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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.
San Francisco, CA 94102
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Su-Wed 5:00pm-10:30pm, Th-Sa 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
My friend and I enjoyed our pre-opera dinner. The service was attentive and obliging. Our dinner of lamb for one of us and tripe Provençal for the other was delicious and satisfying.
The wine by the glass complimented our meals. We did not opt for dessert this time. The ambience was lively and the folks at the neighboring tables were friendly which, I think, reflects on the restaurant—a very friendly and warm place.
This restaurant is supposed to make French food and on the menu it sounds so too. Reality is that the food is not true to the description. It is uninteresting and withiut any edge. That however doesn't make this a cheap place to eat. I would say that it is a bit of a tourist trap.
Butter Lettuce Salad was simple but huge and tasty. Steak Tartar was the best I've ever had. Seafood sausage was unusual and fabulous. Escargot was the worst I've ever had. Flounder was excellent, but not one other thing on the platter?!?
Decor is stark, and noise level is unacceptable. Wine list is a little too "international" for a California boy. The 20% mandatory tip for a party of two is not something I deem appropriate, although the service was okay.
Overall, given the cost and above comments, I would not return.
As a group of 8 getting together for a pre-theater meal the food and service was a wonderful start to a to a fun evening. Everyone came away feeling good about our shared appetizers, beverages, entrees, service and fun dessert. Our waitress rolled with the table's banter and energy. She enthusiastically answered our questions whether serious or smart-alecky. A fun-nite leading all to say, "we'll be back"!
I was worried when we arrived that we wouldn't be able to stay because although we had a reservation, the restaurant was running behind. I spoke to the hostess about the issue and within minutes we were seated at the bar to have drinks and placed an appetizer order that was delivered to our table just as we were seated.
The staff at Monsieur Benjamin offered the best dining experience I have had in all of my time in San Francisco. They were polite, affable and attentive to every detail (they even had left a birthday card from the staff on the table for my husband). When we walked in I was worried but they promptly alleviated any concern I had and then went on to deliver an exceptional dining experience.
On top of that, every dish we tried was delicious and while we tried 2 mains and 3 starters between us we are already planning our next visit because there were so many wonderful offering and not room to try them all. I would highly recommend to anyone.
First time here and for someone who has lived in France their take on French food is excellent. The service was amazing, even though tip is already included in your bill - they still keep a high standard of service which I appreciate. Desserts were amazing, and make sure you try the Daybreak.
Overall a great place, but we were disappointed that the menu had changed and we couldn't order their awesome mussels any more. We also weren't super comfortable as we went on a very hot day and their air conditioning wasn't able to keep the restaurant cool.
The food is always good but the service is changing. The last time we visited, they brought out the wrong appetizer and were out of what I wanted in the early evening but what I ordered instead, was good. This time, I found the service slightly pushy and they seemed to be rushing us. By the end of our meal, there was nobody waiting for our table but yet they were eager for my friend and I to leave by giving us our check promptly. Also, the value wasn't so great. Over $200 for two was a little steep considering what we had...granted I had two glasses of wine. I will return because I like the food.
Somehow they hire the best waiters ever. The food is really well done. The wine list is lovely. The pricing is very affordable. Whomever put this restaurant together did an amazing job. I love everything about this place and really should come back more often :)
The food was great. The menu was interesting but not confusing. The service was a little off. We ordered three appetizers and two drinks. First we received a salad, then the other two appetizers, and then our drinks. Ten minutes after we finished appetizers the waiter took our order. It was a little cold in there too.
I made a reservation and took my husband here for his birthday, and we left very, very happy! :) It began with a handwritten birthday card from the restaurant placed on our table, to amazing customer service given by the kind and caring staff members, and ended with amazing and delicious food! My husband now loves this restaurant. Thank you so much, Monsieur Benjamin, for making our experience such an incredible one!
Monsieur Benjamin is always a good choice when you want to eat high end food but not be dressed up and stiff. It has a casual dining atmosphere but an elegant five star menu that stands up well in a neighborhood with high end restaurants. It is another high end restaurant, but welcoming to the locals and those looking for that special evening. This time, we went for Sunday Brunch. An exceptional brunch that would hold up to any other restaurants' dinner selections. This time we indulged in the Sausage, Eggs, potatoes, and of course Foie Gras Paté
Have enjoyed MB for dinner with my husband and friends - first time for lunch. Great fun- perfect menu for every bistro taste and wonderful service. Robbie our server was perfectly charming. MB is top of the list along with Absinthe for weekend lunches with friends. Merci!
Food was very good. My only disappointment was was that our waiter was not very good. After we had ordered our dinner, our waiter implied that if we hadn't ordered enough food and we felt pressured to order more which we did. But then we had too much food and we actually would've been much happier had we received/eaten only what we had originally ordered. I resent that the waiter pressured us to order extra food. Also don't like that the restaurant automatically added the tip. I generally give generous tips, but in this situation I was actually unhappy with certain aspects of the service I felt I did not have a way to express that through the tip.
This restaurant is not what it once was when it first opened. Back in the day, the service was excellent and attentive, the food was mostly great, and we could count on having a great night, although never a bargain. On our last visit the service was dismissive at best, but the real disappointment was the food, which has really gone downhill since a few years ago. The grilled lettuce used to be one of my favorite dishes; last night it was unrecognizable from its former glory. The tomato appetizer was fine but not remarkable, and you can get much better for much less elsewhere in town. I got the chicken which was not as crispy as it should have been and slightly rare (perhaps in the French style, but off-putting to the average American, which made me wonder if it was intentional given the under-browned skin). A sad little sprig of frisée with too much dressing was the only accompaniment, aside from a too-sweet jus sauce. Overall, an expensive and underwhelming experience.
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