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“A nice meal.”
Review of La Folie

La Folie
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Ranked #59 of 5,922 Restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $100 - $150
Cuisines: American, French, Contemporary
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Business meetings
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Russian Hill
Cross street: Union & Green Streets
Transit: 19 Polk, get off on Polk and Green street. 49 Van Ness, get off on Union and walk one block East to Polk street
Reviewed May 2, 2014

The chef's tasting course was a pleasant experience. Each course was masterfully plated and a work of art. The restaurant is well decorated, and tight but not crowded. Service was as expected at this caliber dining. Two days removed from this meal, I'm not giving it 5 stars on all categories because there wasn't anything that stood out as particularly excellent. The most memorable part of the meal was how artistically the food was plated, not necessarily how outstanding it tasted-although everything we had was good. For close to $400 for two diners, wine, and tip, maybe it wasn't the best value for the dollar, but it was a nice meal which I do not regret although it was almost certainly my only visit. In full fairness, we arrived a little jaded from a less satisfying experience on the previous night but La Folie shined in spite of this and left us with a nice final meal of our San Fran vacation.

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Reviewed April 28, 2014

I wished Tripadvisor allowed fractional grades. If they had this would have been 4.7. Almost everything was fantastic. The plating ranks with the best we've seen anywhere in the world. The service was flawless -- even after they saw that we were (we thought subtly) trading tastes. The chef came to the table, which is always a nice touch. All of the courses were well thought out and balanced between protein and sides. The dishes were delicious without any obvious off-notes. The extra little mini-courses were thoughtful and well timed.

So why not a full five stars? For a few reasons. The décor is a bit dated and over the top -- though we did appreciate lighting and font size that allowed us to easily read the menu, not to mention the ability to carry on a conversation without screaming. The cocktails -- both the specialty ones on the menu as well as standard items weren't up to current cocktail standards -- much less to those of San Francisco. Lastly, and we recognize this is something that chefs (especially in the U.S.) struggle with is portion size -- there was just too much protein on several of the dishes -- especially the main plates. We realize that the last review any restaurant wants is that the patrons left hungry. Two of us had 4 courses and one had 3 -- our expectation is that you get a complete meal, whether you have 3, 4, or 5 courses -- what changes (and what you pay for) is the added variety. But too often the assumption is that when you order more dishes, you want more quantity. This isn't always the case -- sometimes you just want to sample unique offerings. Maybe the printed menu needs to be more nuanced, maybe we should have been clearer when we ordered. But it is embarrassing to not finish much more than half of the servings and to ask for a "doggie bag".

Lastly, in response to other comments about the price -- we cannot believe what they deliver for this price. This was so seriously underpriced that we wonder if the cookstaff are mostly volunteers. This is seriously complex food with high-end ingredients at an amazingly low price for what you're getting. And, for a restaurant of this quality, the wine list was broad, well thought-out, and had many great values. We've been to many restaurants of this quality (or less) where you couldn't touch a bottle of wine for under $100. Not here. Praise to their sommelier.

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Reviewed April 5, 2014

Had a great meal here with friends on the last night of a two-week skiing trip and it was a lovely way to sign off.

Yes, it was pricey, but we knew that and went in with our eyes open. That said, you do get what you pay for - the food (French, as the title would suggest) was delicious, the wine list reasonable for a restaurant of this calibre and the service attentive but not intrusive.

Would definitely recommend and would definitely go back!

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Reviewed April 1, 2014

I would say that the title of this review summarizes my experience. From the level of service and care the staff exhibits to the amazingly delicious crafted cocktails to about everything you eat, I don't know there would be a way anyone would not be happy.

The tasting menu idea is just fabulous and all the add-on options makes the entire experience better and intriguing…so please don't turn your waiter down when he/she offers you to do a caviar course and certainly not turn down adding truffles to any applicable entree chef feels can be just mind blowing by adding them to.

Although I find the menu itself to be on the higher yet still reasonable pricing gauging by the overall experience….the point of your visit should be to allow the staff to guide you through a delectable experience. That my TA friends, cost money….which guess what?…..You can't take it with you so splurge at La Folie!

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Reviewed March 31, 2014

This restaurant is delicious if you like French food and aren't afraid to eat slightly adventurously. The wine list is long, with lots of French wines but a lot of non-French wines as well. The service is impeccable, and the ambiance is very old-school San Francisco. The menu itself is a tasting menu (chefs tasting menu or regular tasting menu). You choose the number of courses you want if you do the regular tasting menu. We did four courses each and were definitely stuffed, but did not feel like we wasted any food. I liked that you get to pick your courses from any parts of the menu (soup, appetizers, poultry, etc.) so you can choose more than one pick from each type (two appetizers, for example), and exclude types you don't want. However, they do only let you pick one meat entree, so that is the exception. The only thing I felt was lacking at this restaurant was the restroom situation. It's a pretty large restaurant to only have one bathroom, and the location of the bathroom is awkward when a bunch of people are waiting, as you are right in the kitchen door with servers trying to get in and out. With such great wine being served, there was always a wait for the restroom. When you're spending $400+ on a meal, you want to be present for all of it and not waiting for the restroom. Otherwise, I highly recommend this restaurant as a fun date night, or for a special occasion.

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Thank M S
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