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L'Ardoise

4.9
2652 Reviews
$31 to $50
French
French Bistro serving traditional and authentic fare in a cozy atmosphere.
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4.9based on recent ratings
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4.9
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StevenL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Quintessential neighborhood French bistro. Excellent food and service.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very fine food and service. Ambiance is top notch.

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vipGordonP
San Francisco
24 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
51 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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DonL
San Francisco
33 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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vipjameslwu13
New York Area
8 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
17 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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vipRobertD
San Francisco
21 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
6 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
26 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
29 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
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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

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JamesM
Palm Springs
6 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
3 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
1 review
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
6 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
4 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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vipSteve
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

we had a lovely, albeit, chilly, dinner. the food was delicious and the staff were amazing, looking forward to indoor dining again!

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Dave
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Quintessential neighborhood French bistro on a quiet part of Noe St. This is the perfect place for a rainy night with your love or by yourself. While Ive been here before this is now my new date night spot with my girlfriend. Highly recommended.

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ChristineH
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was superb and our server was excellent. We would definitely love to return soon!

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vipMattS
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I have dined at L'Ardoise a number of times and wanted to post a quick review of my experience there last night. This restaurant is set in a quiet neighborhood at the edge of the Castro and offers side walk seating. This outdoor dining is a nice change from the inside of the restaurant and the arrangement of outdoor tables and protected seating seems to work well. The service was prompt and server offered a number of specials and was able to recommend a nice wine. We ordered the escargot which unfortunately was overly salty. (not what I remembered from past meals) My partner ordered the duck which was very tasty... tender and moist. I ordered the filet mignon which was prepared exactly as ordered at a nice medium. Unfortunately the flavor was off and not as I remembered it in the past. It is very unusual for me not to finish a 8oz steak but this one was just not that appetizing which was a bit of a disappointment. My partner tried what was left of the steak and found it lacking. I have to say that their duck is excellent and really is a signature dish at this restaurant. Not sure what happened with the starter or the steak but will give L'Ardoise another chance at some point in the future and will provide a follow up review.

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ErinGrace
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They have a lovely outdoor dining setup! Our server (I believe his name was Alexandre) was excellent and the food came out so quickly. Everything was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We love the food and it’s so consistent even after shelter in place.

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vipRyanC
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best outside covid setups I’ve seen. It was charming. The service and food were also great.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, we left delighted with the food, the service, and the ambience. This is a French restaurant gem in San Francisco.

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SaraB
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server recommendations were spot on, fantastic meal!

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Alex
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LOVED our meal! Thank you so much, what a fantastic experience

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vipSteve
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

L'Ardoise is always delicious and the staff is attentive and friendly. Dining outside is a treat.

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MikeS
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful atmosphere for outdoor dining . Super friendly service.

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RosieK
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent but difficult to keep it warm enough given the outside seating on a cool night & not enough heaters. Waiter made an excellent wine choice & it was an enjoyable experience.

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NoNeedForName
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience1

Food is just so so. No umbrellas for a rainy night. The waiters' attitude is no better than street food stand.

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BrandonJ
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second time out in the last year due to how difficult it is to arrange childcare during Covid. L'Ardoise was pure magic. The evening was brisk, with occasional showers, but we didn't care, the heat lamp kept us warm, and the wine pairing helped as well. It feels, very French, but not ostentatious. It has the atmosphere of a Parisian Bistro, right down to eating out on the sidewalk on a small table, with warm glowing string lights overhead. The food was delicious, and just the right size so we could savor everything.

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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 2652 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.