La Folie

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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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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, plating, ambiance, everything is amazing. The staff is impeccable (also very knowledgeable, provides great advice through asking about your tastes and preferences), and the chef himself is very talented and passionate.

If you’re going with a partner, recommend getting as many dishes as you can to try. Photos posted of the dishes I tried (all recommended!). My boyfriend also got this dish with truffles, and that one was ✨ too.


So bummed that he’s retiring, but after 32 years, I wish him, his family and the incredible team there all the best for the next chapter. Thank you for a dining experience I will forever remember.

J
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I wish chef the best of luck in retirement and will miss this place immensely!

SF
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sorry they’re closing- a very unique place that I would go back to

C
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the best. Bisou!

TF
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous dining experience as always. So sad it is closing.

s
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A memorable experience. Artful presentation. Lovely to meet the Chef and enjoy his masterful menu. The tables are spaced well, not overcrowded. Would love to see the restaurant go on forever - sad that the Chef is retiring and we have such a short time left to experience it again!

V
San Francisco
121 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We wanted to say goodbye to an excellent restaurant. Everything was perfect from the tables to the menu and the service. So sad that they are closing. Such innovative delicious food. Everything works together and you can’t go wrong with any choice. It’s been a long time since we’ve been to such a nice restaurant that really defines fine dining. Adieu et Bonne chance!

RK
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great place to eat. We arrived a bit early and had a drink next door prior to dinner. The food was amazing at every course.

NS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding!!

RD
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb! The finest classic French restaurant in San Francisco. Chef Roland Passot is a treasure.

Y
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I are very sad to hear that La Folie will be closing after all these years. This was one of favorite restaurants and we celebrated many special days here. Good luck to everyone at the restaurant!
Best Wishes, Wes N.

WB
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite French restaurant in the Bay Area. We have been coming here for special occasions for many years and Wednesday was our 38th wedding anniversary. Food and service, as as always, were exceptional. But a bitter sweet ending to our love affair with La Folie. We are sad since Roland Passot, chef and owner is retiring after 32 years. He says at 65 it's time to retire and move on. We will miss him and La Folie but wish him well and will always have very fond memories.

s
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I LOVE YOU, LA FOLIE! The food was exceptional as always and I'll dearly miss you!

LS
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are so sad that La Folie is closing. A truly memorable experience every time.

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always come here every time when visit SF, will definitely miss this place ... good luck and farewell!!

s
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We finally had the opportunity to eat at La Folie. It did not disappoint. It's a special occasion restaurant. A must-go before it closes in March.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service. Classic food. Pricey but worth it.

FT
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our farewell La Folie dinner. Kudos to the chef, the kitchen staff, and our elegant and sophisticated server Mandy!

SF
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Bittersweet last visit to our favorite “special occasion” restaurant in the month before it closes.

P
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food2service5ambience5

Beautiful prepared for but taste was just ok. I enjoyed the restaurant and I’m glad that I got there before it’s closure.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience4

Slow service.

L
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food! The $45 extra charge for the black truffle over the ravioli was good. The extra $20 for the snake river ribeye was good. But the $85 extra charge for the waygu was superb tasty melt in your mouth delicious 😋. The portion was smaller compared to when they first opened we couldn’t finish everything, cost of a five ⭐️ restaurant has gone way up! Sorry to see the restaurant closing on 3/14! Happy retirement to the owner and chef 👨‍🍳!

DM
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing!!!!!!!!!

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BM
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sad to see it close but enjoy retirement, Chef Roland!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday . Great time

CC
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing meal and fabulous experience!

T
San Francisco
99 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've been to La Folie many times over the past 20 years. It is consistently the best French restaurant in SF and one of the best restaurants overall. The meal we had last weekend was one of the best. Regrettably however Chef Roland Passot, who opened La Folie in 1988, let us know that he will be closing the restaurant in March. So there's only a short time left to enjoy his cuisine.

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La Folie is a classic. Top notch across the board. There is a reason this restaurant has endured.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and experience. Have been wanting to try it for a bit, and I’m absolutely planning to return. Highly, highly recommend.

MZ
Los Angeles
44 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unbelievably great. The flavors, the presentation, the service and the unhurried courses are undeniably awesome. A fabulous experience and cannot wait to return.

m
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent.... services, as always, is top notch. The Som suggested a wine that was exactly what we were looking for. We were seated in the back (green) room this time, we have always sat in the front room until now. I love this room, it has high ceilings and an quirky decor that makes this room special. It is more quiet in this room and we will be requesting it from now on!

L
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Personal and attentive service including some special meal prep and commun ication prior to and during dining . World class attention to details
For new years menu without compromise. Definitely highly recommend

GV
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was superb, especially the service we received from Mandy. It is somewhat overpriced.

JL
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great, right portion, good service

o
San Francisco
136 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic dinner...excellent ingredients, beautifully prepared and presented.

GS
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall2food3service5ambience4

Were not aware it was a tasting menu, and that substitutions would add so much to the total bill. Disappointing.

RB
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As every year we made our trip to SF, and La Folie for our culinary fix. As always, the food was exquisite; the flavors and presentations a feast for our senses. The service was courteous and impeccable. Thank you All for another memorable evening.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall2food1service5ambience5

Very un-modern tastes. Maybe good 15 or 20 years ago but not up to standard today. The bread though was fantastic.

C
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant of all time. La Folie never misses. The restaurant has exquisite food, impeccable service and a romantic atmosphere. I love it.

DS
Dublin
34 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very special place and consistently excellent year after year. Perhaps the finest restaurant in San Francisco.