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La Folie
La Folie

La Folie Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.lafolie.com
  • Phone: (415) 776-5577
  • Hours of Operation: RESTAURANT HOURS
    Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm


    Friday & Saturday:5:00pm-1:00am

    We are closed Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Years Day
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Executive Chef: Roland Passot
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Union & Green Streets
  • Public Transit: 19 Polk, get off on Polk and Green street.
    49 Van Ness, get off on Union and walk one block East to Polk street
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: The valet charge is $15/car; street parking is also available.
A word from La Folie
La Folie is a French restaurant located in Russian Hill of San Francisco. Chef Roland Passot, with his wife Jamie opened La Folie in March of 1988. He combines the freshest ingredients in exotic combinations. Each plate leaves the kitchen resembling art-a canvas of color and design that tastes even better than it looks. La Folie continues to be rated as one of the top restaurants, receiving a star from the Michelin Guide, 4 stars from the San Francisco Chronicle and 4 stars from San Francisco Magazine. In celebration of 21 years, The Passots have expanded their bar into a lounge located next door, perfect for before or after dinner drinks.

**We thank all of our guests for voting La Folie

Best French Restaurant - 7x7 Magazine
Best French Restaurant - San Francisco Magazine
Best French Restaurant - SF Weekly
Best Restaurant - Eater SF

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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Diner Reviews
  • "We celebrated our 10 year anniversary at La Folie which has been a favorite restaurant of ours for many years. It's refreshing that our expectations are always met. The food is outstanding with special offerings that always makes the menu interesting. The ambiance is one of the few in the City which I would qualify as truly romantic. And the service was impeccable, from our server (Ben) to the sommelier, to the extra touches that made our celebration memorable. Thank you very much to the entire staff of La Folie."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "We had a good meal. My friend's frog legs were a bit overdone, but our filets were outstanding. The presentations of the dishes is very nice, but I get the feeling that they are more focused on that than the substance of the dish sometimes. The decor looks a little tired and there was a slight musty odor to the place when we came in. A talented group of folks, but with so many really fine San Francisco restaurants, I doubt we will return to this one."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Amazing food! Every bite was so delicious. Each course is presented so beautifully like a work of art. It was so difficult to decide which dishes to order since there are so many wonderful dishes to choose from. Great service from beginning to end."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "This is a find for outstanding food, be certain to ask for expert assistance for the wine selection and they have some very modestly priced great wines."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "I hosted 8 in the private room. Exceptional food and great wines chosen by George. As good lamb as I have ever eaten, great lobster risotto, for dessert try the cheese soufflé with Floc. Great combo!"
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "Atmosphere was warm and classy. Food was artful and delicious. Only qualms were that 1) I had put a side note that it was my boyfriends' birthday, so they were supposed to give him a candle and a little chocolate happy birthday sign on his cake, but they seemed to have forgotten, and 2) they seated us at a table where the sun was shining in our faces, and glanced at us shielding the sun from our eyes on numerous accounts but did not choose to lower the sun shade. I did not expect this kind of unprofessional treatment, especially from such an esteemed restaurant as La Folie."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Went there for my bday and opted for the 5 course menu. They gave us 2 amuse bouches beforehand (roasted beet with hazelnuts, and a phenemonal tomato with egg in the shell). My favorites: escargots in marrow, scallop with oysters and foam, and the rabbit 4 ways. My gf truly enjoyed the corn chowder with fresh lobster, crabmeat with peaches, roti with squab and quail, and of course, the black chocolate fondant (which we both shared). A memorable meal that will linger in dream palettes for a long time."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "One thing that I want to say about this restaurant is that the cuisine worth the money. It was so amazing! The service was nice too!"
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "La Folie is an amazing restaurant. The service is attentive yet nonintrusive. The food is simply delicious. The most memorable dish was the butter poached lobster."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "La Folie it maybe but it is certainly not madness here at an extraordinary French restaurant. The degustation was given full makes by all 6 in my group. Content and presentation were equally excellent. Surely Mr Michelin this is more than 1 star"
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "Excellent service. Excellent environment. Excellent atmosphere for dating. But not too much surprise with the food. Just the normal great French food."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "I had high expectations of La Folie and my expectations were exceeded. Out of 10 total dishes that we ordered, 7 were absolutely phenomenal. The other 3 were good. Presentation is gorgeous and portions are super generous. We barely made it through all five. Black cod, risotto, rabbit, roti of quail and squab, burrata salad, corn soup and duck egg were favorites."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "The service was outs youngoing and the food phenomenal. A bit pricey but worth it. Great for anniversaries, birthdays, or any special occassion."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "food and service can not be beat. it is relatively expensive but you get your money's worth for sure."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Attentive & knowledgeable service. Chef takes the time to make every guest feel special Spectacular ingredients. Wonderful Presentation. Just a delightful, wonderful evening. As good as any French restaurant we've experienced in DC, NYC or Houston."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "We finally entered the exquisite world of Roland Passot's La Folie last night. I had hesitated to visit a fine dining French restaurant here after returning from a 3 year sojourn in Lyon over a decade ago. I had the good fortune to partake of almost 25 European Michelin starred meals during my stay in France and I felt it was unlikely an establishment doing business here would be able to sustain and offer the same level of cooking, service and ambience that is found routinely in France. The cultural and economic differences seemed to me to preclude a master chef from offering a true French dining experience here. La Folie surpassed all expectations. Best recommendations? Duck egg starter, squab/ quail roti, Sunset chocolate decadence."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "After researching on Trip adviser for a special place for dinner on our last night of our short stay in San Francisco, I settled on La Folie. It proved to be an outstanding choice. Service was warm / welcoming from the moment we arrived and yet not intrusive or over bearing. The food was simply superb in every respet. The Tasting menu was very tempting but in the end my wife and I chose 4 courses each. It was pleasing to see only a couple of the options necessatated an addtional charge. Caviar and truffles. My wife opted for the truffle extra with her Lobster risotto but at 20 dollars this was very reasonably priced and my wife assured me it was well worth it. The meal was accompanied by two refreshing and ineresting amuse bouche. Lovely."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "La Folie is a very special restaurant and a place where one can enjoy an excellent meal in a pretty room with fine professional service. This restaurant is not inexpensive, but my wife, grown son and I felt it was well worth the money. The menu is creative and the dishes are excellently prepared with a beautiful presentation. We enjoyed our meal here and will return in the not too distant future."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "I am going to save everyone time--if you have a special occasion coming up or just want to treat that special someone out to a premier dining experience, book your reservation to La Folie now. I wish I had more time to go into detail, but allow me to give a quick summary: service was impeccable, the courses were one revelation after another, and the ambiance struck an ideal balance between upscale and accessible. Chef Passot even came out at the end of our meal to ensure that everything was perfect. Delightful man! I am definitely coming back again."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "I myself did just the three course dinner while my girlfriend did a la carte. Not only timed perfectly but filled with chefs tastings thorought the meal. Then after all this elegance the chef came out to say hello. Maybe we ordered his favorite dishes who knows but is rarely seen this day in age. If we only lived in SF we would go at least once every couple months and cut out other lesser choices to do so."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "My wife and I were given vouchers for La Folie as a wedding present so we decided to cash them in last Saturday. It was easy to get a booking, they do 2 sittings each night, we went for the 6:30pm sitting which I initially thought was a little early but the whole meal took a relaxed 3 hours so it was perfect timing. Our waiter as fabulous, he explained the menu, gave recommendations and made sure our specific needs were catered for. The sommelier was also great (the chefs brother I believe) he guided us through the list and helped us settle on a lovely bottle of wine. The food was delicious! We had four courses and there were quite a few extras tasters which were a nice bonus. An all round great evening."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Best thing: The Taste of Passot Roe. I should have had another one of these instead of dessert. Nice portion sizes; 4 courses was plenty. Hot bread. Awesome service!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I've dined in many countries, many cities.. rarely have I had a meal as good. Impeccable service."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "We've really enjoyed this restaurant over the years. It's my husband's favorite restaurant in SF and we're always very excited to go back."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "There should be more than 5 stars available for this restaurant for the various categories. Every course was impeccably presented, crafted with care, and cooked (or not) to perfection. The roti of quail and squab was fantastic; beautiful and delicious. Service was perfect and wine help was quite knowledgeable. The portions are not overwhelming, but in no way small; you just want to finish them, you want that one last bite of that particular flavor. It is clearly one of the best restaurants in the U.S. and it does remind my wife and I of some very fine restaurants in France, where we visit every 3-4 years."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "This is a a very nice French restaurant for special occasions as the prices are higher than a regular meal, but then these are not regular meals that you would have everyday, hence making this so special."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "You really get what you pay for here! A new favorite for my Wife and I!"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "I recently dined here because I was planning a celebration dinner for 2 of my closest friends. I stumbled upon this highly recommended French restaurant and was excited to try it. When I walked in I found the place to be cozy and modernly decorated. We were promptly escorted to our seats and given the wine list. They have a quite a nice list of wines. We then proceed to check out the dinner menu where every option sounded delicious. The waitress was very helpful in explaining the dishes offered. You are only allowed to choose one meat/poultry dish. The food, service and ambience was fantastic! The one small drawback was there was one bathroom, so if you needed to go there may be a line. I will definitely come back again."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "It was a great dinner! The evening did not lack anything!"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "The service is not adequate. Fake friendly, too casual, very approximative. The front door was opened and therefore we had to request an other table, after 30 minutes, because of the wind ... We were told :"some guests told us that the room is too hot: they need some fresh air". Such a situation is not acceptable. The food was delicious as usual; everything else was average to mediocre."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Great food with great service. 1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Best French dining in SF. FRom the valet parking, the the greeting, service, wine and ofcourse, the food."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Fantastic 5-star dining. Can't wait to go back. Excellent for vegetarians and meat-eaters alike."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Did we have dinner at the same place as other people that gave La Folie 5 stars? Service was good at the start. But the we saw less of the server at dinner progressed. After two Amuse Bouche courses, our appetizers arrived. The summer corn soup and beet salad were outstanding. Neither the snail or goat cheese tatin blew us out of the water. Main courses consisted of the butter lobster and Rôti of Quail and Squab, The lobster was ok. It took a few bites to figure out that there was too much truffle in the sauce. The blueberry baked Alaska which was nice....just nice. My husband had “The Sunset” Bittersweet Chocolate Fondant. Dry and burnt - this presentation never should have left the kitchen. A replacement was offered but we declined."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "we came for my husbands 50th and everything was excellent. crab and peach salad, crisp and delicious, burrata creamy and great texture, passo roe was amazing. a must try! poached lobster, mushroom and lobster risotto and quail and duck fabulous. everything was cooked to perfection, presentation was wonderful. desserts were spot on as well. not too sweet!! none of us left stuffed! wines were great. there was some wait for our dessert and they brought us a selection of sorbets and dessert wine on the house. great service and took care of us very very well. the only thing we would change is the bread. not as flaky as we would have liked and it was the only thing that is pretty dense. So 50 stars, well done and we will be back!! BRAVO!!!!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Overall I would say Baker Street Bistro much more fun and better value"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "From the moment we walked in the door until we left, we were treated to a fabulous dining experience. We ordered the four course meal, but could have ordered the three course and been satisfied. Each plate was like a work of art and a taste sensation in every bite. The service was friendly, but not overbearing. All of the employees were knowledgeable regarding what they were serving and gave us tips as how to best enjoy each course. We are looking forward to returning soon."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "The food was excellent and served well! Good size portions and the server was very helpful."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Excellent! Service is knowledgeable and attentive. In fact, servers at La Folie really set it apart. They are truly outstanding. Food is creative and delicious. Memorable experience. "
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "We had visited La Folie before, and I had initially dined there solo. The solo visit was very good, but from the first time that I was able to bring my wife, things have been excellent - I think that it is her favorite restaurant in San Francisco, and with good reason. The dining area is smallish, but smart, and the tables are well-spaced. The interior is elegant, but without any hint of stuffiness. Though the surfaces are rather hard, the noise level has always been low. As per our past experiences, the service, the wines and the food have all been perfect. Though basically a French restaurant, I had one of the best Beef Ribeyes of my life."
    Dined on 6/2/2014