Occupation: Digital Media Consultant
Location: San Francisco
Favorite Restaurant: Cocotte
Reviewed Cocotte: Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Cocotte is one of my favorite restaurants in San Francisco, starting with the ambiance. Cocotte means ‘small fireproof dish in which individual portions of food are cooked and served.’ The restaurant continues this theme as it serves many dishes and sides in little cocottes. The restaurant looks and feels like you're in France dining in someone's small cottage. It's a smaller space with dim lighting, exposed brick, a little nook for 2 people, a bar to sip a glass of wine, and to top it off an exposed kitchen where you can see Chef and all the magic at work. The service is very friendly and knowledgeable about ingredients, flavors and the wine list - always offering suggestions. It's a very welcoming atmosphere that makes you feel like you just need to relax and enjoy because you are taken care of.
Each dish tastes like a French mother is walking into a garden to pick fresh, organic ingredients and cook them up. They welcome you with amazing warm french bread and a homemade olive tapenade which you can enjoy with a glass of French wine. The portions are not very large but enough to share a variety of dishes. I highly recommend the Coq au Vin, which is truly authentic, and the Cauliflower Gratin, which is creamy-heaven in a spoon! Their menu items change often so be sure to try dishes like New York Strip Steak or Sea Bass when it’s on the menu. Their wine list contains a mix of French and other wines and is not overwhelming but the service staff is very accommodating in helping you pick the right one. Overall, a great choice for a romantic night out or dinner with friends that will not break the bank. The staff is really friendly and warm (as is the atmosphere) and the food makes you feel comforted. Just make sure to take a taxi as the parking situation on Hyde Street is not good.
Occupation: School Superintendent
Favorite Restaurant: Hana Japanese Restaurant
Reviewed Cocotte: Tuesday, January 7, 2014