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L'Ardoise

4.8
2713 Reviews
$31 to $50
French
French Bistro serving traditional and authentic fare in a cozy atmosphere.
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.9
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4.7
ambience
4.6
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Noise · Quiet
95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Haven’t been back since Covid until tonight. Dinner was magnifique. Seated outside in an enclosed street Parker with a heater was romantic. The food was superb (duck breast a l orange for me and a country risotto for my wife) snd a few glasses of unique wine selections was terrific. Finished with the best Iles Flotant anywhere. What a gem! Merci beaucoup

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Jka436
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Returned after several years! The best experience in a parklet. Service was spectacular and food was out of this world! What a gem!!!

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MarkC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Charming restaurant on a quiet block of Noe. Salmon tartare, corn soup, halibut and duck confit were all well prepared and tasty. Service knowledgeble and attentive. Quiet, comfortable outdoor parklet was well heated on a 58 degree night.
Wines by the glass selection was small but good; larger selection of mostly classic French village wines.
We found parking a half block away mid-week.

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Jimbo
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here has always been top-notch. One feels they are dining in an authentic bistro in France. Waitstaff is always on point, filling wine glasses when necessary, clearing plates, adding more bread to the table, etc. The entire team at L'ardoise, from the Chefs to the front of the house run a very seamless operation. Bravo!

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RobertG
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Presentation was magnificent.
The food was served hot and all the fresh ingredients and spices melted in my mouth. The wine pairing to the four courses was perfect.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
773 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can’t believe we never heard of this place until reading an article on where to eat in the Castro area. Excellent food and service. We have a new favorite restaurant to go to when back in town.

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vipdavido
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant. Great food wonderful service in a beautiful space. Always a great meal. Reasonable prices too

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful dinner experience at L'Ardoise. We ordered escargot and tomato salad for appetizers, and duck for the main entry. I loved everything about taste and presentation. Valrona flourless chocolate cake was to die for.
Stuff is super attentive and sweet. Will definitely be back!

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PeterH
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

L'Ardoise maintained the quality of its cuisine and service throughout the pandemic, and has begun serving again at interior tables. The menu on July 20, was like a classic l'Ardoise bistro menu with the excellent array of choices. Each dish was handsomely plated and presented, and everything was delicious. I applaud all the staff of l'Ardoise of maintaining their very high standards.

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vipStuart
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal here. Looks like some new staff but food is same as normal - feels like a trip to Paris but no jet lag

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vipDoug
San Francisco
53 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience2

It was a good restaurant, maybe even a great one but the temperature (sitting in the back) was 5 - 10 degrees too cold even with my coat on, and that detracted from the experience. Will try again on a warmer night.

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vipKate
San Francisco
44 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This lovely French bistro is terrific. Our filet mignon was perfectly cooked as was the halibut. The Brussels sprout salad was inventive and delicious. The service was very attentive. They anticipated our needs. And we finished with a perfect tarte tatin. Superb all around. We will return soon.

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vipHleigh
San Francisco
69 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Intimate restaurant with excellent French fare. Wife and I made reservations through Open Table and were promptly seated. They do not have a full bar – we began with kier royale which was excellent. For appetizers, wife had their special tomato salad, which was excellent; I had their soup of the day (mushroom) which was quite tasty, and the escargot, which had an interesting green sauce encased in fried potato cups – this was intriguing and delicious but I wished there were more escargots (I think there were 3 or 4). The main courses were the most outstanding- rack of lamb for wife, and the duck confit for me. They were perfectly cooked, and had wonderful flavor and sauce, though wife wished there was a bit more sauce on the lamb. We shared the floating island for dessert which was quite creamy and delicious. The service was reasonably prompt and attentive, and the glass of red wine he recommended was excellent. Of note is that this is a rather small and intimate restaurant, and the gentlemen in the next table started a conversation with us which was welcome as they had very similar tastes as us concerning gourmet restaurants. Overall a quite satisfactory dining experience.

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GregoireT
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was incredible, it brought me back to my country, France. I highly recommend and I will go back for sure!

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AnnaC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Excellent service. Tasty food. I would be glad to return

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vipMelissaW
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This charming neighborhood French restaurant is ideal for a romantic date. The staff and most of the patrons are French, which makes it even more fun. We ate shrimp raviolis with a delicious cream sauce and salmon with an amazing mushroom and spinach risotto. Paired with a crisp white burgundy and finished off with a flourless chocolate cake. More traditional than innovative, but oh so tasty.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice friendly waiter, good food, felt like a little jaunt to France. Only caveat is, despite making a reservation well in advance and asking for a nice table to celebrate a special occasion, we were seated in front of the open door and were freezing. Fastest good food I’ve ever had.

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TheWee
Tahoe
9 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time there and it was a hit! The staff are friendly and attentive in just the right measures! The food spectacular! It's a popular and somewhat small place so getting reservations as far in advance is a necessity! Superb!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was amazing!!!

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vipFoodieLord
London
39 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved our meal and couldn’t rate it higher. Perfect ambience, delicious food and great wine. What more could you ask for?

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s always a pleasure to celebrate a special occasion at our favorite neighborhood bistro, but last night was extra special because it was our first time dining there since they’d reopened for indoor dining. There are never any surprises at L’Ardoise: my husband’s duck confit and bacon-fat fried potatoes was as rich and decadent as ever, and my hanger steak, a perfect medium rare with its delicious sauce and crispy fries with aioli were as wonderful as I’d remembered them. The tart tatin was a perfect sweet ending to our meal. Service was warm and professional as always, if a bit slower than usual due to them serving a full house inside and and outside at 6 pm on a weeknight!

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susannyc
London
40 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful meal, delicious food and great service. A charming neighborhood place with unpretentious, but exquisite French food. I highly recommend this restaurant for anyone!

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vipDaniel
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal and service! Never disappoints. Can't wait to go back!

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viphied
San Francisco
139 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our meal. Mushroom soup and filet mignon and duck confit. With the floating island. One of the few places that has floating island

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vipSnoozy
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience4

Wish they had more high chairs

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vipBrianE
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My wife and I were staying at a nearby VRBO. We made a reservation for this place after walking by. The food and service were good and very reasonably priced. Nice neighborhood find

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vipAnjaliK
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Our food was incredible. The service was beyond fantastic. We couldn’t have imagined a more dreamy setting. Thanks for everything! Highly recommend anything on the menu in regards to food and wine. You can’t go wrong!

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vipBigTeam
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening and a beautiful setting.

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vipeat2jight
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food in casual neighborhood

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vipcheryl
San Francisco
123 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

loved my first experience inside for 14 months
i loved everything
a highlight of this year

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vipVanla004
Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely neighborhood restaurant. Food is great and service excellent. A favorite in SF.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience, food was superb

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eatoutoften
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience2

It was so cold we could not stay for desert. The food was not what we expected and we were disappointed. Given the outside space being open this place has not lost it's quaintness as expected given the beautiful outside of the building. I will research recent reviews to find places to eat from now on.

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vipdmeister
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

They are doing a great job in uncertain times where restaurants are forced to provide service in an outdoor setting. We'll be back to support the great job they are doing.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We Had a really nice time. Escargot was very different but super good. We had charcuterie as well. I had the rack of lamb, everyone else had steak. We all enjoyed everything. Our waiter also recommended some great wines, too. This little quiet corner snuggled in a cute neighborhood have it a real bistro feel.

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vipJohnS
San Francisco
46 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always amazing! This is our go to place for great French food... the staff is so friendly... and food is always perfect!

They have done a nice job spacing tables with plant dividers due to covid.

It’s so nice that they have reopened...

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vipEricN
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Outstanding food, wine, and service. We will definitely come back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and good!

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vipalanbill
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic restaurant all around. Atmosphere, great food, attractively priced wine list, and absolutely terrific service and attitude. Both inside and outside are very attractive options.

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ElyseD
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience1

The Ambiance changed since the last time I was there
We sat outside in a very stark parklet
The plants that had been there were removed and the table cloth was missing
the staff are very friendly but felt I was eating in a very sparce environment

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You can order delivery directly from L'Ardoise using the Order Online button. L'Ardoise also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 437-2600.

L'Ardoise is rated 4.8 stars by 2713 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.