(Post updated on Sept 21th) Dining outdoor is the new normal in the San Francisco bay area and restaurants are doing their best to accommodate customers. These are the French / Francophone restaurants/cafés that have installed parklets or terraces. They provide a safe and pleasant in-person dining service, for breakfast, brunch/lunch, or dinner. Because it’s currently the only way to go out for food, it’s popular, and it’s advised to make an advanced booking. Beware, the operation hours might change from one day to the other.
In San Francisco
Amélie Wine Bar: Wine bar with a broad selection. Outdoor dining available Monday – On Thursday from 4 pm to 9 pm // On Friday from 4 pm to 9 pm // On Saturday and Sunday from 3 pm to 9 pm
L’Ardoise: A nice little neighborhood terrace with heaters for traditional French Cuisine. Reservation recommended
Aziza: A beautiful parklet with private booths, heaters, and QR code menus. Open for dinner during the week and for brunch during the weekend. You are in for a treat with talented one-star Michelin Chef Mourad.
Blush Wine Bar: Wine bar located in the Castro, half Belgian, half French, 100% francophone. Offers a nice wine list as well as a selection of Belgian and Californian beers. Small plates menu and selection of French classics and small charcuterie boards. Open Monday to Thursday 3 pm-10 pm, Friday 3 pm-11 pm, Saturday 2 pm-11 pm and Sunday 2 pm – 10 pm
Bouche: Tables in the patio from 3 pm to 8 pm. Seating will be limited to 1.5 hour; they require 30 mins to sanitize tables between customers. Reservation only.
Café Bastille: Quiet terrace on Belden Lane shared with next door B44 restaurant. Traditional French cuisine. An all-time classic French place. Did you say Cassoulet?
Castagna – Open for dinner from Wednesday through Sunday, from 5 pm to 10 pm. Right on Chestnut St.
Chez Maman: with one location on Hayes Valley and one location on Potrero Hill
Outdoor dining 11:30 am — 9 pm every day (closes at 10 pm on FRI + SAT)
Brunch Saturday & Sunday 10:30 AM — 3 PM
Chouquet’s: Chic terrace in Pacific Heights for this all-timer neighborhood restaurant
Cocotte: Open Tuesday to Saturday from 5:30 pm. French Cuisine on a nice parklet and also a Rotisserie.
Etcetera Wine Bar: Open every day at 3 pm for a casual bistro dinner. A great plus is that Valencia street is closed to traffic on the weekends. Live music or DJ Thursday through Sunday. Call to book your spot.
Khamsa: Moroccan cuisine. A cute terrace sheltered from the curb. Dinner during the week and lunch during the weekend.
La Fromagerie: 2 locations (Financial District, and Dog Patch) with a few tables outside, for a light sandwich lunch or happy hour with cheese or charcuterie boards, open until 6 pm.
Marais Bakery: 3 locations for a French brunch or dinner in the newly created parklets? Check the days according to location.
Mathilde French Bistro: The same team as L’Ardoise, Mathilde has a nice heated patio in the back of the restaurant for your tasty French cuisine. Expect temperature checks and QR code menus
One65: a couple of tables outside with some barbecue going on, and all the rest of the menu available by chef Claude Le Tohic. Get a treat at the patisserie…
Zazie: Zazie is no more French-owned but with dishes named Salade Louis Malle, Poulet Françoise, Assiette de Charcuterie… they well deserve to be on that list. Brunch Menu Monday-Friday 8 am-2 pm, Saturday & Sunday 9 am- 3 pm – Dinner Menu | Every day at 5 pm. Patio in the back and tables on the curb.
Amelie Fairfax: recently opened by the Amélie team, 3 in 1 concept from breakfast to lunch to a wine bar with farm-to-table spirit
Chalet Basque: located in San Rafael in the Santa Venetia Neighborhood. Wednesday – Sunday from 4 pm to 8:30 pm. Call 415 927 9007.
Le Garage Bistro – perfect quiet terrace in the Sausalito Marina. All-day menu Tuesday to Friday 11:30 am to 8 pm & Saturday from 5 pm to 8 pm. Brunch menu Saturday Sunday 10 am – 2:30 pm. Expect temperature checks and QR code menus.
F3 – Fast Food Français Outdoor dinner Monday to Friday in Sausalito. Lunch and dinner during the weekend.
Campagne One Main Bistro: Enjoy the very French and elegant decor of this restaurant/hotel in Los Altos. They are serving for lunch and dinner, from Monday through Sunday. Brunch available on Saturday and Sunday. The terrace is heated. Booking via Opentable or by phone at 650-946-2000.
La Bohème: Located in Palo Alto, you will enjoy a nice terrace outside in order to enjoy brunch lunch or dinner. Closed on Mondays
Left Bank Brasserie 3 locations to appreciate French cuisine in Larkspur, Menlo Park, San Jose. Even if he closed La Folie, Roland Passot is still involved in the Bay Area.
La Terrasse by Cuisinett in San Carlos – Three tables outside, the table is all yours for 2 hours, only one seating between 5 pm and 7 pm.
Mademoiselle Colette: Three locations (Menlo Park, Palo Alto, and Redwood City) to enjoy delicious breakfast lunches or brunches on the weekend.
Oakville Grocery: gourmet grocery store owned by wine-maker extraordinaire Jean-Charles Boisset is now offering outdoor dining from 7 am to 5 pm. Breakfast, brunch, and lunch. Don’t miss their signature wood-fired pizzas
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