Gamine, in San Francisco, on Union St @ Fillmore used to be called Chez Maman. Stephane, the owner, changed the name (with some ownership status as well) several months ago and him and his wife Suzanna are now running the show.
This is no restaurant like any other. Stephane knows most of his guests, most of them being regulars, and appreciating his friendliness and kindness. You’ll see him going for table to table, sharing a glass of wine and probably trying to convince everybody that Marseille is the best soccer team in the world. Nobody being perfect, we’ll forgive him the Marseille part.
The food at Gamine is traditional french cuisine. It’s really like eating in France, in a casual atmosphere, where the food is good, company is great, and you drink lot of wine. That’s what Gamine represents, which is, in other words, some of the best aspects of France. I love the “escargots”, the “moules marinieres”, or even the goat cheese salad as starters. As a main, I usually get the steak with the fries and the sauce bearnaise. You just can’t beat that. I’d also have to say that the lamb is quite delicious.
I’ve been at Gamine, many, many times. You’re guaranteed to have a wonderful evening, with a fantastic host. I don’t seem to be the only one to think like this. Most of the reviews on Yelp are actually confirming my opinion!
2223 Union St
(between Fillmore St & Steiner St)
San Francisco, CA 94123