L'Ardoise
L'Ardoise

L'Ardoise

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://lardoisesf.com/
  • Phone: (415) 437-2600
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: European, French
  • Executive Chef: Thierry Clement
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Counter Seating, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: Please call for details.
  • Private Party Facilities: Please call for details.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Henry
  • Public Transit: Church Street Castro Duboce Park/Duboce and Noe Duboce and Church
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: On Noe Street off Market street
A word from L'Ardoise
French Bistro serving traditional and authentic fare in a cozy atmosphere.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFrench
L'Ardoise reviews from OpenTable diners
163 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
98% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (133)romantic (98)fit for foodies (97)special occasion (88)notable wine list (50)late-night find (12)hot spot (9)good for groups (4)great for lunch (2)kid-friendly (2)great for brunch (2)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Wonderful food and ambience. Consistent as can be.
    Friends
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    Wonderful food and ambience. Solid service. Consistency beyond reproach. We had a great evening as usual.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Delightful Experience
    ExNewYorker
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    Four of us had dinner there early on a Thursday evening. All the meals were excellent. The service was attentive without being overbearing. The atmosphere was just right for a good French restaurant. I would easily go back for another such experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A little bit of Paris on Noe Street
    Gregory
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    L'ardoise reminded me of bistros I've visited in Paris. Everything about the dining experience was superb. Service was outstanding. Every single bite of each course was delicious and the wine list had something for everyone. I'll definitely be going back!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceeded expectations
    JimmyVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Great food, great service, great experience. Definitely coming back soon
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • As usual, wonderful! Bon appetit
    GourmetGeoff
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Once again this is one of those marvelous San Francisco neighborhood restaurants that surpasses all the others. Amazing from entrees to les plats and the desserts were the perfect ending to a marvelous meal. The staff are amusing, informative and attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Restaurant!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    We went to this restaurant for my wife's birthday. The restaurant decor is perfect, but the tables are a little too close to one another (where you can smell the neighboring charcuterie plates). The waiter was quick to give us bread and bring us wine, and were aware at all times - water, bread, everything. My wife's carrot soup and my prawn ravioles appetizers were spectacular - we're still craving it. The App portions were generous. The dinners (my wife got the sea bass special, and I got the coq au vin) were superb. Our desserts were perfect, floating island and the chocolate fondant, and they even brought a candle for her. We can't wait to go back. Everything was appropriately priced, and the experience has me ready to go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classic solid French bistro
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    If you are craving a duck leg confit, or a rooster in red-wine sauce, you came to the right place. The owner will have you seated quickly, and honors the 'first-come-first-serve' queue. I had the duck leg. The goat-cheese starter was amazing. Highly recommended. Service was attentative but not too much. All people french, so very authentic. Looking forward to get back there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place!
    jl55VIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Food, wine and service great as usual. Love this neighborhood gem!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • lrsj50VIP
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    L'Ardoise is always fabulous. I'm always transported to Paris once I walk through the door. The staff is attentive & friendly and the food is wonderful. Unfortunately, people have discovered my little hidden gem, so it isn't so easy to get a table anymore.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Superb!
    EBFoodieVIP
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    What a wonderful way to spend the evening. We have never been here and were wowed by the service, food, and friendly atmosphere. A small restaurant, but what a delightful way to spend the evening. It's been a long time since we had a meal so good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    Dinner was great. The food, wine and service all fantastic. The server suggested a great bottle of red to go with our pasta appetizer and filet mignon dinner. The wine was exactly as described. I speak a little French so it was fun practicing with the owner and servers.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great neighborhood restaurant
    Gordon
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Heard about L'Ardoise on Check Please, who said reservations could be hard to come by. So, we were surprised when we booked Wed. for a Sat. evening dinner to celebrate my wife's birthday. The property lived up to it's billing - a charming, cozy neighborhood spot with good food. Tables are squeezed in, close enough so that you are privy to the neighboring table conversation. We ordered only main courses and were surprised how quickly the food came. My wife had salmon, very tasty & moist. I had duck confit, which was good, but a bit dry (needed more gravy). The accompanying sliced potatoes were quite tasty. This place is one of the many neighborhood gems in S.F.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always consistently fabulous
    cherylVIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    I always have a great meal, great service and a wonderful ambiance. Love this restaurant and the staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dinahVIP
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    A wonderful restaurant with a truly bistro ambiance - the best coq au vin in the city and a great butter lettuce salad with anchovies. My fri ends rave about the duck confit. And it's a nice walk from my home.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • World Class French Food
    dphippsVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We've traveled extensively but never found French food quite as good as L'Ardoise can deliver. Their magnificent chef, the exquisite service, their memorable wine list, their killer location in Noe Valley, the ambiance all add up to a world class experience. I recommend the duck confit or the fish, but don't forget the amazing soup - always made fresh with almost all just vegetables pureed - or the delicious salads.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Alway's look forward to L'Ardoise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    My girlfriend and I have shared several special occasions here and continue to love every minute of our experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A gem
    DrVincent
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    I love this place. Serious good food. Great atmosphere and great family vibe. It is my favorite neighborhood place
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • perfect couples date spot
    samsgrrl00VIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Lovely dinner spot for friends in the neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Joseph1
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    As wonderful as it always is! Can't wait to return and experience that authentic French experience without leaving San Francisco
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We were able to practice our french!! The service was great and location is perfect.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A paris bistro in the castro
    cherylVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    I go to paris every year and it was wonderful to find L'Ardoise, a real paris bistro in the castro. I eat here all the time and wanted to update my past review. 6 of us ate here last week. Still the same....excellent food, service and a wonderfully quiet ambiance. We loved the duck, seafood bouillabaisse, hanger steak and lamb. Meat tender, delicious and flavorful and the seafood varied and yummy. We had the escargot, charcuterie and salads beforehand, brussel sprout salad fabulous and we polished off a delicious chateauneuf du pape and then St. Julien. some yummie desserts, a floating island and the apple tart. Hard to get a reservation quick but worth the wait
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • fuzzy
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    A charming, small, and cozy little piece of Paris on a quiet street. We had our after-wedding dinner there. Service was impeccable. Will visit again. Make reservations WELL in advance, this place is a gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SO GOOD
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    This is my third time and it just always delivers. The rack of lamb is out of this world. Had a visiting friend in town and she really loved it. It was a great little neighborhood gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice restaurant
    lovefoodandrealestate
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    It was a nice restaurant and the food was not bad but it was not an incredible experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • SeePancho1
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    I have been going L'Ardoise since it opened. Never been disappointing. A very romantic place for couples.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic food
    DiDo
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    A small, quite tightly packed restaurant. The food was the best we had in America, but not good for a quiet, intimate meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect for our celebration dinner
    foodISlove
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We dined at L'Ardoise, with friends, after we were married earlier at city hall. The service was fantastic, the food amazing and they even took care of my special request. The escargot were tasty and even our friends, who don't like new things enjoyed it. Everyone's entree was prepared to perfection, with high quality ingredients and we spent was we feel was a reasonable amount for 2 appetizers, 4 entrees and 2 bottles of wine. I definitely plan on going back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    We had a wonderful time there on my partner's birthday. The Tiger Prawn Ravioli was fantastic. My partner loved the filet mignon ("melt in your mouth"). We both loved the Floating Island for dessert. The other courses we had (charcuterie plate, escargot, duck confit) were all very good, as well, but the above stood out. Would definitely recommend this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Big things come in small packages
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Everything about L'Ardoise is perfect - the food, the service and the ambience. The restaurant is small which adds to its charm; the effect is cozy and comfortable, not crowded. While the service is attentive, it is relaxed. There is no dress code but women will have a great excuse to break out (or break in) a nice pair of shoes with an LBD (or jeans and a nice top), and the men can rock a blazer-jeans/slacks-shirt with a nice pair of boots.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • shar
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    food was outstanding service great everything plated beautifully.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Must in San Francisco
    Diningdoor
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Restaurant was recommended on Trip Advisor. We were staying in Union Square so was a long cab ride but well worth it! Food was creative and well prepared, a charming space and nice ambiance. Felt like we were in a French Bistro in Paris! They called a cab for our return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Meal
    TravelersueVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We really enjoyed our meal here. Great food, good service, especially love the small neighborhood restaurant atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good traditional French food
    sanfrandan
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Entrees were OK. My duck confit was a bit dry. Appetizers were very good. Wine was a bit pricy, but the bottle we had (at the bottom of the price range) was good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Giant's postgame pleasure
    ficimia
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We love intimate restaurants, and L'Ardoise was a great find for us. We were warmly welcomed by the hostess and our server soon followed with the specials. The menu has a number of attractive offerings, making it difficult to decide. We were pleased with the prawn ravioles followed by duck confit and halibut. The wine list has a nice representation of French, California and Oregon wines, all well chosen for the menu. The service is very attentive. but no one hovers. Excellent coffee brought a fitting close to a very enjoyable experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Dinner so far in California!
    Dbond
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Found L'Ardoise from the great reviews on tripadvisor. We weren't disappointed ! I had the leg of duck and my Fiancee had the Risotto, both were amazing. Loved the restaurant, great service and good wine list too. Very reasonable prices. Definitely our favourite restaurant of our California trip so far, Highly recommend ! Book a a table to avoid disappointment ! :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but
    JLo93200
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Specially good for people who doesnt knows french food
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but uninspiring
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We were excited about l'Ardoise from all the good reviews. We were well received and our reserved table was waiting for us. We ordered a great green salad, coq au vin and a risotto with mushrooms and parmesan. We started out with the salad and a very good chardonnay (Toquade from Napa). But then we were disappointed by the coq au vin. It was OK but not outstanding. So we were a bit disappointed.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • FANTASTIC
    French4Me
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    This was my second visit to L'Ardoise, and just as my first visit, everything was fantastic. The service, attention to detail and guest experiences, and the food and wine were all superb and fantastic. Each morsel of food dances on the palate with rich and delightful taste experiences and an overall sense of satiation. The restaurant is small and always crowded, but the crowds are testament to the food and service, and although small and crowded, the staff provide a quality of service and dining experience that the guests seem not to notice the close proximity of other guests, but focus instead on the delicious cuisine that is put before them. A spectacular dining experience for those who love fantastic food
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Are we in Paris?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    The minute you walk through the heavy curtains you are in Paris. From the greeting by the owner, the menu board and the subdued lighting you know that it will be a special treat. The menu is traditional French with local seasonal specialties. The wine list is somewhat pricey but then what wine list is not these days? The service is attentive but not intrusive. The desserts are traditional and well executed. All in all, a very pleasant evening and you don't have to exchange dollars for euros and travel thousands of miles. Reservations a must.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!
    Bryan
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Have enjoyed L'Ardoise numerous times and it is consistently a wonderful experience. The staff are all very courteous and professional. My guests and I always receive a warm and friendly greeting. The service is very attentive and quick without being intrusive or rushing. The food is always delicious! Writing this I am wondering when I can get back to L'Ardoise...can't wait!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate