About Left Bank Larkspur
Left Bank is an authentic Parisian-style brasserie 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.
Open since 1994, Left Bank continues to be a destination for folks from all over the Bay Area to enjoy a casual snack on the sunny terrace, a glass of wine or hand crafted cocktail at the lively bar, or an elegant dining experience near the fireplace. At Left Bank, you are sure to capture the true feeling of the Rive Gauche in Paris.
Twenty three years of working with local organic farms allows us to bring you the best seasonal ingredients available. Our Chef de Cuisine offers an often changing, French brasserie menu of hearty, rustic, and authentic dishes featuring a diverse selection of natural meats, sustainable seafood, fresh local vegetables, salads and sumptuous desserts.
Larkspur, CA 94939
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday: 11:30am - 10pm
Friday, Saturday: 11:30am - 11pm
Sunday: 11:00am - 10pm
Brunch is served on Sat & Sun from opening until 3pm
(lunch menu also served)
Happy Hour is offered Every Day
3:00pm - 6:30pm and 9:00pm - close
(bar and patio only)
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Our Salles Des Amis is a beautiful, private dining room, with sunny yellow walls, airy windows, warm mahogany accents and vividly colored French posters. Set-up however you wish—the room is large enough for a party of 35, yet intimate enough for a smaller group of 10 or 20.
Have a party bigger than 35? For 75 people or less, we close off the back half of the restaurant, the Grand Salon. The Grand Salon & Salles de Amis opened up as one large room is the perfect space for a larger group.
Contact Nora Rahe at 415.927.0677.
City Parking lot across street and street parking available
Golden Gate Transit across the street.
5 minute cab ride from the Larskpur Ferry Terminal.
Private Party Facilities:
We will help customize a lovely event of any size or budget. We host beautiful luncheons, lively cocktail parties, sumptuous buffets, and of course, elegant sit down dinners. We are experienced in planning a wide variety of occasions and can accommodate all of your special event needs.
Private Party Contact:
Nora Rahe: (888) 654-7885
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Left Bank Larkspur Ratings and Reviews
It was a delightful lunch. I had the mussels which were cooked to perfection. My friend had the soup of the day (tomato bisque) and a salad which must have been good because his plates were were cleaned! Our waiter and the busboy were very attentive - just perfect. We both commented on how enjoyable it is there. Will be back for sure!!
Glad we didn't have to stick with our first impression: the service was initially a little odd (party at an adjacent table arrived after we did but was assisted long before we were, and all THREE items ordered a la carte were presented to one diner simultaneously, which seemed odd) but our server eventually warmed to us and became more attentive. We were quite happy with our menu choices and with the quality of the fare -- the mushroom soup in particular was memorably good -- and with the restaurant generally. Would go again.
The food was horrible. I ordered risotto with duck confit. What arrived was a plate of mushy rice, topped with dried out burnt bits of duck. I can’t believe that chef would let a dish like that leave the kitchen. It was nothing short of appalling. I am very disappointed to see a long time favorite restaurant, no longer being reliable or consistent. Tant pis pour moi.
As a Frenchman I tend to be a bit obnoxious with food; added to that, the fact that I spent about 10 yrs in the restaurant business, both as a cook and as a server. The Left Bank is a great place to eat, both on the outside terrace or inside. On my last visit, for brunch, the "moules florentine" were fabulous. the eggs benedict were nice. The presentation on the eggs could have been improved... Too many things on the plate (eggs with hollandaise; oven roasted potatoes; salad, a container of ketchup and another of strawberries). I was not expecting a four-course meal, but it would have been nice to have the salad on a separate plate for a special touch of French aesthetics (and ketchup? really? next to my hollandaise?). But I'll come back -- again and again, for sure.
Left Bank is one of our favorites because the food and service are consistently excellent. We had 8:00 pm reservations and were seated promptly at 8:00 despite every table in the restaurant being filled and the special occasion rooms in the far back also being fully in use. The noise level was extraordinarily loud due to the restaurant’s full capacity. Still, our orders arrived in a timely fashion and perfectly prepared. All special requests we’re cheerfully handled.
The oysters were fantastic. The steak (both sizes and types) were melt-in-your-mouth delicious, the pork chop was moist and flavorful, and the salads were fresh and flavorful.
Awesome food, a little chilly at an inside table by the window (Fall evening) without the fire going in the fireplace. The wine selection and wait staff were amazing. I used to eat lunch here all the time when I worked in Larkspur, now I'm going to add this to my "dinner out" rotation.
Disappointing. Ordered glasses of wine . Instead they immediately served our soup course and we had to ask for the wine to be served first and sent the soup back to kitchen. Have been here many times,. Perhaps there are new people in the kitchen, but food was bland. Onion soup had very little flavor and broth for mussels wasn't even worth soaking up with bread. Definitely an off night.
There were six of us celebrating a friend's birthday, and we were happy to have a round table where we could all see and hear each other. The mussels were particularly outstanding - large, plump, juicy, and tender. We all ordered affrogato for dessert. It was served with the espresso in separate containers, so we could pour it on the ice cream ourselves and not have the ice cream melt too fast.
This is usually a special place with friendly caring service and good but not Michelin Star food .
We had a poor uncaring wait person : she was just brisk : pushed us to order even though we were having a drink and appetizer .. left the drinks standing at bar : served us all at varying times : just quite awlful & confused woman ... she disappeared as we completed the meal and some upbeat kind staff appeared . I usually eat lunch here and the staff is great and I love the lamb sandwich which is no longer on the dinner menu .
Food was good; nice variety on the menu but nothing special for a French restaurant.
Service was outstanding, as were the drinks and the wine list.
My problem with the restaurant was the noise level. It's just ridiculous. You need to shout across a table to be heard. Not relaxing at all. Sorry.
This restaurant has been one of our favorites but it is going through a difficult patch right now. After a very long wait (45 minutes+), we received both our salads and our entrees at the same time. A few of our entrees were luke warm at best and the onion soup, which is usually quite tasty, was bland. Some servers were rough in how they handled dishes .
The manager was sincerely concerned and listened to our comments and reduced our check amount.
I hope this restaurant works the kinks out because I want this restaurant to come back and be the excellant place to dine as it has been in the past .
Always dependable, good french bistro food. Nice to get a steak tartare and simple - but beautiful - green salad. The trout was a standout. Enjoy the classic, healthy sides too. Nice wine, old world, not just California. Very good value for the quality, flavor, and price. Lovely, attentive service too. Perfect night to sit outside in the warm October weather.
What a disappointment. We went here because I saw the 3 cheese fondue on the sample menu. The fondue was BLAND. I had the chicken sandwich and it was just ok, the fries came out room temp. My mom had the lamb sandwich which was a little better than the chicken one. To make a point about the kitchen, one of the ladies at the table next to us seemed to know all the staff, they kept dropping by to great her. She ordered her burger rare and it came out well done. I've been to both the Menlo Park and San Jose restaurants - they are so much better than this one.
Overall we had a good experience. The server was friendly and professionally mannered. My burger was more medium than the medium rare I ordered, but it was still very tasty. I ordered summer squash instead of fries, but got fries, so i had to get that corrected. It was handled very smoothly and didn't create much wait so all went well.
Even though our waiter was rushed, he was good except for a slight attitude when we told him thanks but no drinks. Why? Less money for them? Wrong thinking on their part. A gracious attitude will get you as big if not bigger tip. Great food was enjoyed by all
We dined in the outdoor patio with our dog and were immediately greeted by a cheerful and efficient server who filled the dog’s water bowl with chilled water, brought us water and the best bread, and menus. We always come for the oysters, which never disappoint. My husband had the cheeseburger and fries and I had the spinach salad. Both were delicious, fresh, generous in size, and perfectly prepared. It was another delightful evening for all of us!
Here's my big problem with Left Bank: the food is fine. Not great, but good. Good frites, good onion soup, nice portions, usually excellent sides.
But when you have a special, and the price is WAY out of line compared to the daily menu, make certain the servers let us know. At Left Bank, roast chicken is $22, salmon and duck are $25 and steak frites is $27. So I was shocked when I got the bill and saw that the wild salmon was $36 and the braised short ribs (not an expensive cut of meat!) was $42. The server said she "thought" she told us. She did not.
I'm not cheap, and I eat out regularly. But I do look for value - and honesty - with the menu.
This was a big fail that has turned me off of Left Bank.
Enjoyed the happy hour steak tartare and mussels along with the Salad Lyonnaise from the regular menu. All were great values. The server was very friendly, but was stretched pretty thin on a moderately busy time. We live 1-2 hours away to the north, but enjoy making a stop at Left Bank when returning from the airport.
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