There aren’t many restaurants like Café Jacqueline in San Francisco—a throwback to a time when servers wore bowties and stayed at the same restaurant for years, tables were covered with white tablecloths and lit by candlelight, and dinner was unapologetically several hours from start-to-finish. The latter is because every soufflé on the menu is made by chef-owner Jacqueline Margulis who has been whisking eggs into towers of heaven for over 40 years—and oh right, because soufflés are basically the only thing on the menu. You’ll order one savory and one sweet (with possibly some onion soup to start) and you’ll share it all (the soufflés are meant for two). And then you’ll make your next reservation before you leave because they’re hard to get (and easier to make if you’re in-person).
How to book: Call 415-981-5565 for reservations.