Left Bank Larkspur

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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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J
Key West
26 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We took our out of town friends here for a special birthday dinner and it indeed was very special. Everything we ordered from soup to dessert was special, aided by our accomplished waitperson who recommended the perfect wine for the occasion. The onion soup was one of the best I have ever tasted. The lamb shank literally fell off the bone. My husband's beef bourguignon was tasty and tender. The creme brulee was a 10! The food was great, ambiance and staff exceptional. We had a great time!

P
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Has become one of our two favorite restaurants in Marin along with Poggio.

FS
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A neighborhood favorite. Sat outside with good weather. Everything was excellent.

S
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely dinner outdoors on their patio, service was excellent.

S
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We're were seated in the Bar, as previously requested. Our dining companions were delayed and we had a film deadline. Our server took all of this in his stride and delivered everything in a timely manner. Left Bank and its team are an excellent combination!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

We were outside. All was excellent.

RM
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

really superb!
lives up to a very high standard.
very good value!

TB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I really do love this restaurant for a casual meal out. The food and service are really good, it is a tiny bit loud inside but it's an old building so that is going to happen.

GG
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the food and the service is excellent. Great neighborhood restaurant and wonderful to sit outside too.

m
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took a friend to Left Bank for her 84th birthday. We have always enjoyed Left Bank, but the service on Friday was exceptional. I am on medically supervised weight loss, so was a bit concerned that there might be some resistance to my ordering only black coffee and sparkling water. I had no reason to worry. Our waitress was extremely friendly, knowledgable and non-judgmental. My friend had the Raclette Burger with salad and enjoyed it immensely. All in all, a wonderful experience.

RC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fun birthday celebration for a friend. Our server, Kara, was wonderful. She was friendly, professional and made our time there extra special. Thank you Kara!!!

DM
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great — lunch or dinner.

OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were seated right away. Server was immediately attentive without being intrusive. All was excellent.

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We celebrated the anniversary of our first date 5 years ago. Sandra (our server) was amazing and made the whole dinner incredibly special. She even served us profiteroles with a candle at the end!

b
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate outside which was very pleasant and much quieter than in the restaurant. Food is always good there.

JA
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

Good French bistro food at reasonable price. Our waitress was excellent.

MR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

I love this restaurant but they were overwhelmed with too many people, and didn’t have enough dark bread.

LW
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This restaurant has its act together! Very pleasant staff, professional and efficient. Food is delicious - well prepared and tasty. When we walked in, the music was quite loud. I asked to have it turned down and it was. I will definitely return!

KM
London
6 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Ambiance very good (outside), however one of our party had a poor meal. The duck was dry and the associated potatoes reheated.

L
San Francisco
169 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I hadn't been to Left Bank in a few years. It is a lovely restaurant and there is plenty of parking in the area. We were seating at a nice table in the center of the room. We were greeted by our server and ordered drinks. We enjoyed our drinks and then ordered dinner. I had the tomato and cucumber salad which was good and my friend had the cauliflower soup which said was good but a little bland. I had the petrale sole which as very good and it was served with green beans and fingerling potatoes. Everyone enjoyed their entrees. The only issue we had was getting coffee following our meal - it took 20 or 30 minutes. Everything else went well and I would recommend Left Bank to anyone who wants to enjoy a lovely French meal.

OT
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Service was slow, the waitress, although quite friendly, appeared to be new and had difficulty remembering our orders.

I had the trout almandine, and it was OK, but I wouldn’t order it again.

No company from the others in the group. They had:
Duck breast
Mussels
Prawns

l
Miami
63 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the salad with fresh herbs, good oysters too

SS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and excellent service. Moderate noise but nothing is perfect. Left Bank is close.

D
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

On a Thursday night it was too loud to talk comfortably inside. The trout almandine was strangely sweetened with maple syrup. The fries were the best.
The service was slow, but the server nice - though even he had a difficult time hearing our orders.

OT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As special as always!!

NL
San Francisco
46 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Their new-ish Happy Hour menu is a delight. What a great place to meet up with friends for a $5 glass of nice wine and a snack - mussels, a small lamb sandwich, a salad... HIGHLY recommend. And the young woman who served us was the best server we've had at Left Bank in years.

N
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never a disappointment, the Left Bank has a large menu and is consistently good. Very friendly staff. A good choice for ordinary meals or special occasions.

MK
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food, great atmosphere!
We’ve been here for dinner many times and have never been disappointed.
Tomato bisque soup, trout almandine, and salmon were all terrific!

U
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very fresh ingredients.

GN
San Francisco
40 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for a birthday dinner celebration! Requested outside seating but weather was unseasonably cool and restaurant gave us best table IN the house in advance. We had a fabulous waitress in training and a seasoned waitress who both took excellent care of us. Another great experience! Thank you!

GB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and food is outstanding. We dined in the outdoor patio and the four of us had a wonderful meal served by a very attentive server.

SC
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The noise of dishes outside was beyond loud!

e
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

As always very good. So consistent in every aspect.

T
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food is always consistent

OT
San Francisco
49 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All selections were deemed very tasty especially Nicole’s salad and trout. Profiterole desert was enhanced to serve 5 choc lovers...nice touch. Service attentive and efficient. And not crowded so conversation no issue..what a plus!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Service the last two times has been lackluster. Wait staff seems disinterested.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an enjoyable evening. Service was excellent and food offerings were slightly different than other places we frequent in Marin. Delicious!

AW
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Our event with friends and family was enjoyed by everyone. All of the food was great. I liked my escargot and salad niscoise. The wine, suggested by the event planner, was excellent and my guests remarked on how delicious it was.
Everyone could order anything off the regular menu and I was very impressed that all the various food was served without any significant delay.
I also appreciated that we had a server at all times to serve wine, pass hor'doerves , take orders and cater my group.
It was a wonderful event.

RF
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Ordinary food and service

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