You’d look hard in Lyons for a restaurant as romantically beautiful as this. Left Bank is meant ‘for every day’…the menu is designed to satisfy hungers of any size.
– Caroline Bates, Gourmet Magazine
This expansive French braserie has that elusive electricity tht lures customers back time after time. The wrap-around patio overlooking the charming village outside, and the large bar, big fireplace and atmosphere make you want to leave your cares behind, and sit back and relax.
– Michael Bauer, San Francisco Chronicle
Best Newcomer, North Bay, #1 Left Bank, Larkspur Roland Passot scored big this year with Larkspurs’ Left Bank, a bustling French-style brasserie in the tradition of Parisian greats like La Coupole.”You can go dressed up in cocktail attire or jeans,” says one reader. “It’s a fun lively atmosphere, and I love the classic French dishes like rillettes and ratatouille.”
– San Francisco Focus
What executive chef, co-proprietor Roland Passot calls “cuisine grand-mère” the rest of us call wonderfully savory, home-style French cookery.
– “Marin’s Top Restaurants” Bill Citara, Marin Independent Journal
Travelers to San Francisco this summer in search of what is new and hot on the restaurant front may have to cross a bridge or two to find out….Mr. Passot’s new brasserie-style venture called the Left Bank, represents his longtime passion for a simple, friendly place where people can drop in and have just oysters and a glass of wine or a full meal.
– “Fine dining to the north…San Francisco’s Chefs Explore Beyond the Bay.”
Bryon Miller, The New York Times
Vive la France in downtown Larkspur!
– Matthew Stafford, Pacific Sun
Food Lover’s Guide to San Francisco,
Roland Passot, the genial chef-owner of the well regarded La Folie in the city, just opened this vibrant bistro in a historic old hotel in downtown Larkspur, the Blue Rock Inn. To me, this classic, homey bisto fare he’s serving here represents his true calling. The food at Left Bank is straightforward and eclectic. I would be happy to eat every day at Left Bank, driving across the Golden Gate Bridge to sit outside the covered veranda at a marble table at the center of Larkspur.
– Patricia Unterman, Food critic, S.F. Examiner
Left Bank is an elegant bistro in Marin County that evokes the best of the great French tradition of ‘cuisine grand-mère,’ or grandma’s cooking… The wine list at Left Bank…is well thought out and reasonably priced.
– Jeff Morgan, Wine Spectator
Left Bank succeeds wildly for those who want great food in the French style, charming service, (and) an excellent wine program.
– Dan Berger, Marin Independent Journal
Sometimes I wish there were a restaurant in my neighborhood that was casual but a little sophisticated, that prepared wonderful but simple food. It would be a place where the servers knew food and wine almost as well as the chefs themselves, but who were unsnooty about it. I guess I wish I lived in Larkspur, because that’s where I found such a restaurant.
– Deborah Byrd, Contra Costa Times