La Folie
La Folie

La Folie

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.lafolie.com/
  • Phone: 4157765577x
  • Hours of Operation:
    RESTAURANT HOURS
    Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm

    LOUNGE HOURS
    Monday-Thursday:5:00pm-12:00am

    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

Merci!
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La Folie reviews from OpenTable diners
179 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.8
  • Food4.8
    Service4.8
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (145)fit for foodies (137)romantic (121)notable wine list (90)neighborhood gem (49)hot spot (14)good for groups (6)vibrant bar scene (5)late-night find (3)great for lunch (2)great for outdoor dining (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Special
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    Great place to celebrate a special night. Attentive staff and great food.
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    Went to La Folie with 2 clients and had a great time. Their tasting menus are really good and so are each of the dishes we tried. Portions are really fair and a 3 courses meal would be enough....but some many dishes are tempting that having 4 is a good compromise (get 5 if you have 3 hours!!). Service, wine and atmosphere were impeccable and the private rooms looks special. If you can take a quick look at the kitchen, you will be amazed by how much magic (and saucepans!) can happen in such a tiny place. Unlike any other place I have tried in SFO, this is actually calm and allow you to have a real conversation!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • As always, amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    I discovered La Folie shortly after I moved to SF in 1994 and since then I have been there at least 7-8 times. I have never been disappointed and have always left impressed with the inventiveness and sheer quality of the experience. Being consistently great over that period of time is difficult, being consistent and fresh/inventive is a rare thing. Our last meal was exquisite, with service and wine to match. They somehow manage to make it laid-back but at the same time retain a gentle formality that ensures the evening still feels special and of course romantic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Atmosphere & Service =great
    Ca1ifornia
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We would have enjoyed our first-time experience at La Folie more if the food were better. The Bay Scallops were very salty--overly so, both of us concurred. The tenderloin and lamb dishes were fine, but not overwhelming. We liked the amuse bouche. And the baked Alaska somehow lacked punch. Service and ambience=terrific.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gastronomic Perfection
    NotthesameVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Simply amazing as always. Every item on the fall tasting menu was prepared to perfection. From the presentation, quality, portions and the unique flavors which were well balanced with the wine pairing. The staff are always top notch. Well done all the way around.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 25 and Counting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    My wife and I celebrated our 25 year anniversary at La Folie. The food and the service were wonderful. The combinations of flavors and the presentation made for a true fine dining experience. We look forward to our next visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • first fine dining experiene
    bc123
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    This was my first fine dining experience and I loved it. The food was delicious and beautifully presented. The amuse bouchers were a wonderful surprise (the first was my favorite). The servers knew the menu very well and made us feel so welcome and special.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Still one of the best in SF
    TheZmanVIP
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    I have dined at La Folie on trips to SF for a quarter century. I wish the trips were more frequent. What a delight to sit in the front room, be served by attentive wait-staff, dine on high cuisine that is well planned, prepared and plated. We started with caviar. Delectable and uniquely served. Our first courses were like photographs out of a magazine, with flavor combinations and textures that matched their quality visages. My friends tried fish entrees and I enjoyed sweetbreads. The best I ever had. No breaded coatings or cloying sauce, just tender pieces in a light jus. Desserts were stunning. There is nothing on this menu that would disappoint. The wine list is wonderful. We did Pomerol then Cote-Rotie and were very pleased.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • SJSH
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Nice place to celebrate special occasion! Asked to be seated in the green room! Sommelier is knowlegeable. Good service. Entrees were tasteful. The portions are bigger than most French restaurants I've eaten.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, great service
    NameVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Food was wonderful. Loved the goat cheese tatin. The poached lobster was cooked perfectly; excellent mixture of textures on the plate along with the sauce. The lamb was cooked as ordered (medium rare), but the sauces were outstanding. My brother thought the cauliflower soup had an excellent taste and sturdy, but too watery or too thick of a consistency. He loved his Wagyu beef. The miss was one of the sorbets (apple being the weakest; raspberry excellent). Chocolate fondant was perfect. Service was fine; a bit too structured and rehearsed, but not fussy or overly solicitous. Love the atmosphere - the place is just the right size for an intimate dinner or dinner with a few friends. And it definitely was not loud (kudos for that).
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  • Always wonderful
    Oldad41
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Remains one of the most innovative restaurants, high quality ingredients, wonderful and warm service, beautiful preparation and delicious food on each course. My favorite in San Francisco
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A-MA-ZING! C'est vraiment la Folie!
    jujulebourg
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Lovely tucked away 5 star gem boasting reasonable 3, 4 & 5 coarse 'Folie' menues. Follow the Chef's savory line-up or customize your own. Bountiful affectionato wine listing ideal for pairing. Impeccable service ;)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely No Folly Here!
    FoodCriticSFVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    La Folie remains one of the best restaurants in the Bay Area. An outstanding wine list, exemplary service and a creative array of food choices. For serious foodies there's no way you can go wrong. Bring plenty of ca$h though. Prices start at $100 per person, excluding wine. Well worth it in my opinion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • High Quality food worth the price
    EnchanteVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    This is our second time here, and the food and service was fantastic as before. I have been to restaurants double/triple the price of La Folie with famous reputation, but we find La Folie waaaaayyyyy better, and fairly priced for the high quality dishes. Highly recommended! For the quality of food, quality of service, price point, I think I can safely say that this is the best French Restaurant in SF!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meal, could be more special..
    applejaxVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    My girlfriend and I celebrated our anniversary at La Folie and were very impressed with the food. Having dinned at Gary Danko and Quince on previously I expected a similar experience with La Folie. At dinner I found that this was not the case, while most of the clientele was well dressed (one man in a tuxedo), several of the patrons were not. One couple dining near us was dressed in t-shirts, jeans, and sneakers, the wife spent the entire meal browsing on her iPad. Another group of 5 or 6 twenty year olds in jeans arrived with a infant only to sit for a few minutes then walk out. We felt this significantly detracted from what was otherwise a very good meal, service was very good despite never receiving a call to confirm our reservations.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Traditional excellence
    JohnnyK
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Our dinner at La Folie was very well done in the classic French manner. Service was excellent but unobtrusive, food was beautifully presented and prepared with great detail. Great tastes and particularly great sauces.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine Dining at its best
    FineDiner
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    The food was out of this world. The flavers, presentation, and service were all top notch. I would highly recommend this restaurant for an amazing fine dining experience.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special place
    Jimbo
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Excellent food that is both visually and sensually stimulating
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dining experience
    Debsd222VIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    This is as good as it gets for the overall Old School French Dining. Be sure to start with the caviar, it was the highlight of our meal. Everything was beautiful. Our only letdown course was a trio of oyster, scallop ceviche and hamachi. Everything was covered in TONS of orange roe, masking the favors of everything else. The scallop ceviche was in a creamy sauce, not acidic as I expected. Soft on soft, couldn't taste the scallop. That being said, everything else was really good . Love the bearnaise croquette and the tendon chip. The baked Alaska was gorgeous.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • Super amazing!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The food is just a delight! Everything is delicately cooked and served. It is amazing!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine Dining
    MIKEVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    We visited La Folie for my wife's birthday. She was excited because she has wanted to eat there for many years. I was hoping for the best. To our mutual pleasant surprise it turned out to be the most memorable dining experience we have had in at least the past ten years. The food was complex, exquisitely prepared, and most of all wonderful to eat! The dining room was relaxed and quiet, the service was attentive but not intrusive. This is truly a great restaurant and we will keep it at the top of our event dining choices. We thought it was a good sign that Jacques Pepin was having dinner at a nearby table with his wife and friends!
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MJW1VIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Food and wine were superb-service was just as good.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, service, presentation
    EntertainingClients
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Absolutely every part of this meal was outstanding! Excellent service staff was very polite as they brought each course out, explained the ingredients, and even recommended how to eat it! Wine list and expertise was top-notch. Expensive, but worth it for the experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Felt like I was back in Paris
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    This is one of the best French restaurants I've experienced in this area. It's a family-run business; after you dine you get to meet the chef, who comes to your table and asks how you enjoyed it. The servers explain the various dishes and how to enjoy them. The entire experience is more of a tasting: they present an impressive array of items in small portions. One of my guests, a priest from Versailles, very much enjoyed the Nouvelle Cuisine as a "taste of home" as well as the conversation with the chef and his brother, who serves the wine. It was a beautiful evening for everyone.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • Amazing Meal
    jtwurth
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    La Folie was recommended to us by a friend stating that it was his favorite French restaurant in San Francisco. Did I mention our friend is a French Master Chef and a winner of the JBA. It lived up to our expectations. The food was perfection. Service was excellent. They were attentive and helpful. A dinner here will cost you but this was for our wedding anniversary so well worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • amazing
    lovelylady
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    I went to la folie with my mother when we had a long weekend in San Fran .... I found it through tripadvisor ... It was a great restaurant! Everything was delicious, the service was awesome and everything in between
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Alex C.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I had an amazing time celebrating my wife's birthday. The service was impeccable and the food delicious. I really appreciate the attention to detail as we had food restrictions. It was a nice way to celebrate and will remember this night for a while.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • Wasnt for me
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Obviously a good restaurant but the food was not for me. It was my first time at a French restaurant and had heard amazing reviews but came out of the experience unimpressed. The food was very heavy and the flavors that came out did not agree with my palette. Aside from my general opinion, it was my first time eating snails and I thought they were awesome. girlfriend loved it but she likes French cooking. My guess is that I am not that into French cooking buy if you are then you will love it.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic
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  • Perfect!
    LizT
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Attentive service, wonderful creative food, couldn't have been better!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Highly Recommend
    Kapman
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    It was our 21st Anniversary and the restaurant simply treated us like king and queen throughout the evening without overdoing it. We sat in the best seat in the house in the front window area. Server was a veteran and professional. He provided great recommendations and did not push the most expensive items (ie five courses versus three or four), simply what he thought we would enjoy based on our interaction. We had three courses plus started with a half portion of caviar. The dessert course had a nice touch of 21st Anniversary chocolate. It was a wonderful evening and dining experience. Great choice and highly recommend. Chef visited the table to see if we were enjoying our evening.......always a nice touch.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The food and service at La Folie is excellent. Keep in mind you will most likely be there 3 hrs so this is not a place to bring your kids.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    They took the extra time to make or night special. They even put the flowers I delivered out on our table.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The food was incredible, and the service was outstanding! We had a great time.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • renobob
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    The cuisine was as good as Le Cirque in the 1980's in NYC and Bras, a Michelin starred restaurant where I dined in France. The server, Diane, deserves a sixth star.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • High hopes but disappointed
    MistyVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    From the reviews, we had very high expectations of La Folie. The meal started off well - the corn soup and burrata salad were outstanding. The second course was escargot, but one of the snails was sandy and tasted bad. With the third course the beef was excellent, but the scallop dish included a poached oyster. When I cut into the oyster, gray ooze ran out onto my plate and the smell from the inerts was overwhelming and made both of us lose our appetites. I did appreciate when I let the wait staff know I had gotten a bad oyster the chef came out to talk to us and assured us the oyster was fresh and that is how they are when they are poached. If that is the case I would leave the oyster out or prepare it differently.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • Great food, great night
    lerch
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The tasting menu was 100% fantastic. There were interesting things, and comforting things, and all of it was delicious. You'll be stuffed by the end too so don't worry that it will be so delicate that you'll need a supplementary meal afterwards. It seems that there are some complaints when people pick off their a la carte menu, but the tasting menu is the true way to experience the place anyway so don't bother with anything else. The only complaint I would have is that over the course of the meal we had 3 different people delivering the food. The courses were complex enough to mandate a description when they arrived, and the waiters were greatly varied in how clear the description was. But a minor flaw to be sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WOW!
    HyperCritic
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Dinner at La Folie was just amazing. Every dish was exceptional: wonderful flavor, interesting combinations, lovely presentation. This was the first time we were seated in the 'back' room which is quieter, more intimate and romantic. What a wonderful experience.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • paulVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    SUPERB WORLD CLASS INNOVATIVE FOOD. ROLAND PASSOT MAY BE THE BEST CHEF IN CALIFORNIA. VERY PROFESSIONAL SERVICE A BRILLIANT PLACE AND HAS BEEN FOR 25YEARS
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not as good as on previous visits
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    This used to be our favorite fine dining restaurant in SF. Unfortunately, we were disappointed on our last visit. We were seated in a back room, not the main dining room where we previously have always eaten (I made the reservation months in advance). Our waitress was not great--somewhat condescending and did not provide the type of service I expect in a fine dining restaurant. This was despite the fact that we started with caviar service in addition to the $85 3 course menu and ordered a $200+ bottle of wine. I especially didn't care for her omitting some of the "gifts from the chef" that we have had on previous visits and were brought to other tables. Highlight was George, the sommelier. Always makes great suggestions!
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Wonderful and inventive menu. Great service. Outstanding all the way around.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.