Bistro 10UN

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Students Learn the Reality of the Restaurant World
The Art Institute of California - San Francisco is proud to announce the opening of Bistro 10UN a seasonal, friendly, and affordable student-run restaurant at The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of California - San Francisco in the heart of San Francisco's Civic Center district.

"We're thrilled to solidify our place in San Francisco's culinary arts community with the opening of Bistro 10UN," said Art Institute of California - San Francisco President Byron Chung. "Whether the students are working in the kitchen or taking orders, it's an opportunity to learn all the facets of the restaurant business, preparing future culinary professionals for careers in the Bay Area and beyond."

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vipBrendaD
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are saddened that the restaurant has closed 12/07/18. It had a great run, and gave us an opportunity to interact with the students. Unfortunately, the Art Institute of Calif is closing its entire San Fran campus.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Retirement and bday

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MarkL
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall3food2service3ambience2

The lentil soup was pretty good and flavorful, nice and hot on a cold day. The beef brisket sounded good, but was served luke warm, which made it seem like they just warmed it up. The brisket was served on a bed of kidney beans, which was weird and just didn’t really complement the meat. The cheesecake was good, but the vanilla flavored coffee was a total surprise, and reminded me of shopping at the Grocery Outlet for items that no one buys. I was definitely underwhelmed, but luckily the manager kept the service on track. Unfortunately, that afternoon had bad indigestion. I won’t be back.

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DianeW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I work across the plaza from Bistro 10UN and finally got over there to have a meal. I took a colleague for her birthday and it surpassed any expectations that we had. It is located in a beautifully decorated room with multiple windows looking out on Market Street. The service was impeccable and the food, from the appetizers to the desserts, was first-class. I will be back there again very soon. Thanks to the staff and chef at Bistro UN10 for an unforgettable experience.

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vipSaraR
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always great, just be sure to have 1.5 hours for lunch.

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vipHulagirl
San Francisco
185 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Best deal in town for good food. This is a cooking school so be prepared for variations in the food and service as all employees are students. The menu has expanded since the last time I was there. The watermelon-feta salad was excellent with very interesting flavors. The salmon on basmati rice was done to perfection. The only let-down was the chili-chocolate mousse - not enough chili...but the chef might have been a little leery of over-doing it. Our waitress this time was the best one we have had there.

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SusanJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We tried each of the dishes on the menu--they were all delicious and outstandingly presented. The only thing missing is gluten free bread/dinner rolls

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vipBrendaD
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the food and the view. The School will be closing permanently @ year end. So you should go there soon. After 2018, there won't be any student-run restaurants in San Francisco.
Our Menu favorites include FIrst Coures: Corn Chowder with Roasted Chilies
and the Bacon, Corn, and Sweet Onion Tart. All of the Desserts are yummy, but our favorites are the Pineapple Upside-Down Cake and the Financier with Candied Almonds and Coconut Ice Cream Chili.

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vipBrendaD
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal, especially for this price. The students really try hard and the menu items or extensive. We are sad that the school will be closing in December 2018. People should go there now while this is available.

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Karen
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The onion, corn, bacon tart was incredible. The pineapple upside down cake was rich and beautiful. The only disappointment was the steak. But overall a lovely experience.

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vipBrendaD
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This has always been a good value. We are sad that the school will be closing soon.

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vipBrendaD
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Students are wonderful. The menu is extensive and creative.

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SteveO
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall3food2service2ambience2

We started asking our waitress about the meal preparations and GM took over and said that he'd answer our questions. Seemed a bit curt in his response and attitude. He said that this was not a restaurant but a school. Was like our waitress couldn't answer any questions other than to take our orders or take our dishes away. None of the soups were hot and our entrees were lukewarm. The curry sauce with salmon was too salty. The flank steak was tough. The cheesecake was too dense but the bourbon cherry sauce was good. The chili chocolate mousse was good. I guess we have to keep in mind that it is a school and not a restaurant.

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CarolK
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Know that you are dining at culinary school and will be served and prepared by chef to be students. They only serve lunch. Our meal was very good. The pineapple upside down cake was plated nicely but was too sweet. Highly recommend the iced tea. Very good prices for San Francisco dining! Only downside is getting there. If you park and walk there, be prepared for plenty of homeless people. Would recommend Uber. There is a security guard on the ground floor who is really friendly and gave us instructions on how to get there.

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vipJessica
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall3food5service2ambience3

This place used to rock! Back when I was a student here, and soon after I left, when Mark Genter was the GM, Bistro 10UN was a hidden gem in the city. It excelled in food, service and atmosphere.
Now it just excels in food. The decline in service and therefore, atmosphere is mostly due to its new GM, Manuel, who has a big attitude and no sense of humour.
As an alumni going back there to dine, it’s always nice to say hi and have a chat with previous instructors. Manuel doesn’t “chat”, or even crack a smile for that matter (something to do with appearing professional) - and I get that they are trying to teach fine dining service, but it’s still a student-run Bistro after all.
Today I met up with a fellow alumni and brought along my 3yr old toddler, as I couldn’t find care for him, and was told by Manuel that I was not welcome to return if I brought my child again! Sure, they don’t have high chairs, but no where on the website does it say, “No children allowed”. Perhaps it should.
The food is still great and good value for money, but don’t even think about dining here with your kiddo!
They say you come for the food and return for the service, so I don’t think I’ll be returning.

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DawnB
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This is a culinary school so call ahead to make sure they aren’t between quarters. Delicious!!

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AmyK
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding value and an imaginative menu delivered with passion.

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KateD
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I went for Lunch (only open for Lunch on Thursdays and Fridays). This is a school restaurant. The limited menu was great. We loved our first courses, loved the main courses (steak could have been sliced thinner) and adored the panna cotta. No alcohol - not a problem for us, because they have Arnold Palmers and great coffee. The price is very reasonable. We are telling everyone.

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vipHulagirl
San Francisco
185 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Just keep in mind that this is a Culinary Institute so the quality can vary. Because the students are the waitstaff, the service can suffer sometimes. The food is inventive and usually good quality and the menu changes every quarter. The asparagus salad I started with excellent except that the photo of it down on the ground floor showed it including a spray of fresh enoki but mine came with a few limp, tired enoki - I'm glad to say that the rest of the salad was excellent. Although we got there at 12:45, they were already out of two of the three entrees! Luckily, the salmon (the one entree that was left) was excellent - rare with but crispy on the outside. The best thing about Bistro 10UN is the price - $15/2 courses or $18/3 courses. What a deal!

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vipHulagirl
San Francisco
185 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2018
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Because this is the restaurant of the Culinary Institute, the service can be a bit shaky. The host was kind enough to let us know that the restaurant would be closed for a while during the upcoming spring break which was nice of him. The dishes are not always quite as described on the menu but they are always good. One person that I ate with thought there should be more vegetarian choices on the menu. For good cuisine, though, this is the best deal in town.

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ArchieL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

On a whim after overhearing about the food and service at Bistro 10 UN, I decided to check this place out on my own. Wow! This fine establishment blew away my expectations. Manuel, who greeted me at the front, made sure I was well taken care of. I went for the split pea soup, tri-tip and carrot cake. My meal started off with freshly baked bread. I remember it was aromatic and tasted delectable. The soup and tri-tip were perfect. My carrot cake was beautifully presented. The ambience inside was just right. Thanks to the warm welcome from Manuel, great service and quality of food, I will definitely be back for more.

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Kimberly
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I dined at 10UN Bistro last Friday and I was thoroughly impressed by the menu offerings, food quality and presentation! As part of my three course prix fixe selections, I enjoyed the field greens salad as my appetizer, rockfish entree, and chocolate peanut butter banana mousse for dessert. I was very happy about the freshness and flavor of the rockfish. I also found the service to be very friendly and hospitable. This is even more impressive since all of the servers only have three weeks to learn to be fine dining servers, as was explained to me by the manager/front-of-the-house instructor. I definitely plan on dining at 10UN Bistro very soon!

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vipHulagirl
San Francisco
185 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2018
Overall3food4service2ambience2

You must make a reservation go to here as your name is left with the security guard at the entrance of the building. Don't be put off, though, this is a very innovative restaurant that is really reasonably priced. It's a training ground for the college students so service can be spotty - for example, the two people with me had main courses but I ordered only a starter; I wasn't asked if I wanted by food when the other diners' meals came so I ended up eating way before them. The food was very, very tasty. I had a seafood pasta dish that looked very bland but the subtle taste of herbs and lemon was perfect. Desserts are delish too.

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KristieS
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great experience. Very good waiters. Sat quickly.

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vipLSSL
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2018
Overall3food3service4ambience4

What a neat concept, but the summary of the restaurant should include that it is a teaching venue.

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vipcbw1
San Francisco
48 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I wish Bistro 10 UN were open more often. What a gem. The people are incredible and the food very high quality.

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ArthurU
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food was tasty and interesting. Not huge quantities, but sufficient. We had several different dishes. The salads were fresh and attractive. The main dishes had nice sides. I had mahi mahi fish which was not overcooked. Desserts were excellent. Key lime pie with tart filling and beautiful meringue topping. The crust was a bit tough, but tasty. Attractively presented.

I'l go back. Not cheap, but a good value.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Creative menu and overall well executed. Salad was over dressed and some of the sauces were a bit too salty. Enjoyed very much and will come again.

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vipSharoncs
San Francisco
79 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2017
Overall3food2service3ambience3

I have been going to Bistro 10UN for many years. I understand that because they are mostly students learning in the SFAI program the expectations should be moderate. Some of the food can be really good at times. Unfortunately, after we ordered we were informed that one of the main courses we ordered was no longer available, We were there on the early side so that is not acceptable. The bread was overcooked and the wait person even asked us "Is the bread overcooked?" when we said yes she said she would bring us fresh bread but never did. I will probably go back again because t is a good value and close to work, but I will no longer recommend it to others.

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Lunchbunch
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This a culinary school, so anyone going should relax and understand students are learning the profession.

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SusanJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2017
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Staff a little bit overwhelmed by the numbers in our party. Not sure if appetizer tart was suppose to be cold but would recommend serving it warmed up not room temperature. My selection for main course was the salmon. The middle was undercooked. Dessert presentation was excellent. Portions were very, very generous. Overall experience completed the day trip from out of town.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2017
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was delicious! The students are still learning and they got the taste right. The plate of the main course could have looked better. Dessert was amazing. We called ahead for one guest who has allergies. They didn't know about it so she felt short changed and could not eat a full 3 courses.

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RichardL
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience5

reall good food in a great setting especially for lunch; limited pri fixe menu

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vipBencruzsf
San Francisco
57 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2017
Overall3food4service2ambience3

One has to give some leeway since the cooking and serving are done by students of the culinary institute. This being the case, one cannot complain about the food itself. The steak I had was correctly made (the polenta was very good!), the deviled eggs was good and the dessert was delicious. The problem? The host was surly and did not appreciate any kind of request even when it is their fault, i.e., coffee cup had to be replaced due to being dirty, refill for coffee and that we stayed longer to get the dessert even though we stated up front that we were having the full 3 course menu. If you take him out of the equation, then it is a very nice place to try!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great, the service was good. I tried the Salmon and Ravioli, among the best i've had anywhere.

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vipLunchalicious
San Francisco
82 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Fine dining bargain downtown. I had an excellent 3 course lunch here. The grilled fennel salad with pomelo and parsley oil was innovative and a perfect starter dish. As a posole connoisseur, I had to try the version here. It was comfort food elevated with a distinctive broth and quality ingredients.

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vipSFCA
San Francisco
168 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2017
Overall3food3service2ambience3

As this is a cooking school one should adjust their expectation. A 3 course prix fixe menu is offered with a choice for each course which includes tea. My bill was $21. There is no wine or spirits available. Service was spotty. The servers still have not learned to get comfortable with guests. The restaurant is located on the 6th floor. Guests will need to register with the security desk in the lobby.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2017
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The decor and atmosphere was really nice. Not to noise, and it fit well as if dining in a fine dining restaurant. What really surprised me was when I order the grilled salmon. I am someone who is really picky with fish, but this was seasoned well, and paired with the sided dishes made it taste really delicious. I get it a student run restaurant, but they are doing there best, and I would come back and bring some friends too.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2016
Overall4food1service4ambience4

My reservation was for 1:15 pm on a Thursday.Service was good but I very disappointed they did have two out of the three entrees featuring Pork chops or Salmon which I woould have bery much liked. Instead I was offerred the vegetarian dish with faro anddddd it was not satisfying for me.

I've eaten at 10UN three times previously and was able to choose from the three available entrees. My firend said said she would probably not return.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2016
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Our beef was served cold though the plate was hot. We had ask to have it reheated which made it much better. The service was good but the main food entree has stepped down a notch. The food is not bad but it is not spectacular.

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Bistro 10UN is rated 4.4 stars by 165 OpenTable diners.