(Update January 28, 2021) – The announcement of the reopening of outdoor dining in the San Francisco Bay area is very exciting! We already salivate thinking about the French restaurants with terraces, where we will be able to have lunch or diner. We have been missing this kind of convivial break for too long.

Here is the list of restaurants with their reopening date and their hours. It is strongly recommended to book in advance. Take-out will still be available. In addition, they each implemented the measures related to the pandemic.

San Francisco

Amélie Wine Bar: Reopening on February 3, 2021, at 4 p.m. with a new wine list and new menus. Terrace dining or happy hour. Open Monday to Friday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., And Friday, Saturday, Sunday for brunch.

L’Ardoise: A neighborhood restaurant with a very pleasant terrace with heating for cool nights. It reopens on Friday, Jan 29th. They serve quality traditional French cuisine from Tuesday to Saturday, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Reservation recommended and take-out possible.

Aziza: Reopening scheduled for mid-February. A magnificent parklet created for the occasion, private spaces with heating and QR codes to view the menus. Open for dinner during the week and on weekends – brunch only on weekends. A neighborhood restaurant led by Chef Mourad, one Michelin star. Moroccan-fusion cuisine with endless subtlety.

Blush Wine Bar: Reopens January 28th at 4 p.m. This wine bar located in the Castro is half Belgian, half French, so 100% French-speaking. It offers a light menu as well as a wide selection of wines, Belgian and Californian beers. Open every day from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Bouche: Reopening on Friday, February 5th, 2021 at 5 p.m. Open from Friday to Sunday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The nearby Tunnel Top bar joins forces with Bouche for cocktails.
Valentine’s Day Special: Bouche will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on February 12, 13 and 14 with a special Valentine’s Day brunch menu: scrambled eggs with truffles, crabs, French toast, etc.

Café Bastille: A must-go classic with a quiet heated terrace on Belden lane, sheltered from the wind. Traditional French cuisine… Cassoulet … did you mention Cassoulet? Open from Thursday, January 28 from 11:30 am to 8:30 pm. With or without reservations on Opentable

Chez Maman: from February 1st, reopening on Potrero Hill and in Hayes Valley. Traditional brasserie cuisine (croques, burgers, duck, mussels…) and friendly service. Open from 11:30 am to 9:00 pm every day. Brunch menu on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30 am to 3 pm. No reservations. Take out with Grubhub, Caviar, or ChowNow.

Chouquet’s: Heated terrace with French charm in the Pacific Heights district. This eternal neighborhood restaurant reopens its terrace on Thursday, January 28th, for chic brasserie-style lunches and dinners … Open every day from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Online or take-out reservations.

Khamsa: Reopening on Friday, January 29th, with a heated and sheltered terrace to taste a very nice Moroccan cuisine. Dinner every day of the week, including weekends from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. A little hidden treasure to discover.

Le Marais Bakery : 3 locations for breakfast, lunch, or brunch in the newly created parklets. Open 7/7 on Chesnut, and from Thursday through Sunday on Sutter and on Sanchez. 

Mathilde French Bistro: The same team as L’Ardoise, Mathilde has a large heated patio at the back of the restaurant where delicious French cuisine is served. Open from Friday, January 29, Tuesday to Saturday, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Reservation recommended and take-out possible with Postmates.

One65: A few tables outside from Friday, January 29 to enjoy the menu served at the pastry counter located on the ground floor. We will appreciate the refined selection of chef Claude Le Tohic without forgetting the delicious French pastry. Open Monday to Saturday 9 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

North Bay & Marin County

Amelie Fairfax: Reopening on February 3rd, 2021, from Wednesday to Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Heated terrace. Open for less than a year, Amélie offers a 3-in-1 concept with breakfast, lunch/brunch, and wine bar. “Farm to table” spirit with a selection of organic and local ingredients. Take-out is available.

Basque Chalet: Located in San Rafael in the Santa Venetia district, this essential Basque restaurant has opened its patio from Wednesday to Sunday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Call 415 479 1070 to reserve. Of course, the take-out continues.

Le Garage Bistro – Reopens its large terrace on February 2, 2021, for a view of the boats in the Sausalito marina. Continuous service from Tuesday to Friday from 11:30 am to 8 pm – Saturday, dinner served from 5 pm to 8 pm – Brunch Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 2:30 pm.

F3 – French Fast Food: Reopening scheduled for the second week of February. Call to reserve. In the meantime, think about the take-out.

The Peninsula

La Bohème : Reopens on Friday January 29th at 5pm! Pleasant terrace and the street will be closed to traffic by the City of Palo Alto. Opens Tuesday to Friday for lunch from 11am to 2:30pm. Tuesdays to Sunday for dinner from 5pm to 9:30pm and week ends for bunch from 9:30am to 2:30pm. Call 650-561-3577 for reservation

One Main Bistro Campaign: Enjoy this very French and very elegant setting in Los Altos for lunch or dinner every day of the week. Brunch on Saturday and Sunday. Reservation on Opentable or by phone at 650-946-2000.

Left Bank Brasserie: Reopening of the three restaurants (Larkspur, Menlo Park, and San José) Thursday, January 28 with heated and sheltered terraces. Even if he closed La Folie, Roland Passot is still involved in Left Bank, a guarantee of quality. Click here for the opening hours of each restaurant. Take out also available.

La Terrasse by Cuisinett – Reopening on February 2, 2021 (heated terrace) of this family restaurant in San Carlos. It welcomes you at a few tables, from Tuesday to Saturday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. A great experience.

Mademoiselle Colette: Reopening the first week of February 2021 with their three terraces, to have three places for breakfast, lunch, or even brunch in Menlo Park, Palo Alto, or Redwood City. Monday to Saturday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Do not hesitate to contact us if we have forgotten your favorite French outdoor dining place in the San Francisco bay area -contact@mercisf.com

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