For cozy, classic French, it doesn't get much better than L'Ardoise in the Castro.
We were told this is an amazing restaurant and we were not disappointed.
One of my favorite restaurants in the city. Slightly under the radar, which is perfect for me!
Quite disappointed in the meal. I made a mistake with “medium rare” steak. Should’ve ordered medium. It was purple-red. The duck confit my husband had was not very good, he said. Charcuterie plate was just ok.
It was very cold, as the door kept getting stuck open. Brrr...
excellent food, great service, great wine recommendation
This is one of my favorite restaurants in the city - and better than many I have been to in Paris! The food is authentic and delicious, and the people who run the restaurant are friendly.
Si vous souhaitez rompre avec la cuisine américaine, l’ardoise saura vous contenter avec un délicieux confit de canard, une belle tarte Tatin sans oublier les ravioles aux crevettes.
L’accueil est très sympathique et chaleureux.
Good for couple and unusual SF vibe
I had a lovely experience dining at L'ardoise. It was a rainy night and the restaurant was very cozy and warm. We had a reservation, but the previous table hadn't left yet; however, the staff made sure we were attended to while we were waiting and sat us as soon as the previous table left. The food was classic French comfort food. Entrées were rich and filling, and the sauces were spot on (short rib special and the duck confit). The creme brûlée was the perfect consistency---not too thick, but perfectly set. Great date night spot or for intimate dinners.
Fantastic food in a cozy pleasant environment
Great dining experience. Best foie gras we've ever had.
It was great as always.
L'Ardoise is a terrific dining experience. Excellent food, outstanding and friendly service. I took some friends for a boys night out and they all raved about the experience. Highly recommend for foodies and for an intimate and romantic, if a bit noisy, dinner.
The best restaurant experience I’ve had in ten years. I can’t say enough about how great everything was. I had the Filet and potatoes. Each was perfect. Absolutely perfect. The potatoes are cooked in duck fat as God intended. The flavor and the crispy crunch took me back to my Grandmothers cooking. It actually brought a tear to my eye as I never thought I would experience that again. The steak was cooked perfectly and with great flavor. My dates chicken was the best she ever had. She normally doesn’t like the skin and gives it to me. But not one bite of the crispy skin found its way to my plate.
We finished with two fantastic desserts. A perfect crem brûlée and an amazing Meringue.
Stepping through the velvet curtains transports one to such boite in France, the furnishings simple, the look & feel tres French. Wonderful menu, so many delicious choices, and such great wines to pair. The welcome is warm, the staff warm & helpful, and the kitchen is superb. Always a delightful time!
As usual, this prize in our district is our favorite for "steping out" and celebrating an occasion or just a very nice time in our busy lives. It reminds us of several small bistro' that we always visit when in the City of Light, Paris. This last visit to L'Ardoise we did start to plan a European jaunt.
Have always wanted to go to this restaurant and it did not disappoint
When you walk into the restaurant you feel like you have stepped into a Bistro in the heart of Paris. Wonderful food and service.
Simply the best! Excellent food, service, and ambience!
Fantastic food, expert waiter assistance, great value. Would definitely recommend.
Everything except the service was wonderful. Last time we ate there, the service was perfect and intuitive (never a conversation interrupted, always there when needed). This time, the person taking our order seemed impatient and was not helpful with, for example, wine choices. I felt like I had to hurry and make my ordering decisions and that didn't feel good at all.
This small, lovely restaurant is a neighborhood gem with many loyal customers. We made early reservations and were seated immediately. We chose a table nestled near the window. My husband and I shared the butter lettuce salad with smoked olive oil vinaigrette and marinated white anchovies. For entrees, he chose the Black Cod with Risotto and I, the Day Boat Scallops. Both were delicious. We shared Creme Brulee for desert. All dishes were wonderfully prepared and very fresh. Our waiter was attentive, yet afforded us private time to converse. What a great find very close to where we were staying on a visit to San Francisco.
We have been coming here since it opened. The welcome is always genuine, food spectacular and service friendly without being fawning. There are also interesting dinner guests so one does not mind the intimacy of the tables. It actually works!!
The best French Restaurant in San Francisco. Hands down!
Food was excellent. Service was great and the restaurant is a cozy place on the corner of a clean and cute neighborhood. I am definitely coming back to eat here. It was a great experience.
Great restaurant with outstanding food. Would come back again. Although, the entrance did confuse me a little with the curtains.
Excellent food, great service and nice portions. Nothing but nice evening.
My friends birthday was very special in this place, great food and fabulous champagne ! The Seevice was very good as well. If you visit San Francisco you must visit this restaurant👍🏼
Having been to L'Ardoise on many occasions, I really like the place. The food is good, service efficient, and the overall feel of the place is neighborhood friendly. However I am tired of the door being left open when it is cold out and the wind comes blowing in making it very uncomfortable. This had been going on for years. I would only recommend soneone go there now only if they can sit away from the first 1/3 of the room. It is something that should have been taken care of a long time ago. It can ruin a whole evening.
Great food, very friendly staff.
This is a bustling, warm and authentic French Bistro, and the overwhelming feeling is that this is the place to be.
Our birthday meal for four was so cozy and comfortable. The restaurant was full at 8:30 on Wednesday, and it is a vibrant neighborhood gem with a warm mix of regulars and happy new customers. It’s noisy- the kind of noise that’s satisfying, and not at all to the point where conversation is stifled. Service is welcoming and efficient. We had a tasty red French wine recommended by our waiter. We split the delicious shaved Brussels sprout salad, and another butter lettuce salad, and the squash soup of the day. Then wonderful hanger steaks and fries for all.
Flour-less chocolate cake for dessert.
A very happy and satisfyingly dinner
I have been eating for over three years. I have friend from Chicago that i have dinner with when ever he is in town. This past evening was a good bye dinner for a co-worker who is leaving and I had introduced the restaurant to. As always, it was a warm greeting. It is great to return to a restaurant and be remembered. The meal was outstanding as always. My friend enjoyed and said he will miss it.
We have been intending on coming to have dinner here for a while. It is rather popular so it is hard to get a reservation. It was well worth the wait. Delicious french food, served by great wait staff. We really could not have asked for more.
Great experience, stellar service!
L’Ardoise is one of our favorite places in the city. We love to come here for the cozy French style decor, impeccable service and delicious food. The food and wine list is reasonably priced. We’ve never had a bad time or dinner here! Definitely a neighborhood gem that’s always booked up.
We discovered L'Ardoise in Oct 2009 and loved everything about it from the beginning. Authentic experience and consistently excellent food. Most of the staff have been there from the beginning. We feel like we're at home whenever we dine here.
Great coq au vin, great Brussels sprouts salad and tasty charcuterie. The bread was delicious and abundant The atmosphere is old fashioned French with a SF edge in a lovely Noe Street location. A neighborhood gem we Jeep coming back to!
The service was fantastic the food was fantastic, the experience was fantastic! As it always has been!!
Superb! Delicious food & impeccable service.
The potatoes are amazing. Duck confit and fillet are great. Actually, just get everything.
Except the foie gras. I realized that I am not a fan of it. But if you're into liver the couple next to us loved every bite.
Very intimate French bistro. Food quality is absolutely amazing, service was good. It’s everything you imagine in a neighborhood French bistro, with world class quality food.