Gamine Restaurant Review, San Francisco

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2223 Union St (Near Fillmore)

San Francisco, CA 94123

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Gamine is a French restaurant on the Union street shopping corridor that used to be named Chez Maman but was purchased by the manager and renamed. Everything else remained the same.
They have a lunch menu and serve Sunday Brunch. They focus on more lower cost fare than many of the expensive restaurants nearby. They are know for the friendly waitstaff.

Gamine San Francisco Interior

Decor, Vibe – Small homey dining room, French accent decor, with some counter seating by the kitchen. Couples, people in their 30’s, shoppers, and families were enjoying their food.

Menu Pictures

Gamine San Francisco Dinner Menu

Dinner Menu

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Dinner Menu

Gamine San Francisco Lunch Menu 2

Lunch Menu

Gamine San Francisco Lunch Menu

Lunch Menu

Gamine San Francisco Wine List

Wine List

Gamine San Francisco Wine List 2

Drink Menu


Gamine San Francisco Escargot

Escargots ($10.50) in garlic butter were of high quality with a strong buttery flavor. Nice and chewy. Use the leftover garlic butter for the bread.

Gamine San Francisco Frisee Salad

Warm Frisee and Duck Confit Salad ($11.50) with poached egg, lardon, white wine vinaigre was a solid salad with a decent egg and light dressing. Not enough to act as an entree.

Gamine San Francisco Flat iron Steak

Grilled Flat Iron Steak ($18.50) with Bearnaise sauce and french fries was cooked to perfection and tender. Nice but tiny fries. Good sauce.

Gamine San Francisco Lamb loin

Marinated Grilled Lamb Loin ($19.50) was very good, tender, not gamey, and cooked perfectly. Quantities of meat were on the low side, but lardon potato gratin was huge.

Gamine San Francisco Berry Crepe

Berries & Creme Fraiche Crepe ($7) was full of raspberries and blackberries, not a lot of creme inside, so it was lighter than expected. Pretty good quantity.


Gamine San Francisco Hamburger

Basic Burger on a french roll ($10.50) with Cheddar cheese ($1.50) with fries was juicy and cooked to our desired medium rare. The bun was a little soft, making it a little mushy with the meat juice. Solid but not excellent.

Gamine San Francisco Onion Soup

Onion Soup Gratinee ($6) had a lot of dry sherry flavor and decent cheese crusting. Soup was decent, nothing fabulous but solid.

Gamine San Francisco Tilipia

Sauteed Tilipia ($18) with garlic spinach, tomato concasse was good not great but a solid value. Crust was nice, meat was tender, but no special flavors.

Gamine San Francisco Creme Brulee

Creme Brulee ($7) was huge, especially at this price. Hard crust, lots of custard. Smooth, creamy, and good, but not as delicate as others we have had.

Gamine San Francisco Spinach

Spinach ($7) was average.  Nothing special.


Gamine had above average service, not as attentive as we would expect such a small place, but it was adequate. Glasses of wine start at $9, with a great Baileyana.
Food was decent and prices reasonable. You can get a taste of France without flying. Gamine is like a lower cost and better quality Left Bank. Other decent places nearby include Asian fusion restaurant Betelnut.

Gamine on Urbanspoon

Gamine Overall Rating: (Very Good 2.5)

Come Back?

Food Rating: (Very Good)
Service Rating: (Good)
Atmosphere Rating: (Good)
Value Rating: (Very Good)

Guide: 0 = poor, 1 = Below/Average, 2 = Good, 2.5 = Very Good, 3 = Excellent , 4 = Extraordinary

Alcohol:Beer, Wine
Hours:Daily 1130am-3pm, Sat-Sun 1030am-3pm, Th-Sat 530-1030pm, Sun-Wd 530-10pm
Prices:$10.50 - $18
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Posted on November 17th, 2008
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