La Folie

4.7
2469 reviews
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La Folie is a French restaurant located in Russian Hill of San Francisco. Chef Roland Passot, with his wife Jamie opened La Folie in March of 1988. He combines the freshest ingredients in exotic combinations. Each plate leaves the kitchen resembling art-a canvas of color and design that tastes even better than it looks. La Folie continues to be rated as one of the top restaurants, one of the first bay area restaurants to receive a star from the Michelin Guide, 4 stars from the San Francisco Chronicle and 4 stars from San Francisco Magazine. In celebration of 21 years, The Passots have expanded their bar into a lounge located next door, perfect for before or after dinner drinks.

We thank all of our guests for voting La Folie.

Best French Restaurant - 7x7 Magazine
Best French Restaurant - San Francisco Magazine
Best French Restaurant - SF Weekly
Best Restaurant - Eater SF

Merci!
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Las Vegas
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food amazing, service impeccable, atmosphere elegant. Will come again and again.

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YY
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the first time dining in your restaurant and we were impressed by the attentive services and the quality of the food.

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IC
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Folie has been our most favorite restaurant in San Francisco in the past decade. The food and wine is superb and the service is always excellent. This time we thank our server Mandy and sommelier Rob. We'll be coming back to you for many more years.

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San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

like dining at your own chateau. they were beyond kind and the food is unbelievable. from the chef coming outside—in the rain—to help us with our parking dilemma to the best hostess in the city and the lovely waitstaff, la folie was formal without being stiff and with great warmth. (only one other time has a chef greeted me in the rain & that was last year in sweden at daniel berlin krog.) mixing-and-matching courses across the menus was a delight. the cocktails were outstanding & the food was incomparable, the asparagus soup (available to vegetarians and omnivores alike) & the beef & the frogs legs were standouts. thank you—

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K
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and great food. Highly recommend you make reservations.

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RC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Prix fixe is too much would like the ability to dial it down to 3 courses or ala-carte.

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Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Famed restaurant did not live up to us billing, and our billing. Poor service for the price - over $1,000. Didn’t have a waiter - sommelier filled in. Knowledgeable enough gentleman, but no serious description of dishes for the chefs tasting menu. Washroom was a mess, and quick look at kitchen showed chaos. Disinterested front door staff couldn’t be bothered to arrange for taxi, and when sommelier arranges for one, my wife was advised to jump in it while I was getting ready so taxi wouldn’t run off - couldn’t be bothered to endure driver that there was a tare. Chefs tasting menu and wine pairing were on par with what you expect from a fine dining restaurant but service frankly on par with a take out.

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JB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another amazing experience at La Folie.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely service. They have vegan option which is nice. The food is incredible. 100% recommend

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

Food is okay, overpriced for Valentines day

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JM
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 4

$1,000 tab for Valentine's Dinner! I've had good experiences at this restaurant in the past, and am willing to pay for an extraordinary experience. This was nowhere near a Michelin star experience. Ambience was great and cozy, however food and service did not match the reputation or exorbitant dinner tab. While this is still a nice French restaurant, it is no longer special to the average French restaurant in SF. I'd be happier if they reduced their prices to match the deteriorated experience. We felt ripped off.

Good points - Sommelier picked a very nice and good valued wine. Wait staff was friendly and eager to please.

Bad points - While the wait staff was friendly, they were never there at the right times. We constantly waited for things. We sat waiting for a long time before they brought bread and took our order. Server was not paying attention to our table and I had to pour the wine to refill glasses all evening. Food would have been fine for a $400 evening, but not for $1,000. The caviar appetizer and asparagus soup were tasty. The third course cod dish was fine. The main course rib eye steak was tough and chewy. The deserts could have come from Starbucks.

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Absolutely not worth it
The food has very little flavor. Prices are CRAZY steep and the service is worse than any regular diner.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ive been to almost all fine dining/michelin star restaurants— la folie is still one of my very few favorites. So authentically french, and every course worth the penny. The atmosphere is unassumingly elegant. Thank you to chef roland passot and eric our sommelier

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A perfect display of what fine dining should be... Chef Roland Passot and staff delivered a stunning culinary experience! This hidden treasure is not to be missed. I will be back...

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So amazing! The chef even came out to speak with us and the sommelier was equally amazing!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

This was our third visit to La Folie. The first time was great, the second not so good, but thought we'd give it another try, - but were disappointed.
We started off with Champagne, Lepreux-Penet, which was very good.
A pre meal taster/appetizer of mackerel was offensive. To find this in restaurant of this caliber was a bit shocking. Growing up in Norway, which is known for good fish, Mackerel was never eaten in our home, as it was consider cannery fish, which was exported, or processed into animal feed.
We had the Chef's tasting menu without wine paring, but, even though this was a French restaurant, we asked for a bottle of Pinot Grigio or like French wine. The sommelier recommended a French equivalent, which we agreed to. As we did not expect to finish the bottle we asked if we would be permitted to bring the reminder home? “Of course,” the sommelier answered.
The first course of Duck Egg Ravioli was pretty good, and we had it with truffles. No complaints.
At this point we asked for our wine and were told it had been decanted, was airing and waiting for us asking. We found it strange that a white wine would be decanted and needed airing? The wine was then served and to our surprise it was red. We figured this was some French version of an Italian wine, but were a bit confused, but made no fuss. It tasted pretty well and was some kid of cabernet, which we later verified. We were ok with the wine and did not want to make a big deal out of it.
The second course of Butter Poached Lobster was over cooked, difficult to cut and therefore of course hard to chew. Disappointing.
At this point the server came by and said they had made a mistake with the wine. We had been given wine, brought in by another party, who had planned to enjoy it with their meal. We subsequently learned that the wine was brought in by the manager of a St. Helena Winery, and was to have been served to someone they wanted to impress. What a screw up!
We never saw the wine we ordered.
Third course;

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 3

Pretty average, especially considering the price.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall - Amazing!

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DC
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I booked this restaurant in early this year for visitors from Hong Kong on their last night in San Francisco before catch a late night flight back to Asia. I was disappointed to find out California has banned the consumption of Foie Gras 2 weeks ago. I had Foie Gras on my last visit at La Folie and love it very much. Our waitress is attentive and friendly, I enjoyed the rack of Lamb very much and my wife loved the souffle as desert.

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AS
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food ❤️

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IR
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful restaurant! The atmosphere was really enjoyable, the service excellent and the food just WOW!

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JM
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great way to spend a special day, great food and service!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice dinner and service

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food and Deseret are just GREAT! But it’s a bit less flexible as they only provide sets of orders, which is may be much for guests who don’t have that much appetite, but it’s just minor problem.

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b
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's a travesty that La Folie lost its Michelin star. My wife and I dine at many starred SF restaurants and see no sense in this long-time neighborhood icon not continuing to be so recognized. Delicious food, first class service, restful and tasteful decor. There are lots of choices within each course and you can even substitute with dishes from the Chef's menu.

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JB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

way over priced. the back room has no atmosphere. wines by the glass are disappointing.

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JB
New England
12 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A lovely dinner to celebrate our anniversary.

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OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

The menu items selections used to be very good, now the price has gone up but the selections are not impressive at all. Quite disappointed.
In addition there is 5% sf health mandated charges along with kitchen tip. With the price of the food along with all the tips, it’s not worth it going there any more!

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i
San Francisco
97 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our family had an unforgettable evening celebrating my birthday. We were delighted by Chef Passot's creations on the tasting menu of foie gras terrine, butter poached lobster, spice crusted venison, cheese plate and poached apple with custard. All courses were paired perfectly with French and Californian wines. I even indulged in the foie gras which was perfectly warmed on top of pumpkin bread and huckleberry sauce and paired with a decadent Sauterne. We had a marvelous time and can't wait to go back next season. Bon Appetit!

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Austin
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Last nights meal was filling! The chef came around and we were able to say thank you in person. We loved the white truffles on the lobster risotto.

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CB
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unbelievable food, presentation, service, ambience, wine list.

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RB
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

La Folie has been for years one of our favorite restaurants in San Francisco. We never had a bad meal, nor a bad experience. The service is impeccable. The consistency in the quality of the food, the variety and freshness of the ingredients. The attention for détails, the beautiful presentation of each dish. The delicate combination of flavors is a feast for the palates. Our sincere appreciation to everyone at La Folie for making this evening, once again memorable.

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DI
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed an absolutely wonderful evening. Everything was perfect. Chef Roland Passot met with all is diners - a classy touch.

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M
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone here is always the best in all respects!...HUGE thanks to Mandy, Roland, & Susan!

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V
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Except for a cold draft it was a great evening.

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Still brilliant after all these years. My wife and I lived in the neighborhood when La Folie opened 30 years ago and it quickly became our favorite. We visit it far less frequently these days but made the trip (from the East Bay), and it was absolutely wonderful. You just can’t beat Chef Roland’s cooking. Everything was delicious. It reminds you why this type of French cuisine has been the gold standard of fine dining forever. It’s art on a plate. I love Quince, Saison and the other new great restaurants of SF, but La Folie is as good as any of them.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

In the past we used to really like this place and would come here for our date nights and special locations. Unfortunately, this last experience was very disappointing. First, The dishes were not really coming together. For example the good Russian caviar was ruined with bits of cauliflower and potatoes that were embedded in between the layers of small crepes which created an unpleasant cruciferous smell and texture. The lobster was rubbery and too undercooked with annoyingly undercooked hard dime-sized vegetables with bland squash soup poured over it. Our second and main course arrived about 40 minutes apart, which felt like a very a long wait. I got 2 tiny medallion pieces of rib-eye and my wife got squab which the leg had a strange sausage stuffing and left a gross after taste. Unfortunately for us the courses weren’t worth the wait. Also, our waitress kept trying to upsell every dish and wine to the point that we decided we would never return. It ruined our special evening. Please save your money and go elsewhere. We’ve been to many, many Michelin star and high end restaurants all over the world and this was not the food/service experience we’ve come to expect.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef Passot and his front/back of house team continue to deliver an exceptional dining experience with outstanding inventive cuisine. We are truly lucky to have him in San Francisco!

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NK
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been to the restaurant several times and it is simply one of the best, consistent high end food experience and never fails in any way. Awesome, would love to go every week.

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GF
San Francisco
228 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I think I had the best meal of my life at La Folie last night. Yes, I've eaten at La Folie several times before, but yesterday's meal was just such amazing food! Sure, I've eaten at great restaurants, but the quality of the food was beyond compare, and yet each dish was accessible and understandable, just tasted great and cooked to perfection. With each dish, it just got better and better! La Folie is truly an exceptional restaurant! We started with the cauliflower soup. They put some vegetables in your bowl and then pour in the broth at table side. Yes, it was delicious and a good portion of soup! Then we had the grilled octopus, and that was super delicious. The large octopus pieces were grilled to perfection and it tasted great with the sauce. Then we had the Spanish Turbot dish which is a nice white delicate fish. It was exceptional. And then we had the mushroom and lobster risotto with the black truffles from France. Oh, that was superb. And finally we had our entrees of lamb and steak. Both were cooked to perfection, so tasty, so delicious, and soft like butter. That was over the top delicious! And then we had the delicious chestnut and chocolate dessert. Every plate is so beautifully prepared. It's really a work of art at La Folie. And then they give you basically a box of chocolates to take home. Oh yea, La Folie is considered one of the best restaurants in SF and deservedly so!

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