Monsieur Benjamin

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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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4.5based on recent ratings
4.5
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4.4
service
4.4
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78% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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

AP
San Francisco
46 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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

OT
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Very slow service first half hour. Then improved. Food excellent.

L
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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.

JM
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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.

y
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

D
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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.

M
New York Area
192 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience5

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

DG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing!!!!

OT
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

FF
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved the quail!!!

OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time at the restaurant and everything was amazing!

W
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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

S
San Francisco
11 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.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Great pre ballet brunch

CR
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 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.

t
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

My friend wanted to order pancakes or French toast. But she's diabetic and asked if they had syrup that she could eat. They didn't. The manager came over and talked with us, but did not apologize, or offer to do anything to try to get some. Made lunch difficult. We won't be returning, even though we've eaten there at least ten times.

KM
San Francisco
6 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.

m
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

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

OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

NS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 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.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely time.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 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.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a fantastic experience at Monsieur Benjamin! Made our Valentines Day so special!

g
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on February 13, 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.

RP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 12, 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!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great! Service is great, open kit hen is cool and seafood - raw oysters was exceptional

R
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Service was great! Very attentive staff. Power outage happened at the entire block, we were almost done. It didn’t change the fact they provided great service. I will come back!

JT
Hawaii
84 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best restaurant in Civic Center/Hayes Valley. This is a perfect place to dine before an event at Symphony, ballet or jazz center. Equally great if you want to linger over an excellent wine and meal. We sampled the oysters, seafood sausage, endive salad, rabbit and mussels. Every dish was excellent. The oysters were very fresh and the fresh horseradish set them off beautifully. The subtle blue cheese on the endive salad did not overwhelm and the flavors in both our mains were terrific. They offered an good selection of wines by the glass. Service was very attentive and professional. Monsieur Benjamin is a restaurant that knows what it is doing and pays attention to the details.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Extremely long wait for food and wine!
The waitresses should have offered us something as it was my mother’s and my birthday and we told their restaurant that when I made the reservation.

J
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food pretty good, but expensive. And then a 20% surcharge is added, which is described as NOT being a gratuity. Don't know how the customer is supposed to interpret that...

SE
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Monsieur Benjamin is my husband's favorite restaurant, and we had our wedding rehearsal dinner here last year, so there was no doubt I would choose to return for his surprise birthday party. I had no problems making the reservation, but a few days afterwards, two of our invitees that had declined were suddenly able to join us. Although I wasn't able to change the reservation here on OpenTable, I contacted the restaurant directly and they were terrific, accommodating the late change without any issues.

The food was delicious, and the service absolutely top notch. Yes, it is expensive; however, this is one of those "you-get-what-you-pay-for" establishments, and it is definitely worth the price. One thing I would like to see is a second vegetarian option, but since the one I had was so delicious, I'm not really complaining.

Highly recommended!

GM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service very good. Food excellent. Noise level ok. Could carry on a conversation
My go-to restruant when attending shows @ War Memorial or Davies Hall.

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had dinner before the ballet. Was very impressed with the deliciousness of the food, particularly my fish, perfectly cooked with a wonderful sauce. Very good service. Good ambience although a tad too dark and post modern for my taste but the food & service more than made up for it!

EO
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Been eating here for many years. Food seems to have been changed and not in a good way. Also think the policy of adding 20% to the bill and indicating on the bill it is "NOT A GRATUITY" is misleading since it is distributed back to the employees. Many diners will leave a tip as well I'm sure not knowing any better.

DS
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The grilled Maine lobster dish was fabulous. The spices made the dish more flavorful. My Blanton’s Bourbon Manhattan was perfecto as well. They have definitely upped their game.

S
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Overall a good ambience and interesting menu. Unfortunately the steak tasted like it had been burnt and had a very strong charcoal flavor. We mentioned this to the waitress and they took it off of our bill.

GT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience3

Slow poor service and exceedingly high prices overshadowed very good food.

J
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience4

Very poor service. Took 1/2 hour before anyone came over. Even when we told them we have to attend the symphony, if took us another 20 min after dinner to get our check, after we asked for it 3 times. Very disappointed.

f
San Francisco
157 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It's a bistro so if you happen to be sitting next to a loud person you get the full brunt of their conversation and we, unfortuantely di.d We were early so were seated by Sute, the mger, whom we had met previously. Our waiter and staff were amazing and deserved every penny of their 20% tip (which was included). We left extra for the waiter who was attentive and wonderful. Fried food was crisp and sauces for the flounder is tottally French and amazing. The fish ever so tender. The desserts so rich. A single glass of wine allowed us to be wide awake during the symphony that followed with great delight. A Civic Center experience indeed - wonderful food and service and a lovely7 walk to the symphony to help digest all that richness!