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The Butler & The Chef Bistro

The Butler & The Chef Bistro

(Now Closed)
French Restaurant, Breakfast Spot, and Café$$$$
South Park, San Francisco
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    The experts at Serious Eats and 7x7 Magazine recommend this place
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  • Eric S.heart icon on user image
    Eric SabbanApril 8, 2017
    Great breakfast and the closest you'll get to a Parisian sandwich in SF. Beware the hours and days of the week, and when they just don't feel like being open. A proper, casual French gem in South Park
  • Charlie S.
    Charlie StiglerOctober 25, 2015
    Great for brunch. Go for the Choco-Noisette Belgian waffle if you're up for something sugary - it's light and fluffy but also rich in flavor. Service is good, and they give truffles with the receipt!
  • Aly O.
    Aly OradyDecember 28, 2014
    One of my regular breakfast spots - it's just a little piece of Paris in SF in a cute neighborhood. Recommend the Salmon Eggs Benedict, the daily Quiche, and the Mushroom buckwheat crepe.
  • 板津 魁.heart icon on user image
    板津 魁彦February 28, 2013
    a favorite i often go for bkf/lunch.onion soup is the best, croque monsieur is good but diff than swiss style we eat at home so i don't usually order it. almond croissant+pain perdu is perfect brunch.
  • Chee-Hyung Y.heart icon on user image
    Chee-Hyung YoonFebruary 19, 2016
    Superb croque monsieur with flavory Emmental cheese. The salad that comes with is fresh and light on dressing which is refreshing.
  • 7x7 Magazine
    7x7 MagazineNovember 1, 2012
    The smoked salmon on the eggs benedict sits on salty olive bread which absorbs the delicious hollandaise sauce. The cafe has a delightful atmosphere making it a perfect place to start your morning. Read more
  • Priya S.
    Priya SaiprasadApril 21, 2013
    The benedicts are served with sourdough bread instead of the traditional muffin. So if you're not into sourdough, steer clear of this one. I highly recommend the Bacon & Swiss Quiche though! Amazing!
  • SFist
    SFistAugust 19, 2014
    Can one classify a croque monsieur as a grilled cheese sandwich? Get thee to The Butler and the Chef for the best croques in town. Read more
  • Kelly .
    Kelly 🍰October 10, 2012
    Prepare to wait for brunch. Benedict only available on weekends. Get the croque Monsieur/Madame/Mlle with the tomatoes and herbs du Provence for $2 extra. Enjoy the huge salads they come with!
  • Christophe L.heart icon on user image
    Christophe LampertiMarch 3, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    The addition of crème fraîche and nutmeg on the croque-monsieur is questionable. This sandwich is already great in its simple and original form.
  • Norbert H.heart icon on user image
    Norbert HuJanuary 9, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    This is a French owned joint that doesn't serve French portions. Start with a quiche of the day and pray you have room left for a banana nuttella crêpe topped with their house made whipped cream!
  • Stephanie C.
    Stephanie ChengJuly 27, 2013
    The Pain Perdu and the Eggs Benedict with Smoked Salmon are delicious. Portions are generous - halfsies is recommended!
  • ᴡᴡᴡ E.heart icon on user image
    Benedicts are available EVERY DAY, not just on the weekends as some of the older tips claimed. Also, quiche is available only after 11 am daily.
  • Marina V.heart icon on user image
    Marina VolkovaJune 29, 2014
    Awesome place! Try french toast, it's amazing! The place is packed but the crowd moves fast
  • Michael H.heart icon on user image
    Michael HarrisJanuary 17, 2016
    If there's a queue and you're only one or two people, let the staff know you're okay sitting at the bar and they can often seat you quickly.
  • Yukoheart icon on user image
    YukoMay 14, 2013
    This restaurant was like a Paris cafe. Since dishes were big-portion, one dish was enough for one person. Side salad was also big volume, so good for health. Taste was good, and cost was affordable.
  • Rachael L.
    Rachael LynnMay 12, 2012
    Get there early! The quiche is to-die for good and sells out quickly. Def not French sized portions. The truffles at the end of the meal are perfect.
  • Rosa A.
    Rosa AyalaJuly 11, 2014
    The waffle is delicious, but definitely a dessert, for two! They leave you a chocolate truffle w/ your check! Definitely would recommend.
  • Runqiu C.heart icon on user image
    Runqiu CaiDecember 8, 2014
    Cute venue, good service, chef the very personable. The Eggs Benedict is good but not the best I've had. The Croque Monsieur is unique and tasty.
  • Bkwm J.
    Bkwm JMay 4, 2014
    The Pain Perdu (French Toast) is made with organic eggs. Fluffy & yummy! 😋😍
  • Pei 👻 W.heart icon on user image
    Pei 👻 WenMay 5, 2016
    Two dishes you can't miss: egg benedicts with smoked salmon & sweet waffles. Wow!
  • Evangeline C.heart icon on user image
    Evangeline ChuaJanuary 26, 2014
    Love the intimate space located in South Park! Get there at 11 to avoid waiting too long!!
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsAugust 30, 2011
    Get the Tart Tatin - juicy apple hunks, coated in cinnamon, caramelized on the top and served with a massive dollop of freshly whipped cream. Read more
  • Nanaheart icon on user image
    NanaNovember 23, 2014
    Love their quiche and croissant. Bacon quiche and asparagus quiche are both good.
  • Arianna S.
    Arianna SandersJune 20, 2013
    The baguettes are enormous... Probably the most food you can get in the South Park neighborhood for $10. BRING. ON. THE. SALAMI.
  • Jessica C.
    Jessica ChanAugust 29, 2011
    here's a tip - the portions are huge so get one savory dish (eggs benedict) and one sweet (waffle/french toast) and share amongst two.
  • Niki B.
    Delicious pain perdu & quiche! Free truffles at the end!!
  • Alyssa D.
    Alyssa D.October 7, 2010
    The BF found this place thanks to yelp and we were both thankful he did! he got the French Toast & I for the waffle with banana, honey, & sliced almonds. both delicious!
  • Huong D.heart icon on user image
    Huong DuongDecember 29, 2012
    Great customer service. Good intimate place to take friends. Very small but the food is superb and filling.
  • Andy F.
    Andy FisherOctober 6, 2011
    Order the Croque Monsieur and a 1664 - the perfect lunch combo. Add the tomato and herbes de provence to the croque.
  • Filip M.heart icon on user image
    Filip MaresFebruary 18, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The almond croissant is gigantic and delicious! Best pastry in SOMA.
  • Annie O.heart icon on user image
    Annie Ochoa BenitezFebruary 9, 2015
    Hard to eat healthy but sooo good. You will wait for brunch but its worth it
  • Chris M.heart icon on user image
    Chris MessinaSeptember 28, 2015
    Seems like the quality has fallen in recent years. Their "famous benedict" didn't deserve to be labeled as such; the water tasted soapy.
  • Arusyak A.
    Arusyak AbrahamyanApril 1, 2014
    Great small spot hit a brunch! Love their beats salad!
  • Omer Z.heart icon on user image
    Omer ZachMay 8, 2015
    The duck confit salad was really just duck confit next to a salad.
  • Brad T.heart icon on user image
    Brad TAugust 8, 2014
    Benedict is ok. Real hollandaise, perfect eggs but the went big on the bread which didnt add so much.
  • Magda W.
    Magda WalczakMarch 14, 2011
    A friend and I shared the French toast and the prawn crepe. OMG to both. Yumilicious place. Will definitely go back.
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    SOctober 27, 2014
    Croques are the best. Pain perdu if you have room.
  • Tim C.heart icon on user image
    Tim CAugust 3, 2012
    Their pain perdu (French toast) is the best I've had. Get it with all fruits and cream.
  • Team S.
    Team SlobbrAugust 26, 2015
    Super dog friendly, dog-friendly outdoor space!
  • Jackson S.heart icon on user image
    Jackson ShihOctober 12, 2013
    Eggs Benedict with salmon is a winner
  • xvrlheart icon on user image
    xvrlAugust 6, 2014
    Get there early to grab one of the quiches
  • Claire P.
    Claire PedersenJanuary 16, 2015
    This place is wonderful! Very small, you really only should go if you are in the SOMA area.
  • Brian D.
    Brian DonovanAugust 30, 2009
    Their waffles are great (get the banana one), as are the crepes. a coffee fiend I know says their coffee is excellent, and is provided by Grafeo in North Beach.
  • Sherry L.heart icon on user image
    Sherry LiJune 25, 2015
    Love the sandwiches here, especially the smoked salmon
  • Gusheart icon on user image
    GusApril 22, 2017
    Croquer Monsieur and good coffee!
  • Clay R.
    Clay RobesonApril 10, 2011
    Try the Eggs Benedict with Spinach and Ham - Very tasty. The hollandaise sauce was spectacular.
  • Chad B.heart icon on user image
    Chad BDecember 23, 2014
    Their croque monsieur melts in your mouth and gives you that comfort food feeling after. Yum!
  • Au
    AuAugust 7, 2013
    Quiche is fabulous! Sit outside and check out the park across the street!
  • Danielheart icon on user image
    DanielSeptember 1, 2015
    Get the smoked salmon eggs Benedict and sit outside
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