2801 California St
San Francisco, CA 94115
Why did we dine here? – Routier is a Hot Frenchish restaurant from the folks at nearby B patisserie. A friend recommended this restaurant, so we waited unit Omicron variant started to recede. Highly rated at 4.5 stars on yelp.
The waiter explains that Routier means an informal road side restaurant for truckers and other road travelers in French. A French friend told us all about Routiers. Interesting. A place that is casual, welcoming, where sometimes the plates don’t match, but the food is great.
Insider Tip – Reserve early on Tock (You have to pay a reservation deposit per person)
Cuisine – French
Location – San Francisco
Opened – 2021
Service – Routier had solid service, with good waiter recommendations, no worries about water, and good pacing.
Verdict – Routier exceeded our expectations, the food is very good and priced reasonably. Definitely worth a try.
Next door B Patisserie usually closes before Routier opens, so you want to come early and buy some pastries! Also try Monsieur Benjamin
Is this restaurant worth a 5 minute drive? Yes. 30 minute? Yes. 1 Hour? Maybe
Routier Signature Dishes – Dugeness crab pave, Hen of the wood mushroom, chicken liver
Routier’s Menu as a reasonable number of classic options, just a few options for vegetarians.
Routier Food Picks:
Crispy Monterey squid with their beurre diable, pickled chilies ($18) was excellent. Lightly battered and fried, the squid was bathed in a fantastic robust sauce. We use the bread from the rillettes to sop up all this sauce. 10/10
Duck Rillettes, pickled cherries and onions, bitter greens ($14) was not really our type of dish, but better than average. How about some Foie? 8/10
Black Cod, creamy lobster sauce, carmelized sunchokes with tarragon ($28) was simply a must get. The fish is cut up and comes in a perfect sauce to accentuate the flavors. Cooked just right, and seasoned to perfection. Not a huge portion size, but just enough. This dish could easily cost $45 elsewhere. 9.5/10
Braised Lamb shoulder, navy beans in roasted pepper pistou, carmelized eggplant and pine nut marmalade ($34) is also a an excellent dish. Super Tender braised lamb with no hint of gaminess, on a bed of small beans. Good portion size. 9.5/10
Panna cotta with tangerine, passionfruit, and poppyseed crumble ($11) is also worthwhile. Fruity, crunchy textured bits, Rich custard on the bottom. Wow 10/10
OK: (Order if you like this dish)
Pans: (We would not reorder these dishes)
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