Marlowe

4.6
2459 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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 2459 People Are Saying
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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect for any occasion

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D
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Had a nice comfortable time! No real complaint other than... when you order “Deviled Egg” you might expect one whole egg cut in half yolk deviled, not half of one egg! But, it was tasty!

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GG
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, great service, great food! Highly recommended

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Central Coast
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was excellent but expensive. Great service and great wait staff. Small and quite loud, tables are very close together. All in all, I would go back just for the food.

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GG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Way overpriced, very cramped, food less than good. Not recommended.

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NC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Space and ambiance was good. Had dinner here and food was just okay. Nothing to write home about.
Pork chop was dry and not much taste, angus ribeye was tough & didn't have the marbling as expected. The sides & starters were slightly better than the mains.

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RK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious brunch. Space is beautiful but very tight. They were accommodating of children. Forgot that we were celebrating a birthday though I had it in the reservation, but they fixed it. Would go back

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LC
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service were both outstanding. This was our second time and we were pleased on both visits. This was brunch, and we brought friends. The frittata, scramble, burger and fried grit cake all got a thumbs up. The atmosphere is very sleek and pleasant. We will be back!

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LS
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and cocktails were amazing!! Delicious, fresh and creative. The oysters, burger and chicken sandwich were so fresh. Loved the blood orange margarita with black salt, featured drink. The service was impeccable. We had our toddler with us and the hostess quickly brought a high chair, crayons, and interacted with her. Our server was friendly and the entire team was engaged and happy to work there. We had a great time and would highly recommend Marlowe for lunch or dinner!

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r
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The service is always excellent!! The food is great.
Always a wonderful experience!

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N
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

We had a reservation and had to wait for 20 minutes to get seated. They did not seem too bothered by it.

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L
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Nice place. Hear the drinks are great but I don’t drink. Space and ambiance very good. Both my guest and I did not care for our lunch. I hear I should have ordered a burger. :0(. Too many other places to go to for great food.

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TR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

This is the kind of place you might go for a birthday party, bringing along some Mylar balloons. Marble interior, extremely loud 2011 kid cudi soundtrack, vaguely NYC vibes.

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nous avons réservé un table pour 2 pour 20h45 mais nous sommes arrivés très tôt.Nous avons pu avoir 2 places au Bar. Le barman qui s’est occuper de nous était très professionnel. Le service était excellent ainsi que les cocktails. Nous avons pris 2 Marlowe Burger et que dire à part qu’ils étaient délicieux !!! C’était un très bon dîner. Nous recommandons ce lieux pour la qualite du service et la qualité des plats!!

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HP
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great experience. We could not have asked for a better table. Thank you so much. Service and food were fantastic as well. Marlowe is the perfect place for a date. ❤️

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AT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I rarely leave reviews... but this place definitely deserved it! Food, service, ambiance, value... this is the full package! Jeff and Ali took the whole experience to another level! No wonder this place has been around for so long in such a competitive city. Well done Marlowe!!

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f
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great classic spot for a friday night date-- candlelit ambiance. Had the shrimp cocktail, sole, and burger. All great. Burger is hands down one of the best. I would probably do something other than the sole next time though. Cocktail and sauce were on point. Service friendly, helpful, and attentive.

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t
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meet-up spot with something for everyone. Awesome burgers and brussel sprouts. Cocktail, wine and beer menu is very diverse ... love the Pimms cup!

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OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot

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OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to dine. We will be back ....... tomorrow

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A
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food. Really good service. Allowed us to take our time.

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r
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Radolfo is a great server
All the staff always attends to your needs
A great experience and great food!!

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JH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The experience was great, the food was excellent, it is a consistently impressive dining experience, with one exception: it is incredibly loud.

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GW
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Everything was good, I have no complaints. Came here on a recommendation from a coworker of Marlowe being her favorite restaurant in SF. My expectations were probably a bit higher because of her recommendation, so I didn’t feel really blown away by anything we tried (sole, burger, chicken, cauliflower and cheese, fried string beans). I’d come back to try their brunch (because the ambiance is really nice) but probably not dinner again - too many other places in SF to try!

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AH
Cleveland
4 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Made you feel like family. Good food, terrific service and a very pleasant evening for sure!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Meeting friends. Noise level was much higher than usual.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 3ambience 5

Great place

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KC
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Marlowe is a great place for good food and excellent service; I think we're becoming regulars there.

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EB
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very loud and seating was tight but overall a delicious and fun experience. The Brussel Sprout chips were incredible!

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JK
New England
6 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food but very crowded st lunch time and tables are very close to each other

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L
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Top notch wait staff

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

New menu is just so so. Busy as usual. Overall ok experience.

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RO
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Eat here at least once a month. Always superb!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing menu & perfect setting for a weekend brunch.
Though it overpacked, that is a part of its charm

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KB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

It was very good except when they turned on loud music around 7 pm. The music was more appropriate for a bar but not for a restaurant,

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TH
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

WAY TOO NOISY - impossible to have a conversation without screaming! Burger was just okay, anemic portion of lukewarm/cold fries, they were out of the only appetizer we wanted, and biggest pet peeve? ...when a restaurant serves the "wine by the glass" selection in the 2nd class "house wine glass" instead of a proper glass that is provided if you order a bottle of wine.

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AE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food good but lunch hour is insane on the noise side. Not a good place if you are with an older person or want to have a conversation where you don't want to raise your voice.

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

sisters birthday

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H
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun place! Food was excellent, as was the service. Will go back.

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MS
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal.
Brussel sprouts melt in your mouth

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