Bay Area Celebrates Bastille Day!

During the French Revolution “Let Them Eat Cake!” wasn’t the only thing Marie Antoinette supposedly said when she learned the peasants had no bread…she demanded they drink as well. In complete agreement with this and celebration of that time period, below are sweet treats and libations to try this Bastille Day weekend. Viva la Revolution!

La Boulange Bakery – San Francisco-favorite French bakery is celebrating Bastille Day with delicious themed pastries. All Bay Area bakeries will be offering a seasonal Summer Berry Tart with blueberries and raspberries for $24.00 and a box of 7 colorfully themed macaroons for $12.50 during month of July.

San Francisco, Peninsula, Marin County and East Bay
(Complete list of locations here)

RN74 RestaurantBastille Day Roaring 20’s Costume Contest Friday, July 12th

Since opening in 2009, each July RN74 has decked out the atrium at Millennium Tower in celebration of Bastille Day, offering Bay Area Francophiles the city’s most over-the-top blowout soirée. This year, San Francisco’s urban restaurant and wine bar is seeking to outdo its own past celebrations with more great food, wine and entertainment. Tonight, RN74 will celebrate the roots of its cuisine by paying homage to the French national Independence Day. The restaurant draws its name from the main highway that runs through the Burgundy wine region of France, Route Nationale 74. With a special menu by new Executive Chef Adam Sobel featuring French pressed sandwiches among other inspired bites, a live DJ and aerial performers suspended from the atrium ceiling, this year’s event promises to be a spectacular fusion of food, drink and entertainment—partygoers will feel as though they’ve been transported to Paris! The event is open to the public (with no cover charge), and guests who come in “Roaring 20’s” costume can enter to win dinner for 2 at RN74.

301 Mission St San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 543-7474‎


Bastille Day with Opera San Jose, Saturday, July 13, 7 p.m.

Celebrate Bastille Day with a spectacular al fresco Opera San Jose concert of French arias and ensembles at 7 p.m. at Park Valencia. It’s Opera San Jose’s 30th anniversary and members will be performing pieces from Verdi’s Falstaff, Humperdinck’s Hansel & Gretel, Puccini’s Madame Butterfly and Mozart’s Don Giovanni during the free, one-hour performance.

355 Santana Row San Jose, CA 95128
(408) 551-0010

July 14 Restaurant Specials

Pican Restaurant – Based in Uptown Oakland, Pican Restaurant is highlighting their La Vie En Rose cocktail to celebrate Bastille Day! The popular drink features Belvedere vodka, Courvoisier Rose, Velvet Falernum, lemon juice and champagne for $13

2295 Broadway Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 834-1000

Brasserie S&P

Indulge in a glass of Chateau d’Yquem ‘Lur-Saluces’ 1998, the best dessert wine in France and in the world, paired with local artisan cheeses for $65 at this sophisticated and casual brasserie located in Mandarin Oriental San Francisco.

222 Sansome St San Francisco, CA 94104
(415) 276-9888

Cafe Claude – Reminiscent of the narrow streets and alleyways of Paris, Café Claude is located on tiny Claude Lane between Union Square and the financial district. The popular French bistro, known for its beautiful French wine list and approachable bistro fare will be celebrating Bastille Day by offering the Navarin d’Agneau or Lamb Navarin – Braised Lamb Shoulder, English Peas, Braised Tomatoes, Olives, Carrots and Turnips served with Couscous and Mint Picada. $28

7 Claude Ln San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 392-3515

Chez Papa Bistrot – in San Francisco will offer a 3-course prix fixe dinner menu for $40.00, plus the regular a la carte dinner menu will also be available. The prix fixe menu entrée choices will be Sautéed Black Cod with carrot purée, dates, lentils du Puy, mandarinquat, pistachios, and a pea shoot salad; Bouillabaisse with prawns, clams, mussels, black cod, bay scallops, fingerling potatoes and rouille; Liberty Farm Duck Confit with lentils du Puy, honey roasted apricots, sweet potato purée and a port-cocoa sauce; or Lamb Daube with a rosemary-red wine sauce and seasonal vegetables. The restaurant will be serving dinner from 5:30 to 10:00 p.m.

1401 18th Street San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 824-8205

Hotel Adagio – Sunday Brunch – Launching Bastille Day!

Just when you thought another amazing San Francisco Sunday brunch spot couldn’t possibly exist, here it is – The Mortimer at Hotel Adagio in Lower Nob Hill. This on-going classy bottomless mimosa hot spot will feature plated sweet and savory brunch options with Chilean influences by Chef Jose. Showcasing fresh seafood, chicken and bacon waffles with pecan and Jack Daniels syrup, breakfast pizzas and frittatas, there’s literally nothing else missing to accommodate your brunch craving palate!  If you’re not feeling very bubbly, and longing for strength, The Mortimer mixologists will be creating cocktails including specialties with Spanish flavor and flair to accent the menu’s Chilean originality. Come by this Sunday and enjoy! To make a reservation or for more information, call 415-775-5000.

550 Geary St San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 775-5000 

Grand Cafe – Their Bastille Day Celebration includes a special menu where you can get any two items for 17.89 (the year the fortress was stormed). Plus: if you wear a beret/mustache, you get a free Lillet!

501 Geary Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 292-0101

Bouche – Sunday brunch at the popular wine bar/restaurant kicks off Bastille Day with a new menu, inspired by Mediterranean flavors and Californian culinary sensibilities. Enjoy delectable bites of Brioche perdu with roasted market fruit and basil chantilly, smoked lamb carpaccio, and crispy poached egg and arugula pesto.
When: Every Sun., 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

603 Bush St San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 956-0396 

Left Bank BrasserieDine in French style and feel as though you’ve been whisked away to a Bastille Day meal in Paris with rustic, authentic French dishes and specialty cocktails offered in the spirit of the occasion. Adding to the Parisian atmosphere: live accordion musician will play festive French music for guests amid blue, blanc, and rouge balloons, French flags and streamers galore.

Larkspur (website), Menlo Park (website) and Santana Row (website)

Presidio Social Club – In honor of the romance and allure of French culture PSC will be serving a complete dinner-for-two including a bottle of rosé. The meal includes a Butter Lettuce Salad with champagne vinaigrette and fine herbs, Wood Oven Roasted Cotes du Boeuf with frites, and Profiteroles to finish. This prix fixe meal is available on July 14, starting at 5 p.m. for $98 per couple.

563 Ruger St San Francisco, CA 94129
(415) 885-1888

Le P’tit Laurent – In celebration of Bastille Day, Sunday, July 14, Le P’tit Laurent in San Francisco will offer an a la carte dinner menu from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. Highlights will include Beef Bourguignon with carrot, onion and steamed potatoes; Cassoulet with beans, duck leg confit, pork and Toulouse sausage; and Sautéed Sea Bass  with cauliflower purée and Grenobloise sauce. The bar will remain open until 2:00 a.m. and from 6:30 until 11:00 p.m. there will be live jazz music.

699 Chenery Street, San Francisco, CA 94131
(415) 334-3235