451 Gough Street
San Francisco, CA 94102Neighborhood:
Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
FrenchPrice: $30 and under
- Dining Style: Casual Dining
- Website: http://www.monsieurbenjamin.com/
- Phone: (415) 403-2233
- Hours of Operation:
Dinner: M-Su 5:00pm-1:00am
COMING SOON: Weekend Lunch: Sa-Su 11:00am-2:30pm
- Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: French
- Executive Chef: Jason Berthold
- Dress Code: Casual Dress
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
- Private Party Facilities: For groups of 9 or more, Monsieur Benjamin offers group dining in the main dining room in a semi-private setting.
- Private Party Contact: Kathryn Douglass 4156854860
A word from Monsieur Benjamin
Monsieur Benjamin is a modern restaurant and bar in San Francisco’s Hayes Valley, inspired by the great Parisian bistro culture and traditions of French cooking.Continued
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- Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
- Diners' Choice WinnerLate Night Find
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Monsieur Benjamin reviews from OpenTable diners
390 reviews since July 28, 2014
- Ambiance4.1Noise LevelEnergetic
fit for foodies (280)neighborhood gem (201)hot spot (179)special occasion (133)late-night find (100)notable wine list (78)good for groups (64)romantic (56)vibrant bar scene (42)great for outdoor dining (24)scenic view (5)great for brunch (4)great for lunch (3)kid-friendly (3)Show More
- Outstanding experience at new, Monsieur Benjamin.JudySueVIPDined on 11/23/2014All aspects of our meal at Monsieur Benjamin was outstanding. The service was attentive and very informed about the food and beverages. The menu choices were unique, or tried and true French favorites with a new twist. Very different, in a very good way, from other restaurants around it. I would highly recommend it.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Carefully prepared food, fussy service.bffnnnDined on 11/21/2014Had dinner with wife. Shared several small plates and hors d'oeuvres. Each was interesting, perfectly prepared and presented. Very satisfying. Had a caramel ice cream with palmieres for dessert. Excellent. Very rich, many textures, and yet not too sweet. Only negative point was the service. Service was too fussy. I turned around to look at the restaurant and four people came by to ask if I needed something. It was unclear who our waiter was — the woman dressed in black, or the man with a white shirt and tattoos. Do you need water? Done with that? Etc. I appreciate attentiveness but less obtrusive. That said I judge a place by its food and less by service. I'd definitely recommend.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- disappointing dinnerdtracVIPDined on 11/21/2014Although the ambiance in this restaurant is very pleasant, and the staff extremely attentive, the quality of the food was disappointing. we ordered several small starter plates, which were excellent, but the main courses left much to be desired. the atlantic char, although a bit over-conceived, was very good, but the french dip sandwich tried too hard, adding to the excellent beef both gruyere and horseradish, and the flounder was virtually inedible, having been smothered with tarragon, which had not been mentioned in the menu description of the dish. Nothing wrong with tarragon, but I got the impression it had been overdone in order to hide the complete tastelessness of the flounder. All in all, a pleasant but disappointing experience, and not worth the price.
- C'est la vie.OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIPDined on 11/21/2014A wonderful new addition to the Hayes Valley dining scene. We were served a perfect martini and bourbon old fashion. The wine list is extensive and the wines by-the-glass are superb. Both of our entrees were well prepared. The lemon tart dessert was great. Service is friendly with just the right balance of formality. We will be back.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great RestaurantAndyDined on 11/20/2014No, I wouldn't say it is cheap, but it is reasonable price for a special occasion and cheap compare to some crazy bistro places. However, our dinner was outstanding, food, service, cocktail, everything. This is my second time there, was a little afraid that it's not possible to be as good as the open house, but they prove me wrong. Definitely a super awesome place! My friend actually state it as the best restaurant they have so far in Bay Area. :)Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIPDined on 11/20/2014Reasonably priced. One of the best squab dish I've ever had!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2006Dined on 11/18/2014I have eaten here a number of times since their opening and the food is consistently good. One of my very favorite spots for pre-theater dining or just a nice French meal.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIPDined on 11/13/2014The modern bistro look is interesting in that you can watch the kitchen crew at work from almost anywhere. The menu is unique. The camembert beignets and the duck confit and sausage were stand outs, as was the hazelnut dessert. The wine list is eclectic and well-selected. Service was attentive considering that it was pre-concert and very active. Food-wise, this is one of the best in Hayes Valley.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- eatenbutnotforgotten1Dined on 11/10/2014i had read so many mixed reviews and did not know what to expect. I am a fan from here on out. the service the cocktails, the wine selection were great. I have traveled all over france every year and the food reminded me of the regional flavorsSpecial Features:
- Good food and wineOpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 11/8/2014It has been really hard to get a table here. The food was really good, I was here with a pick eater and we were able to accommodate her needs. Good sea food. The mussels were outstanding.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great French BistroTracyLDined on 11/8/2014Great bistro food and atmosphere. Attentive service for a relaxing place. We love the food especially the duck confit and the chicken soup. Hopefully they will switch out their menu seasonally. We would definitely come back.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- don't do monsieur benjamindavidgDined on 11/6/2014Had a 9PM reservation. Ordered the only salad on the menu and sea bass. Apparently they had sold out of salad. To get something green in the meal, requested the horicots verdes that were the side dish of a different entrée in lieu of salad. Waitress returned to say that would be impossible. Waited 45 minutes for the meal. The sea bass was good. The rest was mediocre. I would not go back to a restaurant that can't get good meals out of its kitchen.
- Major disappoinmentljseVIPDined on 11/6/2014For the money, M. Benjamin should do better. Costco's rotisserie chicken has more flavor.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Pleasing new experienceVickiDined on 11/4/2014Delicious beet side; arctic char over harts vericort absolutely lovely, as was the blanquette de veau. Good wines-by-the-glass selection. Service could be spiffier (cheerier, more attentive/interested) for this premiere venue.Special Features:
- before SFOOpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 11/1/2014Good food, reasonable service, a bit loud, crowded tablesSpecial Features:
- Appetizer TastingbsilkieDined on 11/1/2014Three of us made dinner of appetizers: Butter lettuce salad, camembert beignets, sweetbreads, beef tongue dijonnaise, frogs legs, steak tartar, dry martinis and a nice selection of wines by the glass. Salad was huge, steak tartar was nicely seasoned with raw quail eggs (I think). The person who had the beef tongue didn't think the sauce was a match for the tongue and thought the sweetbreads were slightly overcooked. I'd go back again.Special Features:
- Wait staff needs to step it upOpenTable Diner Since 2012VIPDined on 10/31/2014Good food. A bit pricey...we ordered small plates--great portion size, tasty and worth the extra few dollars. The wait staff were not on top of things --we ordered 6 dishes and specified when we would like them in order. Oysters first, wings and mussels with a potato gratin side served together, followed by a salad --then we would see about a cheese course--no cheese course available --that surprised me! We waited 15 minutes to get our second course of food without the gratin---I alerted the waitperson and she said " I thought you wanted the gratin with the salad --well a waitperson should know that makes no sense! We had them remove from the order had our Salad and then waited another 15 minutes for our dessert! Not acceptable!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- FoodDined on 10/31/2014Food was very special - every dish was a treat! The staff were very helpful with suggestions.Special Features:
- tres bonOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 10/30/2014This restaurant truly is a neighborhood gem with such stellar French cuisine to be enjoyed in this retro part of San Francisco. It is open late, which is exactly what opera-goers need for that late night dinner.Special Features:
- Great Food/ No where to waitmlmlVIPDined on 10/30/2014Food is delicious! However, don't get there too early for a drink before dinner. There is only a very low bar area to stand while you wait, and it's right in the area where servers pick up drinks for the tables. It's crammed and awkward :( However, they WILL seat you before your whole party arrives so it's possible to wait at your table with a drink if your table is ready.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Operabuff1Dined on 10/30/2014They have done a great job designing the restaurant. The view to the kitchen or out the windows are both good. The menu is creative and fresh. I do wish they would chose others herbs than tarragon the flavor dishes. I prefer my butter lettuce without it. The fogs legs would be better sauted. The quail is fantastic! The artic char is fantastic and the Puilly fume is beautiful to drink!Special Features:
- good pre and post opera spotMartinigirlVIPDined on 10/30/2014Service was great, very attentive and welcoming staff. Food was good. Steak and frittes were very nice and meat was lean, tender and just prepared to perfection. Frog legs were good, a little too much crusty coating for me. But the flavor was nice. Definitely going back to try other dishes. Love that they are open til 1!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- New Kid on the BlockChesterVIPDined on 10/29/2014Only been there for 3 months so maybe the adjustment time has not past. Found the service disjointed, the food............... OK (rich & ambitious), and prices very high. No bread and a 40 minute wait to see anything edible on the table. My wishes and expectations were high as well. I have lots of music tickets...... so a new place to dine in the area was very exciting and the disappointment equally high.
- Fine new placerobertcommandayDined on 10/29/2014Excellent dining, easy, soft music, open layout not private but separate setups. It's already well attended.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Mon. BenjaminFoodMavenVIPDined on 10/29/2014We dined at Mon. B this past Wed Our server was extremely pleasant and attentive throughout the meal. The food was another matter. I ordered tartare and it was different than any other steak tartare I have had. It had all the usual ingredients plus a few extras, but lacked any punch. My wife had the four large prawns. They were quite good as was the house made cocktail sauce. My entree of Med. Sea Bass was just food. It was completely lacking in any discernible flavor. I add salt to no avail. My wife had the pork rib. It was ham with a bone attached with some small apple diced along side. Her sauce was slightly more flavorful than mine, but certainly not memorable. Too expensive for bland food.
- Bistro at its finestZuzu427VIPDined on 10/27/2014We were in SF for a long weekend get away and was delighted to find Monsieur Benjamin. The menu selection is varied and we had a hard time choosing because we were enticed by so many menu choices. The small plates are fantastic because it gives you the opportunity to sample the chefs talented creations. Would definitely return to try other selections!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Good but pricey. Service excellentOpenTable Diner Since 2006VIPDined on 10/25/2014Probably won't be back. Corkage was very high and the bill too expensive for the overall experience. We lucked out and got a great parking spot, a great table and a great server so will most likely quit while we're ahead. SF just has better restaurants for the money. Two comments to the restaurant. One of your bartenders who was serving a lot of food had one of the bushiest beards I've ever seen. Really not appropriate for food service. Also, on the way out the door I complimented the service to the manager and his response was "oh yes, Mary (female server don't remember her name) is very sweet". I don't equate a server who has a "sweet" disposition with necessarily being good at their job. "Mary's" service was outstanding because she was attentive without hovering, was knowledgeable about the menu and gave great recommendations, timed our various courses well, and was very gracious. His comment was a small thing...but really?Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Fantastic Civic Center diningcnalscVIPDined on 10/25/2014We reserved a pre-performance meal after reading a very complimentary review. The review was fully justified. The room has a bistro feel and smells delightfully of garlic. We received a warm welcome and the service was friendly and correct. The wine list has some great options. Everything we had to eat was absolutely fantastic, from the picholine olives, camembert beignets, perfect butter lettuce salad, roast chicken, and Mediterranean sea bass to the palmier ice cream. This restaurant will give all the other restaurants in the Civic Center area a run for their money. An absolutely fabulous dining experience!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIPDined on 10/24/2014great food - needs to get rid of 'rap music' and add 1/2 bottles of wine.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great before show diningJenSFVIPDined on 10/23/2014Made a reservation here before the opera and Monsieur Benjamin delivered on every count. Seated right away at a great table by the window. Server not rushing us, but conscious of the time we had to leave, which she asked us right away; friendly and knowledgeable about the menu. Food was delicious and different, camembert beignets with mushroom powder-need I say more? But I could because everything was great and a mix of choices. My husband had the French Dip and said it was great; I had the ribs, also really good. Usually only give 4 stars even for someplace really good, but MB nailed it on all counts and was exactly what and who they should be for their location and how they present and market themselves. Bravo!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- New restaurant in Hayes ValleyeffieDined on 10/22/2014What a delightful and tasty treat awaited us! Design was striking, food was tasty and beautifully prepared and the ambience very upbeat. Great addition to the pre-symphony or ballet dining options.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- MBOpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 10/22/2014The servers were nice although seemed everyone pitched in. The food was very good although my gravy for my artic char was cold and I wondered if the two atlantic char from the couple next to me which was sent back (because it came "with their appetizer) was given to me. My real only complaint was that when we got there they asked if going to a show - it was 6 p.m. and the show was 7:30 and they said well just so you know you can only keep the table for an hour because we have others coming in. The table 2 down from us was finished withtheir food at 6 p.m. and they did not leave until 7:15 p.m. so that kind of annoyed me (we left a 7:15 as well.Special Features:
- Hayes Valley GemdawnmkVIPDined on 10/21/2014Classic French food with a modern twist. Best escargot I've ever eaten!Special Features:
- Walked outgalestormVIPDined on 10/21/2014Playing rap music, loud. I asked if they played different kinds of music and they answered "we plan all kinds," but it didn't change for 4 songs. Most items on menu $30 without seeming inventive enough to be interesting. Music drove us out before we even ordered.
- NicemccalmoVIPDined on 10/20/2014We had excellent food. Butter lettuces followed by char. One of the best two or three options in Hayes Valley.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- relaxed and classy placemabesfVIPDined on 10/20/2014the biggest surprise to me was how the spacious restaurant made me forget I was dining at one of the most popular (at least for now) restaurants in SF. most hot spots are loud and crammed with people either because the space is small, the music is blasting, or you have people hovering over communal places and spilling over from bars. MB had none of that, and delicious food in small(er) portions - just the way the French would. someone else will talk about the food but the clear winner was the ice cream.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- DinerVIPDined on 10/20/2014I don't care how many stars Corey Lee gets from Michelin or Bauer. Came here to enjoy some small plates, and 4 of the 7 dishes we ordered were completely disappointing. The highlights were the Oeufs, the Potato Artichoke Gratin, and the Butter Leaf Lettuce--but then how can you ruin butter leaf lettuce? The Steak Tartare tasted like wallpaper paste; the Beignets tasted like cardboard; the Croquette tasted like Tater Tots; and the Liver Mousse was overwhelmed by the taste of onion--completely devoid of any taste of liver mousse at all. When we told the hostess that it tasted like onion dip, she said that's what it's supposed to taste like. Then just serve onion dip and don't bother with the liver at all.
- Hated it.OpenTable Diner Since 2005Dined on 10/19/2014Every dish was carefully crafted for maximum profit, perhaps the most French characteristic of the restaurant. Some of the food was actually horrible-inedible.
- sophisticated French diningrshorensVIPDined on 10/19/2014We wanted to try this new restaurant in the Civic center area. Modern, open décor. Great bread. Menu choices were excellent variety. I had blanquette de veau which was delicately flavored and tender. My husband had duck breast confit. Portions were ample, and we will definitely return to sample other items. A great addition to the dining scene for lovers of opera, jazz, ballet, and symphony!Special Features:
- Average BenjaminDutchman2Dined on 10/19/2014The restaurant was more than half full when we arrived for our 5:30 reservation. Food and wine was average. Ordered French dip, tasteless, hardly any meat. Reminded me of a Subway sandwich! Cocktail tasted water down. Noise level was building as we finished! One waitress very helpful, the second had an attitude. I don't know what the fuss is about?! Cafe Claude much better atmosphere and food! Not interested in going back too soon. Might try the burger; always looking for a french burger.mSpecial Features: