French: Long-stemmed roses and candles set the ambience at this small, romantic restaurant. Unique to Café Jacqueline is its limited menu, consisting of souffles that serve two. Selections change daily, and such delicious ingredients as crab, truffles, and fresh fruit infuse main-course and dessert dishes with great flavor. French-born chef-owner Jacqueline Marguilis describes these soufflés as original works of art. Since each shuffle is made by hand to order, be prepared for a wait. But it's well worth it, and a great reminder of a grander time when people were willing to spend more than just money to get fantastic, sensible food.
Romantic Dining: Long-stemmed roses and flickering candles set the mood at this romantic, Paris-style bistro that's known for its alluring decor and delightful French fare. Tucked away in a tiny storefront in North Beach, Cafe Jacqueline is a restaurant seemingly made for starry-eyed duos. The menu consists only of souffles made for two, and although selections change daily, typical ingredients include crab, truffles and fresh fruit. The French onion soup is a patron favorite. Be sure to leave room for a dessert souffle, especially the Gran Marnier souffle, which will leave you just tipsy enough to need that shoulder for the way home.
Local Expert Tom Molanphy Says:
French: "Romantic restaurant specializes in both sweet and savory souffles."
Romantic Dining: "You can't go wrong with the figs wrapped in prosciutto - sweet and salty."
Best for French Because: Cafe Jacqueline was making fantastic food in San Francisco way before making fantastic food became so hip.
Best for Romantic Dining Because: Cafe Jacqueline is a great choice for a quiet, romantic night.
- Entree Souffles
- Dessert Souffles
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