Jeanne D'Arc - Cornell Hotel De France
Founded by the Lambert family in 1972, the restaurant is a favorite of locals and visitors. Jeanne D'Arc offers a prix fixe menu and a cellar of well chosen California and French wines. The restaurant is perfect for before-curtain supper, a gathering of good friends, or romance with conversation.
Prix Fixe: $56/pers
Once again we had an amazing dinner - everything was delicious and our server was wonderful- we had a play to get to and he made sure we got served in plenty of time to get to the play - ambience is lovely - a strolling violinist makes it very romantic 😊
Dining Room is absolutely beautiful and completely French. The prix fixe meal was very good and a great value for the price. We were celebrating a birthday and it couldn't have been more lovely -- complete with the roving violinist who played happy birthday! Really a special evening. (Don't miss the Grand Marnier souffle for dessert!)
Really enjoyed our experience! Good food with excellent choices. We went with our baby and we were looked after very well. Would love to go back
I love this restaurant. The food is amazing. Lovely service.
Excellent traditional French cuisine and atmosphere.
The food was bland and uninspired. We added salt and pepper to each course (except dessert) and it did not help. The plating was sloppy and inconsistent. The souffle was fine, the only saving grace I suppose. I think the average customer has never been to a good (not great) french restaurant. Its unfortunate because the space is very charming. The service was fine, not spectacular, but fine.
Jeanne d'Arc was fun. We had very good very French food--the sorts of things you would find on the menu of an auberge in a country town. The restaurant is decorated to the top level with Joan of Arc memorabilia, which was fun, and there were strolling opera singers our night, which was fun too. Good value for an anniversary dinner. I would mention, however, that the staircase leading down to the restaurant is steep--no picnic for anyone with limited mobility.
Nice menu choices, well priced and good vibe.
Meal very rushed as restaurant closes at 930.
More time would make it more enjoyable.
Souffle excellent. Escargot average.
Great ingredients very simply and perfectly prepared and what a bargain! I had vegetable soup, escargot, sea bass, and souffle (4 course price fix) and the total charge was only $57 (not counting alcohol). I was stunned and very pleased. I should have eaten there every night but only open Tues-Sat.
Really the only criticism would be that the course cadence was a bit “brisk” for our taste. Would’ve been better with a little more down time in between courses. But, otherwise food quality was stellar, particularly compared with price. Ambiance was stellar, especially with the violinist, who was fantastic. Waiter’s wine recommendation was spot on (choosing the right Bordeux with the Sea Bass). Overall still highly recommended.
Very interesting evening. Medieval ambiance, Francine the roaming violinist was wonderful. Complimentary champagne for our 40th anniversary. Food superb. Service (Jaime) was first class. Easy Parking garage up the street.
A wonderful time.
The restaurant is charming and the food and service top notch.
Chose this restaurant due to locale (close to a theatre we were going), plus decent reviews in Open Table, and my husband and I spent 7 months living in France back in 2016, so I though it would be nice to revisit some French favorites. All of the food had good flavor, but there wasn’t a dish that wowed either of us. I was disappointed that foie gras wasn’t on the current menu (one of my husband’s favorites), but I also know the menu changes, so you get what you get. I also didn’t eat my soufflé. Outside of the food, the parking situation is a bit gnarly and I also could have lived without the medieval Renaissance fair type music blaring over dinner. Was just a so-so evening.
I only wish I could rate it above 5 the flavors of everything were incredibly well balanced and fabulous. Nice portions no scrimping. Most will mention the unbelievable souffle but could miss the wonderful subtle flavor of the vegetable soup, usually not my favorite. Just simply a wonderful experience from food, ambiance, to great service!
A French Jewell in the Heart of San Francisco
As a native San Franciscan, Francophile and well-traveled epicure, I was literally shocked to learn only recently of this hidden jewel of a restaurant on Nob Hill, the heart of San Francisco, literally steps off the Powell Street Cable Car on Bush St.! The Cornell Hotel de France's tall elegant entrance welcomes you through tastefully appointed lounges to descend richly carpeted steps to the Jeanne D'Arc restaurant where you are warmly greeted into a space that literally takes your breath away. Beamed oak ceilings, stone arches, historical oil paintings and statuary, immediately transport you to a 15th Century France paying homage to "La Pucelle d'Orléans". Escorted to cozy tables, elegantly draped in starched heavy linen, a time-honored tradition sadly disappearing from far too many excellent restaurants, you are presented with a menu featuring 4 courses of classic Gallic delicacies ranging from escargot to soufflé. The wine list is duly impressive offering the crème de la crème of French dinner wines and a cultivated selection of fine California vintages. I selected a Chateauneuf du Pape to accompany a creamy Lentil soup, spinach salade with berries, an amazing savoury rack of lamb (which proved yet again the keen french observation that "Rôtisseurs are Born not Made"!), capping it all with a soufflé so light it seemed to float on a cloud. :) What more could one possibly add to so delicious and sumptuous an experience? Well, the hosts provide "musique en live" in the form of a beautiful begowned strolling violinist whose romantic french songs and lovely raven-haired presence cap a perfect Soirée Française. Highly Recommended. Eduardo Enrique
This charming restaurant is like a small escape to Europe. The food is consistently good with a prix fixe menu that is unbelievable considering dining out in SF! You don't want to miss the souffle for dessert. And there's a satisfyingly wine list to go along.
I think the quality of the food is outstanding . Great ambiance. We plan to go back to try more of their offerings. I'm sorry I was not aware of this restaurant sooner. As a San Francisco native, I only found out about this long time institution from an article in the Chronicle.
Our favorite little gem in San Francisco. We have been going there for a few years, special occasions, and have found the food, the staff and the ambience consistently outstanding. The decor is quaint and romantic. A perfect spot for a relaxed and charming meal. The price is also a value.
One of my favorite restaurants for a special occasion. You know what you will pay going in and it is wonderful to dine in a restaurant where you can actually have a conversation with the person across from you. The food and service is always consistently good.
Not our first visit and definitely not our last! Always great food, great service, ambiance and everything to make for a first-class dining experience.
I really like this restaurant but Saturday night all our entrees were over cooked. Perhaps 8PM dining isn’t a good idea, both the rabbit and short ribs seemed as if they had been simmering for hours and became dry and tough. The texture of the escargot was rubbery and had an off taste.
The Grand Marnier soufflé was incredible!
We thoroughly enjoyed. My chair was not the most comfortable.
Lovely surprise. Authentic French food served in a lovely room by friendly staff. Would definitely recommend.
Delicious and amazing. We will definitely be back!
i’m prejudiced as I’m French, but we love Jeanne d’Arc. The restaurant itself is in the basement of a small hotel- interestingly decorated to reflect its name. The menu is interesting and delicious. service excellent, the ambiance is pleasant not noisy
The food was great. We went before a show, fixed price menu with many options. The rabbit was lovely. Wine list is brief.
Excellent all round. Entire staff were fantastic and the food and wine was great. Couldn’t recommend more.
A quaint romantic French restaurant that has been hidden for decades. A well keep secret that we just discovered. A good value for what is delivered.
This was our second visit and the restaurant maintained its stop spot on our list. We had the salmon and the scallops/prawns (last time it rabbit and lamb shank). Everything was a show-stopper, but as many other have mentioned the Grand Marnier souffle for dessert was the overarching winner.
The only (minor) flaw this time was the live violinist. We supposed that this dazzles the tourists, one of whom was taking movies of her (sigh), but for us it occasionally stifled conversation, which goes against our secondary reason for rating this restaurant 5 stars -- the ability to hear each other talk, a sad rarity today. It wasn't continuous, though, so we're not annoyed; but we'll probably pick a weeknight for our next visit, (we assume this was a Saturday feature).
Everyone in our party of 4 enjoyed the food. The standout dishes were the salad and the grand marnier soufflé. The restaurant is decorated fancifully and feels cozy and French. The menu is prix fixe but there are lots of choices, most of which are well executed classic French dishes.
About a 10 minute walk from Powell BART station, with one steep uphill stretch at the end.
One of the nicest spots in SF, this beautiful restaurant feels cozy, romantic, and very French... the fixed-price 4-course meal is reasonably priced; they even have good, inexpensive champagne on the menu; it's the best place for escargot, lamb chops and Grand Marnier soufle... on weekends there is live music (violin)... but mostly Jeanne D'Arc is just dripping in character. Dining here feels like a night out, not just a meal.
We went to Jeanne D'Arc for my wife's birthday. A very relaxed, intimate and romantic atmosphere. The fixed price dinner had many great options and we are looking forward to more dinners at this delightful restaurant.
My second visit to this exquisite hidden gem. Loved everything. The food, the wine, the service; it was as great as I remembered. Made my anniversary dinner one to remember.
The food and atmosphere were fantastic
Great love it
What a beautiful experience!
Everyone involved cares!
Lovely romantic place!
Delicious food and excelent service.
French comfort food in abundance and a friendly atmosphere of art and kitsch. An experience like no other in the Bay Area for value and flavor. A killer deal for a date night!
PS: You must get the Grand Marnier souffle! A knockout!
Our waiter, Houari, was great - personable and French accent made it feel authentic! We had a nice bottle of wine that was surprisingly low mark up from retail price. Great but not amazing food. A little pricey, but very unique experience, decor, and entertainment make it totally worth it.