Central Kitchen
Central Kitchen

Central Kitchen

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.centralkitchensf.com/
  • Phone: 4158267004x
  • Hours of Operation:


    Dinner:
    Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
    Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm
    Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm

    Brunch:
    Sunday 10:30am - 2:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Organic, Californian, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Thomas Mcnaughton
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Please contact our Director of Events, Kate Michels at events@netimeas.com or via phone at 415.826.7005 for pricing and further information.
  • Private Party Facilities: central kitchen has two private dining rooms, the Butcher Block for up to 14 seated and 25 standing & Thirty Twelve for up to 30 guests seated and 45 guests standing. We also offer our courtyard for events up to 45 people, as well as full restaurant buyouts.
  • Private Party Contact: Kate Michels 8883291959

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Florida Street
  • Public Transit: BART:
    16th or 24th Street station

    MUNI:
    12 Folsom - 20th and Folsom
    27 Bryant - 20th and Bryant

  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Central Kitchen
central kitchen is a restaurant in San Francisco’s mission district that creates thoughtfully cooked, locally sourced ingredients from northern california.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Central Kitchen reviews from OpenTable diners
173 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (129)neighborhood gem (94)special occasion (56)hot spot (51)romantic (46)notable wine list (38)good for groups (30)great for brunch (30)great for outdoor dining (24)late-night find (10)vibrant bar scene (7)great for lunch (7)kid-friendly (6)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Special place for special dinner
    MissionEater
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    We did the tasting menu (chefs choice) and central kitchen accommodated our dietary requests and food allergies seamlessly. Both our server and the wine manager treated us to tastes and provided excellent advice and guidance on selecting two delicious bottles of wine (especially for my parents who only like french red wine). Outstanding experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    The menu is not huge, but everything on it is carefully and thoughtfully composed. A meal with unexpected flavors and delightful, the staff was also very gracious and friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Looooooooong wait
    liketoeatnotwaitVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We had an 8:15 reservation. We were not seated until 9:20. No matter how you spin it, it was too long. Food WAS good, and they did comp us apps. But by the time we sat we drank waaaay too much. They need to get it together
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Just okay
    Stephi6n
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We had been wanting to try this place for a while and knew it was a pricey restaurant. The location is in an especially hip and trendy part of the Mission. Our expectations were high and it was a special occasion. We arrived and the staff could not have been nicer. Very friendly and competent. We decided to go with the option of having the kitchen prepare a tasting menu for us. None of it was bad but by the same token none of it was really special. It seemed that crunchy bits of bacon were sprinkled throughout the dishes. I happen to love bacon but it seemed overdone. The duck was tender but some of the duck skin was rubbery rather than crisp. I was hoping for fresh sparkling flavors but it was not to be.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Brunching like a champ
    SherBear
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    This is a fantastic local gem - excellent food, coffee & service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Sunday brunch
    chocloveVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    My family enjoyed an excellent Sunday brunch. The food was very inventive and extremely tasty, served in a wonderful environment.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place
    LANAK
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    The food was great. The restaurant is using seasonal ingredients which is always nice and preferable. The service was impeccable. The place is casual but fun.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My belly was doing a happy dance
    LadyJoJoRising
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Had a wonderful evening at this venue. The service was superb, and the food had me and my belly doing a happy dance throughout the entire meal. My date and I shared the pork agnolotti and king salmon. The former were pillows of divine pleasure (seriously!) and the king salmon dish would've been just as good without the salmon. I don't usually like eating cooked salmon, but this salmon was delish (cooked perfectly w/ crispy skin). I told the server that if we were at home, we'd be licking the plates clean. Since we were in a public place, we did the second best thing and requested bread to sop up all the sauce. This is a MUST! The bread at Central Kitchen (and Flour:Water) is some of the best bread I've ever had in my entire life!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Inventive without preciousness
    SpankyVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Great space that is well designed but true to the unpretentious Mission location. An inspired menu built on local and seasonal ingredients, artfully crafted and presented with a joyful smile. A treasure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reservation time only a suggestion.
    TimothyFloyd
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    I had an 11:30am reservation for brunch with a friend who had to catch a flight. They didn't seat us until 11:55am. Not sure about you, but for a brunch spot that takes reservations, a reservation should not be a suggestion. The service was kind but spotty. They forgot to bring us two items we order. The food was quite good, salvaging the experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Central Kitch - worth the visit
    cowsquirrel
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Great and very unique food. Very small menu which changes daily. Knowledgeable and courteous staff. Loved it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Incredible Dining Experience
    vynn23
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    My parents came to visit and I wanted to take them somewhere nice for brunch and I can honestly say this was the best choice I could have made. We were blown away by the food. 4 of us got 4 different dishes and they were all mouthwateringly superb. The presentation was beautiful and the service was wonderful. The indoor/outdoor setup is the perfect backdrop for any great meal. I'd highly recommend Central Kitchen for any occasion, but especially if you're in the mood for an incredible dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food & ambiance, poor service
    missioneater
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Terrific food, very neat ambiance/architecture, and a very nice waitress, but the service was unbelievably SLOW. That was the LONGEST dinner I have ever had -- nearly two and a half hours and that included getting our dessert to go. The time between courses was simply unacceptable and when we asked the manager what explained the delay he said that fresh, homemade food took time. That's true but plenty of other restaurants in the city have found a way to make fresh, homemade food in far less time. Loved the food but won't be returning unless the kitchen management is improved.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • tasty food in unique setting
    Andrew
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Most food was great (though the squid was only ordinary). While our server was good, my only complaint was it took too long for our food to arrive due to the kitchen cooking for a large party.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hip and eclectic
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Finishes were very inviting and informal with excellent service. Typical of these newer hip venues, small plates should be shared and chef did a great job of combining ingredients. Check out the hen roulade, so moist, so well prepared and so delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious eats
    OpenTable Diner Since 2000VIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    I came to Central Kitchen soon after it opened and was not blown away. But on my most recent visit (nearly 2 years later), the quality of the food has truly gotten better and better. Nice work team!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our Last Supper In San Francisco
    exopchef
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Well talk about saving the best for last. We had an awesome run in dining during our visit to San Francisco and this was our last night. I just went by online reviews and this place was spot on. We had a wonderful meal in a trendy cool vibe setting with great service. What else could you ask for. Are server was professional and fun and a pleasure. What a great way to end our visit.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • overpriced!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We had a good experience overall. Prices need to come down, the food is good but not amazing for the price. Wines are also good but not amazing and red wines are $16 or $18. They have one for $11 but it's undrinkable. I'll definitely pay theses prices for a really good experience but's this is not the case. I'll go back, but when prices come down or the food increase the potential.
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  • Great place
    MontrealDave
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Great ambiance... The food was excellent and the wine list has many great wines to choose from. The staff were perfect, going thru the menu and wine list. All our services arrived at the right time, glasses were topped off before you could reach for the bottles. Could not have asked for a better night out. $ to value was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Extremely Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We were excited to try Central Kitchen as we had heard great things. The quality of the food was excellent, but the level of service was terrible and ruined our experience. From the start, the waitress tried to push the tasting menu on us and after our decision of 1 appetizer and 2 mains, pushed us to order additional dishes as she felt our order would not be sufficient. When we received our bill, one of the mains we ordered was not a main, but a dish designed for 2. Had we been told it was a two person meal we would have ordered something else or just that dish. The manager did cut the price in half for the main, but the waitress never apologized for the miscommunication. I left feeling angry and swindled.
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  • Limited menu, but superb
    DivisaderoQueenVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Everything about our evening was wonderful! I would give this restaurant a wholehearted thumbs up, with one tiny complaint. The menu is exceedingly small -- only 4 entrees -- so if you don't like what they're serving you're out of luck. Luckily I was thrilled to find a salmon dish, although the menu changes frequently.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not to be missed
    PeterVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    This was our second visit. The staff and overall service were terrific and simply could not have been better. The food was just wonderful, imaginative, and delightful. The seating is not crowded and very costumer friendly in a most attractive dinning area with concrete floors, wood walls, and a large, open high ceiling; very warm and comfortable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not worth the wait
    PK02
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Sloppy service: We had a table booked for 12 but didn't get seated until 12:40. While we were waiting we didn't get offered a drink or to look at the menus. No one apologized. When we were seated, we had to get up to signal someone and drinks took ages to arrive. The food at brunch was tasty and well thought through but not spectacular. The veggie options were unimaginative, and also not very filling. The space is great, but I would never go back.
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  • Long wait, great food
    Yumyum
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Booked for 10. Waited 40 minutes past our reservation time. Other than that everything was fantastic. Bring your wallet.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ten Stars, Not Just Five
    mammanonnie
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Sunday brunch; happy sunny place, amiable cheerful staff, gorgeous presentation, DELICIOUS food, what more could one ask for.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • interesting and tasty menu
    DB66
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    It wasn't easy to decide what to get. The menu had several unusual items / ingredients that challenged our normal expectations / habbits when ordering. Once the food came we were very pleased with the presentation and taste.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Change in direction?
    HappyfoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    My partner and I dined at Central Kitchen on August 9 because we had enjoyed the restaurant in October 2013. While there was much to be admired, the esthetic seemed to have changed in those months. In October food was elegantly presented and combined delicate, unexpected flavors. This time, tables ordering the tasting menu seemed to be served family style, all serving from a common bowl or plate. The fired green tomatoes were sliced in thick sections, the batter was too dense to stay on the tomatoes. The Squid a la plancha was heavily weighed down with competing, rich sauces that overwhelmed the squid. A disappointment after a memorable meal in the fall.
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  • At last
    AndieBSimon
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    It seemed like it was going down as the "the hot new restaurant that never opened" to "the hot spot without the great food"...but to their credit, the guys at Central Kitchen learned to take critical feedback and have much better fare and service. it's still pricey as hell, but now the cost feels worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing Experience
    nt77
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Central Kitchen delivers a real foodie experience. Order the "Let the Kitchen Decide" and have the best of the best tasting plates placed in front of you.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, not so good service
    SmartFood
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Service left a lot to be desired, the food was delicious and the chef was great when he came around. Bar and wait staff just didn't make the cut.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • foodfaceMarinVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Great find! Everything was delicious and beautifully presented. Staff was helpful, efficient--and friendly, which was quite the opposite of what we expected as a result of a very strict sounding voice message that we got when we tried to call and explain that we had gotten lost and were almost there---a fraction beyond the 15 minute table hold. (The combined tone of that message and the fact that we couldn't ring through to a human being to explain the situation was not optimal.) The burrata with stone fruit is a must have if it's on the menu. Salmon and pasta were exceptional. The deserts at the next table looked delectable, but we had to pass as we had a theater curtain to make. Next time!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Love the atmosphere and the food! Highly recommend.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Everything we ordered was amazing! Service was great as well. Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food. OpenTable Res Mishap
    tpb1
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Reserved my table for the very first time through OpenTable for 7:45pm. Central Kitchen had it in their system for 7:30pm, so they gave my table away. I showed the Central Kitchen host my reservation confirmation, but to no avail. He said they'd text me in 10 minutes for the next available table, but they didn't text me for an hour. Pretty hungry by the time I sat down. Food was good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So dope. Eat here
    Bdiddy
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Please refer to heading. So because of the 50 characters I'm still writing. Common menu items creatively prepared. Proper
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just wonderful
    WeekendBlissed
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Perfect dining experience...the Stone Fruit Salad and Squid plate were bursting with flavour, great music with a playlist & absolutely charming architecture. A new SF favourite!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • RkluvsPPC8
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Amazing brunch spot, make your reservations today! I hear dinner is satisfying, but the brunch menu is creative, diverse, & delicious! ;)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food.
    NTinSFVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Really enjoyed our meal here. I would go back and do the chef 's menu. Space is loud.
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    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Creative and Energetic Menu
    pick4bun
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Our dinner at Central Kitchen was quite fun and truly delicious. Everything our party selected for the meal was terrific. We shared all items, and loved comparing notes on our individual reactions to each dish. The dishes themselves were interesting, fresh, inspired and sooooo tasty - without exception. Great time, great staff, great food. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a Surprise
    RosieAVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    I love Central Kitchen. The menu always has an unusual surprise. This visit, we enjoyed the perfectly seasoned fried green tomatoes and padron peppers the most. The squid a la plancha came with a black olive crust that brought out the briny flavor of the the squid. Our server suggested fantastic wines by the glass. We'll definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.