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, Patio/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
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.
This was my third time dining at M.Benja ...
This was my third time dining at M.Benjamin. I thought that all the food was delicious except for the cassoulet which I thought was extremely salty. I also felt for $50 it was overpriced for the size of the dish. Our server was excellent. I will go back and recommend to friends.
Went here to celebrate my husband's '0' ...
Went here to celebrate my husband's '0' birthday which I noted in my reservation. Instead of a nice dessert on the house, he received a note saying happy birthday. OK. We shared the butter lettuce salad which was butter lettuce, chives and 5-6 slices of radish. My husband chose the Blanquette de Veau which was bland and unexciting. I chose the Artic Char Amandine which was delicious start to finish, rich and succulent. The real surprise of the meal was when the check arrived. On it, with no prior notification, was a 20% surcharge. We inquired about the charge and our waiter indicated the surcharge was not a gratuity, but for the Healthy SF Ordinance for health insurance and minimum wage in SF. The other two restaurants we visited charged 4% and 5% and were listed on the menu. 20% is exorbitant and they must have wonderful health care. Ridiculous!
The hostess was accommodating as she ref ...
The hostess was accommodating as she refer us to sit at a tight corner two seater. I asked for a different table and she found us a better one. When seated, the appetizer plate on the table was scratched up with black lines. It was already not appitizing much less that I would want to put food on it. One of staff, a male in a suit was flag over. I requested a new plate. He goes and responded, it's used often, the plate is not dirty and went off to get me a plate. This is suppose to be a high end French restaurant, I was baffled with his respond. No apologies or agreement as if I should be happy they gave me a plate at all. That kind of service already damper my mood and view of this establishment.
We order the sea urchin, escargot, steak filet, mussel and dessert (ice cream)and we had drinks. The bill came out to be about $150+/-.
The mussel was good and fresh. The escargot was not what I expected. When the escargot arrived it was delivered by the person in the suit. Then when our server came by like 5mins into our escargot dish to take away finish items and he mention, more to himself than us that bread and butter was missing so he went and brought us bread and butter.
Our server, at the time I (but my spouse did)did not know that 20% service charge was included, was not attentive at all and no smile. He probably at most came by once when he was not flag down to ask us how was our food. When we were done w/the main course, he just flopped down our dessert menu and left. We order the ice cream that a lot of people said was really good. It was super sweet, in my opinion, I did not enjoy it at all.
For 20% service charge and their food price, we expected high quality of food and service, which this restaurant, in my opinion failed.
We tried this restaurant based on a reco ...
We tried this restaurant based on a recommendation from our guide on a Gourmet Walk of the Hayes Valley. She described it as her new "go to restaurant" in the Hayes Valley. We were not disappointed. The short rib I had as my main course melted in my mouth, and the whipped potatoes were amazing. We split the champagne pate appetizer and crepe dessert, both were great. The place is not cheap -- $200 for two without a bottle of wine (although we did have two cocktails and two glasses of wine). But we would definitely eat there again. Excellent choice. And very convenient to the Opera House for pre- or post-opera dining.
This was our second visit. The first ti ...
This was our second visit. The first time we tried brunch (egg-centered) entrees. They were excellent! This visit we tried several appetizers and small plates - definitely the way to go. The only caution is to watch how much you order - the cost adds up really fast. Expensive this way but well worth it!
We had a terrific dinner before the Symp ...
We had a terrific dinner before the Symphony. The service was prompt and attentive. We had the butter lettuce salad (two can easily share), and, the crepe, which was delicious and filling. Wonderful ice cream for dessert. Tip is now included in the bill.
From their always excellent oysters, to ...
From their always excellent oysters, to the amazing sea urchin roe, the seafood sausage, and just about everything else on the menu, Monsieur Benjamin has never failed to fully satisfy our desire for an exceptional dining experience. Simply not to be missed!
The vegetarian entree remains to be the ...
The vegetarian entree remains to be the same for the past few months. I wish that could be changed up a bit. I come here often with colleagues and it's disappointing that there's not much of vegetarian options...just one entree and a couple vegetarian sides, and salad.
This was our second Sunday brunch at M. ...
This was our second Sunday brunch at M. Benjamin. While the bill was a little high for a brunch, we did not hold back on anything. Started with a cocktail and oysters on the half-shell, which were fresh and tasty with a nice assortment, served with a light vinegary sauce and fresh grated horseradish. Moved on to foie gras with a glass of Sauternes. My wife had the chicken croquette and I had the Paris ham, each with a glass of wine. Then a shared crepe for dessert with coffee. I can recommend everything we tasted. Presentation and service are very traditional and absolutely correct. Preparation is also very conservative and very French, but with some imaginative flair.
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