L'Ardoise

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French
French Bistro serving traditional and authentic fare in a cozy atmosphere.

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b
Las Vegas
95 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently delicious

W
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistent amazing food and service every time . Never disappointed. By far my favorite restaurant in San Francisco.

MS
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always love a trip to this cozy little place when I’m craving a taste of Paris. The team makes us feel so welcome more like we are visiting good friends than just going to a restaurant. They nail the classics and the specials are something to look forward to as well.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always. Never disappoints.

s
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

L'Ardoise is one of our favorite restaurants and we have been going there for years. The food is wonderful and the service is excellent. We highly recommend it.

DL
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

L'ardoise is always a treat but I did have one surprising thing happen yesterday. I had asked for the lamb chops to be medium, not the recommended medium rare. I said 'medium' and that I like pink, but not red. They came done past medium-well, they were 'well done', that is there was no pink left at all. This place is so reliable and tasty--it was only one error in many, many splendid meals there.
When there don't miss the charcuterie board or the potatoes L'Ardoise or the duck confit, or the tart tatin--well, there isn't a single thing on the menu that isn't a hit!

BT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

L'Ardoise is always a "must" to visit when I'm in San Francisco for the very
best duck confit and other amazing French influenced menu items like
my "stagier pawn raviolis" ...amazing. The service is always friendly,
professional, and recommend the very best in wines and desserts !

Merci beaucoup !

Bruce M. Taggart
Philadelphia PA

OT
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal food within a cozy neighborhood French-style bistro. The atmosphere and attentive service were reminiscent of some of my favorite evenings in Paris.

D
Milwaukee
27 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great French bistro.

DB
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant has been consistent over the years. Great selection of menu items and, to our tastes, the best value wine list in the city.

EA
San Francisco
168 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was Excellent, Service was Outstanding, tables are only about 6 inches apart so a little TOO tight for me.

ND
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

There are many wonderful restaurants in San Francisco but L’Ardoise is a standout. Cozy ambience, excellent service, and amazing food and wine that I felt was priced reasonably. Be sure to make your reservations well in advance as others have discovered this gem and it was packed on a Wednesday night when we dined there.

TL
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Nice neighborhood spot with a classic French bistro menu

Neither remarkable in a good or bad way

TM
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in the Castro / Duboce Triangle! I've been eating here for years.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

N
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

The food is good, the beef excellent but I felt too close from the tables and people next to my table so I could hear all their conversations and I did not know where to look because I did not want to seem like I am looking at them. So maybe the place is too small for so many tables.

CM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Best duck confit ever. Neighborhood gem. Great wine list.

RB
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Romantic Valentine’s Day place to bring your significant other. Authentic French cuisine and everyone is so friendly

K
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We go to here for all birthdays, anniversary and special nights

DW
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our anniversary was a very special occasion and L’Ardoise did not let us down. The meals were excellent as was the service. The Restaurant is a little tight which caused some people to move tables but we got there early so it was not a problem for us. Overall this is a little neighborhood gem.

O
San Francisco
163 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

It had been awhile since we ate here and will definitely be back again soon! the food was delicious. the duck confit was perfectly cooked although could have used some salt. All potatoes were great. The special trio of asparagus was very good with ana excellent home made mayo. W e also were delighted with the cheese course and wine selections.

u
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Neighborhood restaurant that never fails to provide well-prepared bistro standards and excellent service. The head waiter, cooks, chef and everyone you come in contact with here is simply committed to excellent service.

SC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We go for special occasions. This time for our 44th anniversary.

PB
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I wish there were more restaurants like L’Ardoise. Consistently excellent food. My coco vin was one of the best I ever had. Trio of asparagus appetizer— delicious. And the service is always perfect—-hardly notice that everything is taken care of without ever having to ask. A true “dining experience” without the foam, the tweezer food, and ridiculous fanfare.

JK
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a fantastic experience and delicious food!!!

OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great neighborhood spot. Everyone was so friendly, as dinner tables can be close together.

JB
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The asparagus starter (a mix of spears, shavings, and a mousse) was innovative and tasty. The hanger steak was reasonably tender with a classic red wine sauce. Overall, very good food if somewhat over salted. Service was brisk but efficient. A nice, comfortable spot to try every now and then.

ST
San Francisco
61 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful and the service perfect. We were celebrating an anniversary. From appetizer to main to desserts were incredible. Thank you

M
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food great service

E
San Francisco
190 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

My third time at L'Ardoise; a great neighborhood gem. The server was very friendly and accommodating. Food was very good. I have some food allergies that they had to work with; which they did happily.

I will absolutely go back.

S
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love L'Ardoise, it is the perfect neighborhood gem as well as a very romantic space. The food and the staff are always great.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the perfect meal, venue and experience.

BP
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have dined here many times just as a duo (mostly) and also with friends. The experience is consistently superb ...excellent brussels sprouts salad, excellent hangar steak, FABULOUS floating island !!!

OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visiting family from out of town

NL
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our many staple restaurants that we visit often when we’re in town! Love the ambiance and food!

GG
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Everything about the Food and Service was great, but our first table we were seated at was "FREEZING" despite the curtains being pulled from a windy and cold night....so we asked to be moved. I'd still go back...dinner and service was Amazing! thank you.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding 'neighborhood' French dining experience. Friendly clientele, excellent service, easy parking on Noe. Try it, you'll be happy you did.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely experience, great service.

D
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great find. Wonderful food and staff. Our waiter Alexandre was really cool. We even got to know the people at the tables next to us. Fantastic vibe.

f
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed the risotto and the tri-tip special. And the creme brule was to die for...