Bistro Central Parc - SF
Bistro Central Parc - SF

Bistro Central Parc - SF

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://bistrocentralparc.com/CentralParc/About_Us.html
  • Phone: (415) 931-7272
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 9:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Wednesday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Executive Chef: Jacques Manuera
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: On Mondays and Tuesdays we do private parties. We also do private parties on luncheon occations. minimum 30.
  • Private Party Contact: Jacques Manuera 4159317272
  • Entertainment: Once a month, on Sunday evening, we have live music.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Corner of Grove and Central
  • Public Transit: buses: 21, 5, 43 within one block on Masonic Street
    buses: 71, 6, 66 within 4 blocks on Haight Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street parking available. There is also a parking lot at the Lucky supermarket located 1 block from the restaurant.
A word from Bistro Central Parc - SF
"The Panhandle's taste of Paris....at Bistro Central Parc, the menu is classic bistro, the presentation is solid and patrons are a refreshing mix of young and old....." San Francisco Chronicle, July 2010
Jacques Manuera, an 18 year veteran in the restaurant business in San Francisco, transports you to Paris in his new quaint neighborhood restaurant near the panhandle. The restaurant offers the traditional french bistro dishes such as duck confit, sweetbreads, salade Lyonnaise and onion soup and beef tartare. Indulge in our delicious rissoto with seared scallops and lobster sauce.
On Saturdays and Sundays, when you are out near Golden Gate Parc, feel at home in Paris on our heated Terrasse as you indulge in traditional American egg dishes and one of the best french toast in San Francisco. Bienvenue et Bon Appetit!

We only take Brunch reservations for parties of 6 and more.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFrench
Bistro Central Parc - SF reviews from OpenTable diners
72 reviews since July 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (62)fit for foodies (41)romantic (27)special occasion (23)great for brunch (15)great for outdoor dining (13)notable wine list (13)good for groups (7)hot spot (6)kid-friendly (4)great for lunch (3)late-night find (3)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • hidden gem, should be more popular
    valisjason
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    The food is great, and the prices are hard to beat. You can tell the chef knows what they are doing. The service is friendly and professional. The decor and menu may be in need of updating. But, don't let that fool you. Well worth the visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid cozy French
    Pmjc
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    The salads, soups, meats and desserts are favorites. Try the 1/2 bottle of the Bordeaux as accompaniment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great... Everything!
    ConsulofRome
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    First, Alex is always on top of his game, even debating the subtle ingredients of the Risotto lobster sauce with my chef trained fiance'... After that, it's all uphill from there, with Chateau Neuf du Pape, and a chocolate desert thing... volcano?
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent as last time
    dinegal
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    My second dinner at bistro central parc. Lovely food, well done, good presentation, relaxed but watchful service. We had the rabbit, scallops, duck breast and duck confit, plus appetizers. Each of us would order every dish again, high praise. I might try sitting outside in the enclosed area next time. Acoustics are always an issue for me. We could talk, hold a conversation, but I love quiet.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great neighborhood restaurant
    LocalVIP
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    We have dined at Bistro Central Parc several times and never been disappointed. It is a warm place that is wonderful place to go for special occasions. Food is high quality and very well presented. Service is very attentive. Alex is a terrific server. He even remembered the wine we ordered from our previous dinner. Brought our daughter for her birthday. Both her boy friend and she enjoyed the evening. Definitely our favorite dining out place in SF.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Grown-Up Delight
    GiordanoBruno
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Quiet, simple sophistication. Classic country style French cooking, impeccably executed. Attentive, thoughtful service without intrusion (kudos, Denise and Alex). Gracious proprietor. Off the beaten path, with neighborhood charm. Thankfully free of annoying trendiness. This is a genuine, substantial, grown-up restaurant and a welcome contrast to much of the current wave of shallow faux sophistication. Open kitchen, sleek bar, compact but varied menu (our mussels marinere, escargots, hanger steak frites, and paella were all excellent). Added bonus: thoughtful and eclectic soundtrack (softly) in the background included Bowie's Lady Stardust. This place is the real thing, and they make it look effortless.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • my favorite
    alphadog
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    This is my 3rd visit here and I expect to dine here many more times. fine dining in a casual setting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Average food, poor service
    JessicaW
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Average food (nothing special), rude service. Was running late and called to let them know I would be 5 minutes late. The guy on the phone said no problem. When I arrived, another guy at the front said "no, you don't have reservations." I explained that I just spoke with someone on the phone and he said "you must have spoke to the owner and that means nothing. He doesn't tell us anything". Then he again reiterated that i didnt have a reservation (and of course my OpenTable later said i arrived and got my points). When we were seated, we asked for recommendations and he wouldn't give us one. He said, "I'm not giving you a recommendation. Make a choice yourself". What?! Food was nothing special. There are other good brunch places.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    I highly recommend this restaurant. Food great, service great
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Went for a casual anniversary dinner and "Loved It". There was a special salad dressed with bleu cheese and bacon brittle and chocolate tart dessert with bourbon ice cream to die for. Going back for brunch.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Choice
    Lamonte
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    If you are interested in traditional French fare in a place with a hands-on owner, go here. The food is worth the traditional difficulty in finding street parking. Our family members have been going and enjoying ourselves for some time and don't mind if new people can also join the fun. Reservations are very important!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, edgy waitstaff
    LizardSpock
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    All of the food was excellent, esp. the rack of lamb, which was cooked and seasoned perfectly. Main waiter was edgy though and became bristly when we tried to have one person order for us (seemed confusing for him). Though he continued to smile afterwards, it took the shine off the night for us. Rest of waitstaff were lovely though.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Quiet Oasis in Noisy SF
    Anonymous
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We really enjoyed the calm atmosphere at Bistro Central Parc. It was quiet by SF standards, relaxed, and a lovely place to go with someone you want to actually talk to. The food was good, though not a foodie destination. The onion soup should have been prepared with gruyere instead of the flavorless swiss that was melted on top. A little pricey for what it is, but we appreciated the genuineness of the place and we will return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • nice bistro
    stepheneats
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Nice neighborhood restaurant. Good food and wines and friendly helpful staff. Only negative was the slow service, staff were clearly over stretched. My friends said the steak was very good. My chicken was good. My wife had bouillabaise and said it was ok. Sweetbreads and mushroom risotto appetizers were very good. Waiter brought wrong soup but replaced it promptly with an apology. Not a smooth operation but their heart is in the right place.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • "Delish"
    DeniseVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We had great wine - they had my favorite salad (Frisée with Lardons and poached egg ) I have not seen on a menu since Paris - We enjoyed Rabbit, duck and Salmon - all prepared with lovely fresh vegetables, high in flavor - it was my birthday so they treated me with desert and an unexpected gift of a coffee mug -Service was great, Really enjoyed our time -
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    The most cooperative in arranging the meal to fit my medical needs. It was the first time I had such a cooperative wait staff and kitchen staff. All this cooperativeness with a smile on their faces. We will go again and bring friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious French bistro
    klouiseb
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    This was my third visit to the restaurant, and every time it just gets better! I went with my husband and his mom, and we had a fantastic meal. The service is excellent, very friendly, a little French, and they really want you to have a good meal. Our waiter recommended a wonderful Rhone wine (Lirac). The food was delicious - apps we had the cauliflower soup, heirloom tomato salad, and mushroom risotto. For mains, I had the filet mignon in a green peppercorn sauce (yum) while the others both had the skirt steak special. For dessert, I had profiteroles while the others had the chocolate volcano cake. We had a wonderful time - highly recommend for a special meal, or if you're in the neighborhood!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Elyn
    elun
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    This restaurant is truly a gem It is a delightful neighborhood spot with absoluly delicious food, friendly to all,great ambiance and not too loud. Service is fine too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Usually a 5 star as we have dined there many times before. My dinners was 5 star good and my wife's was 2 star, fish was greasy . We will try again in a few months. Because it is usually a wonderful restaurant.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Perfect French Bistro
    comedydiner
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Bistro Central Parc is the perfect neighborhood French Bistro. The staff is always extremely charming. The food is divine. Classic French cuisine with amazing sauces. And the prices are quite reasonable.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Marvelous food and service
    DoctorE
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    The food and service were remarkable. Unfortunately, we picked the one night per month with live music. The music was so loud, that we couldn't even converse. Fortunately the staff were able, and did move us to anther table at the other end of the restaurant. While it was still a bit noisy, we were able to enjoy our food and our comany.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great new neighborhood find!
    SFgal
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    I really enjoyed this restaurant. It's pretty reasonably priced, and the food was really good. Nice, quiet atmosphere. Intimate and calming.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent French Bistro
    HleighVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Excellent food, excellent service. Beet salad was superb, as was the ris de veau, which came with a wonderful wine reduction sauce on the side. The mussels were somewhat small. The beef cheek was outstanding - flavorful and tender. The bouillabaisse was fresh and delicate. Had a bottle of very pleasant pouilly fuisse at a reasonable price. Overall, very satisfactory!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delightful dinner at BCP
    AnOpenTableUser
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Our party of 4 had a lovely, unrushed birthday celebration dinner at BCP. The staff was welcoming, and the ambience is unpretentious but comfortable -- the term "neighborhood gem" is very apt. We elected to eat indoors, but there is also a pleasant outdoor seating area at the side of the restaurant that can be heated and protected from wind or other elements by a transparent roll-down screen. The food was excellent; some of us had steak frites, and some had mahi mahi, and we shared several appetizers and desserts. Our waiter was both professional and personable, and added to our experience. And even as the restaurant got busier (we had a 6pm reservation), we could still easily hear each other and converse at a normal level. A real find!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 48 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 425 reviews are from the Bistro Central Parc - SF reviews archive.
  • Even Getting Better!
    ViewFinderVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Our dinner on July 18, 2014 was EXCELLENT! The four of us ordered appetizers and four different entrees. Every dish was delicious. The Bistro continues to get better and better! And the staff is knowledgeable and fun. We WILL be back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    We had a great birthday dinner and the stuff was nice that they sang the birthday song for the birthday girl. We will come back for brunch next time!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great find
    NapaDave
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    A petite coin de France imported into SF. Obviously a popular place for the neighborhood, everyone knows everyone. We reserved on a Sunday, were promptly seated (a little tight). Delicious Kir, nice Chinon with escargots (6), perfectly cooked trout amandine (serving almost too big) over perfect crunchy green beans and roasted new potatoes, and a confit de canard (also a healthy serving over delicious lentils). Ended with a creme brulee (perfect). Jerome (from Alsace) served us perfectly, no hovering, no rush to turn the tables.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Dining
    NWTraveler
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    If you want an excellent French dining experience, this is the place. Staff, food, service -- all at their best. Dishes are creative, well balanced with fabulous flavors and aesthetics.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, overbearing waiter
    LizardSpock
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Impeccable, truly tasty bistro fare almost ruined by impatient waiter who tried to pressure us throughout dinner to order when we were clearly not ready. I understand wanting to clear tables but you have to give us more than 1-3 minutes to order! Especially when you are in a group for a special occasion! Lovely, gregarious owner who made it all better with his infectious joie de vivre.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • FoodieVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Excelling swordfish and chicken. We will return. Great everything...nice warm people who serve,greet , clean up. Food second to none in SF. Well prepared, well presented ,tasty.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Delicious and healthy French C..
    MaryK
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    I stumbled into this little gem of a place by accident as I was just walking around the neighborhood. The owner always takes time to go around and mingle with his customers and if you are a regular, of course it only adds to the cozy and familiar feel. Food portions are perfect and the service is always friendly and relaxed.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still solid after a few years
    oldtdevil
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    We've been coming here since they opened, but it's been a year and half because we had a baby. Now that we have a toddler, we decided to go back for the 5:30 dinner. They had a high chair and made it easy to accommodate our daughter. The food - tartare, charcuterie and petit filets were all perfect. Possibly the best charcuterie plate I've had. The stand-out was a rabbit rillette made in house. And the Cab Franc went perfect with everything. We finished with profiteroles and a dessert wine. A perfect meal. Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A wonderful birthday!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Last Saturday I celebrated my birthday there with my fiance and it was amazing. We had the duck salad which was a special and it was seasoned perfectly and tasted so good we wanted to order another plate. Also, the steak tartar was perfectly un-done in a great way with toasts and dijon vinaigrette dressed greens. The steak frites was great but the rack of lamb took the cake. It was delicious! They also sang me happy birthday which I was not expecting. The service didn't miss a beat and the owner was very kind. They called us a cab and walked us out. We will be back soon with all of our friends and family.. Thank you so much Bistro Central Parc!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Like dining in France
    NOPAchick
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The food (duck confit salad and halibut encrusted with pistachios) was delicious and very much in the French style. The service was pleasant and efficient.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Neighborhood Spot
    zerode
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Bistro Central Parc is WAY off the better track - on an otherwise completely residential corner - but that has helped, I think, to solidify its popularity with locals. The owner is a local himself, often to be seen in the morning at Central Coffee, a block away, and he remembers his regulars and greets them warmly. This is our go to spot for special occasions in the area.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always solid
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    ...freaking love this place... Specials to the core dishes, specifically, the scallops...
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Restaurant
    LocalVIP
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    We have been to Bistro Central Parc several times. Each time has been outstanding. It is our go to dining spot in SF. Great food, good wine list, excellent service and a charming ambiance. We highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A delightful find
    iamfinickyVIP
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    We happened across this neighborhood restaurant while on a trip to SF. The host was a true Frenchman, the food was French in preparation and taste, and the wines were reasonable. What more could you ask for? My husband had the warm spinach salad and paella and I had the wild mushroom risotto and the profiteroles. They easily accommodated my garlic allergy which was an added bonus. We will gladly return if we're in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great, as usual
    JeanMarc
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    I have dinner at the bistro almost everytime I spend a day in SF and i have never been disappointed. Great adddress
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    Dellicious food, great service, a nice place to meet friends for dinner.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.