Monsieur Benjamin

4.6
1864 reviews
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French
Monsieur Benjamin is a modern restaurant and bar in San Francisco’s Hayes Valley, inspired by the great Parisian bistro culture and traditions of French cooking.

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
8.4

Monsieur Benjamin is making French food cool again.

Ratings 8.0-8.5:The best way to think about restaurants in the low to mid 8′s is that these are the places you would absolutely go back to, anytime. These restaurants are ones that you want to bring a friend to, just so they can also experience the duck carnitas, or burger, or whatever dish the place is known for.
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L
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very accommodating and excellent food. Great brunch before matinee shows.

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J
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Had brunch a Monsieur Benjamin wait staff attentive and friendly. Nice ambiance, the food is good. Our suggestions would be to broaden the main entree choices for brunch. Gem Salad was ample in size, but a bit too lightly dressed so we asked for a bit more dressing; it was flavorful and refreshing. Their burger done to our order, quite juicy delicious , flavorful, nice sautéed onions etc, rich but a bit on the small size, almost a mini size. Flat bread with a creamy dots of cheese and bacon was a bit odd and served with dressed kale, not sure I’d order it again. All portions seem to be a little on the small size. Nice place to go before theater, ballet etc. I’ve heard friends going there for weekday dinner, maybe more choices of complete winner entree options on their weekday menus? Would increase my score if there were more home run brunch entree choices.

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GS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The hamburgers and fries were delicious and the butter lettuce salad was also great.
The servers were very conscious of our time constraint with the ballet which made for a pleasant dining experience. Thank you!

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c
San Francisco
109 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Love this place before Sf jazz
Patrick a fun excellent server and the food great

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K
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

good service, great menu and a bit expensive! Creative menu and loved the quail!

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g
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our waiter was terrific. Staged out “tasting” menu ...Really good food and wonderful evening

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Sort of chilly of you sot near door.

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LK
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Underwhelming food flavors combined with lackluster service made for a not so memorable evening. Automatic 20% gratuity added to every bill. Nothing overtly bad, but I think many other restaurants in SF could provide a better experience.

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s
Adelaide / SA
5 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was Sunday brunch with a friend, who has very specific dietary requirements. The restaurant staff was very attentive throughout our stay.

I had the scrambled eggs. They were just as like love them, deliciously moist. My friend had the breakfast tart. It was a a flatbread with cheese and bacon. That, too, was delicious. I end my meal with the chocolate hazelnut gateau. OMG! Yum!!!

The food was deliciously favor-full. Loved every delicious morsel of our brunch selections. Will definitely be returning to try the other menu selections, and especially, their hamburger and shoestring potatoes. It looked very yummy.

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PP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great food service and atmosphere. Perfect really.

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y
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a fabulous evening at Monsieur Benjamin. Delicious Food. Attentive and responsive service.
Beautiful place to sit-- all views (inside and outside the restaurant were great). Plus all sorts of little details-- like a card waiting at the table to celebrate my brother's birthday (they'd been told ahead of time in my online reservation), complimentary aperitifs and digestifs, etc... Just a fantastic dining experience. Just perfect.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a dual birthday dinner with my mom here on a Friday night based on a recommendation. Not a lot of reservations available, so we had an early 5:30p table. Taxi took us the wrong direction, making us significantly late, however the staff was incredibly gracious and accommodating. There was a happy birthday card on the table since I had noted the occasion in the reservation - such a nice touch. The burger and flounder were both delicious and the presentation on the flounder was lovely. They also gave us some poached shrimp on the house and give everyone an aperitif with the check. Overall, we loved this dining experience, thanks to the food, service, and thoughtful extras.

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SF
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

We dined early with a family with two preteen daughters. The only kid friendly option was a burger, which, when modified worked well. The adults all enjoyed their entrees (2 salmon, flounder, chicken) which were supplemented with delicious fries and an order of simple and tasty haricots vert. The service was friendly and unpretentious - when the staff paid attention. We were seated at 5 and after being ignored for about 20 minutes we flagged a server for drinks. One drink was forgotten. No one came for a long time to take our order. I suspect the servers were using the early hour for prep - that is the only reason I can imagine for abandoning our table for so long. Given that the prices are quite high I think M. Benjamin needs to step up its game to stay competitive. I will be patronizing Little Gem which as as good a salmon at a lesser price and highly attentive service.

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j
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I think monsieur Benjamin is a wonderful bistro. Some dishes work, some not as well but the atmosphere and service is lively and appropriate. I like coming here and would come back multiple times.

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SF
San Francisco
95 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of several excellent restaurants near Davies Hall. We love it. The menu is interesting and the servers are very helpful in picking and pairing among the very interesting offerings. Or they have a pretty good hamburger.

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B
Central Coast
12 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Creative cuisine. Excellent wine by the glass list.

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LG
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Really, innovative spin on the classics! Enjoyed it so much we went back 3 days later!

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J
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything is always the best!

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KE
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

This is an enjoyable restaurant to eat out in, service is excellent. Food is good, not outstanding but fresh ingredients and carefully cooked. Cocktails excellent. Ambience is a nice buzz of quiet enjoyment. Popular so book ahead.

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a
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious food and such a lovely atmosphere and service. Utterly delightful every time.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Service, and amazing food. One of my favorite restaurants in SF

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c
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb in every way. Enjoy favorites and new recipes. One of San Francisco’s best!

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Service was a bit disjointed with two dishes we didn’t order coming to the table, and a long wait between small dishes and main course.

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R
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Was brought the wrong drink, but it was quickly corrected. The hamburger was okay but not phenomenal at $22. Server was very nice.

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LB
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a great bistro a short way from Davies and the Opera house. Reservations for pre curtain are required. It is not cheap but the food, wine list, and service are excellent. You can dine on soup and appetizers very happily if you don't like a heavy meal before curtain. The kitchen and bar are out there for you to see. The tables are very close together. There is no valet parking. But we return again and again.

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My daughter and I had brunch before a Saturday performance. The service was excellent, the menu also. I’ve been before after performances and it is always good. Will definitely be back for brunch,

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JL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We took our son and his fiance out for his birthday dinner before going to the theater. We loved it. The food was really good. Our server was really wonderful, friendly, helpful. Everyone there was really nice and we had a wonderful time. We will go again soon.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Pablo waited us and he was fantastic! Will definitely return soon.

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N
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Nothing really special. I would recommend just to try curiosity wise, but not sure I am coming back. Very pleasant place but food is not much fun. Good produce though.

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MR
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The decor of the restaurant was lovely and most surprisingly the tables were spaced far enough apart that one could enjoy quiet conversation as well as a wonderful dinner. Exceptional service was matched by the excellence of the food. We ordered steak fries and both were prepared exactly as we had ordered. The pace was perhaps slow for some but left us feeling that we had enjoyed a relaxed and satisfying dining experience.

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NG
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

Heard a lot of great things about the place, and was really looking forward to visiting it. I am disappointed to be disappointed as I was hoping to find a new gem in the city. The food was OK but not to the delight I expected from a reputable French restaurant. The portions, considering the price, were very small. There is practically no distance between the tables. Overall, not the place I was hoping it'll be.

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j
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

I've come here many times and will continue to do so. However, I am not enjoying this most recent menu. Nonetheless, the food is well prepared and quite tasty with the exception of the butter lettuce salad. It is a bowl with lots of large butter lettuce leafs simply piled around and a few radishes. Not very well dressed, so if I order it again I will need to request more dressing. Simply stated, it looks great but is messy and takes time to cut. Would prefer it already cut and well dressed. Otherwise all is excellent and yes, I will continue to go there.

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OT
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was tasty, however the service was not that good.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Modern and well put together ambience. Quality, delicious contemporary French food!!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had brunch here and loved the food! The service was also great.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Overall, food was very good but given the price, it was ok. Worst part was the service and the mandatory 20% service charge. Waitress was not welcoming and had an attitude. To be charged 20% for crappy service makes me wonder if I will ever go back again.

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KK
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

They have an interesting, eclectic menu. They were very helpful adjusting our reservation on a busy evening. Servers were very attentive. Nice experience.

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f
San Francisco
150 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Monsier Benjamin, although classified as a casual restaurant as very fine culinary concepts in the kitchen and a master hand at the wheel. The food came out exactly as advertised with fabulous flavors. The wait staff is attentive but not overbearing. It is a bit close with the tables next to each other (much like a restaurant in Paris). Food was exquisite and we are looking forward to coming back to celebrate a birthday in April. Love the flair without the stuffiness.

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ND
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I appreciated the call to let me know we could come early since our reservation was close to kitchen closing time. However, I wanted to order an additional savory dish but was unable to because we were not advised that the kitchen was closing while we were dining. So, our only option was dessert, which we declined.

We will be back.

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d
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Requested window seating during reservation but they did not accommodate. They had us waiting for our table and I thought they were trying to seat us near a window but this was not the case and they seated us quite close to another party which was fine. However the waiter did not write down our order and delivered the wrong order. I let him know immediately and he went to take care of it which took 10 minutes. This was a bit long of a wait and when catching his eye during this time he avoided coming to the table. I am a regular customer and flagged this to the manager and she graciously took care of us by comping our coffee and gave us ice cream for our troubles. I hope that the waiter is re-trained to provide us with an update as my date finished her meal while I waited for the error to be corrected.

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