Left Bank Larkspur

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$30 and under
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French
Left Bank is an authentic Parisian-style brasserie known for simple, seasonally-changing French menus crafted by Chef Roland Passot. At Left Bank, you are sure to capture the true feeling of the Rive Gauche, or the “left bank” in Paris.

Open since 1994, Left Bank is 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.

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TastingTom
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

As good a Salade Nicoise as I have ever had. Pleasant atmosphere. Fairly expensive drinks.

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athomas01
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely day. Sat outside and enjoyed the good food and service.

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Gardeninggal
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

A great neighborhood standby - always consistent, good food and great, cozy ambience.

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vipGeorgiaD
London
15 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Lovely local place with a wide and wonderful French menu. The entrees and cocktails were excellent, I was a little underwhelmed with dessert but had high expectations of a French restaurant. Everyone was very friendly and the ambiance was an authentic French bistro with plenty of local charm. Great spot.

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vipmmmm
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LOVE this place! Tried their Side Car for the very first time! - It was AMAZING! Their French Onion soup is STELLAR! Happy hour is terrific and available in the bar AND on the lovely patio. (Heaters and blankets are available to keep you toasty!) - Wait, there's more!! They have Happy Hour part TWO later in the evening...BONUS! Staff is SO professional and bend over backwards to make their customers happy!

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larkbird
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, food and service excellent, we always enjoy dining there!

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vipmike
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything from seating to service to foo was outstanding. This is quite simply a well-run restaurant.

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vipCharlieschoice
New York Area
67 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely time!

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vipEBBr
San Francisco
69 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Burger Americaine was very good and fries were crispy; onion soup was excellent. Happy hour IPA was tasty, as was gin martini. We had a nice time sitting outside, watching people go by and waiting until our movie was about to start at the Lark.

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Paul
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Seems to have gone downhill a bit. The service was slow, the upholstery worn and torn and the food was not up to the usual. Something has changed recently. Too bad.

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vipDave
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best place in Marin County.
Quality food, excellent service.
Great choice to sit inside or out.
Wonderful, long-time staff.

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vipmike
San Francisco
53 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I've been eating there for decades and it's consistently good.

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Tricia
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fabulous. Left Bank has such a nice environment to dine in and the staff are very attentive. The restaurant was quite busy so a bit noisy, but in a good way. We loved the evening and the people who dined with me had never been there before. It is now on their list. A very enjoyable evening.

Left Bank Larkspur
Responded on March 3, 2020

Thank you so much for your kind words and tremendous review - We are extremely grateful for the opportunity to be of service - Thank you and hope to see you soon !!!!

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Lane
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for a wonderful dinner and evening! We were celebrating our wedding anniversary and your restaurant and ambiance made it extra special. We don't have the opportunity to go out much so it was even more special!

MANY THANKS!!!

Left Bank Larkspur
Responded on March 3, 2020

WE appreciate you spending your special days with us !!! Thank you so much for the kind review and we hope to see you soon !!!

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vipCathyN
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful place for dinner

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Polar
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Service was brusque and unrefined. Otherwise, a good experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were outstanding !

Left Bank Larkspur
Responded on March 3, 2020

Thank you so much for the amazing review - We appreciate you and hope to see you soon !!!!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love sitting outside!

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vipKris
San Francisco
409 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Left Bank is a personal favorite and since they closed most of their Bay Area locations, it's difficult to just drop in as the nearest one is an hour away, so, always a treat for me. Love their mussels with wine and spinach. LB has a definite French flair including some very nice wines and hand crafted cocktails. I recommend it highly!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Service was not as good as usual
Food was good but lyonnaise salad was too much frisée this time
Overall nice dinner!

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vipLapear1
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lunch as usual. Met with an old friend to catch up and had a lovely lunch.

Left Bank Larkspur
Responded on February 27, 2020

Thank you for the grand review - We appreciate your business and hope to be of service again soon !!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Nice outdoor patio

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KateE
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Delightful environment -- really feels like a genuine Parisian bistro. Excellent food and excellent service

Left Bank Larkspur
Responded on February 22, 2020

Thank You so much Kate - We just won Best French restaurant in Marin again !!! we appreciate your kind words tremendously

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CatherineR
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The best mussels in Marin in a lovely setting. Waitstaff is professional and attentive

Left Bank Larkspur
Responded on February 22, 2020

Thank you so much for your kind words - Our staff takes great pride in their profession !!! hope to see you soon !!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentines Day

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Nosher
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Going to Left Bank in Larkspur is a lot cheaper than airfare to Paris - the food is of exceptional quality and menu items are thoughtfully created to please the most discerning palate.

Left Bank Larkspur
Responded on February 22, 2020

Thank you so much for your kind words - Our staff takes great pride in providing exceptional, honest, sincere service - We appreciate you !!!!

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vipronnir
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

We went for Valentine’s Day for their Valentine pre fix. We’d never been before. Honestly...we found our server, a tall thin woman with glasses and blondish hair, very condescending. We were not the oldest people in the room nor the worst dressed by far, but we were spoken to like we’d never dined out before or were senile. The included glass of sparkling wine came in a 3/4 size flute which I’d never seen before. I will say it was one of the best tasting sparkling wines I’d ever had. However, imagine how we felt when we saw that the tables on either side of us received full size glasses with their prix fix. There’s no way I’d say anything as the extra 2 oz was not worth the condescending reply I knew I’d get. As it is, I had to send the crab bisque back as it was unpleasantly fishy. Crab is one of my favorite foods and at 64 years old I’ve had quite a bit. It’s not fishy but sweet. But of course, when I told the server id like to change it for the onion soup because it was fishy, her reply was “you do know it’s crab, right?”. Uh...yeah.
When we were told about the special, ( which I’d already studied online weeks ago when I made my reservation with the required credit card...yes...I’d decided then we’d come based on the menu) she didn’t mention they were already out of both scallops and the filet. The two things we were coming for. So we opted for the substitute rib eye after we were “schooled” about the difference. Really? And while the rib eye and sauce was delicious, it was a bit chewy and more fat content than I’d preferred to have consumed.
So...we might be back...but we noticed a number of cute looking restaurants in Larkspur which we may opt for instead.

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ScotR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is prepared so well and served beautifully. Service is great and it's not as loud as some Bay Area restaurants (we don't go to those places!). We love the french atmosphere and dishes.

Left Bank Larkspur
Responded on February 22, 2020

Thank you for your kind words and great review - We appreciate you and hope to see you soon !!!

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vipReneeS
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the Left Bank in Larkspur! Consistently great food and service and they make the best martinis ever!

Left Bank Larkspur
Responded on February 22, 2020

Thank you so much for your tremendous review - We appreciate you !!! Hope to see you soon !!!

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vipFrankie
San Francisco
140 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

My husband and I and my grandnephew and his wife all went to dinner for Valentine's dinner. We had a lovely time although since the place was packed, service was at first a little slow. But the food came hot and was very good; duck for two of us, steak and scallops for the two others. Nephew's wife was disappointed at the small scoop of ice cream with the chocolate cake and also that it was half-melted when it came, but, the plate was hot for the cake; hard to accomplish both. I think she may not have understood that it was also a gourmet ice cream but that was the only complaint other than that the music was too loud and we had to shout to hear each other.

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vipKaraS
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Although I am a frequent Open Table member, I usually just provide my star ratings for each restaurant and I do not usually write a review. But after tonight, I am compelled to write a post on Open Table. The experience at Left Bank on Valentine's Day was mediocre. We have dined at Left Banks on countless occasions over the years (including Valentine's Day and New Year's Eve) but tonight was extremely underwhelming. The champagne with the prix fixe menu was acceptable but not good. We had to ask the busboy for bread as none was given to us. For my entree, the Yukon gold mashed potatoes were luke warm/almost cold but the filet was cooked perfectly medium rate (as requested). The molten chocolate cake was cold inside - not warm or hot - and the ice cream accompaniment was slightly melted (although the cake was cold inside). And, it was very cold in the restaurant with other diners wearing jackets, coats, etc. at the tables near us. If the temperature was more comfortable, it would have been more inviting and people would have stayed longer and ordered more drinks. Bottom line, the kitchen was obviously under stress for the big holiday and not able to fulfill the customers' needs. I am hesitant to return to Left Bank after all of these years based on the negative experience we had tonight.

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vipParisMelvie
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food1service5ambience4

We were not expecting a fixed price menu with very limited choices. The choices were not particularly appealing. My companion is a vegetarian and had a difficult time finding something to eat.

Service was excellent. Price was high.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic as always. Our favorite restaurant. Staff are wonderful and food is delicious.

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JoyceH
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall very memorable

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vipDaveJ
Sacramento
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quickly seated on Valentine’s Day. Great server and the food was wonderful. First time visit, but will not be the last.

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JDVideo
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Consistently very good food and with great service and atmosphere

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vipfunfoods
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentine’s Day !
Absolutely perfect afternoon lunch !

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vipShoshk
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We were situated in the back room, so the noise level was better than in the big room.

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BarbraV
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic staff, fantastic food, highly recommended.

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vipzepp
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service2ambience5

We had a wonderful time at Happy Hour. Our service was very slow, though, and we had to wave down the water several times.

Left Bank Larkspur
Responded on February 15, 2020

Thanks for the great review and important feedback - Our goal is to provide fast, clean and friendly service. We hear you and are on it. Hope to see you again soon !!!

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