Le Marais Bakery

3.5
30 reviews
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$30 and under
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Bistro
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Some of the freshest bread in the Bay Area can be found at Le Marais Bakery. You will want to head over there the next time you are in the area and in need of your favorite loaf or two. Beyond that, Le Marais Bakery is a great place to grab a quick breakfast or lunch. They have reinvented bread by redesigning what goes between the loaves.

Try the extra special avocado toast for breakfast at Le Marais Bakery or opt for the salmon bagel. These are just a couple of the many items on the menu waiting to pleasure your taste buds.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Bistro, French, Californian
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Hours of operation
Monday to Sunday: 7:00am to 7:00pm
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Breakfast: Mon-Fri, 7:00am-11:00am; Sat-Sun, 7:00am-9:00am
Lunch: Mon-Fri, 11:00am to 3:00pm
Brunch: Sat-Sun, 9:00am to 4:00pm
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Phone number
(415) 359-9801
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Executive Chef Max Snyder
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Private party facilities
Le Marais Bistro seats fifty people and offers buy outs for private parties and events. We are a charming bistro designed in a vintage aesthetic with Bundt pan light fixtures and ironwork Parisian balcony railings, accented by reclaimed Californian redwood that lends to the atmosphere of a lofty French farmhouse.
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Private party contact
Patrick Ascaso: (415) 359-9801
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Cross street
Steiner St.
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Parking details
The Marina Parking Garage is located 3252 Pierce Street between Lombard Street and Chestnut Street.
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Public transit
39 Bus
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2015
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I had friends coming in from out of town and they didn't honor my reservation. They mentioned that they needed to update OpenTable on the fact they don't take Sunday reservations. They made this my problem and threw a wrench in our Sunday plans.
It was an awful experience.

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SF
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2015
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

I'm sure it will get better in time - the menu and execution. I felt like I was in a school cafeteria. The ambience was lacking.

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SJ
France
38 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2015
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Service terrible! Additional tables taffeta needed. Food less than expected.

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S
San Francisco
72 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2015
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Mediocre at best. Horrible service, average/below average food. Overall a very disappointing.

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OT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food: yum. Service: um, go for the food.

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CL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2015
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

I had heard such good things about this place and was rather disappointed. They seemed rather overwhelmed Sunday morning by the number of people there and were understaffed. We waited 45 minutes to get menus and food, and the quiche I ordered was burnt and way too salty. My tea arrived with loose tea in a pot of water with no strainer..the service was sporadic and chaotic..however with all that being said I would probably go back and try again..perhaps at a more calm and quiet time during the week!

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K
Vancouver
17 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2015
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

A friend suggested this place as she had a nice lunch a week earlier. I made a booking thru Open Table for lunch. We got there at 12:45 only to be told that 5 of the 7 options for lunch were not available. It was just weird. How could pretty much ALL the options be unavailable. There was no explanation given, just that they were unavailable.

I will say that our waitress was very pleasant and accommodating.

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II
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2015
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Go early for brunch as they ran out of most dishes by 1pm - still, meal was outstanding. Owner was fantastic, waiter less so - not a lot of interest in serving. It's not clear that reservations are needed or helpful - people just seem to take tables, maybe it's different at crunch time. Design and decor are very handsome and all the baked goods rival or are better than a few well known favorites in the Mission.

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M
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2015
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was innovative, very different from the usual, but not pretentious. The flavor combinations were quite amazing, blended but with sparkle. For example, I had the braised spring onions to start & kale spaetzle as a main. Mustard seed was used and cooked in such a way that it lent blended flavor to the sauce, but when a seed was encountered it burst with a wonderful accent flavor. House made bread and pastries are also exceedingly good. I am not a dessert person, but the chocolate eclair used extraordinarily good chocolate and was a wonderful combination of textures as well.

The service was attentive and helpful without being intrusive. Keep in mind that this is a small bistro with reasonable prices to match. It is a place for casual great food. We went before a performance at Magic Theater at Fort Mason and it was perfect.

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RB
San Francisco
56 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2015
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

I give Le Marais fairly high marks for fod. The service was lackluster -- so lax that we were almost late for the theater. Given the low patronage during our meal there is no excuse for poor sevice.

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EB
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our first dinning experience in the bistro was a prefix for Easter dinner. From start to finish the meal was both delicious and beautiful to the eye. The meal had a whimsical feel that shouted spring was in the air. The steel drum band was a nice touch. Also noted was the approachable French wine list. And the helpful staff who made dinning with our 4 month old comfortable. We are happy to add Le Maria's Bistro into our neighborhood dinning rotation.

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OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first visit to Le Marais was Brunch on Easter. Every dish was absolutely delicious, the portions were modest (which we appreciate) and the price was in line with the portion size. In addition to the entrees, we also got the bread basket with its variety of goodies which are made in their adjoining and well established bakery -- wonderful. I can't wait to go back and try dinner!

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HW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2015
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

Have been here for coffee and pastries before and have had great experiences so was excited to come to the restaurant side for Easter brunch. Unfortunately, the staff was disorganized and a third of the menu (all of the actual filling plates) was already out even though this was before noon. Has to go to Starbucks next door for a second light brunch. Will stick to the bakery to-go side.

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s
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The staff was helpful and very attentive and flexible to our needs. Love this place.

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A
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2015
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

While there are not that many options to choose from the brunch menu everything we ordered was delicious. The smoked potato beignets was just ok. Our servers mixed up our orders but they were apologetic about it.

Service was friendly though spotty. Dishes took long and arrived at different times.

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DB
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2015
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

This restaurant delights the diner with subtle refinement, both in food and in ambiance. Beautiful presentation, unexpected detail, and complex flavours are present in each of the items we tried. From the simple radishes and butter to the scallop ceviche, lots of detail, care, and complex flavours that work perfectly. It is a small menu done very well. Portion sizes are perfect.
The same care has gone into small details like the little "votive" presentation of flowers at the entrance and the fresh blossoms at table. Just as one would often see in France. Service was excellent. Atmosphere is casual and comfortable.

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T
San Francisco
64 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Wow - have loved the bakery part of the establishment since it opened, finally tried the restaurant for dinner. What an amazing surprise - outstanding chef de cuisine with a very small support staff - astonishingly fine cuisine. Fresh ingredients, deftly handled, superb combinations and textures, beautifully plated - all adding up to a very refined and delicious meal, from les entrées (grilled thin asparagus spears with paper thin kumquats; f.g.) les plats (cod; abalone on thin noodles) et les desserts. Smallish but very well curated wine list, at excellent prices. Seating is compact, Paris-sized, nice starched linens and small candles add a bit of luxe. Friendly service slightly rushed but so amiable. Ambience is café with tablecloths, but cuisine is definitely restaurant. Bravo!

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C
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2015
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food here was terrific- and it is a fun scene. The service was also very good. The staff have an upbeat, friendly attitude. This restaurant reflects the best of San Francisco- great food and people.

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F
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for the Valentine's Day special prix fixe dinner and could not have been more pleased with our choice. We were greeted by the owners, shared our love of the Marais district in Paris.....The service was great, friendly, responsive....smiling! Wine list pleased us. We chose the lobster entree....delicious. Appetizers, dessert just right. We'll be back.

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2015
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Service was slow and completely disorganized on all levels. Our server was also very rude and not helpful throughout the course of the meal. We were waiting forever to pay our billing so I handed him the check in passing, he then told me put it back on the table so he could get it "in a minute" which took another 5 minutes. Food was good, but portions are tiny. I will not be going back

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JM
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed an excellent meal with friendly and highly competent staff in an inviting bistro setting on a recent rainy night. A small menu allowed us to sample most of what was available - and every dish was excellent to memorable. We would especially recommend the "green rice" - a risotto with green garlic and roasted brussel sprouts. The trout (main course) was cooked to perfection, and I can't begin to describe the lemon curd dessert with its artistic composition and many complementary flavors. Established as a top SF bakery, the restaurant serves its bread with dinner - it could have been a meal on its own. The rain seemed to have kept many people away the evening we were there - it was only about a third full, which made for a welcome quiet in which we could speak to each other in conversational tones. Can't say what might happen with a full house, but the quality of the food and service will have us back soon regardless, and we'll try it for brunch as well.

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G
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2015
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

I've been there with friends for a Sunday brunch. Lots of items in the menu were not available. No OJ or any other juice as an alternative. Helpers were fighting among them. It is a shame cause the place is cute and the bakery products are really good, but they are not prepare to serve meala yet.

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C
San Francisco
85 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My cousin and I met here for brunch on January 25th and had a lovely time. I had a reservation which was good because it was busy at Noon which one would expect. I enjoyed my avocado toast with egg and the chocolate banana croissant plus the freshly-squeezed blood orange used to make the mimosas! My cousin also loved her egg, potato and meat dish. Overall, it was very pleasant. I'll come back again.

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MD
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have coffee and croissants a couple of times a week. Sheer perfection. For brunch, the avocado egg is superb. Last Sunday we went for the prix fix dinner. So inventive and delicious. From the parsnip crisps to the little gem salad with foie gras and on to the barbecued beef it was wonderful. The desert was so refreshing.

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GG
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2015
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

A new chef with a solid pedigree from Saison and Coi, and it shows in the excellent balance of favors in creative dishes. Kale with Spaetzle was a repeat winner, and the scallops were perfectly cooked with hen of the woods mushrooms. Black cod main was also cooked perfectly, as were the short ribs. Service is on the other end of the spectrum, which was mitigated by the conscientious French owner who arrived with alacrity, champagne flutes in hand. With a more seasoned wait staff, and a more intimate lighting scheme on the way, Le Marais is poised to fill a culinary void in the Marina, if they can hold on to their magnificent chef, who outshines decor and service.

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F
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Three of us dined at Le Marais Bistro on Chestnut Saturday evening - and had three exceptional meals. The menu selection is small, but we found everything we wanted. The scallops were incredible - not a single thing to complain about them - hot seared & served with prosciutto & persimmon. The sea bass was perfectly cooked, served with parsnips, pureed peas & flash fried greens. Yum! And BTW, great service.

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J
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2014
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

3 items (out of 10) from the menu were out at 7:30pm. The service was kind but very slow: 2 hours to eat a burger and a salad!, but we got a free glas of wine each and a free dessert to share.

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M
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2014
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was very good. It would have been nice have had more choices. The tables are very close together. The restaurant was not full. If it was I think it would be pretty noisy.

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PT
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is not only special and interesting but also appeals to the sophisticated palette and we have recommended your restaurant to others. In addition to the wonderful items on your menu we think that in order to appeal to the general public and establish a solid base of returning customers it would be helpful to reintroduce to the menu some of the dishes you included a few weeks ago: the stuffed peppers, a pasta dish and a chicken dish. We wish you success in bringing this new restaurant to our neighborhood and we will be back.

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s
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you're walking by, you might miss this place. Found it via Foursquare & OpenTable. It's great for a casual, no frills date. Dessert and coffee were amazing, the staff very friendly and accommodating. Will come back for food sometime!

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