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“Hidden and quirky but very good food!”
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Ranked #79 of 5,693 Restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $52 - $60
Cuisines: French
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Union Square
Transit: Cable car at Bush/Powell
los angeles, California, USA
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104 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
“Hidden and quirky but very good food!”
Reviewed January 2, 2013

We dined here on Christmas Eve, they had a special pre fixe menu. While most things were pretty darn good there were a couple notable misses. The crab appetizer had way too much mayo but the other app option was a quiche and that was delicious! The butternut squash soup was very natural, read: not very flavored but we appreciated it's very basic style. The main dishes were good, I heard the fish was a bit rubbery but that the lamb chops was good, I had the filet mignon which was not really a filet mignon cut but regardless it was VERY good! The brie dish afterwards was tasty but not necessary, we were really just looking forward to desert. Sadly, they ran out of what we had ordered, the orange soufflé, but they had the other option and again sadly, it wasn't very good, it was a trio of mini deserts including a profiterole. So I would say more than half the dishes were really very good and the others ok. Atmosphere was warm but I will warn you, it's underground in a hotel and it's a bit quirky, small metal cast irons and bells decorate the place with painted walls of what seems like a landscape from where hobbits live from Lord of the Rings. We enjoyed it but definitely not the place for everyone.

  • Visited December 2012
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English first
Austin, TX
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254 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
“Excellent Dinner”
Reviewed December 27, 2012

We included one dinner in our two night stay at the Cornell Hotel. We've stayed here several times over more than two decades and have always been thoroughly pleased. This time the squash soup and salad were delicious; the fish good and the souffle outstanding. The atmosphere is cozy, charming and not too noisy for comfortable conversation. It's extremely convenient for hotel guests but we noticed a lot of non-hotel guests so assume it's popular with the local population. Breakfast each morning was perfect - very good coffee and OJ, a choice of eggs and toast or, one day pancakes, next day french toast, accompanied by crisp bacon and fried shredded potatoes. The nightly rate, including the breakfast was $130 (before taxes) and the fixed price dinner, as mentioned by other reviewers, a bargain at $42. (Wine extra but reasonably priced.) We certainly will stay and eat here again on our next visit to San Francisco.

  • Visited December 2012
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3 Thank JudyBoz
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San Francisco, California
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“A Delicious Meal in a Wonderful Setting”
Reviewed December 26, 2012

My friends visiting from Japan stayed at this cozy French boutique hotel on Nob Hill/Union Square and we met at it's Restaurant Jeanne D'Arc for dinner.
Being originally from France, I thought it a bit ironic, but as soon as I stepped down the stairs (or down the vintage elevator), I was transported back home: the dining room is cozy and full of charm, a small vase of fresh cut flowers on every table, the walls decorated with frescoes and antiquities all reminiscent of the times and life of the heroin, the young Joan of Arc.
But being French, a nice decor is not enough, the food has to pass the test!
And it did brilliantly: the Chef crafts authentic traditional French cooking, the prix fixe 4 courses menu is a fantastic deal for the quality and the abundance of choices ( the rack of lamb! the duck confit!!). We had a delicious bottle of St Emilion very reasonably priced. The service by Esther was very friendly and efficient. Kudos to my Japanese friends for finding such a gem! I can't wait to go back...

  • Visited November 2012
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4 Thank sylgri
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Los Angeles, CA
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82 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“A Bit of Orleans, France on San Francisco's Bush Street”
Reviewed December 25, 2012

Had an excellent Christmas Eve dinner here last night. Superb five-course menu complete with a glass of champagne and strolling violinist for $56. This cellar restaurant in the Hotel Cornell is still a great bargain. (Normal four-course menu is $38.) Wonderful, authentic atmosphere. Excellent, traditional French cooking. And I still love their Souffle au Grand Marnier for dessert. Yum!

  • Visited December 2012
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4 Thank globalgourmet
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Providenciales
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133 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
“"A Delectable Taste of France in the Heart of San Francisco"”
Reviewed December 23, 2012

What a find Restaurant Jeanne D’Arc is! My partner and I enjoyed one of the most delicious meals and relaxing evenings we’ve had in a long time. As a matter of fact, this is one of those places you hesitate to tell anyone about lest it become discovered, but since I don’t live in the area, I’ll risk it.
We arrived après theatre and just at the restaurant’s closing time, but French-speaking host Jose who has lived in France graciously seated us after confirming with the chef and waiter. Indeed, our waiter kindly assured us that there was no need to rush.
The ambience in this intimate, candle-lit, beamed-ceilinged restaurant is enchanting. Everywhere are artistic homages to Jeanne D’Arc: arched stained glass windows, bronze sculptures, frescoes and paintings. Our waiter Dan was a marvel. He was so efficient and so enjoyed taking care of his diners that I was amazed when he revealed that he has worked there for twenty-seven years!
The four-course, prix fixe menu featured soupe de la jardinière (fresh vegetable soup); a choice of three different salads, one with prawns; ten different entrees served with haricot verts (green beans), gratin dauphinois (potatoes au gratin), and legumes gratines (vegetables baked with parmesan); and for dessert, a trio of chocolate mousse, floating island and ginger infused crème brulee or souffle au Grand Marnier or a strawberry mascarpone tartlet. Needless to say the chef is French.
Not only were the soup and salads excellent, but so was the crusty French baguette. The entrees included sea bass, salmon, duck, rabbit, lamb, and steak. My partner opted for the duck breast in orange sauce, and I selected the duck leg confit in a red wine and shallot sauce. Both were succulent. The meat was tender and the sauces delicious. Each vegetable was tasty and distinctive. We shared desserts, also created by the chef, and each was, as they say, to die for. Dan brought dark chocolate truffles which melt-in-your mouth rich. Throughout the perfectly paced meal, Dan kept our wine glasses filled and unobtrusively removed dishes.
The wine we chose was a California vintage, Matanzas Creek Winery’s 2011 Sauvignon Blanc. It was crisp and tasty, and we enjoyed it so much that we drove to Santa Rosa the next day and visited the winery. We didn’t see the creek, but the winery itself is set magnificently on a hill with a mountain backdrop, surrounded by vineyards and lavender since Matanzas Creek also produces a variety of lavender products. In addition to the Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay, we found their 2007 and 2009 Merlots irresistible.
Jose told us that Restaurant Jeanne D’Arc is part of Cornell Hotel de France. I googled the hotel and not only are the rates reasonable, but they offer a spectacular steal that includes breakfast, dinner for two and 24 hour parking—within walking distance of the theatre district, Union Square and Chinatown. Outstanding cuisine, outstanding location, outstanding personnel, oozing with charm—and all with moderate rates. Find doesn’t begin to describe it.

  • Visited December 2012
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3 Thank darbyoshaughnessy
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