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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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2002 Salvio Street
Suite B
Concord, CA 94520
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
French, Californian

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm
Sunday - Thursday : 05:00pm - 9:00pm
Friday -Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00 pm

Cross Street:
Concord & Galindo Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(925) 363-7870

Website:
http://www.lasenbistro.com/reservation.html

Parking Details:
Garage or Street Parking

Public Transit:
Two Blocks from BART

Additional:
Beer, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Concord Branch - La Sen Bistro Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

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food

4.7

service

4.2

ambience

4.0

value

4.4

Noise

Quiet

96% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (22)
Neighborhood Gem (17)
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Fit for Foodies (14)
Authentic (13)
Good for Anniversaries (12)
Romantic (12)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Creative Cuisine (9)
Cozy (7)
Great for Lunch (7)
Casual (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Local Ingredients (5)
Business Meals (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Fun (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Disabled Access (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 6, 2017

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

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Favorite neighborhood restaurant and we regret that they will be leaving, hopefully only temporarily, but we will follow them to their Walnut Creek location until they return to Concord.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 29, 2017

This never fails for a lovely meal day or evening. Food is outstanding.

Tags: Romantic, Authentic, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

Slow service but great food and experience. Staff seemed overwhelmed but everything turned out good.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 10, 2017

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.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 10, 2017

We had a lovely lunch for four; our waitress was very accommodating. Thank you!

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 4, 2017

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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Consistently good quality food at a fair price for the area and type of food

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Excellent cuisine at reasonable prices with good service in a bistro ambiance.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 13, 2017

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.

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Food was good and service fine, but it seems thet reoprted to OpenTable that we didn’t show.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Nice find...lovely French dishes...very tasty rich and cooked perfectly. I recommend the dishes we had: steak & fries, duck confit, calamari. Servers seemed busy though restaurant not full; they were very nice.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Fun, Good for a Date
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 30, 2017

One of our favorite restaurants to eat at. It never fails to be absolutely delicious. Love love love it.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Grate place with friendly staff and amazing food ncely located in Concord downtown with plenty of parking nearby.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 18, 2017

The food is exceptional. I had the filet mignon and it was done perfectly. Most definitely will go back

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·Dined on September 16, 2017

Great little place with great waiters! Super service is zcellebt repast! Out waiter even spoke French!

Tags: Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Cozy, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Disabled Access
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Food is always good here. Thier duck confit is delicious, their ribeye steak delicious, great onion soup and sometimes they have their lobster bisque as a special. Must try but I will tell you their service can be a bit slow.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Excellent French food...attentive service....good value

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 4, 2017

Only negative is that either the AC wasn't working well enough or the owner decided to keep it low. It was really hot outside and inside was just bearable. Feel bad for Kitchen and wait staff. But we'll be back. Good food.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 4, 2017

Delicious food and nice quiet atmosphere, as always. They could have used one more server, but Gary did his best and was attentive. We'll be back.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 4, 2017

There were 6 of us, each with different needs, and everyone had a wonderful dining experience. As the host, I was really pleased with La Sen's menu which had something for everyone.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 4, 2017

I thought the food was delicious, and was presented nicely. However, they were understaffed for whatever reason and only had one waiter. I'll presume it was a temporary problem.

Tags: Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 4, 2017

I love this place! Always delicious, great service.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Late-night Find, Local Ingredients, Authentic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Great authentic French cuisine with some regional spin. The cilantro pesto dipping sauce is worth the trip. Good value with most all entrees less than $30. Duck confit has been my favorite.

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 31, 2017

Absolutely charming! Every single thing we ordered was fantastic!!!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 28, 2017

Very good overall, a little slow in refilling beverages, but not bad

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 19, 2017

The food at La Sen Bistro is consistently good. We've had several different dishes and have liked them all. At times the wait staff is somewhat overwhelmed, but they are all good, friendly, and efficient.

We will continue to dine there.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (London)·Dined on August 12, 2017

The service was slow and inattentive. Only two servers in restaurant on a Friday night. Not enough.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 11, 2017

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!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 9, 2017

The food was excellent, the Sparkling wine was delicious and the server, Gary was OUTSTANDING!!! Very attentive, professional and helpful. We enjoyed our meal so much we stayed for 2 hours. Grateful for a lovely Birthday lunch for my friend.

Tags: Quick Bite, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Organic, Good for a Date, Casual
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·Dined on August 6, 2017

The food was delicious and beautifully prepared. The atmosphere was charming. We were in a good mood and it was my birthday.

Right from the start, however, we noticed that our waiter never made eye contact with us and seemed uncomfortable. He didn't tell us the specials, bring us bread, or dessert... and we were the only table he had for the first 25 minutes we were there. He was unfriendly. The man clearly has no future in the food service industry. Being able to pronounce menu items should not qualify someone for a job in such an otherwise lovely French restaurant.

Fortunately, there was another waiter there who noticed our plight and started taking care of us. He brought us several glasses of water, bread, and dessert. He was intelligent, charming, friendly and everything we hoped for in a waiter.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on July 31, 2017

We were pleasantly surprised! Would definitely return in the future.

Tags: Romantic, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Cozy, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Food great service horrible. Terribly understaffed!!!!!! Lots of waiting. Brought me the check without asking if I wanted coffee or dessert. Had to get my own napkins and asked for water numerous times. Fine if you know going into the place. Food is tasty.

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·Dined on July 29, 2017

Unfortunately we were a bit disappointed. We made dinner reservations for 4 but when we arrived, there was no table reserved for us. We had to wait at the bar until a table was available. We were given glasses of champagne - I'm assuming to compensate for the lack of a table. When we got the table, a couple of us weren't given napkins or bread plates. The food was decent and the rest of the service was ok, but first impressions we're not very good.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 19, 2017

The food was great. Not one bad thing to say about this place. Service was great. Our waiter was very attentive and friendly. The food was absolutely delicious. Definitely plan to go back again.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 19, 2017

We arrived at 5p on Wednesday mostly all tables were open. Service was excellent, started with escargot and it was delicious. We had been to Paris just last year and were hoping to find a local place that was most authentic. My husband got the duck confit it was cooked perfectly and seasoned beautifully. I ordered the braison beef. It was again cooked beautifully and seasoned very well. This was our first visit but we are already excited to visit again and explore more of the menu.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Love this restaurant, but it was 101 degrees out and their a/c was not working very well so that
detracted from the overall dining experience. Love that you can bring own wine and corkage is only $15. The food is always delightful and the desserts are fabulous. I highly recommend this great local restaurant.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on July 13, 2017

This is a laid back, cozy, intimate place. The escargot were amazing....the best I've had and their house made dipping sauce is one of a kind. Everything we had was really tasty and the wine selection made the meal. Do not pass this up!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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