San Francisco, California
$$$$

You’ll always have Paris, by way of high-rent Hayes Valley, at Monsieur Benjamin, a modern bistro from Corey Lee, the chef behind two-Michelin-star Benu. Remember escargots? Sweetbreads sautéed in brown butter? They’re back in their full glory, along with camembert beignets, veal blanquette, and other dishes you may have first encountered on chalkboard menus while strolling through the Seventh Arrondissement. Lee’s considerations of the classics unfold against a chic and shiny backdrop, with a gleaming open kitchen at its core, and the presentations are more refined than what you recall from your own trip across the pond. The prices ($36 steak frites), as well, are anything but Old World. But it’s the sharpness of the cooking that leaves you satisfied with the way things are, not longing for the way they were.

Last Reviewed
947 2016

Address

451 Gough St.
San Francisco, CA

Contact

415/403-2233

Monsieur Benjamin

San Francisco, California
$$$$

You’ll always have Paris, by way of high-rent Hayes Valley, at Monsieur Benjamin, a modern bistro from Corey Lee, the chef behind two-Michelin-star Benu. Remember escargots? Sweetbreads sautéed in brown butter? They’re back in their full glory, along with camembert beignets, veal blanquette, and other dishes you may have first encountered on chalkboard menus while strolling through the Seventh Arrondissement. Lee’s considerations of the classics unfold against a chic and shiny backdrop, with a gleaming open kitchen at its core, and the presentations are more refined than what you recall from your own trip across the pond. The prices ($36 steak frites), as well, are anything but Old World. But it’s the sharpness of the cooking that leaves you satisfied with the way things are, not longing for the way they were.

Last Reviewed
January 2016

Address

451 Gough St.
San Francisco, CA

Contact

415/403-2233