Have to say something about my favorite place Restaurants, posted by Bruce, a resident of the Crescent Park neighborhood, on May 13, 2009 at 1:04 am
One day many years ago I am my ex were walking up and down California street looking for a place to eat. We settled on a little place called Bistro Elan.
Wow, it ain't much to look at and the seating can be a little crowded by several of the best meals I have had anyone on the planet I have had there. I unreservedly recomment Bistro Elan for their incredibly fresh and varied menu of masterworks. The chef's have rarely concocted anything I did not love.
I have taken out of towners to this place and several people who are familiar with the best food of many countries also give it high praise.
The meals are wonderful, expensive, but wonderful. The service is usually above average.
There are two even more wonderful things you need to know about as well. In the spring and summer the patio in the back is the perfect place to eat, and Bistro Elan also makes the best desserts I have ever had anywhere. Never too sweet or overly rich, they are flavorful fantasies of sweets that will knock your socks off.
Bistro is on the expensive side, I rarely get out of there with two people for under $100, but for a treat this place is world class unforgettable. I love it and I think anyone would too.
Posted by foodie, a resident of the Green Acres neighborhood, on May 13, 2009 at 10:24 am
If you can get by without the wine and extras, you can actually have a pretty decent meal there for well under $100 for two. (But if you are going, get the wine and the extras!) I concur that it's a wonderful local gem. A rare exception to the inattention to ingredient freshness on the peninsula.
Posted by Bruce, a resident of the Crescent Park neighborhood, on May 14, 2009 at 12:22 am
Glad to know that there are at least two people who have experience the wonderful food at Bistro Elan. In terms of food this is one of the best places I have experienced anywhere, it ranks with the best restaurants I have tried in France. It's a modest looking place, but do not judge a book by its cover in this case, the food is pure genius.
Posted by Steve, a resident of the University South neighborhood, on Aug 26, 2009 at 10:36 pm
I concur that Bistro Elan is pretty special. Earlier this year I had the privilege to take a woman I had met for dinner there, and although the relationship never made it past a couple of months, the food, the service, and the warm atmosphere (ok, and her) made it a moment I'll never forget. Although I miss having her in my life, at least I can go back to Bistro Elan over and over, enjoy the food, the service and the atmosphere, and know in my heart that I had a special memorable experience there. Really, the food is excellent. Recommend it.