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La Folie

French Restaurant and Lounge$$$$
Polk Gulch, San Francisco
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  • The experts at Eater and Michelin Travel & Lifestyle recommend this place
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  • Kevin M.
    "Best cocktails, paired with the delicious truffle popcorn!"(6 Tips)
    pc y.
    "Foie gras is a must!"(6 Tips)
    Simon C.
    "A Michelin star doesn't lie."(3 Tips)
    Kristi H.
    "Get the wagyu beef and Pigs feet app."(2 Tips)
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  • Emily F.
    Emily FerdinandiOctober 20, 2016
    Chefs tasting menu was fantastic as was the service and ambiance! And if you buy a bottle (or half bottle) from their wine list they wave the $50 corkage fee!
  • Time Out San Francisco
    Time Out San FranciscoOctober 16, 2014
    Head to the Green Room at this French classic for date night tonight. The Provençal decor and attentive staff add to the charm of this delightfully haute but not at all haughty establishment. Read more
  • Daniel B.
    Daniel BouludJuly 30, 2014
    Chef Roland Passot is an old friend of mine. He has been serving “la vraie cuisine française” for 25 years in SF. When I’m in town I stop in for delicious dishes such as the rôti of quail and squab.
  • Amy M.
    Amy MatsunoOctober 13, 2013
    The reviews don't lie - this is THE best restaurant in SF. From lobster to duck to quail to souffles, the dishes are fantastic, both in taste and presentation. And chef pops in a few dishes for free!
  • Eater
    EaterApril 16, 2013
    Industry types pop in to this richly decorated Russian Hill hideaway for table-service, well-done cocktails and gussied up bar bites, like truffled popcorn.
  • Travel Channel
    Travel ChannelDecember 9, 2011
    This unintimidating, cozy French restaurant is one of the city’s best dining experiences. Chef Roland Passot is in the kitchen every night. As recommended by Travel Channel host, Anthony Bourdain.
  • David Z.
    David ZhangMay 26, 2014
    Tasting menu was amazing and love how flexible they are with swapping dishes. One of the best meals you'll have in SF (but you'll pay for it)
  • Jess C.
    Jess CliftonSeptember 19, 2010
    A 3-course is the way to go. The chef sends out so many little compliments throughout the meal, so there's no shortage of diversity. try the FoiGras for an app. the lamb and rabbit-also amazing
  • Linda Y.
    Linda YangJuly 16
    Delicious French food with fresh California ingredients. Old-school service. Great for special occasions.
  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
    Look for courses like pig‘s feet, sweetbreads, lobster terrine, or cheese soufflé with sorbet, bacon and sesame tuile. – Green Guide Editor
  • Shona S.
    Shona SanzgiriApril 24, 2011
    Four course is plenty. You don't need meat and shellfish (or do you?) Portions not nearly as monstrous as advertised, but ideal. Back room is decidely less convivial than front, but intimate, relaxed.
  • pc y.
    pc youngJuly 27, 2011
    3 courses would be perfect (we had 5 on first visit), esp as it comes with amuse bouches. Foie gras is a must! And I am not sharing, non!
  • Brad G.
    Brad GrahamMay 10, 2014
    High-end decadence. Unintimidating, cozy, French. One of the city’s best fine-dining experiences without the stereotypical stuffiness
  • Jessica C.
    Jessica ChoateSeptember 12, 2013
    The Ahi Tartare is to die for, love the Papa's Pilar Rum had a great cocktail called Deep and Refreshing
  • Simon C.
    Simon ChanAugust 19, 2016
    A Michelin star doesn't lie. Exquisite French dining in a very luxurious environment.
  • Steve S.
    Steve SOctober 25, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The chef's menu with the wine paring is hard to beat. I mourn the loss of the foie gras though.
  • Andy W.
    Andy WongOctober 17, 2012
    Ask to be seated in the front dining room. The back room is dark, old, stuffy and gloomy.
  • Nick A.
    Nick AvedesianAugust 18, 2013
    Great drinks and nice servers, but wish they served food later and didn't rush us out at 1:30am.
  • Amy Y.
    Amy YFebruary 28, 2015
    Excellent French cuisine. Get the most expensive tasting menu -- not that much more $ for a MUCH better experience.
  • Kristi H.
    Kristi HollinsOctober 26, 2013
    Get the wagyu beef and Pigs feet app. Don't splurge on the truffle for anything. Not worth it! Wine is good. Escargot is disappointing so is risotto.
  • Frank G.
    Frank GarciaFebruary 4, 2015
    3 course menu is what you need for a great meal anything else and it's called gluttony
  • Sherri Z.
    Sherri ZiescheApril 23, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Just ask for my favorite dish -it's not on the menu and if your nice they will make it :) but it will cost you $$$
  • Martha Z.
    Martha ZampinoMarch 30, 2013
    In The tasting menu dishes are large portions, lots of food. there should be a men's room and a women
  • Jessica C.
    Jessica ChoateNovember 10, 2013
    Love their Papa's pilar cocktails #rum #papaspilar #rumcocktails @papaspilar #sf #nightlife
  • Jessica C.
    Jessica ChanOctober 11, 2011
    the lounge is a great place to try the menu if you don't have reservations at the main restaurant. the Pate app will leave you satisfied
  • Dillon F.
    Dillon FerdinandiOctober 21, 2016
    Amazing food and experience. Chefs tasting menu, just do it!
  • Jose M.
    Jose MartinsApril 7, 2012
    So professional and so amateur. Perfect service. Terrible play list. Food was just fair. Promised more than delivered. Quince is the same price range with superior experience. I'd come back though.
  • Ian
    IanJanuary 19, 2013
    Get the "secret appetizer". Trust me on this one.
  • Paige G.
    Paige GranbackOctober 2, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Ask the lovely bar maiden Anessa to make you a "Bell". Muddled red bell pepper with St Germain, Gin, lemon and crushed ice. It's a revelation!
  • Linda D.
    Linda DunlapOctober 30, 2010
    Foie gras is enough for 2 people. Although I would order one portion for myself it's so good.
  • Sophyan J.
    Sophyan JulioDecember 9, 2014
    Sit near the window for a quieter dining experience
  • Liz L.
    Liz LynchOctober 28, 2011
    Popcorn with fresh truffles grated on top...'Nuff said!
  • Paige G.
    Paige GranbackOctober 29, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Try one of Shayna's "Mystery" wines on the bottle list. Awesome values.
  • Paige G.
    Paige GranbackSeptember 3, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    La Folie Factoid: Anessa = unicorns and cotton candy and rainbows. Enjoy her radiance with your cocktail!
  • Melly S.
    Melly SpatolaJuly 30, 2011
    We walked in too early before they opened, cuz the door was open and they were very rude to us! We just wanted to try the 4square special! NEVER coming back!!
  • Kevin M.
    Kevin MendoncaAugust 25, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Best cocktails, paired with the delicious truffle popcorn!
  • Eliane F.
    Eliane FioletAugust 18, 2011
    Very good restaurant - expensive but worth the price
  • SF Weekly
    SF WeeklyMay 19, 2011
    SF Weekly's Best Of 2011 Winner - Reader's Poll - BEST FRENCH RESTAURANT
  • Jessica C.
    Jessica ChoateAugust 22, 2013
    Salmon lollipops!!
  • E. O.
    E. OhJune 2, 2013
    One of the best meals I've had in SF.
  • Maddie G.
    Maddie GrantApril 16, 2013
    Try the Pâté Platter
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 22, 2014
    Gary Rulli, chef of Emporio Rulli, eats here on his nights off. He loves the Huckleberry Baked Alaska. Read more
  • Sheila W.
    Sheila WOctober 3, 2009
    The "mini" sliders here are absolutely delicious! It has foie gras and truffle aioli for dipping.
  • Alex R.
    Alex ReyesAugust 16, 2013
    Good food. Great service.
  • Peggy C.
    Peggy CMay 22, 2013
    The best French restaurant ever!
  • Chris M.
    Chris MullerMay 13, 2012
    Get the truffled popcorn!
  • Natasha
    NatashaOctober 5, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Truffle popcorn! Yum!
  • Linda S.
    Linda ShawJuly 27, 2013
    Get the truffle pop corn!
  • Cassandra L.
    Cassandra LightMarch 31, 2015
    So happy to have foie Gras back
  • Mark B.
    Mark BulmerSeptember 17, 2011
    THE best french restaurant in the city!
  • James M.
    James MathesonApril 20, 2012
    Lounge drinks were a disappointment (2 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • S K.
    S KApril 8, 2011
    Great French wine selection
  • Fred S.
    Fred SwanDecember 1, 2010
    Try the Diver Sea Scallops
  • Mark B.
    Mark BulmerSeptember 17, 2011
    Restaurant good. Lounge bar bad.
  • Foodspotting
    FoodspottingNovember 25, 2010
    Try the Chocolate Bread Pudding
  • La Dolce Vita
    La Dolce VitaDecember 21, 2011
    One Michelin star.
  • Paige G.
    Paige GranbackSeptember 3, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Anessa = unicorns and cotton candy and rainbows!
  • Karin F.
    Karin FloresApril 28, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Truffle popcorn is a must!
  • cyn k.
    cyn kMay 17, 2012
    for foie gras!
  • Hugo B.
    Hugo BarraFebruary 17, 2013
    Zagat 27, 1 Michelin star
  • Mark B.
    Mark BulmerSeptember 17, 2011
    The cocktails are really poor. Unmixed and poor combinations
  • Steph P.
    Steph PassinoJanuary 5, 2011
    Truffled popcorn! It's like a drug...
  • Phil H.
    Phil HamiltonMay 23, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    OH, fancy pants Read more
  • Molly W.
    Molly WarnerMarch 17, 2010
    Fernet cocktail. What could go wrong?
  • Andrei P.
    Just the tip.
  • Fred S.
    Fred SwanDecember 1, 2010
    Try the Duck
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