My cocktail was delicious but long in coming. The crab rilette was bland saved only by the crackers. My stuffed flounder was tasty.
This is one of our favourite spots for a ´late night’ meal after attending a show - always quiet and you often see members of the cast or orchestra stopping by as well.
Conveniently located in Hayes Valley near the Civic Center, Monsieur Benjamin is the ideal pre-theater restaurant. They have innovative cocktails, a delightful wine list, and creative menu. We love their fresh take on favorite classics, along with their concept of small plates as well as entrees. Service is exceptional, and our server made sure we left on time for the 7:30 pm opera. She made sure we knew that service was included on the bill, which we appreciated. We'll definitely come back soon!
Sadly a disappointing evening for us :( There wasn't anything overtly wrong it all just felt a bit flat. There was no buzz or excitement in the room. We (in our early 40s) were the youngest patrons in the restaurant - it felt conservative and bland. The food was 'nice' but not unique or exciting, and not packed with flavour. Also, we wanted to go out for dinner somewhere we could linger and have conversation but our starters arrived 5 minutes after ordering and our mains arrived before we'd finished our starters. It felt rushed - we were finished within 45 minutes of arriving so decided to go elsewhere for dessert and a drink we could linger over, with better atmosphere. The food wasn't bad - it's just that none if it was better than average. Our waiter was lovely.
Monsieur Benjamin is expensive for what you get. Some of the dishes are delicious; others are not truly worth the price. The lobster bisque and croquettes, for example, were wonderful. The endive/apple/walnut salad was almost entirely endives, which while good, do not have the nice mix of flavors they should have. The hamburger is quite good, but maybe not $22 good.
Very helpful and prompt staff. Food was generous and tasty.
This was our second visit. We will most certainly return.
Food was excellent, portions on the salads were large, bisque was small. Nice wine list, mostly French.
Loved the ambiance. Still busy at 10pm on a Friday. Modernized French bistro food. Creative and delicious craft cocktails.
No staff and service even though they automatically charge a 20%service charge and we only had 3 people.
Food portion is normal but they are charging Michelin price .
It is definitely the worst overpriced restaurant in SF City.
As usual, a wonderful pre-show dinner at MB! The Ace is our favorite drink and the wine suggestions were perfectly paired with our main courses.
Relaxing ambience, excellent competent service from all staff, great cocktails & wine, and good food. LOVED the crab rillette and lobster bisque, hubby loved his chicken dish and my fish dish. For me I thought those dishes were good but not as enthusiastic as he was. Palmier ice cream was divine.
Very wonderful. my first time for brunch. loved the bacon and the salad with eggs, beef tartare delicious and perfectly chilled oysters to start. the cocktails were fun.
Love this restaurant.
the brunch food is pretty disappointing. mostly deep fried greasy stuff.
Love this restaurant - have eaten here many times and sadly for us trying to book it keeps getting more popular ;) but always a great expereince and delicious food. The flounder is awesome!
Good service, but surprisingly bad food. Veal in white sauce had several pieces that were completely 100% fat. Chicken was severely undercooked.
Food was great. Very noisy couldn’t hear my guests. Service a bit slow but ok. They joined the automatic 20% tip group
The brunch menu was very unique with interesting dishes with familiar fare. I had the egg scramble with the best country potatoes I’ve ever had, and breakfast sausages. The brown butter sauce made the meal! My friend had the brioche French toast and apples. She loved it!
The staff were very nice, though it was a busy morning and we had to be patient. Took a while for things to arrive. Luckily we had time to thoroughly enjoy every drop of champagne and our brunch!
We had the deviled eggs which at $2.50 apiece was too much although they were some of the best I have had. Frisee salad with a raw egg and giant squares of mostly lard bacon...yuck. Pinned frites with aoli nothing special. The aoli was bland, tasteless. The onion soup could’ve been amazing but they put double the amount of sherry so it was not good. We ate everything because we were just so hungry. But disappointed. Maybe don’t come for brunch as we did. Better to try the dinner menu.
Food, Service and atmosphere is consistently excellent. Best place near Symphony/Opera for dinner.
Anniversary dinner was lackluster. They did leave a card. Our server was awful and there is a clear discrepancy between VIP guests and new guests even if it was a special occasion. Additionally many of the servers were not dressed or groomed appropriately with sloppy beards, dirty old sneakers and poorly maintained jeans. Flounder was outstanding chicken was questionable. Runner put our food down on another table where they were eating over it and then gave it to us.
We won’t be back and very disappointed that our anniversary dinner was not what we had expected.
One of my favs. Always perfect. Their butter lettuce salad, razor clams, seafood sausage and the flounder! So good!!!
Our friends introduced us to this restaurant for a pre-performance dinner and we came away quite impressed. The service was top notch from start to finish, polite and professional. And all of the food items were excellent: bread, deviled eggs, tomato salad, frog legs, chicken and hamburgers. And the prices were not unreasonable.
We will definitely return again!
I'd recommend Monsieur Benjamin for a casual meal. The dishes are delicious, but I feel some are a little over priced. The ambience is more of an after work place, with shoppers and business colleagues dining together. Not romantic.
The serving staff try but there is little polish to the service. We asked for a table move and that seemed to be forgotten by our first waiter. We had a mix of good and some strange conversation with our waitress, I'm sure she was aiming for laughs but unfortunately not all the humour resonated, in fact it was a miss, and just came off as inappropriate. I'm sure was just a personality thing not a general case.
Service and food were excellent!
The service always is attentive and the restaurant ‘works’ on all metrics.
Returning customers , always delicate food , great wine selection , calm setting , and don’t miss the desserts !
The food was beautifully prepared but very rich as French food tends to be. Problem is I wanted to try everything. The chicken entree dish was a piece of art and a joy to eat. I did not like the fact that we are charged 4 dollars for two pieces of "country " bread after spending $350 on dinner for two people. I suspect San Franciscans are used to this treatment not to forget to mention adding a 20 percent tip on the bill ....just as ridiculous.
My parents were visited SF and we came to the restaurant before seeing Hamilton. We started off the meal with the duck pate which was exceptional and the French onion soup which was unremarkable. My steak was extremely disappointing. At $56 it definitely was not a 12oz cut of meat and I must have cut off at least two ounces of pure fat. Couple the steak with the dullest steak knives I’ve ever seen (no serrated edge), it was a very disappointing experience. My parents shared a fish dish which was supposed to be a gratine but instead appeared to be poached. The entre didn’t come with any sides which resulted in a very small portion overall. Mixed drinks were also half the size of a typical drink. Given the price / value relationship, I can’t think of a single reason to return given so many other options in the city.
The star of the show was the excellent food. Croquettes were a great start. The main dish of the salmon served with an amazing tarragon Hollandaise was stellar. The gateau was an excellent choice for dessert and was served with the best cup of coffee I have had in awhile. Definitely worth the price.
Thanks Justin for the good service!
Third visit and seems the menu has changed a bit. Chef loves VERY complicated dishes where the main protein is not enough - Chef feels whatever it is needs shrimp or ham or something to be complete. It’s open for debate of this is enough or not. And PLEASE train the bartender to bartender. He does not know what he’s doing and should not be delivering random plates of food to tables as he did us. The main service is great and atmosphere very fun and highly charged in a good way.
Astonishingly bad service and mediocre food for a high price. No wonder the restaurant was pretty empty for Sunday brunch,
i usually tip 20% but they automatically add 20% tip to the bill. the service has gone down since that has occurred. basically, the wait staff knows that they don't have to earn their tip anymore. the service was really un-even as a result. appetizers took a while and then the dinner came right after that and they removed our appetizer plates that we were still eating from to make room for the dinner plates.
i wouldn't go back mainly because there are just as good or better restaurants food-wise in the city but also have better service.
Food was just about average and bland. The server forgot our beverages twice. Once in the beginning when we ordered food, and again when we ordered dessert. The staff were really fast in cleaning up the table right after we finished though.
Place sounded really noisy even though the dining room was only about 3/4 full, the ceiling was high, and people were just having their dinner conversations. It's hard to carry a conversation without raising our voice even though we were sitting directly across from each other on the same table. They should do something about the acoustic.
Would not return or recommend.
The stuffed flounder was exquisite! All dishes I have tried over the years never disappointed. The Chef prepares unusual combinations with excellent results.
I brought 4 young folks with me (going to a concert at sf jazz). We started with a nice greeting and welcome and a great table. Then my guests had whiskey cocktails and one person had wolf family phahedrus cabaret (a favorite we learned of though this restaurant)
The server was the best...knew her cocktails and the food)
Then we evolved to 3 oysters each which we fun. Then we had the frogs legs. What a wonderful sauce. Then 3 of us had flounder (SO WONDERFUL-sauce to die for and perfectly cooked). Then we had 2 desserts. The ice cream was my favorite.
I go to monster Benjamin and have always had a wonderful meal. I love this restaurant.
The most outstanding chicken liver terrine I have ever had. We shared three dishes and each one was excellent.
Great ambiance, food and drinks were great
Excellent food and service! The muscles were incredibly fresh and flavorful, escargot is a must!! Our server suggested a jazz club near by and was fabulous!!