About Left Bank Larkspur

507 Magnolia Ave.
Larkspur, CA 94939
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Left Bank is an authentic Parisian-style brasserie located in the historic Blue Rock Inn in charming downtown Larkspur. Built in 1895 during the railroad era, The Blue Rock Inn was a popular weekend destination for San Franciscans to come dance and picnic under the stars.

Open since 1994, Left Bank continues to be a destination for folks from all over the Bay Area to enjoy a casual snack on the sunny terrace, a glass of wine or hand crafted cocktail at the lively bar, or an elegant dining experience near the fireplace. At Left Bank, you are sure to capture the true feeling of the Rive Gauche in Paris.

Twenty years of working with local organic farms allows us to bring you the best seasonal ingredients available. Chef de Cuisine Fabrice Marcon offers an often changing, French brasserie menu of hearty, rustic, and authentic dishes featuring a diverse selection of natural meats, sustainable seafood, fresh local vegetables, salads and sumptuous desserts.

Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
French

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday: 11:30am - 10pm
Friday, Saturday: 11:30am - 11pm
Sunday: 11:00am - 10pm

Brunch is served on Sat & Sun from opening until 3pm
(lunch menu also served)

Happy Hour is offered Every Day
3:00pm - 6:30pm and 9:00pm - close
(bar and patio only)

Cross Street:
Ward St.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 927-3331

Website:
http://www.leftbank.com/

Catering:
Our Salles Des Amis is a beautiful, private dining room, with sunny yellow walls, airy windows, warm mahogany accents and vividly colored French posters. Set-up however you wish—the room is large enough for a party of 35, yet intimate enough for a smaller group of 10 or 20.

Have a party bigger than 35? For 75 people or less, we close off the back half of the restaurant, the Grand Salon. The Grand Salon & Salles de Amis opened up as one large room is the perfect space for a larger group.

Contact Andrew Rugama at 415.927.0677.

Parking Details:
City Parking lot across street and street parking available

Public Transit:
Golden Gate Transit across the street.
5 minute cab ride from the Larskpur Ferry Terminal.

Executive Chef:
Fabrice Marcon

Private Party Facilities:
We will help customize a lovely event of any size or budget. We host beautiful luncheons, lively cocktail parties, sumptuous buffets, and of course, elegant sit down dinners. We are experienced in planning a wide variety of occasions and can accommodate all of your special event needs.

Private Party Contact:
Andrew Rugama: 8886547885

Additional:
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Special Events & Promotions:

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CHEF JANE SIGAL

Thursday May 5, 2016 from 6:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Details
3 COURSE DINNER (wine, book, gratuity included). Chef Jane Sigal will be on hand signing her latest book....Bistronomy: Recepies from the Best New Paris Bistros. Our Chef will prepare selections from her book. Includes Tax and Tip. $120 per person / $185 per couple (couple gets one book) Tickets 415 927 0960. Special valid on Thursday May 5, 2016 from 6:30 PM - 10:00 PM.
Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Details
Treat Mom to Left Bank this year! Offering scrumptious brunch, lunch, and dinner menu additions designed with mom in mind, as well as reduced regular menus. Open at 10 AM.
CHEF ERIC RIPERT

Tuesday May 24, 2016 from 6:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Details
3 COURSE DINNER (wine, book, gratuity included). Chef Eric Ripert will be on hand signing his latest book....32 Yolks: From My Mother's Table to Working the Line. Includes Tax and Tip. Tickets at Book Passage 415.927.0960. Special valid on Tuesday May 24, 2016 from 6:30 PM - 10:00 PM.

Left Bank Larkspur Ratings and Reviews

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4.1

service

4.2

ambience

4.3

noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

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Decent food, but slow service

Dined on April 25, 2016

My recent visit proved to be very slow. I sat for 15 minutes simply waiting to be acknowledged by the waiter. I wasn't even provided with water prior.

food1
ambience3
service4
value1

lost its mojo

vip
Dined on April 24, 2016

We have been many times,but never again. The food was poor. I had a hamburger--roll was stale,meet salty and overcooked.Fries cold We started with the charcuterie platter--have had many times and was pretty good.The rillettes were awful,but other pates were fine My wife had sardines--tasteless. the price has gone up and the quality down Something is wrong

Tags: vibrant bar scene
food2
ambience2
service4
value2

Disappointed in food. Items were cold. ...

Dined on April 23, 2016

Disappointed in food. Items were cold. Not very interesting. Rubbery pastrami in a brunch menu. Won't return. I'd been several times before and it was much better.

food1
ambience4
service3
value1

Disappointed

Dined on April 21, 2016

We were very disappointed in our experience at the Left Bank the other evening. There was a very long wait between our appetizer and main course. No one came to the table to apologize for the delay. When we asked, the waitress said she would check and then told us they had new people in the kitchen. We continued to wait for some time and when we finally received our meal two of the entrees were cold. They did reheat our meals but it made it uncomfortable for the other diner in our party whose meal arrived ready to eat. We felt that they should have been more concerned about the delay and the way the meals arrived. It would have been nice if they had showed more concern.

Tags: great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
food5
ambience5
service5

Wonderful food and setting- attentive se ...

Dined on April 14, 2016

Wonderful food and setting- attentive service and the wait people really care about the food! Nice and quiet so you can actually have a conversation!

food2
ambience4
service3

Their famous burger was over cooked and ...

Dined on April 8, 2016

Their famous burger was over cooked and very salty.

food1
ambience3
service4
value2

Petale Sole Poor Recipe

Dined on April 4, 2016

I love Petale Sole. This dish which included a stuffing and message sides was not tasty or worth the price.

food4
ambience3
service4
value3

Pleseant visit

Dined on March 30, 2016

The steak tartar was excellent. The place itself was busy and rather loud, esp for a Tuesday evening at 9pm. Would visit again...probably outdoors for lunch.

Tags: great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

Easter Brunchie

vip
Dined on March 27, 2016

My daughter and I thoroughly enjoyed our Eggs Benedict; they do their own "muffin" bottom, have a delicious hollandaise and the potatoes were especially good. She had a crepe which she enjoyed. Side of fruit and dessert were weak points. The passion fruit crème brulee was too tart for us. Good service, but I would have liked them to check more frequently for coffee refills.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
food4
ambience4
service4

Enjoyable evening. Only complaint was no ...

Dined on March 27, 2016

Enjoyable evening. Only complaint was noise level but would definitely go back!

food3
ambience5
service4
value3

We went for a brunch/lunch on Saturday a ...

Dined on March 26, 2016

We went for a brunch/lunch on Saturday afternoon. There were 6 of us. We had an excellent seat and there was something for everyone on the menu.

Tags: great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food3
ambience4
service2

Nice ambience, not too noisy as we asked ...

vip
Dined on March 22, 2016

Nice ambience, not too noisy as we asked to be seated in back. But waitress very inattentive. So much do we paid our bill at bar because she never came around. Niçoise salad very bland.

food4
ambience4
service5
value4

We love this place!

Dined on March 21, 2016

We had a wonderful meal and the service was top notch. Lauren did an excellent job!! We are grateful.

Tags: good for groups, vibrant bar scene
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

It doesn't get any better than the Left Bank!

Dined on March 20, 2016

It doesn't get any better than the Left Bank! Guarantee you will not be disappointed.

Tags: great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

French Flair in Larkspur

Dined on March 19, 2016

The ahi nicoise salad was excellent and the french onion soup was magnifique!

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Dining at Left Bank

Dined on March 18, 2016

We sat outside, were served by a very nice and attentive female, enjoyed delicious and huge mussels as starters and trout to follow. One major complaint - I arrived slightly earlier than my guest, so waited at the bar, where I was completely ignored by a disinterested bar man. Not a pleasant feeling for a female on her own. Most people who work the bar have great personality. This was a first!

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience3
service5
value3

Good, but could stand a little tweaking

vip
Dined on March 17, 2016

Appetizers: seafood sausage and accompaniments very good; kale salad -- death sentence if you don't serve kale in Marin, right? Really, what is there to say? Salmon good; could have been just a little less done for our taste; Provencal beef stew delicious, with fine, silky sauce reduction; beef should have been tenderer. Service was excellent. So was the Santa Ynez Valley gamay. Sound level never got intrusive, unusual and most welcome for a restaurant in the Bay Area. All in all, a satisfying and enjoyable evening.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

A local favorite

vip
Dined on March 17, 2016

A great place to grab a bite before a movie at The Lark -- just wish when you order a salad to share that it would be divided in the kitchen rather than asking the customers to do it.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
food3
ambience4
service3
value3

Noise level

vip
Dined on March 13, 2016

They added a new "tin" ceiling that makes the place a lot noisier than previous. Hard to hear across the table without raising your voice.

Tags: great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

Everything ! The service...the quiet tab ...

Dined on February 28, 2016

Everything ! The service...the quiet table I requested...and the mussels we're incredible! Could not have been better...

food5
ambience5
service5
value3

Always a great experience at Left Bank

vip
Dined on February 22, 2016

Great place to celebrate...really nice ambience and really good food. It feels special and yet is not stuffy at all. Celebrated my son's high school graduation here and just took my boyfriend here to celebrate his birthday. Steak tartare was perfect, as were the daybook scallops. They have a great standard menu as well as wonderful seasonal specials.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
food3
ambience3
service4
value3

Just Ok

vip
Dined on February 15, 2016

It was a busy night. Service was good, but the food has been better in the past. The special Seabass had no flavor and the sauce failed to compliment the fish. Steak was good as usual.

Tags: special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
food2
ambience1
service5
value2

Not for Valentine's Day

vip
Dined on February 15, 2016

I knew better, but the Left Bank is a romantic favorite for us so when it was time to pick a restaurant for Valentine's Day I forgot my brains and picked this Corte Madera spot. Fun and bustling, good food, the Left Bank can be a great place for dinner; an after-movie spot. But for a special occasion, avoid it on big nights. We were sent back to Siberia -- the cold, silent far back room. It's depressing and they should never use it except perhaps for private events (and even then ...?). The only bright spot: we were not neglected. Our waitress was charming. Good thing. I really don't feel much inclination to go back. It was just such a let-down. Anyway, here's a hint. Be sure and specify that you don't want the far back room. I don't even much like the second room but that's a matter of taste. The first room can be loud and crowded and some people might not like that -- then the second room is a good option.

food2
ambience3
service1
value2

Unexceptional food, uneven service

Dined on February 14, 2016

We have been to Left Bank many times. I'm sorry to report our most recent visit was a great disappointment--with the exception of the appetizer and one main course, all other dishes were subpar. Service was very, very uneven--by the end of the evening I was not even sure who our waiter was...he was no where to be seen. We'll probably return as we love the steak/frites and escargot but will be careful.

food2
ambience3
service2
value3

Trout was excellent, french onion soup w ...

Dined on February 14, 2016

Trout was excellent, french onion soup was a disappointed. water downed beef broth flavor with bread/cheese.

Tags: fit for foodies
food5
ambience4
service4

Left Bank has the best steak tartar and ...

Dined on February 13, 2016

Left Bank has the best steak tartar and the escargot follows a close second. The beet salad was delicious, light and fresh. Their wine list is pleasing. And we were quite impressed with the service. I highly recommend the Left Bank experience. Cheers! ~Natalie Charles

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Wonderful!

Dined on February 6, 2016

Left Bank is a shining example of how it should be done. Great food and stellar service appropriate to the occasion. I brought my oldest pal here here to celebrate a big birthday. She comes regularly. I'm delighted. The waiter gave us the best service I've ever had on this continent, gracious, attentive, and adept. Thank you!

Tags: great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value3

Our Perinnial Favorite

vip
Dined on February 6, 2016

Whenever we come home from a trip we head to Left Bank. It feels like home. I have the salmon which was fabulous and my husband had the duck. We couldn't decide which was our favorite.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food5
ambience4
service3
value4

Favorite restaurant!!!!

Dined on February 5, 2016

Lunch at my favorite restaurant having the BEST Steak Tartare in the Bay Area.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

All that a brasserie should be

vip
Dined on February 4, 2016

All that a brasserie should be: good food, good drink, good service, with crisp white linens, indoor-outdoor dining; the relaxed, pleasant ambiance coupled with a slight buzz and nervosity-- a neighborhood gem. For lunch, the salade nicoise can't be beat!

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
food2
ambience4
service3
value3

Cassoulet

Dined on February 4, 2016

The cassoulet was tasteless. I understand it was preprepared but whoever reheated it just dumped some water on it and didn't mix it into the beans and vegetables. So it just tasted like water. Salt helped a little bit but I'd never order it again. and this is one of their signature dishes.

Tags: great for lunch
food5
ambience5
service4

Always great food!

Dined on January 31, 2016

Always great food!

food4
ambience4
service3
value4

saturday dining

Dined on January 31, 2016

It is very busy and the waiting can be slow ..but it has a great feel and good food

Tags: good for groups, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Wonderful food, great staff, memorable e ...

Dined on January 30, 2016

Wonderful food, great staff, memorable experiences. I last celebrated my birthday there and the staff made it very special.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Great food. Great service.

Dined on January 30, 2016

The food and service is always outstanding. Best wait staff of any restaurant in Marin.

food5
ambience4
service5
value5

Delicious.

Dined on January 28, 2016

We had the salad nicoise, butter lettuce salad, mussels and trout. All were excellent.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
food4
ambience4
service3
value3

Left Bank did not have my reservations.

Dined on January 25, 2016

Left Bank did not have my reservtions through Open Table.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

Love this place!

Dined on January 24, 2016

Love this place!

food4
ambience4
service4
value4

I love Left Bank, great food, good atmos ...

vip
Dined on January 24, 2016

I love Left Bank, great food, good atmosphere, good service

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
food3
ambience3
service3
value2

Horrible

vip
Dined on January 24, 2016

The pork belly tart was horrible. In fact, it was inedible. Never had such a bad meal there.

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