Marlowe

4.6
2547 reviews
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Marlowe is a market driven neighborhood bistro housed in a rustic-chic and inviting space. Bright and bold flavors from a three-star chef and a little family history create an exciting new restaurant concept nestled in San Francisco’s slick SoMa neighborhood. Marlowe was created by restaurateur Anna Weinberg along with a few partners and pals.

Offering a menu of classic bistro favorites with unique and flavorful twists, Marlowe Executive Chef Jennifer Puccio, who earned three stars from the San Francisco Chronicle for her cooking at Cortez, created a mix of snacks, appetizers, mains and sides made up of the kind of food she loves to eat when she’s not working.

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
7.5

We’re still on the lookout for a Soma go-to, near the ballpark. Marlowe is a base hit but not a home run. (Clever, we know.) That's what we're here for.

Ratings 7.0-7.5:These are your neighborhood standbys - the places that you’ll happily hit for some pasta or a quick salad, but not a restaurant you are bringing your parents or (god forbid) a date to. The true embodiment of good but not great.
What 2547 People Are Saying
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OT
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Impressed by the professional table service. Food was delicious but fries were too salty.

LD
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent. Food and drinks? Excellent. A little pricey, but well worth it. Sorry if my party (I) was acting a fool! Please don't ban us (me).

d
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Fun night, good food, favorite spot that has always been consistent and welcoming.

OT
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was wow-ed! The restaurant is stylish, homey and welcoming ... The food is contemporary and creative ... and comforting, simple and delicious all at the same time. The service was excellent. We can’t wait to go back!

LW
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

First time there and service was impeccable and the food was terrific. We were seated in the patio and it was fabulous. Definitely worth a revisit.

s
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 2

Too loud, limited menu, food is not healthy and salty.

OT
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Really good food and the service was extremely friendly. The only minus is the extremely high noise level.

JM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great lunch location. Service was terrific...very accommodating. Food was good. I recommend Marlowe

LH
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The service was great. The food is good. Both of my friend's and my dishes were very salty. I had the chicken which was kind of dry/overcooked. The restaurant is very noisy but it is a fun place to go.

BN
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My goodness...the flavors, decor and music selection was 90s tastic. But the food was crazy amazing...will be back to order the rest of the menu. Food for seafood and meat lovers galore. With sassy cocktails for brunch.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

If it’s a hot summer day like yesterday dress cool. There is NO A/C in the restaurant! We were all dying and sweaty by the end of the meal. Besides that the food and staff were great!

SG
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 2

Food was ok, but very small portions and high prices. Was very noisy.

SD
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Marlowe is my go to for weekend brunch. They were so sweet to my infant son and never rushed us over the course of our 2 hour meal. They were also kind enough to store my stroller and retrieve items from it mid meal.

S
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great food and service but a little small and or crowded

J
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once we arrived at the restaurant, we were seated immediately. The restaurant was filling up as we got there and the environment became lively. Our waiter was amazing and attentive. They acknowledged the special day I noted on OpenTable and made our dinner feel special. Food was great, the Marlowe burger was juicy (med rare), full of flavor, and was very easy to eat. The grilled squid/octopus salad was refreshing, the octopus flavor was subtle, making the salad balanced. Would def. come back.

MD
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food and service. I would highly recommend it

OT
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite;)

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M
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Definitely go there! Excellent food and service. Nice ambiance. Easy access to freeway.

JM
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was delicious - surprising in it's flavors and just darn yummy. The amount of butter in the brussel sprouts was special. The room is pretty but so so LOUD, it was hard to communicate during a busy lunch. Service was lovely, I really liked the woman who sat us.

FS
London
14 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Service subpar. Very bad Sewer issue. Salty mushroom entree, cookie dessert unimpressive. pork & steak entree were good. Second time to Marlowe, will explore other SF options.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Awesome brunch spot! Great bloody marry!

y
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was great but the service was truly warm and gracious. Will definitely be back!

MF
San Francisco
46 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always solid. A mainstay in the SF restaurant scene. Eclectic wine list, skip the $10 dessert.

OT
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great and so was the service.

AW
Saskatoon
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely loved the ambiance. The decor is on point. Loved the communal table at the front. It’s a bit noisy, but also lively and fun, could still have a conversation. We had The Baker and the Bakers Wife for drinks to start - both unique and refreshing combinations! I could have just eaten a dozen of the warm devilled eggs. Wow, were they good!! We had the salmon and chicken and both were exquisitely prepared - flavourful and cooked to perfection. The coffee icecream was the perfect ending!

PM
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A couple dishes were “good” but the salmon was truly inspired. I did not know it could be prepared so well.

D
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it!! Service was great

MH
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious!

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D
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Marlowe’s food, wonderful service, enjoyable ambiance - and love my special #69 table 😀

l
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous! The food and drinks were perfection and the service top notch.

n
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The duck is always fabulous! My husband enjoyed his steak too! I was able to sample the pinots before I chose one! Great restaurant!

JF
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and the food was really good. They could use a longer wine list.

CM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fun place to go on a Friday night after work. Lively environment. Great cocktails, and good food. Waiter could have been a bit more helpful in going through the menu, but many great choices so this did not take away from anything.

SS
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great location for enjoying a hamburger before attending Oracle Park events. However the music was too loud for our taste.

HH
Dallas
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was incredible! Our waiter was very attentive and so kind. We loved Marlowe!

t
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Good food and friendly neighborhood vibe. Too noisy and a bit more expensive than your average neighborhood joints.

FD
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Don’t waste the stomach space, time or calories!!! Service was subpar and only outdone by the mediocre food.

LB
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brought my friend here for a birthday brunch. The food was amazing and love the ambiance

MB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best fun before a Giants game - we love sitting at the bar deliberately- great food great cocktail heart-starters

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