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About Concord Branch - La Sen Bistro
Concord Branch - 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 Concord Branch - 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 Concord Branch - La Sen Bistro for a glass of wine and a taste of California-French cuisine. Cheers to good food and great companies. Bon Appetit!
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Concord, CA 94520
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm
Sunday - Thursday : 05:00pm - 9:00pm
Friday -Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00 pm
Concord & Galindo Street
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Garage or Street Parking
Two Blocks from BART
Beer, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Concord Branch - La Sen Bistro Ratings and Reviews
Food was fantastic! Portions were a bit small, but the quality and preparation were excellent. We had a very sweet server, but the service was slow. She had to take care of the entire dining room, which must have been an overwhelming challenge. Also attributing to the slow service would have been the fact that one of the chefs called in sick, so there were just one chef and one server for the whole evening. Not good. The prices dictate better service. Also, it became very, very cold as the evening wore on. I have severe arthritis, so I felt it even more acutely than my friend, who was also shivering. I have a feeling that not only did it cool down when a lot of the customers left, perhaps the heat was turned down -- even off. It would be terrific if the service matched the quality of the food and the prices. We had a very good time, though. Fortunately, we weren't in a hurry.
Ambiance and food very good. Service needs attention. Server lost eye contact so could not ask for things. Water/coffee not replenished when needed. Spoon not supplied for 2 orders that needed spoons. Was told that manager said not to supply spoon for the entree that had lots of beef sauce. Can't use a fork for that so 2 people had to leave the sauce - which was a very good sauce. Not many in the restaurant at the time so that would not be good excuse for ignoring customer for too long. Food very good but there are too many good restaurants to go back after a negative experience. Having spent many years in the food-service industry, I can only advise the management - TRAIN YOUR SERVERS NOT TO LOSE EYE CONTACT WITH CUSTOMERS; the dining experience is more than the food.
Joe Moran, Orinda
We have gone here often but feel the food remains good but misses are happening and the service has been poor because there is only one person to take orders, wait on tables, clear tables and that leaves us wondering if we are getting a nice experience or one I'd just rather not have....we probably won't be back....although loved it for awhile.
It's small, quiet, with excellent service -- and really good French food. My wife thoroughly enjoyed a rib-eye steak with garlic pommes frites. She reports the French onion soup was the best she has had anywhere. We both enjoyed the unusual, very tasty cilantro/garlic dipping sauce with fresh bread. I had a pear salad and the evening special, a lamb ragout on risotto (that doesn't sound very French but it was quite good!) with baked butternut squash -- excellent. For dessert we shared little apple-blueberry pastries with vanilla ice cream that were superb (my wife quickly abandoned her promise to have just one bite). I had been in the mood for French food for a time (in our area there seem to be few options) and had never been here. We enjoyed it immensely.
Always enjoy La Sen....I travel to Paris frequently for work and the quality of the food prepared here is on par with that I expect in France....have not been disappointed. My only complaint is typically on Saturday evenings they tend to not have enough Staff to handle the tables in Concord location. I am hearing that Walnut Creek location is bigger and have more wait staff available so might try that location next time.
The food was absolutely superb. Nothing could possibly be done to improve it. The onion soup was delicious and the entrees (we both had beef) were food of the gods. The waiter was attentive and thoughtful but he is young and lacks a dignified decorum. He also has long, unkempt hair that should have been tied back or covered.
The food was great, the atmosphere was pleasant and has a local neighborhood feel. The price was reasonable. In Walnut Creek or SF the prices would be at least 20% higher for the quality of food. However, I was even more impressed with the service. I will definitely be going back.
They don't answer their phone, but the reason is because they have a small staff, and they are devoted to providing excellent service to their customers. If they answered the phone all the time, that excellent service would suffer. GO ANYWAY!! The food is ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS!!
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