La Sen Bistro
La Sen Bistro

La Sen Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.lasenbistro.com/
  • Phone: 9253637870
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm
    Sunday - Thursday : 05:00pm - 9:00pm
    Friday -Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00 pm
  • Payment Options: MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, French
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Concord & Galindo Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from La Sen Bistro
La Sen Bistro is an offshoot of Berkeley's La Rose Bistro. After many years of serving to loyal customers of theater go-ers and the nearby UC Berkeley patrons, La Rose Bistro transplanted itself to downtown Concord to become La Sen Bistro.

With the same vision of serving great food, you will enjoy the classic California-French samples of duck confit, salmon in saffron sauce, lamb racks, and escargot - just to name a few. Our great food was recognized by the Michelin Guide in 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012 as well as the Zagat survey. Come join us at La Sen Bistro for a glass of wine and a taste of California-French cuisine.


Cheers to good food and great companies. Bon Appetit!

Check out our feature in the Contra Costa Times!


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La Sen Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
101 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (71)fit for foodies (49)special occasion (43)romantic (34)great for lunch (26)notable wine list (12)good for groups (6)great for brunch (4)hot spot (2)great for outdoor dining (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Always good!
    tazmom9
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    I've been here several times and I've never been disappointed. The People are great, and the food is wonderful!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing First Anniversary Dinner!!!
    HappilyMarried
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Went here for our first wedding anniversary. Will be back :-) Food was good, atmosphere was quiet and romantic. Overall a great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    His was our second visit and it was just as good as we remembered. Staff is very helpful and knowledgeable but a little slow. It took a little too long between courses. Food was great and worth the wait. I had scallops and they were wonderful. My friend had salmon, also excellent. We shared a dessert that was like mini berry pies. They were awesome!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our favorite French place!
    Copwife
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    We have taken friends and reccomended La Sen to others and everyone has always loved it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service and delicious food!
    MVPFoodie1
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Great service and delicious food. We will most definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible
    Foodie2shoes
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Service was awful. Our waiter was a rare site and our food took over an hour. I had the worst onion soup I've ever had made with tasteless bland chicken broth . My friend ordered beef bourginon and she got a very plain stew, no hint of wine whatsoever in the scarce bit of watery gravy that came with it. My husbands lasagna was dried out. Overall, a terrible dining experience
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • French Food For Adults
    ScotsGirl
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    La Sen is a reminder of what dining out used to be like. It is quiet, comforting and best of all a simple pleasure. It is easy to find, easy to park, and very easy to enjoy. The menu is not extensive and they serve beer and wine only. I did miss having an aperitif but that was quickly eclipsed by the excellently paced and unobtrusive service. We never felt rushed yet orders were taken and food arrived at just the right time. My salmon in saffron sauce was very good although the black olives somehow didn't taste right in the dish. My companion had the pork chop which was simply delicious. The French onion soup and creme brûlée are simply amazing. We will definitely be going back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Could not have been better
    RobertVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Great food, great service, We will come again and again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprised
    flavorlover1VIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    We had dined at La Sen several times previously and were looking forward to our return visit. Unfortunately it was not a repeat. Canned black olives appeared in the Nicoise salad which had an uninspiring piece of grilled tuna on top of less than crisp mixed greens. The Salmon entre served over a bed of olives, artichoke hearts and spinach once again featured the same canned olives, artichokes that were marinated in oil and vinegar out of a jar and about 6 leaves of spinach. This was all very surprising as ingredients had been well sourced on our previous visits Hope it was an anomaly.
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  • Favorite French Restaurant!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    This is our third time to La Sen. It's always been amazingly good. We all had the escargot and it was the best - lots of garlic and plenty of sauce for dipping. Three of us had salads - delicious, fresh, and lightly dressed (which I appreciate). The prices are reasonable for a high quality French restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Excellent food - as always. Prepared with attention to detail
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for special occasions!
    denverdiner
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    This is a wonderful, intimate, low-key restaurant for a special occasion - and even a regular one! The service and ambience were inviting and pleasing - I felt I was in a Parisian bistro. There was a good variety of kinds of meals. French Onion Soup was exquisite. Our server was knowledgable, professional, and a pleasure to deal with. The house wine was outstanding. All in all, it was a wonderful place to take my 91-year-old francophone aunt!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic
    PotatoD
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Been here once before. Menu may not have changed, but the specials were new and exciting, the food was delicious, and the service impeccable. Wonderful restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food and Service...AMAZING!
    TinyKulit
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    It is very rare to find a place with both awesome food and service. Often, I get one without the other. La Sen was different though and I highly recommend to anyone who enjoys great French cuisine in the Concord area. I got the crab cake salad with the lamb chops. Portions were perfect and the flavors were intense. And I cannot stress enough how the service was impeccable.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Bad service good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We went to La Sen Bistro for my father's birthday on a Sunday around 5:30. Upon arrival there were a few other tables taken but the restaurant was mostly empty. The waiter came to the table fairly after we and took the drinks/appetizer/entree orders from our group. The beef bourguignon was unavailable (at the beginning of dinner shift), which was quite disappointing. We waited an hour from when we sat down to when the entree was delivered. We were not provided any explanation as to why we had to wait for our food and had to ask one of the staff when we could expect our food. The entrees were good but not great. In summary the food was pretty good but the service was terrible and that ruined our meal.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Le Sen
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The wait staff was friendly and responsive. The waiters were informative and honest. One young man went to check with the chef to confirm his answer to our questions. The food was excellent, in taste and presentation and served at a relaxing pace. It was an excellent experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    good variety of dishes reasonably priced for French restaurant, everything was delicious and cooked just right. We tried lamb and duck breast,alsp french soup and salad. Deserts were delicious. Do not expect fast service - it is a place to sit down and relax.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Artichoke330
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We have eaten here several times before, and each time seems to be better than the last The food is wonderful, the staff pleasant, and the decor is tasteful and comfortable. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Choice
    dine4funVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    I come here often for no reason, but it is equally perfect to celebrate a special occasion. I took my sister here for lunch for her birthday, and it was a hit! Everything is always made from the freshest ingredients and presented as elegantly as any top-rated restaurant in the city. We each had one of the salads regularly on the menu, and the salmon with saffron and the vegetarian lasagne entrees. My sister chose the Strawberry Napoleon for her birthday dessert, and it was impressive. You absolutely cannot go wrong with anything on the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love the food!
    joy2dineVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    I had to give this one a less than stellar review. If you are going to go...go for the food! It is fabulous, and the service can be too...but they are very understaffed. I had a business luncheon table for 10, and than goodness only 8 showed-up because with my table and the other tables in the restaurant...there was only 1 server. YES, he was good, but there was no way he could manage all these tables (as well as the walk in's) alone. Later on, one other server came to help, but it was too late to make a good impression. However, the food was excellent, so again...if you go, go for the food! I will be back for dinner, and a smaller group for lunch because it really is that good!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Dining Experience
    dine4funVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    We came here for a ladies' night out, and everything was wonderful. We split the appetizer special which involved a duck pate and shredded duck meat. It was absolutely incredible. We then split/shared salads - a salad with crab cakes and a salad with a mix of lettuce, sliced pear, and pine nuts, followed by the lamb sirloin special, scallops, and the lamb chops entrees. Everything was beautifully presented and expertly cooked. They just had the one waiter this evening, but he did an excellent job taking good care of everyone with what appeared to me to be equal time and care. I cannot say enough good things about this restaurant! It truly provides an outstanding dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gem in Town
    WaterGirl
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Lovely bistro with quality service, wonderful menu and very good food.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2000VIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We were visiting a friend in Concord and she recommended this nice restaurant. The food was very nice, the onion soup tasted great, not salty as at other places, I finished every last drop. The crab cakes were simply scrumptious! The ribeye could use a better quality. Service needed improvement. The bottle of wine was just poured into glasses, we did not get to taste it first. And the waiter must practice gender equality, the ladies were served last! Yup, exactly the same dishes, but the lady got hers after the men. We were not used to that at all! But we will return. The atmosphere and the food were good enough for us to ignore the service faux pas.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service is much better
    concordlocal
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    We stopped going to La Sen because the service was sooooooo bad - one time the server didn't even notice I didn't get my food until 25 minutes after all others at the table got theirs - multiple attempts to get her attention failed. BUT - we tried again and were very impressed - the food has always been excellent and this time, well, the service matched the food. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • French Bistro...pleasant discovery
    TabTVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    What one would hope to find when walking through a Parisian neighborhood...someplace with a nice menu, good service and great food with good ambiance and reasonable prices. Admittedly, we were most interested in the food part... - french onion soup (great), - calamari (with a nice aioli on the side), - escargot (a little disappointing), - coq au vin (very good), - duck confit (duck was tasty; accompanying ratatouille was ok), - steak and pomme frites (both very good). - desserts - nice presentations très bon...highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Such a gem
    AllenVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    As always we had an outstanding meal. This is a great place for foodies.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great neighborhood place
    tazmom9
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We've been here a few times, and always enjoy it. The service is friendly and the food is very good. It's close to home too!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing food; slow service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The food was, as always, amazing. The only frustration is the slow service. The servers are super nice friendly and happy to please. I just think they perhaps need another server.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not what we ordered
    Nottohappy
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Ordered the duck breast cooked rare and without the polenta, the waiter asked her if my wife wanted roasted potatoes and she said yes, we'll she got ducked cooked well done and polenta. I had the mussels and it was ok, to much heavy cream in the sauce.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The service ruined the meal
    JuliaVIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    I ate here for dinner once and had such a lovely experience that I wanted to come back. So I brought two friends back for lunch. The service was horrendous. A lackadaisical waitress who screwed up too many things and not once was pro-active about anything. Yet, she was not rushed off her feet at all. Several items on the menu weren't available.... naturally all the items we first tried to order. I had to ask for bread, more water repeatedly, ketchup, a correction on the bill, refusal of coffee in a dirty cup, etc. It's a shame, because the food is good. I ordered the same dessert as before and it was melt-in-your-mouth delicious. If their service could improve and match the level of food, then I would recommend it.
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  • Excellent Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    The food at La Sen is outstanding. I had the salmon and my friend had the crab cakes. Also, the topping for the bread was amazing! Unfortunately, out service was a little less than desirable, but the food made up for it.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delightful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    I took my daughter here to celebrate her 38th birthday. We were pleasantly surprised. Thus vis an award winning restaurant.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sophistication in the suburbs
    Eduardo
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    The French brassiere is the type of restaurant you'd expect to find tucked away in an ally in San Francisco or Berkeley -- understated sophistication. The food is outstanding. The steaks are cooked to melt-in-your-mouth perfection. The same can be said for the lamb. a little crispy near the bone and medium rare throughout. Leave room for dessert. They're amazing! The prices are not your pub-level prices - there is a pelthora of places nearby if you're on a budget, but the extra attention to detail is worth it and really, the prices are fair for the quality you receive. I guess word is getting out because even during a mid-week visit it filled up. Reservations recommended. La Sen is my new go-to place.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Marty M
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    First time here, my wife and I thoroughly enjoy the experience. Great service, great food, will be back for future special occasions
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, inexperienced server
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    The food was outstanding. The calamari frites, green salad and the duck breast were all outstanding. However, the server was very inexperienced and rushed us through this otherwise enjoyable dinner. He must be new as: - He came to ask for drink order almost as soon as we sat down - We told him that we would split our salads, but no plates were provided for the split (we ended up using the small plates intended for our bread.... - ...which did not come until we asked the server - I finished my main course first. The server came to collect my plate and asked me whether I would like any dessert. I was full, and told him that there was no room for dessert. He came back with the bill before my companions actually finished their meals.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Bouliabaisse!
    LivetoEat
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    The Chef must be one of those quirky people who makes wonderful food at his own pace. So what if our entrees didn't arrive at the same time? They were delicious! So drink some wine and relax. Be sure to order an appetizer with your wine, in case your meal doesn't arrive quickly. And take someone with you that enjoys good food and has a sense of humor!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous Dining Experience
    dine4funVIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    I have been here for lunch and dinner many times, and I have never been disappointed. The chef is incredible, and everything that comes out of his kitchen is award winning quality. Today I had the seared salmon in a saffron sauce with cherry tomatoes, artichokes, spinach, and olives. It was beautifully presented and perfectly prepared. My companion had the soup of the day, a sweet potato bisque, and was equally impressed. Speaking from experience, everything is consistently good, uses the freshest ingredients, and wows you from the first taste. All this at reasonable prices.The service is not rushed, all the better to enjoy the food and the company. So, if time is an issue, you may want to mention it to your server. They aim to please here!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Slow evening, Great service
    CharlesHVIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Have been to La Sen many times, the food was great as usual; however it was an off night and we had exceptional service -- practically had the place to ourselves. Three solid courses; I highly recommend it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • An exceptional meal!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    The food was delicious and a very good value. Loved the salad niciois
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful!
    LuvParis
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    My "dining partner" and I decided that we would work our way through the entire menu following our first visit to La Sen, but we keep returning to some favorites...the salmon, carnard, crab cakes, onion soup, lamb, and salads. The moules were delicious, but I prefer them with a light wine sauce rather than a creamy wine sauce...wish that was an option. The pommes frites are never greasy and are always served piping hot and are crisp and delicious. The sauces are rich and full flavored, everything is beautifully and carefully presented; the prices are more than fair. The service is good, especially when one of the gracious co-owners is serving. We love La Sen for brunch, lunch and dinner!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.