2231 Chestnut St, San Francisco, CA | Directions 9412337.800225 -122.440097
Neighborhoods: North, Marina
Not recommended – Bruscetta was sloggy. Not flavorful. Gumby special was very soupy, and the rice seemed uncooked. Spanish salad w/ walnuts were ok, very light tasting dressing. Eggplant dish was a bit good because of the cheese but not as tasty as it should be.
Slow but steady – In about half a dozen meals I've had here, they've all shared two things in common -- good value and long waits (small kitchen & one chef mean that even when empty your dinner can take a long time to come). The outdoor seating and live music more than make up for it.
Deliciously Saucy – Between the live performances by Jesse Foster & Robert Stewart on consecutive nights and the great atmosphere, I was served two of the most memorable meals - Crab Cakes followed by Pancetta Wrapped Pork Tenderloin and Steak Nibbles complimenting the Crab Stuffed Rainbow Trout. Jesse is back next month and I'll surely be there too!
Interesting – The atmosphere is very good, they have live jazz bands once or twice a week. The food is pretty good, maybe a little pricy for some dishes, but the whole place is very interesting. Watch out parking though...
Best of the Best – Bistro Yoffi has the perfect blend of everything. The ambiance is coozy, cheerful, and romantic. I love the lights and the plants. The back patio is the best, weather permitting. The food... well you can't go wrong with anything you order. Everything melts in your mouth. I never see the filet mignon on the menue but they have it and it is the best you will ever have. There is a fabulous bar with some tastey wines. If you go on the right night you will here some of the best jazz singers and musicians in SF. On top of all of this everyone that works at Bistro Yoffi is not only very charming but sizzling hot!
Try the Patio – We tried this place as I have always been curious when walking by. We went for lunch and waited for a patio table, which took about 15 minutes. The lunch menu was inventive and extremely tasty. We had the ham and brie on a croissant and pastrami and goat cheese on rye.
The patio is very lush and relaxing. The service is very courteous, although understaffed. A number of people walked out from the waiting area as they were not attended to. With a little patience, a great meal, environment and value.
Cozy and relaxing – The atmosphere is very relaxing. Inside, the large windows allows you to people watch while dining in festive colors and high ceilings with an array of art work on the walls. Outside in the heated patio, tiny lights enhance the night sky while jazz music is playing in the background. The creative chef has a talent of making each portion of your food taste different. The pot of steamers has sweet mussels and clams drenched in a bath of of garlic, butter broth, white wine and scallions. We found ourselves dipping the bread to absorb all the sweet buttery taste. The rainbow trout with stuffed crab and the fluffy basmati rice was wonderful. The gumbo was an explosion of taste with sausage and seafood. The smoked salmon with linguini was delicious. Service was attentive and leisurely.
Love it! – The service was great! We walked in and were so pleased to see that we were there on a "live jazz" night. Great wine, great food! What a find!!!
Fabulous but should have more servers – We had a large group at dinner, and everyone was very pleased with the food. Compliments to the chef! The menu is full of wonderful choices and you can't go wrong. However, they could spend some time training the servers a bit more. We asked for a bottle of Pinot Grigio and ended up with something more like a Riesling. Also, it would help to hire some experienced servers. We had one person taking orders and getting drinks for a table of 15+.
This place rocks – Cafe Yoffi has great food, great ambience and an outdoor garden that can't be beat. Brunch is always great. Try the crab cakes. My dinner favourite is the seafood gumbo. Wine selection is limited but right on the money. The owners couldn't be nicer. Go!
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