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“Wonderful atmosphere and refreshing food”
Review of Chez Maman

Chez Maman
Ranked #182 of 5,695 Restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$21 - US$30
Cuisines: French
Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast
Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast
San Francisco, California
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111 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Wonderful atmosphere and refreshing food”
Reviewed 13 April 2014

Everything about this place is refreshing. The waiter was extremely pleasant as was the food. Definitely a favorite in the city!

  • Visited April 2014
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Thank chauvelise
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
“Cozy little spot near the opera”
Reviewed 23 March 2014

We were happy to get into this little cozy restaurant after a day of flight and travel.
The restaurant is lively and you are seated very close to other diners because the place is small. We started out with an order of the Roasted Garlic and Toast Points.
The garlic was a little dry and not as large as we thought it might be. Next we shared an order of the Escargot. The snails were so small and one shell came out empty. The Butter-shallot and white wine sauce had too much parsley in it and it needed a pinch of garlic. There was no extra sauce for dipping bread into. For our entre we shared the Pork Chop served with brussels sprouts and a good ole Basic Burger with fries. Both the pork chop and the burger were delicious. We will give Chaz Maman another try and order the soup and mussels.

  • Visited March 2014
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1 Thank multimom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 January 2014

Went New Year's. Did not have to wait for a table. The hostess and wait staff were all very helpful and congenial. The mussels were great. Ordered the French fries at the waiter's suggestion. Probably the best fries I've had in a long time! The French onion soup was also excellent. My wife had the quesadilla which was also excellent.

Visited January 2014
Thank Jeff S
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Palo Alto, California, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
“Excellent food but the wait can be long”
Reviewed 6 November 2013

This is definitely one of my favorite restaurants in San Francisco. We went on a Tuesday night and there were 5 parties of 2 ahead of us (you have to write your name down on the whiteboard outside next to the door.) We expected to wait about an hour but it worked out so that we only waited 20 minutes. However, we have waited over an hour in the past since the restaurant is so tiny.

If you wait and get in, the food is EXCELLENT.

French Onion Soup - is one of the best I've ever had and it's large enough so that you can share it between 2 people if you only want to try it.

Burger - one of the best in the city, comes with fries or salad.

Mussels - there are 4 broths you can choose from. This time we had the Poulette but the Provencale is delicious as well. Expect a heaping bowl of mussels.

Chocolate Mousse - Also delicious. Light and had a mixture of nuts on the top which gave it an excellent contrast of textures.

  • Visited November 2013
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Thank nap22
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Graton, CA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 156 helpful votes
“A swell little find, if you can get in”
Reviewed 22 October 2013

I am advised that there are two of these restaurants in San Francisco, one in the Potrero District and the other at Hayes & Gough, and this review concerns the latter.

We're regular opera-goers and, over the years, have pretty thoroughly canvassed the "Hayes Valley" neighborhood for places to eat either before or after the show. We'd never tried this cute little bistro for two reasons, namely that I generally try to avoid any place calling itself a "bistro" which seems to be French for "scandalously overpriced fry-up," and also because we've never been able to get in. The place is incredibly small so they don't take reservations, and maybe 14 customers will fill it and suddenly you're obliged to stand on the curb outside waiting for a table, trying not to make eye contact with the homeless beggars and loudly talking individuals you sincerely hope are on the phone with somebody. Recently we decided to give it one more try after a friend's recommendation, and to our great surprise, we got a table! Within literally four minutes there were people waiting in line by the door, so we just got lucky.

I was pleasantly surprised by the menu, which does have the usual entrecôte-et-pomme-frite and boeuf haché, but also a number of salad options, mussels and seafood entrées --- and of all things, Mexican food! There are also some decent draught beers and house wines by the glass. You are pretty much cheek-by-jowl with your neighbors and will be overhearing each others' conversations, but the atmosphere was lively and fun and suited our post-operatic mood very well. Our meals were quite well prepared and not too overly-foodie. My onion soup seemed curiously lacking in actual onions but its Gruyère cheese was very tasty and it all went down well; my veal was not the tenderest I've ever had but again tasted delicious with its accompanying mushroom sauce and fresh veggies. The bill was rather substantial but we'd been hungry, ordered from all categories, and ate & drank every scrap we'd ordered, and we left feeling very happily filled, and this is a San Francisco restaurant after all. And I must admit it was fun eating in a tiny little Parisian shoebox of a place, indeed reminiscent of the City of Light.

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank MojoLad
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