My wife and I went for Sunday Brunch (they open at 11:00AM) and we started by sharing the . . . Epoisses Toast ($13.50) . . . Warning, this is sinful . . . 2 large thick amazing pieces of bread - lightly toasted - arrives in the middle of a very hot cast iron skillet . . . with a large amount of bubbling cheese surrounding the toast . . . are you kidding me, thinking/typing about this makes me want to return tomorrow and order an entree size for myself !!! Note: This is the only cheese banned from the trains in France (pungent - but wicked good).
We then split / shared the following two items . . . as not to commit to one dish each (wink) or in other words hand the plate over (ya you) at 50% completion (lol) no matter how much you want to finish it . . . . that's the deal !!!
Crepe Au Sarrasin ($22) Ham, Cheese, Spinach, Mushroom & Egg = Absolutely Insanely Good.
Oeufs En Menurette ($19) Duck Confit, Spinach, Mushrooms, Potatoes, Sauce Au Poivre = Crazy Good.
Nice / Newer / Chic / Trendy atmosphere . . . they do provide great service and yes, they automatically charge a 20% gratuity/service fee - all good - no complaints here.
Expensive and pretentious place that offers poor selection of French dishes. Unless you are in the market for frog legs, I would suggest going someplace else.
Experience was great. The food was exceptional and the service friendly and professional. We’ll definitely return.
Like that it was not super crowded at all and we were not rushed. The salmon toast special was delicious. Otherwise I find the brunch menu a bit on the rich side but a great place overall!
The service was excellent.. we went for brunch, it was fantastic.. poached egg on ham, grilled lettuce, it was superb... will go back
We had dinner there before the symphony concert. Great wine recommendations with small bites and appetizers. Delicious! We went back for dessert after the concert and the mint sorbet was out of this world good!
Very good duck confit and rabbit. Attentive service.
Superb. The chicken liver paté was so good
The flounder and steak were really good as was the quality of the ham.
Monsieur Benjamin is absolutely first rate. The food is a bit unusual and interesting, delicious, and a lot of fun to try.
The duck confit, served on a bed of vegetables, was prepared to perfection: great gravy!
Wonderful crusty bread.
We tried M. Benjamin for dinner prior to attending SF Ballet - definitely a popular spot for many such pre-show diners!
Despite being v.busy the service was attentive and the food was delivered in a timely fashion.
Love the Plateaux De Mer ... a very yummy appetizer, the burger is delicious (as is the mountain of pommes frittes that comes along with it)...
I felt the steak frittes was a little lacking in the sauce dept, perhaps the addition of some shallots or onions might make it a little more memorable...
Not a cheap meal (especially with a couple of glasses of champagne thrown in along with wine with our entrees)...
I am not sure that I agree with the policy of adding the 20% gratuity by default "so that all the employees can share in it..." how any such gratuity is distributed is orthogonal to the discretion of the diners as to how much their service deserved IMO...
despite that I would both recommend it and go back again ...
The food was great. The butter lettuce salad is big enough to share and the roast chicken was sublime. The only downside was the pinot noir by the glass was too light and fruity, more like grape juice than wine.
We had the grilled gem lettuces for starters; it's always great, and this evening was no exception. We followed with duck confit, marvelous; and arctic char, very good.
The only disappointment was the iles flottante, which were bland. Wouldn't do those again, and: that's not a biggie. We really enjoy the restaurant, go there often, and will continue to do so.
Another exceptional experience. The Paris ham dish was scrumptious, far surpassing my expectation. Our meal moved swiftly due to our gracious servet and gave us more than ample time to make the ballet on time. I'm all set to return in a couple of weeks, can't wait. Thank you!
We arrived for a birthday celebration with a disabled guest on a scooter. No problem! We were seated and the scooter was stored while we ate a delicious, celebratory meal. When it was time to leave, the scooter was delivered to our table.
The food was wonderful in every way, and served most graciously!
Monsieur Benjamin has been one of our long time favorites, but after our last visit we are removing it from our list. Here are the issues with the items on our check:
-- $22 cheeseburger: good but not worth $22+tax+service. Used to be $18. (Although decent sized, with a huge portion of very good French Fries. Great pickle!)
-- $24 spaghetti with anchovy tomato sauce: small portion, very expensive for pasta without accouterments (meatballs, side salad) – nothing special, could make easily at home
-- $16 "Ace" cocktail: served in the equivalent of about a half-sized martini glass
– $15 Grenache: pedestrian, less than 1/2 glass pour
-- $16 Pinot Noir: ditto
-- $8.50 dessert: 3 scoops of ice cream only (expensive, but delicious!)
So the subtotal for the two of us was $99.50. They added a 20% "Additional Charge" of $19.90 and sales tax on both(?!) of $10.15 (rather than taxing just the meal – outrageous!). Total cost was $129.55 or $65 apiece for no appetizers, a burger, spaghetti, three drinks and one shared dessert. Extremely poor value.
On the plus side: very good service, hip chic ambiance, and tasty bread!
Fish dishes excellent, but by-the-glass wine list very limited. Server pleasant but forgetful, but woman maitre'd very helpful in getting forgotten dish to us. Noise became intolerable once restaurant full. OK, but not as good as we recalled.
Our waiter was very helpful without being intrusive and we liked him. The food was very good and I, for one, would order the apple/endive salad and the rabbit again. The room has a great upbeat yet sophisticated look to it. Instead of recognizable liquor and wines, however, they pretty much offer more esoteric Scotch and gin and the wine list is all French (I think) with semi recognizable names but way beyond my knowledge of what each is likely to taste like. I doubt the other diners around the restaurant knew any more than I did. Who does the restaurant think they are appealing to? Still, a good dinner and an excellent experience overall.
Good, well-prepared food, but some items are a bit heavy since they are fried (sweetbreads and duck). Generous portions. A good place to share plates and explore more. The service was a bit off, and I think that was due to a couple large tables that needed a lot of attention at once, slowing down wait staff availability for us. One of these big tables was due to combining 3 tables for 2 and was right next to us, but we still couldn't get our wine on time. This also made for a bit noisier and more congested experience.
Delicious food and great service! A favorite to visit when in San Fran!
We love Monsieur Benjamin. Their seafood sausage is one of my favorite dishes in SF! Sue and the wait staff are fantastic.
The food was very good but the service was uneven. Some aspects were attentive, but our main courses arrived when we were only halfway through our appetizers and squeezed in at the edge of our small table. We certainly felt rushed. The restaurant has also become rather pricey for the amount of food provided, though as I say, the quality is high. But service does need attention.
consistently great food, excellent service. Love the duck confit
Loved the food but too noisy and prices have gone way up.
Good service, great food. The croquette are AH-mazing, the epoisses toast is to die for, as is the chicken liver terrine. It all went well with the butter lettuce salad. Cocktails are interesting and tasty. Tarte au Chocolat with probably the best mint ice cream I have ever had. We will definitely be back, and might try to hold out for a plats next time.
Again, very nice dinner
However, we were sat at the corner table against the window... which we don't recommend
The sea urchin and escargot were absolutely delicious. Sad to learn they have been out of bone marrow (my favorite of their dishes) for about a month and really hoping they get it back! We also had the flounder with a creamy shrimp sauce which was melt in your mouth.
The flounder dish was the best fish I think I have ever had.
The rabbit was good but not great, the duck confit and vegetables was a better dish. The options for our vegetarian friend were very limited. So a pretty good option before a performance at the opera house, but I wouldn't go if I were only going to dinner.
OK, so brunch is probably never a good choice for us as eggs and French toast for lunch just isn't our thing and I don't eat pork (including bacon). I ordered two appetizers and was still very hungry. Portions for starters are very small, be advised, but none of the main dishes appealed to me. At $22-$25 for a starter, I thought I would be OK.
Restaurant is extremely noisy which some people like but I don't.
Some of our friend love this place. It just isn't for us.
Fantastic food and great service. We didn't try the sea urchins - maybe next time, but the scrambled eggs were declared better than my friend fixes and the ham was just delicious. Nice selections for brunch!
There is a point where the proximity of tables ruins the dining experience. Mr. B has gone past this limit. Tables are so close that we could have eaten off the plates at the next table. The noise level was beyond "energetic" to annoying. We would have left if we had more time before the ballet. Mr. B is OFF our list for pre-ballet dinners.
A high-end dining gem. Elegant yet informal. Not a place to parade your social status. Respectful of person’s privacy.
Fabulous service and food. Enjoyable wines served
By the glass
Great French bistro food and fun cocktail menu. Staff is very professional, friendly and attentive.
We had a great brunch and our waiter was amazing - super attentive and noted things we needed before we even asked for them! Great food and a great ambiance!
We come here often after the SF Ballet. Great cocktails, food and service. Friendly staff unpretentious staff. Thanks!
This place seemed special before. Now it seems just average. Staff were pleasant and well trained. The salad was the best dish—fresh and a nice mix of textures and tastes. The burger was all bun, which I discarded. Was pleasant being with friends but I won’t return. The woman who served coffee at the end of the meal was exceptionally good at her job.
Great food and service One problem was the ability to hear the conversation although the waiter tried to see if there was a quieter table there was not
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Otherwise great food staff pre ballet experience!