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.
I like Marlowe. It’s solid. My favorite is to sit at the bar for snacks and drinks.
Marlowe is a win, every time. I've found the service can fluctuate, but overall it's a great restaurant with fantastic food. Would recommend.
I had a 11:30 reservation and showed up a few minutes prior and they wouldn't open the doors and let anyone inside even though it was pouring outside since they were still getting ready. So they left 8 of us standing outside in the rain while they got ready which was ridiculous and rude. They also didn't apologize when they finally opened the door. The team should get to work earlier so they can open the doors prior to 11:30 for their first lunch seating or not take reservations until 11:45.
We found this place by accident. It was amazing. The Uber driver said he takes a lot of people there and I can see why. Small and quaint but that’s what makes it special. Great tasting food.
Based on the Yelp and Open Table reviews we made a reservation at Marlowe. We live in Pleasanton and took BART to the Powell Street Station and proceeded down 4th street which was a mistake. We finally arrived and were impressed with the decor and the attentive service. We ordered two dirty martinis, steak tartare, the chick and the cod and then the apple crisp. Overall the drinks were fantastic but our food was mediocre. The flavors in the chicken were weird and unsatisfying. The steak tartare as well as the cod were bland. Creme brûlée was not a dessert option so we ended up with the apple crisp which was fine but nothing amazing. The overall price was high for the meal and we will probably not return to Marlowe
The restaurant is happening, very popular among the hipster set (which is a shame, because Marlowe lives up to a much higher potential - yes, I'm bitter and tired of the hipsters in San Francisco.) Our food was fantastic, the cocktails were amazing and delicious, the bar service was fantastic and our server WAS THE BEST. However, the entire evening was diminished from the start due to the incredibly rude manner the hostess conducted herself. She was rude to every single member of my party (they had all arrived a bit early) and when they inquired about sitting at the bar or waiting in the small reception area, she made it clear to them they were making her life difficult. This kind of behavior is totally uncalled for. She needs to be fired.
Still one of my favorite lunch spots. Chicken sandwich is a guilty pleasure but you can have it with fries AND Salad :)
We had a reservation for 1:15, regular brunch time, but still they already ran out of the shrimp Benedict. My partner ordered the open faced reuben sandwich and first the egg on top was not fully cooked and it was already cold. They replace this with another one in which consisted of almost no meat, no sauerkraut but had a lot of potatoes even though it was not on the ingredients list. The people did not charge us for that sandwich so I can't say anything bad about the service. However, they really should take better stock of their food availability and their cooking.
Very cool vibe and fine ingredients were flavorfully prepared. Fun place.
Not the same! This used to be one of my favorite places but something has changed. The food has gone downhill. I also saw that the health score rating is 88. It is no longer worth the price.
A solid choice, but it didn’t wow me. Very loud and crowded, but it was still comfortable. I had the pork chop and have definitely had better.
What happened to the Marlowe Burger?? I came here several months ago and was blown away by the exceptionally indulgent and mouthwatering burger that this place is famous for, or was famous for. This second time, the burger paled in comparison. It even looked different -- smaller and less extravagant. Lame bun, sticky flat patty and no explosion of varied flavors I enjoyed in the past. I thought I was losing it but my hot dinner date echoed my woes. At least the atmosphere is nice. Nothing like snuggling up with your date in one of the corner booths <3
Below their usual quality food and service.
Marlowe is consistently amazing. Every dish — appetizers, mains and then the finishing desserts!!
Service is impeccable!! Run to Marlowe!!
Marlowe’s Is a gem. The menu is very interesting and varied. All 4 of us ordered different dishes, all were terrific. Service excellent. Our best recommendation!
Very interesting brunch small plates. Presentation and taste superb.
Little gem salad was refreshing and beautifully plated with delicate ribbons of root vegetables. Ribeye was generous-sized, juicy and served with a delicious pan sauce. Enjoyed huge scoops of their vanilla and espresso ice cream for dessert.
Jam packed! The tables are too small and too packed together to comfortable seat parties of four or more. The noise level in a packed room is high, so it became even more difficult to hear guests at our table when music was being blast above. Very distracting.
The food and service, on the hand, were exceptional. The menu could use more than just two entrees. Otherwise, a weekday lunch offering looks more like brunch.
My first time there, and certainly not the last!
We had the steak tartare, chickory salad for apps (both delish), followed by a chicken sandwich, and their outstanding burger. I'll be back!!
We had the open faced Reuben and burger. The Baker was a nice cocktail. Food good but overall
Wont rush back. Service had a sense of entitlement- doing a favor to the customer. Place is a bit cramped too-
Foods were ok, nothing outstanding compared to other places in SF, price was average for the area. I probably will not come back. Their brussel sprouts chips were completely burnt, the shrimps with cocktail sauce were fresh, kinda mushy!
Good place to be if you wish to be with a young crowd. Food is quite good at a reasonable price. Service is a bit less attentive than I would have expected. Space is tight and tables are small.
The polenta was great! The ribeye not so much. Nice little restaurant.
Great spot for lunch. Delicious burger and chicken sandwich. Crispy fries. solid beer selection and extensive wine list.
Wonderful, as always!
Lunch can be very noisy, but the burgers are worth it.
Gets too loud at lunch
Marlowe is a meat lovers delight.
High quality food and excellent preparation.
Our server was great. She was friendly and genuinely concerned about our experience.
Noise level is a bit high during late lunch for conversation since I have some hearing loss, and Marlowe is a popular spot.
It is quieter during early lunch or dinner.
Everything was great! Foods amazing and front hosts/ servers offered drinks while we waited for our table. Would give five stars only problem was I booked the reservation a week prior 8pm and we have to wait until 830 for our table
Best breakfast in San Francisco. Everything was delicious
Actually, I've always wanted to give this restaurant a 5 star, because every time I would fly up to Bay area this place would be to go for brunch or drinks and I would drive from San Jose after flight from San Diego just for their Pimm's Cup cocktail and some nibble... Unfortunately, after 4 times dinning here this last Saturday 1/27/18 I lost my appetite for Marlowe because of how unwelcome we felt, we made very late 10:30 PM Saturday reservation, we flew in to SF very late so there was not a lot of options to dine so late and when I saw Marlowe on Open Table for 10:30 PM I was exited to try their dinner service, since we loved it previous times.. so we show up on time we have our dinner and of course my fave Pimm's cup and food was decent I mean the kitchen folks were rushing meal, I asked my rib eye medium rare and it came out rare ...
However, since we came so late we could tell everything was rushed and the worst part the staff turned on the lights bright right after we said we don't want any desert... Like really Marlowe? If we are not paying more you low key want us out ? I understand its 11 PM and people want to go home and we are the last table at the restaurant, but its lack of professionalism to turn on the lights bright when you seated us and we are paying for the experience...
It's pity, for great restaurant that it is. Not coming here again, there's other good places in San Francisco with great food, drinks and service that you don't need to feel rushed...
The only reason I gave it a 4 star is because when I ordered the devil egg, I didn’t even get the full egg, it was ‘half’ an egg for a price.
Other than that the food tasted great, ambiance is great and the music is awesome. Oh and we paid over $70 just for four alcoholic beverages 😱
Went for my ten year anniversary and it was perfect. The lighting, ambiance...the food was really good, champagne lovely....couldn't have asked for more!
Loved the deviled eggs and the burgers were truly one of the best in the city. Definitely going back!
We took our son for his 25th birthday. Was disappointed that they didn’t or don’t acknowledge after the restaurant asks if we were celebrating something special. Our food was delicious but our server had absolutely no personality. Kinda took the fun out of a neat restaurant.
I followed Marlowe from their previous location across from Caltrain because of the quality and consistently of the food. The good service is just a topper. Now they have cocktails that perfectly compliment their food. Two thumbs up.
First night in Sam Francisco, lovely food and people. Great vibe. Would visit again
Excellent as always!
Kind of disappointed with the meal. Brussel sprout chips tasted delicious but were soggy - I don’t think the oil was hot enough! And the cod was also very good but seems as if it sat in the kitchen for a while before the server brought it to the table.
Marlowe is compact, informal, minimalist, basic and good. It is also noisier than I like personally, and a bit too cheek-by-jowl. But the food (variations on French bistrot classics, plus locavore inflections and Californiana) involve simple preparations that are invariably tasty, and offer good value, tho prices have crept up and may soon break the good-value-for-money barrier. Very good wines carefully curated; limited BTG choices. Some service breakdowns on this visit, but we were not rushed anyway, so no harm done. I will continue to go back. If you hope to have a conversation with an associate or friend, be sure you both are under 35, or plead for a relatively quiet table, with the emphasis on relative.