Petite Left Bank brings French flair to downtown Tiburon

If you subscribe to the belief that good things come in small packages, then Tiburon’s latest

dining destination is sure to delight! Petite Left Bank opened in September and is a “petite”

version of the local and longtime Left Bank brasserie that has delivered delicious and classic

French comfort food to Marin County residents for decades. Managed by Vine Hospitality and

overseen by Michelin-star chef Roland Passot, the new restaurant brings an authentic taste of

Paris to downtown.

Petite Left Bank transports guests from quaint Tiburon across the Atlantic to the heart of Paris

with authentic ambiance and aesthetics, and of course, delicious French fare and drink,” says

Obadiah Ostergard, Chief Executive Officer of Vine Hospitality in a press release.

Located in the space once occupied by New Morning Café, Petite Left Bank will initially be open

for dinner. Eventually, according to Vine Hospitality, they’ll fold in lunch and morning café

service. Whatever time you arrive, rest assured that Passot, together with Executive Chef Justin

Minnich, blend classic French home cooking and California’s lush bounty to dishes that are as

timeless as they are rooted in French café culture. The only hard part about booking a table at

Petite Left Bank is deciding what to order.

The onion soup topped with a bubbling blanket of Emmenthal cheese and the succulent Boeuf

Bourgignon (a red wine-based beef stew made with boneless short rib) taste just right when the

fog rolls in. The Salade Nicoise, with poached tuna, fingerling potatoes, cherry tomatoes, ,

haricots verts, boiled egg, and anchovy, is a meal to itself. Moules Marinères (mussels in

lemon, garlic, shallots, and white wine) and the Petrale Sole Grenobloise (fish with brown

butter, lemon and capers) pair well with warm days and some chilled sauvignon blanc, as do

their selection of baked and raw oysters. Of course, no French brasserie is worth its salt without

French quintessentials: escargot en-croute (snails in puff pastry, with garlic butter), steak-frites

(bavette steak with Béarnaise sauce and fries), and classic roasted chicken, among other

mouthwatering options. A delicate crème brulée makes a sweet end to a meal seasoned with

French savoir-faire.

The Left Bank gets its name from the left bank of the Seine River, which winds its way through

the center of Paris. French-born Passot trained with some of the most famous chefs in his home

country before moving to the USA in the ‘70s. He opened the iconic La Folie in San Francisco in

1988. Sadly, the Michelin-star restaurant closed permanently in 2020.

Say “oui” to a reservation!

Petite Left Bank

1696 Tiburon Blvd.

(415) 910-1010

Sunday – Saturday, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.


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