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Chez Papa Resto

There are few more typically French restaurants in San Francisco than this: at this French-owned, French-staffed, French-style bistro in Mint Plaza Chez Papa Resto, it’s pastis, cigarette, champagne and oysters, foie gras, cigarette, monkfish bouillabaisse, lavender crème brûlée, cigarette…in that order. If it sounds smoky (outside only), it is-but that’s because actual French people (dressed casual-chic in skinny jeans and blazers) dine here, and the musk of their Gitanes mingling with the scent of black truffles is actually seductive. And Chez Papa Resto has a sumptuous interior that’s part Hotel Costes and part Casablanca-the rattan dining chairs are an odd but comfortable contrast to Gothic black draperies and chandeliers, and a high mirrored communal table is a gorgeous nod to French Deco design.

4 Mint Plaza (Fifth St),
+1 415-546-4134
Opening Times
11.30am-2.30pm (3.30pm Sat), 5.30-10pm (11pm Sat). Closed Sundays.
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