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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Central Kitchen reviews from OpenTable diners
167 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (131)neighborhood gem (94)hot spot (60)special occasion (57)romantic (48)notable wine list (41)good for groups (28)great for outdoor dining (28)great for brunch (27)late-night find (9)vibrant bar scene (9)great for lunch (9)kid-friendly (6)scenic view (3)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Their patio is a combination indoor outdoor; their food is delightful
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Creative food with limited options
    Hbkbd
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Appetizers are creative and tasty. Entree options are limited, encouraging customers to partake of the tasting menu -- but providing too few choices to make it a good venue for an enjoyable and customizable dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unique!
    divegurl7
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Very creative menu items! Very interesting interior and location! Delicious! I had the squid salad, the hen roulade, and the carrot sorbet. The espresso was super bitter.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Few more choices please
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    First of all -- the service was fantastic. The staff was very attentive and friendly. We had a late reservation (so parltly our issue) and they were out of one of the main courses- that was a little disappointing since there were only 3 to choose from. We found the dishes to be creative and delicious. I'll try to get there a little earlier next time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Start!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    We started our holiday in California at Central Kitchen - thank you for a wonderful evening. The food was outstanding…flavours and combinations that blew our minds!! The Guanciale Toast changed my life!! LOL! We decided to share a number of dishes - giving us the opportunity to try more - so glad we did that!! The wine recommendation was excellent, service wasn't rushed. Thank you Karen for taking such good care of us. We will be back for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    One of the best meals I've had in San Francisco...and that is saying a lot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beats my spree in NYC
    ParkerVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Just got back from NYC where I hit a handful of delicious hot spots. Found the food at Central Kitchen topped them all. They nailed every dish we ordered- from the heirloom tomato salad to the chocolate custard dessert. My partner, who isn't a fine diner, was pleasantly surprised that the food was delicious enough to justify a bit of a splurge date. The squash, the squid ink pasta, the cod…it was all melt-in-your-mouth insanely delicious. The service was on top of it with perfect timing, as well. It was a 5 Star Meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dinner
    Guifred
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    4of us had the chef's 6course tasting menu. Each item was delicious and beautifully presented. Our waitress was fantastic. It is only too bad that this restraunt is in SF and I live on the east coast.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quaint, fun, definitely worth going
    foodhunting
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    To start off, the service was exceptional; super friendly and funny staff. The ambiance was perfect for a nice brunch date and the food was on point. Though the dessert was a little bit too heavy for me (I forgot what it was called, I had the date cake if I'm not mistaken), the entrees were all great! Love this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We chose to dine on the Chef's Choice 6 course meal. It did not disappoint, the flavors and the presentation was amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • returning again and again
    GuoAnLi
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    wonderful space and service beautiful, unusual food also great best of the evening: roasted cauliflower: black pasta with cauliflower
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FunTimes12
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Throughly enjoyed this Restaurant. Coming from sydney and a lover of food and service this hit all the marks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food - a bit pricey.
    WonderfulVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    This is a neighborhood gem in every way. It has a warm inviting quality and there is a covered patio area that also provides a bit of outdoor space. The food is inventive and everything was very good. The menu is a bit confusing in its organization and by prices alone you can't tell if you have wondered into starters or mains. This is a $40.00 - $50.00 meal without wine or desert if you have a starter and main...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic
    BritBrit
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Such a great experience. Service, food, drinks all excellent! Make a reservation, and go check it out!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exquisite
    Yamo
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Every morsel was delicious. The pace of the meal was perfect. A memorable evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    We had an amazing dinner here! I had been to a private party once but never dined here and I am glad I did. By far my favorite was the squid ink pasta, it was to die for! The smoked tuna was amazing as well. I let the "kitchen decide" on a vegetarian option for me and I wasn't really a fan but other than that everything was amazing. Looking forward to dining here again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
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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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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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    • Noise LevelModerate
    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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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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    • Ambiance
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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
    AndrewVIP
    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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Ambiance
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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
    • Service
    • 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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    • Ambiance
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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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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Ambiance
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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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.