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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Oyster Fête, $1 raw OYSTERS - March 27th-31st, 2020

Oyster Fête, $1 raw oysters during Happy Hour and all day on March 31!

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: March 18, 2020

Ends: April 2, 2020

Availability: Sun-Tue 3:00PM-6:30PM
Fri-Sat 3:00PM-6:30PM

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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.6
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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love sitting outside!

K
San Francisco
403 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

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

L
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Nice outdoor patio

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KE
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 4 days ago

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

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CR
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 4 days ago

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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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentines Day

N
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 4 days ago

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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r
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.

SR
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 4 days ago

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

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RS
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 4 days ago

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

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F
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.

KS
San Francisco
8 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.

PM
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.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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

Overall very memorable

DJ
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.

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

Consistently very good food and with great service and atmosphere

f
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentine’s Day !
Absolutely perfect afternoon lunch !

S
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.

BV
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic staff, fantastic food, highly recommended.

z
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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R
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Left Bank is a reliably good restaurant, and a very good value for the quality of the food. The wait staff are experienced, efficient, and pleasant. It can get noisy, but they have been very helpful in locating us in a quieter spot when requested. We are lucky to have this as a neighborhood restaurant.

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious as always. Mike is an outstanding server.

Left Bank Larkspur
Responded on February 10, 2020

Thank you so much for your kind words - Mike is a true Professional

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JJ
San Francisco
72 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our food was delicious, and the service was excellent. I will be back for sure. It just turned into one of my favorite places. Great menu, good wine, good ambiance.

Left Bank Larkspur
Responded on February 11, 2020

Thank you for your kind words and great review JoJo - we look forward to being of service to you again soon!!!

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C
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sometimes I selfishly avoid writing reviews about my favorite restaurants because I know I am contributing to the increased difficulty getting a table, but honest working people making and serving good food deserve the props. Hands down, Left Bank (Rive Gauche) is my favorite restaurant in Marin - you'd think there would be more good restaurants there but Poggio, Robata and Left Bank are about the only restaurants worth going over the bridge for. Had LB's Mussels Florentine and the Raclette Burger (my husband and I shared them) and they were perfect dishes. We tried the Pear Belle Helene for dessert and I have to say it was just okay. We'll try something else for dessert next time. Anyway, thanks for another delicious meal, Left Bank Larkspur.

LF
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

When we arrived, our guest had already been seated so receptionist could not find our reservation; took a while, fortunately we say where the guest was seated. Felt a bit hurried by the server, got drinks at the bar because we could not benefit from happy hours at the table. Food was good but not great. Had profiteroles for desert but they were OLD and STALE. Hard to hear each-other: worst part of experience was the NOISE.

Left Bank Larkspur
Responded on February 10, 2020

Thank you for your review!!! We appreciate your business and feedback - We hear you and look forward to another opportunity to be of service to you!!!

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I
San Francisco
47 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We have been going to Left Bank for 25 years and have always enjoyed our dining experience.

Left Bank Larkspur
Responded on February 10, 2020

Thank you so much for your continued support - We appreciate you and the entire community - Hope to see you again soon !!!

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l
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a wonderful restaurant. Day manager Yuri is an exceptional gentleman who makes sure everyone is taken care of 100%! Staff is great, food is great, ambience so nice. It's really a joy to have a meal there!

Left Bank Larkspur
Responded on February 10, 2020

Thank you so much - Yuri takes great pride in his work - We like to believe he is the Best Front Man in the county!!!! He is a true professional!!!

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A
San Francisco
55 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Go early before gets too noisy and request a table by the fireplace or sit in the quieter back area. Porcini Mushroom Ravioli is fabulous, Beet Salad very generous & easily shared, Onion Soup is very flavorful, cheesy and served hot, Nicoise Salad w/Ahi tuna can also be easily shared and the House Burger with Raclette Cheese and Bordelaise Sauce very filling and marvelous!

Left Bank Larkspur
Responded on February 10, 2020

Thank you for your tremendous review - We appreciate you and enjoying serving you - Thanks and hopefully see you again soon!!!!!

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great Larkspur restaurant and the food is fantastic. I wish they rotated the menu more but that is a minor complaint.

Left Bank Larkspur
Responded on February 10, 2020

Thank you for your tremendous review - We appreciate serving you - Be on the look out for some new amazing items over the next couple months !!!! Thank you !!!!!

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OT
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Tables are too close together. You can hear the entire conversation of neighboring tables.

Left Bank Larkspur
Responded on February 11, 2020

Thanks for the great feedback - we are always trying to make the guests experience nicer - we hear you and will do our best !!!

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RC
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was quite delicious. Service excellent.
Unfortunately, we were rushed with another commitment and could not have a more relaxed, lingering dinner. But it was very tasty food.

S
San Francisco
51 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

We arrived, along with with many others, from an event at Lark Theater which had just ended. It was a bit of a madhouse, but things sorted out eventually. The restaurant was so busy that they temporarily ran out of clean cutlery! As always, our food was excellently prepared and presented. We love the Left Bank, in Paris and in Larkspur...aren't we lucky that Larkspur is an 8 minute drive from our house!

JH
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent !

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j
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I chose Left Bank for my birthday dinner as I knew it would be wonderful. Although I briefly scanned the menu, I knew I would order mussels and frites. The mussels are always amazingly plump and delicious, the frites addictive. My husband enjoyed the short rib and we both ordered the bib lettuce salad. We should have shared a salad - it’s quite a large serving. Although the room was filled, the noise level was comfortable. A lovely evening!

JM
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kara is the best! She is a professional who anticipates our every need and she takes care to see that all is exactly what we expect. She goes above and beyond and all with a smile!
She is a 10!!

D
San Francisco
52 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great place to have a relaxing meal and drink in Larkspur.
When I checked in early I requested a seat outside on their patio. I then took a seat at the beautiful bar. The bartender was prompt and friendly; I had a lovely wait.
I was led outside to my table by a gracious host and we chatted for a while and I got a restaurant recommendation for an upcoming trip. The waiter was also very friendly and made sure that I wasn't rushed during my long brunch. From the wine, to the salad, and on to my entree, everything was great and wonderfully paced.
I had a Sancerre, green salad (beautiful butter lettuce and tasty dressing), and very nice lamb sandwich (perfectly done and built).
I couldn't have had a better afternoon.

N
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Had a very nice Sunday brunch outside on the sidewalk. With an overhead heater, it was just fine. Service was excellent; food was very tasty.