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524 Union St. (Cadell Pl.) Send to Phone
Charming French bistro serving traditional dishes from the Bordeaux region.

Dinner Tues.-Sun.

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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Le Bordeaux Restaurant Review

: It takes courage to open a non-Italian restaurant in San Francisco’s North Beach district. But Sylvain Castet, who closed his restaurant in Bordeaux to make it big in San Francisco, is clearly a man who takes his risks seriously. The cozy, low-key French eatery with seating for 50 falls somewhere between a classic Italian coffeehouse and an Irish pub in terms of its look and feel, but the menu is strictly French. Castet gives diners an unpretentious experience of his homeland’s classic comfort dishes: decadent fried Camembert on garlic toasts; a thick, juicy burger served on baguette; and moist and aromatic salmon en papillote. Buttery, flaky puff pastry filled with a thick and generous layer of fresh cream and strawberries is possibly the highlight of the entire meal. As much as possible, Castet sees to it that all ingredients are locally sourced. Because Le Bordeaux is without its liquor license, patrons are welcome to bring in vin without any corkage fee.
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