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L'Ardoise

4.8
2701 Reviews
$31 to $50
French
French Bistro serving traditional and authentic fare in a cozy atmosphere.
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4.9
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4.5
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Noise · Quiet
96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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 2 days ago
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 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was amazing!!!

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vipFoodieLord
London
39 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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 4 days ago
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
38 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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
19 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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viplouiseknows
San Francisco
114 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is by far the best French Bistro food in San Francisco aside from it's sister restaurant, Mathilde. Always great food and service.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Exceedingly polite and attentive service. Outstanding tastes. I went with four other people and three of us had the same dish. We left feeling adored and we were warmed by the atmosphere the food and the service.

JD
JoeDiner
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful restaurant. Great food at a good price and ultra attentive service. My go to restaurant for a special treat in a comfy setting.

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KarenS
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Both the food and service were outstanding!

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vipANONIMOUS
3 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place, definitely try tiger prawns and dug leg!

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TSFT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Always a great place to have a lovely dinner with friends.

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vipJimmy
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Always consistent.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great to be back! The food was delicious and the ambiance perfect!!

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vipTangonomad
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This year, Covid prevented a trip to France. So, if you can’t go to Paris, coming to L’Ardoise is the next best thing. Great food, friendly and knowledgeable service and a good wine list are all there. With expansion they can seat more people outside, and they are managing to be at once busy and retain the personal touch. Highly recommended!

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vipclassic
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very comfortable parklet, excellent food and brilliant wine choices

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ordered the duck confit and the rack of lamb. Both were superb! Trout salad and shrimp ravioli were also amazing as appetizers.
My second time here within a week! Very attentive service and great food both times.

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vipANONIMOUS
3 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Tiger prawns raviolis and the duck leg! i will keep coming back!

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StevenL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and excellent service! The staff are very friendly, knowledgeable, and courteous. I can’t say enough about how great the food is.

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vipRobinF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Quintessential neighborhood French bistro. Excellent food and service.

MB
vipMrBee
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

I'll start with the positive: the outdoor seating is very well done, and the service is excellent (a notable level above other similar restaurants in the neighborhood). Some of the dishes we had were also very good. The prawn ravioli appetizer was one of the better dishes I've eaten in San Francisco. The brussel sprout salad was solid. And the pommes frites (served with the hanger steak) were delicious.

Unfortunately, it all fell apart with the entrees. The fish special simply lacked all flavor, and the mashed potatoes it was served on tasted like nothing and had the texture of instant potatoes cooked in a microwave. The hanger steak was better, but it still suffered from a lack of flavor.

Overall, the experience was very hit-or-miss, and given the middling entrees and price point, it made for a bad experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was delicious, from the Brussels sprout salad to the duck confit (those potatoes!!), to the creme brûlée. Will definitely be back the next time I visit SF.

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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 2701 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.