What Insiders Are Saying
Monsieur Benjamin is making French food cool again.
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.
Food was tasty, however the service was not that good.
Modern and well put together ambience. Quality, delicious contemporary French food!!
We had brunch here and loved the food! The service was also great.
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.
They have an interesting, eclectic menu. They were very helpful adjusting our reservation on a busy evening. Servers were very attentive. Nice experience.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Steak was overpriced for mediocre taste
- Steak tartare, croquettes, chicken liver terrine. Each of these were 5 stars
- 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
- Gateau, 4.5 stars well done
The Anniversary card was a nice touch. Thank you
Terrific as usual!
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!
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.
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
They took a favorite item off the menu; prices went up; very noisy. Not the typical experience. Probably won’t go again for awhile.
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
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.
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.
Great food and we received a great wine recommendation
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!
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.
GREAT AND DELICIOUS FOOD. GOOD PORTIONS. GREAT FRIENDLY SERVICE.
Second time here and still love everything about it!
The food was outstanding. Service attentive but not obtrusive. Ambient noise was low enough to enjoy talking. I plan on going again.
Brunch before the Symphony
The food and service was good. Worth going back to.
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.
Too pricy and mediocre food
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.
The staff made me feel special with a personalized card and birthday shots.
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!
Food was super...service effective...ambiance - quite the background noise...
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.
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
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.