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L'Ardoise

4.9
2681 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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vipalanbill
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined a day ago
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 2 days ago
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 2 days ago
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 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
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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vipMark
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very fine food and service. Ambiance is top notch.

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vipGordonP
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

One of our favorite spots. The food is consistently tasty, the service attentive, the ambience romantic.

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vipSFgourmand
San Francisco
53 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

L' Ardoise is a neighborhood gem. They never disappoint!

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DonL
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful choice for our first return to indoor dining (although outdoor was also available). Superb and original offerings of escargots and mushrooms in potato cup, prawn raviolis and duck leg confit. Very decent choice of wines albeit a tad limited in terms of what’s available by the glass. Cordial, attentive and quick service. Look forward to returning soon.

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jameslwu13
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely the best French bistro in SF! Had a really local and authentic feel to it. Great wine selection and great value overall as well

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vipTangonomad
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They’ve made an excellent pivot and are serving outside, great food as always! Friendly service and authentic, I look forward to a return visit.

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JohnR
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the outdoor dining! Adorable and quaint like being in Europe

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vipRobertD
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outdoor dining in the new parklet is gracious and lovely. A great place for any kind of evening with well executed French classics. Highly recommended

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PeterH
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

It was great to return to l'Ardoise after more than a year. The set-ups for the outdoor dining spaces were comfortable and the neighborhood ambience was an excellent surround for us. The cordiality of the staff was great and welcome, and each dish was perfectly prepared and presented.

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KaitlinR
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Limited menu, but everything they make is made to perfection. The outdoor dining experience was ideal. Highly recommend!

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Kazsez
San Diego
27 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just perfect...beautiful location, great ambiance and excellent food, friendly and attentive waiter and table staff...we had a terrific meal and a great evening. So glad we found this neighborhood gem!

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foodexplorer
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent choice for outdoor dining! True representation of French food and service. I ate frequently at L'Ardoise before the pandemic and always enjoyed it. The current post-pandemic outdoor dining option is almost as good!! Food is diverse, well-cooked, typically French, and the wine list complements the food perfectly. Service is friendly and efficient. Recommend highly!

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Jerseygirl13
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was friendly and prompt as always.
Salad with goat cheese was divine Loved the ravioli with shrimp. I always dream about them
before reservation. We shared and cleaned bowl
of sauce with bread. Filet mignon was delicious and sadly we had no room for dessert. We did enjoy small table inside. A great change from outside dining.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A perfect date spot. Service was superb! The meal was delightful.

JM
JamesM
Palm Springs
7 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had dinner outside and the food tasted even better! Great service with an excellent wine recommendation by our server. Always a welcoming place to dine at.

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vipShannonR
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our absolute favorite restaurant. The food is phenomenal every time, the staff is wonderful, and the ambiance is perfect. My husband and I especially love the new outdoor dining setup. It's like being back in Paris.

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AdrienM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you're looking for a French bistro style dinner in SF, look no further. The food was delicious from starters to desserts. The wine list complements well the menu. The service was great even when they were busy.
Best French dinner I had in the City.

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vipSarahD
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this restaurant! The food is always great and service is wonderful.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner to celebrate an anniversary! They made our desert hear shaped and added a candle for us which was a nice touch. Food was amazing, can't recommend the Duck Confit enough. Even with the outdoor seating setup service was great, we'll be back!

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vipCnSF
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was very good. The portions could be more copious vis-a-vis price point. Wait staff (Sebastien) was friendly, attentive and super nice.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place, highly recommend it

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Redmyst
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant delivers a consummate dining experience. We have been here many times, and will return many more. As often the case here, there was a dish that one my heart by surprise. The Brussels sprout salad was light, flavorful, and the perfect dish to begin what inevitably was another excellent meal. The chef’s delicious and inspired cuisine is always one half of what makes this place so delightful. The other is the gracious and warm service from a staff that makes us feel like family, and has done so since our first visit.

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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 4.9 stars by 2681 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.