Monsieur Benjamin

4.5
1832 reviews
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$30 and under
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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.

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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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Tahoe
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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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San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

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

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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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San Francisco
146 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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 6 days ago
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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San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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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London
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

MB is one of our favorites in SF, but this visit was disappointing.

New chef got rid of their signature dish, the Artic Chat almondienne.

Also, when we’re paying $250 for a 2 person meal, and you have to pay $4 for bread, I don’t really need the sever to ask me if they can charge me. Just give us the bread and charge us $4, I don’t care. The fact that they have to ask that just makes the experience feel cheap.

Go back to the original menu, and stop the up charges. Just increase your prices so it doesn’t make the experience feel cheap.

I’d like to go back, but MB has moved down on my favorites list.

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JZ
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

I have been looking forward to dining at Monsieur Benjamin for a while and particularly excited to see a vegetarian option on the menu that looked compelling. Sadly said dish was not only overpriced ($28 for a small half head of cauliflower with smoked sauteed onion sauce) but had a burned but bland flavor. The pomme frites came out overcooked and unsalted (the server did offer to bring more out which were slightly better but still not what I would have expected). The bread ($4) was the highlight of the meal and the diners next to my table were surprised to be charged for it but were "gifted" a serving upon their response. The dessert was something straight out of the local grocery freezer section and went 90% uneaten. No attempt to recognize this was made (the fries were not taken off the menu for example). Our bill was brought along with our dessert which was offputting even in recognition of the fact that it was valentines' day so there would be other reservations to be seated (we were there an hour and 15 min total). Our bill for 1 bread service, 1 salad, 1 order of pomme frites, 1 cauliflower entree, 1 dessert and a lemonade with 20% gratuity added in came in at $100. I would recommend dining across the street at Absynthe or better yet A Mano for delicious food, attentive service and equally if not more hip ambiance.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Steak was overpriced for mediocre taste

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CH
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Apps:
- Steak tartare, croquettes, chicken liver terrine. Each of these were 5 stars
Entrees:
- Fried Chicken al'anglaise, 4.5 stars very soul-warming, lemon added the perfect acidity
- Stuffed Flounder, 5 stars this was hands-down the absolute best dish of the night!
- Arctic Char, 2.5 stars this did not impress, the flavor was ok but the almond overpowered the fish; sunchokes were so indistinguishable I couldn't remember if they were on the plate
Dessert:
- Gateau, 4.5 stars well done

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

The Anniversary card was a nice touch. Thank you

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Austin
14 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Terrific as usual!

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LB
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic experience all the way around. Everything we had (4 people for dinner) was fantastic and our server was great. Close to the opera house and symphony. We'll be back!

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B
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was top notch. Pablito was wonderful. Food was amazing. As always.

My wish is for Epoisses toast to be returned to the menu. It was incredible.

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San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was utterly congenial, efficient and made the dinner so very pleasant. The name on our charge slip was Evan M., table 53/1

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L
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

They took a favorite item off the menu; prices went up; very noisy. Not the typical experience. Probably won’t go again for awhile.

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C
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Diverse menu gave us lots of varied options. We went before the ballet and the waiter and support staff made sure we were served quickly and drinks, appetizers and main dish came out one after the other tho we never felt rushed. Lots of window seating and fresh feel

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KC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

As always, fantastic service and incredible food. Just a little too loud for us, but that seems to be the trend in SF these days.

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San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the Atlantic Char and butter lettuce salad...very fresh and generous portion. Two people had the “fried “ chicken and were disappointed. Always good service. One of my favorites in Civic Center/Hays’s Valley neighborhood.

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m
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food and we received a great wine recommendation

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SB
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Professional n cordial service at its best!
Entrees perfectly timed after appetizers
were were served.

After dinner cognac
delivered w BDay candle for the occasion!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Really pricy for what we had and we dine at fine dining restaurants all the time. Food was very good but the value not there.

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EB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

GREAT AND DELICIOUS FOOD. GOOD PORTIONS. GREAT FRIENDLY SERVICE.

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C
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time here and still love everything about it!

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Nashville
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was outstanding. Service attentive but not obtrusive. Ambient noise was low enough to enjoy talking. I plan on going again.

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M
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch before the Symphony

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ND
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The food and service was good. Worth going back to.

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TM
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Of course Monsieur Benjamin is a great dinner. But what's really fun and special is that they also have a great brunch. Really really great.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Too pricy and mediocre food

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New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Great menu item ideas, but none of the dishes make me want to come back to have them again. The setting is very pretty though, and the staff is attentive.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff made me feel special with a personalized card and birthday shots.

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New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Always a great spot. Usually go for dinner but this time was for brunch.

Would say that plating/presentation could have been elevated - seemed quite utilitarian; Grilled ham), seafood sausage weren’t very inspired. Tasty & delicious though!

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RN
Jackson Hole
5 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was super...service effective...ambiance - quite the background noise...

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NT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Monsieur Benjamin is one of our go to restaurants when we have Symphony tickets. Food is really good. Love the braised rabbit and the quail. We had a fried chicken stuffed with ham and cheese with a yummy sauce with mushroom this most recent visit and it was yummy! The desserts are really good too. My only knock on this place is that the wine pour is almost insulting. For 15-25 bucks a glass, a pour that is only about 5-6 ounces is pretty poor. My recommendation is go for the food, but head over to Fig and Thistle for a real glass of wine. They'll pour you a taste and then a real glass of wine for the same price or slightly lower.

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RB
San Francisco
53 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We've dined here several times, this time was a disappointment. I wanted a smaller second course and ordered steak tartar the mixed-in herbs and spices totally dominated the flavor of the dish -- bad idea!
The desert was just ordinary. At these prices the food should be way better than ordinary

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San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Reliable quality

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L
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our waiter was so graciously accommodating one in our party is dairy intolerant he made suggestions and adjustments to accommodate . Rest of food was very good. Skip the braised lettuce.

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