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Marlowe Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.marlowesf.com
  • Email: info@marlowesf.com
  • Phone: (415) 974-5599
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm Dinner: Monday- Wednesday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm Thursday- Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm Bar: 2:30-5.30pm Mon- Friday Closed Sundays
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Derrick Roberts
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Contact: Private Dining Event (415) 974-5599

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 4th Street
  • Public Transit: The CalTrain station and its taxi line-up are directly across the street, as well as bus lines 45, 47 and 10.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There are 2 lots on Brannan Street and 4th, as well as Safeway on Townsend and 4th.
A word from Marlowe
Marlowe is a market driven neighbourhood bistro housed in a rustic-chic and inviting space. Bright and bold flavors from a three-star chef, and a little family history create an exciting new restaurant concept nestled in San Francisco’s slick SoMa neighborhood. Marlowe was created by restaurateur Anna Weinberg along with a few partners and pals.

Offering a menu of classic bistro favorites with unique and flavorful twists, Marlowe Executive Chef Jennifer Puccio, who earned three stars from the San Francisco Chronicle for her cooking at Cortez, created a mix of snacks, appetizers, mains and sides made up of the kind of food she loves to eat when she’s not working.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Went there with old friends from the east coast. A very limited menu. The one room is small and sort of dingy. Of course the famous Brussels sprouts were wonderful, as were the bone marrow and oysters appetizers. Little Gem salads were nothing special. The pork chops looked nearly charred. And the polenta with mushrooms was swimming in oil. It was so noisy that conversation was nearly impossible. Great service from our attentive waitress. "
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "The chicken my husband had was THE BEST he's ever had in a restaurant. My beet salad was VERY TINY but good. It had maybe 8-10 TINY pieces of beets the size of a green pea, some radish slices and a FEW pieces of greens. The Brussels sprout chips were really good. We will go back."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Small plates/appetizers were great. Entrees were nothing special."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Marlowe has a unique and simple menu. They highlight quality ingredients. Overall, a very enjoyable experience and I would definitely return."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "A very attractive restaurant with terrific food and servers able to handle a crowd tthat included young people just off work for the day, people on their way to a base ball game at ATT&T Park, and foodies. A bit noisy for our older ears -- but the noise was very consistent with the lively ambiance of the place and we have no complaints."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Great location, very small but not an issue for us. I got the burger, the bacon was a bit hard and cold, but still liked it . I would go back."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Absolutely a hidden gem in SoMa. Great, rustic dishes with local produce. Prepared simplistic, but packed full of flavor. It is quite noisy, but that's a part of the experience. Good selection of wines and cocktails. Very down to earth and welcoming athmosphere."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "A mediocre meal where several of the dishes (side of cauliflower and roasted chicken) were way too salty."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Great and attentive service. The food is above average with some twist and flavoring of some traditional dishes while the dessert is really unexpectedly ordinary. The price is quite high for the quality and amount of food. The best that we ordered was the seared scallop. We could have skipped the steak. For this reason, I reserve my recommendation"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Yummy food, excellent service, but limited menu and VERY noisy."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "What an awesome dining experience at Marlowe! Everything we ordered was one amazing bite after another. Deviled Eggs - lovely presentation with an added bonus of melted provolone and a special hint of heat. Burratta - just melted in your mouth Polenta - definitely the best thing we ate. So simple - yet so rich and flavorful. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "Marlowe's was a nice surprise, directly across the street from the CalTrain station on Hamilton. The atmosphere was welcoming, the food was great, and the service was good. We started with the brussels sprout chips which were a little on the greasy side, but oh, so good. The mushroom polenta was exceptional. I'd definitely order that again. And, the chocolate dessert was heavenly. The place was lively, esp. for a Tuesday evening. My only complaints were that the tables were too close together, so much so that we had to move our table anytime someone from a neighboring table needed to get out. Also, they asked us to pay up and leave because they needed our table for the next customers. They were polite about it though."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "Whenever anyone asks for a recommendation for a restaurant near AT&T Park Marlowe is always my first choice. The ambiance is hip, the service is great and the food is outstanding!! That being said, it is loud, and it is small so I wouldn't bring a big group or your grandmother here :) Get the brussel sprout chips and the burger, but anything you pick will be delicious. Happy Dinning!"
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "We arrived early, but the hostess was able to seat us at our table, and to offer us the bar menu until dinner became available. We began with the Little Gem salad-- bright and delightful, as well as beautiful-- and the Steak Tartare -- silky and full of flavor!--paired with the Brussel Sprout chips--surprisingly indulgent, not the hippie health food offering it might seem. So pleased by the small dishes, we went on to try the mushroom soup-- a decadent, earthy brew, with a texture like chocolate pudding-- and the cheesy cauliflower, probably great in a different pairing. We ended by splitting the scallop entree, which was perfect, and two desserts! Not a cheap meal, not should it be, for the craftsmanship shown! Flawless service to boot!"
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "I was not impressed with this restaurant at all. Everything from ambience to food was mediocre"
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "Tried the chicken sandwich, it was really flavorful and the french fries were cooked perfect! Other people in my party tried the burger and lamb sandwich both of them thoroughly enjoyed!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Delicious lunch, not rushed by wait staff. Resposive to requests. Both my client and I were quite happy."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "my husband & I love marlowe - such a gem & solid food!"
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "Unfortunately the noise level in the restaurant put a damper on our dining experience. We were two couples and having a conversation amoung all four of us was impossible. The room is very small and the tables are crammed together. The room is dimly lit to the point that I couldn't discern the food on my plate. I didn't care for the little gem salad. It was served at room temperature and there was a sour flavor to it. The pork chop dish was good, very flavorful. Everyone at the table seemed to enjoy their food and said it was very good but not great. We skipped dessert as one in our party was getting a headache from the noise. So it is a mixed review - but bottom line is I won't be back because of the atmosphere."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Very small place. You meet the people sitting by you. Not very noisy though. Buratta is yummy. The grill prawns came really crispy and charred with spicy sauce and they were delicious. The cream pie was too sweet for me and I don't really care for salt with my chocolate. Polenta dish was very good. Brussel sprouts were advertised as chips but weren't very crunchy. Menu isn't very big so I don't know if I would go back but it is definitely worth a first time."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "I've been to Marlowe several times over the last two years and it has been consistently excellent every time. The chicken is without question the best restaurant chicken dish I've ever had - it's the only place I ever order chicken. I don't know how they do the brussel sprout chips but they are incredible. My only complaints are that the wine list is limited and not as well conceived as the menu, and the chairs are not that comfortable. The kitchen also doesn't do much with dessert, so don't expect much after what is otherwise a great meal."
    Dined on 1/27/2014
  • "But wish the old burrata dish were back, don't love the new one with grapefruit!"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Some what limited menu in this small restaurant, but everything on it is prepared and served beautifully. The scene is kind of a relaxed, with lot of patrons appearing to be from the high-tech world. We will be back."
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "Restaurant slightly hard to find. Safeway has a parking garage that will validate for an hour if you make a purchase. Otherwise, street parking is available (metered of course). $.25/hr between 6-10pm. Perfect for dinner. Limited seating. Not good for groups. They have a bench like table with an awkward support beam in the middle. Makes it hard to see the person in front of you. Nice ambience. Ok for a romantic dinner. They have candles on the tables. Their idea of coat rack makes it hard to retrieve after your dinner."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We've dined at Marlowe 3 times in the past 3 years and each time the food and service were excellent. Don't miss the Brussel sprout chips. We brought foodie friends from Menlo Park and they loved it. No cocktails but the wine list -- and option to order carafes -- worked out perfectly."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "I live in SOMA/Mission Bay and this is my go to place when friends from outside the City come to visit. Great food, cute ambiance and of course reasonably priced! It also doesn't hurt that desserts were yummy! Overall great experience."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Two words: brusells sprout chips. Ok, three words. And maybe cheeseburger. Ok, four words: brusells sprout chips cheeseburger. Wait! cauliflower side dish. Alright eight words: brusells sprout chips cheeseburger cauliflower side dish. That's it."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "I had only been here for lunch and was pleasantly surprised by dinner! We went here following the Top 100 Things to Eat/Drink in the City article. We got the famous brussel sprouts chips - good, but nothing you couldn't make at home. For entrees, we got the polenta (amazing, but rich. A little too much butter for my like, but very good!) and the pork chop. This portion was HUGE, and delicious."
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "The appetizers and dessert -delicious! We shared a plate if pistachios, Brussels chips, and the incredible hard boiled eggs!!! We were scared to think how delicious the highly recommend chicken dish would be. Unfortunately, the amount of salt in the dish made it hardly palatable. If in the area again, we'd go back but not for the chicken."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "The appetizer, a duo presentation of ahi tuna, was bland and uninteresting but my main course, fresh cod with squid bits, was excellent and better than I've had in many fancier places. Desert, a fruit crumble, was unoriginal but tasty."
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "Parking was very difficult. They gave our table away. Still, got table. Got the dine about town (@$18 each) and share an app that was costly for something so simple. When asked the servers their recommendations, they couldn't give us their honest opinion bc they didn't like the foods. That was honest but quite surprising. Anyways, the menu made it sound exotic. We each had the little gem salad -best meal that we ordered. We split the Marlowe burger which was their signature dish that was ok. Burger came. Meat raw not well. Bun was 2soggy. Shrimp roll was too spicy.No warning. Desserts were both "meh". Choc graham was way too sweet and overly salty. Couldn't eat it. Couldn't taste Panna cotta with drenched with alcohol. Service was slow."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "I'm not sure i would recommend Marlowe. The restaurant was extremely noisy and the food was really just average. You certainly get spoiled eating in San Francisco but there are many other restaurants that do a much better job with both cuisine and ambience.."
    Dined on 1/27/2014
  • "Great spot for dinner, the food is always good, and the ambiance is perfect. Enjoy!"
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Since Marlowe is located in east SF, there's some legitly good sunlight pouring through the windows. It has a mix of small tables and communal benches. Service isn't the warmest (though the actual restaurant is warm, temperature-wise), but their water refills are prompt. The portions seem small, but it's filling. The famous MARLOWE BURGER, served with a side of mixed greens salad or Marlowe fries, is delicious. At $14, it's a juicy patty topped with perfectly melted cheese, slightly sweet onions, bacon, a couple shreds of lettuce, all on top of a smear of horseradish aioli (I abhor horseradish though) in between a lightly toasted ciabatta bun. Our medium-rare was definitely more medium-well-done, which was my only complaint. Still. Delish."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "I heard so much about the marlowe burger. it was a good burger but i was not wow'd. i thought their little gem salad was a burst full of flavor and their cauliflower soup was tasty. the soup was a tad salty but not noticeable when piping hot and more apparent towards the end. overall, it was a good lunch and worth the walk to mission bay."
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "Delicious food. We ordered the Brussels sprout chips, deviled eggs, mussels, beet salad, duck liver toast, pork chops, polenta, chicken and burger. Best dish was the chicken. The service was awesome. The server was very attentive and knowledgable. The only negative was that we were seated at the communal table. It was a little cramped. However we already knew about this. I would recommend coming here again!!"
    Dined on 1/21/2014
  • "If you're looking for a pork chop, steak or any type of meat for that matter, make a reservation."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "One of my favorite places in SF as the food is amazing! Try the burrata starter and the polenta entree. Very accommodating to my numerous allergies as well, very professional and smiling service! Only issue I had with it is I booked for 8:30pm but didn't get seated till 8:55pm. That's really late, it wasn't like 7:30 to 8pm, you know? We were starving. Besides that though, everything was perfect."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "Lot of reviewers say it's the best burger in town. For sure it's a great one and with fries and aioli sauce its a pretty good deal at $14. Certainly much better burger and better price than UMAMI down the street. We luckily got a table kind of by itself - I think there is only 1 there. Have been here before and don't like sitting next to people we don't know because the tables are very close together. Diet Cola (not Coke) was pricey at $4.00. Malbec was pricey at $10 a pour. Spiced Shrimp appetizer was very good but again for $14 for 5 of them they were pricey. Polenta was too creamy for our taste. Cauliflower side was excellent."
    Dined on 1/12/2014
  • "This is definitely nothing special.So much hype about it but just OK."
    Dined on 1/10/2014