Marlowe

4.6
2413 reviews
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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.

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 2413 People Are Saying
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Tokyo
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The chef likes everything quite salty! We returned the steak tartare which was inedible, the octopus salad was like a left over with o lt few slices of octopus, also very tough to chew. The sole was again salty. No subtle taste here.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nous adorons Marlowe, excellente nourriture et très bonne ambiance! A recommander!

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Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great everything! The staff is amazing, they have a great cocktail list, and the food was amazing. I am not a big seafood fan, but their fish dish was amazing. I can't wait to go again.

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JL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Seats by door are very cold as door opens constantly.

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O
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic food, friendly and efficient service, and truly killer cocktails. This will be a regular stop on my trips to San Francisco going forward.

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R
London
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic brunch. The pancakes and burger were delicious

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NS
Orange County
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Our evening was perfect except for two things, I specifically mentioned my husbands 60th birthday when I made the reservation but had to remind our server that it was his birthday.

Second, the server was focused on selling us drinks and it was obvious. She offered us second and third cocktails before we had finished and then pulled our drinks without asking us if we were done. This in my opinion is in poor taste. We were ordering plenty of food and drink and did not need to be prompted.

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BB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

Food and drinks seemed to be overpriced even for the area. $3.00 for a half an egg was absurd! Ribeye was good. Oysters were good but extremely small and pricey. Steak tartare was excellent. Waitress was attentive. Was within walking distance of our hotel. Expected more. Don't mind paying for good food but this didn't meet our our expectations.

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O
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic food, even better cocktails. Well worth the price

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 4

Food was sub par - pretty bummed to be honest . Probably won’t return and would not recommend.

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M
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The Poulet Vert was delicious!

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ZB
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed our meal at Marlowe. Service was friendly and efficient. Wine selection good. Appetizers were nice. Loved the Polenta entree. We hope to return.

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KM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. One of my 'go to's' in SF. The brussel sprout chips are a must.

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JW
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Took one hour to receive food, restaurant was very loud, and we were crammed into a small space.

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L
San Francisco
96 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fourth time here. Unique and delicious brunch in a convenient SF location. Fluffy riccota doughnuts, carmelized bacon, deviled eggs, crispy chicken sandwich and cocktails all fabulous, and open table reservations made it easy! I'm so tired of trendy restaurants that make you wait 2.5 hours in a line to get in. Thank you Marlowe.

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FN
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and drinks in a cozy setting. Although noise level is high, you can still talk to people next to you.

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

I love this place everytime!

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

We loved the menu and tried the deviled eggs, candied bacon, chicken sandwich and burger. All excellent. Wish we had ordered the Brussel sprouts. Also donuts looked good. Very tight seating and you can hear everything people are saying.

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ET
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

love marlowe!
great neighborhood oasis in SOMA
lively conversational atmosphere and attentive staff

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CO
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely spot for dinner in SOMA! Note the portions were large, particularly for SF.

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

When in SF, Marlowe. Do it. Don't make me say it again.

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NH
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Was much nicer later in the evening when not so loud. Tough place to have a conversation though food and service were excellent

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M
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Food was very good, but I would get there earliest as possible for Sunday brunch. Just too noisy and busy. Could almost hear conversation of people next to you. I would ask for table away from Windows. Maybe center tables would be better. Mixed service, and did not hear specials from waiter. Did special candle and dessert for birthday celebration, though.

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CM
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Really excellent food, unusual and delicious flavor combinations

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D
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Really thought I’d love it based on friend anecdotes and the photos and menu, but ordered the special and walked away pretty underwhelmed. Everyone else enjoyed it though.

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K
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed our dinner at Marlowe. The appetizer of squid and octopus salad was delicious. The pork chop main dish was generous in its portion size and the sides accompanied the spices on the meat. We also tried the burger and fries which were cooked to perfection.

There were some disappointments -- a limited selection of dry gin to choose from, friendly but slow service, and tight table seating. I sat on the bench side which was difficult to get in and out of and was not comfortable. On the other side of the table, the straight chair needed to be swapped out as the seat itself needed repair.

Overall, the dining experience was pleasant and I would return again.

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D
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

We felt our whole experience was very rushed - from sitting down to leaving we were there for 45 mins! Food came out within minutes of ordering and was good, but felt like they wanted to turn the table.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Burger not as good as I remember

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The service was amazing apart from the fact they never asked for allergies while taking orders. So we ordered the burger in the menu and asked if the horseradish mayonnaise could come on the side, the waiter never mention that same mayonnaise was used in the burger. After trying the burger we realised there was Horseradish Mayo in and we asked to have it changed. So one of the main meals came eventually later that the rest.

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S
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 2

Server was A+. Lunch food was good but not Wow. Acoustics made it too loud to talk comfortably at our table. Like many places in SOMA, Marlowe is more hype than substance for this visit.

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n
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Marlowe was fantastic. We were blown away by the amazing service. The reservation before us was taking quite a while to finish up so they weren’t able to seat us at our reserved time but they more than made up for it. They sent a waiter over to where we were waiting to take our cocktail order and comped our appetizers. The entire staff was great. Food was incredible. We will definitely be back.

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HB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant - great food, very nice and professional staff. I cannot more highly recommend.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Eveything was more then perfect!!!

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HA
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a great time! Our waiter was friendly and efficient. All four of us at the table shared four dishes and each plate was delightful. Food was fresh and flavors were excellent. We finished everything! We also enjoyed sparkling wine laced with thyme and Meyer lemon - just perfect! I’ll definitely come back!

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OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We go at least once a month-as Marlowe is down the street from our house.

My boyfriend is dairy free, and I am gluten intolerant. Our server the other night told my boyfriend that taking cheese/butter out of any dish would just destroy them. Maybe there could have been a better way to say that or offer other suggestions? It was really off putting.

This interaction seems to be more the norm lately-I’d just recommend making sure servers are aware of dietary restrictions and how to speak about them.

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k
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was fab and service was fantastic.....definitely will be back.

We came here before the Circ show at the ball batk

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GB
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Booked this place in advance for a team lunch. Despite all the reviews was not impressed with the food. Don’t think we will be back.

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ES
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

I took a date here for her birthday. The food was good and a solid quality however it seemed expensive for what it was. We ordered the steak and the sole. The steak was cooked perfectly medium rare and we were impressed by this, the sole was nice. The peanut butter bites were unexpectedly very hard and very sweet
The ambience was a little loud and it was quite crowded.
Note that this restaurant does not do candles or anything special for a birthday like other restaurants do- so felt a little disappointed by this and would not recommend it for special occasion.

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M
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food in a casual environment. Friendly service but be prepared to wait for the food.

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F
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Marlowe is one of SF's terrific restaurants. I first went many times to the Townsend space (which I prefer), and loved both the ambiance the bar and the food. Burger!!!! Sprouts!!!
The newer space on Brannan feels crowded, and the noise level is very high. Forget first date time.
Wait staff was wonderful and informative. I had an excellent pork chop dinner with the ubiquitous chips and a shared caesar before, a Santa Ynez wine and olive cake.
Food is great - just wish the tables were not so jammed together making conversations very challenging. On both sides you hear everyone's topics.

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