L'Ardoise
L'Ardoise

L'Ardoise

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://lardoisesf.com/
  • Phone: 4154372600
  • 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
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
L'Ardoise reviews from OpenTable diners
135 reviews since May 1, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.5
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (109)romantic (88)special occasion (72)fit for foodies (65)notable wine list (44)late-night find (11)hot spot (5)good for groups (3)kid-friendly (2)vibrant bar scene (2)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Great restaurant
    JackiecaswellVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    A really nice upmarket neighborhood gem. Great wine, gray food and friendly efficient service. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not in the 'romantic' decibel range
    mark99k
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Can't figure out why this is so often listed as a romantic place to dine. Most of the time we couldn't hear the waitress or ourselves. The food was quite good, so it might be fine for a deaf person, but we won't be back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday at l'ardoise
    Jeneats
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    We had a lovely birthday dinner at l'ardoise. It felt as if we were in an intimate candlelit Paris bistro. The food is traditional french with a California twist. It's nice to have a little piece if Paris in San Francisco.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food if a bit salty.
    JB10VIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Excellent charcuterie appetizer and coq au vin entree. Food somewhat salty. Still it is a great neighborhood spot and is still busy at 10pm.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NiceView
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    The tiger prawn ravioli is perfect! The waiters are nice and sweet as well.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great neighborhood bistro
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    We have eaten at this restaurant a few times and have always had outstanding food. The service has always been excellent and the ambience of the bistro gives you a feeling that you are in Paris. If you enjoy traditional french cuisine then this is the place for you Our tab came to around $100 for the two of us. We each had a starter course, entree, one dessert and a total of three glasses on wine.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great meal, wonderful ambiance
    stacy
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Had a great meal in a great cozy place. We'll be back for years to come!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always consistent
    Profoodie
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    For years the restaurant has always served consistently great food and the service staff are excellent
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    All the charm and ambiance of a Classic French bistro. Authentic decor and atmosphere. Excellent service and food. Very good wine list. A totally pleasant experience
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • exceeded all expectations
    AlexanderMooreVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    really a gem restaurant and such great food! totally authentic too!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Discovery
    JorgeD
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    After all, it was worth the wait to obtain a reservation. The service is as good and the food outstanding. Crëme Broulee shoudl come in a shallower dish, but nevertheless is awesome
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Romanic dinner
    Wayfarer
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    We were so happy with dining at L'Ardoise that we went there on two consecutive evenings while on holiday in San Francisco. The location is great and romantically secluded from the noisy streets in the Castro. The atmosphere is very soothing, even though diners sit quite close to each other and it can't be described as a quiet restaurant. The food was just excellent. I would recommend this restaurant to any visitor to San Francisco!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner with John Mc
    chocoladVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    L'Ardoise has become a favourite for us whenever John visits. He comes from Chicago three or four times a year. We both passed on enjoyed on an appetizer and had the Salmon. It was well prepared and perfectly cooked. He had the Floating Island and I had the raspberry tart, which we both enjoyed. The service is always good and the staff very attentive without being obtrusive. I highly recommend L'Ardoise to all my friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place
    DeanW
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Great wine list and fantastic food. Prawn raviolis and duck confit were outstanding.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Intimate space, fantastic food.
    Melissaloo27VIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Waiters rarely recommend wine I truly enjoy, so I was truly impressed when the bottle he opened was just what I was hoping for! The charcuterie was fantastic and generous. Tiger prawn ravioles were exquisite and delicate both in taste and texture. My boyfriend had the seafood cassoulet and was very pleased with the array of seafood in a rich, savory lobster sauce. Dining room was intimate, yes that's a nice way of saying I can hear other people's conversations, ha ha. But what the space lacked the servers made up for in attitude and attentiveness. We will most certainly return and recommend this neighborhood gem to anyone looking for a fantastic meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • France comes to Duboce
    solid
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    I had a fabulous birthday dinner here, complete with delicious wine and the most scrumptious flourless chocolate cake (and I'm not even a cake person). All dishes were plentiful and fabulous and so I left full (but not stuffed!). Great place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bingo!
    Iowrya
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    great food and attentive staff. The four of us had a wonderful time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • tasty, but really hot room
    cptbyteme
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    The food and wine were great, but the room was really really hot. Also, though the food came out quickly, it was hard to get a waiter's attention and took a long while to get the check, so I can only give the service 3 stars.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Lovely
    DebS
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    We eat here regularly. It is a reliably great date place! The service is pleasant and perfect, without being pretentious. The food is always delicious. It's not ultra-cheap but is easily affordable. The atmosphere is quiet enough and lighting is nice. In short, an easy, romantic, delicious place for a casual date.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My favorite French restaurant in SF
    Daniel
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Charming, small French boutique restaurant with impeccable service and exquisite food. The ambience is cozy and unpretentious, with friendly waiters and a small menu where every dish is extremely flavorful. Of course deserts are to die for and the wine is not to be missed. Expect to pay at least $50 per person, but it is worth it to treat yourself to this heavenly restaurant at least every once in awhile.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Parisian Bistro
    Stella
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Wonderful dinner! We had a simple steak frites salad and it was so delicious and perfectly cooked and the aiole they served with the French fries was divine. It was better than bistro meals we ate in Paris and friendlier too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our Anniversary Dinner
    Burt
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Every year we come here on our anniversary. We were in Paris on our honeymoon and L'Ardoise totally recalls the wonderful ambience of the restaurants we most enjoyed then and on subsequent visits. But after our first visit to L'Ardoise, we decided we could celebrate more than once a year! That is to say, dinner here makes the celebration. I hesitate to say more because this is a wonderful gem and I want to make sure I can get a table ;-)
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Anniversary Dinner
    ACAnadilla
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We spent the entire day in the city and wanted a nice quiet dinner away from Union Square where we were staying. The food was amazing! Service was just as great! Our wine glasses were always full and we we enjoyed every bite. We will definitely be back to try out the other items on the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Can't wait to go back!
    JacobVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Excellent food, great service, and wonderful ambiance. I recommend the coq au vin!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • amazing
    rungirlsf
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    my husband and i drive by l'ardoise frequently. we often say, let's try it. and i am so glad we did. the service is attentive without being obnoxious. the food is spectacular. transports me back to the neighbourhood bistros of paris. the only fault? i wish it were closer to my house.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fine dining
    happyra
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Three of us had a wonderful time. The food is so good. Preparation and display is excellent. Enjoyed the wine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful!
    KateVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    This is our friend's favorite restaurant and we are so glad he introduced us to it. Delicious and quiet- a rare combination today. Shrimp raviole not to missed. We had halibut, steak, and duck; all perfect. Ambience of a true French bistro. Great service. Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top notch service with quality food
    endeend
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    The service was absolutely 5-stars top-notch; every employee provided A+ service. The food was good, you won't be disappointed or unsatisfied, but it also wasn't anything spectacular or memorable. In summary, if you're looking for a romantic wine-n-dine experience in a dim lit environment then this is a top choice. However, if you're more on the foodie side and put more weight on amazing or memorable food experience then I would not recommend this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • French Cafe
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    L'Ardoise was one of the best dinner experiences in years. We told the waitress that we were doing a mez-a-mez and all plates divided perfectly and a very generous house salad. Entire meal was a 5 star experience and I practiced my French.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • love this restaurant
    cheryl
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    This restaurant is a favorite of mine. We loved all of our dishes and the service was excellent. Had just returned from paris so I can make the statement that it is like a paris bistro. It was saturday and they rushed us a bit but that is normal anywhere in SF. Still my favorite
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Like it
    MarcoPolo
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Food was very good and the crew very friendly. The place is very nice and I enjoyed everything of it.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    very good food and service we excellent. had the coq au vin which was wonderful
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always consistently wonderful
    NotInTexad
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    The experience at L'Ardoise is always wonderful. The staff are professional and personable and the food is of high- quality.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NEVER FAILS
    louiseknowsVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    My one and only complain is the tight seating, but the food and service of this little place can not be beat!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great neighborhood spot
    Kara
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    We loved this place. It was are first visit but won't be our last. Great service and wonderful food.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time visitor
    Jorge
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    This was a great find for us. The service was outstanding and the food the same. The lamb chops were the best ever and the filet was el perfecto!! Will certainly return next time we visit the city!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic French Food
    Healthyeater
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    Everything about the meal for 4 people was perfect. The mix of people in the restaurant added to the ambiance of this intimate space. Of course we came for the food and were completely satisfied with the quality and quantity: both were just right.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • C'est magnifique !
    Lancer
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Per usual a great meal here. The food never disappoints. The only issue was feeling a bit rushed. The starters can out immediately, quickly followed by mains. Not even enough time for a second glass of wine. We were in and out in 35 minutes.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • L'Ardoise est un morceau de Paris
    PeasVIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Once a year, we make our way to L'Ardoise to experience the ambiance & delight of bistro dining. I chose the tiger prawn ravioli, whose texture was perfectly al dente, my wife chose the asparagus soup which had a wonderful concentrated flavor in a light cream base. For entrees, we chose the hangar steak, medium rare, with pomme frittes (always a winner) and the lamb shank -- perfectly braised, perfectly cooked, soaking up the goodness of a hearty red wine sauce. The service was attentive- it's always consistent from their team, whom are courteous and friendly, and whom keep a close watch on your table. Glasses were never empty, and we never felt any rush despite the fact that the restaurant filled up quickly on a Friday early evening.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinner with Marilyn and Pat
    chocoladVIP
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    We were taking a friend for first time. She enjoyed the ambiance, restaurant, food and service. I had the pork loin and it was delicious and well prepared. She had the chicken and really enjoyed. L'Ardoise has become one of my favourite places to dine. The staff is always warm and most efficient.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate