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La Folie - Permanently Closed

4.8
4.8
2642 Reviews
$50 and over
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!

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    French, Contemporary French, French American

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu 5:30 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm LOUNGE HOURS Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–12:00 am Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–1:00 am

  • Phone number

    (415) 776-5577

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Roland Passot

  • 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

    Susana Bernahola: (415) 776-5577

  • Neighborhood

    Russian Hill

  • Cross street

    Union & Green Streets

  • Parking details

    None

  • Public transit

    19 Polk, get off on Polk and Green street. <br />49 Van Ness, get off on Union and walk one block East to Polk street

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Menu

View menu on restaurant's website

What 2,642 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.2Value

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  1. RA

    RAH205

    San Francisco

    36 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2020

    overall2food2service2ambience4

    I am sad to say that our experience this time, the day before the closing of the doors, was extremely disapointing. I have been supporting La Folie since its opening, dining countless times with nothing but superior service and food. Not the case on Sat the day before they closed their doors. We were a two top and did not complete our meal for over 3 hours. Tables of more came and went. We were told we were in a prime location. Not sure what happened I hope we just fell through the cracks. Had to send food back as well. 750.00plus meal and for the first time dining here feel at a loss on why our expereince was so poor. Wish I could of reporedt differently Good luck to chef in his retirement.

  2. DH

    DoraliceH

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This was a special dinner on the last week of the restaurant's existence. We were greeted and spent a wonderful evening. If the restaurant had more time I would recommend it to everyone as I did for the years that it existed. What a wonderful establishment in Russian Hill for so long. Though sad to see it go, happy that Roland and his family can finally rest some and enjoy other experiences.

  3. M

    Michael

    San Francisco

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Since they are closing for good this Saturday I am writing this just to get off this page...

  4. JM

    JMCK

    San Francisco

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    This is not just a spot to eat, it's a dining experience! Every bite is a slice of heaven...so sorry it's closing. Have had many "dining experiences" here...

  5. G

    Gemquality48

    Central Coast

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We are very sad that this wonderful restaurant is closing it’s doors for good on Saturday. We have celebrated every 5th anniversary here and this year, our 25th, was the last. Chef Roland has always created memorable evenings for us with his fabulous food and hospitality and this establishment will be greatly missed. Blessings to him and his staff for a peaceful future.

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 7, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We will miss La Folie. We're going to be orphans!!

  7. SF

    SFfoodie

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Excellent as always but bittersweet since Roland Passot will be retiring. We will so miss this lovely restaurant! The loss will leave a huge hole for classic French dining in SF

  8. JM

    JuliaM

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 5, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The most amazing restaurant and a wonderful experience.

  9. J

    Jossea

    St. Louis

    72 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    72 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Exceptional world class French cuisine executed flawlessly by Chef Roland Passot. Attentive and accommodating service along with an extensive wine list composed by Sommelier George Passot. Unfortunately, the establishment is closing after 32 years.

  10. JA

    JoAnnJohnD

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This is one of the very best restaurants in The Greater Bay Area and beyond.. The food is sublime, the service is outstanding and Roland Passot is the consumate chef as well as host..Before it closes, you MUST go!!!

  11. MM

    MandM

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    So,so sad they are closing. Get there now!

  12. S

    Shopgurl

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This is our favorite restaurant in SF and will miss dining here as it will be closing mid-March 2020.

  13. WL

    WilsonL

    San Francisco

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This was my fourth time here and we came for my birthday. This is a special place and will be missed but after over 30 years working, all good things must come to an end. The French fine dining experience is coming to a close on this iconic place. We will miss it dearly. Good luck and best of retirement. You deserve the rest and relaxation after all the years of excellent work! Bravo and thank you for letting us share with you one last time.❤️🥂🥳🍾🎆🤗

  14. B

    Butkus

    San Francisco

    55 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful dining experience.

  15. d

    dalancroft

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    So good ... and such a shame it's closing. My only quibble is that it was pricey.

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely divine! So happy to be able to dine at this culinary experience.

  17. RG

    RoseGardenZorro

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fabulous beyond all expectations! It’s been more than 25 years since we have been there and La Folie did not disappoint. It was not the original 17 courses that we experienced the first time, but the restaurant is closing within a month and needed to streamline their menu...who could blame them? It was a pure delight from caviar to chocolates, don’t bother trying to get a reservation now, they’re all booked until the final night...merci La Folie!

  18. MF

    McFoodie

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always the best. Thank you Chef for coming out to say hello and for all the years. We will miss La Folie!!!

  19. S

    Stephanie

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent! Sad he is retiring.

  20. r

    robin341

    Las Vegas

    130 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    130 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Truly fine dining one of the most incredible food presentation with unique foods. We came several times over the years even though we never lived in San Francisco

  21. MD

    MaxD

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    An absolutely fabulous night. We selected the four course menu and varied the selections so that we could share. Everything was excellent. Also had the pleasure of having the very last bottle of Chassagne de Montrachet, somewhat befitting the closure.

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great experience for my birthday :-)

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    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.

  24. J

    Jojo

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  25. SF

    SFriverguy

    San Francisco

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  26. C

    Chris

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always the best. Bisou!

  27. TF

    TurkishFoodie

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  28. s

    sfnative415

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2020

    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!

  29. V

    Virgocook

    San Francisco

    128 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    128 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2020

    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!

  30. RK

    RonK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 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.

  31. NS

    NancyS

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Outstanding!!

  32. RD

    RichardD

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  33. Y

    Yelsew

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 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.

  34. WB

    WarrenB

    San Francisco

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 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.

  35. s

    steph

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  36. BE

    BEKC

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2020

    overall2food2service2ambience2

    We have been here in the past and always so enjoyed our experience, but this time our dinner was most disappointing. The service was very slow, only moderately accommodating, and the food was especially sub-par from the presentation. taste and especially the value. All of this perhaps is because the restaurant is soon to close and they are just waiting for the day to come.

  37. LS

    LeoraS

    New York Area

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  39. s

    steakloversgirlfriend

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 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.

  40. n

    npfa

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2020

    overall1food2service2ambience3

    I went to dine before they closed, and I’m sad to say that it wasn’t worth it. First, our reservation for two people was nearly 30 minutes behind — the hostess didn’t even tell us how long the wait would be until I asked. We were asked to wait in their lounge next door instead of offering us a seat in their bar area inside the actual restaurant. When it was finally time for us to get seated, it took nearly five minutes to close out our tab in the lounge due to miscommunication between staff about where our check and credit card was. Service at dinner was fine. The food was forgettable, except for my steak that was overcooked. The time between courses was far too long, especially the time between the seafood and meat course — I was ready to leave after waiting over 15 minutes. Overall, a very long and drawn out meal but not because we were having a great time. It was long, boring, and underwhelming.

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La Folie - Permanently Closed is rated 4.8 stars by 2642 OpenTable diners.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Union & Green Streets

  • Neighborhood

    Russian Hill

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu 5:30 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm LOUNGE HOURS Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–12:00 am Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–1:00 am

  • Cuisines

    French, Contemporary French, French American

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    None

  • 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

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Roland Passot

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (415) 776-5577

  • 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

    Susana Bernahola: (415) 776-5577

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