Since 1969, restaurant, hotel, travel & other witty reviews by a handpicked, worldwide team of discerning professionals—and your views, too.

THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Bistro Elan

448 California Ave. Send to Phone
650-327-0284
Delightful duck dishes, plump steaks and inspired European cuisine have made this romantic restaurant a culinary destination.
Your Opinion
Add your own review

Local Deals: 120 * 90

Cuisine
Open
Lunch Tues.-Fri., Dinner Tues.-Sat.
Features

* Click here for rating key

  • 4.5 star rating
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
4.5 rating over 4 reviews

THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Bistro Elan Restaurant Review

: Trends come and go, but Bistro Elan has remained one of the most consistent treats on Palo Alto's dining scene. The warm, romantic two-room restaurant, which is adorned with black and white pictures of France, should be required dining for all young chefs. The menu is an artful balancing act that updates classic European dishes without falling prey to showy indulgence. The presentation is uncommonly elegant, especially on such popular appetizers as the fresh Maine crab cocktail, served in an oversized cocktail glass with yogurt, cucumber, onion and avocado. Duck dishes are particularly excellent, such as sautéed Sonoma foie gras and duck confit. Other highlights of the entrée menu include choice cuts of meat from Niman Ranch, including the plump New York steak and the seared lamb chop. Save room for dessert and enjoy a simple pleasure like the coconut custard.

User Ratings & Reviews for THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Bistro Elan
 
GAYOT has uncovered the best restaurants in (and around) San Francisco for you to enjoy right now
Top 25 Restaurants in San Francisco to Eat at Right Now

San Francisco is buzzing with everything from craft cocktail bars to eateries inspired by destinations around the globe.

Read more




RESTAURANT AWARDS 2016

Find out which restaurants and chefs top the list of GAYOT's 2016 Annual Restaurant Awards.