Holy Baguette Batman, That's Good French Food!. Yeah, yeah, yeah...I heard you. You just tried to say your favorite upscale frenchy fix can only be satisfied at the one, the only: Fleur de Lys. But really, it's a recession we're in, I say...and you've never tried the amazing food at Rue St. Jaques. My first dish there was venison--and not just any venison--it was so fresh and so good I had to ask where it came from. "Let me check weef zee chef--I sink it eez road kill!" Said the waiter. But alas, it was not. Flown in via Fed-ex that morning from New Zealand. The menus boast mostly local and all organic ingredients. At a $35 pre-fixe for a 3 course meal that rivals the great Huber Keller, I had to wonder...how do they do it? Did Superman fly in that venison himself? Lobster risotto, rabbit (affectionately referred to as the "bunny" when served), the most succulent and decadent duck you've ever tasted...all lovingly prepared by a guy who obviously loves food as much as food loves him. Romantic to a fault, they play tango music while you eat, which might make your tongue want to do naughty things to that chocolate mousse, or at least, your date. Still too cheap to spring for a $35 3 course meal? Go early, and get the "theater crowd" early bird special for $25...for the same 3 courses. They also do impressive upscaled holiday menus, for a pittance more.
always love Rue Saint Jacques. Had my birthday party at RSJ last Thursday, we rented out the whole restaurant. Chef Lanvert took personal care of us to organize everything. Special menu customised, he patiently took extremely good care of us. The menu was so well prepared with hors d'oeuvres to start, Maine lobster risotto, Rack of lamb, Foie gras......just amazing dishes one after the other, and Kudo to the staff
Hope to come back again!. Me.. a fan of French dishes came to this place with my Husband last month when we went to visit our friend from CA, I absolutely love it. The Cassoulet, Bouillabaisse, Choucroute comme a la maison was delicious! I would definitely come back again!
great food, affordable. food was great, very affordable. the place was small.we were immediately seated but it was quite a long wait for the food to be served. tables are near with each other. not a romantic place to dine. ambiance average. i recommend that you make reservation since the place has limited seating.
Exceptional bargain for fabulous food!. We happened on this place last night at 6:25 p.m. The pre-theatre menu price of $22.95 expires at 6:30 so we high-tailed it in and ordered. SO had composed salad, steak frites and creme brulee (glass of wine included). I had cream of asparagus soup, halibut and chocolate mousse (wine included). Everything done to perfection. The halibut was not the normal dense steak but a tender filet, if there is such a thing. Beware! Everything is tasty but rich! The only extra we ordered was coffee and a generous tip totaled $70!!!! Food delish, service quite charming (matches the ambience) people from the neighb and beyond. We most definitely will be back as we've found our latest favorite SF place!
Wonderful experience, great price with Pre-fix menu.
I was so authentic. The servers were French. The pre-fix menu is great. Anything on the menu for $35. Appetizer, entree, and dessert included. There are a few items that are an extra charge. I had Escargot. WONDERFUL, then rabbit special (ok but large portion compared to some others), the poached pear. Even though some of the entrees looked small you will get filled up if you order all 3. The wine menu does not have very many by the glass thou.
My aunt wasn't feeling too good and didn't fininsh her entree, but are salad and dessert. So they offered her hot tea and only charged her for salad and dessert. We also needed a cab and the called us one, then walk us out and opened the door when it came.
While we were waiting, I was folding the napkins in designs. I waiter came up and showed me a new one.
I would absolutely recommend this restaurant.
Great food... reasonably priced in SF?. This place simply rocks... How can a place right on the Powell Street Cable car line be so delicious and consistent? I've been here three times and never once disappointed. The $35 prix fix is the only way to go... in my mind as you will want to try everything. Go hungry and be wonderfully satisfied. The decor and service are fine... never a problem. But the food, oh... Do not go if you are on a diet....
Just like at Home. I'm a French expat and i have been to RSJ several times and I love it each time as it reminds me very much of home well prepared dishes such as Cassoulet, Bouillabaisse, Choucroute comme a la maison
always had a wonderful experience.
I live in the neibourhood I go 3 times a month avg
they have a $35.00 3 course prix fixe
any item frommenu one apet one entree one dess
it is the best deal in town I have never been disapointed
I particularly like the cassoulet it was awarded the the best cassoulet in the US
they change items on the menu often so they keep you coming back
better service, worse food.. As a neighbor, I've always felt personally invested in the success of this restaurant. The food was very good, the atmosphere happy and fun...until about 9 months ago. Nevertheless, because of the convenenience, I decided to give it another try. Unfortunately, my friend and I were both disappointed with our entrees (the veal and lamb dishes), both tasted like they were "recently frozen" (frozen, thawed, frozen, thawed and reheated). The desserts, a historical weak point for the restaurant, was surprisingly better. The service also, was the speediest and most attentive I've experienced since they opened - mostly likely because they have finally doubled their wait staff. Too bad the "facade of happiness" is gone and the food quality has gone down hill. They offer a $35 3-course prix fix menu, but make sure you double check your bill before paying!
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