Le P'tit Laurent
Le P'tit Laurent

Le P'tit Laurent

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://leptitlaurent.net/
  • Phone: 4153343235x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm
    Sunday brunch: 10:00am - 2:00pm
  • Payment Options: MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Entertainment: Sunday through Thursday,
    three courses dinner menu changes weekly
    S27.00

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Diamond
  • Public Transit: One block from bart
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Le P'tit Laurent
Le P'tit Laurent is owned by Laurent Legendre, whose passion for great food and wine has resulted in a fine reputation in his adopted San Francisco. Born and raised in Paris, Laurent studied at the internationally acclaimed Ecole Hoteliere and worked at top Parisian restaurants Tour d'argent. Elysee Le Notre, Arpege and Amphycles.
While on vacation in the United tates in 1996, he fell in love with San Francisco and decided to make it his home. Since then he opened Clementine Restaurant in 1998, Bistro Clement in 2001 and his most recent success Le P'tit Laurent open in July 2007.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Le P'tit Laurent reviews from OpenTable diners
117 reviews since May 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (96)special occasion (45)fit for foodies (45)romantic (41)notable wine list (17)great for brunch (14)good for groups (10)vibrant bar scene (8)late-night find (8)hot spot (7)kid-friendly (4)great for lunch (3)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Great Food
    Love
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    From appetizers to desserts, every dish is so good. We ordered from the neighborhood menu. We will definitely come back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great neighborhood dining
    bicoastaldiner
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I live in the glen park neighborhood, but work in another state, so when traveling back home I try and make a reservation to eat my first dinner at Le P'tit Laurent. The food is delicious and the wine list is very good. I had perfectly cooked swordfish, my son loved his rabbit, and my husband liked his shrimp and pasta dish. We had an excellent bottle of pinot noir.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Charming
    cleangreenqueen
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    In celebration of my daughters 30th Birthday, myself, my partner, my daughter and her husband ate dinner here. My daughter was "charmed." Her husband, who is half French, ordered escargot for the first time in his life. He insisted that I try one. I really didn't want to eat a garden pest but I did, and, it was delicious. My partner and I ordered the flank steak. When I looked over at her plate, it was almost licked clean. She loved the steak and the sauce. Our waiter was very sweet and attentive. It may be the best service I have ever experienced at a restaurant. My partner and I have come here many times, usually with out-of-town guests or with family. We have never been disappointed.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Small gem
    Kathrynjane
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    A charming, crowded, very French restaurant with typical fare. Food was excellent, wine list good. The place was packed on a Wednesday night. Tables close and it was a bit warm and stuffy. Service was good, but impersonal and brusque ( a bit like a Paris bistro). In spite of this, I really liked the place. Would come again
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great food!
    Disappointed
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Enjoyed a fabulous dinner - food was very good - service was excellent! Would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • kg6amlVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Every American place that affects to be a French bistro tries to concentrate on good food and, like the French, offer so-so service. This one succeeds on both counts. Take it for what it is, however, and enjoy a cozy neighborhood spot.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Glen Park Find
    EdieBea
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Been looking for a nice little French restaurant closer to home and this is it. Great food, great price and great service, The neighborhood menu is an especially good value.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So Disappointed
    pfarrmaVIP
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    I had been to Le P'tit Laurent a couple of years ago for brunch and was looking forward to trying their dinner. It was a duo-birthday celebration for me and my boyfriend and I can't tell you how disappointed I was with everything except the service. Beginning with the old fashioned cocktail (watery), the escargot (DRY), the French onion soup (bland) and ending with the lamb & mashed potatoes (plain and tasteless). I knew it was a small space, but the tables were so close together, I felt like we were dining with the couple beside us, and the noise level...completely unbelievable when you add in a couple of musicians into a tiny, overcrowded room. How does a restaurant this poor stay open in San Francisco?!?
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful Family Birthday dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Our waiter was so charming and we had such a good time. The food was wonderful, the place was perfect.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely dinner
    YoliVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Three of us had a lovely dinner here a few weeks back. The staff give excellent service and the food was very good and portions were not small by any means. It was convenient and enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Le P'tit Laurent - What a wonderful neighborhood restaurant! The food is delicious, perfectly cooked and seasoned (not too salty). The service was attentive and helpful. While we missed the pre-opera presentation, we didn't mind since...we had a wonderful dinner experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Felt like we were in Paris!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    The atmosphere was so authentic, we could have been at a small bistro in Paris! The service was very attentive. It's cozy, which, again, makes you feel like you are experiencing a relaxed meal with friends in a bistro in Paris. The wine list is very nice. Many French options which gives you the chance to try something new. It is a neighborhood French bistro. Not stuffy and does not require anyone to dress up. The food is good, the staff are all pleasant, and our wine was terrific. We will definitely go back when we are in the city. Just wish we lived closer!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food, great place
    Olivier
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    It's not the first time I go to this place, but that time was definitely special. The a-la-carte menu, although more expensive than the menu, is more sophisticated and tastier. We shared mussels, which were excellent, which a garlic white wine sauce that we finished to the last drop with some crunchy baguette. It was followed by cassoulet, lamb shank, and yellow tail. Even the cassoulet (a casserole of beans, sausage, and duck confit) was light and tasty. Excellent food in a great place.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • YUM!!!
    EdieVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Wonderful meal per usual. Did a la carte on a Friday nite, so not a bargain as with the "neighborhood menu" -- nonetheless, it was superb! Sancerre is a fantastic wine choice!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always Reliable Neighborhood Gem
    GaryPicks
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Great French cuisine always served well in a very relaxed and friendly neighborhood bistro. Great value.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Petite Paris!
    Out2Bexcited
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    The ambianyce takes you back to wonderful memories of the City of Lights. Guest's are greeted warmly, followed by attentive service and excellent food. Merci!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love Le P'tit
    eater
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    I love Le P'tit Laurent. And this time the food was even better than ever! And it's always fabulous food. And the staff are always so personable and responsive. I cannot recommend a restaurant more highly.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Merci!
    Kate
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    As usual, we had a wonderful experience at Le P'tit Laurent! We have enjoyed many dinners but this was our first time having brunch here. We were greeted upon arrival by a vivacious Beni (?) Her service was friendly and professional. She was knowledgeable about the menu and made our brunch delicious and delightful.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A great find in Glen Park
    Chaz
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    This is a superb French bistro-type restaurant in Glen Park. Worth going out of your way for. We made a reservation on a Saturday afternoon and were surprised to get the time we wanted. We enjoyed the French-style food, the wine and the service. The bar looked inviting, but we had already had cocktails. We will definitely return
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • a lovely place in Glen Park
    JP117
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    the food is really wonderful, it's very very french, but the service can be iffy. it's a tight spot and it's hard for everyone to maneuver. the last time, our waiter was very hard to understand (not just the language but the noise level) - plus food came out at different times, plates were placed in front of the wrong folks consistently, and lots of dishes were dropped. but overall, I'd recommend it for the bistro atmosphere and the french food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • FoodieVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Good French food nice neighborhood place.the food is prepared ahead of time and comes out,quickly but is tasty.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Deafening noise level
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Lovely owner and friendly service. However, the restaurant was so incredibly noisy that we were barely able to hear each other as we yelled across the table. And to make matters worse, loud music began playing around 7:00 PM. My ears were ringing as we finally excited to the sidewalk. I will not return for dinner, but brunches have been pleasant in the past, if also very noisy but not deafening.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Losing confidence
    BooksandartVIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    We like Le Petit Laurent more for its atmosphere than the food, which has been slowly declining in quality since we started visiting it a couple of years ago. A great neighborhood joint, but I must admit that unless they upgrade the food we will remove it from our list of "regulars" without regret.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice midweek dinner
    my2cents4dining
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    Had a birthday dinner here with my goddaughter this week and it was nice. We ordered the prix fix for $27 which included a soup or salad and a paella or flank steak. I had the cream of asparagus soup and she had the bean salad - both quite tasty. Then we both had the paella which was OK but a bit too salty. The profiteroles with chocolate sauce for dessert were delicious. Merlot wine was pricey but good. Need fewer tables and better ventilation because it gets difficult to hear and hot by 8PM if the restaurant is full. This is still a neighborhood gem and I will return. Great service! Merci.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A real neighborhood gem!
    plumpuddingVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We celebrated Father's Day at Le P'tit Laurent and had a lovely meal! Mussel Mariniere was delicious and we mopped up the garlic butter sauce with bread. The main courses (lamb shank, cassoulet, sea bass) were also very tasty. Laurent was most helpful with his wine suggestions. We enjoyed our deserts (tart tartan and creme brûlée) with complimentary champagne from Laurent. We'll definitely be going back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great appetizers!
    nonicknameVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We found the Frisee Salad and the Ahi Tuna Tartare with the Avocado to be absolutely delicious! The ambience is quite French which is always a treat! Merci beaucoup!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood Gem Indeed!
    Dopameal
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Exquisite food and fantastic service! The rabbit was succulent, the lamb luscious - even the green beans were memorable. Le P'tit Laurent brings a necessary and vibrant injection of European dining culture to Glen Park.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • JoeC
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    As a 5 time visitor, I was a little disappointed in the restaurant this time. Although the food was tasty, no effort was made at any type of presentation. I had the price fixe meal. The pork cutlet and a scoop of mash potatoes constituted the main course. Less than a cup of soup was the appetizer. The dessert was the saving grace, as you made your choice from the dessert menu. It seemed that all the prices had been significantly raised. The entire staff appeared changed from my last visit and seemed to lack the attentiveness as in past visits. I brought a guest to what I thought was a "special place", but I did not get that impression this time. I shall definitely return at least one more time.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth going back again and again
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Several years ago I was introduced to this small restaurant in Glen Park. Now, I have dined there about a half dozen times. Each time, the staff were professional and attentive, and the food was great. This time I enjoyed the lamb shank.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved Le P'tit Laurent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    All 3 of us ended up having the "neighborhood menu" or Prix Fixe menu. It was excellent. One of our party was visiting from London and really enjoyed the neighborhood ambiance. Definitely have to return and order from the a la carte menu. Great for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A little bit of Paris in Glen Park
    BuonTemps14
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    A perfect, intimate place to celebrate a special birthday! We thoroughly enjoyed he frisee salad & oysters, the lamb chop and steak, the wonderful Chateau Neuf du Pape, and those periferoles! A quaint neighborhood gem that felt genuine; like we were transported to another place far away from the city....the ambiance, the wine and the hospitality were all magnifique!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Food was wonderful and authentically French, with the care and depth you come to expect in Paris. From salad, to entree, to dessert. Charming service and decor. Perfect for anniversary or special occasion. Make reservations. They get crowded even on weeknights.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood Gem
    KateSF
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    I am beyond grateful to have a neighborhood restaurant that I can take friends, family and out of town guests to with food of this standard of quality. I highly recommend the neighborhood special menu on every level. The gourmet food never ceases to amaze me. Thank you for the wonderful staff, also, who make every night I have eaten here memorable. The combination of great food, friends (depends on YOU), staff and service for such a good price are amazing. I highly recommend the french toast for dessert...always a crowd pleaser. The ambiance makes you feel like you are in a small bit of Paris....really fun!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointed this time
    EasternFoodie
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    The food was not as good as usual The soup was over salted and slightly burnt tasting Pomme frites cool and not crispy Mussels were excellent escargot buttery and sweet
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • He takes care of you
    Buzzcutts
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    This place was packed when we arrived and we had to wait for a table in spite of our reservation. This put me in a foul mood, but as soon as there was room to fit my party at the bar (and later at a table) I felt taken care of. Food was excellent and I ended up having a wonderful night. THANKS Laurent!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just good
    JulieVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    This was our fourth visit here. I have had the cassoulet three times. The first and this time it was very good; the time in between, the duck was stringy and hardly edible. Everything else we have ever had was very good: fish, frog legs, escargots, steak. This time, there were no French people in evidence on the staff. The usual servers were not here. Everyone was very nice, but I miss the French folks. I don't know that we will take the time out of our trip to the airport to eat here again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Once again, great
    RegularDinerVIP
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Dining by myself around 8:45 PM, I sat at the bar for a martini and the steak frites for dinner as a bustling group of diners enjoyed themselves around me. Two birthdays in the room. Superb service and food and a nice chat with a gentleman who lives in the neighborhood and was also dining alone. He was having the steamed mussels with white wine and garlic with French fries along with the frisée salad with bacon and poached egg, sherry vinaigrette both of which I have had at Le P'tit Laurent and which I'll have next on my next visit. I'm now using the Open Table app on my phone which is a real convenience in locating a table on short notice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stuck-up service & sub-par food
    vinoblanco
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Regrettably, we traveled an hour away to try out this restaurant. Head waiter (heavy accent) and waitress were unaccommodating & unfriendly, treated us as if we are beneath their stuck-up air. The only friendly one was the water server. Our tip was intended for him alone. Our corner table was tight, claustrophobic, noisy and very hot. No AC. Entrée of chicken stew: terrible; chewy/dry like were reheated day after day. We packed it home for our dog. Salmon entree was petite, nothing special. French toasts caramel = 2 half slices of french toast, nothing else. Strawberry rhubarb = meager + bland. The unfriendly service, stuck up attitude and sub-par food were waste time and $$$$. Unpleasant! WE DO NO RECOMMEND le p'tit laurent TO ANYONE!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • If you want to feel taken care of
    Sweets
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    We've been to Le P'tit Laurent several times, and it was our choice for an impromptu anniversary dinner out. Corner table was waiting upon arrival (8pm reservation, when starts to quiet down). Service was very attentive (I could see our server glance our way every time he was nearby, and was sensitive enough not to approach when not needed). Salad course - mine was not perfect and I let our server know (overcooked poached egg and flabby lardon) but I didn't send it back, and I did eat all but a few bites. When the check arrived, it had been taken off the bill - an unexpected consideration! Entrees were delicious - not a bite or drop of sauce remained on our plates. Go early or late - it can feel crowded and noisy during the rush.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food good
    gorzd
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    but service poor - waiter forgot our order, was pleasant but not competent. Food good, but not as good as in the past. Alas.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.