kayo PinNovember 5, 2015
    Great food for good price!
  • Kristine V.
    Kristine VelezAugust 14, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    French food. Get burger and some mac and cheese!
  • James T.
    James TAugust 20, 2014
    Roasted garlic and Camembert is an amazing start.
  • Thomas H.
    Nice place with good fries.
  • Alex C.
    Alex CasariegoNovember 16, 2014
    Delicious. The mussels are on point.
  • Isabella W.
    Isabella WeiOctober 25, 2015
    Escargot & mussels are on point.
  • Nikolay M.
    Nikolay MamaevNovember 16, 2014
    Great, truly authentic French restaurant!
  • Cass G.
    Cass Grimm2 weeks ago
    Delicious eggs Benedict and delightful coffee!
  • Alyssa W.
    Alyssa WSeptember 14, 2016
    I always order the moules et frites.
  • Renan C.
    Renan CakirerkAugust 12, 2013
    For a light finish, get creme brulee.
  • Irene C.
    Irene Cantizano BescósDecember 8, 2014
    Loved the burger with brie cheese
  • Simon C.
    Simon ChanDecember 3, 2015
    Mussels and frites are what you're looking for.
  • Nick T.
    Nick ThulinJanuary 9, 2016
    Mussels and fries -- get them!
  • Alex G.
    Alex GonzalezAugust 7, 2014
    Delicious chicken and chocolate soufflé.
  • Ramon L.
    Ramon LopezDecember 11, 2013
    Wow, this is perfect for this weather! Hachis parmentier
  • Mikahla V.
    Mikahla VicinoMay 19, 2016
    French onion soup and fries make a perfect sized meal.
  • Renan C.
    Renan CakirerkAugust 12, 2013
    Ask for their secret hot sauce! I'm on fire!
  • Jeni C.
    Jeni ChangSeptember 21, 2013
    The mussels are phenomenal.
  • Amber B.
    Amber BahlMarch 19, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Very disappointed advertised all over the net as open till 11, but they turned us ard at 10:30. Screwed up dinner plans. As someone who goes there once every 2 to 3 weeks I feel cheated & embarrassed.
  • Paul S.
    Paul SriMarch 24, 2013
    Baked Camembert is awesome!
  • Mike C.
    Mike CraigFebruary 8, 2013
    Mac n cheese delicious but heavy
  • Aaron W.
    Aaron WalzOctober 3, 2012
    Same menu as the one in Potrero Hill, with Mexican choices added.
  • Kevin W.
    Kevin WuSeptember 15, 2012
    The best mac and cheese I've ever had.
  • Kerry S.
    Kerry SnyderApril 21, 2015
    Moules frites and french onion soup
  • Sarah D.
    Sarah DunnJuly 4, 2016
    Get the French onion soup!
  • Sina S.
    Sina ShekouOctober 16, 2013
    Love me some mushroom quesadilla.
  • Matthew H.
    Matthew HansenSeptember 6, 2013
    Crepes AND TACOS. Genius.
  • David W.
    David WatkinsMay 19, 2015
    Love this place, but disappointed they got rid of the quiche :(
  • Anne L.
    Anne LaporteJanuary 8, 2016
    It is good enough, but worse service ever! I mean... The guys there insults clients in French... So ... WTF? Maybe it was one of those days. But still. Guys, work on your service and you'll be ok.
  • Michelle D.
    Michelle D.November 12, 2014
    Get the steak frites.
  • Hersey L.
    Hersey LiuDecember 28, 2013
    Really tasty crepe!
  • megan
    meganAugust 29, 2015
    Chicken panini all the way.
  • David G.
    David GolborneJune 11, 2016
    Eggs Benedict all the way
  • Gleb K.
    Gleb KaplunJuly 1, 2013
    Come to try the famous delicious Maman burger! Don't plan to work or relax here though, this is not a Starbucks )
  • Greg V.
    Greg VillainSeptember 22, 2012
    Ask for the wifi password.
  • Chris M.
    Chris MastersonOctober 17, 2014
    The steak was delicious.
  • Nancy M.
    Nancy MJuly 20, 2012
    Great steak tartare!
  • christina z.
    christina zouOctober 18, 2013
    The burger wasn't all that. Mussels looked good though.
  • Ornella G.
    Ornella GabrielSeptember 21, 2015
    Delicious Croque-Madame !
  • Akshay J.
    Akshay JawharkarOctober 10, 2014
    Roasted chicken is the BOMB.
  • Elie K.
    Elie KhouryJanuary 28, 2013
    Croque Madame!!
  • Jeremy T.
    Jeremy TurnerApril 2, 2016
    Mushroom crepes
  • Evan W.
    Evan WatersNovember 17, 2012
    Shitty service, long wait, but really good food. Story of San Francisco
  • Dave C.
    Dave CummingsAugust 3, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Damn good pork chop
  • Anne P.
    Anne PodunavacAugust 16, 2015
    Accueil parfait ! Cuisine perfect ! Et pour moi le meilleur hamburger ever eat ! Sans oublier : The Camembert au four !
  • Natasha N.
    Natasha NoMarch 13, 2016
    Bistrozinho francês com bom custo benefício. para almoço ou jantar
  • tanya l.
    tanya luchynoAugust 15, 2014
    Обалденный тартар из говядины, вкусные улитки!
  • Franck M.
    Franck MartinNovember 26, 2012
    Très bonnes moules frites!
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