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Marla Bakery - Permanently Closed

4.5
4.5
155 Reviews
$30 and under
Californian
At Marla Bakery, we rejoice in the "do-it-ourselves" notion because it makes us feel good and it just tastes better that way.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Californian

  • Hours of operation

    Cafe: T-F 7:00am-9pm, Sat 8:00am-9pm, Sun 8am-5:30pm Brunch: Sat & Sun 10am-2:30pm Breakfast: T-F 8:30am-2:30pm Lunch: T-F 11:30am-2:30pm Dinner: W-Sat 5:30pm-9pm

  • Phone number

    (415) 742-4379

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Amy Brown

  • Private party contact

    Karen Armstrong: (415) 742-4379

  • Neighborhood

    Richmond District

  • Cross street

    37th Avenue

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    via Muni - 18, 31 buses

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wine

What 155 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.5
4.5 based on all time ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Easter brunch
  2. MaryN

    San Francisco

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Yummy food, cozy atmosphere, attentive service, great value!
  3. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2017

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    I very much enjoyed the food we ordered for brunch (baked eggs and toast, and french toast), service and simple restaurant decor. It was very busy, so it took about 45-60 minutes to get the food we ordered. But staff was very pleasant, and attentive nonetheless. They did not have mimosas, which I love for brunch, so we ordered two glasses of prosecco, and one glass of fresh-squeezed orange juice; combined the two, and perfecto! Oh, and their hot chocolate was delicious.
  4. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    45 reviews

    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2017

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Food was great! Very busy during lunch.
  5. BarbaraB

    San Francisco

    31 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2017

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    Was excited to try Marla after a visit to Monet exhibit nearby and a friend's recommendation. Arrived 10 minutes early for a 12:45 reservation - it was busy and we were told we could purchase coffee and baked goods and wait outside below the back patio, which we did - it was quiet and pretty. The hostess came out several times to apologize about the wait, and meanwhile seated another party who had arrived after us, asking if they wanted indoor or outdoor seating - they chose outdoor. At 1:05 the hostess escorted us to "our" table - a tiny table placed in the hall between the patio and dining room, close to the restroom. Our waitress ignored us for a while, I asked several times for coffee refills and menus and she actually rolled her eyes when we asked for some menu explanations ("the whey gravy is regular gravy with whey"). Ordered the quiche, and 10 minutes later was told they just sold out. - did I want a green salad instead? Really? We moved outside (cute patio, but lots of flies) and had bagels - the cream cheese was good, the boiled egg and beet sides were not. We did like the coffee cake and cookies we purchase earlier, as well as the coffee. 90 minutes later we left - wouldn't return except for a snack to go.
  6. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love Marla's. Good food & good staff! Delicious coffee! (they could use some sound tiles on the ceiling {It's always loud, it's just the nature of the space.} but other than that it is one of my favorite places!)
  7. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 24, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    For a bakery, Marla's provides a limited but excellent lunch menu. Ingredients are fresh and organic and everything is homemade and delicious. Ambience is simple, airy, clean and casual and the staff is attentive--but not overly so--and clearly dedicated to the cafe and its owners. They are all very genuine. The outer Richmond is a sleepy but increasingly gently bustling commercial area so it's fun to approach Marla's from a block or 2 away. The area, including the restaurant, retains a very neighborhood feel. Plus, I walked away having eaten one---- and then bought to carry out a second--- yummy yummy Marla sticky bun----best ever!
  8. EatsALot

    San Diego

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 18, 2017

    overall1food3service1ambience1
    I do not recommend Marla Bakery. They are incredibly disorganized and slow. They make you wait 30 minutes past your reservation time and blame it on Opentable's reservation algorithm, when in fact I saw a table of 4 people had been done eating (food in boxes and check paid) had been sitting at a table chatting and not leaving the whole time. Seems Marla doesn't care about turning tables and serving potential new customers. Food was okay, but not worth the price and wait.
  9. Elsie

    San Francisco

    191 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    191 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2017

    overall2food1service4ambience3
    I had a great dinner here with friends a few weeks ago. But man was time this off. My husband, who loved the roast chicken last time, had the brined chicken. He stopped eating quickly--which never happens--and said he didn't like it and it tasted uncooked. When we brought it home for the dogs I found it raw, actuallly raw, by the bone. Very few veggie options for my guest without the prior Brussels sprouts and soup without meat. Really disappointing. And smoke coming in the open door from someone standing outside. i won't be back although I loved it the first time.
  10. PatriciaS

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really wondering why this restaurant had not crossed my path previously. What a wonderful place - super food, exceptionally good and friendly service, chill ambiance and 1/2 price bottles of wine on Wednesday evenings! Highly recommend :)
  11. Ziegs

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a great little neighborhood bakery. We wanted somewhere convenient to the outer Richmond/Lands End beach walks for a casual but tasty Sunday brunch. This place was awesome. We really loved the food, the atmosphere and the service. We took two loaves home, they were so good.
  12. JCSanFranciso

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It may have been a quick Saturday lunch/escape, but it was warm, welcoming, efficient...and delicious! And, so many smiling, delighted faces.
  13. SarahR

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Well thought-out menu. Plating was beautiful and every ingredient seemed intentional. Great for kids. Elegant without being stuffy. Great neighborhood restaurant- exceptional baked goods as well and extremely friendly staff!
  14. NogaYogev16

    San Francisco

    62 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    62 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My friend and meet at Marla's often. Small menu, tasty food and great baked goods.
  15. Benc

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always love eating at Marla. Their pastries are wonderful, and the food is just as delicious. The baked eggs are a favorite.
  16. Willi

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Neighborhood gem. Fantastic contemporary American dishes from their custom wood-fired oven, often including a variety of delicious flatbread pizzas (some vegetarian), although for me the dinner highlight might be their inventive and mouth-watering salads. Good informal ambiance, friendly and attentive staff, nice owners. A great wine selection, with half-price bottles on Wednesdays. We usually go for mid-week dinner, but breakfast and weekend brunch are also excellent and popular. They also sell sandwiches at weekday lunchtimes and a range of bread and pastries fresh from their oven, all of which match the same high quality as the food. Very reasonably priced for fine-dining - expect dinner for two with drinks to be around $100.
  17. Delectable

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Valentine's Day prix fixe five-course meal with wine pairings was scrumptious, inventive, an adventure with carefully chosen wines. Can't wait to return. Kudos to chef.
  18. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food that manages to be "comfort food" while also new and interesting. Warm atmosphere and friendly vibe. The baked goods are among the best in the city, and the food is too
  19. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2017

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We came for a Romantic prefix VDay dinner. We loved the wine paring and the food and in general, we loved everything. Wait staff were great. Presentation of each course was gorgeous. Wish the lights had been a little lower, and that there had been a little more time to linger between each course. The price seemed a little high, but then again... we loved everything so maybe not. Would definitely consider again.
  20. Ginnie

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2017

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Delicious! Highly recommend. Beautiful presentation and healthy too.
  21. Traveler

    San Francisco

    30 reviews

    3.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2017

    overall3food4service4ambience2
    My order of trout was fresh and good, but the portion was tiny and I was charged extra for bread that was a trifle stale.
  22. faim

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2017

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    The pastries and coffee are worth going here for. And the service is excellent.
  23. foodie

    San Francisco

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We love Marla Bakery and the dinner was fantastic as usual!
  24. DENtoSFO

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2017

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    One of my favorite spots in the neighborhood, especially the back garden on a sunny day with a glass of prosecco, a sweet treat and a good book.
  25. JCSanFranciso

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I needed a loaf of MARLA's delicious sourdough bread. So, why not also have a quick Saturday lunch. Ah, and staff remembered how popular their holiday orange chocolate boule (small round loaf) is for me and mine. They thoughtfully let me know they had made up one last round...then added it to my shopping. Lovely! Then, back out into the rain and Saturday errands for me, totally revived!
  26. MDear

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Enjoyed a delicious meal with out of town friends, who were impressed with our neighborhood gem. Service was terrific, even though we were late for our reservation (but we did call). So pleased, we came back again the next evening to try the soup that our meal partners had so enjoyed.
  27. Foodfan

    Sacramento

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fantastic as always. They brought a salad that we didn't order just because they had an extra they said. The carrot soup and grilled cheese dinner combo was great. The pork chops were amazing - best pork I've ever had over many years of fine dining. Warm service with unpretentious but very tasty food. My favorite place in San Francisco, including those with Michelin stars.
  28. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2016

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Charming, innovative cuisine and dynamite bakery goods. Even a few seats outside in back.
  29. JohnnyP

    San Francisco

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We ate here for dinner and were totally delighted by the creative (but not overly fussy)food, the charming ambiance, and the warm service. Can't wait to go back.
  30. make8simple

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2016

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    I really like Marla's Bakery. Lovely dining area and very good food. However, this last visit, the Whey Brined Roast Chicken was dry.
  31. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    133 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    133 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great bakery
  32. Floradorable

    San Francisco

    46 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best tender pork on Marla's muffin--a change of pace from usual brunch fare.
  33. healthyfoodie

    San Francisco

    41 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2016

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    Great spot for brunch/lunch or to grab pastries and bread to go. Service can be a bit spotty, but the food is delicious! Love the wood burning oven taste.
  34. Florenmart

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2016

    overall2food1service1ambience2
    We were truly disappointed with dinner at Marla Bakery. I had the wolf burger and it was burnt patty super salty and the bread was an english muffin soaked in oil or butter, who knows...the burger had one single green lettuce leaf that looked that it was outside the fridge for a day or so. The potato chips were also slightly burnt. My husband had the trout and it was very small for a $26+ dinner dish and it was tasteless. I will not go back for dinner.
  35. Maria

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2016

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    The food was great and I would have liked to give a higher review, but they ran out of 3 out of their 4 dishes before 8.30pm. Given there's only 1 fish dish and no vegetarian one, this is definitely not ideal for a restaurant.
  36. lemotjuste

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food. Good wait staff. Pleasant laid back vibe. Will be back.
  37. JulieJ

    Atlanta Metro

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It is so so so delicious every time! The sticky bun is worth having, and every brunch option is fresh and unique. I would eat brunch here every weekend, despite a smaller menu it always hits the spot.
  38. nsfer

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I love Marla Bakery. Delicious food, wonderful staff, pleasant outside, if available. A wonderful go-to place.
  39. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food with a creative touch that is still comforting
  40. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Creative twists on menu, great service and at the end of the evening they sent each of us home with a loaf of bread. The pork belly with farro, roasted apples and collard greens was a hit!Great parking too!!

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Marla Bakery - Permanently Closed is rated 4.5 stars by 155 OpenTable diners.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Google Map for Marla Bakery - Permanently Closed

3619 Balboa Street, San Francisco, CA 94121

Additional information

  • Cross street

    37th Avenue

  • Neighborhood

    Richmond District

  • Hours of operation

    Cafe: T-F 7:00am-9pm, Sat 8:00am-9pm, Sun 8am-5:30pm Brunch: Sat & Sun 10am-2:30pm Breakfast: T-F 8:30am-2:30pm Lunch: T-F 11:30am-2:30pm Dinner: W-Sat 5:30pm-9pm

  • Cuisines

    Californian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    via Muni - 18, 31 buses

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Amy Brown

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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