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“Fries, mussels, steak frittes, and the chicken stew OMG”
Review of La Trappe Cafe

La Trappe Cafe
Ranked #974 of 5,834 Restaurants in San Francisco
Cuisines: Belgian, Cafe
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Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Russian Hill
Reviewed 30 January 2017

One of my favorite SF meals ever. It's cozy, euro, inviting, and everything on the menu is DELICIOUS!!! I was not expecting this from the modest exterior, but OMG come in, especially on a cold, SF day, go down the stairs to the more "taverny" downstairs, and enjoy a true feast!

Service is amazing - the wait staff are beyond friendly and will go way out of their way to make sure you have a good experience.

The beers and wine selection is on point. The waiters all can guide you to the perfect beer/wine if you can describe what you're looking for. I wanted a dry, sour cider, and they got me to the perfect one for my meal. They're also happy to provide samples, so just ask!

And now the food. Oh. My. God.
-The Frites - you cannot go to a Belgian spot and not try the frites. They invented fries! These are crispy all around but not overcooked like some twice-fried fries can be. There's a plethora of sauces available, my favorites being wasabi mayo, chipotle ketchup, and the traditional belgian ketchup. I'd recommend getting one mayo-based and one ketchup-based sauce to try. For added kicks, mix them for a blush sauce!
-The mussels - we ordered a large order for 6 people to snack and share, in the traditional Mariniere style (The classic preparation with shallots, garlic, celery, onions, wine and witbier). It was so good! The sauce seeped into the mussels and they tenderly burst with flavor. It's a lighter, white sauce and not too thick, perfect for dipping bread or fries into.
-Steak Frittes - steak and fries, a classic. But this was so well done. The steak was cut into strips, making it a very share-able plate. It was tender, juicy, and perfectly cooked. The fries were, as mentioned above, fry-perfection.
-The grand finale, my favorite dish of the day: GHENTSE CHICKEN WATERZOOI, a traditional light Belgian Mary’s organic chicken stew with cream, potatoes, carrots, onion, and celery. TRUST ME PLEASE, THIS IS INSANELY GOOD. I did not expect this to blow me away, but it was creamy, just sweet enough from the aromatics, hearty without being heavy, and had such a unique flavor. It was crazy crazy good. I would recommend this dish over and over and over, and will over it over and over and over.
-Dessert was delicious and light. I forget the name (not helpful) but someone from my party said they could now die happy. I'm sure whatever you get here, you won't be disappointed!

Highly recommended for a cool date night, a group outing, guys meet up, or anytime you just want good, homey food and drink!

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Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

We decided to stop after a walk on North Beach. This is a really nice place to have a good beer (a lot of options on the menu) and eat some appetizer). We're surprised by the kind service by the waiter. Definitely recommended!

Thank André S
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Reviewed 28 September 2016

First stop on trip to San Francisco. Everything was great, including great Belgian beers, and I highly recommend the portobello mushroom, twice cooked fries, and smoked salmon arugula salad. The one disappointment and reason I gave 4 stars instead of 5 was the smoked trout endive cups, which just really fell short. Highly recommended overall.

Thank David P
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Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

As soon as we walked in, the man at the door greeted us and made us feel right at home. He was extremely friendly. This place had terrific customer service and everyone was very friendly and welcoming. They had a whole book of draft beers and bottled beers. The food was good, not really the type of food I typically eat, but still good. I would highly recommend coming here for a unique beer and terrific service!

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Reviewed 27 August 2016 via mobile

I'm a sucker for great Trappist ales, and La Trappe delivers! An authentic Belgian experience, complete with mussels and fries. The dessert waffle was delicious!

Thank Mark C
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