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
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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 9 or more, Monsieur Benjamin offers group dining in the main dining room in a semi-private setting.
Monsieur Benjamin Ratings and Reviews
Food was delicious, pretty much classic ...
Food was delicious, pretty much classic French bistro/brasserie food. So, more correct than innovative. Service was friendly and attentive. Ambience was not really quiet, but we had no problem carrying a quiet conversation. Martinis were correct. Wine list is reasonable, with a balance of French and American selections. A 20% service charge was added based on the pre-tax bill, which I thought was reasonable. I don't know if you can refuse it if you are not happy with the service.
The mandatory 20% service fee was obnoxi ...
The mandatory 20% service fee was obnoxious. Especially when the server described the restaurant as "a no- tip restaurant." The tip is mandatory!!! It's not a good policy because it does not encourage good service with the reward of a good tip, and permits lazy and/or poor service with no consequence of a poor tip.
Perfectly located for symphony, jazz, ba ...
Perfectly located for symphony, jazz, ballet , but we go here for the duck confit, the oysters and the chicken. This is a great modernized version of French bistro. The food is updated French, perfectly cooked. The three items I mention never disappoint. The cassoulet can vary from excellent to average. Last time the duck and sausage pieces were hard to find and had gristle and the beans were undercooked. It was as if they had run low and we're trying to fill in.....would have been much better had the kitchen confessed and scratched the dis for the night. Having said that, this is still a favorite of ours for good wine, up to date comfort food and vibrant ambiance.
I arrived to the restaurant at the time ...
I arrived to the restaurant at the time of reservation. Was told that our table was being prepared. Waited 15 minutes for the table to be cleaned (and had to ask twice). Once seated, we were approached by 3 different waiters and asked for drink orders. The entire experience was frenetic from a service standpoint. With that being said, the food is delicious... And some might say worth the lukewarm service. Although, front of house should pull their weight!
The hostess made a great effort to accom ...
The hostess made a great effort to accommodate our time constraints in order to go to the Opera. Service was extremely fast. The only negative is my difficulty in hearing in a very noisy environment. But - what restaurant is quiet these days??????
Been to Monsieur B three times now. Firs ...
Been to Monsieur B three times now. First time service was a little rushed, probably because they were new and especially mobbed. Since then the service has settled down to a very comfortable tempo, works great before seeing a show.
Without exception, the food has been excellent. In general portion sizes seem reasonable, so an added appetizer should be fine. But watch out for the cassoulet - it is excellent but the portion is rather large.
Wonderful! The staff is far above averag ...
Wonderful! The staff is far above average in their attention to detail and service. Extremely accommodating of dietary limits. Perfect wine recommendations. The food is just simply DELICIOUS! Perfect for 2 or 20. Special occassion or just because.
Arrived on time for 5:45 reservation, re ...
Arrived on time for 5:45 reservation, restaurant not busy, shown to table next to bar, then to another, finally to nice table. Told server 7:30 opera. Aside from prompt arrival of drinks largely ignored thereafter. Long wait for cassoulet and sweetbreads and 2nd drink. Dessert menus arrived as we had to leave. Asked for manager who arrived as we were putting on our coats, she offered two pastries on a plate. Obligatory 20% service charge an outrage in these circumstances.
I thought the food was a little salty fo ...
I thought the food was a little salty for my taste. I also enjoyed the appetizers ( bone marrow and an order of escargo) more than the mains which were Duck Confit androast chicken. The last two were the salty ones. The dessert was also alright, but nothing special. It was good, but not 185 dollars good.
The food was great. I had the uni with v ...
The food was great. I had the uni with verjus; the seared fois gras; the gulf flounder; and a great dessert. The cocktail I had was super as was the Pinot Blanc with the flounder. All wonderful. So many new restaurants in top 100. All really good.
The service at this restaurant started o ...
The service at this restaurant started out great but after ordering and being served our salad, we waited at least 30 minutes for our entrees. The hostess apologized for the delay. I ordered a French dip sandwich and asked that it be cut in half. Initially, the kitchen refused to do so. Why? Because it claimed that it would hurt the presentation. C'mon, man -- it's a French dip Sandwich not Beef Wellington.
Although stated on the menu (in small print), it is rather tacky to automatically add a 20% service charge to the bill. In light of the poor service and average food, my experience at this restaurant did not merit a 20% tip.
I was going to an sfjazz show so wanted ...
I was going to an sfjazz show so wanted a smallish meal. Had crab remoulade - excellent but really felt lack of sourdough bread and the presentation was very spare, I would say lacking. A few cherry tomatoes, a flower a sprig of tarragon.... Next the cold foie. This was superbly seasoned the salad was small but nice, the toast was good but large and gross - prefer toast points. The truffle was minimal and not very fragrant, not really there. I think this was my favorite dish - really delicious. Then sweetbreads. I didn't care for this prep. The sweetbreads themselves were good but the breading was too thick and oily and the seasoning needed sharper citrus to cut the fat. Had the Marjolaine cake for dessert - a bit too dense for me but good. I should have ordered something lighter. Good coffee. The thing that blew me away was the service. It was perfect. Everything arrived with alacrity and just when it should have - very impressive. I think my server was Shana, a very pleasant woman. I would definitely return to explore the menu in more depth. Plus if you need to eat within a schedule you may depend on them to feed you well in the time you have.
We had a very tasty Sunday brunch, but y ...
We had a very tasty Sunday brunch, but you won't find that menu on this app. The names assigned to the menu items did not match my expectations. For example, the crepes did not look like any crepe I've ever seen, and came with a fried egg on top. Service was good without being fawning. We were not rushed nor made to wait. All four of agreed we would return.
The food is outstanding! My Arctic Char ...
The food is outstanding! My Arctic Char was perfectly cooked and plentiful. The Potato Au Gratin was incredible. Everything we are had a taste that we have never had before. Even the marzipan and cherry ice cream was amazing. Well done!
The cocktails and wine by the glass were ...
The cocktails and wine by the glass were decently priced and the pour was generous. The oysters, though quite small and overpriced ($4.50 apiece), were quite tasty. The escargots and French bread were outstanding. The butter lettuce and radish salad was fresh and delectably dressed. The quail was artifully presented and very good; the blanc de veau was delicious. The servers were attentive, informative, and mindful of our need to complete the wonderful meal in time to walk to the opera. I would return without hesitation, and would highly recommend for a meal before or after the opera or symphony. It was an excellent experience.
Amazing food - only unfortunate thing is ...
Amazing food - only unfortunate thing is that we were seated by the door to the outside which opens every time food is taken to the outside tables. Would suggest either having a heat lamp by that table or not seating people there until there are no other seats available (there were other seats available when we arrived).
Looked forward to eating here after the ...
Looked forward to eating here after the glowing reviews on a recent KQED 'Check Please'. The service was excellent! The manager spent some tome speaking with us and making us feel at home. The cuisine was fair. The ambiance was nondescript.
The cocktail list was unique and artful. ...
The cocktail list was unique and artful. The crab remoulade, chilled to perfection, was delicately seasoned and not overpowered by the sauce. My friend loved her escargots and Guinea hen with equal enthusiasm! My flounder was well seasoned and perfectly cooked, and the accompanying pistou was light and fresh. We both attached the dressed grilled baby gems which we shared and also the lemon tart, which was just tart enough and had a thin crumb crust, unlike heavy handed examples so common in many desserts. One of the best meals of the year!!
Lovely food, exceptional service, buy th ...
Lovely food, exceptional service, buy the atmosphere was a bit casual and the tables a bit too close together for the price point of the meal. Would love to see either: lower price point on entrees or fewer tables and tablecloths.
We wanted to introduce Monsieur Benjamin ...
We wanted to introduce Monsieur Benjamin to some friends and had wanted to try brunch. The evening menu is more more and comprehensive. Early dinner is also much quieter than Sunday brunch. Food and service were excellent.
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