Le Marais Bakery
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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.
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.
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.
Service terrible! Additional tables taffeta needed. Food less than expected.
Mediocre at best. Horrible service, average/below average food. Overall a very disappointing.
Food: yum. Service: um, go for the food.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
The staff was helpful and very attentive and flexible to our needs. Love this place.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Le Marais Bakery does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar and Postmates. Le Marais Bakery also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 359-9801.
Le Marais Bakery is rated 3.5 stars by 30 OpenTable diners.