Marlowe

4.6
2236 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Casual
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Dinner: Sunday- Wednesday: 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm; Thursday- Saturday: 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Brunch: Saturday-Sunday: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Bar: Monday- Friday 2:30 pm - 5.30 pm; Saturday-Sunday: 2:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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Phone number
(415) 777-1413
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Jennifer Puccio
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Private party contact
Private Dining Event: (415) 777-1413
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
4th St.
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Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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 2236 People Are Saying
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San Francisco
17 reviews
5.0Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very accommodating for our friend's 92nd birthday, with dietary restrictions and a service dog! Food superb, as always. Marlowe Burger, Bone Marrow, Oysters, Brussels Sprouts Chips, Asparagus with prosciutto and a poached egg--yum! Always our favorites.

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JP
San Francisco
1 review
5.0Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and even better service. Our water glasses were never empty, our food was right on time, our bill came promptly and we left very happy. I had the scallops which were complimented by a bed of corn and leeks while my husband had the burger which he really enjoyed.

The only reason I gave it 4 stars on the ambiance was because the tables are very close together so you feel like your dining with the person next to you. Not to mention when our neighbour got up, his butt almost knocked over our drinks.

Value was a 4 since it was a tad pricey but only a tad!

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CG
New England
1 review
5.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you know me, you know I don't eat peas. But Marlowe's Di Stefano burrata with english peas and mint blew my mind. The grilled levain had a lot to do with it, but I actually can't stop thinking about this dish. I also got the Anson Mills polenta which was perfection.

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CY
San Francisco
1 review
3.0Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Too loud, very good service. Food wasn't as good as the price

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OT
New York Area
1 review
3.0Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Nice menu, pleasant atmosphere, food was good but over salted...a common problem with these younger American brasserie type restaurants (I.e. The Smith in NYC)

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D
San Francisco
17 reviews
4.0Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We love the food here and the service is always outstanding. If only they could do something about the noise level, it's really loud.

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g
San Francisco
5 reviews
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Marlowes has been a favorite spot for over 9 years.

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S
San Francisco
2 reviews
4.0Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

I waited over a week to write this review, but now I feel comfortable in posting. My partner booked us a table at Marlowe on the 6th of July for a date night; he knows how much I like bone marrow dishes, so this restaurant was booked based on info available online and Marlowe seemed to have a good reputation for it. Ironically, everything else about our evening was lovely, but the one bone marrow dish we were served was hands-down the worst I'd ever had. My portion had zero marrow in it (I was scraping salt and garnish off nothing), and my partner's serving was meagre.

The Anson Mills polenta with mild mushrooms was delicious, cocktails were great, desserts were great (get the freshly baked cookies!), service was efficient, but yes sadly the bone marrow was a fail. My partner and I are nice people though, so we still tipped appropriately, despite paying $17+ for a lacklustre dish. I emailed the restaurant directly soon after to let them know in greater detail our experience, and the restaurant chose to never respond – which I have factored into the customer service rating of my review. We're in the era where people talk about almost everything online, and we live with social media, so I believe it's poor practice whenever a business thinks they can ghost people. Had they been willing to reach out to me in a reasonable amount of time then I would've adjusted my ratings, but I don't appreciate being ignored. That's just my 2 cents on one experience.

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d
San Francisco
45 reviews
3.0Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Marlowe serves quite good food, with decent service in a pleasant setting. Famous for its hamburgers and crispy brussels sprouts, the menu includes and especially delicious steak salad with tart vinaigrette,
My only negative is what seemed to be an excessive attention to the bottom line. My Arnold Palmer came with very little lemonade. Having drunk a quarter of it, I asked whether it could be topped up with lemonade. The glass came back still only three quarter full with maybe an eighth of an inch of added lemonade. Why not fill it up? Then the waiter asked my companion if she wanted more lemonade and of course charged us ($5) for the second glass. These are not major sins but they bespoke excessive concern with squeezing a few dollars more, rather than making customers happy. In the long run, there's more money to be made, not to mention good will, in the latter.

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OT
1 review
5.0Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My girlfriend and I were celebrating a special occasion so we decided to head to Marlowe for dinner. We were greeted by the host upon arrival and were sat immediately. All the staff were friendly and hospitable. The kind server even brought out a dessert with a candle with it. My girlfriend loved it and I want to give a special thanks for great service and delicious food.

We will definitely be back.

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BC
Denver
5 reviews
5.0Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tried the Glitterbomb drink...it was the bomb! The brussel sprout chips were fabulous as always.

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DJ
San Francisco
1 review
5.0Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great brunch! Two of us had the open faced deviled egg sandwich. We both loved it! The bacon was delicious, too.

There were seven of us and we were able to get a table. We were close to the kitchen, but realize that with a party of 7 it can be challenging.

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OT
1 review
5.0Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An Sf favorite that me and my gf always have visit.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
5.0Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious as always!

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KB
1 review
3.0Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

The food was excellent, but the service was not. The servers were curt, inattentive and confusing, and removed silverware and food items that were still in use/being eaten multiple times. Wish I could give a higher review because I really did enjoy the food, but the poor service really took away from the experience.

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M
San Francisco
32 reviews
5.0Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love Park Tavern and I wanted to try the original for years now. We arrived early for a reservation and were promptly seated. Our waiter, Bob, was excellent and the food was lovely too. My husband and I split the Burrata, gem salad and a burger which the kitchen was kind enough to split for us. I will definitely be back because our experience was such a seamless success.

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DE
1 review
4.0Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Great food, convenient location, excellent wait staff. Allow extra time to get food to table, especially if you have a scheduled event to attend, and a bit pricey. Brussels sprout chips converted me from a hater, to a lover-must try!

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MC
Charlotte
12 reviews
5.0Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food tastes were incredible
Noise level is rediculos

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HF
Dallas
11 reviews
5.0Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Actually a family get together. We are all still dreaming about the food and experience. I highly recommend coming here and as it is busy -Opentable is the best way to get in

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M
San Francisco
52 reviews
5.0Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved the food and our servers were great. Very glad to hear that Steve
Dustin is back as well and the servers
Were singing his praises.
Only reason for four stars was the SF
Techies on either side of us but it was
Good if silly entertainment
Hope to be back soon

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Sacramento
2 reviews
5.0Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Top-notch, attentive, and accommodating!

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r
1 review
3.0Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

This experience would have been excellent except for one issue. I mistakenly told the reservationist it was our anniversary and the server took the liberty to offer us two glasses of champagne. We were not offered a choice so I considered that a complimentary service. When the check arrived we were charged $42 for the two glasses of champagne on top of the appetizer, two full entrees, a mid-range bottle of wine, and dessert. I would rather have a great end-to-end experience and write a 25% tip than be rope-a-doped and taken advantage of. The last thing you want to do is question the check on your anniversary.

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n
San Francisco
48 reviews
5.0Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food & service in a fun atmosphere.

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OT
1 review
2.0Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

The foods (shrimp starter, benedict, crispy chicken) are salty, although the looking were good.

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L
San Francisco
12 reviews
4.0Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

My husband had arranged to have a birthday dessert delivered for me as this was my birthday dinner. He had to follow up with the staff several times. Then when it came time for dessert, our waiter just asked if we wanted anything for dessert and/or coffee.........and this required that my husband had to remind him one more time about the birthday item.
It all worked out in the end, but spoiled a little surprise celebration and made him feel less than pleased.
The dinner was very good and otherwise, we really enjoyed our evening meal.

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R
San Francisco
1 review
2.0Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 1

Once again they had LOUD music blaring and with the acoustics of the restaurant (lots of marble and a title floor etc.) you have to literally SHOUT across the table to be heard or hear anything. I simply do not understand why they cannot turn the music down or off when the place is full and it's already LOUD in there?!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
3.0Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food was not as good as I remembered. We really got skimped on the bone marrow we ordered. It was over cooked and only really two bites worth. Burger was cooked very well. Overall not really impressed.

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m
San Francisco
9 reviews
4.0Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The service was good. Love the menu offerings, especially since it's not loaded with carbs.

However, some of the food was a little disappointing. The pork chop was super dry and way overcooked when we requested Medium. I love salt and never think things are over salted but my chicken dish was terribly oversalted but after waiting so long for it, I could not send it back and ate it anyway.

The prices are outrageous, for brussels sprouts chips. And while the deviled eggs were tasty, it's just not worth $3 each. I should have gotten the oysters instead...

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OA
San Francisco
1 review
3.0Dined on June 11, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Host didn’t check us in when he said he did even though both of us checked in. This resulted in an opentable nasty gram claiming we did not check in. Additional cycles and negative to an other standard lunch.

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
5.0Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it!
Great food and ambiance

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SN
1 review
5.0Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent! The drinks were wonderful and our server was great! We loved every moment of it!

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JD
San Francisco
1 review
2.0Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 1

Too loud for conversation

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J
San Francisco
6 reviews
5.0Dined on May 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Reuben and Fried chicken sandwich on the Brunch menu (May 2018) are amazing. The Juicer cocktail is my favorite.

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LR
Los Angeles
2 reviews
4.0Dined on May 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

The food was good but we had a waiter who seemed to dislike us somehow
to the point where it affected our meal. We sat at a long community table and the food and atmosphere was good. But a tiny overpriced wine pour and unfriendly waiter impacted our dinner in a negative way as we had really been looking forward.

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Minneapolis
1 review
5.0Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Marlowe was amazing. A foodies dream! Craft cocktails, amazing unique flavor combinations. Looking forward to going back.

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y
1 review
2.0Dined on May 23, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 5

food is WAY TOO SALTY....and it has always been ever since this restaurant opened!

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S
San Francisco
4 reviews
4.0Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Mother’s Brunch. We went with our 18 month old. We had fun. Well bright lighted restaurent. Food is good and servers make sure you are comfortable.

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OT
1 review
5.0Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and drinks were delicious! Great service.

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B
Orange County
12 reviews
5.0Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice atmosphere and delicious food! Upscaled relaxed feel!

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Birmingham
1 review
5.0Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I recommend strongly for carnivores.
The marrow and ribeye are fantastic.
The space is small, but has a clean and organized feel nonetheless.
Not the classic ideal of a romantic date restaurant, but we liked it.
Wait until after sunset if you want a dimly lit vibe.
You'll have to lean in to make conversation, but the noise level isn't too bad.

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