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Marlowe, San Francisco, CA

Marlowe

4.4
4.4
2615 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Opened in 2010 and relocated to its current location in 2014, Marlowe is a New American bistro located in San Francisco’s Soma neighborhood in the former COCO500 space.

Brought to you by Executive Chef Jennifer Puccio and award-winning San Francisco designer Ken Fulk, Marlowe focuses on classic comfort foods with flavorful twists, like Chef Puccio’s signature Marlowe Burger, seasonal poulet vert, brussels sprouts chips and quail egg topped steak tartare.

Taking inspiration from the butcher shops of the past, Marlowe is designed with a sleek but comfortable feel, featuring white subway tiles, white marble, deep blue banquettes, wood block tables and specials listed on rolls of butcher paper.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 22 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Lunch Thu, Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm Bar Thu–Sun 2:30 pm–5:30 pm Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (415) 777-1413

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Jennifer Puccio

  • Private party contact

    Private Dining Event: (415) 777-1413

  • Neighborhood

    SOMA

  • Cross street

    4th St.

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    .

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Mid-Afternoon Menu

    Multiple dates available
    Please note during this time we will be offering a limited menu and drinks. Our dinner menu will begin at 5 pm.

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What 2,615 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. MO

    MaryO

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We ate here twice in 3 days. The food is outstanding, perfect coffee cocktails and wonderful service. Highly recommend the burger!
  2. F

    Foodie

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Pancakes we large and good. Loved the hot syrup. My friend ate the scramble eggs and chorizo, but said there wasn't much. My other friend had the polenta. The menu is being updated because they did not have the fried polenta, overall it was ok. Bacon was NOT good at all. It's really some kind of pork fat with a strong pork taste. IT'S NOT BACON AND DOESN'T TASTE LIKE BACON...IT'S PORK FAT.
  3. JM

    JonM

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall2food4service5ambience1
    Great service, good food, way too loud. My ears were ringing all night after eating dinner here.
  4. SF

    SFGal

    San Francisco

    34 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience3
    I haven't been here since they moved locations. I thought it was okay. The brussel sprout chips are always good and the octopus was great (although $22 for one tentacle seemed high). The service was slow and inattentive. I wish I could say better things as I took an out of town friend here.
  5. LM

    LauraM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Victor at the bar was incredible and the food was delicious. From apps to dessert, couldn't have been better. Would highly recommend.
  6. y

    yogablu

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a hidden gem. We loved the ambience, the food, the vibe, and especially the service. The people there are awesome. And the bartender Nanette is stellar. Just go there for the drinks if anything.
  7. OT

    OrlyT

    Israel

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    nice, tasty, good service, and great music in the backround!
  8. B

    Brian

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great food and good service but so loud that it was nearly impossible to hear the waiter. They need to do something about the sound.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    So happy to see Marlowe hasn’t changed. It’s still lovely. Food is interesting, well seasoned but not over the top. Refreshingly honest. Service is still attentive and pleasant. CR I feel bad we haven’t been here in many years and can’t wait to go back!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience1
    Extremely loud, this place needs better acoustics!
  11. TR

    Th3R1chard

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredibly consistent. Upscale yet casual. Great bites, drinks and mains.
  12. UE

    UncleErnest

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 13, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    the food is just...uninspired and mediocre. my foodie friend from out of town was not impressed
  13. RM

    RebaM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 10, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience3
    Food was fabulous! So delicious. Space is very loud with little noise buffering. Service was scattered and we didn’t receive half our dishes or drinks. Food we did get was lovely.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    We came for my fathers birthday and I put it into the notes for our reservation with a bit of a message of why we chose this restaurant to celebrate. When we arrived, there was no mention of his birthday or any well wishes. I do not expect free food, but do expect a nice establishment to acknowledge the birthday in some way, even if just saying it. The experience was a bit lackluster. Food was removed multiple times before we were finished and the fries with the burger were served cold, which is a letdown when you spend $25 on the burger itself. We were just overall disappointed with the experience.
  15. KE

    KellyE

    Amsterdam

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    It was super cold. The staff was slow and not super friendly.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    Ordered two pork chopped. They were over cooked and not worth the price. Everything is very expensive
  17. N

    Nickm007

    Vancouver

    232 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    232 reviews

    Dined on October 5, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Hmmm.. the chef seems intent on serving overly flavoured comfort food. Too heavy, no subtly or intelligence.. salty and too many flavours. It’s lost its way.. a shame.. cos it used to be elegant and tasty..
  18. DR

    DaniR

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    This is my first restaurant review I’ve ever written so that is saying a lot. So bummed about last nights experience. I liked the simplicity and look of the space but the noise level was threw the roof. So mild yelling was required for conversation. But that happens sometimes. Just something to be aware of. Our waiter was something else. This guy just could not be bothered. We couldn’t hear his whispers when at the table and somehow he couldn’t hear me so there was a lot of “what?!”. I thought I was speaking at a low roar but apparently not. You really couldn’t get much of a spark in those dead uninterested eyes. He came twice to table introducing myself as if there was a glitch in the matrix. My friend had ordered the brussel sprouts in brown butter but found them to be soggy and didn’t eat them. She explained that they were mushy and our server told her she didn’t order the crispy brussel sprouts. I was kinda floored. I work in a restaurant in SF currently…if a person isn’t happy with said dish and hasn’t eaten from it…ask if they want something else, or take it off the bill?! There’s some ideas?! Our dude could not be bothered. So we paid and as we were gathering our things and scooching out from the table…our absolutely rude waiter stood btw the two tables, partially blocking my route out (tables are very close together). He was taking an order but it was a 3 top and he was standing by the empty chair he could’ve slide behind to give me space to leave. I stood for a moment to give further clues I was leaving and dude just stood there. So I turned towards my table so not to breath down his face as I pressed against him to get out. I said “sorry, excuse me” and our hips and bodies were smashed together and he couldn’t even be bothered to 1) move 2) acknowledge me 3) say excuse me. I’ve worked in a great SF restaurant for over 10 years (currently) and this is the first time I’ve written a review because the experience was awful, rude and just such a bummer.
  19. AN

    AnujN

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Excellent brunch
  20. AH

    AmandaH

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    They have a very small kitchen so you will be waiting for your food for at least an hour every time you go. Every time! The food is really mediocre compared to pre covid. Not worth the hassle because it’s always loud and either too hot or too cold in the place. If you are dieing for a Marlon burger which is their best item go to the cavoleir or order on door dash. The wait staff try to make up for the slow kitchen by coming by every 20 minutes like clock work to apologize for the slowness and act like it’s a fluke thing. But it’s laughably scripted because it’s always the same fake reasons for the slowness. The real reason is the kitchen is too damn small to function for the number of seats plus door dash orders which they clearly prioritize. it’s literally always an hour to get your food from the moment you order. Order the deviled eggs and drinks to tie yourself over if you really must eat here. I go a few time a year because someone who doesn’t know better always talks me into it. I always regret it and wish I had just gone elsewhere. If the food was better I’d probably not feel the way I do about it. It’s really gone down hill since the before times.
  21. JB

    JamesB

    Denver

    4 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    Terrible service (though the host and bussers were lovely). Rude bartender. Nearly left an almost empty restaurant based on the waiter not even coming by to check in. Food was ok, though undercooked burger and overcooked eggs. Would not recommend
  22. SF

    SaraF

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed our dinner! The food was delicious and the service was excellent! We definitely recommend!
  23. AD

    AfshanD

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious. Professional, friendly staff. I will go back there again for sure.
  24. m

    mlml

    San Francisco

    24 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Marlowe's food is generally consistent and that's a good thing. Our service last night was so-so. Had to ask for the check 3x. $25 for a hamburger is just so expensive. The fries are usually very good but seems we got the bottom of the batch last night.
  25. l

    lauraf

    Miami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic service, food and ambiance! Five stars!!!
  26. SM

    SusanM

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was terrific - and I came to support my local neighborhood restaurant! Many thanks, Susan
  27. DR

    DianaR

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service and food were awesome, love this place. Never disappoints
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing breakfast with very thoughtful service and beautiful atmosphere! Definitely going back
  29. JG

    JoanG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 26, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent hostess. Danash made my guests and I feel so welcome and comfortable. The food was amazing. Everyone was very happy. We liked our table and our servers. Thank you! Look forward to returning.
  30. I

    Icequeen

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    No frills but good food. Appetizer salads are great, and pretty large portions. A no-brainer place to go have dinner with coworkers or clients. Service is consistently good. Awesome drinks, too. A bit on the expensive side on the wine list though.
  31. PF

    PatriciaF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely delicious!! The brussel sprout app are a must but truly everything was mouthwatering.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a nice spot for a date night
  33. EH

    EmmH

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My best friend got engaged and we went here as a celebratory brunch. I asked if they could bring a glass of champagne to us as we sat down, which was done without question. The service was great and the food was even better. Thank you for helping make the meal special!
  34. NS

    NemyS

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    We really enjoyed the food, especially the clams. We will definitely be back.
  35. RE

    RebeccaE

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    overall5food5service3ambience3
    Food was delicious and very hot when it cane out which I loved. Service was rather slow but it was ok since we weren’t in a hurry. I had a Pimm’s Cup which was a little short on gin.
  36. o

    opentablegrub

    San Francisco

    114 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    114 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    We were seated timely. Immediately realized the noise level was beyond comfort, nearly impossible to convert with table mates. As for the food, the octopus & squid salad was great! The pumpkin soup was flavorless, cool, and just a nebbish kind of thing. The salmon dinner was OK, salmon cooked perfectly, but the seasoning was a bit harsh. The pork chop was way overcooked, extremely dry, something I would never have expected at a place were it is one of 6 or 7 entrees. The green beans accompanying the chop were perfectly cooked and flavored with butter. The service started out great, but after the salad we were essentially left to our own devices for 30 minutes! Hmm, maybe that explains why my pork chop was so dry??? We actually had to flag down or server to insist we get our entrees served. I do not recommend going to Marlow unless you do not mind parting with a considerable portion of your paycheck for, at best, a mediocre meal with poor service.
  37. C

    Chris

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Pretty solid start to finish. Sincere and timely service -seems like they work the room as a team. Steak temp was a little off for me but all the food was super tasty. Brussel sprouts, tartare and NY steak & fries.
  38. T

    Tiffany

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2020

    overall2food2service4ambience2
    The tables are really packed in so you feel like every spot is a communal table (even though it’s not). The Brussels sprout chips are $9 for basically the dregs/leftovers/shavings of a roasted Brussels sprout pan - I was expecting something more innovative. Awkward to share. The polenta wasn’t creamy - it was chunky- and not that warm. The two things you want in a polenta are creaminess and warmth... the side of cauliflower was ok, but the cheese on top seemed cheap and the cream on the inside watery. When we asked our server for advice on dessert she recommended against our top two choices. The chocolate ice cream and merengue cookies she insisted on was good but it was basically a scoop of ice cream on a wafer thin cookie with chocolate sauce -$11. Maybe the burger is just the star of the show here and we should have let our server order for us.
  39. B

    brianB

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2020

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    Too much truffle oil on the polenta. Ruined my tongue for the day. Butter was too big and cold for the pancakes. Plus side: pancakes were delish and HUGE.
  40. IB

    IainB

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 8, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good burger Rock shrimp were tasty Enjoyed the place

FAQs

Marlowe is rated 4.4 stars by 2615 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 22 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Marlowe

500 Brannan St., San Francisco, CA 94107

Additional information

  • Cross street

    4th St.

  • Neighborhood

    SOMA

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Lunch Thu, Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm Bar Thu–Sun 2:30 pm–5:30 pm Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    .

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Jennifer Puccio

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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