Left Bank Larkspur

4.5
3472 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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  • Bonne Saint Valentin-Happy Valentine's Day!

    $85.00 per person

    Feb 12 - Feb 14, 2022

    French is the language of love, and Left Bank speaks it fluently! Celebrate amour with unforgettable menus, designed to awaken your inner romantic. Open for regular hours on the holiday, serving our regular menus, plus a Valentine's Day-inspired 4 Course Prix Fixe for $85 per person, available after 4 pm. Wine pairings, hand-selected by our Wine Director and Sommelier, will also be available with each course for an additional $30 per person. For those of you celebrating over the weekend, the Valentine's Day Prix Fixe will also be available after 4 pm on Saturday, February 12th and Sunday, February 13th, in addition to our regular menus. Reserve your table today!

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 3472 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. Was first visit . Shall definitely go back !!

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vipBill
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall2food2service1ambience4

It took 20 minutes after we were seated for anyone to come to our table and take our drink orders, another 10 for someone to show up to ask about our food order, then 30 minutes for the appetizer to arrive and another 30 for the main courses Though i9t was obvious they were short-staffed, no one ever cam to our table to apologize or explain. Wee have been to The Left Bank numerous times over the past 20 years and this was our worst experience

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We had a horrible time. Our server was terrible. Not her fault, she wasn’t trained properly. Food was awful. Chef was rude. Cold bread for $5. We spend time at many restaurants and both my husband and myself have worked or work in 3 star Michelin restaurant. I would never insult or treat a table the way we were treated. Almost $500 and terrible food and staff.

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PamelaH
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good!

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Lucylocket1
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience2

Great food. Fairly expensive. Service was not that friendly and had to keep asking for water. Then before we finished dining several servers were sitting at a nearby table chatting loudly and folding napkins.

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JamesC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We've been going here for years. Great for a dinner with my family, menu has contracted a bit over the recent time period, but there is something for most tastes if you like French Bistro food. There is good outdoor seating on the verandah for the Covid concious altho somewhat close together.

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vipjohnbwisr
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food5service1ambience2

The Food was excellent as always. The service was not as good as usual--for several reasons. We couldn't get a table near the fireplace, even though one was available the entire time we were there. Despite our reservation, we had a reception from the person seating us as though everything as a bother for her. The person taking our order was friendly and well-intended, but seemed to struggle taking our order, and when it was (slightly) incorrect, seemed to insist that we had not communicated. Worst of all, the service people clearing the tables are so intent on clearing the tables that 1) they were taking unfinished food out from under our faces, 2) seemed annoyed when one of us stopped them, and 3) didn't let us have a pathway to get out of our booth when leaving because they dove into the table to remove the rest of the dishes before we could hardly stand on our feet! We really like this place, but hope that the service providers can find a way (or that management/supervisors can give them the needed support) to be less stressed and more cheerful and relaxed when serving customers.

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vipMatt
San Francisco
60 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great restaurant. They are wonderful at working through the Covid protocols in Marin. Great great food. Never disappoints. The STAFF IS OUTSTANDING. They are working through a wave of rules, variants and STILL they make the guests feel comfortable and quickly attended to.

Love this place!!

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Ducoyou
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Thé Boullaise for $33.00 was absolutely awful, tasted as if they had opened a can of Campbell tomato soup, added an equal amount of water and threw in a handful of clams and mussels plus a piece of unknown fish. Yuck. Plus it was served with two little slices of dried sourdough that so hard, they were inedible.
Trout Almondine was nothing but a small unboned filet of trout with a small bunch of wilted green beans on top. French onion soup was okay but certainly not worth $11.00. Service was fine. Other location in Santana Row Santa Clara is not much better.

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foodie
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We sat outdoors by choice. Street noise and wind not fun but heat lamps really helped. I will return.

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Linda
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Lunch took over 2 hours due to lack of help.

Otherwise, it was a good experience.

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vipUBtheGreat
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals we have had for a long time. The service was excellent and the food was delicious. Definitely a keeper and a return engagement!

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vipGeorgene
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We can hardly wait until they open their restaurant in Tiburon!

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vipDano
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2022
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Something has happened at Left Bank and it is NOT positive. It still has its charm but service and food quality have suffered. Maybe because it was a lunch on Monday ? This restaurant has been a go to when entertaining But No More. I just don’t know what I might find. Proper management is Not Present. Sorry !

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vipMandel
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really pleasant experience..we don’t dine too inside restaurants so their outside patio with heat lamps was great…and it was about 50 degrees out today…also we like the trout almondine but it wasn’t on the menu so when we mentioned it they said they could prepare it anyway..that was very gracious..nice servers, great food..menu isn’t as diverse but nowadays we’re just happy that they are still open and doing well! Thank you for helping bring in some sunshine into the New Year…

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vipJohnW
San Francisco
63 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This is just a great neighborhood restaurant that has been doing it all right for a long time.

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vipElle44
San Francisco
57 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Risotto ever
a Must order
Very nice waitress who rememberd us
Music too
playing good American Songbook tunes
Food always good

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vipGNOHeadmaster
San Francisco
47 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall2food5service1ambience2

Two extremely rude front of the house people one male , one female…when asked if our 4:45 outdoor reservation could be moved indoors, told us yes, but we could only get a table for an hour. We sat outside in the freezing cold and went online to OpenTable and made Indoor reservations at same restaurant. Same front of house people would not seat us. A waitress came up and asked if she could help, I told her my name and she explained situation and she went to seat us, until rude female front of house gave her a hard time. We finally were seated in the back with no light, but a lovely server and great food. Won’t he back anytime soon.

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SFRH
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Bad service, felt rushed, kept getting other people's food and drinks, too cold. Food was fine, but a bit overpriced for what it was.

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vipTinjack
San Francisco
54 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We have always been happy with Left Bank, but NY Eve is a tough one. We had a great parklett seating 8 of us outside. It was private, but could have used one more heater so that all the guests were comfortable. We were disappointed in the menu choices this year...it's been better in the past. There was no fish or chicken entree to choose from. The dessert was embarassingly small. We weren't singing over this Opera Cake. The crab salad could not have been smaller. However, everything tasted great. The portions were very small so the value was not good. All that being said, we understand, it was New Year's Eve. We will continue to go to Left Bank.

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vipmarys
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

New Years Eve always at the Left Bank… never disappoints with festive ambiance! Thank you!!

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vipYummy
San Francisco
221 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic New Years Eve dinner. Everything was delicious. Our server was fantastic. She had a great personality. The host however needs more training. We didn't have a full place setting. Instead of placing the items on the table he handed three napkins to one of our guest.

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toniw
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Year’s Eve

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RoopinderT
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A special New Years Day menu was multiple, delicious courses.

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vipAnnG
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Eaten here for decades. Food was disappointing- old crab salad ….

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vipPeggyO
San Francisco
40 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Years celebration outside because of
Covid….. still delightful.

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JMH48
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

As usual, very good service and food. Our server gave us plenty of time to relax and enjoy our evening.

Was a little surprised that not all tables had tablecloths, would have been a nicer touch. Also, the table next to us was very close, definitely not 6 feet apart.

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Mary
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff were friendly and helpful The waitstaff made good suggestions. The seating was a little closer than I would have liked but not too bad. The food was excellent.

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MouseL
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food at Left Bank was outstanding, as always. The service was excellent.
We sat at an outside table which had standing heaters, one of which wasn't working, so it was a little colder than we might have wished but hey..it is the middle of winter and cold and the outside seating is our chosen pandemic option so...
Yes, yes, yes...we would and do recommend Left Bank as a wonderful option for exceptional food, an inviting and cozy atmosphere (notwithstanding the outdoor winter temperature), first rate service and reasonable prices. Left Bank has long been and will continue to be one of our favorite dinner restaurants in Marin.

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CharlotteB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was nice to gather with my family - all 8 of us at Left Bank. Everyone loved the food and great service.

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vipElle44
San Francisco
57 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Left Bank is always very good
especially for a Holiday
Need more servers during this time
we had a very good waitress but she had so many people to serve
she was great...

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vipBunky
San Francisco
82 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Our waiter was preoccupied with his phone. Never got us a napkin but we loved our onion soup

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AnitaR
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We dined at Left Bank on Christmas Eve. There was a fixed price four course dinner. The portions were small and the food was nothing special. The wait staff were friendly and sincere in their efforts but there were too many glitches in the service for a restaurant at this price level. I attribute the glitches to the overall operation of the place, not to any individual staff member. More attention to detail is needed in the restaurant's operation. The positives were our nice waiter, the heated outdoor dining, the Christmas decorations, and the live music.

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vipJimR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Have never been disappointed with food. Usually a very nice experience. Our traditional Christmas Eve dinner was another story. Our servers made light of the situation and tried to keep things pleasant but there was insufficient heat in the shed where they told us the heater could not be moved. And it took two hours to get our food with stories of our orders being delivered to someone else and poor planning issues with overbooking and a deluge of carry out orders in addition to a full indoor and outdoor restaurant. We were not offered any recompense for this atrocious failure of service. Our bill was about $400 for three people. Seems the Christmas holiday and hard times made someone too greedy. We will probably return during slightly more normal times but won’t return for a special occasion and will not give them a third chance. Like so many things these days it feels like we have lost yet another bright spot we have cherished for over 20 years. I feel guilty for complaining when so many have lost so much but don’t appreciate someone taking advantage of the situation

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Christmas Eve

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Will
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

This was a special Christmas Eve restaurant event. It is understandable that there may have been temporary waiters filling in for this holiday event. We always needed to flag down staff to refill our water glasses, our soup came without spoons, my Cioppino came without a spoon, no seafood fork, or bowel for shells. Fortunately, I used my empty bread dish for my shells. The lobster risotto, mushroom soup, and cioppino were very good. The staff was very friendly. They had live music which was nice.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good friendly attentive service and delicious mussels & hamburger!

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vip2fordinner
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall3food1service3ambience5

Food did not arrive to our table hot...only lukewarm. French onion soup was tasty and edible. Not cool enough to send back to reheat, Coq au vin was just a bit above room temperature. Although the noodles (looked like linguine to me) were hot, the chicken and vegetables were not. Difficult to enjoy a rich stew at that temperature. Server was pleasant and friendly enough, I think food came out of the kitchen quicker that he could get it out to the table.

Didn't want to make a big deal about it, as I'm sure our current situation makes it difficult to get adequate help.

The experience make us reluctant to dine out at this time. We an spend $200+ on a fine meal cooked at home.

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vipRita
San Francisco
62 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

It was very busy so the server was too busy. Had to wait for condiments after the food was delivered. My Crouque Monsieur was extremely dry; no Bechamel sauce just dry bread (not toasted) ham and cheese.

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KatVM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Food was outstanding but there was an unexplained delay in bringing our glasses of wine. I was sitting next to the window and the temperature was so cold I had to wrap myself in a blanket to keep from freezing.

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 3472 OpenTable diners.

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.