401 Gough Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
Why did we dine here? – Quaint French Bistro with very good food. Chez Mama is a French Bistro with 2 locations in San Francisco, Potrero Hill and Hayes Valley. We have dined at both restaurants. The downside of this restaurant is the wait. They do not take reservations, so put your name down and chill.
“Chez Maman is a neighborhood restaurant with a bistro concept. We attribute our success to the friendly and casual atmosphere as well as our delicious home cooked meals. ”
Insider Tip – There is a wait during peak times, come early
Cuisine – French
Location – Potrero Hill and Hayes Valley
Opened – 2002 Poetreo Hill
Service – Chez Maman’s service was solid with a knowledgeable server and lots of circulating. The restaurant is not very big. Pacing and refills were fine.
Verdict – Chez Maman is one of those moderately priced classic French Bistros that many foodies have on their rotating casual spot list. Solid food at fair prices. You can go up the block to Monsieur Benjamin, but you will pay triple for better food.
Is this restaurant worth a 5 minute drive? Yes. 30 minute? Maybe. 1 Hour? No.
Chez Maman Signature Dishes – Niçoise, Burger, French Onion Soup
Chez Maman’s Menu has most of the French Classics from appetizers to entrees.
Chez Maman Food Picks:
French Onion Soup ($9) was covered in a thick cheese blanket. A classic French dish done well.
Niçoise ($16): Seared Ahi Tuna or Salmon, Olives, Peppers, Green Beans, Potatoes, Eggs, Tomatoes, Whole Grain Mustard, Sherry Vinaigrette is a classic French Salad. We got it with Chicken instead of fish, and found this large salad to be pretty liberal in size. A nice assortment of ingredients for hearty lunch.
Basic Burger ($12) tomato, caramelized onions, aioli, ciabatta roll with french fries or salad was very good but not great. They are well known for this dish, but you are better off ordering one of other the French classic dishes.
Les moules $16 recommended with fries in Provençale style: Tomato Concassée, Basil, Garlic, Bell Pepper, Cream, Olives seems to be on every table here. A large portion of perfectly cooked mussels. Delish. You can get it in other cooking styles: Thai, Mariniere, or Poulette.
French Fries with Aioli ($6) are a must get here. Perfect for dipping in the mussel broth. Thin and crispy.
Brussel Sprouts ($6) are more buttery than most, but still worth ordering.
OK: (Order if you like this dish)
Pans: (We would not reorder these dishes)
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