About Monsieur Benjamin
San Francisco, CA 94102
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
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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
We had the chicken liver pate and seafoo ...
We had the chicken liver pate and seafood sausage which were both so tasty. I have pate every chance I get, so to find the depth of flavor in this one was exciting. And served on toasted brioche! The quail entree was also excellent. this was my second visit. Last visit three of us shared 5 appetizers/small plates. That is my favorite way to sample a restaurant.
The service both times has been outstanding, friendly, not overly solicitous, just paying attention.
This is my second visit to M. Benjamin. ...
This is my second visit to M. Benjamin. The food is excellent. The pots de creme is top notch up there with Absinthe down the street. I am a vegetarian so I had the potato and leak croquettes and the crepe sans the ham. I shared a fresh salad with my wife. All the other members of my party did partake in eating meat. My wife had the sweetbreads and she thought they were great. One of our party had the tripe (yikes) and loved that. I strongly recommend the restaurant.
GREAT service. The host and waitress ask ...
GREAT service. The host and waitress asked if we had a show to go to after dinner. This meant we didn't have to worry about getting out of there on time. The wait staff was very attentive to our needs. Delicious cassoulet!
This is one of my all time favorite plac ...
This is one of my all time favorite places to go to for date night, after attending a performance at the Symphony, or for evenings when it's too early to go home and most kitchens have closed for the night. Great drinks, great food, lively atmosphere. Can't wait to see how their menu evolves in the coming year!
New Year's Eve dinner was a treat and MB ...
New Year's Eve dinner was a treat and MB not only kept the regular price but supplied free champagne and party hats. Cocktails were good. Short rib of beef was melting soft. Staff as always were great - warm, quick, and attentive. An enjoyable occasion!
I've been here a few times; and wanted t ...
I've been here a few times; and wanted to introduce it to a few friends, who love good food. Also, it transports me to contemporary Paris! The service was great, though we wondered if we were not in favor. None of ordered a plethora of courses. Our server barely smiled.
We'd like to think that this is a spot we can depend on for our range of appetite on any evening. It's clear there's a lot of pride in their menu and overall operations.
I was impressed by two separate things t ...
I was impressed by two separate things that the restaurant initially did wrong , but was willing to change . 1) hostess directed us toward table next to door on very cold night in a nearly-empty restaurant. When I asked for a different table , she placed us with a view of the kitchen , which I appreciated . 2) a dish of bone marrow was all bone and very little marrow . And although, the kitchen should not have sent it out that way in the first place , the waitress and exchanged for a perfect example of the dish . I would go back .
The steak was wonderful and the service ...
The steak was wonderful and the service was perfect. Everyone we interacted with was smiling and eager to serve us. We arrived 15 minutes early and were seated in less than 3 minutes. My only complaint was less about the restaurant and more about some of the other patrons, I witnessed two different accounts of people being rude to the hostess and one of the waiters.
I went to Monsieur Benjamin with my boyf ...
I went to Monsieur Benjamin with my boyfriend after the Theatre. They serve late night dinner. We had some escargots, shrimp and a great pasta. For dessert we had a chocolate layered cake, amazing! The ambiance is casual and modern. I had a good time! Tip is already included at 20% but service is great!
Fantastic evening! It was our second tim ...
Fantastic evening! It was our second time there and is now one of our favorite places in the City! I'm still dreaming about the scrumptious quail and the shrimp cocktail was divine! Rebecca waa our excellent server, who was extremely knowledgeable and seemed to intuit exactly how much time we needed! Can't wait to go again!
Food was fantastic; the quail was a bit ...
Food was fantastic; the quail was a bit overrated from other reviews that we read. The most amazing dish was the Potato and Leek Croquettes. Outstanding and a must have.
Chicken liver terrine was outstanding! Serrano Ham was delicious! The seafood sausage was good - different but not outstanding. The balance of flavors was a bit bland but perhaps that's my personal taste level. The Chicken Leg Roti was out of this world if you are a chicken connoisseur. I highly recommend for special occasions! The ambiance is fun and energetic- diverse crowd. 5 stars.
I have never written a review before but ...
I have never written a review before but this was a really excellent meal. If you are going to an event at the Civic Center/Opera House, I highly recommend Monsieur Benjamin. Every bite was delicious, the wine list was extensive and had a good selection of moderately priced wines. Our waiter made sure we were served in good time to get to our event. I would definitely dine there again.
Very good food, interesting menu, expens ...
Very good food, interesting menu, expensive, but in keeping with the area. Portions are not robust, but of high quality. We had the chicken liver pate, very good, lovely presentation, served with amazing bread. Mussels fresh and full of flavor. Best little gem salad, spaghetti well sauced and cook perfectly. Only negative was the noise level,very loud.
MB is a great spot for pre-Symphony dinn ...
MB is a great spot for pre-Symphony dinner with a great selection of well-executed French bistro selections. We had the potato croquettes and the crab remoulade to start and shared the seafood sausage (shouldn't miss this). All three were excellent, fresh and flavorful. For the main entrees, the crepe and the steak frites also were well prepared. Dessert - the gateaux marjolais - a 14 layer cake with hazelnut, coffee and chocolate layers served with vanilla creme anglais, was the perfect ending to a really delightful experience. Service was attentive but not over bearing. Overall, a great experience.
I brought a small group here before a pe ...
I brought a small group here before a performance at Davies Symphony Hall. Everyone was was happy with their meals. Two of us had short ribs, the others all had the crepes. The egg on the crepe was amazing! Be sure to ask for the bread, it is excellent.
The lemon tart was very good - but only get it if you like tart.
This was our third visit to M. Benjamin, ...
This was our third visit to M. Benjamin, and the best yet! Seated in a cozy corner, away from much of the bar traffic & noise was ideal for us to chat. Main dishes (Arctic Char Amandine & Crepe au Sarrasin) perfect, and the totally yummy Croquettes were the way to start. Service by Johnson impeccable--thank you! This is the best way to dine before the SF Ballet!
Its a sleek, lovely place with excellent ...
Its a sleek, lovely place with excellent food. It is also very loud due to the hard surfaces everywhere. The service is very good. Our waiter was friendly, attentive and very knowledgable. She provide very prompt service as we were headed to a show. We had the chicken liver terrine - awesome! We also has the green salad, poached shrimp, burgers and the crepe. Everything was prepared very well, seasoned well, and pretty on the plate. Thanks.
Overpriced. One out of five dishes was ...
Overpriced. One out of five dishes was good. The overpriced lobster was completely tasteless and their was a standard 20% gratuity (for two people) while our drinks took 20 min and we had three different uncoordinated servers
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