Marla Bakery
Marla Bakery

Marla Bakery

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.marlabakery.com/
  • Phone: 4157424379x
  • Hours of Operation:


    Cafe: T-F 7:00am-6pm, Sat-Su 8:00am-6pm

    Lunch: T-F 11:30am-2:30pm

    Sunday Supper: Su 6:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian
  • Executive Chef: Amy Brown
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Cafe, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 37th Avenue
  • Public Transit: via Muni - 18, 31 buses
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Marla Bakery
At Marla Bakery, we rejoice in the "do-it-ourselves" notion because it makes us feel good and it just tastes better that way.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerCalifornian
Marla Bakery reviews from OpenTable diners
64 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (59)fit for foodies (53)great for lunch (28)notable wine list (19)great for brunch (15)special occasion (14)romantic (12)great for outdoor dining (9)kid-friendly (8)hot spot (7)good for groups (6)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Great to have in the neighborhood!
    kvsfVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    This really is a charming little place, almost like going into grandma's kitchen. Limited menu, which really is nice after the pages and pages one has to read through in other places. So its easy to decide quickly what to eat. The wine list is exceptional and eclectic. Service is always with a smile. A few umbrellas added to the outdoor seating would add to the charm and help those who can't be in the sun any longer enjoy the garden setting. And maybe turned down the music a bit...Oh! Added bonus, don't leave without a loaf of their wonderful bread. Made right in front of you...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • friends kitchen feel, great food
    Juanpin
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    I went with my wife for our anniversary. We've been to a lot of the high end restaurants in the Bay Area so I was looking for a special restaurant, I found it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding in the Richmond!
    gogodidiVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Finally we get a restaurant in the Richmond with the quality and service of a Mid City place. The menu is small but executed perfectly and the service is friendly and knowledgeable. And if you seek a varied and exciting wine list, this is the place. Small producers, exciting grapes and very reasonable prices. Don't wait to go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice find
    Sabu
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Went for dinner. This place is a cafe and bakery during the day. Bright lights, open kitchen. The food was excellent- no bells and whistles, just very well prepared. The starters were a bit small and pricey. The main course made up for it. Would like to see more side dishes on the menu and an expanded beer list. Overall a good dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of SF's Best Restaurants
    RickBVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    This was our 1st time to Marla and I'm disappointed we hadn't come in sooner. I've tried their baked goods, which are AMAZING (Especially the Crumb Cake), but our dinner was outstanding. Had the NY Steak (usually I'm a Rib-Eye Man) and asked for it rare. It came so beautifully tender and tasty, I almost cried, really. Paired with a simple, but elegant, red pepper sauce that accentuated the meat nicely. Also came with a potato gratin that transported me back to one of my favorite restaurant experiences in Paris, Michel Rostang's Le Bistrot d'À Côté Flaubert . My wife's pork chop was just as delicious as my steak. We both finished with the bread pudding (one of the best) and a few house-made sorbets. The wait-staff is attentive and gracious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • could improve
    foodismylife
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    This was my second visit to Marla's. This time the food wasn't as good as the first time. I had the seafood stew, and although there was a large amount of fish and shell fish, the sauce was overly salted to my taste. Also purchased a loaf of their rye bread and was very disappointed in that it never tasted like rye bread and was too dense and dry. I do enjoy their scones, gallets and savory pastries. I will definitely go back, but hope to have as good an experience as the first time.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great new find!
    jlchao
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Our table of 6 women loved this bakery for lunch. Wonderful bread, delicious sandwiches, beautiful baked goods. Lovely!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A little disappointed
    kvsfVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    After having an exceptional dinner, We went for lunch. The bread was fabulous. The corn soup a little too watery and airy. And the sandwiches too gooey to eat without a fork and night. But they are so nice and we loved dinner there, we will try again
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredibly delicious
    kvsfVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I live in the neighborhood and took a chance based on the reviews for a last minute out of town guest who is a definite foodie. We were really stunned by the incredibly delicious and creative food ad well as gracious service. I will definitely be back as it is a walkable place for us to eat and enjoy some great wine selections.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • susiekVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I love how they keep updating the menu at Marla--each time I go the dinner menu is completely different, and even similar dishes get a new twist. It makes me want to keep returning to try all that they have to offer! The desserts are a definite must (especially the spice cake).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food and a lovely location
    susiekVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    My second trip to Marla for dinner was even better than my first: the food was outstanding from start to finish, and the service is warm, friendly, and with the appropriate amount of attention. They clearly care both about the food and providing a good experience for the customers. We had the duck croquetas, which were light, savory, crispy and creamy all at once. Another standout was the corn and rice cake with peppers and an egg. It was homey and delicious, and reminding us that sometimes the simplest preparations are the best. The desserts were also fantastic, as to be expected. I'm thrilled to have this restaurant in my neighborhood and can't wait to keep checking out their food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gem of the Outer Richmond
    Athena
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I am so happy to finally have a high end dining experience in my neighborhood. I have been to two Sunday Suppers and both have been such fun and special communal dining experiences. It would be hard to find better food anywhere in town and the wines are quite good as well. The staff was friendly and on top of it without being in your way. The only down side is it is quite noisy when filled with 24 people at one long table. I am guessing that the noise level might not be so bad at there regular dinners, Thursday-Saturday, where people sit at separated tables and don't eat all at the same time. Even though Marla Bakery is in the Outer Richmond, it will quickly become a destination restaurant. But if you come for Sunday Supper, come hungry.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tasty, well-prepared, friendly
    sfmotherVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Well chosen and well prepared items at all three courses, welcoming atmosphere, attentive service. Calimari appetizer and risotto were perfect. Only flaw--we had to prompt the waitress for the 3rd party's entree. Staff still learning but food already accomplished. Lovely environment with the bakery setting and high ceilings. With a little more experience this restaurant will be a winner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy
    Luv2eat
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    This is the 2nd establishment for the owners of Marla's Bakery and they know a thing or 2 about bread. I had the pork sandwich and it was one of the best I ever had. Fresh ingredients and the bread was just baked. Service was attentive but not in your face. Clean and well lighted place. A gem for the avenues neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Something special happening here
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Food: every component of every dish was excellent-- and made on-site. Bread platter, tomato gazpacho, artichoke salad were wonderful in unexpected ways. Steak was perfectly seasoned and complemented with grain and vegetable that added additional dimension. Squash blossoms delicate, also great balance on plate. Dessert- butter cake amazing. House made caramel ice cream. Drinks- even the syrups for drinks are made here Service- attentive. Constantly changing menu. Will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outer Richmond Winner
    eatsf
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    No only is the food great, but we finally have a bread bakery in the neighborhood so we don't have to go far for great fresh bread to take home!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As good as the hype!
    susiekVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I tried the new bakery/restaurant Marla for dinner and it was as good as promised! The only slight miss was a squid appetizer that didn't quite gel (although was still tasty). The tomato salad appetizer was perfect, with ripe, flavorful tomatoes, cheese, and breadcrumbs. Both of our main courses--the sand dabs and the chicken--were perfect. The sand dabs were light, even with the buttery sauce, and expertly prepared. The chicken, with accompanying vegetables, was also really flavorful and just the right amount. The dessert was perhaps my favorite part: the buckwheat and brown butter cake (not surprisingly, as they are also a bakery). I can't wait to return for more. Service was fantastic, too.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bakery does dinner
    LindsayofSF
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Hit Marla for my baker-husband's birthday. Was a bit hesitant as they don't have a menu posted online yet, but the quirkiness of a bakery doing dinner made it a worthwhile risk. Everything from the bread and butter appetizer to the local wines to the melted mushroom risotto, and those mushrooms were melted, was fantastic. Only a few menu items to choose from, so we ordered everything - the meat, fish and mentioned risotto was impeccable. The only weird thing was the first available open table reservation was at 915, but when we arrived the place was completely empty. I'd call if you're looking for another time not listed here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptionally good food
    onegirlwholikesfood
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    It's clear that a lot of love goes into everything at Marla Bakery. This is matched by the care, skill and knowledge that goes into the preparation of every dish from start to finish. The staff are friendly and professional. We had a wonderful evening, sharing delicious food and look forward to going again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing Food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    The food was incredible! We were blown away by each dish that we ordered - starting with the bread, the cultured butter and the marvelous pickles. Next was a delicate - to die for - frito misto- cooked to perfection, a lovely green salad, and then a main dish of braised short ribs that melted in your mouth, plus a potato and leek gratin - with stupendous taste. We finished with an amazing dessert of dark plum slices, caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream surrounding a special cake. Everything was a delight: fresh, light and delicious. We had a wonderful evening and wonderful food. The staff were lovely, and the dining room pleasant and down to earth. We will be back soon- this is a very special place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Addition to Outer Richmond!
    foxydiners
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We have been waiting for them to open! Wonderful bakery---sweet and savory. Finally a good bagel in SF! Thoughtful, delicious food. Fabulous staff! Nice ascetic, with beautiful dishes, glasses and cutlery....we went to their first offered Saturday night dinner and it seemed as if they had been in business forever. Impeccable service and food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 2L2go
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    The quinoa pilaf, the chicken sandwich, the savory and sweet scones were all to die for. The best we very had. The servers were very attentive and friendly. We would definitely return to Marla Bakery.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 42 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
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