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La Sen Bistro
La Sen Bistro

La Sen Bistro Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.lasenbistro.com/
  • Phone: (925) 363-7870
  • 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: French, Californian
  • 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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Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "I took my daughter here to celebrate her 38th birthday. We were pleasantly surprised. Thus vis an award winning restaurant."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "First time here, my wife and I thoroughly enjoy the experience. Great service, great food, will be back for future special occasions"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "The food was delicious and a very good value. Loved the salad niciois"
    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!"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "We have dined here before and always had a good meal. We were seated immediately and our appetizer and drinks came promptly. We then waited 45 min for our entrees and one had to be sent back because it was only tepid. During that time we had no one refill our water glasses or tell us when our food would arrive. I am not certain we will return."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Service was off. It took a lot to get our staff person's attention. Most of the good was good but my husband's medium rare prime rib was way too thin and overdone. I'd give it another chance because the rest of the meal was good."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Entering the restaurant, mentioned we had a reservation, the waiter seems no response and just let us choose whatever table we like, it seems they don't reserve any table for customer made a reservation. All the nice table were occupied, we had to sit a big table at the rear. And also no recommendation, due to only one waiter for service, lack of service. We asked for help for picture taking, one woman worked behind the bar, she looked like the owner, we waived to her for help, she told the waiter to take picture for us, and never smiled."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "La Sen is consistently friendly, serves delicious food, and now provides attentive, prompt service. My group of seven was very happy with all the evening's specials (appetizer, soup, main course), the wine list, the bread... Everything! We love this restaurant."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "The food was very good, particularly the mushroom soup, but they were out of the beef bourgiognon. Nice quiet place for dinner"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "lovely food and very friendly place in downtown concord. i'd go back in a heartbeat."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "A great place to enjoy a special meal. The food was sophisticated and delicious, however didn't earn 5 stars with me because the boeuf berganon was over salted. We were on a tight schedule and they did a great job getting our graduate out on time, however once he had left service crawled to a standstill. The waiter did an otherwise excellent job. We plan to return and try some of the other very yummy sounding dishes."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Good food. Nice ambience. The service was friendly, but not very sophisticated. For example, the dessert menus were brought to our table before my wife had finished her meal and we had to ask for bread instead of it being offered or brought to us while we were deciding on our meal. We will be back because of the food and ambience."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "My husband and I both found the restaurant online independently and it's menu stood out to us. We loved every bite. It will be a must do each time in Concord."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We want to local and run into SF all the time, however, by in large this meal was very inconsistent. Although the wait staff was very nice, and the fact that this is a small restaurant, they were not in sync. They seem to spend a lot of time in front of machines at the bar typing a lot. Plates were not pick up, almost an after thought as they were bringing the next dish. Food: the Caesar salad had a nice anchovy taste but thick bottled dressing. The French onion soup had way too much bread, and very light taste...hardly tasted the onion The entres however, DID NOT disappoint. Stake and chops were wonderfully prepared. A 630 reservation on the summer requires asking for a table toward the rear. Too much sun pouring in and it was very hot."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "This is our third time back to the restaurant within two months because we just love the food. Their Caesar Salad always leaves us wanting more. The Duck Breast, Duck Confit, lamb chops, and filet mignon were all very moist and tender. The wait staff was very helpful in both wine and food suggestions. The ambiance is very warm with a European feel. We could talk at length with our guests and never felt rushed to leave. I can hardly wait to go back again."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "After sharing a pleasant appetizer of Calamari, we both had the excellent Beef Bourguignon -- tender meat, savory sauce and mixed vegetables not overcooked. Excellent hard-crust sour dough bread served with a cilantro spread (butter on request). This smallish restaurant provides an intimate setting with low noise level, making conversation effortless. Attentive service, pleasant waitstaff. Reasonable prices. Foodies won't be disappointed. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "It was our first dinner here on the way to the concert in Concord Pavilion, and we'll come when in this area again. Bread is excellent with cilantro spread, Cesar salad was very good, one crab cake (appetizer came with a salad) was enough for my main dish; tomato bisque was more like a carrot soup, and still delicious. Service was very friendly without overpowering. Well decorated place was full by 6 pm, so we were lucky to have an OpenTable reservation."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "French food is not prevalent in Contra Costa. This place is a great find. Food is excellent with great portions. Everything to order. Sharing is encouraged. Service is attentive without being obtrusive. Try it soon."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "I bought a Travelzoo Voucher and I was very happy that I did. This was a great place!!! The service was outstanding. The host (Sam) was very nice and very happy to be there. The food was also very good! We also very much enjoyed the bread dip! We live in San Jose so it was a bit of a drive for us. We wish this place was a little closer to us! Great vibe, Great place! Highly recommend. "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "A small neighborhood French restaurant. The atmosphere is very pleasant, the staff is very friendly, helpful and knowledgeable about the wines, and the food is great. Our second visit, and we will go back again."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Excellent service, great food! This is a great place!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "The food was excellent! I would dine here again. However, I found the service disorganized. We had to wait for a table, went to the bar area and we were ignored. We had brought a bottle of wine, and could not get it opened until we were seated at our table. If you order the French Onion Soup, you will need to wait a while before it is served, so order salad first if you are really hungry. I think this restaurant needs a buss person to help out. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "The food at La Sen Bistro never disappoints. I had the scallops along with the mushroom soup and both were outstanding. It's one of the few restaurants around where the noise level is low enough that we don't have to worry about hearing each other over dinner."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "This was my 6th time @ La Sen & was I was really looking forward to ordering their signature Beef Bourguignon. However, when the waiter, who was quite pleasant, brought the dish to our table, I was somewhat disappointed. In the past, the restaurant has always served generous portions of this delightful dish, but not this time. There were only 5 bite-size pieces of beef & a couple of veggies. I was quite surprised, especially since the dish is around $20. I actually thought about bringing it to the owners attention, but instead decided to write this review."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "My husband and I have been there for dinner two times and both times we were totally satisfied with the food and decor of the place. The plates were artfully presented and the steaks and duck were cooked perfectly medium rare. The Caesar Salad was one of the best we have tasted. We were able to converse with our guests easily and think we will bring friends here often. The wait staff was efficient and friendly."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "It is so nice to have La Sen in downtown Concord. It's an oasis with fine food, outstanding service, and charming ambience."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "If there are two of you, ask for the table for two at the back of the restaurant. You can have much privacy along with wonderful food and service. Go there soon."
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "My friends and I enjoy La Sen Bistro very much. We have gone on several occations and we all think the food is outstanding. Especially yummy is the Sauce that is served with the bread. We will be going back again and again."
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "We really enjoyed our dinner and will be back again."
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "We have been to La Sen several times before and absolutely loved it. We took two older friends here for lunch on a Monday, which their web site says starts at 11. Our reservation was for 11:30 but our friends got there at 11 and the door was just being unlocked. We went in at 11:30 and it went downhill from there. The owner was not only being a chef he was also being a waiter. It took *forever* to get our meals and my husband had to go move our car since it was parked in a one hour zone. It took us nearly an hour just to get our soup!!! The excuse was "Monday is slow." A shame, really, especially since there was a woman there who could surely have been more helpful. If it were our first time there, we would never go back."
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "I'm a bit of a food snob and very hard to please, so was easantly surprised to find a menu where I could have chosen anything on the list. We had crab cake salad (perfect -- especially the dressing on the greens); Salad with Apple and Roquefort again with great dressing; scallops cooked to perfection; lamb chops which were just right and very juicy with lovely sauce; and creme brûlée which was almost as good as my own."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Delicious but entree portions are small, but that's French. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014