fabulous foodhad a great meal, menu fit for foodies. outstanding dishes were duck confit and beef tartare for appetizers and pork with green farro and herb & ricotta dumplings for main. be sure to check out the tasting menu and if you see something you like, ask waiter if that can be made a la carte.5/9/2013 12:00:00 AMOne of San Francisco's best.One of San Francisco's best. The food is inovative and amazing.5/8/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat weeknight dinnerThe apps were fantastic - shared the charred snap peas (hard to stop eating!). The flavors were delightful. The marinated squid was also delicious. Delicate, complementary flavors from the orange and elderflower. Don't miss the Ground Effect, Rock Garden red. It's become a new favorite wine.5/7/2013 12:00:00 AMEclectic staff makes thisEclectic staff makes this a great city find with food to match. Menu options are simply crafted so that you focus on the elements of the dish and don't get lost in a myriad of choices. Wine selection is ok, beer selection could be improved. Noise level is certainly a consideration, but it's energetic and fun. Great meal, great service, really great space.5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMSome hits, some missesMy boyfriend and I came here after hearing that it was the same chef as flour + water, which we love. The ambiance is great - we sat under the retractable awning which is nice on a rare warm evening, the lights add a romantic glow, and the noise level is just right. The food was good, although some dishes were better than others. We loved the snap peas and we couldn't get enough of the herb & ricotta dumplings. The halibut was bland, but the textures were good. We finished with the caramelized honey custard which was fantastic. Others have complained that the portions are too small, but we both left feeling satisfied. Would come here again.5/3/2013 12:00:00 AMThe cool industrial vibe isThe cool industrial vibe is just hip enough. The staff are cordial and knowledgeable. The menu is interesting, and the flavors sing. Everything is in perfect balance, with no one ingredient overshadowing another. We are eager to return.5/2/2013 12:00:00 AMeverything was delicious -everything was delicious - what struck us the most is the freshness of all the ingredients - it was almost like they were just picked from the back yard4/30/2013 12:00:00 AMAmazing foodSome of the best food I have ever has but seedy neighborhood nearby. You should take a cab one drive...definitely not the bus.4/29/2013 12:00:00 AMThe chef is brilliant to beginThe chef is brilliant to begin with, and so accommodating of preferences. Wait staff is really attentive and knowledgeable (and friendly). Recommend the cheese to start and they know how to pace the food and service and time things right so you don't feel rushed out. Please bring back the juice flight! (I understand they are working on it.) Also, even though 530 may seem like a lame early dinner time, on a sunny day the dining room is soaked in light, the ceiling rolls back and you can enjoy the great food, atmosphere, fresh air, and choices in music.4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMFun and delicious, great service;Fun and delicious, great service; some dishes amazing, others didn't quite work or were a bit skimpy; main downside was too loud.4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMLovely lovely meal. We hadLovely lovely meal. We had the tasting menu with cheese plate. Delicious wine list. The service was very attentive and good. My only issue is that the meal itself felt like it took a long time. We started at around 7/7:30 and did not leave the restaurant until closer to 11. I've lived in Europe, and long meals are great. But it felt like it took forever between courses. I'm not sure if this was due to the tasting menu. We had multiple parties around us eat and leave.
All and all, I'd come again. I'd just be prepared about length of meal.4/26/2013 12:00:00 AMEverything was excellent andEverything was excellent and exquisite! We loved everything we ordered. The service was flawless. We love it!4/26/2013 12:00:00 AMFood was excellent and serviceFood was excellent and service was good. Our server was helpful without being pushy. He even took note that it was our anniversary!4/26/2013 12:00:00 AMWhat a great gemBrought a group here for a celebration dinner. Service and meal were excellent. The spring pea salad was amazing.4/24/2013 12:00:00 AMOasis in the MissionWe tried the tasking menu -- the variety was great and the portions perfect. The service was excellent, always there when needed and never in the way. We brought 2 bottles so did not dip into the wine list, however they have a number of excellent choices there (including the Skylark Grenache).4/24/2013 12:00:00 AMgreat food, but they repeatedgreat food, but they repeated "wild horses" by the rolling stones TWICE, and spent nearly 1.5 hours playing nothing but rolling stones songs during our meal. not to say they aren't a great band, but i expected more taste from a restaurant of this caliber.4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMGetting everything right!This was my second time at this place and certainly will become one of my regular spots.. My friend and I were running late and they held our reservation for an additional 10 minutes past the 15 minute "courtesy wait"
I did not catch the name of the young lady that greeted us, however she explained they would need the table for the next seating. I cerrtainly understood this request and we had plenty of time to share some amazing dishes. I do however miss the "juice sampler" from my first visit. I do not drink alcohol anymore and loved having a thoughtful choice..
Cheers to your amazing new place!4/19/2013 12:00:00 AMwine was eh...wine list waswine was eh...wine list was eh
food was unique
A+ service and ambiance4/18/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food and service are alwaysThe food and service are always wonderful but the room is too smoky due to the open kitchen. Seems like they need to figure out how to prevent that.4/15/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food. Great atmosphere.Great food. Great atmosphere. It was especially loud, especially for brunch, but the menu and food was really wonderful.4/14/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat restaurant with innovativeGreat restaurant with innovative wholesome, organic menu. Fantastic, professional, laid-back, friendly and knowledgeable service.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMJust a fabulous experience.Just a fabulous experience. I loved the setting and ambiance. The food was excellent, great wine by the glass selections, nice desert. All around a great evening with fantastic food. Parking can be challenging.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful inventive and yetWonderful inventive and yet approachable food. Expert, attentive service. We used a gift certificate and still got full-on service. Asked for wine advice, giving taste and budget, and got a great recommendation. Would love to return.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMThis is a great new spot inThis is a great new spot in SF. The food was amazing, but you MUST get the beef tartare if it is on the menu. My wife and I were fighting over the last few morsels of it.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMMcNaughton and his groupsMcNaughton and his groups ceases to amazes me. The food was incredible, fresh, and tasty. Our waitress was very attentive and was able to answer all of out questions. Although we were seated 45 minutes after our reservation time, the staff did everything they could to make us feel welcomed.4/12/2013 12:00:00 AMprobably one of the top foodprobably one of the top food in SF
very creative an super passionate staff4/8/2013 12:00:00 AMBrunch, as always, was wonderful.Brunch, as always, was wonderful. We keep going back! My favorite is the poached egg on polenta.4/7/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent service but ourExcellent service but our dinner was well..." Meh". Thought it was going to amazing but was slightly dissapointed with portions and blandness of the food. S4/5/2013 12:00:00 AMA very comfortable environment,A very comfortable environment, unpretentious, but hip enough, fun, great waitstaff and great food.
Would go again and plan to.4/5/2013 12:00:00 AMA very nice find - recommendedA very nice find - recommended by a friend. Great ambience, nice wines, and I won't bother reviewing all the dishes, but they were innovative without being pretentious.4/5/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat dining experience. LookGreat dining experience. Look forward to coming for brunch on a sunny day with the roof retracted.4/2/2013 12:00:00 AMThis place is absolutely outstandinThis place is absolutely outstanding in every way. Over the top friendly and service and knowledge of wine and food is exceptional. I would suggest this place for dinner to everyone! Made us feel welcome and the food and wine ranks as one of the Top 5 places I have eaten. And at this point I would have to give it First Place!!!3/29/2013 12:00:00 AMI read about the restaurantI read about the restaurant in the "Food and Wine" magazine. Portions are the righ size, the staff is very knowledgeable of the dishes and wine list. Wish I lived closer to go there again and try some of their other dishes, most likely next time I visit SFO!. My food was very well prepared, it was tasty and with a beautifully presented.3/29/2013 12:00:00 AMWatch the wine pours...Great food and service. Only gripe was with my glass of wine. It was a great wine, but the waitress did not pour enough. They clearly were at the bottom of a bottle and were either too lazy or stingy to pop another one and fill it to the correct amount. Kind of annoying, but the food and service otherwise made up for the mistake.3/26/2013 12:00:00 AMThis restaurant was outstanding!!..This restaurant was outstanding!!.. everything from the service, to the drinks, to the wonderfully prepared fresh food. I would go back in a heart beat!3/26/2013 12:00:00 AMConsistently Special DiningAfter several brunch and dinner visits I am compelled to say - Central Kitchen has the best tasting menu and wine pairing (a great value also), as well as ala carte deliciousness in SF. The service is outstanding – knowledgeable, warm people who obviously love what they do and where they are doing it. The staff make you feel that they are happy you are here and are doing everything they can to delight you. This is truly a lovely and special place - from the recycled building materials, to the fountain and the retractable ceiling! Try the new attached bar – Trick Dog - for fresh, innovative cocktails and sexy decor.3/25/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food and service, MichellinGreat food and service, Michellin people should check this place out this year!!!3/22/2013 12:00:00 AMTerrific overall, an enlightenedTerrific overall, an enlightened spot. A sophisticated, but pleasingly relaxed environment. Superbly crafted food, great service and wonderfully presented on all levels.3/21/2013 12:00:00 AMYikes, delicious!I am traditionally not a dessert fan (except for rich dark chocolate) but the vanilla creme/lavender cookie/honey crunch/pear dessert actually was the most satisfying dessert I have ever enjoyed.3/21/2013 12:00:00 AMCan't wait to come backThis is a favorite new restaurant for us. We made a same day reservation because I'd heard about central kitchen in a magazine. I am so glad we did. The hostesses were lovely and welcoming, setting the stage for a great night. Emily, our server was lovely. There were four is us so We ordered 70% of the menu, as it was our first time and we wanted to try everything, we had the asparagus, beef tartare, hen soup, followed by roasted carrots, beef and oxtail, and duck. Everything was amazing. The favors were so interesting and delicious. We became obsessed with their fresh baked poppy seed rolls and house churned butter. To top it off they had our favorite hard to find wine.3/19/2013 12:00:00 AMKewl, hip place. Food is quiteKewl, hip place. Food is quite good and not the standard run-of-the-mill stuff. Service is excellent, although we had to wait some 10/15 minutes past our reservation time.3/17/2013 12:00:00 AMWe had brunch on the enclosedWe had brunch on the enclosed patio, warmed with heaters, flooded with sunshine. Love the industrial but cozy spaces. The food is interesting without being odd, served on well-chosed dinnerware. Everything was beautifully presented, very tasty. The only quibble - tea is $5 per cup, the same charge levied on every refill.3/17/2013 12:00:00 AMIf you could be a little moreIf you could be a little more quiet...would be great3/15/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food. Music a bit tooGreat food. Music a bit too loud. Fantastic service.3/14/2013 12:00:00 AMIncredible restaurant, greatIncredible restaurant, great service, excellent dining!3/14/2013 12:00:00 AMPresentation is beautifulPresentation is beautiful and the tastes as good as it looks. Sam was a great server, read our table well.3/14/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food was great and weThe food was great and we really enjoyed it--but as we left we both said its not the type of food/restaurant that I would want often. Too rich. I like flour and water more. I would go back but not in a hurry. Very good wines btw3/13/2013 12:00:00 AMWe enjoyed our food, the serviceWe enjoyed our food, the service was good. I should have done a little bit more homework before going, we took our children and i wouldn't call it "kid-friendly" the server did a great job trying to accommodate them.3/10/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful, imaginative brunchWonderful, imaginative brunch menu. Unique presentations of excellent food. Not your typical menu. The bread pudding was terrific as was the sausage. Lovely staff make you feel very welcome. Very plain decor but don't be fooled. This is s real gem though not for a really fancy, impress you meal.12/2/2012 12:00:00 AM