We are in San Francisco from 1 to 4x per month. Historically, my wife and I dine together on Sunday night, then she has a business dinner, and I explore the city, hoping to find a great restaurant to share with her, on the next Sunday. About a year ago, I dined solo at La Folie, and while good, it took about 12 mos. for them to get into our couples' dining experience - lot of very good, to great restaurants in San Francisco!
We had a business trip move a bit, and found that we were dining together on a Monday night. After many others, I went with La Folie. I am very glad that I did. We arrived slightly before opening, and were seated in the bar, where we began with a half-bottle of Champagne, while waiting for our table (and the opening of the restaurant). We were promptly seated, and in a room that was rather different from my earlier visit.
Service was perfect, and we began right away. Though we had started with Champagne at the bar, we continued in that vein. We opted for the full Chef's Tasting Menu, plus the Sommelier's wine pairings.
Each dish, plus the amuse bouche, were excellent, as were the wines. My main was a Petite Filet (same dish that I ordered at Alfred's, the next night), and it was in my all-time top-10 - just excellent, and more tender than most Wagyu, or even Kobe. I definitely could cut it with my fork, and the texture was like firm pudding. The flavors were outstanding. [Too bad that Alfred's could not do a Filet like that.] As I stated, this Filet was in the top-10, and I found that a bit odd. Who goes to a French restaurant for a wonderful Beef Filet? Well, La Folie would be an exception. As an aside, another top-10 was at an Italian restaurant in Poipu, Kaua`i, HI, so stranger things have happened!
Every dish was very good, to exceptional. The service could not be faulted at any point, from the greeting at the bar, through our meal. While my first visit was OK, this one was excellent. My wife has commented, "I could do La Folie again," and that is a great sign - so could I. Not sure why my first visit was not exceptional, but perhaps I suffered, as I was dining solo, without my wife?
We will definitely be back, and they would have made it into my "best ever restaurants," were it not for the fact that we have been fortunate to have dined at many of the best in the world - still, La Folie was way up our list.