When we moved back to Larkspur from out-of-state, I nearly started crying when I saw the Left Bank. It was summertime, the cafe tables were full at the mid-week lunch crush, the flower pots were brimming with blossoms and I felt like I had landed in paradise! Since then, we’ve dined here countless times, and have had a variety of different experiences, all wonderful.
For example, the outdoor dining is terrific, even when it’s chilly in the evening, because they turn the heat lamps on at the ceiling and the warmth gently radiates down without roasting you. And, when it’s a sunny afternoon, I love the outdoor tables along the side street because you can just bask in the sun over a very leisurely lunch or afternoon coffee and cake.
The indoor dining room is really spacious, and the big stone fireplace makes a great focal point, not to mention throwing off a lot of warmth in the winter. I’ve also come in just for drinks at the bar, which is wonderfully long, polished wood (apparently original to the building) with friendly, capable bar-tenders who make excellent drinks.
The food is always excellent, and we’ve tried just about everything. Some of our favorites are the selections of cheeses and pates (they change daily), the escargot, the spinach salad, the Tarte Lyonnaise, the Burger Americain and the Steak Frites.
The staff is really nice and the manager almost always checks in with us before we finish, to see how everything had gone. Nice touch!
Where: 507 Magnolia Avenue, Larkspur (map)
Hours of Operation:
Sunday Brunch 11 am – 3 pm, dinner till 10 pm
Monday through Thursday: 11:30 am – 10 pm
Friday and Saturdays: 11:30 am – 11 pm
Happy Hour at the bar and on the patio
Monday through Friday 4-6 pm and 9pm till closing