Marlowe

4.6
2323 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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 2323 People Are Saying
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BH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service were great. Only negative is they cram you into tiny tables where you have no leg room. Was uncomfortable during the meal.

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SL
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

I love the food at Marlowe, but the noise level is over the top. I don't think that I will return.

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MS
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

I am a middle aged woman. I dined alone on a Sunday at 6pm. All I can say is that I get much better service here when my husband is with me.

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DW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Delicious food. I had deviled egg. Friend had french toast. It was too noisy for a business lunch.

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K
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The baked oysters and brussel sprouts chips were our favorite appetizers. The steak tartare was okay. The burger was good but not amazing. Overall, ambiance and service were excellent and it's a convenient location to dine before going to the theatre.

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OT
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We called to warn Marlowe that we would be late. The hosts were very friendly & helpful because we arrived @ 2pm and were told the chef normally is strict & doesn’t serve brunch after 2pm but the nice host spoke with the chef & the chef was okay if we ordered quickly. Our waiter was helpful & efficient. The French fries were fantastic. It was just loud for my 88 year old mom, but my husband & I will be back

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S
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Friendly service. The outdoor dining area we seated at was decorated nicely. The wait wasn't too long since I had reservations.

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GS
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food and wonderful service. Just wished it was a bit quieter

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KR
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

The food was delicious, but we had to wait close to 20 minutes for table, despite having a reservation. Service was pretty slow, the tables were very close together, and the food was a bit pricey for what you get. It was tasty though, and I would give them another try on a day when I'm not super hungry already.

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FF
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

One of the best hamburgers in SF! If you haven’t tried their hamburger you must try it.

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OT
Sydney / NSW
4 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Toooo noisy - made conversation difficult

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s
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

Food was fantastic, host was awesome and friendly and accommodating, our server was just plain rude.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, and very attentive/friendly service.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service and food!

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was Fantastic! It is a must go!

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L
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious pricey hamburger and tasty fries! Quite large but everyone finished and cleaned their plates! It was worth it!

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PV
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

We had a 10pm reservation for 4 at Marlowe and arrived early and graciously accepted their offer to sit at the common table because our table wasn’t ready yet. Loved the decor and the ambiance and were excited about our first visit to Marlowe.

Then things quickly fell apart.

Our server, introduced himself and asked for our drink order. We weren’t quite ready so he came back. Then his mood was decidedly patronizing and downright rude. He went around the table taking our orders with complete disregard for and kind of connection or service. He literally was disgusted with us and we couldn’t figure out what his problem was. We ordered 2 burgers, a steak a salad and an appetizer. When the burgers were ordered, he then said nothing and waited anxiously for the cooking preference without asking for it. He repeated the same for the steak. When we asked if a salad was large enough for an entree he was pained to answer.

When one of the burgers was ordered well done he seemed to sneer at us. Later the burger arrived rare and had to be sent back which made our guest wait while we all proceeded to eat.

We’re pretty easy diners, we appreciate the most minute service anyone offers and always tip 20-30%. We eat at neighborhood fast casual as well as Michelin starred restaurants. Our regular haunts take great pride in having us a patrons because we support them and refer our friends and family.

I have to say that this experience was quite a shock for our first visit to Marlowe and that we won’t be repeating this anytime in the near future.

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K
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

We have been to Marlowe many times over the years. A SF classic unfortunately no more. Food was mediocre at best and service was equal to something you might find at Cheesecake Factory. Super disappointing.

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j
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

service was great. food was okay. noise level was high, not a good place for a chat with friends.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Marlowe has been one of my favorite places for a while. I always enjoy dining there.

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YG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

I've been dying to try this restaurant since I always see a long line outside. We ended up going for dinner. It was late reservation and our waiter seemed to be in a bad mood. He wasn't rude but not warm and welcoming either.
All the food came at once, even though we had a small table. It was crowded by dishes to the point the waiter put the empty table that was next to us against our so that the dishes would fit. The food wasn't great. The steak tar tar was especially bad. And everything else we ordered I can't even remember.
I'd like to give this place another try, maybe the brunch is better.

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SS
Sydney / NSW
5 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous first night in San Francisco. Expectations were high and Marlowe did not disappoint!

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b
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

I'd heard a lot about Marlowe as I work close by and I chose to go there after a conference and met my parents and husband there for dinner. It had a great atmosphere - a bit too loud, but fun. The big disappointment was the cost of the food Vs the quality. I live in SF so I am used to high restaurant prices but with cocktails at $17 and mains at $30+ (4 tiny scallops!) it was pretty high and the food should have been great. Given there were only five options for main courses it was quite limited - again, better than a massive menu, but then each item should be really good and it just wasn't. The scallops were tiny and came with a weird vegetable we couldn't work out or cut (fennel? giant celery mutation?) and the burger was just ok. Overall we felt a bit ripped off and won't be returning even though the service was good.

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JT
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

They have one of the best fried chicken sandwiches anywhere in the U.S.A. and a fabulous burger. I also love the Brussel’s Spouts chips. This time, the chicken sandwich was a little off, tasted like it was fried in the same oil with fish. Otherwise very good. Awesome Bloody Mary (she calls it The Butcher).

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GB
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

I enjoyed my Reuben from the brunch menu (no salads, focus on eggy/meaty/bready things; lots of alcohol on offer). Buzzy atmosphere. A bit of chaos—two different servers each tried to take my drink order. More disappointing was the challenging tone from a second host, who came to my table after I was seated by another host, and asked bluntly whether I had a reservation, and wanted my name to prove it. I tried to finish quickly after all that... kinda felt like I was in the way. As I was heading out, I thought I’d stop by the restroom but there were already 4 people waiting in line. My big takeaway is not to attempt a return visit on a weekend.

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MW
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the entire experience! Wait staff, food and ambience.

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L
Berlin
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After five months in San Francisco and many restaurant visits, Marlowe has become my favorite restaurant due to its creative menu and the outstanding service. Looking forward to my next visit!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

My boyfriend and I came in a lil bit earlier than our reservation time. However, our host was very accommodating and she sat us down earlier than expected. She was really friendly. Our waitress was really sweet and informative. This place is really good for a date night. The ambiance is loud and energetic if you’re talkative like me. The food was good. Nothing that was amazing. But overall we enjoyed it. We got baked oysters, steak tartare, grilled pork chop, and angus ribeye. That was way more than enough for 2.

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MW
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 3

My review is mixed. When we arrived. The host and server Romina were both rude. The table was pushed in close to the bench seat. First experience that the a server has never pulled the table out. We had 3 guest. Guest #1 was asked if she wanted a drink because she said she wanted water she was given a dirty look and walked away. Guest #2 and #3 were never asked if they wanted one. Then Guest #2 and #3 both ordered burgers and were not ask which side they wanted. When Romina asked guest #3 if she asked "you got the one with fries correct" the guest hesitated since she was never asked. Romina rudely answered you did and walked away. Romina never filled the waters but a male server did. Romina was at the bar on her phone the whole time we were there. I watched the other servers give better service to other guest. Since Marlowe was not busy at the time there was no reason we should not have received better service. When we left no one even the hostess said thank you for coming. The only thing good about our experience was at least the food was good.

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s
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Energetic restaurant with a small, but delicious lunch options. Everything on the menu, including the deserts are impressive. Marlowe’s has become a regular stop when I visit the city.

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CB
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Mixed feelings. Octopus/squid salad was great. Little gem salad, way over dressed. Pork chops took forever (45 min) and the we’re 80% fat. They really need to trim them. They wouldn’t appear so impressive, but you woukdn’t Spend most of your time trimming the fat. I think if you stick to badics this place would be fine. Too noisy for my taste.

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LB
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 3ambience 2

While the food At Marlowe is spectacular, the noise level was so loud, we were literally screaming across the table. And we were seated at 5:30 on. Wednesday! If you view going as just one huge noisy bar scene, you’ll have s great time 😊

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S
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I had the scallops, which were probably the best I've ever had - both in quality and preparation. My friend had the pork chops, which looked very large but actually were much lighter than they seemed. we had the chocolate peanut-butter chunks for dessert. This was very good, but a little too sweet for my tastes. But overall very very good.

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IL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first time dining at Marlowe and I will be back for more.

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SF
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite brunch spots.

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GH
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great place for a nice dinner. Awesome food and service!

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JT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

Ordered a medium rare steak salad that was completely brown, no red and 80% unrendered fat. When I told the manager, he said "well you know, thats the cut of meat."

After not eating it I was still charged.

Normally I love Marlowe. Ive been a dozen times. Its close to my work. Not sure I'm going to be back. Kinda sad.

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u
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food, atmosphere, and service.. I wish food was less salty, but will definitely go back!!

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OT
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friends and I visited Marlowe for brunch. We had a burger, pancakes and Polenta. They were great and servers were attentive and kind. Would visit again!

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CE
Italy
5 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Marlowe is all in all a great place for casual, high end food and drinks Good energy and ambiance, great cocktails and very good food. Recommended highly for a friends get together.

The burger is amazing!

Service could be improved, everything felt very rushed. Also, it is quite noisy as the acoustics of the venue don’t do it justice.

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