Since 1969, restaurant, hotel, travel & other witty reviews by a handpicked, worldwide team of discerning professionals—and your views, too.

La Folie

2316 Polk St. (Green St.) Send to Phone
415-776-5577 | Make Restaurant Reservations | Menu
Sleek but down-to-earth neighborhood spot features the top-notch yet whimsical French cuisine of renowned chef Roland Passot.
Your Opinion
Add your own review

Local Deals: 120 * 90

Cuisine
Open
Dinner Mon.-Sat.
Features

* Click here for rating key

  • 4.5 star rating
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
4.5 rating over 3 reviews
Dining room at La Folie, San Francisco, CA

La Folie Restaurant Review

: It is tempting to make the analogy between the remodel of his restaurant and his seemingly reinvigorated cuisine, but the key really seems to be that Roland Passot is still having fun. He ditched the marionettes in favor of a setting more reminiscent of Manhattan's sleekest eateries---polished wood accents and long, lean mirrors interspersed with earth-toned walls form a backdrop for the deep burgundy banquettes and roomy tables dressed in white linen. Service complements the ambience---professional but never snooty. The food, while elegant, has a sense of whimsy best described as a culinary Cirque du Soleil---Passot creates quail foie gras lollipops using two stripped quail legs to form sticks while liver-stuffed thighs become the suckers, and serves them beside wild mushroom-stuffed cannelloni of leeks. The apple gelée that surrounds the Dungeness crab Napoleon offers another illusion: Appearing as a pool of liquid, an attempted dip of the spoon finds a pliable aspic instead. Passot's talent for combining intriguing flavors and textures is evident in the butter-poached Maine lobster with shiso, scallion, carrot and toasted almond salad---sweet nuts are a wonderful companion to the rich lobster, and there is an unexpected crunch along with the succulence of the meat. Also stellar is l'assiette de boeuf---Painted Hill beef tenderloin, braised short rib and a miniature burger Rossini with truffle-Madeira sauce. For dessert try le coco et la passion---luscious coconut tapioca with passion fruit sorbet, basil infusion and coconut tuile that is a fitting end to a magical evening.

User Ratings & Reviews for La Folie
Average rating    5
Reviews 1 - 1 of 11
BEST FRENCH RESTAURANT EVER!!!!!
by lisae_77 on Sun Jan 09, 2011 9:56 pm
 
This is the BEST French restaurant I have EVER been to!! The food was BETTER than anything I have had in PARIS!! The service was OUTSTANDING! Chef Roland even comes out and speaks with each table and makes everyone feel special. The menu was amazing, as was the wine list! Totally worth EVERY PENNY! If you are celebrating a special occasion or just a wonderful night out THIS is the place! I am a TOTAL "foodie" and recently returned from a cooking school in Tuscany. The people I met there told me I MUST visit this restaurant the next time I went to SF. I am SO glad they did!!! WOW!!! I just can't say enough about this place!! p.s. BEN was our waiter and he was AWESOME!!!
 
Reviews 1 - 1 of 11
San Francisco Top 10 Restaurant Lists

Discover the top restaurants in the San Francisco/Bay Area for various cuisines and categories like sushi, steakhouses, happy hours, romantic dining and even gourmet food trucks. Find the best restaurants in SF here!

Discover the best restaurants in San Francisco for sushi, steak, a romantic night out and more



RESTAURANT AWARDS 2014

Check out the 2014 edition of GAYOT's Annual Restaurant Issue, which features the Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S., Rising Chefs and more.