Boulevard

1 Mission St. @ Steuart St.
phone: 415.543.6084
hours: Mon-Fri 11:30am-2pm, Sun-Sat 5:30-10(:30)pm
www.boulevardrestaurant.com
French with a twist
Full Bar

Downtown San Francisco empties into a ghost town at 7pm, so it's amazing that any restaurant could survive the dinner hours. Boulevard not only survives, it's always packed, not to mention that it's consistenly rated one of the best restaurants in the city.

The Ambience:
Famed restaurant designer Pat Kuleto has created an elegant yet casual energy within the restaurant's walls. Dark wood and brick, an open kitchen, high-end silverware, a view of the Bay (towards the back) and a dimly lit, welcoming art nouveau feel.

The Menu:
It often changes, but it's always inventive. Foie gras, cassoulet, rissotto, fresh bay shrimp remoulade, French black truffles and other fresh delicacies. Lunch $14-$20, dinner $22-$35.

The Food:
Brilliant. The creative pairings melt in your mouth. I doubt you could go wrong with anything here; it's more likely you'll taste something new and be pleasantly surprised.

The Service:
Extremely professional and friendly. They're always very busy, it seems, so it might take a while to get their attention, but for me it's never reached the point of neglect.

Reservations: Absolutely, weeks in advance.

Overall: A
Well worth the trip downtown.

Reviewed: Sept 2003



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