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“French dining in charming Larkspur”

Left Bank - Larkspur
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Ranked #4 of 43 Restaurants in Larkspur
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $35
Cuisines: French, European, Contemporary
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Good for: Special occasions, Families with children, Large groups, Bar scene, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Ward St.
Transit: Golden Gate Transit across the street. 5 minute cab ride from the Larskpur Ferry Terminal.
Description: 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. Nineteen 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.
San Francisco, California
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217 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
“French dining in charming Larkspur”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2012

Left Bank is located in Larkspur -- a small and charming town in Marin County. On a warm day, we ate lunch outside . The food is quite authentic. We ate leisurely, spending 2 hours chatting over our lunch. Never any pressure to hurry up and leave. The street traffic was a bit noisy but the beauty of the day trumped that one.

  • Visited August 2012
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  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
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English first
United States
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98 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Sit Outside”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2012

One of the best parts of living or enjoying Marin is the wonderful weather most of the year. The outdoor seating here is fantastic on a warm day, people watching and the hustle and bustle of small town Larkspur. Each time I've eaten here with a variety of people the food has been good to excellent and the service decent. Worth the cost. The skirt steak is good, the roasted chicken is spot on, the trout was great, the lamb sandwich yummy.... I've had many of the salads and been thrilled. The interior is a fun large space with great posters and painted murals. Good wine list and try a specialty cocktail - they are fun. Reservations recommended

Visited September 2011
Thank HB1230
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San Anselmo, California
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60 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“More Great Food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2012

For us, this was another great dine at the bar option, our preference. We stopped by early for lunch on a mid week day and had excellent salads, with glasses of sparkling wine and Pinot Noir. The bartender was very prompt and accommodating. The lunch menu has lots of options for both vegetarians and non. Most dishes in the $15 to $20 range. Wine by the glass from about $10 to $18. Table service including outdoor options is also very popular. Noise level when full is high but not unmanageable.

  • Visited July 2012
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Thank Paramount81
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San Francisco
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142 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“A french cafe in a California town”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 7, 2012

Marin County is often missed by visitors, Larkspur, San Anselmo and Fairfax are unique quaint towns that have good food, unique shops and fabulous scenery. They are not tainted by corporate chain brands! Left Bank is one delicious destination in a sweet interesting town with a good old time movie theatre. The food is french and the outdoor cafe is busseling as is the more formal wood paneled dining room. Everything is top quality and good. I like the lamb sandwich, the onion soup, the savory tarts and the non french hamburger. There is a full bar that is friendly and inviting. Whay can be better than to catch a late afternoon film and then end the evening in a french cafe. The dinner entrees vary but are always good. They took my favorite quenelles off the menu as they were too delicious and french for the American pallete.

  • Visited June 2012
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Thank ECAMERONSanFrancisco
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“Great meal”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2012

Like the atmosphere ane the food.will return many times in the future

Visited March 2012
Thank Rodney M
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