About La Folie
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
San Francisco, CA 94109
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
Friday & Saturday:5:00pm-1:00am
We are closed Sundays & Mondays, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year's Day
***We will be open for regular dinner service on Monday, February 13, 2017
Union & Green Streets
$50 and over
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
The valet charge is $15/car; street parking is also available.
19 Polk, get off on Polk and Green street.
49 Van Ness, get off on Union and walk one block East to Polk street
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.
Private Party Contact:
Elsa Kegel: (415) 776-5577
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
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. Audio Visual Equipment, Valet Service and Flower décor are available upon request.
The private Green Room, seats a maximum of 24 guests.
Our dining room is available for buyouts and can seat a maximum of 56 guests.
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La Folie Ratings and Reviews
La Folie the restaurant is incredible. We have been there twice, coming from out of town, both for wedding anniversaries, and although a little pricey, it remains our absolutely finest favorite dining destination. The service is altogether excellent, the chef/owner welcoming and friendly, the wine list is fantastic, and the cuisine is incredible. This time, we discovered they have a beautiful lounge next door. We will go back again.
Excellent food exquisitely presented. Go for the tasting meal and indulge in an amazing journey. You will not be disappointed. So why the 3 stars (good) overall? We had a reservation for 8:45p and were not seated until 9:25p. Given the restaurant requires a credit card to secure a reservation with a strict cancellation policy, we didn't feel we had the option to leave after waiting a half hour which I think is more than generous. The next day I was talkint with a friend who had his birthday dinner there and he waited an hour for his table. So, I would recommend calling ahead when you have a reservation and seeing if they are runnning on schedule-- save yourself some trouble. The food is outstanding so wish this didn't start the way it did.
Absolutely perfect. The food was incredible and the chef made his way to the table to make sure everything was perfect. I couldn't have asked for a more perfect meal. Truly one of the most memorable meals of my life. Every single dish was plated impeccably and cooked to perfection. I have told everyone I know about this special restaurant and I will be making a trip back to San Francisco just to go back and dine once again and try some of the other dishes I didn't get to have. The chefs take on foie gras is a dish I felt after tasting should be on everyone's bucket list if they only knew how special it was. Everything was so creative in an absolutely refined and tasteful way. I wish there were more restaurants and chefs that treated guests the way this restaurant treats its guests. I always felt from the moment i made the reservation the restaurant truly cared to make my evening special and at every opportunity took the initiative to ask if there was anything they could do to make the evening more special than it already was by eating such incredibly prepared food. I was also very pleasantly surprised that we were able to tip , on the bill, the rest of the staff at the restaurant in addition to the waiter. I have learned a lot from just dining in this restaurant on how to run my own business and how to be so considerate to every customer as well as my staff. This is a very special place that clearly is run by people who love what they do and love their guests. I almost feel mistreated now whenever I eat anywhere else because of how well I was treated as soon as I was first contacted by the restaurant to the last goodbye and offer to call me a cab as I walked out.
Overall it was good. They had flowers set up as I requested which made it very special. The only reason I deduct points is I confirmed on the phone to be seated in the back room and i was seated in the front. I did not say anything because I didn't realize which room was what until I got up and went to the bathroom since it was my first time here. It's disappointing for a high caliber restaurant to mess that up.
Wow! La Folie does not disappoint - it is always a memorable meal! The meal and service were outstanding. We ate there a few months ago but returned to celebrate a special occasion. They are extremely flexible, allowing you to select nearly anything on the menu (including items on the tasting menu) for your three or four or five courses.
Every single item brought to the table was excellent. The foie gras is absolutely sublime - I'm salivating as I remember it - a very generous portion and expertly prepared. I also ordered frog legs/escargot (not something I can order very many other places!) and the butter-poached lobster. My husband ordered the trio of rabbit, which was absolutely gorgeous (photo attached).
They have one of the most extensive wine lists we've seen, with a great selection from all over the world.
It was a pricey evening, but... you get what you pay for.
Celebrated our anniversary, sat in the back room which made it nice and private. Service was fantastic from valet, host, head server, and other servers. Our dishes were AMAZING. I had the summer tasting menu with wine pairing and my husband chose a 4 course dinner. We celebrate every year at a Michelin Star restaurant and this is definitely at the top of our list. The only downfall was one unisex bathroom. It still was kept clean and smelling nice though;). We will go back for another celebration dinner.
La Folie is an exceptional restaurant. Where you would typically find this class of restaurant to be great on food and sparse o volume, La Folie gives you generous portions of your best tasting and presented dishes. If you are going to La Folie, you have to try the foie gras, the best seared foie gras available in The City, served on a half peach with a peach consomme. The wait service is exceptional (ask for Tre) that can give you suggestions on the best way to enjoy the menu and take full advantage of what Chef is planning that evening and how you can enjoy it even if you have dietary restrictions or allergies.
Had a fantastic birthday celebration for my dad. It was the first time for the 3 of us eating there. The food was fantastic! Only "issue" with the evening is that the dinner was very very long, which is hard to "complain" about seeing how fantastic everything else was. Will go again!
This was a lovely experience. The service was impeccable and correct - not something you see much of in our fast food world. This is an event restaurant, many courses, with many options, expect to spend two hours. The food was exquisite - I enjoyed the Russian caviar, the foie gras, and had the butter poached lobster for my main course. Husband had the corn soup, scallops, and ribeye. Every course was nicely paced with an amuse bouche sprinkled in here and there. The wine list was extensive and I thought very reasonable for the offerings. We were seated in the back room, which is intimate and lovely. We will visit again I am sure. BTW - the bar next door is cozy, the bartenders are very accommodating, they offer great bar snacks and service from the restaurant as well. (We ate there the next evening)
It was a joy to eat in a restaurant where dinner is considered an event. We spent an evening enjoying delicious, well prepared food , waited on by knowledgeable courteous staff, in a quiet environment that allowed us to carry on a conversation amongst the four of us. Though expensive it is not overpriced for the degree of expertise and work that goes into preparing this level of food.
What I loved about this restaurant besides the outstanding food and service is that you could interchange menu items with the tasting menu items. The other great thing about this restaurant was the valet service. Parking in San Francisco can be a real bear, so that extra service is well worth it! The small offerings of a demitasse of chilled FRESH pea soup and a shot glass of a watermelon aperitif rimmed with sugar and spice were a very refreshing surprise. And because it was our anniversary, we were given a menu of our orders signed by the chef! Very thoughtful details that made our experience even more special.
One of the questions is Worth the drive? We drove from Los Angeles and yes.. it was worth the drive. Second time at this amazing restaurant - the food is so delicate, the service impeccable. It's not cheap, but you get what you pay for - an amazing culinary experience. We'll be making the drive again.
La Folie is an elegant restaurant that has been around for 29 years. The amazing thing is that it is not dated--it is very relevant with state-of-the-art presentation and imaginative combinations. I don't often use the descriptor "divine" for food but we had gorgeous plates that tasted "divine."
I had not eaten at La Folie in over 15 years but it is today is just as amazing as ever. The environment, the food, and the service all combine to provide you with an experience that you will remember for a very long time.
The dining room is elegantly appointed but not stuffy. The hostess is delightful and she enjoys engaging customers. The wait staff clearly love their jobs and they perform them with aplomb. The food is exceptional on every imaginable level. There is a very high “wow factor” with every dish that comes out of the kitchen.
They let you create your own meal from the three, four or five course menus as well as the Chef’s Tasting Menu. You could order three appetizers if that is what you desire. They are not at all fussy. I brought a bottle of special wine which they happily decanted and they waived the corkage fee when we ordered a half bottle of wine as well.
We had the Corn Soup which was sweet and delicious; the Foie Gras which was the biggest piece of foie I have ever had and it was perfectly done and floating in a peach consommé; the Day Boat Scallops were tender, sweet and perfectly seared; a Salmon dish that was in a miso-like broth and beautifully poached; Rack of Lamb which was tender and moist and a perfect portion; Duck Breast which was served with an artful circle of root vegetables; a Lobster Risotto which if I die tomorrow, I will be happy thinking about the creamy sauce, the chewy arborio rice, the sweet corn and the succulent lobster; and finally desert was a cherry compote (I don’t remember the ingredient details but I remember loving every bite of it). They also provide you with a lovely complimentary sampling of their home made candies.
The Chef himself came out to greet all of the diners. I told him our meal was a dream. Clearly he has done a beautiful job of establishing a world-class menu and service. I hope that my words have adequately described what a superb and enjoyable meal it was.
I can see why they lost their Michelin star in 2016 and have not regained it.
Service was acceptable, but not great and the food was forgettable for the aspirations and price of this restaurant. Nothing I had in the three course menu ($100) was exceptional.
Food was good, but not a meal where you have a mind blowing experience with every bite. I was hoping it would be the latter since it's a bit of a pricey joint. Maybe I'm just being jaded. Atmosphere was nice, not too loud. The waiter could have been a bit more attentive and more formal as I tend to like a heightened sense of formality when going to a really nice restaurant with a dress code. The wine was great. Although, I kept feeling like they were trying to up sell me and get me to order more. I ordered the scallop which was very good, the soft shell crab which I thought tasted a bit odd, not my favorite blending of flavors, sweet & sourish. Personally I prefer a bit more savory flavors for soft shell crab. The plating was beautiful and everything was perfectly cooked. I also had the veal which was good but not mind blowing. For desert I had the souffle which was probably the best dish of the night and did hit that mind blowing threshold I keep alluding to. Overall, it's just not quite worth the cost.
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