The Marlowe burger is F’ing legendary

  Posted by - February 4, 2015 - $ (0-20), Daytime, NightTime, San Francisco

Have you heard of THHEEE Marlowe burger??

If you haven’t heard the hype, it’s one of the BEST burgers in San Francisco.

I know, I know. That’s a pretty bold statement to make.

But trust me, just look at this picture …

Marlowe Burger

Is your mouth watering yet?

Good. I’m glad I got your attention.

So peep this:

Michael Bauer, a majoorrrrr food critic at SF Chronicle, declares that this Marlowe burger is the best he’s ever had.

“I still contend that hamburger is the best in the city. It has a bit of lamb worked into the patty for extra flavor, then it’s topped with cheddar cheese, caramelized onions, bacon and shredded lettuce, and served on a toasted Acme bun slathered with horseradish aioli. The accompanying fries — triple-fried in rice bran oil — are equally good.”

Marlowe Burger

It’s made with a 80/20 percent lean to fat ratio with a little lamb mixed into the patty, giving it a a bolder and earthier flavor.  The burger was cooked to a perfect medium rare, just the way a good burger should be.

Although, I personally thought the buns could have been a little more toasted (I’lll make this request next time).

Not only do they do the burger well, they also kill it when it comes to their take on the shrimp cocktail.


If you have room for ANYTHING else besides the burger, you gotta get this. Trust me.

It’s my second most favorite thing here.

You get five pieces, delicately peeled but with the heads still attached for sucking. They were boldly spiced, luscious, flavorful, and perfectly cooked from head to tail. It comes with a spicy cocktail sauce with a kick of heat at the end.

PS: Squeeze the lemon juice into the sauce rather than the shrimp, because the acidity of the lemon will start to break down the meat.

Their oyster selections are super fresh. Plus, they also make a nice appetizer without taking up too much tummy space.


To sum it all up…

Marlowe is an excellent spot to check out for lunch or dinner. If you love burgers as much as I do, this place will definitely not disappoint. Even if it’s not the best you’ve ever had, it’ll be in your TOP 3 for sure.

TRUST MEE. You’ll thank me later.

Oh, and just FYI: you should def make ressies for both lunch and dinner.

500 Brannan St. (at Fourth Street), San Francisco; (415) 777-1413.

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  • Jennifer T. March 23, 2015 - 12:36 pm Reply

    My foodie fiance and I always find ourselves including Marlowe as one of our top five restaurants to visit whenever we get the chance to visit this city. The bone marrow, new york steak, and of course- the burger are all a must!

  • […] I also turned this burger around to its most photogenic side […]

  • Roger T. February 10, 2015 - 9:01 am Reply

    You take such great photos! If you don’t mind me asking, what kind of camera do you use?

    • CynEats February 18, 2015 - 6:32 pm Reply

      These were all taken with my iphone 6 camera!

  • Victoria February 8, 2015 - 10:23 am Reply

    I love your reviews!! Your taste in food is very in-line with what I like! I’m making it a point to come here this weekend and I already can’t wait to try it.

    • CynEats February 9, 2015 - 7:25 pm Reply

      Awesome! Hope you love it! :)

  • Whitney February 7, 2015 - 10:22 am Reply

    This is my go to location near Caltrain. It’s a great place to have lunch but dinner time is extremely hectic. Great post!

    • CynEats February 7, 2015 - 9:25 pm Reply

      Can’t wait to go back for dinner! And thank you :)

  • Mark February 5, 2015 - 6:24 am Reply

    You had me at burger! That looks like some seriously stuff.

  • Benny February 4, 2015 - 12:27 pm Reply

    I instantly drooled when I saw that picture.

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