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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
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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 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
I was really excited about Mr. Benjamin, but the experience left me underwhelmed. The preparation of the frog legs did not allow the flavor of the meat to reach the palate; the quail did not impress. The palmier ice cream is an interesting concept but it was horribly executed. Overall a bit overpriced for the quality.
Our first time dining pre-symphony at Monsieur Benjamin was a delightful experience. Our server was attentive and helpful. The food was delicious. I especially enjoedy the endive, apple, gorgonzola, and walnut salad. Recommend the Arctic Char as an entree. Only one complaint that there is no low fat milk or dairy free option to add to my coffee after dinner. Otherwise, great dining experience for pre-concert date night!
As a creature of habit, once I find something I love, I don't change. So my three meals have been virtually identical: start with a Golden Age cocktail and at least four oysters, preferably Kumamoto. For the meal, I do two appetizers: the Endive and Apple Salad (enough for two to share) and the Steamed Bouchot Mussels. Even though I try to avoid carbs, the broth for the mussels is irresistible so I manage to eat both pieces of toast dunked in the broth. I enjoy the dinner with a lovely Sancerre. We have been too full to order dessert but they do look yummy. The servers have all been delightful, but we have found that we need to take our time placing our orders so that we can enjoy a more leisurely meal.
The waiter couldn't wait for getting us out of the table. Was so uncomfortable even though there is no one waiting for the table and only a few people were eating in the restaurant. This place is my favorite in the neighborhood but I couldn't enjoy the atmosphere at all because of the unexpected treatment.
This place was the most amazing restaurant for our anniversary. Everything was done with such precision and quality. Waiter was exceptional. We never had to even wait to call someone for anything because they came to ask if we were okay thirty seconds before I was gojng to lift my hand! Best restaurant in Sf we've been to in years.
We celebrated our anniversary here recently before the theatre. Food was amazing. We shared the endive salad, mussels, arctic char, grapefruit sorbet & banana pot de creme -- all very very good (and nice bottle of chablis to wash it down). Service was perfect. Right mix of attentiveness and letting us chill. Thanks! We will come again for sure.
We totally fluked on finding this amazing place on a brief visit caused by a missed flight connection. With only a little more than 12 hrs in SFO , what was a disappointing missed flight and delay turned into an amazing evening thanks to this restaurant and the recommendations of our wonderful server ( wish I got her name , working May 11 th )
We had a splendid evening and turned lemons into lemonade . The food was amazing , friendly staff, cool ambiance. Highly recommended !!
Tres bon -- French menu where the offerings are not pedestrian. Well prepared but portion sizes are small. The croquettes lacked flavor. The wait staff was less than attentive causing notable neck craining throughout the restaurant. The hostess did a great favor by saving us seats in a very busy restaurant when we were running late.
The food was good the presentation was bizarre. I ordered a ham/cheese/mushroom/spinach crepe. The crepe came with raw spinach on top and an egg sunny side up! I took the egg off as I only like scrambled eggs. The raw spinach was OK and the crepe was good. I commented about this to the waitress who said, "Oh, most people don't bother eating the spinach!" Seriously???
The restaurant was far too pricey for what you got. The next time I'll go across the street to Abysinthe.
What a great meal! All was very well prepared and the ingredients were all at their peak of flavor and freshness. We had sea urchin, bone marrow, endive and apple salad, cassoulet, roasted mushrooms, potatoes, flounder with asparagus and palmier ice cream. The latter was the only item we were not thrilled about, despite it being like its description. It was a little too sweet for our palates and the palmier pieces were inside, missing out on the palmier crunchy and light experience. Suggest the ice cream be served with a palmier instead. Service was excellent and the wine recommendations were spot on. They offered tastes, so you did not commit to a glass of wine you would otherwise not enjoy. Hope to return soon.
Our second time at this restaurant was a rerun of the first time. I don't think we'll try a third. Got an early reservation that gave us more than 2 hours before our concert. The very pleasant waitress asked if we had any time issues as soon as she came to the table and we told her we did not. We ordered drinks and oysters, an appetizer and our main dishes. Drinks and oysters came...they were great. After that was cleared our appetizer and main dishes came at the same time!? Since the app was frogs legs and the mains were fish they didn't really compliment each other. Dialogue went something like this:
Me: the appetizer and mains together??
Waitress: yeah, I'm sorry they sent them out like this.
Me: you know the same thing happened to us last time we were here. (and it really did!!) I don't think we want them together.
Waitress: 😟 (makes face puts down app and takes mains away)
2 minutes later, in the middle of eating the appetizer, a guy who may have been a manager comes to our table and says, "your fish are ready, can I clear away these dishes?" We say when we finish our frogs legs. ..so we finish, they clear and then we sit there for more than 10 minutes before the fish comes. My husbands said his was good, a little over cooked...mine tasted like someone dumped a tablespoon of salt on it!!? Really!!
Monsieur Benjamin is an outstanding dining choice in an area that is fast becoming a major foodie destination. From their always perfect selection of oysters and the best uni anywhere, to the desserts that change with the season and the whim of the pastry chef, the food and service have never failed to make this a consistent dining pleasure.
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