La Folie

4.7
2403 reviews
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$50 and over
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French
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!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French
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Hours of operation
RESTAURANT HOURS
Tuesday - Thursday- 5:30pm - 10:00pm
Friday & Saturday- 5:00pm - 10:00pm

LOUNGE HOURS:
Tuesday - Thursday- 5:00pm - 12:00am
Friday & Saturday- 5:00pm - 1:00am

We are closed Sundays & Mondays, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year's Day
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Phone number
(415) 776-5577
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Roland Passot
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Private party facilities
We offer 4 star French Cuisine in our ambient restaurant or intimate private room. Executive Chef Roland Passot will gladly prepare a custom menu for any occasion. Our Wine Director Georges Passot is available to assist you in selecting wines that compliment your menu.
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Private party contact
Susana Bernahola: (415) 776-5577
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Union & Green Streets
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Parking details
The valet charge is $15/car; street parking is also available.
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Public transit
19 Polk, get off on Polk and Green street.
49 Van Ness, get off on Union and walk one block East to Polk street
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 2403 People Are Saying
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San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there celebrating my son's birthday. He is a foodie and enjoyed the meal very much. Our waiter offered excellent service. Portions were generous. Wine list was extensive. Roland Passot visited each table at the end of the evening to say hi and that was a nice touch. We have gone several times to La Folie over the past 20 years and the food has always been reliably good.

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CA
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and excellent food. I can’t wait to return!

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MS
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved our experience at La Folie. The food was unbeatable, and the chef even stopped to say hello. We want to come back again and try new things as the menu changes.

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Guadalajara
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exquisita comida, excelente servicio! Fui por mi cumpleaños y tuvieron maravillosos detalles! Lo recomiendo mucho!

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T
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The tasting dinner was truly wonderful. Very artfully presented and absolutely delicious. Service was impeccable.

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SG
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very friendly staff, chef and owner. Its a must try in SF

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JW
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about our experience at La Folie was absolutely excellent. Wonderful service from our server and sommelier, and it was such a pleasure to meet the chef. Can’t wait to come back!

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J
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Folie is always among my favorite dining spots in San Francisco. The service and food is consistently spot on, making for a perfect date night.

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AW
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We found La Folie 3 years ago for our first wedding anniversary and had such a great experience that we decided that we wanted our anniversary date to be at La Folie every year. This year was no different. Excellent food, great drinks, and exceptional service. One of the reasons that we like La Folie is that it's fine dining that's not on every "must trys" at San Francisco. At least, it's not the first things that come up on every search. It's still special to me and my wife.

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OT
Italy
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Buono il vino il locale avrebbe bisogno di una rinfrescata

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just fabulous!

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M
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exquisite French cuisine.
Starting with the caviar was wonderful
Cheese soufflé a must !
Highly recommend it

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PJ
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had caviar with champagne. We then moved into our soups of lobster then corn. I was excited for the rabbit in three ways and snake river beef from Idaho was fantastic! Beautiful courses and delicious meal at every turn.

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SM
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This used to be my go to restaurant for foie gras, but the portion is now smaller. However, it's still a good 5oz. This is a fine dining restaurant if this is what you're looking for, but I'm sad that the foie gras portion is now smaller than when I used to come here, but it's still a generous portion.

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JS
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful food and service. Flowers were beautiful. The server and staff were very attentive. Even the other diners were friendly. A very special evening.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

our experience wasn’t great. Thought food could be better and there’s a lot of up charges. Maybe expected more but I can see why it’s no longer a Michelin star restaurant.

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BJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service exceptional! Wine was excellently paired with an outstanding recommendation.

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CD
St. Louis
53 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Service was outstanding. While the food was visually quite stunning many of the courses on the palate tasted rather average. We were there for a special occasion which, while was verbally acknowledged, was not noted with even a small culinary gesture of celebration. Sad.

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JC
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a terrific restaurant. Every dish was perfectly prepared and presentation ranged from really good to stunning. Chris, our server, was excellent - he was very knowledgeable about the menu and exactly which wine would compliment each dish. The kitchen is fantastic. We had a wonderful meal.

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T
San Francisco
91 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

La Folie is a classic French/SF restaurant that continually evolves and improves. We've been going for many years so have been able to experience the evolution of both the restaurant and the kitchen which is led by Chef/Owner Roland Passot. One great thing about La Folie is that Chef Passot is almost always in the kitchen working. This past week when we visited, he came out to visit with the diners for a brief period as is his custom. The menu consists of two multi-course options: 1) a seasonal special, 2) 'build-your-own' 3, 4 or 5 course menu. I had #1 and my wife #2 and every dish was well executed and creative. Often you get one or the other. The service is attentive without being over- bearing or overly friendly, in other words - professional. The restaurant has two dining areas: the back room (Green room) which tends to be a little quitter and the front room which tends to have a little more energy. Both are quite nice. You can't go wrong with La Folie as a special occasion restaurant.

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OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed the items we ordered and our waitress was very informative and helpful.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

I meant to treat myself and was disappointed.
Porcini mushrooms and sweetbreads were tasteless and dry.
The cheese was unmemorable.
Same with the wine.

it was not worth the price.

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JG
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

A perennial San Francisco favorite!

First class food and attentive and friendly service!

Chef/proprietor is always onsite and stops by to greet the guests. Nice classy touch.

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MF
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Folie is the best French restaurant in the Bay Area. The foie gras is fantastic as is the A-5 Waygu. Advance order the lobster and sweetbread tower as it is amazing. Roland Passat is an amazing chief and I cannot understand why this restaurant does not have 3 Michelin Stars. Great bar and wine list. Highly recommend La Folie!!!

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RL
San Francisco
276 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We dined here for a friend's 70th birthday, we had a wonderful server, lovely cocktails, lovely food portioned nicely, especially the duck, and lovely dessert. The birthday boy was very happy to meet the chef and receive an autographed menu for the evening. A few comments, the lighting was very bright, not cozy and convivial, there is a sense of time warp here, and the pricing is high, but the experience was one to be remembered.

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DO
San Diego
97 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Oh. My. Goodness. The tastes, food, and wine service were exquisite. So delicately done be the chef ( who came out to greet everyone). We were at French Laundry 2 weeks ago and this was better! Ask for Mandy as server. She is so knowledgeable and attentive ❤️❤️

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent staff
Very good wine choices
Delicious food
Classic ambiance

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LL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

👍 very good very good

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

The food are very salty

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EB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was great but very slow. It was boring waiting so long between courses

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D
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful beyond words! An amazing place to have the best meal and service in San Francisco.

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C
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You know what to expect from a traditional french bistrot and La Folie did not desapointed. Perfect comfort food with very good wines suggested by the sommelier. Totally recommended!

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b
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Birthday celebration,excellent customer service

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EK
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

We went for our anniversary and the hostess was great at greeting us. Our disappointment was in our server, who did not explain the menu nor any of the dishes to us. We would ask about specific dishes and her answer is "it's good." Q: "What kinds of wine would you recommend?" A: "French, of course. You're in a French restaurant.". We felt a little rushed to order since our server lacked the personal services we were seeking at this level of restaurant. I don't know if it was just us as we heard her explain more things to other tables without being questioned.

The food is fantastic. The other servers who brought the food were great. The hostess was awesome. The only thing that dampened our experience was our server.

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P
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic in every way. From service to food, haven’t had such a great dining experience in a long time! We did tasting menu with wine pairing. A perfect, exciting, delicious meal. We will be back!

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DP
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the minute we entered the door, we knew we were in good hands. We had a great table, an experienced and knowledgeable server, who knew absolutely everything about the menu, and also had excellent suggestions. I highly recommend this restaurant for any occasion, or just when you know you want the perfect meal and perfect service. It deserves way more than just five stars!!!!

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SY
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved everything about this place, the fact that Chef Roland Passot after 30 years since the restaurant was open is still in the kitchen, says it all! We had a 3 course dinner and my aunt and I couldn't finish the Entre, we were staffed and I hated that I had to waste the remainder of a wonderful steak. The presentation was great, the food was delicious the waiter was professional, helpful and very attentive. Make sure if you have any further engagement that follows your dinner here to inform your server and he/she will get you ready by the time you need to be out. I was traveling out of town but I certainly hope to be back some day soon!

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D
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The only pls

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EG
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

What an amazing, beautiful meal at La Folie! Classic French cuisine updated to 21st century palates. I highly recommend La Folie! Only one small complaint: décor needs to be updated a bit.

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f
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was very good but it’s getting more Californian than French.

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