Say Oh La La! at These Bastille Day Celebrations


Flickr photo from Euthman.

Fête with the French in honor of Bastille Day, officially Thursday July 14th, with lots of Frenchie options all around town, plus a non-Frenchie event with Stag Dining.

~CHEZ PAPA BISTROT~ will offer a three-course prix-fixe dinner menu for $34.95 on July 14th in addition to the regular à la carte dinner menu. For the prix-fixe menu, choose from entrées like bouillabaisse with black cod, clams, mussels, prawns, bay scallops, fingerling potatoes, and rouille; pan-roasted red trout with braised cabbage, smoked bacon, pearl onions, and lemon-tarragon beurre blanc; lamb daube with rosemary-red wine sauce and seasonal vegetables; or duck confit leg with fennel purée, lardons, wild mushrooms, and Périgourdine sauce. Dinner 5:30pm-10pm.

~GRAND CAFÉ~ is also celebrating on the 14th, starting at 5pm with Marie Antoinette handing out cake, an accordionist playing traditional Parisian music throughout the night, and glasses of Champagne to complement the normal dining room menu. In the Petit Café, there’ll be a boeuf bourguignon and glass of red wine special ($19).

~RIGOLO CAFÉ~ is extending their Bastille Day specials all week long (July 11th-17th) with a special prix-fixe menu and summer crêpes. The $24.99 three-course prix-fixe will be offered in addition to the regular dinner menu (add a Kir Royale or wine pairing to the prix-fixe for $3): choices include Gratinée des Halles (Rigolo’s French onion soup), fresh fruit galette baked in the stone hearth oven, and many more options. You can also get a savory summer crêpe with local asparagus and corn, or a sweet one with summer peaches and seasonal berries for $6.99. Bring les enfants on Bastille Day between 4pm-7pm for complimentary face-painting. 3465 California St. at Locust, 415-876-7777.

~CAFÉ DE LA PRESSE~ will have specials on the 14th such as duck confit, cassoulet, and dry-aged rib-eye steak. 352 Grant Ave. at Bush, 415-398-2680.

Chez ~CAFÉ DES AMIS~, it’s Happy Hour all day long from 11:30am ‘til 11pm with wine by the glass, beer, a special “Storm the Bastille” cocktail, oysters, charcuterie, and cheese, plus chef Justin Deering will be making cassoulet.

Bastille Day at ~GARCON!~ will feature, in addition to the regular à la carte menu, a $33 three-course prix-fixe dinner and à la carte specials including rillettes of duck confit with sautéed duck liver and heart, frisée, shallots, and cherries ($14); and a 16-oz. bone-in, free-range veal chop with haricots verts, porcini mushrooms, and marjoram-pine nut gremolata ($42). 1101 Valencia St. at 22nd St., 415-401-8959.

Inside the Sugarlump café, you can have a casual Bastille Day dîner with ~SOUS BEURRE KITCHEN~: it’s a three-course menu for $26, and items include steamed mussels in white wine with sausage and crouton, and sous vide duck breast with roasted summer vegetables and apricot gastrique, plus vegetarian options. Dessert will be palmier cookies and fresh bing cherry mousse. 2862 24th St. at Bryant.

Over on the Waterfront at ~LAFITTE~, chef Russell Jackson is serving a special Bastille Day prix-fixe menu in honor of Richard Olney: artichokes with two mousses, sole with fines herbes and braised cucumbers, roast leg of lamb and buttered green beans, fromage, and peach melba. $49; $59 with beverage pairings.

~OFF THE GRID~ is partnering with French aperitif wine producer Lillet to pay tribute to liberté, égalité, fraternité. At the Friday July 15th Off the Grid, participating food trucks will offer French-inspired menu items while the Magnolia Bar will serve Lillet cocktail specials and an aperitif over ice with an orange slice (oh so français). Musical guest: Le Jazz Hot (French Gypsy jazz performed on string instruments). 5pm-10pm, Fort Mason Center.

The ~CAVALLO POINT COOKING SCHOOL~ is holding a celebratory class on Saturday July 16th from 11am-3pm with cookbook author and chef Peggy Knickerbocker. The hands-on menu includes dishes inspired by her travels and adventures in France, including pissaladière, and warm spicy mussel salad. $125 per person plus tax. 601 Murray Cir. in Fort Baker, Sausalito, 888-651-2003.

And for a tongue-in-cheek experience à la Stephen Colbert, join Stag Dining Group and The Noble Rot for an ~ANTI-BASTILLE DAY CELEBRATION~ on July 14th at 7pm. You’ll be dining on passed plates from chefs Jordan Grosser and Ted Fleury, plates with names like Yankee Goose Liver, American Carrier Pigeon, Patriot Snails, and Freedom Frog Legs. Cocktails and wines will be paired with the passed plates, including tastings of American Bordeaux. Read up on all the humorous deets here. Seats ($65) are limited to 50 with a 72-hour cancellation policy; event location TBA.

Event Info

Monday Jul 11, 2011 – Sunday Jul 17, 2011