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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFrench
L'Ardoise reviews from OpenTable diners
151 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (123)romantic (92)fit for foodies (85)special occasion (84)notable wine list (46)late-night find (13)hot spot (5)good for groups (4)great for lunch (2)kid-friendly (2)great for brunch (2)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • 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
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    • 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
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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
    • Service
    • 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.
  • 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
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    • 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 2002
    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
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Romantic As Ever
    AndrewVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Probably the best part of L'Ardoise is the ambiance. It is reminiscent of a neighborhood French Bistro with a sultry yet lively atmosphere. Just right for a romantic evening. Prices have moderated of late; making an outing here quite accessible. Most notably is a well priced wine list with some excellent bargains. The food has not fared as well, perhaps due to price moderation. Dishes tend toward a one-note presence and few could be called exciting. Then again, it is the only restaurant of its caliber in the neighborhood and has that aura to be rightfully packed almost every night. Depending on your mood or the mood you fantasize about, can make this an enticing option in Duboce triangle.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious, authentic French food
    Flavrluvr
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Amazing food and staff so warm and welcoming you feel as if dining at a good friend's home. The decor is comfy rather than high end or pretentious. Just as it should be to complete the feeling of keeping the guests at ease. This restaurant capturesvthecessence of French life, being serious about food and relaxed and genuine with friends. Loved our experience there!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great bistro
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Snails w garlic and parsley, prawn ravioli, fig salad, coq au vin, steak and halibut. All familiar bistro fare cooked beautifully. Although we were without kids this time and hadn't been for a year, the staff remembered us and them. Great service from a team that has been there consistently. We won't wait so long to return.....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    Sudhir
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We have been coming to L'ardoise for a few years now. The food and ambiance are amazing! The staff is always on point and the overall experience is something everyone should share with a loved one at least once.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I have found the best
    Best1
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I have eaten out all over country and I am a chef, caterer owner and former hotel manager. I know this business and what it takes make it have 5 stars! This place is blazing! I am already planning two more events. Parking is hell cab over and back and our first server was great and the server whose station we sat in was not as nice but still very good at his job. He was late for work. Lol
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • did not disappoint
    tryanything1ce
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Went there for a special occasion based on the reviews here and I must say the food was indeed outstanding. Not a massive selection, but what there was on the menu was done to perfection. We asked for a table away from traffic and noise and thankfully they kindly obliged and of all the tables there I dare say we got one of the best. However, the proximity to neighboring patrons was a little constricting, so I wouldn't go there for a romantic meal or to have a particularly private conversation but simply to enjoy magnificently delicious food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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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    • Ambiance
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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.
    • Food
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
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    • Ambiance
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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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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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