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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.

  • 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

  • Neighborhood

    Russian Hill

  • Cross street

    Union & Green Streets

  • 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

Appetizers

  • Cauliflower Soup

    with Curried PEI Mussels & Golden Raisins

    • Pickled Heirloom Beets

      Compressed Pear, Liwa Goat Cheese, Toasted Pistachio

      • "Tasting of Passot Roe,"

        Sea of Cortez Diver Scallop Ceviche, Hamachi Sashimi, and Kusshi Oyster

        • Triple-T Ranch Tempura Duck Egg,

          Truffle Custard, Braised Little Gem Lettuce, Wild Mushrooms, Truffle Vinaigrette

          • Goat Cheese Tatin,

            with Roasted Eggplant, Artichokes, Tomato Confit, Portobello Mushroom, and Sauce Vièrge

            • Sautéed Burgundy Snails,

              in Pernod Lemon Butter, Parsley, Bone Marrow Gratin

              • Pig Feet, Sweetbread, and Lobster Terrine

                on a Lentil Salad with Bacon Hazelnut Vinaigrette

                Fish & Shellfish

                • Seared Day Boat Scallop,

                  Nettle Fettuccine, Matsutake Mushrooms, Lobster and Uni Foam

                  • Pan Seared Local Black Cod,

                    Smoked White Bean and Anchovy Puree, Summer Beans, Tomatillo Vinaigrette

                    • Lobster and Mushroom Risotto,

                      with Leeks and Lobster Broth

                      Poultry & Meat

                      • Liberty Farm Duck Breast,

                        Crispy Confit Gateau, Sunchoke Puree, Smoked Duck Tongue, Huckleberry Sauce

                        • Trio of Devil's Gulch Ranch Rabbit,

                          Purple Barley and Fall Vegetables, Natural Jus

                          • Emigh Farm Lamb Rack,

                            Carrot & Date Puree, Wilted Mustard Greens, Roasted Chanterelles, Lamb Jus

                            • Miyazaki Wagyu Ribeye,

                              Bearnaise Croquette, Bone Marrow Custard, Bordelaise Sauce

                              • Supplement$75.00
                            • Rôti of Quail and Squab,

                              Stuffed with Wild Mushrooms, Wrapped in Crispy Potato Strings, Truffled Jus

                              Dessert & Cheese

                              • Huckleberry Baked Alaska,

                                Lemon Chiffon Cake, Huckleberry and Lemon-Thyme Ice Creams

                                • Edam Cheese Soufflé,

                                  with Fromage Blanc Sorbet, Crispy Bacon, White Sesame Tuile

                                  • Seasonal Sorbets,

                                    Green Apple, Raspberry, and Passion Fruit-Mango Sorbets, Mint Coulis

                                    • "The Sunset" Bittersweet Chocolate Fondant,

                                      with Chocolate Ganache, Crème Anglaise, Brandied Dried Fruits

                                      • Coconut Tapioca,

                                        Passion Fruit Mango Sorbet, Basil Coulis, Strawberry-Nectarine Crudités

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                                        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

                                          30 reviews

                                          vip
                                          2.0

                                          30 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

                                          12 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          12 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

                                          28 reviews

                                          vip
                                          5.0

                                          28 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

                                          13 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          13 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

                                          66 reviews

                                          vip
                                          5.0

                                          66 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

                                          8 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          8 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

                                          48 reviews

                                          vip
                                          5.0

                                          48 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

                                          126 reviews

                                          vip
                                          5.0

                                          126 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

                                          5 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          5 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

                                          8 reviews

                                          vip
                                          5.0

                                          8 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

                                          127 reviews

                                          vip
                                          5.0

                                          127 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

                                          4 reviews

                                          vip
                                          5.0

                                          4 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

                                          33 reviews

                                          vip
                                          5.0

                                          33 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

                                          San Francisco

                                          19 reviews

                                          vip
                                          5.0

                                          19 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.

                                        • 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

                                        • 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

                                        • 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

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