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 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
This was our second visit and again the ...
This was our second visit and again the service and the food was outstanding. The chef creates incredible dishes that are interesting and delicious! Their wine list is good and we usually bring some of our own bottles. The only negative I have to say is that I called ahead to check if we can bring wine and what the corkage is. At $30 a bottle, it's on the higher side, but I respect it from a business standpoint. But the not so pleasant surprise was that the restaurant charged us a Sommelier fee of $150. They were not willing to waive it and it was never mentioned to me when I called. Go figure.
Monsieur Benjamin is not the restaurant ...
Monsieur Benjamin is not the restaurant it used to be. The service was deficient in several ways. My wife and I asked our glasses of wine come with our food. The appetizer was served with no wine and we were asked if we wanted our wine then. Yes, we told the waiter and she said she would bring it right away. It came only when we had already finished eating the appetizer (of fried frogs legs). Our main courses were both quite salty. My wife was, at least, able to eat her arctic char but my cassoulet was too salty even to eat half. That the food was too salty is bad enough and they did take the item (which I returned) off our bill. But when I complained the woman who served us said that others in the restaurant had ordered the cassoulet and did not complain that it was too salty. This is something a good restaurant NEVER will do. You simply do not challenge a customer's opinion of a meal. In addition, as any good chef will know, you can always add salt but you cannot take it out. So, it is better to err on the mild side. In addition to all this Monsieur Benjamin now automatically adds 20% as a "tip" to your bill. Now, let's be clear. A tip is a voluntary emolument by definition. Once you require a 20% tip it is not a tip. Now, restaurants abroad add service costs to each item and tell you service is included. In my view this is a more honest approach. Besides, with the service we actually received, 20% was not deserved.
We've been here before a show a few time ...
We've been here before a show a few times and each time the food has been excellent. The chicken liver terrine is excellent and the brunch crepe was very tasty as well. The wine list is small but varied enough with good options by the glass. The service was a bit off the last time we were here and there was a long lag between appetizers and entree, but they were pretty busy so they were probably running behind. It is pricey, especially given the small portions, but still a very good spot for a fancy brunch.
Excellent French cuisine, great location ...
Excellent French cuisine, great location and ambiance. A bit on the expensive side for us, but probably on par with other SF French restaurants. Ingredients were outstanding as were most of the dishes and sauces. The quality of the char was outstanding, but I didn't like the almond sliver treatment (this is a treatment from 20 years ago that could stand being updated). Service was very good.
Always excellent service. The atmospher ...
Always excellent service. The atmosphere is vibrant, but conversation is easy - no din.
We had oysters and bone marrow for appetizers, which all 4 of us loved. The arctic char had a delicious sauce, and although I don't recall what everyone else had as their entrees, no one was disappointed. Pricey, but worth it.
Excited to try this place since it was m ...
Excited to try this place since it was mentioned on many must-try lists. The decor was modern/spare but felt warm since it's not too big and the tables were close together. Cocktails were well-made (we had a Manhattan and the Ace). Everything we had was delicious: croquettes, mussels, herring, quail and steak frites. And the desserts were terrific. Will be back!
We came here to celebrate a birthday. I ...
We came here to celebrate a birthday. I requested for a special note/greeting and a candle on our dessert to celebrate the birthday. However, we only received the birthday card and the server was not aware of the birthday we were celebrating and did not add a candle or add anything special to the dessert that we ordered. However, once the server realized we were celebrating a birthday, he provided us with two complimentary shots. I was looking forward to the candle and happy birthday greeting on the dessert, so I was a little disappointed. The appetizers that we ordered were the bone marrow and the foie gras, which was pretty good! The entrees that we ordered were only OK. The short rib was pretty good, I liked how it melts in your mouth. However, I would not order the duck confit again. There were a lot of beans in it, more beans than duck and it did not taste as good as I thought it would be. The prices are OK for a fancy French restaurant and the portions are pretty huge as well. Two appetizers and one entree would have been more than enough for 2 of us. I would come back to celebrate for a special occasion. I really liked the ambiance and modern decor.
The food was fantastic (highly recommend ...
The food was fantastic (highly recommend the seafood sausage), but what I loved the most was the ambiance and decor. The open kitchen lets the energy of the staff permeate throughout the restaurant, but in the best way possible; I perked up any time someone walked out with a dish. Probably the strangest thing to say in a restaurant review, but I loved the design of their bathrooms. They had beautiful black and red tile on black grout and a unique wallpaper that really added to the design of the restaurant. Very cool experience overall!
Dined on a Wednesday evening 7:45 res, r ...
Dined on a Wednesday evening 7:45 res, restaurant was busy but not at capacity. Waitress pushed us to order even after requesting more time--annoying since they did not need to turn the table.
Had steak frites and the halibut--I'd rate the food a B+, service a B-. We were not offered bread. I expect more for a $240 dinner for two.
Had an excellent dinner here. The servic ...
Had an excellent dinner here. The service was friendly, knowledgeable and attentive. Adam, the floor manager was particularly welcoming. The food was well executed classic French fare. The portions weren't gigantic but after sharing the croquettes and each having an app, entree and dessert we were plenty full. The croquettes were excellent as was the duck confit. Sweetbreads were tender, crispy and had a perfect Grenobloise sauce. We will most certainly be back.
This restaurant never fails to impress! ...
This restaurant never fails to impress! My guest and I shared a salad and the mussels.
More than enough and was very satisfying.
The waitstaff is always professional an attentive.
Love the location, within walking distance to most of the music venues in the area
Good French food, but overpriced. We had ...
Good French food, but overpriced. We had beef tartar as appetizer - rather bland, mixed with mayo? not at all impressive. The arctic char was delicious, flaky. The second entree, typical cassoulet, was good, but too greasy. The duck in it was excellent, tender, but the dish overall was too salty and greasy. The cherry and marzipan ice cream was delicious. The extensive menu is a plus , but probably would not go back .
Outstanding food and service. This is o ...
Outstanding food and service. This is our third time visiting and each visit is better than the last. The menu has something for everyone from a hamburger to quail. We have dined in many venues over the years and this is our new favorite.
The restaurant is nice, but overrated. ...
The restaurant is nice, but overrated.
(-) The staff forgot our bottle of wine, one of our dishes, and to ask the chef about my food allergy (two dishes came out that I couldn't eat).
(-) The crab remoulade and steak frites were bland.
(-) The scene was full of really loud and rude FiDi bros. I'm not sure if that is a regular thing.
(-) Way overpriced for what they are offering. My wallet is sad.
(+) The wine selection was great.
(+) The foie gras was some of the best I've ever had.
(+) The design of the restaurant is really nice.
(+) Great location. We walked around the neighborhood and grabbed drinks at Absinthe afterwards.
If the meal wasn't so expensive, and they didn't charge an automatic 20% gratuity, I may have given this a fairer review. If you want really great French cuisine, I recommend L'Ardoise (more traditional) or Bouche (more modern).
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