Left Bank Larkspur

4.6
3136 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.
Due to Covid regulations we won't be able to provide with indoor or outdoor service until January 4th but will happily offer take out in person or by phone also delivery is available through Doordash and Ubereats
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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

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Mother's Day Menus & Specials

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Starting May 9, 2021

Treat the special mama in your life to Left Bank this Mother's Day! We’re serving our regular Brunch menu, along with our Spring-inspired menu addition, from open until 3 PM. We’re also serving a spectacular 4 Course Prix Fixe for $88 all day, featuring only the best for mom!

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vipMspiggy
New York Area
194 reviews
Dined 11 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a treat !

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PamelaH
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Always a tried and true. And the martinis never disappoint

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SylvieZ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I love dining out on the terrace at Left Bank, it makes me feel like I am in France.

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vipMspiggy
New York Area
195 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great spot traditional semi French cuisine : beautiful setting in downtown Latkspur 🫐 and welcoming caring staff

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vipIsidoropatoruzu
New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

This is a French bistrot as it exists in your imagination and not so easy to find in France anymore, from the ambience and the menu to the food, which was a great example of the genre. Every component of the steak frites was perfect, and so was the trout almandine. The only drawback was the time it took for the waiter to come to take our drink orders, but the service was friendly and timely from there on. So, good to get in the right mood and keep the American impatience at bay. It's not cheap but worth every penny.

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vipGregP
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorites. Steak frites and Profitiroles.

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Gudi
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The French Onion Soup was delicious. I had to have the Pom Fretes, they’re always delicious. I tried a drink that was called the “Bees Knees” and that to was just perfect. The staff was sweet and got our orders correct and to us in no time at all. It was my first time indoors at a restaurant and you made the experience a positive on......I will be back!

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vipLindaL
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience3

We frequent the Santana row often so we ordered are usuals at the Larkspur location. Unfortunately it was not up to par. The old fashion has bud chunks of sugar cubes on the bottom, it was not muddled/dissolved/blended in. The mussels were undercooked and had to be sent back for fully cooked mussels.

We may consider giving it another try since we like the area.

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Willie1
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was very good. We sat inside and were seated and served with friendly staff. Recommend the trout.

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TaraB
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall1food5service1ambience1

I have been a local customer here for several decades, and this last experience was notably disappointing because of the quality of service we received from the host. As always, I made a reservation specifically requesting an outside table. The host abruptly made up a bs excuse and said it didn’t matter that the reservation I had made the week prior was outside, too bad he only had a table for us inside or nothing-we wouldn’t be having lunch there. As I was entertaining a special friend who just recovered from breast cancer, I was very concerned but did not want to make a disturbance and embarrass her. She said it was okay and we sat inside, even though there were many (not one or two) but SEVERAL empty tables outside. The worst part, which prompted this review, is that when I was finished with my lunch and while my friend was still eating, the tables outside that were directly in our view had remained empty the entire time and the host had the audacity to come up to the table and ask if we wanted to go sit at one of those tables. Excuse me....no thank you. We were just finishing our meals and it felt totally unthoughtful and plain old crazy for the host to try and backpedal now.

Again, I made a reservation a week prior for an outside table and he rudely and with no graciousness did not recognize or care about this fact. So now I’ll be going somewhere else to entertain and meet my friends at lunch. Really disappointing service, and the handling of the table seating situation was poorly executed with little tact or consideration.

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NancyT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One guest loved your lamb sandwich from the past. With the new menu, it appears this is no longer available. I know if you do bring it back, one person would be very happy!!

Everything was wonderful and it was the first time for the six of us to meet and eat together in more than a year.

Thank you.

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Dano
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience5

We somewhat regularly go here for events and dinners. This dinner was our 36th wedding aniversary and my wife grew up in Marin and we have lived in the Ross Valley for 32 years.
We know the Left Bank is consistently excellent an an awesome go to in Marin. The server was very good overall. DF

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vipIvanH
San Francisco
50 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We have dined at The Left Bank since 1995 and have always enjoy very good dining. The food and surrounding are excellent. Ivan

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vipCSdiner
San Francisco
85 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Left Bank has done a great job creating a safe and easy parklet on the side street of their restaurant. It was built up along the street and it is decorated like a cable car. The food has been excellent and the service top notch.
I would always recommend this restaurant to anyone.

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KathrynG
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Love their onion soup... smaller menu now due to Covid, but that could change.

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Beth
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great place to have a leisurely lunch. Wait staff was very attentive and Yisby was so pleasant.

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vipLinSR
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Delicious always! Great service & a fun place to enjoy our meals.

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MichaelM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Very passionate and honest staff in terms what wines and dishes they like...always appreciate knowing what the waitstaff thinks!

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OpenTable Diner
France
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Very poor service, food quality deteriorated since 2019. Noisy. So sad. I used to love this place!

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vipTimothyM
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and even better service!

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Ellev
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was great to be back at one of our favorite spots. Food was reliably excellent an liked that they've freshened and added to their standard menu. Service was attentive and warm even though the place was full and appeared to be short-staffed. Try the new lamb dish!

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TaraB
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Host packed the dining room with customers and left tables outside infilled regardless of guest request. Also, no mask enforcement of diners who got up maskless from tables to answer phone calls or use restroom. My guest and I felt very unsafe eating lunch at this establishment last week.

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bobc
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

very solid French food in bistro atmosphere.
Sunny day outside.
Paris without the jet lag

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Sundlower
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food & most importantly great service! The salad niçoise & French fries is the most fun meal and champagne to wash it all down...excellent!

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Vane
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and meal!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I needed home cooking tonight. A warm culinary hug. I got it with the Beef Bourginon. It’s a pricey meal, but worth every penny! Delicious! This is my go-to single gal patio. Love it!

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vippamif
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Lovely as usual. Very diligent about Covid regulations and server was attentive. Always have the mussels, which I love here.

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vipDori328
Sacramento
19 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a charcuterie plate to die for, good wine as well as a delicious pasta dish for myself and a lovely sausage dish for my partner. Highly recommended!!!

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Jannie
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall3food2service1ambience4

While the food was marginal (cheese plate just okay, truffle fries excellent) the service was not what it used to be. Maybe busy? Maybe rusty? I will give Left Bank one more try and judge from here.

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vipEuphorbia
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another wonderful meal at Left Bank. Sitting outside on an early earning with the space heaters on, enjoying a glass of wine and steak tartare while reading a book, is a treat. Great service, ambiance, and of course, food!

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vipDianeandJim
San Francisco
79 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was lovely to eat inside, with lots of space between the tables. It was our anniversary, and they gave us a yummy profiteroles as a gift. Unfortunately the staff does not speak French, and our waitress did not know the meaning of a word on the menu describing one of the entrees. However most of the menu items were listed with their French names, and I understood them.

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vipYummy
San Francisco
202 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great location for a weekend brunch. Very fresh raw oysters and authentic escargot with a mini wam baguette to soak up the wonderful buttery garlic sauce. The quiche had great flavor and was light and fluffy. However, it was suppose to have crab and spinach, but couldn’t taste any crab in the quiche.

Service was excellent!

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NatalieC
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience2

As always, the food at Leftbank was delicious. I had the Trout Almondine and my husband ordered the mussels. The escargot was fantastic! Unfortunately, we were seated in the back room and the lighting was just terrible. Our server was able to turn down the dimmer switch a bit, but it was still too bright and certainly unflattering. Do not take a first date to Leftbank if they seat you in the back room. Ha!
However, the live music was very nice. I believe it is every Friday. It would be super if Leftbank could continue with the music after the band leaves. Maybe a Parisian Lounge type genre, or light jazz.

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vipRazorback
San Francisco
215 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good meal, service, etc.

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LuluGem
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Salad Nicoise in Marin! Absolutely delicious. Everything we ordered was terrific. Our server was friendly and attentive. And to round off our experience, a lovely dog was allowed to lay quietly under the next table. Paris in Larkspur!

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AngelaM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fun Lunch! Delicious Food and high Service Level. We sat outside and it was a bit chilly as we were in the shade. Heaters were there but not turned on is my only question?

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Peter
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience3

We have been long time customers and this was our first meal out since the outbreak of the pandemic. We did not expect it to be business as before - and it wasn't. Service was by a "tag team" method; it seemed like we had a half dozen different servers working our table. The steak Tartare and the French onion soup were excellent, The shrimp Provencale much less so. Bottled beers only; a living wage SURcharge; $6.00 charge for a plate of stale tasting breads with butter and Maldon salt - and a $120 tab for lunch for two (with 2 beers, a glass of kir and 2 double espressos). I think I'will wait for the pandemic to pass before returning.

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vipAnna
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Super delicious salmon! Outdoor seating is nice - but we got the Magnolia side on the day it seemed ALL the trucks were delivering? We had to stop and repeat a number of times. It's not always like that. I tried 2 times to get the artisan bread basket and it never came. Ah well, we had a great time and I would def go back!

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vipSuzy641
San Francisco
56 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Looked as if help was sparse on Monday night, but the gentlemen covered the main room admirably. I hadn't had the sausage before--loved it, but, Of Course-a specialty of the House! We are Corte Madera Residents who come frequently to the restaurant and we are proud of the job you've done during the Pandemic. Thank You!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Restaurant has gone down hill

French food not really french

Wood tables no table clothes
Defíneles not the left bank of the past

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 4.6 stars by 3136 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.