Marlowe

4.6
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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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PF
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious!! The brussel sprout app are a must but truly everything was mouthwatering.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a nice spot for a date night

EH
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My best friend got engaged and we went here as a celebratory brunch. I asked if they could bring a glass of champagne to us as we sat down, which was done without question. The service was great and the food was even better. Thank you for helping make the meal special!

NS
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We really enjoyed the food, especially the clams. We will definitely be back.

RE
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Food was delicious and very hot when it cane out which I loved. Service was rather slow but it was ok since we weren’t in a hurry. I had a Pimm’s Cup which was a little short on gin.

o
San Francisco
112 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience2

We were seated timely. Immediately realized the noise level was beyond comfort, nearly impossible to convert with table mates.

As for the food, the octopus & squid salad was great! The pumpkin soup was flavorless, cool, and just a nebbish kind of thing. The salmon dinner was OK, salmon cooked perfectly, but the seasoning was a bit harsh. The pork chop was way overcooked, extremely dry, something I would never have expected at a place were it is one of 6 or 7 entrees. The green beans accompanying the chop were perfectly cooked and flavored with butter.

The service started out great, but after the salad we were essentially left to our own devices for 30 minutes! Hmm, maybe that explains why my pork chop was so dry??? We actually had to flag down or server to insist we get our entrees served.

I do not recommend going to Marlow unless you do not mind parting with a considerable portion of your paycheck for, at best, a mediocre meal with poor service.

C
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Pretty solid start to finish. Sincere and timely service -seems like they work the room as a team. Steak temp was a little off for me but all the food was super tasty. Brussel sprouts, tartare and NY steak & fries.

T
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience2

The tables are really packed in so you feel like every spot is a communal table (even though it’s not). The Brussels sprout chips are $9 for basically the dregs/leftovers/shavings of a roasted Brussels sprout pan - I was expecting something more innovative. Awkward to share. The polenta wasn’t creamy - it was chunky- and not that warm. The two things you want in a polenta are creaminess and warmth... the side of cauliflower was ok, but the cheese on top seemed cheap and the cream on the inside watery. When we asked our server for advice on dessert she recommended against our top two choices. The chocolate ice cream and merengue cookies she insisted on was good but it was basically a scoop of ice cream on a wafer thin cookie with chocolate sauce -$11. Maybe the burger is just the star of the show here and we should have let our server order for us.

B
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Too much truffle oil on the polenta. Ruined my tongue for the day.
Butter was too big and cold for the pancakes. Plus side: pancakes were delish and HUGE.

IB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good burger
Rock shrimp were tasty
Enjoyed the place

r
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

It’s always great going to Marlowe
The service and food is always consistent and exceptional!!

M
London
6 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Marlow is a very elegant location that has excellent food. The service is really good and the cocktails a lot of fun. It is just a little to expensive for my taste.

SJ
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent neighborhood gem with great and attentive service, a nice wine list, and good food. The menu is limited but the food we had was very enjoyable. It can be a romantic spot depending on where you are seated. Noise level is acceptable for a trendy restaurant.

w
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Oysters on the half-shell were nice. The deviled eggs were amazing. The pistachios were basic. The brussel sprout "chips" were tasty. The Marlowe burger was genre defining. I have never had such a rich, beefy, soul-satisfying burger! So fantastic that I cannot wait to return and sample the rest of the menu!

LC
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This spot is a favorite Food is superior

S
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hip fun place in SOMA. Lively Sunday brunch scene. Efficient service. Really good food and great drinks.

FT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food, service and ambience

OT
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

The meals did not appear as presented - a pork chop was not a pork chop and did not come with the sides presented in the menu; salmon was good but nothing special - sides not particularly exciting - was excited about going but disappointed

EK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

If you want a fresh new vibe, this place is fun and open with a great staff. The food was good, but we were shocked with how expensive it was. We paid $100 pp and split burgers, salads, with two starters and dessert and we brought our own wine. It was expensive given we split our main entree and had the cheapest thing on the menu..the burger! Our waiter Francisco was amazing though and it was fun and within walking distance of the train so we didn't have to drive.

v
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and stellar food!

DM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! Delicious polenta, but that dessert, Loretta Vacchion (sp?) DELISH!!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
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 on January 18, 2020
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.