Provincial France meets Northern California at this convivial, bustling brasserie with a gigantic stone hearth and whimsical French posters. The menu packs in hearty dishes such as bouillabaisse, braised oxtail with homemade noodles, steak and french fries, and a succulent fondue of local goat, Brie, and blue cheeses. For dessert, you'll have to go to Lyon to find better profiteroles. The service can be erratic, and the plank floors and high ceilings can make things noisy,
but this place is fun. For quieter conversation and maximum romance, sit outside on the wraparound veranda.