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Monsieur Benjamin, San Francisco, CA
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Monsieur Benjamin

4.5
4.5
2225 Reviews
$50 and over
French
Please note: At this time, please visit our website to make an outdoor dining reservation or place an order for pickup/delivery.
Monsieur Benjamin is a modern restaurant and bar in San Francisco’s Hayes Valley, inspired by the great Parisian bistro culture and traditions of French cooking.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    French

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–2:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–12:00 am

  • Phone number

    (415) 403-2233

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    George Dingle

  • Neighborhood

    Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness

  • Cross street

    Gough and Ivy

  • Parking details

    We are located kitty-corner from the Performing Arts Garage located at 360 Grove Street.

  • Public transit

    The closest Bart station is Civic Center. Bus Stops for the 5, 21, 47, and 49 are located nearby.

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

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What 2,225 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.5
4.5 based on all time ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 3.9Value

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  1. WP

    WalterP

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 10, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good and nice resto, where you can order really good and tasty French food. Downsides, it's a tipless restaurant that will charge you 20% gratuity by default.
  2. J

    Joliesse106

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of my favorite restaurants in SF. Whether this is for a quick bite or a late night dinner, Monsieur Benjamin never disappoints. I would recommend getting a reservation instead of popping in unless you don’t mind the wait. If you have to wait, I say grab an Ace with a side of fries at the bar. It’s a delicious pairing. When you finally get to sit down at the table, it may take you awhile to decide on what to order. Everything is so good especially the escargot, seafood sausage and the duck confit. To top off, I say order the Palmier Ice Cream with a cappuccino! Nothing can beat a night cap like this pairing. Bon Appetite!
  3. S

    Service

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2020

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Not great-mediocre Both in food and service.
  4. d

    discerningdiner

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Good food, generous proportions, and nice service.
  5. m

    mobs

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2020

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    The menu doesn’t change and it’s difficult to find something simple. Too many sauces. Why isn’t there a grilled fish or simple mussels? Don’t like smoked flavors. Server wasn’t overly friendly and when it came time to leave couldn’t find server to present the bill.
  6. M

    Mike

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2020

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    They include 20% gratuity already. Sometimes you may know. I ended up double tip 20% plus 20%
  7. w

    wags

    San Francisco

    173 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    173 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    As always the food was delicious, especially the mussels. Service was attentive but not overbearing. A thoroughly enjoyable meal. Will return soon
  8. JM

    JimM

    San Francisco

    47 reviews

    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hands down the best burger in SF. Excellent meat & the perfect soft bun. Great crispy fries. Always consistent and tasty
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    First time there Food was better than Gary Danko’s and other french restaurants we have dine in Excellent service Will go back for sure
  10. JL

    JonasL

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Monsieur Benjamin’s Brunch is really great - we come back here almost every time we’re in San Francisco. It’s a great location when we’re going to the Symphony.
  11. c

    charlesg

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 29, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love Monsieur Benjamin. Consistently great food and service.
  12. LD

    LeticiaD

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food, I did notice that the wait staff were all women and they were dynamite !!
  13. f

    fasteddie

    San Francisco

    82 reviews

    4.0

    82 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    This is a great spot for pre-performance dining. Food is good, but a little overpriced. Noise level is getting worse. Good service and delicious muscles. Like the cocktail choices.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Munich

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 27, 2020

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Slow service, bread came late for escargot
  15. FB

    FredericB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2020

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Very nice - a bit pricey - the steak at 56$ ... but great service and great ambiance
  16. AP

    AllenP

    San Francisco

    59 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Pre concert dinner great onion soup even greater steak Frittes perfectly cooked w great sauce and a dessert to die for Banana crepe!! Wow
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2020

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Very slow service first half hour. Then improved. Food excellent.
  18. L

    Lindy

    San Francisco

    32 reviews

    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We shared several small plates for lunch and everything we had was delicious. Our service was very timely and we had plenty of time before heading to the SF Ballet.
  19. JM

    JackM

    Seattle

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anissa and Kimberly took great care of me and my girlfriend on our anniversary. Best service in SF. Incredible food too, everything was perfect.
  20. y

    yuri

    San Francisco

    46 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The server forgot to mention that the service fee was included in the check.
  21. D

    7Divas

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    OMG another amazing meal with superb service. We arrived at 6 with a 7:30 show to attend and yet our servers treated us to a perfectly paced dining experience that didn't feel at all rushed; serving us our bottle of wine, Blue Carb Rillete appetizer, Butter Lettuce salad and then our entrees of Duck Confit and Gulf Flounder Gratinée. Every dish were delicious past favorites and didn't disappoint.
  22. M

    Mspiggy

    New York Area

    228 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    228 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2020

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Expensive not as interesting menu as when first launched but good cocktails good service ..
  23. DG

    DottyG

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing!!!!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    56 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a pre theater dinner. Food was excellent. Service was wonderful . Loved our waiter.
  25. FF

    FFGIII

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Loved the quail!!!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was our first time at the restaurant and everything was amazing!
  27. W

    Wolf

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    High prices and a hefty 20% surcharge is automatically added to your bill.
  28. S

    Shirley

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    overall2food1service3ambience4
    Food was not good. The salad was very vinegary, and the blue cheese was slimy and did not taste like blue cheese at all. The crepe was not sufficiently warm. Also a 20 percent service charge was automatically added to the bill, without the customer having any say whatsoever. This will be my last time at Monsieur Benjamin.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Great pre ballet brunch
  30. CR

    CaptainRon

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    overall3food4service4ambience2
    Decent restaurant, but a bit overpriced. Far too many tables too close together. Very cheaply made child size utensils may make the tiny tables look a little bigger, but overall just give a very cheap feeling to the table settings.
  31. t

    tikinca

    San Francisco

    24 reviews

    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Regretfully one person could not eat the waffles. No diabetic (no sugar) syrup. The hamburger was not a good replacement.
  32. KM

    KookieMonster

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    Some how brunch was not as unique as previous years but price stays the same, I tried to impress my guest by mentioned it's Michelin Chef, but the dishes did not represent my statements. Selections all look like some regular hotel brunch items, stake tartar used to come as a big cracker, which was visually unique, but this time just home made chips. Other dishes are not cheap but also less creativity and presentation comparing to other brunch locations. Service was good, but somehow doesn't feel engaged.
  33. m

    moodyjones

    San Francisco

    39 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Decent spot. Service was spotty Seafood was great, brunch wasn’t.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous Valentin’s Day price fixed menu. Excellent service. We especially like the late night availability.
  35. NS

    NamiS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    I hate to write a bad review, but this place definitely deserves it. Laughable service, including rude hosts who don’t even bother asking the kitchen when you tell them you have a dietary restriction, horrendous (and I mean horrendous) food. I’ve never been more disappointed in dinner; it truly falls short of a $29.99 dinner at a low tier restaurant. It’s supposed to be a classic French place but the kitchen is an assembly line of fast-food grade line cooks who put 0 soul into the food, and look like they have no clue what they’re doing. Some waiters are clearly students who don’t have the hospitality skills necessary for a restaurant, and even misplace utensils on the table. The valentines special menu’s vegetarian main course was a large piece of cold broccoli with 3 small lukewarm potatoes, hugely under seasoned and bland. I did not eat a single course except for half of the cake at the end. I truly advise all of my friends to stay far far away from this restaurant.
  36. G

    Guadalupe

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely time.
  37. c

    cujojp

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall2food2service5ambience2
    We didn’t stay because we felt the vibes would be much more intimate. The tables were very close to one another, similar to community seating. Thus if you want a much more intimate vibe then this is not the place for you — or sit at the bar. It was not the experience we were thinking it was going to be. However the service was very accommodating and understanding, and appreciative.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had a fantastic experience at Monsieur Benjamin! Made our Valentines Day so special!
  39. GF

    GaryF

    San Francisco

    22 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    We have eaten at Monsieur Benjamin several times. There has been a significant decline since we last dined there. The drinks were weak and bland - the bartender not very knowledge able (previously Evan was an amazing bartender). The food was overpriced from the bread to quail. The smell of the fish dishes was overwhelming in the restaurant (in a bad, cheap restaurant way). Monsieur Benjamin seems to have become only a pre-show eatery where concern for the quality of the food and service does not matter. We will no longer recommend this restaurant to our friends and family.
  40. RP

    RyanP

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We've enjoyed Monsieur Benjamin on previous visits and highly recommend. On our most recent visit, the power went out in the entire neighborhood, but the staff kept the show going and continued to serve. They demonstrated real grace under pressure and turned a situation that could have been a disaster into one of our more memorable dining experiences. Thanks!

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Monsieur Benjamin is rated 4.5 stars by 2225 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    Gough and Ivy

  • Neighborhood

    Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–2:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–12:00 am

  • Cuisines

    French

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    We are located kitty-corner from the Performing Arts Garage located at 360 Grove Street.

  • Public transit

    The closest Bart station is Civic Center. Bus Stops for the 5, 21, 47, and 49 are located nearby.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    George Dingle

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

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