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
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/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
A very pleasant but slightly crowded res ...
A very pleasant but slightly crowded restaurant with a nice ambience. We ordered the Steak Tartare, Arctic Char Amandine, and Gulf Flounder. The fish was cooked to perfection and the Tartare was in generous portions. Over all it was an excellent experience!
A quaint yet fancy place for French cuis ...
A quaint yet fancy place for French cuisine! Loved the classic yet modern plates :) It was my boyfriend's birthday and they added a candle for his dessert which was a nice touch, but other than that didn't feel like they tried to make his night that special. The ambiance is good for fancy or casual nights out and the staff was very friendly and knowledgeable. Definitely recommend.
The food and service were amazing. We h ...
The food and service were amazing. We had Sunday brunch outside, though the inside of the restaurant is a well decorated space. Unfortunately, we were robbed by someone pretending to be a customer on the side patio. He sat down behind us and stole my girlfriend's wallet out of her purse. The patio is open to the alley. We are savvy urban girls, so I would advise you to be vigilant and monitor your belongings, surroundings and those around you if you are a patron.
I forgot how generous the hors d'oeuvres ...
I forgot how generous the hors d'oeuvres portions are (Steamed mussels and Marrow bones). In the past I was with a few other dinners. This time it was just one companion and myself. So, I did not finish my main course but cassoulet is delicious the day after too. BTW, the sauce for the beef short ribs was heavenly. MB is a treat so do plan accordingly and enjoy.
We arrived late at 11:00pm. Rather than ...
We arrived late at 11:00pm. Rather than feel we were keeping the staff there late, we were treated like special guests by the team. The French cafe style food was top notch. My husband and I were both reminded of our vacation through France with each dish. Notable standouts include the Seafood Sausage, the Foie Gras and Escargot. And we had a delicious rosé from Provence. One of the best meals I've had in ages.
We did not know what to expect, but this ...
We did not know what to expect, but this restaurant was fantastic. Great light and airy atmosphere, very friendly staff and excellent food. I had the crepe which was a really unique preparation, my husband had the ham with the poached egg which also had grilled romaine and it was amazing. We ate every bite, which we never do.
We're always looking for a good place fo ...
We're always looking for a good place for dinner before concerts. We don't want to eat and drink too heavily, but we do want to walk away with that "Man, that was good!" feeling. Monsieur Benjamin is one of a small handful of Hayes Valley/Civic Center restaurants that clearly meet that standard. Whether you share a main and a few small plates, or just stick to the small plate menu, each dish shows great care and imagination. And the selection of wines by the glass always produces some exciting new discoveries.
M. Benjamin offers a varied, quite Frenc ...
M. Benjamin offers a varied, quite French menu, fine food, and a decent wine list (see menu and wine list on the website). Service was a touch on the amateur side, but knowledgeable help is always nearby. The room is suitably bistro-ish. The restaurant's location is excellent for early dining before an event at SF Jazz, Davies, the Opera House, or other venues in the Civic Center/Hayes Valley area. Thankfully, this area has sprouted a number of creditable restaurants, and M Benjamin ranks in the upper echelon of those.
Be aware that the restaurant may automatically add a service charge to your bill, so anything you tip is in addition to that. They should inform guests of this policy. Maybe it's in the fine print.
Interesting menu, food was delicious. M ...
Interesting menu, food was delicious. My granddaughter was treating me and my two housemates so we ordered small plates and wine. The service was very attentive and helpful.
I love the atmosphere, surroundings and ambience!
The food is good but way overpriced for ...
The food is good but way overpriced for what you're getting. Service was very lacking and slow. Table we were at was just wiped down and was still dirty - we could see food and drink remnants on it. Selling point is that it is open later. Wine list was good.
The service and food are usually solid b ...
The service and food are usually solid but this time the service missed. Our server walked away from me while I was talking to her which I thought was very odd. 20% service charge is automatically included, regardless of party size.
excellent food; shocked to hear the wait ...
excellent food; shocked to hear the waiter inject himself into our conversation and, later, to push so hard for us to have desserts, especially when we told him we had to get over to Davies Hall. Prices were unreasonably high compared to similar restaurants in the area. Excellent food but in no way worth that cost.
We had a delightful experience at Monsie ...
We had a delightful experience at Monsieur Benjamin. Our party was seated quickly and each server was helpful and efficient. Food was very good and both small and large plates were well presented and delicious. I look forward to returning.
AMAZING!!!!Makes you appreciate the savo ...
AMAZING!!!!Makes you appreciate the savory, flavors of food and how well they are paired with one another. Something as simple as summer vegetables and chicken were out of this world. Our seafood sausage wins my best original dish of the evening and was phenomenal.
Monsieur Benjamin in a very French Ameri ...
Monsieur Benjamin in a very French American setting offers a plethora of wonderful small plates
of French food for Americans and visitors from the world. The ambiance is
very fun and lively so that everyone seems to be having a delightful time.
The wait staff enhances this feeling. In our first visit, we were already planning to
return to walk in for bar service whenever we can. Special note: extremely
noisy but thanks to careful placement at a table for four, all four of us felt
we could adequately hear each other.
Everyone at Monsieur Benjamin's made my ...
Everyone at Monsieur Benjamin's made my birthday special from the greeting at the check-in till we paid our bill. Greetings from each server and special attention added to the pleasure.
The Arctic char was so delicious and perfectly cooked--all in all a wonderful meal
Amazing service and food. This became a ...
Amazing service and food. This became a favorite after our first visit and we've been back several times now and they never disappoint! We've sampled a number of the menu items the Short Rib is to die for! Even one of their less expensive dishes, the Crepe au Sarraisn, because I wasn't very hungry. I thought it would be good but didn't think a mere crepe could knock my socks off but it DID! It was fabulous, also rich and filling. An excellent choice if you're worried about watching the bill. The rest of my party ordered the Duck Confit, French Dip and burger. All dishes were reported as excellent and we enjoyed them with a wonderful and reasonably price cotes du Rhone.
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