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For cozy, classic French, it doesn't get much better than L'Ardoise in the Castro.

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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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4.8

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.7

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

98% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (54)
Special Occasion (45)
Good for a Date (43)
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Authentic (41)
Romantic (40)
Cozy (39)
Fit for Foodies (35)
Good for Anniversaries (25)
Good for Birthdays (24)
Notable Wine List (24)
Quiet Conversation (15)
Comfort Food (14)
Worth the Drive (12)
Creative Cuisine (10)
Bar Seating (8)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Casual (7)
Fun (6)
Seasonal (5)
Local Ingredients (4)
Healthy (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Business Meals (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Organic (1)
People Watching (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 20 hours ago

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 2 days ago

Exquisite!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

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 5 days ago

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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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Great food, attentive & friendly service, good wine. What more could you want?

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Delightful! The food is very tasty and the service is attentive without being intrusive. Great neighborhood place but come to enjoy from wherever.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Dropped off husband with cane while I looked for parking. I arrived at table to find waiter had put two glasses of champagne in fridge. He brought them out and welcomed me. It was our 44th wedding anniversary.
Had to have special of calamari grilled with olives on bed of greens. We always love their Tiger prawn ravioles. Both were divine. Hard to share but we managed.
I usually have Hangar Steak but we both had the Duck Confit. It was fantastic. There were only empty plates to gather.
All in all the service was superb from more bread to fresh silverware and checking on us. It was great to see familiar serving staff. I always feel there is great management when there is little turnover of staff.
We even shared not one but two Creme brûlée.
They even put a tiny candle in it.
Bravo. As usual well done. Have enjoyed many dinners here but this was one that we shall not forget.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Always good and friendly. A restaurant that one can actually have a conversation. This is a cozy place to dine.

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 5, 2017

We always come here for our wedding anniversary but were a little disappointed when they surprised us with a free desert that ended up being a plate whipped cream. We thought they were kidding, but no, lo and behold they actually intended for us to cap off our anniversary evening with a plate full of whipped cream. We were speechless. Would have been better to do nothing at all.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 1, 2017

The food was great. Service was very warm yet very professional.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Outstanding and authentic French Bistro experience. Incredibly attentive and accommodating staff.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 1, 2017

L'ardoise is always a treat. Very good food, very good service, very good venue.

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

Relaxing and quaint. Transports you to France. Nice wine list that is reasonably priced.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 27, 2017

Great cozy spot for a date night. We cannot wait to go back the food was absolutely amazing.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Authentic, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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food5
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 (Raum Frankfurt)·Dined on September 24, 2017

An authentic French bistro, which means great food and wine list, with exceptional service and ambiance, and all for a very reasonable fare. Don't miss it.

Tags: Authentic, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Still one of my favorite restaurants in San Francisco.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 24, 2017

L'ardoise absolutely the best French restaurant in San Francisco. I tried to go there when I return from Paris. L'Ardoise is equally if not better then many Parisian restaurants.
I love how I am greeted at the door and at the end of the meal, I am wished a nice evening or weekend.

The menu is extensive, and it would be difficult not to find something that you would really enjoy. The wine list is interesting. . Such a nice evening, such gracious people, such high-quality food and service

Tags: Authentic
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

Great ambience ! The staff greets each customer warmly and they are all professional in their serving, knowledge of great wines. Nice soft lights and the food is super tasty and all cooked so well!! Always have a great dinner there! You feel like you are in Paris!!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Our favorite go to French spot. Fantastic service. Authentic food. We go roughly every 6 weeks, and it's been consistently great every time.

Tags: Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

Great wine menu, limited but delicious food menu. Cozy, intimate and great service.

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 22, 2017

For a zagat mid 4 point rating this is not near that.

Food fair and well under what a 4.5 zagat rating is

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 (London)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Consistently wonderful bistro cuisine in a warm, friendly, comfy neighborhood nook. We tend to go about once a month, and we leave smiling each and every time!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 22, 2017

The whipped cream that came with the tarte tatin was not fresh, tasted really bad (the chef acknowledged). The night before, some friends of ours dined there and all got sick so something is going on with the freshness of the food. Too bad as the ambiance of this restaurant was really nice.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 20, 2017

After living in Paris for four months this summer, we decided to tty a San Francisco French restaurant. The food here was much better than any French restaurant in Paris. Would highly recommend for a special night out.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Lovely food. Great service and ambience. Hard to get into but worth the wait.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Amazing divorce/Castro neighborhood gem. Excellent food and service. Will come back again and again.

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