Marlowe

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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.
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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went there for a Sunday brunch with a friend.
Don’t forget to make a reservation cause the place was full...
I really enjoyed my frittata who was way to big for me. 😅
I gonna go back for sure with my hubby!

w
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic! Excellent
Food and service and delicious bloody Mary’s!!!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food was great. The place is tight so the noise level was pretty loud though. Not in a bad way, but was hard to hear conversations at the table at times. The space is small so many times wait staff walking by kept bumping you passing by so that got annoying after awhile. Overall a good place though to have a great meal.

a
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a very nice meal on a Sunday evening at the end of the holiday season. Varied menu options for everyone- some wanted lighter fare, others something more substantial. Good food, service and ambiance. We even found street parking in front.

IN
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience4

We had dinner after our Cirque show. The food was great! Got seated right away. Crowded night ~ good vibe. Brussel sprout chips, pork and polenta dishes were quite tasty! All good, except for Our server. He couldn’t really be bothered, when discussing menu items. Walked away when we were in the middle of selecting items. After we ate, we asked for the pork chop dish and polenta dish be packed up to go. For some strange reason, he tossed the yummy pork meat and pork ribs (uneaten), and packed up the polenta. Maybe he ate our leftovers? When asked where the pork was, he stated he threw it out because he thought we didn’t want it (even though we asked for 2 containers). He never offered to make it right, as in knock off a portion of the bill, or throw in dessert. He barely apologized for it. We get it, mistakes happen. But try to make it right, Marlowe.

CC
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal with my daughters. Thank you

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Very disappointing. A smile never cracked the face of the hostess, who barely looked at any arriving guest or paid attention to anyone. Seems very clear she didn’t want to be there. The waitress’s favorite expression was “we can’t do that”.

- Can’t provide the “toasted pistachios” because they’re only available at lunch; brunch apparently doesn’t qualify. She didn’t try to make an inquiry about it.
- Can’t make a separate Bloody Mary because they make the mix in advance. It was so spicy you couldn’t find a single person in the restaurant drinking it.
- Can’t cook the “candied bacon” any crisper because it’s too thick. BTW, no “candied” taste at all.
- Thought we’d try the “French Toast soldiers” but they were not hot, almost cold. Didn’t choose to mention it since every preceding question earned a “we can’t do that” response.

It would be easy to be accommodating and simply say something like, “let me see what I can do“ and then make a genuine effort to resolve it. Very consistent with the last visit we made there for dinner. There’s almost no known brand name of alcohol in the house, so they offer a local alternative you probably never heard of, and of course, they won’t let you taste it. Might be a liquor law, but they could probably sell a $1 sample and you wouldn’t mind.

I think we are finished with this restaurant.

b
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Their red wine selection -by the glass-is fair. This is my opinion. I believe the same for Cavalier

DR
London
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious as always. The grilled octopus salad was very good.

m
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Our overall experience was pretty good. Liked the space and atmosphere. We made our reservation for 2:30pm through OpenTable. When we arrived, on time, the hostess was annoyed at our reservation time, even though they had it listed as a valid time on OpenTable. She said that they just closed the kitchen at 2:30pm, but that if we ordered right away, she would see if the kitchen would make it...wtf?

We ordered right away and waited a reasonable time for the food, which came all at once. The server explained that it was because the kitchen closed. I want to note that another table of 4 sat nearby us 10 minutes after we sat. They were served as well, without the snarky comments about them being even later than us.

For the food, our requested medium-rare steak and sunny-side up eggs, were served well-done and over easy. As I noted to the server, it wasn't a deal breaker, so we ate it, but wanted him to know. He just said "Ok" and walked away.

MM
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food1service5ambience5

I would recommend Marlowe in a random dinner and not on NYE!!

MJ
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this place. Great food, great drinks—especially the “Juicer,” a serrano chili infused gin cocktail.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic as always

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great place to go for dinner before Chase Center events. Convenient parking. Not too far to walk either. Perfect Burger and Caesar salad. Loves the Deviled Eggs. Our server helped us get out on time so we didn’t stress. We’ll be back before the next Concert.

KW
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lunch with a friend

s
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

As a group, we had the deviled eggs, burrata, ricotta toast, polenta and chicken sand. All were delish but the Marlowe burger is the best!

SK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was very good, the pork chop was fantastic. A bit pricey overall but great place, and great service!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was really nice, great wine, great service in a relaxed but classy atmosphere.

JA
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Cute, quaint restaurant. A little to dark. Couldn't read menu vwithout flashlight app. Lol. Food was good overall, though the extra dose of salt on cauliflower was unnecessary and made the dish less enjoyable. Octopus and squid salad was wonderful. Friend said burger and fries was great.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Night at the theatre

MT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience2

Xmas celebration

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We waited for a whole for our reservation. Hostess bought us some apps, which thoroughly made up for it. Food was good. Cool place but louder than we’d expected.

VH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great ambiance. Nice for a small party get together. Restaurant manager Mike and our server Carlie were both wonderful. They took great care of us!

G
Tahoe
6 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic birthday brunch !! Lots of gluten free choices. Fresh innovative menu.

TJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Great food and attentive service. Small space as most places are in the city but I didn't feel cramped. Would recommend for a nice casual evening out.

FE
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Kinda dark. Hard to see menu and plate. Other than that it was good

h
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Way way too noisy. Even the servers had a heard time hearing us :/ uncomfortable. Too bad because food was great!

MB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience3

Pork chop and chicken dried out, server didn't come by table until 20 minutes after food was delivered

WL
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience4

I went to Marlowe's to try the oysters and wasn't very impressed. Also, the egg fritatta I got wasn't that great. Bloody Mary was good but too spicy that I couldn't finish it. Nothing memorable for the price paid

AM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a magical place! Thank you to our server Vicky for creating a beautiful Saturday brunch for us.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Okay place for a late night bite.

CC
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stellar service - the whole experience was friendly, knowledgeable, helpful. We wanted for nothing. The food was SO GOOD. We tried a little bit of everything and had a hard time picking our favorite.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Food was delicious and the service was great. Will go to again.

SS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The food was good and the atmosphere energetic. our issue was primarily with service. It would be helpful for everyone from the hostess to the wait staff to the servers to get a course in customer service.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Extremely underwhelming experience! Overly crowded and loud, rude wait staff, all of which was compounded by the fact that they were out of multiple drinks and menu items at our 6:30pm reservation. Very disappointing.

OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A good restaurant can make the mundane (cheeseburger & fries) sublime. Horseradish aioli on the burger makes all the difference, and the crispy, salty fries were perfect.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The food is fantastic. We had the fava bean humus, gem salad, polenta, steak & bread pudding. The humus, the steak, salad and the bread pudding were excellent. My wife thought the polenta needed more seasoning. I thought it was fine. They did forget my beer or got confused about it. But overall it was a good experience and I’d go back there for the food!

MR
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Service was not the best, but ok. They weren't the greatest at removing empty glasses from finished drinks. The apps also hit the table before the drinks did as well. The grilled prawns with the spicy boozy cocktail sauce, was absolutely outstanding! The best I've ever had. I would come again for that and the burger. The peanut butter chocolate bites were also amazing! As for the rest of the food, although the quality of ingredients and meat is high, and well prepared, I didn't think the sets and dishes were put together thoughtfully. Lack luster at best. We ordered the steak, which was cooked to perfection and excellent quality. The demi had wonderful flavor, but the the set that came with it was not good. Everything was too rich. There was a salsa verde that came with, it which was an attempt to add acidity to the dish, but it wasn't enough. Everything on the plate (the breaded portabella, truffle aoili and the steak itself) was too rich. It wasn't a well balanced dish. The beet and cous cous set that came with the Salmon was also nothing to write home about. They were however thoughtful in terms of music choice. They were playing reggaeton and lots of Bad Bunny, which we were pleasantly surprised by and enjoyed it since we were going to see Bad Bunny at the Chase Center that evening!

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Food was not very good. The burger meat tasted off, the shrimp and salmon were extremely fishy, and the Brussels sprouts chips were too heavy on oil.

s
Philadelphia
65 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great meal and cocktails. This is a terrific spot.