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San Francisco offers residents, visitors plethora of authentic French cuisine

14 Jun 2013 7:14 PM
San Francisco offers residents, visitors plethora of authentic French cuisine

Featuring hundreds of miles of coastline bordering the Pacific Ocean, the City by the Bay has long been regarded for its majestic sunsets and sought-after seafood. However, in recent years, there has been a growing French food movement around the city, seeing the introduction of refined bistros and sophisticated brasseries offering authentic cuisine. 

Aside from the metropolitan area's rich history, vibrant culture and upscale social scene, owners of San Francisco real estate can enjoy sampling the gastronomic offerings at dozens of four-star restaurants. If you live in the famed city or are considering an extended visit, you may want to make visiting the following establishments a priority:

Jardinière - Those seeking a luxurious dining experience may find themselves successfully satiated after enjoying a meal at this restaurant, located on Grove Street in Hayes Valley. Regarded for its expertly-prepared cocktails and wine pairings, sumptuous foie gras and exquisite desserts, this French restaurant has been a favorite of local diners with sophisticated palates for more than 15 years. Highly acclaimed by area critics, the San Francisco Chronicle's review of Jardinière focused on its extensive list of entrees, which all continuously exceed expectations. A perfect spot to enjoy a meal before attending a performance of the opera, symphony or ballet, this restaurant is sure to please all with a joie de vivre. 

Atelier Crenn - With a focus on the art of fine dining, this French restaurant located in between the Marina district, and Cow Hollow has garnered a loyal following in its few years of operation. Here, plates are not thought of as a vessel for delivery, but rather a canvas that is as visually interesting as the food strategically positioned atop it. Head chef Dominique Crenn, who competed on the television show "Iron Chef" and won, expertly blends complex flavor profiles into every bite of each dish featured on the eatery's comprehensive menu. If you're planning on eating here, be sure to call ahead and make a reservation, as the food garners dozens of affluent diners nightly.

Keiko à Nob Hill - This is the place to go it you find yourself in the Nob Hill neighborhood of San Francisco with an empty stomach. From the kitchen of this refined French restaurant, colorful dishes bursting with flavor are delivered to the tables of customers who know how to appreciate the finer things in life. Offering an acclaimed tasting menu and three tiers of wine pairings, the chefs adeptly match delicate ingredients with delicious wines.