La Folie

Table 19
La Folie

La Folie has been serving an ever-modernizing French menu since 1988, earning one Michelin star and four San Francisco Chronicle stars for Chef Roland Passot and his wife, Jamie. In its sumptuous dining room of warm wood and thick drapes, one could argue that any table there rises to the level of Most Romantic. But Table 19 stands out, sharing a window alcove with another two top—a dining room view to one side, and the Polk Street scene on the other. La Folie service is beyond reproach and conversations are all intimate due to plush carpeting, curtains and soft banquettes. There is none of the cacophony so common to hip joints at this traditional dining mecca.

Diners can linger over three- to five-course meals of their own choosing, or go for the Chef’s Tasting Menu. On offer one night was an incredible amuse bouche of Tempura Squash Blossoms stuffed with ratatouille, a complex Spring Vegetable Salad with a carrot sorbet, Lobster and Mushroom Risotto with peas and asparagus and Liberty Farm Duck Breast with Tokyo turnips, duck liver panna cotta and stone fruit duck jus. Valet parking is highly recommended at this Russian Hill enclave.