Left Bank Larkspur
Left Bank Larkspur

Left Bank Larkspur

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.leftbank.com/
  • Phone: 4159273331x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Thursday: 11:30am - 10pm
    Friday, Saturday: 11:30am - 11pm
    Sunday: 11:00am - 10pm

    Brunch is served on Sun from opening until 2:30pm
    (lunch menu also served)

    Happy Hour is offered Monday – Friday
    4:00pm - 6:30pm and 9:00pm - close
    (bar and patio only)

  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Executive Chef: Fabrice Marcon
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Our Salles Des Amis is a beautiful, private dining room, with sunny yellow walls, airy windows, warm mahogany accents and vividly colored French posters. Set-up however you wish—the room is large enough for a party of 35, yet intimate enough for a smaller group of 10 or 20.

    Have a party bigger than 35? For 75 people or less, we close off the back half of the restaurant, the Grand Salon. The Grand Salon & Salles de Amis opened up as one large room is the perfect space for a larger group.

    Contact Jennifer Courtney at 415.927.0677.
  • Private Party Facilities: We will help customize a lovely event of any size or budget. We host beautiful luncheons, lively cocktail parties, sumptuous buffets, and of course, elegant sit down dinners. We are experienced in planning a wide variety of occasions and can accommodate all of your special event needs.
  • Private Party Contact: Jennifer Courtney 8886547885
  • Special Events:

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Ward St.
  • Public Transit: Golden Gate Transit across the street.
    5 minute cab ride from the Larskpur Ferry Terminal.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: City Parking lot across street and street parking available
A word from Left Bank Larkspur
Left Bank is an authentic Parisian-style brasserie located in the historic Blue Rock Inn in charming downtown Larkspur. Built in 1895 during the railroad era, The Blue Rock Inn was a popular weekend destination for San Franciscans to come dance and picnic under the stars.

Open since 1994, Left Bank continues to be a destination for folks from all over the Bay Area to enjoy a casual snack on the sunny terrace, a glass of wine or hand crafted cocktail at the lively bar, or an elegant dining experience near the fireplace. At Left Bank, you are sure to capture the true feeling of the Rive Gauche in Paris.

Nineteen years of working with local organic farms allows us to bring you the best seasonal ingredients available. Chef de Cuisine Fabrice Marcon offers an often changing, French brasserie menu of hearty, rustic, and authentic dishes featuring a diverse selection of natural meats, sustainable seafood, fresh local vegetables, salads and sumptuous desserts.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Left Bank Larkspur reviews from OpenTable diners
197 reviews since May 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (113)great for outdoor dining (99)great for lunch (78)fit for foodies (75)great for brunch (68)special occasion (61)vibrant bar scene (46)good for groups (43)romantic (42)kid-friendly (26)notable wine list (23)hot spot (21)late-night find (15)scenic view (6)Show More
  • Left Bank-Larkspur
    Dug2Dine
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Relaxing lunch with family. We were not rushed and the food was fresh and delicious. Enjoyed the French feel.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Left Bank is a terrific place. The staff are great and the food is very good. Nice vibe in the place as well. Go and enjoy!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice!
    Ruby
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Enjoyed the food and the service. Had the salmon and a salad, both nice. Missed the french music, but will go back!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love the moules!
    foodieVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    This is one of our favorite restaurants. The moules are delicious and there is always a new special to try. We drive well over an hour to get there and are never disappointed.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Early bird dinner
    Live2EatVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We came here after a long day in SF. It was very quiet around 5 pm. We were seated quickly and the waitress was very attentive (very sweet to our two year old). I liked my dry pomegranate soda, myou daughter had a "Charolette" Temple and loved her special drink. Flatbread with goat cheese and heirloom tomatoes was good. The French onion soup was pretty good but not the best I have had. I had a lamb stew which was tender but the sauce to me didn't have much flavor. My wife had their steak with a red wine sauce and I thought the sauce was very good on it. We might come back in another season to see how the menu is
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent lunch and dinner!
    YumYumGirl
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Love this place for both lunch and dinner. Has a nice ambience with energy and charm. Service is always excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delish!
    Sallie
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    One of the best meals I've had... duck breast was prepared perfectly. Vegetable crisp and polenta yummy.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lornaa
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The lamb sandwich was too fatty. The trout was very good
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Never disappoints
    wanderingcritic
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Locals are so lucky to have this top-notch restaurant in their back yard. Many among the friendly staff have been there for years, and the food seems to taste better each time one visits.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    nikki
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    It was a Sunday night, to be fair. The couple next to us said that they always seemed to come on Sundays, when there was not enough staff. The paté was dull, and while the salad leaves were good and fresh, the salad options on the menu seemed uninspired... Both the roast chicken and the burger were boring, and the fries were coated with ?. We got dessert (chocolate fondant) and espressos, and they were both excellent. It may have been an "off" night.The space was beautiful, the staff pleasant but super-busy. The food was so indifferent.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Lunch
    Tweety
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We sat outside and had a wonderful lunch, delicious food and wonderful service. We'll be back again soon.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • comfortable local venue
    marinite
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Left Bank consistently delivers a positive dining experience. Service is competent and friendly. The food is of good quality and well-prepared. The were gracious about accommodating a severely hearing impaired guest without fanfare. He enjoyed the evening and could engage in the conversation without feeling left out. We will be returning. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great French food!
    PattiVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    We traveled from Florida and were looking forward to eating here. We were not disappointed, great food, service and ambiance.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 2nd round
    Outoftowner
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    My husband loves this restaurant....so when we travel to the area we always dine there. We enjoyed our food and the vibe. Our server however didn't pay any attention to us. We would have ordered another round of drinks, but by the time she came back it was too late to enjoy another round....dinner was already finished. Very disappointing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • what a meal
    dininggal
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    I love LB Larkspur and this may have been the best meal yet. Such flavors and presentation. I can't wait to return.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely brunch
    5starVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    We decided to go to Sunday brunch here as the food is always excellent. I had the mussels with spinach and enjoyed them very much. Of course, the frites are a must. My husband likes the chicken sandwich. The wine selection is always interesting. We continue to patronize this restaurant as the food is consistently good.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Oasis of consistent great dining
    JeanVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We are never disappointed with the great fish, salads, burgers, and amazing oysters. When we want a good meal, nice service, and something sure to please even picky guests, this is our go to spot. My niscoos salad was good, but not inspired, as it has been in the past. My husband loved his trout. The oysters were fantastic as were the pomme frites. The dessert, a special custard with apricots, was bland and rubbery. We will stick to the sorbets, which never disappoint. Service was a bit slow, which was surprising as the dining room was not busy. All in, the meal was satisfying and we will be back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Everything was very good. I have dined here many times and would go again when the next opportunity presents itself.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous!
    DanS
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Left Bank continues to be an excellent choice for brunch, lunch, or dinner. The food is outstanding, the service impeccable, the atmosphere delightful. Even switching to a low-carb diet did not significantly reduce my meal options. A great choice anytime.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Left Bank never disappoints. We live in the neighborhood and go there often. Also a great spot to meet friends. Service on this occasion was not as pleasing as usual.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistently great
    foodieatheart
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    This is a place that is one of my favorites. I enjoy it any time of day and love to take out of town guests there as a great SF/Marin experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great restaurant
    Lsllsl
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    great outdoor dining great location great service reasonable price table reserved for us on arrival with no waiting time
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great restaurant
    Lsllsl
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    food is great reasonable price good service outside dining is very nice. reservation process easy. they reserved our table for us. loved it. eaten here before.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Deafening Noise from the Bar
    SunshineVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    The decor is quite appealing. The food is okay, not great. The noise from the bar area was deafening at dinner, in the main dining room. If and when either of the back two dining rooms are open, that would be much preferable from a noise standpoint. I don't know why this restaurant persists in serving farmed salmon. That just doesn't cut it in an upscale market like Marin.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not up to their standards
    steakloverVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Even though we had a reservation, people without reservations were offered outdoor seating before we were. the hostess thought that a table inside would open up soon, but it didn't, so eventually we were offered seating outside. As a very nice gesture, we were offered complimentary drinks. The trout was wonderful, but the rib-eye steak was slightly overdone, probably because it was cut so thin. The duck fat fries were slightly underdone.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • dukeofdining
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Trout was excellent. Wine list could use more Calif wines.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fabulous Birthday Meal
    RegularPlaceVIP
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    We celebrated my son's birthday on Monday night. The food was so fresh and tasty. We loved the selection of wines and non-alcoholic beverages. Our server handled a special dessert without being told. Such a warm and friendly attitude. We love the Left Bank both for regular dining and special occasions. Highly recommended for fresh, seasonal, delicious food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious Food and Dog Friendly
    Bettia
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We chose this restaurant because it was listed as dog friendly, but we will go again even without the "kids" because the food was excellent. Lovely patio dining, yummy food, friendly staff and of course all in the charming little town of Larkspur in Marin County. A really enjoyable experience, we will be going back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good as always!
    ExcellentVIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Left Bank is utterly reliable: excellent food, "different enough" menu, pleasant atmosphere...and slooooow (but friendly!) service. Don't go there if you're in a hurry, but if you want a relaxing and highly enjoyable meal, it's tough to beat.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go To Spot
    ChapeauVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Left Bank is beautifully situated on corner with nice outdoor tables, lively dining room and an excellent bar area with booths, tables and of course stools right at the bar...which is my favorite place to sit...always good food and fun atmosphere, dinner, snack or just glass of wine.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Not as good as I have found it in the past. Too bad they have stopped serving the salmon tarte.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never Disappoints
    dedeVIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    We always count on Left Bank for a great dining experience. Excellent staff, well appointed with a good variety of food for all. I had the Ahi Salad Nicoise and our guest had the Lamb Sandwich. Everyone loved it.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Place
    Foodie94939
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Had a wonderful early dinner. Very nice, glad we have it here in Larkspur.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • local favorite, authentic brasserie
    francophilegem
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Have eaten here since it opened. always good. consistent, friendly service, french attention to detail. sit outsite with your dog and soak up the local atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great evening
    fairfaxfoodie
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We requested a quiet table for 6 to get acquainted with the new in-laws and were accommodated with a perfect spot away from the more "energetic" center of the room. The food and wine were good and the service was just right for our group. Very pleased with the evening.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Count on it!
    exp345
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    As always, Left Bank is terrific. Depend on good food, nice ambiance, friendly service. A quality place for our neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Peter Sk.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    I have eaten here quite a few times with generally good results - on this occasion however we felt like we were intruding on whatever the staff was doing - food and its presentation was subpar - got one order wrong -the Charcuterie Maison looked like it was thrown together as an afterthought - you need to do much better Left Bank Larkspur!
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  • Great lunch spot!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    Had a great time with a girlfriend for a light lunch. Usually have the hamburger, but this time had a great veggie omlette. Recommend this spot to all. Jinnie
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent as always
    eddyhill
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Just a lovely restaurant with excellent food and service in a inviting environment
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Enjoyable
    MarinDinerOTVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    I always enjoy lunch at Left Bank, the menu has seasonal influences and old favorites. The cheese fondue starter we had was delicious, although I'd stick with the bread that comes with it vs the optional vegetables too (those were rather uninspired carrots, celery and red bell pepper - perhaps there for the gluten-free crowd?). My friend had the classic Salad Nicoise; I had the house salad with their delicious vinaigrette plus a side order of their crunchy pomme frites. The service was attentive and mindful without being overbearing. Go off-peak, you can enjoy the classic french bistro mood without the crowd. They continue to be popular for good reason. Still one of my local favorites.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate