Cozy French bistro restaurants near BART

The Bay Area is home to some great French bistros. You know, the type of place that serves standbys like cassoulet and coq au vin and also offers up specials that highlight seasonal ingredients. Many of these places are run by expat chef/owners whose repertoire of recipes are akin to a running list of what’s fresh at the market. Come fall, chefs turn to ingredients that are more available in the pantry than on the vine. We’re talking root vegetables, chestnuts, leeks and onions and winter squash, and though we may not be able to visit France this autumn, we are fortunate to have classic French restaurants within reach, thanks to BART.

Les Arceaux

This newly opened all-day bistro celebrates the Montpellier region of Southern France. 

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Les Arceaux

Downtown Berkeley
Rêve Bistro

With blue- and white-checkered tablecloths and bistro chairs, this Parisian-theme bistro would be at home on the Champs Elysees, but lucky for us, it’s only a quick walk from the Lafayette BART station.

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Rêve Bistro

Lafayette
Café Jacqueline

Tucked away on a narrow street in North Beach is Café Jacqueline, the ultimate romantic spot for savory and sweet soufflés. 

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Café Jacqueline

Montgomery St. (SF)
Le P’tit Laurent

Residents of Glen Park rely on this charming French restaurant to welcome them, make them feel at home, and offer up a delicious meal in the retro dining room. 

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Le P’tit Laurent

Glen Park (SF)
Café Claude

With its large covered patio and alley location, Café Claude exudes vintage Paris. 

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Café Claude

Montgomery St. (SF)

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