La Folie

Luxuriously comforting French cuisine
La Folie means “madness,” and you shouldn’t visit unless you’re ready to lose your head a little at this Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star eatery. The luxe French menu, gigantic portions, heady wine list and lushly draperied décor will leave you giddy, if only from the spillover of excitement from the newly engaged couple at the next table.

The richest dishes are best (standouts include a terrine of pigs feet, lobster and sweetbreads; butter-poached lobster; cheese soufflé; and lots of black truffle). The vegetarian tasting menu is consistently flavorful, while desserts (preceded by a sparkling selection of complimentary petit fours and confections) lean to silky creations made out of chocolate.

The elegant yet comfortable interior at La Folie features contemporary wood furnishings in a warmly lit and open space. This atmosphere is carried over into refined plates of modern French cuisine from Roland Passot, the beloved chef who won the James Beard Foundation’s Best Rising Star Chef honor in 1980.
Things to Know
  • Service is some of the most affable and attentive in the city, down to congratulatory chocolates for the recently betrothed lovebirds.
  • While there is no strict dress code at La Folie, guests are expected to remain respectful of the upscale atmosphere and dress formally at this Four-Star San Francisco restaurant. For men, dress slacks and a button-down shirt with a jacket are appropriate; while ladies will fit right in with dress trousers, blouses, skirts and dresses.
  • Simply call the Four-Star San Francisco restaurant directly (415-776-5577) or visit to secure your table.
Getting There
2316 Polk Street, San Francisco, California 94109
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