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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.
San Francisco, CA 94102
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Su-Wed 5:00pm-10:30pm, Th-Sa 5:00pm-12:00am
Brunch: Sa-Su 11:00am-2:30pm
Gough and Ivy
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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 13 or more, Monsieur Benjamin offers large party dining in the main dining room. Possibility of reserving the entire restaurant as well.
Monsieur Benjamin Ratings and Reviews
Cool space, although a total echo chamber with hard surfaces everywhere. Beautiful design though. Took forever to be greeted by wait staff but once he arrived he was knowledgeable and warm. The cassoulet was over cooked (CRISPY!!) but my friends loved their dinners. The wine list was ample and the desserts were fabulous!
I've had better and I've had worse - not sure it reflected a $100/head experience. Definitely did not live up to the hype.
I've dined at this restaurant 7-8 times in the past year and the food is always delicious and the service crisp and friendly. The waiter always asks what time I need to be out for the music event I'm attending and executes to perfection. I have been gently guided, when needed, to the shorter prep time items. They add 20% to the bill (no additional tipping) which I think is fair for all the staff and I wish more restaurants would follow suit.
Four of us met for a birthday dinner and everyone loved the restaurant, the food and the service. The only negative is that some of my friends found the noise level to be challenging at times. Cocktails were terrific and a bit unusual but still intriguing. The waiter suggested a wine for my roast chicken and I really enjoyed it with my meal. The lemon tart is a classic, and so was the marzipan cherry ice cream with a tuille cookie topper. Great evening and we will be back!
We have been to this place three times. The food is good and the ambiance is nice. We had an issue on our last visit when we made a reservation at 2:15. We got to the restaurant to be informed that the kitchen was closing at 2:30. Why have a 2:15 reservation? Our meal felt very rushed, not the experience you want for a Sunday meal.
With all the excellent dining choices around the Opera House and Symphony Hall, Monsieur Benjamin is the place we keep coming back to. They always have perfect fresh oysters, the sea urchin is simply sublime, and everything after that (including the extraordinary seafood sausage) live up to our usual first two courses. This place is worth every penny and then some.
I always enjoy MB and this was no exception. My only 'issue' is the brightness when sitting facing the windows. It's very difficult to focus on the person sitting across from you when you can't see them with the glare behind them. The food was really terrific and love the quality of the wine selection. Service was good as usual also!!
We gathered for a 10 pm dinner after a concert -- a very non-San Francisco time -- and had an excellent experience. A very helpful server. We did splits -- Mary and I split a grilled little gem salad (excellent) and a pâté de campagne, while our friends were more adventurous with frogs' legs and tripe! Everyone was happy!
Perfect pre performance dining. The food deserves much further exploration on my part and will look forward to doing so it in the near future. I seem to have attitude problem with the host staff when I arrive with or without a reservation. The problem is not unique to Monsieur Benjamin. Maybe it is me, but it seems as the first point of contact the restaurant would want the host experience to shine. I know that ain't easy but it is the job.
The Beef Short Rib was flavorful and succulent . The special of the day cod with porcini , fava and peas was tender, moist and tasty. The potato leek croquettes was nice, the seafood sausage not quite to our tastes. Overall, an excellent meal before our concert.
This restaurant was recommended to me by a friend. My boss, a former hospitality Food & Beverage Director, can sometimes present a food choice challenge when deciding on dinner plans. We both surveyed the menu inline after the recommendation and agreed we had to try it. Everything about this experience blew us away! From the bright visual arrival experience to the knowledgeable, friendly, attentive service staff...All exceeded my every expectation. We sampled small plates, entrees and dessert as well as a fantastic bottle of wine. Nothing was left on our table. A thoroughly enjoyable experience! Thank you for your hospitality!
The food was very good, and comforting. Mussels appetizer not the best I've ever had (beige mussels, not pink), but they were very large and in a delicious broth. Seating is a little tight--you can hear neighboring conversations if you tune in--but doesn't feel particularly crowded. Service was quite good, though we waited a little longer than we wanted after asking for more time with the menu. We have been there before, and definitely will return.
One of the main reasons I have returned to MB is because I loved the butter lettuce salad on my first visit. On this latest visit the salad was very overdressed so that we didn't finish it. The waiter apologized, but I think the kitchen needs to recall the reason for the beauty of that dish -- light and delicious when dressed properly. Additionally, the casoulet was dry on top and far too salty. I won't order that dish again.
The service is professional and friendly. The steak my companion had was delicious.
Our meal was fabulous, and we had a hard time identifying a favorite among the dishes we ordered: foie gras, seafood sausage, steak tartare, and frisée salad. The service was spot on, and there was even a handwritten birthday note for my guest of honor. We can't wait to go back!
We asked our waiter two questions about the cocktails. He did know the answer. After serving the appetizers we asked for bread. The waiter came back with two half slices. Our entrees were ok. Considering the price of the entrees they should have been better than ok. The lemon tart was perfect. This was the third time we have dined at this restaurant. The other two times the food and service was excellent.
We thought that the evening would start badly. No tables were available when we arrived notwithstanding our reservation because prior diners were "lingering". But the staff went out of its way to make us comfortable while we were waiting, including bringing us cocktails. Once we sat down, the food was by and large excellent. The chicken liver pate was outstanding and so was my cassoulet. My wife thought that her chicken roti did not quite reach that level, but it was still very good.
Food was exceptional as always. Escargot are SO good. Cassoulet is amazing and enough for two. Chestnut pot de creek was a perfect ending. Only odd thing is they are trying to be a "Tipless" restaurant by adding a taxable 20% charge to the check. I'd prefer they just raise the prices which gets to the same economics...
This was my 8th or 9th visit to MB and honestly, I was really disappointed. Our server unfortunately wasn't very attentive, and one diner was still finishing appetizers when he came over and seemed very eager to get our entree orders in. It then took at least 20 mins to have our plates cleared. The food and ambiance as always was great. Unfortunately, the evening was my birthday celebration, and I left MB feeling very dissatisfied.
Value = Price / Quality. The quality of the food is quite high but so are the prices - too high in fact. Service is a bit uneven and too fussy by half. The worst part of the dinner was being seated at a table quite near the kitchen where one's nostrils were essentially assaulted every 30 minutes or so by some dish on the menu showcasing some extraordinarily stinky cheese that I am informed and believe is usually served at room temperature - but that MB's kitchen apparently prefers to heat up. Noxious. Really noxious. Reminds one of months old unwashed content of a locker room. No bueno.
I have been there a few times. This was first so-so experience so I will still recommend.
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