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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
20% automatically added to your bill. I believe tipping is my choice. Our waitress was lovely but busing of table was slow. Dishes sat in front of us for quite awhile. I had the short ribs which were very fatty yet also tough. Flavors were an odd combination. Did not enjoy the food at all and I usually love French cuisine.
Food was good, a bit overcooked especially considering the price.
Four different servers asked to clear our not-quite-done mussel appetizer. The third finally left the mussels but brought fresh plates. The fourth actually cleared the fresh plates before we'd even touched them. Three more came by to offer more bread for the mussel broth. Perhaps additional communication is in order? Not terrible but a little odd.
Went for a six year anniversary. Started out pretty good, service was a little spotty, once we got our drinks were better. Ordered apps and chatted while we waited enjoying the atmosphere for the most part. We received our app and before completing, a FIRE ALARM went off (a very loud one). Everyone looked at each other wondering what to do? I covered my ears for what I could handle. After five minutes people started exiting. My partner and I did as well. The sound was painful. The whole ordeal lasted approx. 20 mins. We returned to our table to find our bill on a plate. SERIOUSLY RUDE AND UNBELIEVABLE. waiter came by picked it up and did not return to explain. I called him over, requested to cancel entrees. We paid the bill in full (not a penny was discounted) due to terrible inconvenience. Tasteless to say the least! And to top it off the Owner was having dinner there with his family. Not a word of apology was said to any of the clients.
Unfortunate Terrible Experience
Had dinner at MB the other night before an event at Davies Symphony Hall. Our waiter was clearly new in his career. Spilled the wine while pouring and never came by to clean up the spill. not a big deal, but unexpected. The food, however, was delicious. Very broad french bistro menu with a few twists on the classics. My wife and I enjoyed everything we had. We look forward to returning.
Very disappointed with the service. Waiter was very very slow and we had to flag someone down every time we needed something. I expected a lot more from a Corey Lee restaurant. At the end of the meal, I asked whether or not they were short staffed…the response (from who I think is the manager), “Sometimes not everyone shows up for brunch.” I would have expected a different response.
I am not intending to ever go back. The food was not extraordinary enough to overcome the terrible service.
This is our reliable, go-to place for post-Civic Center events (opera, symphony, dance festival, lectures, etc.) The fact that they are open late was the initial draw, but the excellent food, wine options and professionalism is what makes us return and not want to bother with any other options in the neighborhood. The service is impeccable (we've encountered a lot of poor timing in other restaurants) and while I always get whatever the vegetarian option is from the menu, I do not tire of it. The Palmier ice cream is also very hard to resist.
Very interesting selection of dishes for Saturday brunch. Crepe au Sarrasin had ham, cheese, and mushroom in the crepe, surrounded by lightly dressed fresh spinach, topped with a fried egg. Scrambled eggs were accompanied by crispy fried potato bites (Pommes Sarladaises) and pork sausage. Wonderful service - friendly but very professional. Exellent recommendations and explanations of the wine list and menu items. Very much liked that servers waited to remove plates until all diners had finished their meals. Hats off for this return to proper etiquette! A new neighborhood favorite for us.
Loved this restaurant. It is attractive and comfortable BUT extremely noisy. The food was special, each dish plated attractively with excellent taste combinations. For the price, however, there should have been some vegetables on the plate, rather than having to order as a side dish.
Service was really great, we lost track of time and stayed till a little after midnight on Thursday but they did not kick us out. (Thanks guys!) The memorable dishes we ordered were the Sweetbreads, and the arctic char. We appreciated the complementary side dishes and the palate cleansing liquors, those were a nice touch. We also had the Bordeaux from Graves that was delicious. One thing is that the fries on my steak frites could be presented better, because the pile was covering my steak and veggies and overtook the plate a bit. I liked that the fries was a generous portion though! On the dessert side, we had the ice cream and layered chocolate cake which were also memorable, but the fluffy meringue I can't recall much.
Our server and host were polite and we didn't miss a beat during the hours we were dining there. Portion of the main courses was generous! We couldn't finish them and other than maybe the short ribs, they aren't the kind that'll be good as left overs. I drank a couple of glasses too much otherwise an unfinished plate is my pet peeve! Anyway, I definitely will be back. Thank you for accommodating us three women who were having a little too much fun! Next time I'll request a corner table...
We had a really great experience taking out of town guests to dinner in SF. The service here is always impeccable, we were guided to a good wine, the food quality is some of our favorite in SF, and the pacing of the meal was perfect for spending time with our guest.
Has been and continues to remain a favorite spot after our most recent visit.
The service and food was amazing. I mean, really, the service was above and beyond hospitable and accommodating. I would come back just to hang with the staff. But to make our visit even better, the food was incredible! We had roast chicken, which was tender, smokey, juicy, and generous. Other memorable dishes - short ribs, quail, and grandma's cassoulet. Sadly we couldn't stay for dessert, but would have if we could. The wine list was small, but well selected from offering and price perspective.
I came on a Thursday night with reservations. Parking was relatively easy to find around Civic Center (actual parking around Hayes is difficult). The food was delicious. The service was attentive and helpful. I noticed a manager making her rounds to each table- a good indication of the caliber of service. The restaurant has a nice vibe and the atmosphere is classy but relaxed. I mentioned that we were celebrating a birthday on Open Table and were given a few sweet bites at the end of the meal- it is the small things (attention to detail) like this that sets apart Mr. Benjamin from others. We ordered 3 mains and a side, no drinks and it cost about $55/person and I there was value there. Mr. B is an excellent choice in the Hayes/Civic area.
Pleasant bistro vibe, albeit a little noisy, excellent menu choices, focused naturally on French cuisine but even burger eaters will feel comfy enough. Top notch brunch with proper options, not just your typical ten choices of eggs and bacon, period. We opted for extremely fresh oysters, shared incredible steamed mussels, dipping frites in the buttery sauce, finally shared the pasta (still impressed how smoothly anchovies were blended in with other ingredients). All of the above was pleasantly accompanied by crispy Sancerre. Outside seating is available, tables were occupied by local crowd with couple of dogs, pet friendly and good food, much appreciated. So far best brunch I had in The City.
Food was way below standards for what we expected from the looks of the menu and the price asked. Impressed us as more "look" than substance. We are regular Saturday evening diners who enjoy trying out the multitude of wonderful restaurants in the city and bay area. We will not be returning to Monsieur Benjamin.
Arrived and was seated promptly by the window, which was nice. My wife asked for recommendations on the menu that weren't too rich or heavy and the server suggested the Arctic char. The bread was served to us, but had a hair in it. We notified the server and it was quickly replaced with new bread, it was delicious. I had the short rib, which reminded me of my wife's roast beef and mashed potatoes. It was very good, but not what I expected at a fancy restaurant.
First time and it far excited expectations! I read the reviews and view the menu and thought this had to be good but it was GREAT. Food clean, fresh, simple and elegant. Atmosphere, clean, streamlined, elegant and noise level busy but not overwhelming for San Francisco The presentations were eloquent and our server was really informed and interested in ensuring we had a great experience. Thanks Rebecca, your insights and recommendations were spot on. We will return as there were so many interesting items on the menu... Cheers
This is a great spot and lively bistro however do not count on the superb food that the place inaugurated at it start. Each visit it goes downhill . At the start the croquetteswere light fluffy and flavorful now they are fried balls of mashed potatoes ! The seafood sausage was so delicate and flavorful and now it's like a hot dig stuffed with old smelly seafood purée and pinenuts it's hard and awful. You should be ok with fries the burger and the grilled lettuce . We had liked the ham head cheese type pate that was served 8 months ago when we saw Patti Smith no such luck for traditional French treats . Just proschito and hard salami . All excitement and temptation is gone ! This owner is a famous chef who has turned his back on his bistro after opening in the museum .. so disappointing . Maybe just have a drink
Oysters and fries ! This was formerly a good before a performance spot but no longer ! We were so embarrassed as we had invited a group of friends !
We loved our late night, post-opera dining experience at Monsieur Benjamin. It's an easy two block walk from the War Memorial Opera theater and the restaurant accepts reservations until 11:30 pm on a Saturday night. The staff couldn't have been more friendly and accommodating. The menu selections were ample given the hour and the food was fresh, tasty and delivered promptly. Thanks to our late arrival we stayed long enough to watch the kitchen staff clean every vertical and horizontal surface in the entire place - quite a sight; with an esprit de corps that is very evident. Great place!
Monsieur Benjamin is a great French bistro, and it has wonderful food, really French and excellent service. Stepan was our waiter and he was very attentive without being suffocating. We went before the opera and have gone a number of times in the past. I would recommend this place for excellent food, a festive feel, and a relaxed atmosphere.
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