Left Bank Larkspur

4.6
3148 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 3148 people are saying
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4.6
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martini
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

It's a little noisy being on the sidewalk but we wanted to be there. The service was great, cocktails were great, the food was very good. will be back.

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vipRobert
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food3service5ambience2

The reception was awful. We had reservations and were maybe 5 minutes early -- a rather rude receptionist told us we had to wait outside.
A wonderful waitress made it eventually a pleasant experience -- eventually.
If you don't mind a rude beginning and a pleasant ending, go there.

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vipDiner
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Excellent choice. Food quality has slipped a bit since pre-pandemic but everything in the whole world has slipped since pre-pandemic. So glad they are open! We will go back soon.

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StevenS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was a lovely mother's day meal. My wife and mother-in-law both enjoyed themselves and food was great!

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ShantyP
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was Mother's Day and my mother and I took advantage of the four course prix fixe dinner for $88 / per person, does not include beverages. Everything was delicious and they had each course arrive in nice timing - not rushed and not too long in between. They had nice, live acoustic music which was the perfect background for the holiday. For two people, our bill was fairly high at $210 not including tip, and no alcoholic beverages. That is why value was the only category where I didn't give 5 stars. That said, it was a lovely experience and all of the food was very good so I chalk it up to paying a holiday premium.

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vipEatOutALot
San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Food was off. Service was off.

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vipMspiggy
New York Area
195 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a treat !

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FerrisW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Meh. Patio is right on the road so it’s a constant stream of cars. I thought the food was nice, but poor value. Salade Nicoise is good, mussels just ok. A better French lunch can be had at Le Garage in Sausalito.

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larkbird
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Food is very overpriced now from the many times we have eaten here over the years before. Our blue cheese bacon burger was overcooked, even tho we ordered medium rare, bacon looked like it had been cooked hours earlier, and hard to find the blue cheese. Staff was very nice and courteous, but the minimal menu offerings and the disappointment in the selection we chose tells us we must wait longer to return to get back to the full menu at respectable prices. That prices have been highly hiked and selections limited, did not allow a good experience. For now, would not recommend Left Bank to others.

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PamelaH
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Always a tried and true. And the martinis never disappoint

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I adore this haunt. The service is great and the food never disappoints.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time

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vipkdekas
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious!!

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SylvieZ
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2021
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 on May 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

Left Bank Larkspur
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for the kind review - We love the beautiful historic town of Larkspur as well and we appreciate you letting us be of service - Thank you and hope to see you soon!!!

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vipIsidoropatoruzu
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
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.

Left Bank Larkspur
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you so much for the tremendous review - We appreciate you and our neighborhood - hope to see you soon!!!

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vipGregP
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorites. Steak frites and Profitiroles.

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Gudi
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
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
4 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
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
3 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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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Food had a bland taste maybe needed some salt. Service was fine.

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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!!!

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 3148 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.