Monsieur Benjamin is making French food cool again.
When service of 20% is already included in the bill you assume that you will get the best service… Not really the case.
First of all the food was delicious and of high quality. We were there for Sunday brunch for a small birthday celebration. We were 3 people. The table had a Happy Birthday card at the table when we arrived which was a nice touch; though the service went down hill from there. The restaurant was not full, yet service was slow and spotty.
We each ordered cocktails to start before ordering our entrees, 3 came out after about 8 minutes, 1 of which was incorrect and was sent back… We then waited over 10 minutes for the correct one to arrive at the table. The waiter was apologetic stating, “the bartender is not at the bar…”. We ordered our appetizers and entrees, delicious bread / butter was served as well.
We were sharing everything and asked that the Burger be cut in half, the waiter responded that the kitchen would not cut the burger for us. WHAT? 20% service is included and the kitchen cannot take a knife to a burger??? Anyway, like I said; the food is delicious but when our entrees arrived, 1 again arrived at the table incorrectly. We ordered a Freed chicken but the waiter entered it in as French Toast. He was kind enough to leave the French Toast for the table and the Fried Chicken arrived shortly there after, the waiter admitted that he put the order in incorrectly. We had finished the Bread / Butter, the waiter asked if we wanted some more; it never arrived.
We were never asked if we wanted another cocktail or wine until we were being served our coffee at the end of the meal. Why would I want another glass of wine with my coffee? Go there for the food but expect spotty service even though they add 20% gratuity no mater how spotty the service is.
Perfect cookery was clearly evident in all dishes. The service and ambiance is nice and friendly the food was the star ... a little pricey but ...
Food is good. Service is ok but im expected they have some cake birthday because auto charged tip 20%. its not worth.
I love this place. The food, the service, the interior, everything was great. I love to go back there again.
I love this place in more ways than I have fingers and toes to count! Friendly caring staff, lovely room, fabulous food! BRAVO!!!
Monsieur Benjamin is a major addition to the Hayes Valley dining scene. In an area where the dining scene is shrinking in value M. Benjamin is an exception big time! The food is a cooking adventure; the service is among the best. My one gripe is that the pour borders on skimpy -- at these prices and 20% added to everything another sip in the wine by the glass wouldn't put them into the poor house.
The duck confit was prepared to perfection: crisp skin and moist meat! The delicious cherry-marzipan ice cream was the crowning of a great meal.
I like the fact that the tip is included.
Great dining experience!
Food and full staff were outstanding!
Enjoyed our dinner.
However we were somewhat disappointed that mussels were not available on the menu.
One would like to think that it’s a pretty standard menu item especially for a French style bistro.
We had made reservations for Monsiuer Benjamin specifically for the mussels.
To die for food!
We've had both dinner and brunch now at the restaurant- both good though we liked the menu at dinner a little better.
This is our go-to restaurant in Hayes Valley, especially pre or post theater, and special occasions. It’s not cheap, but they always make it worthwhile. Service is attentive without being intrusive, and there’s always a “welcome back” from the hostess. Needless to say, the food is what we come for.
We've been several times and the food is always outstanding and the service is impeccable. The Arctic Char and the Duck Confit were fabulous, the hazelnut cake was sinfully delicious. An excellent spot for consistently great food.
I love the food and service at this restaurant. perfect before sfjazz events. They need some gluten free options but everyone loved the char and the flounder. I had the steak tartar (to die for) and oysters. Salad perfectly dressed.
The noise was too much for me this time.
Heard every other word.
But I still lover the food and am going two more times this month.
Everything was perfect!
Excellent food, although would like an update on the menu. Good service, several people responding. Overall, as real favorite for before or after the ballet.
My last visit was on a very rainy evening. We were greeted like old friends, and warmed up immediately. Great menu, and very professional, yet personable staff. Go for several courses and a long evening, or grab a burger and a red wine before symphony. Both work perfectly.
Outstanding food and service. Never disappoints
This is my third visit to Monsieur Benjamin, twice for brunch, once for dinner. I'd had the most amazing french toast of my life here (Brioche French Toast), nearly carmelized outside with fluffy but eggy inside, delicious syrup and bacon that is both thick with good bite but also nicely crisped and baked apples to die for (speaking of which, juuuuust a teeny bit more baked apples would have made for a wonderful balance). We also had Oeuf Murrette with delicious duck, perfect egg, potatoes and gravy. Very enjoyable. Wish it was a bit quieter but given the layout of the restaurant, it is difficult to arrange enough tables to make it cozy I think. Brunch wins over dinner so far. Similar choices for both but for brunch lovers who love having ample choices of savory and sweet, made deliciously and served by servers who themselves seem happy, it's a win.
Very well-prepared French-style food. Fresh very good oysters. Grilled little gems, asparagus, grapefruit sorbet all excellent.
Very pricey for what we ordered. We had to ask for water and bread twice. Will try other restaurants on Hayes and Gough for our next visit to the area.
It is a great spot the food is good, the staff are really nice and friendly . Specially Sue the G manager always happy and pleasant.
It was great! Food and service were phenomenal.
Fish inedible too salty
Great - an Uber driver recommended it!!
Wonderful food and best service.
I took my boyfriend here for his birthday and we loved the food, service and drinks. It was a great experience and my boyfriend was very happy. Thank you.
Lovely meal and superb service as usual.
Our server - Asian woman - was fantastic. Personable and fun all while being super attentive, even with two teenagers. It was late, but she was fresh as though she had just started the evening service. Having eaten numerous times at MB, I’ve found often the service to be cordial, basic or obsequious. If she’s a sign of better training overall or she’s unique, either way, it made the food and experience that much better.
Wonderful French food. Service relaxed, knowledgeable, friendly and right on time wise.
Enjoyed tip already in bill, no figuring it out at end of the meal.
Will look forward to coming back when warmer and we can sit outside.
My 2nd visit to this lovely place. Delicious Artic Char in brown butter with haricot verts didn’t disappoint. Service was excellent! I look forward to visiting again.
Excellent food. The Arctic char crusted with slivered almonds was amazing. Service was terrific. Preshow got us out in time.
Tasty and pricey, as usual.
Good menu and execution. Service a bit to close for comfort and half listening... Nice location and ambiance for business, romantic, group or foodies experiences.
Food was great but felt rushed. They could slow down how fast dishes come out.
My wife and I went for Sunday Brunch (they open at 11:00AM) and we started by sharing the . . . Epoisses Toast ($13.50) . . . Warning, this is sinful . . . 2 large thick amazing pieces of bread - lightly toasted - arrives in the middle of a very hot cast iron skillet . . . with a large amount of bubbling cheese surrounding the toast . . . are you kidding me, thinking/typing about this makes me want to return tomorrow and order an entree size for myself !!! Note: This is the only cheese banned from the trains in France (pungent - but wicked good).
We then split / shared the following two items . . . as not to commit to one dish each (wink) or in other words hand the plate over (ya you) at 50% completion (lol) no matter how much you want to finish it . . . . that's the deal !!!
Crepe Au Sarrasin ($22) Ham, Cheese, Spinach, Mushroom & Egg = Absolutely Insanely Good.
Oeufs En Menurette ($19) Duck Confit, Spinach, Mushrooms, Potatoes, Sauce Au Poivre = Crazy Good.
Nice / Newer / Chic / Trendy atmosphere . . . they do provide great service and yes, they automatically charge a 20% gratuity/service fee - all good - no complaints here.
Expensive and pretentious place that offers poor selection of French dishes. Unless you are in the market for frog legs, I would suggest going someplace else.
Experience was great. The food was exceptional and the service friendly and professional. We’ll definitely return.
Like that it was not super crowded at all and we were not rushed. The salmon toast special was delicious. Otherwise I find the brunch menu a bit on the rich side but a great place overall!