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
98 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 (68)fit for foodies (48)special occasion (42)romantic (34)great for lunch (26)notable wine list (12)good for groups (6)great for brunch (4)great for outdoor dining (1)hot spot (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Consistent great food... chef
    ELRAYOX
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Consistent great food... chef has balanced the menu to include offerings that accomodate all tastes without exceeding the capacity of the kitchen/staff to deliver the goods. I requested that my pork NOT be overcooked, as had been the case on two prior occasions... my request was graciously received and relayed by our waiter and the pork arrived perfectly cooked. The flowers we arranged to have delivered were on the table when we arrived and we weren't rushed in any way, even though the house was full up. This is our favorite restaurant, hands down and we're so very lucky to have it in our town!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Moderate cost little bistro
    jaz2020VIP
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    No comparison to true French bistros like Chapeau/SF and K&L/Sebastopol, but good value and some dishes are fine. Caesar had real anchovies, a rarity; French onion soup using Emmentaler was excellent. Crabcakes are more crabsalad than crab but still tasty. Steak frites was good, not great, but red wine shallot reduction outstanding altho slightly undersalted. Dessert of espresso custard was a let-down, tho: uninteresting and pedestrian, not a custard at all. Espresso drinks are superb.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hard to find but worth it!
    djshaferVIP
    Dined on 3/31/2014
    Even with the address in hand, we found them hard to find since there is no sign that is visible. There is an awning but the awning does not have the name of the restaurant on it! Only indication is the name of the restaurant etched on the door in small letters. BUT, once we found it we were VERY pleased. Really great food (had the duck breast and halibut for entrees and french onion soup and roquefort salad as starters...all were really, really good). They only had one server for the entire restaurant, but he was wonderful. If someone wanted to chat with him about the food or wine, he took the time and handled all the tables really well. The food did take a little bit longer than it probably should have, but, again...very worth the wait.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sorely disappointed!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    We recently visted La Sen Bistro on a Sunday evening with out of town guests. We chose the restaurant because we have had an outstanding experience whenever we went. However, on this particular evening most of the guests ordered Beef Bourguignon and the meat was tough...
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overwhelmed
    FalconVIP
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    this was our first time at the restaurant and the staff was simply overwhelmed with the number of guests. The staff was pleasant and the food was great, but the service was very slow. Too many guests and not enough staff. I recommend it for the food, but hope that they hire more people.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Best
    AllenVIP
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    We absolutely love this restaurant. What a great find. The food is fabulous. We have been to this restaurant numerous times and plan on going back again in the near future. This restaurant is a class act, what a gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So glad we dined here because ...
    Anni
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    It's delicious! Three of us dined on Tuesday eve, a slow night Ambiance was warm and we were graciously welcomed by the host.There was a large group but noise level was very comfortable and our service did not suffer. We ordered the Salmon Tartare was outstanding. For our main entree 2 of us ordered the Duck Confit which was well seasoned flavorful and perfectly prepared. The duck fell off the bone the sauce and vegetables perfectly cooked and all the flavors combined well. The Lamb was wonderful and prepared as ordered. We all thought the food portions were ample and not overwhelming. We brought our own wine which was opened expertly by the host. A real gem which we hope local Concord patrons will appreciate! Will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • our new favorite
    BomdajoVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    We've been to this restaurant four times now and every time it has been great. The food, wine and service are always spot on. We highly recommend the lamb and I'm a sucker for a good bowl of French onion soup, they deliver on both.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sauce
    Orisok
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    As most French dishes go, sauce determines the final product. La Sen's sauces tend to be too much on the side of being sweet, and, sometimes, inadequately cooked down.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great menu, great food!
    MThome
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    I've been here several times now and the food is wonderful. I rarely choose duck as it's not my favorite, but because of the descriptions I've tried both versions. The confit is amazing! I also enjoyed the French onion soup. I've tasted several of the desserts but so far my favorite is the little apple/carmel pies with gelato. For those with mobility challenges, the restaurant is on one floor so there's no problem. The staff seems very accomodating so if you require any special seating, I'm sure the would be happy to arrange it. It is a small place and can be a little loud, so if you're looking for a quiet, romantic dinner, maybe ask for the back table! Go and enjoy!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bob
    RobertVIP
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    I had the scallops for my entre an it was very tasty the only problem was I had one mediun and two rather small scallops
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had lunch yesterday with a
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    Had lunch yesterday with a group of 6 (that suddenly turned into 8) The staff was very nice, accommodated us by adding a table to make room for everyone. The food was terrific, as usual (I had vol-o-vent with shrimp). We had an enjoyable experience, with only one less than perfect comment. It seemed they were understaffed. Every table was occupied at lunch, yet there were only 2 servers. They worked very hard to keep pace, but I must say the service was pretty slow. Perhaps another server would've made a huge difference in the service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Rock the night
    BigKahuna
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    The service, food and presentation were of the highest quality. It was a wonderful 37th anniversary dining experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food, Inattentive Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    Went for a business lunch. Only 4 tables full so expected better service. Food was very good. The Salmon with Artichokes was excellent. Steak and Fries, Tender and juicy. The owner ? (asian male) spent most of the time on a stool behind the bar on his cell phone. No one checked to see if everything was fine after he dropped off the food. Food delivered to wrong people, thus reaching over table to trade (there were only 3 of us). No one filled water or ice tea glasses. Had to ask for a steak knife. Asked for check and 20 minutes later still did not have...really..... with 4 tables! I would go back but I would probably make it clear when I entered what I expected as far as service is concerned.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very good first experience
    joe94553
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    first time. both appetizers we had (prawn salad, crab salad) were outstanding; portions perhaps a tad on the small side, but other than that no complaints whatsoever. my main course was duck breast with polenta and a very good rich sauce to accompany...very good. wife ordered salmon; tasty but a little dry. relatively short but adequate wine list (certainly commensurate with the size of the restaurant), with what i thought were very reasonable prices. regarding noise level and service: we ate there on a quiet mid week night with only 3 other tables of diners. so noise level was not an issue, and service was very good. would that be the same with a full house? don't know, but we'll probably find out as we'll certainly be going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Well Worth a Visit
    Orisok
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    It is a bistro well worth nurturing by customers frequenting the place. Inspite of the good food, I never saw the place filled more than half way. Only complaint I have is their muusic being somewhat too loud.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service is Not Good!
    Anusha
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    My husband and I had a reservation on a Sat. night. We were seated on time. First the food, ordered escargot--very bland. My husband had the soup which was mushroom bisque-very good. I had the lamb chops-done exactly to medium rare and they were quite good. The other entree was the rib eye--looked more like a market or hangar steak but done exactly the way it was ordered--lacked a lot of flavor. On to the service--pretty much non-existent. We ordered a bottle of wine--our waiter delivered it and never bothered to refill our glasses. Never checked our table after we received our food. Too bad, really would like to see this restaurant succeed!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Charming Bistro
    Jamie
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    La Sen was somewhat difficult to find due to its lack of signage. Once we were seated, we found the ambiance quite pleasant. The complimentary cilantro pesto and warm crusty bread were a delightful start to our meal. We opted for the house red, a perfectly fine Cab. Our salads, the salad with Roquefort and apples, and the Cesar salad were cold, crisp, we'll dressed and plentiful. The duck confit was quite good; the moules a la creme were tasty, but quite rich, not something we would order again as we prefer moules in a simple white wine reduction. Our server was "distant" at first, but with some friendly persuasion, he loosened up a bit. We look forward to returning to La Sen to try other menu items.
    Special Features:
    romantic, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special not special
    Frenchfoodie
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    The bouillabaisse special was small in quantity and not much flavor. Two in our party ordered it. Duck & lamb orders by others in party were good. I had cold frites on another visit.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Comfortable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2000
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    A nice neighborhood spot with good and service ad easy parking
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Viva La France!
    Doug
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Great neighborhood restaurant. We came from North Bay. Delicious food: French onion soup, tender duck breast, crab cake salad. Hard to choose, wanted to try beef bourguignon and bouillabaisse! Wonderful desserts. Service was friendly and personable, but long periods when we didn't see our waiter. Seemed to be short-staffed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good value & good service
    EnjoyVIP
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Enjoyable evening with a good meal. Restaurant is very cozy. Perfect for couples or small groups.
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  • Nice Surprise in Concord
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 2/19/2014
    I've now had lunch and dinner at La Sen and both experiences have been really good. The food is tasty, nice selections and wines are nice. The service for lunch was good, dinner service a little slow, but all in all a great experience and a nice surprise in downtown Concord.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible service
    Debi
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    Let's just say that the service is horrible, the place is tiny leaving you to sit close enough to ask the people at the table next to you to pass the salt, and the portions are so tiny I'm certain they don't even carry doggie bags. It took longer to get the bread & water than it did our entrees oh wait....they brought us our bread just as we finished our entrees. After asking for water so many times, it was finally brought to us 40 minutes later! My hubby's scallop dinner consisted of 6 nickel size scallops and some purée mmmmm, not! I will say though that my veggie lasagna (which I'm quite sure is Italian & not French) was delicious. All in all out of 5 stars I give it a minus 3. "RIGHT AWAY SIR" you know who you are!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Spectacular Food - Go for Lunch!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    I've been to LaSen for lunch approx. 15 times. I always walk out of LaSen raving about the food...it has never disappointed! I recommend this great place to anyone who will listen. My husband and I had dinner there last Sunday and the food was delicious (as always) but it was too crowded, noisy, and not enough servers for the crowd. Tables were about 10 or 12 inches apart. We had to ask for napkins after getting our food (got paper ones and noticed everyone else had cloth napkins). Reservations were for 6:00..we were seated immediately but service was VERY slow. We had only entree and a shared dessert. No appetizers, no after dinner drinks, and we didn't prolong our stay by choice. We left at 8:30. Food-incredible FOR LUNCH!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Please Work on Your Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Had dinner here just recently on a Sat night. They take reservations by phone and via Open Table. Apparently they do not have a way to integrate in house reservations with Open Table data because they appeared wide open all night on their system. We arrived 7:15 as reserved, they saw our reservation, place was jammed. They told us to wait at the bar, that it would be 10 mins. Well after seeing two twosomes seated ahead of us one of which had walked in the restaurant after us, we inquired. We were forgotten and seated 25 minutes afterwards. They did expedite our orders but then neglected our wine order in the commotion. Please get a handle on your front end and the flows on the floor because your food is just terrific as it was on Saturday!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food still great-service far better
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    This place has the best value French food you will find anywhere around the East Bay. We had the steak frites, veggie lasagna, 2 salads and a bottle of wine - for less than $60 before tip. Prices are a little higher at dinner but still extremely fair. Don't go expecting a steakhouse steak or classic French cuisine - this is a bistro and it serves bistro food to perfection. Perhaps most encouraging: the service was outstanding - far more attentive than on our last visit. We will be back soon.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our group of four went on
    yummyeats
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Our group of four went on a Saturday afternoon and the service staff had called out with an emergency. I have to say the man that was host/server, etc did a good job handling everyone on his own! My grilled salmon salad was very good!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Valentines Dinner
    Elaine
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Food was good! Fixed price menu 65.00 each. It was a three course menu. Slow service and didn't seem clean behind the bar.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love la sen
    Akira123
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Absolutely lovely good reasonably priced with great service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Do you want to go to Paris?
    Mary
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    La Sen has been open for over a year now. We have been several times for lunch and dinner and this place has consistently been a winner. The steak frites are as close to what you would expect to be served in Paris as you will find this side of the pond. Other dishes are equally authentic. The wine list is inexpensive, with good choices to be had at every price point Our most recent visit was for Valentines Day, when an excellent if pricy prix fixe menu was offered.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food!
    diner
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Having lived in France for many years I found La Sen Bistro an excellent place. The food was up to Parisian standards and the atmosphere romantic and comfortable. Thank you for a memorable Valentine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food is good although
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    The food is good although not outstanding and the service is kind of hectic. We had at least 4 servers attend to us during our dinner. I order a glass of "Cote du Rhone" (One of the only 2 French red wines) and it was obviously not from the Rhone valley. The general experience was not bad but we will not go back.
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  • Reliably good French cuisine
    Prim8PalVIP
    Dined on 2/12/2014
    We've been to this restaurant a few times before and always enjoy their cuisine. I love their duck, although this time it was missing the leg/thigh portion which is my favorite. The lamb chops are good too. The only bad this is that their chairs are hard wood and horribly uncomfortable. I felt aching throughout the dinner.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • My new favorite restaurant!
    Jill
    Dined on 2/12/2014
    I can count the number of reviews that I have written on one hand, but had to offer my opinion of this wonderful new restaurant. I have had two amazing dinners so far, and plan to go back often. The food is absolutely delicious -- everything is very fresh and wonderfully seasoned, and the portions are perfectly sized. I had the filet the first time we visited the restaurant, and it was outstanding. The Roquefort salad was delightful, and the pesto dip that comes with the warm bread is addictive. We went back this week and ordered the Beef Bourguignon, and it was the best I have ever tasted. Tender roast, sweet carrots, mushrooms and a magical sauce that I wish I could duplicate and put on everything. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood Gem
    LivetoEat
    Dined on 2/10/2014
    Enjoyed lunch here yesterday. Onion soup gratin followed by caesar salad topped with fried calamari. Yum! The owner and his wife make a great daytime service team. We feel like family.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastique!
    Lindoda
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    Wow..what a find! Very nice menu, something for everyone. Food that absolutely melts in your mouth, well balanced. French onion soup was the best I've ever had. Dessert recommendation was excellent and not over the top. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Awesome dinner
    Cathy
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    So enjoyable ~ the duck breast is to die for. So tender! Love. Love. Love.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice addition
    blurowzVIP
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    My friend and I went to this restaurant recently, and I was pleasantly surprised; I did not know this restaurant was in Concord (they've been at that location for over a year). The food was very good, service friendly, although the place is small, they make good use of it. Suggest everyone try it if you enjoy French cuisine.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Paris comes to Concord CA
    SFNancy
    Dined on 2/4/2014
    I have enjoyed every meal at La Sen and find the ambiance and wait staff nurturing and warm. It is the best food in Concord and I hope it will continue being successful and delicious! Thank you, La Sen, for being a part of the Concord neighborhood and gifting us with a great dining experience!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.