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.

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
158 reviews since April 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (112)neighborhood gem (78)special occasion (50)romantic (45)hot spot (37)notable wine list (32)great for brunch (28)good for groups (26)great for outdoor dining (19)late-night find (14)great for lunch (10)vibrant bar scene (8)kid-friendly (7)scenic view (2)Show More
  • 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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    • 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
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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
    • Food
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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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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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.
    Special Features:
    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.
    Special Features:
    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
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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.
    Special Features:
    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.
  • Great brunch
    Luv2eat
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Very creative menu, food was excellent. Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for brunch
    Chet78VIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Great place for brunch. We were seated 15-20 mins late, however the host was very nice and so was the waitress. All the dishes were really good. The service was also great.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jacques1
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Surprised to discover simple facade. Surprising when entering. Very spartan interior. Not expected such good food. Way too noisy...
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great find
    sumitVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Fantastic-- All the appetizers, salad, and the Cod ( entree ) were excellent. We tasted 10 out of the 16 dishes ordered.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing flavor combinations
    Isitthecarmelorthesalt
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    This was my first tine here and I must say it was amazing. We tried the 'let the restaurant decide' and we were not disappointed. We ended up getting to sample like half the menu and there wasn't one thing we didn't like. Extremely inventive and complex flavor combinations in every bite of every plate. The wait staff worked as a team and was super attentive. Will definitely be back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    This is a nice restaurant with a some very unique dishes with fantastic flavors. Well managed. I'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Dining Experience!
    chefgpz
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    What a great restaurant, the space, the food, wine list , professional attentive, knowledgable service staff, every dish artistically presented, we will return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    Nebprof
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Interesting and delicious. The sewer pipe water feature just inside the door tells you that this is going to be different. The relatively small menu is highly creative. For example, the refreshing cantaloupe and cucumber salad has "compressed fruit" and greens atop a creme fraiche and yogurt panna cotta. The hen roulade entree was moist and, like the fruit in the salad, intensely flavored. From the starter through the dessert, the food was delicious. (At Commonwealth, which also has a very innovative menu, the food was at least as interesting but not as uniformly delicious as at Central Kitchen.) The restaurant has two rooms, side by side, both appealing in a renovated-rustic style. The waitstaff is friendly and professional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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  • Almost Perfect...Central Kitchen
    TruffleDinnerVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We had a great meal and a wonderful experience. We had the croquettes (delicious), the potatoes (very good), and the pastas (both were amazing, especially the agnolotti (sp?). It was a great experience up to there. Then we had this very long wait for our entrees. During that time, our stomachs realized we weren't hungry and then we just sat waiting. I'm not sure what went wrong with the timing but it was maybe 30 min. before the entrees. My husband had the salmon, I had the pork. Both were very good but just weren't as exciting as the earlier dishes. The waiter was super nice but I like to hear something when there is a big lag. I will go back and am hopeful that was just a minor bump.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun and Great Food
    eatskyVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We ordered a ton of appetizers and sampled a good portion of the menu, it was interesting and tasty. I highly recommend.
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    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great evening
    babs
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Great food. Lovely space: open air dining. Perfect temperature. Attentive staff. Cucumber melon salad was delicious as well as the salmon dish, duck with the side of corn and bean mix, olive oil cake with berries/perfect and the sorbet with fruit and the little treats was yummy. Parking is a challenge but do-able.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ancom
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    Good but not great for the $$$ cost. Beautiful presentation but flavors and textures were sometimes muddled. For example, chick pea fritters tasted like three day old falafel from the corner store. Added minus, they immediately soaked up the sauce on the dish. As a result, sauce and fritters were the same texture and flavor: mush. Similarly, Roasted squid dish was overwhelmed by salt from the chopped olive marinade. And, roasted alliums were dressed up with a lot of oil and some cream foam. But, you could basically do the same on your grill at home, replacing the foam with creme fraiche. Overall, the food was good, but for me, at $65 a person, I expect better than good. Service was incredible friendly and knowledgeable.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great food, inattentive service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001VIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The food is as always outstanding! But our waiter abandoned us for 45 minutes and we had to flag down another waiter to check on things. Were told our meal was "being plated" which suggests it was imminent but another 20 minutes went by before we were served. Service is the only thing that keeps this from being an outstanding destination.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A lovely dining experience
    Skeptic
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Central Kitchen is a small but light and airy space. The food was flavorful, simple and delicious. The service at times could be a bit more professional -- one server continually expected me to pass over my plate to her on the other side of the table -- but we really enjoyed the casual, calm ambience and the beauty and simplicity of the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So-So-Supper
    John
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Service was good, but if I am going to pay $20+ for a few pieces of beef filled pasta, the food should be simply amazing. Sadly, it wasn't. Maybe my expectations are too great, but small portions of high priced bland food is very underwhelming. A so-so evening.
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  • A deft touch with seafood
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Central Kitchen's veggies are always good -- but it's the fish and seafood that really stood out on our most recent visit. The entire table ordered the tasting menu, which we all thought was a good value, and the starter salads were good (standout was a concoction with figs and almond butter), but dinner got better and better with the tender, charred squid, the toothsome chitarra with uni butter, mussels, and bottarga. One diner had halibut while the others had hen roulade. CK managed to incorporate some asian flavors (sesame, ginger) and various places in the menu without being too heavy handed ... creating intriguing flavor combos rather than a new version of something that your chinese grandma does better (looking at you, Betelnut).
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The tops.
    Lestorian
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Some of the best food in San Francisco. Creative and balanced dishes, with brave flavors and absolutely topnotch ingredients. The wine was fantastic, a perfect pairing, and the without exception the waitstaff were enthusiastic, professional, knowledgable, and down to earth. It's my second time here, and though it was WAY past the range of what I should spend on dinner I'll be back as soon as I can!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • PattyVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We had an exquisite meal of pork angloti with brown butter and toasted wild rice and poached halibut with mushrooms and artichokes. Both dishes were beautifully plated with earthy yet sophisticated flavor combinations.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food but bad service
    NYCTransplant
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We went for brunch on Father's Day. The food was outstanding! The very best of "contemporary American." Good wine selection. But the service was so poor, unfriendly and aloof that I would hesitate to recommend it. We moved from NYC a year ago and are overall used to more friendly service at these prices. But aside from friendliness, this was outright rude and I don't think characteristic of SF. I would be embarrassed to invite anyone to this place to get this kind of treatment, be it our NYC friends who visit, SF friends, or business associates, even if food is great. I would give more detail but OT imposes a character limit that makes it impossible to give meaningful details of the bad service. E.g.: we got our check while still eating.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate