Marlowe

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Marlowe is a market driven neighborhood bistro housed in a rustic-chic and inviting space. Bright and bold flavors from a three-star chef and a little family history create an exciting new restaurant concept nestled in San Francisco’s slick SoMa neighborhood. Marlowe was created by restaurateur Anna Weinberg along with a few partners and pals.

Offering a menu of classic bistro favorites with unique and flavorful twists, Marlowe Executive Chef Jennifer Puccio, who earned three stars from the San Francisco Chronicle for her cooking at Cortez, created a mix of snacks, appetizers, mains and sides made up of the kind of food she loves to eat when she’s not working.
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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Good vibe. Very Trendy. Limited menu. Noisy. I had the Burger which was very good. The Brussels sprouts were Excellent. Not much Octopus in Octopus salad , But tasty

SC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

everything perfect although a little loud to have a full on conversation but enjoyable anyway !

M
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The cheeseburger is one of the best I've ever had! Waiting staff were very attentive

EP
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Yes, the food was great and we loved our waitress (our waitress was attentive, made up for the negative feedback below)

Only negative feedback is that we booked a month in advance and they seated us at the communal table. Our reservation was at 5:45pm and there were plenty of empty tables. We asked to be moved but the waitress said there are reservations coming at 6:10pm...which made no sense. She wasn't helpful and when we walked to the restroom, there were still a few empty tables.

RB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food was outstanding; servers good; restaurant was moderately busy so kitchen delay was a bit more than acceptable. Noise level was a bit much, exacerbated by tile floor and unnecessary background music, even though we were at the west end of the table area, probably the best location. I know that noise is supposed to increase table turnover, but I would avoid Marlowe if we wanted to have a conversation, as we did, with friends. That is a shame, because the food is/was so good.

How about some wall hangings or drapes to reduce reflected noise??

j
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

first with the good - this was my second time to Marlowe and the food was great. I had salmon, their baby gem salad, and some appetizers. The waiter was nice, but he seemed busy so we didn't get quite enough attention IMHO for this kind of place. The dining area was a little warm - they could have had some fans or something to promote better ventilation. When I asked the waiter he basically told me to deal with it because of global warming. While I understand that, a simple "sorry, we'll have to do something about that but right now we cannot" would have sufficed. Their dessert menu is too gluten and dairy-based IMO also - they should carry something simple like fresh fruit.

BN
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The burger was way undercooked. Since it took so long to get to our table I didn’t bother to send it back.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Salad was way overdressed and greens were completely wilted. Steak was not medium rare and I had to remove fat and gristle.

DI
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Noise level was a bit high but we had a table in the corner, which worked out fine. That is my only complaint, which the restaurant was able to fix!

MH
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had a great brunch at Marlowe prior to a Giants afternoon game. Be sure to get a deviled egg and bruleed citrus if they're on the menu. Polenta with mushrooms and truffle oil was richly flavored and nicely textured. Coffee strong, maybe a little too strong. Service was generally attentive, but became a little slow at points. There were a lot of people trying to finish up in time for the ball game and that probably stressed the kitchen. Overall, though, a great experience that I'd be happy to repeat.

OT
Jackson Hole
19 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious American food with seasonal produce and fresh menu options. The wine and cocktail list super. Relaxed environment

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic food

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 3

No AC - it was HOT!!!

JC
Atlanta
21 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Like your outside area to eat....Good food always.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious pancakes, & menu only lists thick cut bacon but they also had thin!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to celebrate my mom’s birthday. We arrived a little earlier than our reservation time and our table was already ready for us. They have a good beverage selection, but the food menu was a little limited. It’s also a little on the expensive side — 8 cocktails, 4 entrées, 2 appetizers came out to $300. The service was good, but slowed down a little once the entrées arrived. The food was really good though. This is definitely a special occasion kind of a place.

ML
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The space was nice and food really good. A little less salt would have ranked higher for food.

Chief complaint is that the chairs were a little small and slippery causing you to constantly shift to stay upright.

I noted a birthday and the guest of honor was presented with an ice cream treat! This was a nice surprise!!

m
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Yay for the brussels sprout chips, batter a bit heavy on the tempura beans but the sauce was yummy, burrata w/toasts and watercress very tasty...REALLY sad no bourbon root beer float...will have to come back for that :)

P
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 2

It is so very loud that it is hard to hear your table mate.

PF
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Recently there was an article in the SF Chronicle about the noise level in restaurants, causes and affects. When we arrived at Marlowe on Sunday evening it was almost beyond boisterous. Contributing to the noise level was the very high-volume music. When the music is that loud everyone has to raise their voices to be heard. The result is cacophony. We love Marlowe, but wish that the staff occasionally would simply turn the music down. Mind you it was great music but would still be so even if it were a few decibels lower.

TH
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AMAZING experience all around !
The food was creative, fresh and delicious!
The service was welcoming, efficient, and engaging.

The atmosphere was bright and energetic without being too loud.

PERFECTION!

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 3ambience 2

Way too hot, food was good. Service was average

OT
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food. Excellent service. Great atmosphere. Highly recommend that you stop by when you’re in the area.

j
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Marlowe was great . We were there on an evening when the Giants were in town so it was packed. A reservation was a must. Luckily we were in the back room (and by "back", I mean WAY back). For us, that was great because we were catching up with a friend and you could actually have a conversation there. The main room was LOUD (and drunk) and would not have been conducive to talking. Our drinks were good-we ordered off of their specialty menu. The server accurately described the ingredients which were new to us. We shared all items and enjoyed the tempura beans, deviled eggs, caesar salad, a burger, and the polenta dish. Loretta's Vacherin dessert was fantastic. Our service was responsive and very patient. Overall, a good choice. PS I think I might prefer the lunch menu to the dinner menu.

JS
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great atmosphere, friendly waitstaff (though a bit slow), food is always delicious

OT
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and people!!

M
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Excellent service! Very good food, but the size of portions are a little small, specially the devil eggs - absolutely delicious - but couldn't they give you a whole egg instead of a half? The place looks nice and tables are comfortable but it is so loud because of its location near busy streets with construction.

MD
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The pancakes with smoked butter, maple syrup, and crumbled bacon was one of the most inspired and perfectly executed brunch dishes I have eaten in more than 50 years of dining out.

TE
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The meats were good, however, the other menu item (including salads and appetizer) were less satisfying. Service was uneven with used plates left on our table for long periods.

DD
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary lunch

e
Los Angeles
49 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I enjoyed my experience at Marlowe and will be returning. I ate 3 appetizers, and ironically, the one I looked forward to the most was the one I like the least; the toasted pistachios. The brussel sprout leaves and the tempura fried green beans were excellent. My dining companions ate salads as their entree and I ordered the pork chop. The pork chop was a nice cut of meat but a little over cooked and dry. We shared a dessert; a very good peanut butter chocolate chunk concoction. The wine and bar selection was varied and well priced. Our service was good but the seating is a bit tight.

h
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Noise level made it impossible to hear across the table.

A
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visited while on vacation. Cool ambiance and very attentive wait staff. Started with the toasted pistachios, tempura green beans and baked oysters. All very good but tempura green beans stood out for being unique and light. Shared the pork chop and polenta for the main course. Pork chop was cooked well with a great char and the fava bean/corn salad served with it was unreal. Large portion as well. Also really enjoyed the polenta.

DH
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Had a really great meal for my wife’s birthday. The corn soup appetizer was fantastic, as was the burger. I also had the putter cocktail, which I enjoyed.

Great decor, solid food - you won’t be disappointed.

AJ
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved our dinner at Marlowe! We sat in the courtyard which was both cooler (on a bit of a warmer day!) and easier for chatting. The burrata with peas was so delicious, the crispy Brussels sprouts chips were so addictive and the polenta was creamy and earthy with delicious mushrooms. Great wine list and cocktail selection. Highly recommend!!

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Giants game at 6:05, the table next to us was seated 20 minutes after us but got their food first and they probably made the game on time, we did not, kind of annoying. Our very polite and helpful waitress just seemed to vanish for half of our meal. But the food we got was fantastic! The sweet and salty pistachios were delicious with the drinks. And that was one of the best cheeseburgers I’ve ever had (the best cheeseburger ever was at Windows on the World in New York, but you can’t get those anymore). The garlic fries at Marlowe were much better than the ones at the ballpark that everyone raves about. Excellent drinks, great wine. I’ll be back.

F
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

The bathrooms were dirty. The food was good. But the tables were foo close and the person getting into the table next to mine hit my glass of water. The fried chicken tasted a little fishy.

e
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food, delivered promptly. A bit loud due to ambient noise. Music level was OK.

ML
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

We had simple food — a salad and a hamburger — but they were well-prepared and served promptly. The place had a bit of a cafeteria atmosphere though; all the tables were in neat rows and the noise level was so high as to become self-reinforcing: each diner had to raise his voice to be heard by his companions.

J
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Terrific interesting fare. Boisterous, crowded, loud. Worth it.

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