France arrived on Potrero Hill with this restaurant, which delivers food, waiters, and charm that would be right at home in Provence. The modest corner spot, with a Mediterranean blue awning, big windows overlooking the street, and a small heated patio, caters to a lively crowd that can make conversation difficult. Small plates include bistro classics such as beef tartare, mussels in pastis, and a leek and tomato tart. Duck confit, grilled flat-iron steak and frites, and
homey lamb daube are among the big plates. The lavender crème brûlée and chocolate fondant provide sweet endings. The $36.95 prix-fixe menu is an excellent deal. To accommodate the overflow of Hill residents, who have packed this place since day one, the owners opened the tiny, more casual Chez Maman (crepes, burgers, salads) a few doors away.