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About L'Ardoise

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

151 Noe Street
San Francisco, CA 94114
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
French, European

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Henry

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 437-2600

Website:
http://lardoisesf.com/

Catering:
Please call for details.

Parking Details:
On Noe Street off Market street

Public Transit:
Church Street Castro Duboce Park/Duboce and Noe Duboce and Church

Executive Chef:
Thierry Clement

Private Party Facilities:
Please call for details.

Additional:
Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Takeout, Wine

L'Ardoise Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.7

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (45)
Special Occasion (38)
Romantic (36)
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Authentic (36)
Good for a Date (34)
Cozy (33)
Fit for Foodies (31)
Good for Anniversaries (27)
Notable Wine List (25)
Good for Birthdays (21)
Quiet Conversation (15)
Casual (13)
Creative Cuisine (13)
Bar Seating (11)
Worth the Drive (11)
Comfort Food (9)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Seasonal (6)
Fun (5)
Local Ingredients (4)
Hot Spot (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Business Meals (2)
Healthy (2)
People Watching (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

We went to L'Ardoise for date night and it was a lovely evening. Cozy and intimate inside with great decor and a manageable noise level. The food was good, he had the bacon wrapped scallops (a special I believe) and I had the filet mignon. The waitstaff were attentive and could read the table well so there wasn't any unnecessary interruptions to our meal. Only complaint was the wait, we had a reservation for 7:30 but we weren't seated until 7:50. It's not unexpected because of how small the restaurant is and the pace of the meal. When we were seated the host was very gracious and made us feel right at home, plus we stayed for at least two hours so I can see why our table was delayed at 7:30. All and all a great ambiance and good food, maybe not worth the price for every day dining but a great change of pace and comfortable evening.

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Casual, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

This is probably our 5th time coming here since moving to the City, and L'Ardoise NEVER disappoints. This is a great restaurant for authentic French cuisine - if you're looking for one. There's a lot in the City, but highly recommend coming here first. They pretty much set the standard in cuisine and in service. For this reservation, we went on NYE to ring in the 2018 - and had a great time! Highly recommend - huge wine list, great cocktails, and wonderful staff!!

Tags: Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Great neighborhood spot - friendly, attentive service; relaxed vibe, and by far the best Rack of Lamb I've ever eaten. Highly recommended. Not cheap, but well worth it.

Tags: Romantic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Wonderful food, service and ambiance for our anniversary celebration!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Felt like I was back in Paris, which is a great feeling. The food was fabulous. It is on our list to go again.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, People Watching
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·Dined on December 28, 2017

My French husband gave it accolades. He appreciated the authentic food and flavors. This will be our go-to French bistro henceforth. Great neighborhood location. Keep in mind, it is not white tablecloth, but it would be, in his words,the kind of real bistro French people would go to for a nice meal in France—it had all the classics and everything was on point. Thank you, L’Ardoise. À bientôt!

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Amazing food and service Alex is amazing. Keep going back. It becomes even better (if that is at all possible)

Tags: Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Adorable restaurant that is reasonably priced and absolutely delicious.

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 (London)·Dined on December 16, 2017

L’Ardoise is always amazing. Best food and service in SF hands down. My favorite year after year and visit after visit.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 16, 2017

A true Parisian experience. Great food, beautifully presented in a warm and inviting surrounding for any special time or event.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Cozy
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

Excellent food, nice romantic ambience, good service and decent portions, but quite pricey.

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

The monk fish risotto was phenomenal.

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·Dined on December 9, 2017

This is my second visit to L'Ardoise; this time, i went with my partner to kick off our anniversary weekend. I wanted to take him somewhere sophisticated with memorably delicious food. L'Ardoise impressed him the way it does me--the food is exquisitely prepared and presented, and delivers on every hope of fine food you had on walking in the door. The service is flawlessly graceful, with the entire team of servers working in concert, with polish and style. The ambience is vibrant, relaxed and has the slightly crowded feel of eating in a restaurant in France.

The lamb and fish come with our hearty thumbs up!

Tags: Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Simply put....we will definitely be coming back.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 1, 2017

I have been here several times, and this restaurant is always impressive. The food is a mix of creative and traditional French cuisine that is artfully prepared from quality ingredients. You can see the passion and respect for food from the arrival of the plate to the last bite.

The staff is warm and knowledgeable. Like any good French person will tell you, if you want the best experience, let them guide your culinary journey and just sit back and enjoy the experience. The same is true of the wine pairings.

My single “must have” if it is on the menu is the Bœuf Bourguignon ravioli. The blending of flavors and textures made this one of my favorite dishes of all time from any restaurant.

I strongly recommend reservations during peak hours as this charming, cozy restaurant can fill quickly and embraces the European dining attitude of taking as much time as necessary to truly enjoy your meal. I suggest you leave yourself time to do so as well, because rushing through a meal of this caliber would be an exercise in self deprivation assured to leave you with regrets.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Authentic, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 30, 2017

A cozy, intimate dining experience that offers excellent food and service every time!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 29, 2017

My husband and I found this place and are THRILLED. We will be back for sure int he future. The restaurant has a really nice small neighborhood feel while also have amazing service and food. I was blown away by how delicious everything was. One Highlight I want to point out was their creme brulee: most places serve it in a wide flat dish, while at L'ardoise they serve it in a deeper, slightly narrower cup. I think this is genius as the ratio of creme to caramelized sugar is MUCH better. Both my husband (Who is from Lyon France and knows French food) and I agreed.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Take a chance, I doubt you will be disappointed. Cheers

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Visiting from Chicago. Glad we made reservations in advance. Wonderful experience. Service is excellent.

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Everything was excellent: the ambiance, the service and the food. We will definitely return!

Tags: Casual, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Overall just a decent place with decent food. Nothing felt inventive or creative, leaving much to be desired, especially at that price point. Suggest they look at their menu, change out some of the tired dishes and freshen it up a bit. Not a place I would return to anytime soon given all the fantastic places to eat in SF.

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Each time I have dined at L'Ardoise, my experience transports me back to neighborhood Parisian bistros with culinary excellence!!

Tags: Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Casual, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Consistently great. Can’t say enough good things about this neighborhood gem. All dishes good, excellent service with great wine recommendations.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Exquisite!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 19, 2017

We had a 6:00 pm reservation and almost every table was already full! We were seated promptly and our server greeted us quickly and remained attentive. We loved everything about this place. Friendly folks seated on both sides of us, a nice relaxed vibe, reasonable prices. My husband had the duck confit and I had the Wagyu flat iron steak. Both were superb! We can't wait to return.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 19, 2017

We LOVE our neighborhood French restaurant. 10 years a gem with soul satisfying dining experience every time thanks to warm friendly front house to fabulous cuisine from the kitchen.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Coming here is visiting the cuisine of France. So delicious, the welcome warm, lots of nice décor touches, and friendly helpful service. The menu has so many wonderful, tasty dishes, the pates are fantastic, the duck sublime, the fois gras divine.
The wine list, bottles and glasses, has some great choices.
Such lovely times here.
Enjoy!

Tags: Fun, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Casual, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2017

L'Ardoise has kept her high standards over the last year's, you can always depend on excellent service, excellent cuisine, and a fun atmosphere.
I have been to France many times and I believe that l'Ardoise is better than many Parisian restaurants.
I highly recommend them.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Three of us celebrated a belated birthday at L'Ardoise. The service was thoughtful and attentive, the ambiance lovely, and the food superb.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

L'Ardoise is one of our favorite restaurants in the city. It has a great French / neighborhood vibe and the staff is incredibly friendly and attentive. The menu has flavorful renditions of all the French classics - duck confit, steak frites, Coq a Vin, and more.

Tags: Comfort Food, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Service was excellent with the old world style atmosphere. Food was very good. Definitely need reservations and definitely will return!

Tags: Fun, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Hard to find a good French restaurant when you're French, but this place has great food, great wine, and great service. Very cozy atmosphere, perfect for a date night.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 2017

The lamb shank was delectable! And the scallops very flavorful. We go for our anniversary every year and it never, ever disappoints. The service is the best in the area, too, anticipating your needs without fussiness, but always warm, welcoming, and appreciative.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Quaint with fabulous French food. The flat iron steak with pomme frites and salad was excellent. My wife had the rack of lamb which was also fantastic. Many of the guests spoke fluent French with the staff, so it made you feel like you were in France. Can't wait to get back to San Francisco and do it over again!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Small neighborhood type, very nice restaurant, The food was great. Reservation is a very good idea.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 25, 2017

L’Ardoise has been consistently excellent. I’ve just returned from three weeks in France and having dinner at L’Ardoise is just like being there, maybe better. Good food, an excellent ambiance, reasonably priced wine list, low noise levels. I have eaten here many times and I’ve always been very pleased with it, this time was no exception.
A+.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Always enjoy L'Ardoise. I had the halibut and it was exceptional. Great neighborhood restaurant.

Tags: Good for a Date, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Quite an extraordinary evening...I had the rack of lamb and my husband, the sea bass. Both were perfect with just the right sauces to compliment, but not overpower the entree. Our waiter, Enaro (apologies for spelling); was a delight. Picked just the right wines for me and was most attentive and made the evening truly lovely. The place filled up by 7pm (I have tried twice to get make reservations), but remained quite enough for general conversation. I felt, for SF, the value was very fair for the high quality, authentic, delicious food & excellent service. Please note, if you think they are closed because the door seems locked, not to worry, just pull REALLY hard and voila the magic begins. Parking can be a bit dicey in Duboce Triangle. Very lovely evening and we will return soon.

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Authentic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2017

I had the special (roast pork tenderloin) with mashed potatoes and spinach. It was delicious.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Lovely little neighborhood gem French Cafe style restaurant. The food was fantastic. The prices were very reasonable. The service was very attentive.

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