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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PF
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Recently there was an article in the SF Chronicle about the noise level in restaurants, causes and affects. When we arrived at Marlowe on Sunday evening it was almost beyond boisterous. Contributing to the noise level was the very high-volume music. When the music is that loud everyone has to raise their voices to be heard. The result is cacophony. We love Marlowe, but wish that the staff occasionally would simply turn the music down. Mind you it was great music but would still be so even if it were a few decibels lower.

TH
San Diego
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AMAZING experience all around !
The food was creative, fresh and delicious!
The service was welcoming, efficient, and engaging.

The atmosphere was bright and energetic without being too loud.

PERFECTION!

OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 5service 3ambience 2

Way too hot, food was good. Service was average

OT
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food. Excellent service. Great atmosphere. Highly recommend that you stop by when you’re in the area.

j
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Marlowe was great . We were there on an evening when the Giants were in town so it was packed. A reservation was a must. Luckily we were in the back room (and by "back", I mean WAY back). For us, that was great because we were catching up with a friend and you could actually have a conversation there. The main room was LOUD (and drunk) and would not have been conducive to talking. Our drinks were good-we ordered off of their specialty menu. The server accurately described the ingredients which were new to us. We shared all items and enjoyed the tempura beans, deviled eggs, caesar salad, a burger, and the polenta dish. Loretta's Vacherin dessert was fantastic. Our service was responsive and very patient. Overall, a good choice. PS I think I might prefer the lunch menu to the dinner menu.

JS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great atmosphere, friendly waitstaff (though a bit slow), food is always delicious

OT
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and people!!

M
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Excellent service! Very good food, but the size of portions are a little small, specially the devil eggs - absolutely delicious - but couldn't they give you a whole egg instead of a half? The place looks nice and tables are comfortable but it is so loud because of its location near busy streets with construction.

MD
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The pancakes with smoked butter, maple syrup, and crumbled bacon was one of the most inspired and perfectly executed brunch dishes I have eaten in more than 50 years of dining out.

TE
San Francisco
44 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The meats were good, however, the other menu item (including salads and appetizer) were less satisfying. Service was uneven with used plates left on our table for long periods.

DD
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary lunch

e
Los Angeles
49 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I enjoyed my experience at Marlowe and will be returning. I ate 3 appetizers, and ironically, the one I looked forward to the most was the one I like the least; the toasted pistachios. The brussel sprout leaves and the tempura fried green beans were excellent. My dining companions ate salads as their entree and I ordered the pork chop. The pork chop was a nice cut of meat but a little over cooked and dry. We shared a dessert; a very good peanut butter chocolate chunk concoction. The wine and bar selection was varied and well priced. Our service was good but the seating is a bit tight.

h
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Noise level made it impossible to hear across the table.

A
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visited while on vacation. Cool ambiance and very attentive wait staff. Started with the toasted pistachios, tempura green beans and baked oysters. All very good but tempura green beans stood out for being unique and light. Shared the pork chop and polenta for the main course. Pork chop was cooked well with a great char and the fava bean/corn salad served with it was unreal. Large portion as well. Also really enjoyed the polenta.

DH
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Had a really great meal for my wife’s birthday. The corn soup appetizer was fantastic, as was the burger. I also had the putter cocktail, which I enjoyed.

Great decor, solid food - you won’t be disappointed.

AJ
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved our dinner at Marlowe! We sat in the courtyard which was both cooler (on a bit of a warmer day!) and easier for chatting. The burrata with peas was so delicious, the crispy Brussels sprouts chips were so addictive and the polenta was creamy and earthy with delicious mushrooms. Great wine list and cocktail selection. Highly recommend!!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Giants game at 6:05, the table next to us was seated 20 minutes after us but got their food first and they probably made the game on time, we did not, kind of annoying. Our very polite and helpful waitress just seemed to vanish for half of our meal. But the food we got was fantastic! The sweet and salty pistachios were delicious with the drinks. And that was one of the best cheeseburgers I’ve ever had (the best cheeseburger ever was at Windows on the World in New York, but you can’t get those anymore). The garlic fries at Marlowe were much better than the ones at the ballpark that everyone raves about. Excellent drinks, great wine. I’ll be back.

F
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

The bathrooms were dirty. The food was good. But the tables were foo close and the person getting into the table next to mine hit my glass of water. The fried chicken tasted a little fishy.

e
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food, delivered promptly. A bit loud due to ambient noise. Music level was OK.

ML
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

We had simple food — a salad and a hamburger — but they were well-prepared and served promptly. The place had a bit of a cafeteria atmosphere though; all the tables were in neat rows and the noise level was so high as to become self-reinforcing: each diner had to raise his voice to be heard by his companions.

J
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Terrific interesting fare. Boisterous, crowded, loud. Worth it.

K
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 3

Second time going there for business purpose. Four of us all ordered the steak salad. The salad is so salty that no one able to finish more than 1/3 of the food.

By the way, we have requested a quiet table during reservation. Unfortunately , it was not noticed and we were put in the middle of the building which is quite noisy.

SB
Orlando
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Menu is limited, but the food is excellent. The room is small and comfortable, but extremely noisy making it very difficult to carry on a conversation at your table. Although slightly pricy, overall its a lovely place to have dinner.

R
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was solid, especially the Bites and the Marlowe Burger. Drinks were good, not the watered down rip-offs too often served even in nice restaurants. Service was excellent, attentive without being intrusive and very knowledgeable. The only drawback was the noise level, which for old Forgie’s like us made conversation a bit of a challenge.

R
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Started off my night at Marlowe by encountering an inebriated customer pretending to be the host at the entrance. I was surprised to see the staff sit him and his party without commenting on the joke made in poor taste. When we finally sat down my girlfriend and I immediately noticed how cold it was and realized the front door, which we were sitting near, was wide open. After asking a passing waiter to close it, she brushed off my comment and said that someone just asked her to open it. Fortunately for us, the actual host was more accommodating and sat us at the bar after asking if we could sit somewhere else. The bar ambience and (most importantly) temperature were much better than at our original seats. The bartender serving us was polite but hardly checked on us throughout the night. We ordered the Caesar salad, bone marrow, and the Marlowe burger. The bone marrow was by far the highlight of the night. It had a nice texture and was very flavorful. Sadly, the once famous Marlowe burger which I ate three years ago and left a great impression, was extremely salty and lacked the rich horseradish taste that once gave it it’s uniqueness. Additionally, the horseradish aioli that came with the burger had its flavor masked by saltiness. Not sure what has happened since I was last there in 2016 but my girlfriend and I were pretty disappointed with our experience at Marlowe and will not be coming back in the future.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary, 10/10 would go again. Every dish we ordered was perfection

BT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

One of our office go to’s for a business lunch. Small but varied menu that can take care of both meat eaters and the salad set. Yum!

B
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time! The service and food were terrific!

JP
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The noise level at lunch is LOUD! But the tables are small enough you can here each other. Marlowe had unusual appetizers. Don't miss the fried Brussel Sprouts! They were so good we ordered a second. Also, the fried pistachio nuts are great as well. Enjoy!

B
San Francisco
100 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great place for lunch with girlfriends. Good choices for salads and sandwiches. We shared the gem salad which was very attractive with watermelon radish, avocado— summer colors and so tasty-we’d order it again. I came for the signature hamburger which was delicious and another guest had the chicken sandwich which she said was great, too.

TE
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent as was the service. It was a little bit loud for a business meal, but we managed just fine.

OT
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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

LD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
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
27 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

OT
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
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 on August 16, 2019
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 on August 14, 2019
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.

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