Left Bank Larkspur

4.5
3222 Reviews
$30 and under
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.

Join us in our new parklet, on our patio, or in our beautiful dining room for one of your French to table favorites!
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 3222 people are saying
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service and food!

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SRJohn
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We tried the fondue appetizer for the first time with vegetables too and it was yummy. Both of us had the beef borgignon (sp?). It was VERY good.

MA
MAKFG
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

It’s been over a year and was such a great experience. Thank you for maintaining safety protocols and providing wonderful service.

PB
vipPalmBeachMan
San Francisco
208 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Only quality authentic French cuisine in Marin. Very affordable in pleasant surroundings indoors.

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Nevaeh
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great to be back eating live at the Left Bank again! We have missed everything about the Left Bank. Had a wonderful meal, as usual. Will be back soon!

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vipBurghardt
San Francisco
70 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We've been going to this restaurant for years. I have never had anything that I recall not liking. Today was a business late lunch in he middle of the afternoon. I'm lucky I got my share of the cheese plate. outstanding blue vein that I have to find again. Mussels, simply the best I've ever had. I don't know how they infused them with their wonderful broth. Both of us licked the bowel. Get the sausage plate just for the beet salad. We both took mouthful at the same time and stopped and looked at each other. Again. how did they infuse so much taste into such a simple ingredient? Beginning to end, couldn't have been better. May they last forever, simply outstanding.

DS
DorotheaS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the hostesses to our waitress to the busser they were all fabulous.

The food was as good if not better than ever.

Welcome back

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Lsmoore
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice lunch. We loved the Negronis and steak tartar.

TN
TeresaN
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Server wasn’t knowledgeable about gluten free options

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Father’s Day early celebration. Our server was friendly, attentive and so professional. Delicious food. Loved it.

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ScottD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Left Bank is a place we go for special occasions and to have a meal with a good client. They never disappoint!

BG
vipBritGirl
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great local spot - have been coming here for years and is a favorite for family dinners, getting together with friends, girls nights….

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vipRazorback
San Francisco
219 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food1service3ambience3

I ordered salmon & asked that it be cooked medium rare. When it came, it was well done. I sent it back. When I got it the 2nd time, it was well done. I gave up & ate most of it.
I was with an old friend who lives in Atlanta. He ordered his salmon medium rare also. His came well done, but he decided not to send it back.
It will be a long time before I return to this restaurant, which I once really liked.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Job well done

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SylvieZ
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Left Bank never disappoints. Great food and atmosphere in a lovely setting.

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jinnies
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone is so special and attention to detail is at the top of their list.

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vipHappymaryellem
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again this was a fantastic eating experience. We had the fondue and the salad of the day and two desserts. The service was fantastic the atmosphere was lovely, and we couldn’t of asked for anything more.

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vipJolieW
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food took a long time to be served, service was excellence.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Left Bank. It’s just the right mix of a fun but elevated atmosphere of comfort meets European decadence. From fresh oysters and escargot to beef bourguignon and delicious steak, pork, chicken and prawn meals. They just get the menu right every time. The wine list is excellent and they always offer tasty, unique wines by the glass that usually expose us to wines we’ve never tried. The wait staff is super friendly and yet respectful — they have a non-stuffy very professional staff who knows how to read a table. We loved having Jade as our waitress. This restaurant just gets it right, there’s really nothing like it. Love the Larkspur small town feel, too. There are several well known restaurants right up the street but we always keep coming back to Left Bank. We love that we can bring our leashed older puppy on the outside patio tables — it truly feels like a slice of the Paris cafe atmosphere out there! Inside, there’s a stunning stone fireplace that anchors their gorgeous open air high ceiling decor with lots of window light. Such a beautiful design. The bar is beautiful, light and friendly too. The only thing we don’t like are the TV’s in the bar I wish they’d point them away from the dinner area. This is also an excellent restaurant for all ages and types of gatherings — we see families, date nights, rock bands (!), multigenerational, elderly and young people. It’s so refreshing to have an environment to hang out in that feels like a broad swath of the local community rather than only just catering to the uber wealthy new money youth that has moved into this area. Not that this is terrible, it’s just annoying to have an entire restaurant of people of one generation. Marin is lucky to have Left Bank. Highly recommend!

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vipOpenTable Diner
France
41 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

A nightmare of mediocrity! Pâté came straight from the fridge and had little taste. Frisé salad came with a hard boiled egg on top, croutons factory made and almost no dressing. Wait staff were friendly but oblivious.

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David
Las Vegas
26 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Had a nice sense of being in Paris or Cannes. Food nicely presented

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saras
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious French food in a bistro-like setting. The service was great. Every dish was perfectly cooked and seasoned. I had Steak Fries; the accompanying Roquefort butter was very tasty. This restaurant is a little pricey, but perfect for a fun celebration.

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vip1whoKnows
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

I have been coming here for many years and was a little disappointed with the food this time.
The onion soup was a little watery ( served in a badly chipped bowl) and the steak tartar was tasteless. I needed to add a lot of salt, pepper and tabasco to make it interesting. Although served with a quail egg, the usual sides of chopped onion, capers etc., were missing. Toast tips were dry and hard.
I hope they get back on track !

DD
vipDiningDuo
San Francisco
47 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the food and ambiance were great. The service was exceptional. Our wait person, Nicky, went above and beyond to make our birthday dinner memorable. Left Bank is and will continue to be one of our favorite restaurants.

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vipEagleeye
San Francisco
48 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Left Bank is an excellent choice and one of the success stories through the pandemic. Their menu and wine lists are limited but well done. Their salad nicoise is outstanding as is their trout entree. Their steak cuts are thin and tend to come out overcooked. Profiteroles for dessert are outstanding. The servers here are attentive and top notch.

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Nata
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We liked this restaurant.Food was very tasty.We’ll be back to try something different.

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RandallF
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience1

Food was very good (steak frites, onion soup, mussels), although the calamari could have been more lightly fried, as we've experienced at other Marin restaurants. Wait service was fine, although it seemed strange that the busperson insisted that we keep and reuse our forks when clearing our appetizer dishes - not very classy. Seated us right in the open doorway - too cool and breezy. Noise level very high - hard to hear cross-table conversation.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent and the highest recommendation

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Goodeatseverywhere5678901
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently outstanding food and service. Highly recommend.

RB
RebekahB
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outdoor side street sun and breeze with delicious drinks served quickly , fantastic simple easy French classics menu choices and everything we ordered was perfectly delicious and served with care. I could happily dine here everyday.

DD
DanaD
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fabulous food and ambiance. One of my favorite restaurants in the area.

HW
vipHeatherW
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Brunch was great!

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Markpsf
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The positives.

Decent service if not very warm and friendly.
Good sauce for coq au vin.
Great menu selections

The negatives:
Main dish not as described
No fettuccini noodles. Linguine wrong for coq au vin,
One pearl onion.
3 tiny carrots

No real French bread..baguette mediocre…

Good as restaurant
Barely qualifies as authentic French.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For our 44th wedding anniversary we chose the Left Bank for dinner outside. We had a delicious dinner. The wait service was perfect. We weren’t hurried through our courses. We had drinks first: an excellently made Negroni; a shaken Martini of Sapphire gin that arrived with olives or onions on the side. Even though my husband ordered it plain I liked I could steal the olives.
Then we ordered calamari. They were delicious!! Fresh. Not rubbery. A great dipping sauce was the accompaniment.
And again Ryan our server gave us space to just enjoy our appetizer and drinks.
When we ordered our main courses we both agreed that eating at the Left Bank is always good.
We love the town of larkspur. The weather is mild and less windy than other areas. And the LB consistently meets our expectations.
Don’t forget to order dessert! We had a lemon tart and a chocolate bombe that were amazingly delicious. Trust me.

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GerrieY
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy our meals at Left Bank.
Have returned many times!!!!!
It’s our neighborhood special restaurant when we know that it will be what we expect. It never disappoints!!

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vipContent
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Lovely dining outside, food was delicious, wait staff attentive.

JA
vipJAYHJ
San Francisco
48 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Classic French dishes well prepared. Very personable, knowledgeable and accommodating waitstaff. Nice selection of wines. Everything is more expensive after the lockdown, so we just have to get used to it.

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vipRazorback
San Francisco
220 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very good dinner! Great waiter!!

CB
ClaudiaB
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience5

Always love coming here. This time was good but the service was a bit slower than previous times and I had specified it to be a birthday celebration and it was more of a normal lunch. Staff is always great and I will come again

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vipEagleeye
San Francisco
49 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our Memorial Day lunch was great. After well made drinks we had fresh oysters followed by entree’s of trout almandine for me and salad nicoise for my companion. Both great. We finished with a dessert of tasty profiteroles.

We were happy to have Stephanie as our waitress. She is helpful, lovely and very efficient.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Left Bank Larkspur using the Order Online button. Left Bank Larkspur also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Left Bank Larkspur also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 927-3331.

Left Bank Larkspur is rated 4.5 stars by 3222 OpenTable diners.

Left Bank Larkspur does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://leftbanklarkspur.cardfoundry.com.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.