About Monsieur Benjamin
Monsieur Benjamin is a modern restaurant and bar in San Francisco’s Hayes Valley, inspired by the great Parisian bistro culture and traditions of French cooking.
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: M-Su 5:00pm-12:00am
Brunch: Sa-Su 11:00am-2:30pm
Gough and Ivy
$30 and under
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We are located kitty-corner from the Performing Arts Garage located at 360 Grove Street.
The closest Bart station is Civic Center. Bus Stops for the 5, 21, 47, and 49 are located nearby.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
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For groups of 9 or more, Monsieur Benjamin offers group dining in the main dining room in a semi-private setting.
Monsieur Benjamin Ratings and Reviews
The food is spectacular! There are a lo ...
The food is spectacular! There are a lot of choices on the menu and everything is presented very well. The service is great, very knowledgeable about the menu but not to pushy or over attentive. The atmosphere is very inviting but also simple and modern. It's pricey but you definitely get what you pay for. The Chef is working with classic french ideas but bringing something unique and modern to them but also keeping them very approachable and comfortable. Can't recommend this place enough.
We had a show at the Golden Gate at 2 pm ...
We had a show at the Golden Gate at 2 pm on Sunday. We generally always go to Absinthe since we've never been disappointed but we decided to try something new. What a delight Monsieur Benjamin was! Every detail was fabulous. The food, the cocktails, the service -- all top notch. I had seen this restaurant receive outstanding reviews on the PBS show "Check Please" but didn't realize it was so close in distance to Absinthe. So happy we found a new spot for pre/post-theater dining.
Wonderful wine and service! Love this pl ...
Wonderful wine and service! Love this place but was a little disappointed with the cassoulet... it was difficult to get away from the overlooked topping and although it was explained to us it was tooth breaking and seemed to be some in every mouthful
Escargot, frog legs, and the foie gras w ...
Escargot, frog legs, and the foie gras were all amazing! The staff was excellent. They were very nice about one member of our group who had to work late and arrived ~30 minutes into our meal. The bottle of wine we shared was really good, a crisp white, sort of reminiscent of a dry cider.
Our Bay Area daughter and son-in-law int ...
Our Bay Area daughter and son-in-law introduced us to Monsieur Benjamin via a gift certificate a year ago. Recently we planned a two-night visit to San Francisco to attend the opera and booked table for Friday.
The meal, service and the ambiance were so outstanding, we cancelled our reservation for Saturday night at another Hayes Valley restaurant. We returned to Monsieur Benjamin on Saturday even though we had to sit at the bar for our dinner.
Shayna took care of us on Friday and Enrique helped us at the bar on Saturday. We were amazed and delighted to see everyone on the team work together so efficiently and pleasantly. No matter what rank, all jumped in to serve and deliver the food quickly from the kitchen. We could not be more satisfied with the food; every dish was outstanding: Crab Remoulade, Seafood Sausage, Saffron Mussels, Arctic Char, and the Pot de Creme and Palmier Ice Cream on Friday. Saturday we enjoyed the retro Deviled Eggs, Beef Tongue, Blanquette de Veau and the Pork Chop. Wow! All excellent. Balanced, well-seasoned, cooked to perfection, delivered promptly.
We applaud your decision to add a 20% service charge. The positive attitude and cooperation of the staff was palpable. We will return and we will recommend your establishment to our friends. We worked for nearly thirty years in restaurants, mostly in the Bay Area. One of our daughters not only grew up in the trade, she went on to culinary school in NYC and worked at Gramercy Tavern for several years until her first-born arrived. We know food and service and we really appreciate a good restaurant when we find one. You have all created such an experience.
I found M Benjamin to be overpriced for ...
I found M Benjamin to be overpriced for the quality of the dishes we received. Everything was good, but nothing stood out. The one dish that was not good was the cassoulet. the top layer was crunchy and burnt, while the core was a little dry. the star of the meal was the bone marrow and Artic char. Great flavors and perfectly cooked.
Service was attentive, but did not have the french charm I was hoping for.
Not sure if I would return.
Second time at Monsieur Benjamin and as ...
Second time at Monsieur Benjamin and as with the first time we had a phenomenal experience. This time we had Vincent take care or us and he is one of the best at his craft we've enjoyed. Started with some terrific raw oysters then dug into a couple of French dishes Vincent said his Grandmother used to make for him when growing up in France. And the dessert to wrap up the evening was a great way to end a perfect dinner. Coming back to see you folks soon, Monsieur Benjamin :-)
Overrated , overpriced , mediocre food . ...
Overrated , overpriced , mediocre food . Nice environment , beautiful restaurant , attentive , yet overwhelming service . Felt rushed . Don't recommend . I am fortunate to travel and experience lots of " hot spots " , and this one is not a hot spot at all. Pretty bland experience / nothing special .
I had eaten there once before and was wo ...
I had eaten there once before and was wowed. It was good this time, but missing some of the wow factor. The service was a little helter-skelter, not very gracious. The food, while good, did not have the fresh, clean flavors I had appreciated before. I had a large pork chop which was well cooked but boring. It had brussel sprouts and chestnuts but very few of those. Overall with so many great restaurants in SF, I would not seek this out although it's fine for pre-opera/symphony dining.
The space is lively and the food a genui ...
The space is lively and the food a genuine french bistro experience ( but ask for crispy fries or you are sitting with soggy white limp potatoes ) the salad is fresh and welcoming : crepe yummy : seafood sausage a delight : lemon tart perfect . Great drinks : fun bar : perfect for before or after a performance and not disappointing like a few of the neighboring eating spots. BUT service varies dependent on your seating area and the assigned server . If necessary jump up and ask the friendly efficient and helpful manager to help you get the prompt service needed pre theatre !
Had a dinner before an event, with three ...
Had a dinner before an event, with three of my friends who'd never met each other. I wanted a place where conversation was possible so everyone could get to know each other, but with excellent food in case conversation lagged. Best of both worlds - the food was great and the welcoming atmosphere helped spur conversation. A delightful evening. Service was attentive without being smothering, and we had no problem making curtain time.
While the appetizers we ordered were goo ...
While the appetizers we ordered were good, my main course was quite a disappointment. My biggest complaint was that the restaurant added a 20% tip to the bill , and we were only a party of two. I find this pretentious and completely unacceptable. I often tip 20% for good service, because I've been a waiter and I know what the job entails. But unless the restaurant changes this outrageous practice, I will never dine there again.
I read so many positive reviews, but I w ...
I read so many positive reviews, but I was disappointed with the food. The bone marrow was supposed to be off the hook, but I found it to be tasteless. I also tried the stuffed eggs which were also supposed to be delicious, but they were just your average stuffed eggs. The steamed mussels weren't bad, but nothing to brag about. They serve LOTS of bread with everything, so much that we couldn't finish eating it. I don't think I'll ever go back.
This was not their first moment after ha ...
This was not their first moment after having been here several times. Stacking all guests in the front window and crowding us when the whole place was empty is not appreciated. Either our server was new or was not on his game as he was slow and not tuned in to his tables, which might have also been due to the stacking off everyone in a single section! The food was nice but overall very noisy and slow service and food delivery. With a mandatory 20% tip I have higher expectations. Will I come back? Yes...
Great Menu and excellent service! This w ...
Great Menu and excellent service! This was my second time at Monsieur Benjamin. The first time was without child and this time with. Both times were excellent! We needed a table that could accommodate our stroller and infant son and the staff was more than helpful and welcoming. The menu and wine list are excellent!
I really wasn't a fan. It is overrated. ...
I really wasn't a fan. It is overrated. I didn't love our meal, the presentation was blah, and it was kinda gross. I wouldn't say it was bad perse, it tasted ok, but just nothing special. I'd avoid and go elsewhere.
The food here is outstanding and the ser ...
The food here is outstanding and the service is great. The portions were also larger than we expected. The salad was perfectly dressed and the mussels were so delicious that we got really messy dipping the bread after they were gone. The fish was also really good. Our friends loved the chicken soup and marrow bones and sun chokes. And we all loved the ambiance - the place is sleek looking, and since it's on the corner and there is lots of glass, it was fun to watch people walk by. We will definitely be back.
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