We love to venture into the different sweet neighborhoods of San Francisco and invariable find restaurants that are gems! We heard from friends that there was a French Bistro in Glen Park that we had to try. When asked about our favorite type of restaurant, we always say French Bistro and Le P’tit Laurent is the perfect example. The décor is charming, featuring Venetian plaster walls, pressed tin ceiling, French Deco style poster art, wood floors and lovely chandeliers. The restaurant was busy on the night that we dined but the noise level was low and everyone appeared to be enjoying themselves including the single diners at the bar, who were chatting with old friends and meeting new ones.

Le Cassoulet Toulousain Maison

We started with a bottle of Perrier and a Grey Goose cocktail from their full bar. Our first course was the Soupe a l’Oignon Gratinee which was a delicious onion soup with subtle flavors and less cheese which made it lighter. The Salade Frisee aux lardoons et oeuf poche which was Frisee salad with bacon and poached egg came dressed with tasty sherry vinaigrette. The Hors d’oeuvers that we really enjoyed included fabulous Sautéed Sweetbreads with walnut crust and mushroom coulis. You must have the Escargots de Bourgogne au beurre d’ail et persil. These Escargots from Burgundy in garlic parsley butter were extra fresh, tender and delicious. The main course that we loved was the hearty and delicious Le Cassoulet Toulousain Maison which is made with duck leg confit, pork, Toulouse sausage, Jarret d’agneau braise, haricots verts and jus d’agneau.


Le Cassoulet Toulousain Maison

The Wine List features wines from around the world. We enjoyed the 2009 Dry Creek Sauvignon Blanc , 2007 Patriarche Bourgogne Chardonnay and the 2009 Syrah Merlot Pays d Oc Reserve de Chasse. We noticed that when ordering wines by the bottle the wine was decanted for fuller flavor. Desserts are a must! We loved the Tarte Tatin et Glace Vanille which was warm apple tart with vanilla ice cream and the fantastic Profiteroles Glace Vanille with warm chocolate sauce.



Restaurateur Laurent Legendre’s Le P’tit Laurent in San Francisco’s Glen Park district is our kind of restaurant. It features seasonal French fare using fresh locally sourced ingredients created by Chef Julio Caceres who trained in San Francisco at the Culinary Academy and learned the art of French cooking while working under French Chef Henry Bolltrider. Reservations are accepted and Sunday through Thursday; they offer a three course prix fixe “Neighborhood Menu” with multiple choices for $22.00.

We look forward to returning!


Carol & Joe Davis, Dining Detectives


Le P’tit Laurent Restaurant

699 Chenery St. (at Diamond)

San Francisco, CA 94112